Heirloom Tomato Plants

heirloom tomato plantsRussell Feed & Supply stores offer a variety of heirloom tomato plants.  One of the most popular are Heirloom tomato plants.  Here is a list of the many varieties of Heirloom tomato plants.

What’s the difference between “indeterminate” and “determinate” tomatoes?

Determinate tomatoes, or “bush” tomatoes, are varieties that grow to a compact height (generally 3 – 4′). Determinates stop growing when fruit sets on the top bud. All the tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time (usually over period of 1- 2 weeks). They require a limited amount of staking for support and are perfectly suited for container planting.

Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruit until killed by frost. They can reach heights of up to 12 feet although 6 feet is normal. Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the season. They require substantial staking for support.

Heirloom Varieties:

Amish Paste (74-85 days) a paste tomato from Wisconsin well-suited for paste, or as a slicing tomato. Acorn-shaped, the very large 8-12 oz. fruits are deep red, thick-fleshed and nearly seedless. Plants are indeterminate

Arkansas Traveler (85 days) 6 oz. Fruit is red and has a creamy mild flavor.

Beefsteak (80 days) Up to 2 lbs. Large, flattened, solid, meaty, juicy, red tomatoes. Excellent slicer with a great taste. Plants are indeterminate.

Belgium Giant (85 days) Plant produces good yields of huge 2lb. to 5 lb. dark pink beefsteak type tomatoes. Tomatoes are very sweet, meaty and turn dark pink when mature. A low acid tomato that is indeterminate.

Black Krim (75 days) Up to 12 oz. fruit. Fruit has an unusual dark red color that is almost black. Black krim is a beefsteak type tomato. Plants are indeterminate.

Bloody Butcher (65 days) Loads of small round 2 – 3 oz. tomatoes. Fruit is red with greenish shoulders.

Box Car Willie (80 days) 10 to 16 oz. fruit. Prolific yields of smooth, reddish-orange tomatoes, and the old fashion flavor. Tomatoes are good for canning, freezing, or eating.

Brandywine Red (85 days) Plants set larger red beefsteak tomatoes. Fruit has an excellent flavor. Plants are indeterminate.

Cherokee Purple (72 days) Large to medium globe shaped fruit. Has a pinkish purple color that appears brownish. Has a multicolored interior that is crack resistant. Plant is indeterminate.

Delicious Huge, (77 days) solid scarlet fruit over 1 lb. Is crack free, has excellent flavor & a good slicer

German Johnson Pink (80 days) A large 16 oz. pink tomato. Fruit is meaty & flavorful. There are few seeds. Plants are indeterminate.

Golden Jubilee (72 days) Plant sets golden yellow low acid tomatoes. Fruit is good for juicing and canning. Plants are indeterminate.

Great White ( 80-85 days) The fruit is meaty with few seeds, a mild non-acid flavor, and creamy texture. Plants are indeterminate.

Green Zebra (72 days) Fruit is a bright striped green when ripe. Fruit has a tangy flavor and is a excellent salad tomato. Plants are indeterminate.

Hillbilly (85 days) Plants set 2 lb. orange yellow beefsteak tomatoes. Fruit has a red and pink streaked meaty interior. Plants are indeterminate.

Marglobe Select (75 days) Marglobe is an old time favorite. Plants set high yields of medium size red tomatoes. Fruit is excellent for salads, sandwiches, or canning. Plants are determinate.

Mortgage Lifter (70 days) Plants set large 1 to 2 lb. red beefsteak tomatoes. Fruits are excellent for slicing or salads. Plants are indeterminate.

Mr. Stripey (80 days) Plants set low acid red with orange striped fruit. Plants are indeterminate.

Pineapple (85-95 days) Very large, up to 2 lbs. each. The yellow fruit has red marbling through the flesh. The flavor is very sweet and fruity; good yields! Plant is indeterminate.

Red Oxheart (80 days) heart-shaped pink fruit that weigh up to 1 pound. Very meaty flesh contains few seeds making this a favorite for slicing and for sandwiches. Good flavor. Plant is indeterminate

Porter (75 days) Plants set huge amounts of pink egg shaped a 4 oz. fruit. Plants were developed for southern regions like Texas. Plants are indeterminate.

Red Zebra (85 days) Red zebra ranks as one of the best looking and best tasting tomatoes. Fruits are a dark red inside and out with golden streaks. Plants set an abundance of 3 inch tomatoes on indeterminate vines.

Roman Candle (80 days) A banana shaped pure yellow tomato. Has excellent flavor. Use in salsas and sauces. Plants are indeterminate.

Rutgers (75 days) Rutgers is an attractive old time favorite. Plants set red 7 oz. full flavored fruit. Plants are indeterminate.

Super Sioux (75 days) Plants set well in hot summer temperatures. Plants set red thick walled fruit that are crack resistant. Fruits have a old fashion flavor. Plants are semi determinate.