Tomatoes That Grow in Cold Weather

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Tomatoes That Grow in Cold Weather
A few tomato varieties can grow in cold weather. (tomato #2 image by Adam Borkowski from

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens, according to the University of Missouri. Like most vegetables, tomatoes grow best when planted in warm soil and exposed to full sunlight. In some areas of the country, warm temperatures do not occur until late in the spring or early summer. Home gardeners in these areas should plant tomato varieties that have been bred to grow in cold weather, many of which originated in Russia.


Carmello is a tomato variety that originated in France. This plant produces tomatoes that are large, juicy and very flavourful, even in cold weather, according to TomatoFest. These versatile tomatoes can be eaten fresh off the vine, cooked or in salads.


As its name implies, earliana is an early-producing plant. The tomatoes appear in early summer and are produced until the first frost. This variety is old--it dates back over 100 years--and is known for its perfectly round, pinkish-red fruit. Earliana is not only cold-hardy, but disease resistant as well. The tomatoes work well for canning.


Big beef and other huge tomato varieties are popular in warm climates, but if you live in a cold climate and want to grow very large tomatoes, try planting the gigantesque variety. Originally from Russia, this variety produces tomatoes that can be as large as two pounds and five inches in diameter. They are somewhat rare, however, and hard to find in the United States.


The legend variety of tomato was bred by a professor at Oregon State University, specifically to withstand the cooler weather in the Pacific Northwest. The short, bushy plants quickly produce medium-sized tomatoes with low seed amounts and a pleasing, slightly acidic taste. Legend tomatoes are disease-resistant (especially to fungal diseases, which are prevalent in the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest) and are suited for canning or use on salads.

Shenghaung Cherry

Cherry tomatoes usually thrive in warm weather, but this variety hails from northern China and has been cultivated for growth in cold weather. The plant grows to five feet tall and produces uniformly round, one-inch, bright red cherry tomatoes.

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