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Best Home Garden Tomatoes: Hillbilly or Flame Tomato

Updated on March 10, 2015
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I inherited my love of gardening from mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

One Pound Bicolor Tomatoes

The secret is to keep plants well watered and fertilized.
The secret is to keep plants well watered and fertilized. | Source
For bigger fruit, reduce the number of tomatoes on the vine.
For bigger fruit, reduce the number of tomatoes on the vine. | Source

Grow Giant Tomatoes All Summer

A huge, bi-color heirloom: brilliant yellow color with red marbling. Very large with a rich, sweet flavor. Beautiful when sliced. An heirloom believed to be from West Virginia.

A pretty slicer, big enough for one slice to cover a BLT sandwich. Especially popular in the Missouri Ozarks, this bicolor produces big sweet, juicy fruits from mid summer to frost. Sometimes tomatoes will grow to two pounds, one pound tomatoes are not unusual.

Growing the big tomatoes

Keep well staked to support heavy tomatoes. Limit the number of fruits allowed to ripen to maximize size. In other words, grow fewer but bigger tomatoes by removing some of the small green ones early on.

This tomato grows on an indeterminate vine that creates heavy fruits as the plants grow bigger all summer. I grew it in a five gallon container this year. Growing Flame Tomatoes in the garden, with more access to water and nutrients in the soil will produce the biggest fruits.

The yellow with red striped fruits are beautiful as Insalada Caprese, or sliced on tomato platters. You will want to grw this tomato because it is beautiful and sweet.

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Royal Hillbilly

Complex flavor has some wine overtones and a hint of smoke.
Complex flavor has some wine overtones and a hint of smoke. | Source

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Rich bacon and tomato quiche

Bacon and tomato quiche

Bacon and tomatoes are just the best taste combination. Change the menu to a quick quiche. Use fresh tomatoes from the garden. Be sure to include a few torn basil leaves.

Try this recipe.

Bacon and tomato quiche

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    David Stillwell 

    6 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Its been an odd year here for growing tomatoes. The heirlooms are not doing well. I have several plants that will not set fruit... despite a great bloom. Thankfully a few old standards are producing. I must have tomatoes!

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    6 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    There are so many heirlooms, I try different ones every year. I don't think I will ever run out of new-to-me varieties.

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    David Stillwell 

    6 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Patsybell-where have you been? I always enjoy reading your hubs. This one is full of good information and growing tips! A wealth of info for new gardeners and old gardeners alike. Well Done...I may try this tomato next year.

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