Tomato season is here with the average last frost date approaching around March 13th. It is time to start thinking about vegetable gardens and tomatoes. Throughout this season, Russell Feed will offer some 79 different varieties of tomatoes. All Russell Feed tomato plants are sourced from local growers here in the north Texas area.
Here are the 2015 Tomato Varieties you can find in our stores:
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 typical. Therefore, they also can require substantial staking for support. Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit at the same time throughout the season. Due to this characteristic, these varieties are often more preferred by gardeners. Many, if not all, heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate.