The 2014 tomato season has begun, and to that end, I have five early tomatoes that will be ready to plant in the garden toward the end of March. These tomatoes were started from seed at the beginning of February. They are:
Siberian variety that originated in the Altai Mountains on the Chinese border. Tall plants are heavy producers of 8 to 12 oz. pink-red beefsteak tomatoes. The flavor is sweet yet acid and just delicious, with harvests continuing over an incredibly long season. Indeterminate with tomato production in around 67 days.
Deep red, full-flavored slicing tomatoes are 10 to 12 ozs. and very nice for an early variety. Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University, these plants yield well even in cool weather. Good acid taste and excellent interior fruit quality in an early tomato. Determinate with tomato production in 52 days.
This very early variety bears loads of 2 to 4 oz. red fruit with terrific flavor normally found only in a huge beefsteak. The fact that its fruit is ripe up to a full month earlier than many beefsteak varieties makes Matina really special. Potato-leaved plants put on large clusters of abundant tomatoes, and even though they start early, continue to bear throughout a long season. Heirloom from Germany. Indeterminate with tomatoes in 58 days.
When it comes to tomatoes, we say the earlier the better! Multitalented variety has it all: earliness (five days earlier than standard varieties, two weeks earlier than tomatoes of equal size), flavor, size and yield. Round 5-6 oz. fruit are a full 1.5 oz. bigger than Early Girl, with a yield 20% larger. Plants feature exceptional disease tolerance (verticillium and fusarium). Product Details: Fruit Weight: 5-6 ounces. Days to Maturity: 49-52 days. Sun: Full Sun. Height: 55-60 inches. Sowing Method: Indoor Sow. Spread: 40-45 inches.
Very tasty, nice quality 1.5" -3-4oz extra red fruits on a compact plant with good foliage. Developed by Ken Fisher of Fisher's Garden Store. Great for canning or slicing. Very Productive. Determinate with tomatoes in 55 days.
This is what the plants look like now (March 5).
The next set of tomatoes will be started from seed this week, but that is another blog post.