Heirlooms, hybrids, grafted. What kind of tomatoes are you growing?
Desease resistant hybrids are some of the best known: Better Boy, Early girl, Big Boy, Sun Gold.
Heirlooms, passed down for generations, some times over 100 or 200 years. Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine, Cherokee
Grafted tomatoes seem to be the hottest "new" thing for home gardeners. The top part of one plant (the scion) is attached to the root system of a different plant (the rootstock). The rootstock offers strength and disease resistance as the scion is selected for fruit taste and quality.
I haven't yet tried grafted tomatoes, but the concept sounds exactly how citrus is grown.
This year I'm growing San Marzano Heirloom tomatoes and Zapotec Ribbed Heirlooms. Both varieties are grown from seed. Since all mine will be container grown, I'm not too worried about soil borne disease. I don't see much need to take the extra time and graft onto hybrid root stocks.
This year I really paid attention to the varieties that will do well in our zone. So I have some Early Girl, Sweet 100's, Roma, and a Bush Goliath in an EarthBox. Everything is progressing well with a few little tomatoes on the vines already!
I believe I will likely be growing volunteer tomatoes this year. Plenty fell on the grass last year.
I have a Roma, a beefsteak tomato and a monster sized cherry tomato (can't remember the exact variety but its almost 6ft tall and about that large in diameter too).
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