Tomatoes

If you're like us, you want to grow tomatoes that taste like tomatoes. And what better way to do that than by growing heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes? Not only are they delicious, but they also offer a ton of other benefits to the home gardener.

First, heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes are more genetically diverse than the hybrid varieties you find in stores. This means they're more adaptable to different growing conditions and pests, making them easier to grow in your home garden. Plus, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colours, creating a beautiful medley in your harvest basket!

But the real benefit? The taste! With complex, distinct flavours and hundreds to choose from, you can try new ones every year and never get bored.

There are two categories of tomato plants:

  • Determinate (short-growing): Often referred to as bush-types, they grow to a finite size and produce most of their fruit at once. They generally do not require extra support and do exceptionally well in containers. Popular in shorter-season gardens.
  • Indeterminate (vining): Require support for their long vines, which will keep on growing as long as conditions are favourable. Indeterminates can bear quite heavily and over an extended period.


Tomato Growing Guide:

Tomato is a warm-season plant that requires full sun and is frost-tender. Start plants in trays and transplant them two or three times before planting in their permanent place. Plant deeper every transplant to promote extra root growth along the buried stem. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so give it very rich well-drained soil, and it is recommended to prepare individual planting holes. Plant the trellis or cage for support at the same time as the seedling so that the roots are not damaged afterwards. Adequate spacing is also important for good air circulation, which keeps most diseases at bay. Thirsty tomato plants need regular watering at root level. Always try to keep the leaves dry to prevent disease. To grow larger fruit, pinch out suckers and growing tips when the plant reaches its desired height. This will divert the energy to the fruits instead of the vines.


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Kara Market Togo Tomato

Kara Market Togo Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum One of the most unique tomatoes we've come across! An exceptionally heavy be..

R30.27

Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum Kellogg's Breakfast is one of Livingseeds' favourites with a marvellously sw..

R30.27

Large Barred Boar Tomato

Large Barred Boar Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA superb choice for those looking for an attention-grabbing, gourmet beefsteak t..

R32.20

Lemon Salad Tomato

Lemon Salad Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn indeterminate tomato producing beautiful, round to slightly oblate, lemon yel..

R30.27

Lime Green Salad Tomato

Lime Green Salad Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumOne of Livingseeds' personal favourites, these are simply sublime cherry/saladet..

R30.27

Lucky Tiger Tomato

Lucky Tiger Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA superb salad tomato with lovely, crisp flesh and an eye-catching dark green st..

R30.27

Malawi Cherry Tomato

Malawi Cherry Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum Collected from a village market in Malawi, this is a massive producer of exc..

R28.11

Mandarin Cross Tomato

Mandarin Cross Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA Japanese heirloom dating back to 1964. Strong and vigorous indeterminate vines..

R30.27

Marglobe Tomato

Marglobe Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumPropagated by Fred J. Prichard in 1917 and released in 1925 by the US Department..

R30.27

Maria Italian Tomato

Maria Italian Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum One of our finest all-rounder tomatoes. Holds well on the vine, with a nice ..

R30.27

Marmande Tomato

Marmande Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum An old French heirloom whose origins are pretty much unknown. The earliest..

R30.27

Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato

Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum This is quite possibly one of the oldest tomato varieties we have in our col..

R28.11

Matt's Wild Cherry Yellow Tomato

Matt's Wild Cherry Yellow Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumThis is a fabulous, spontaneous sport of Matt's Wild Cherry on Livingseeds Farm,..

R32.20

Moneymaker Tomato

Moneymaker Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn English heirloom dating back to 1913 in Bristol. This well-loved variety grow..

R29.19

Muchamiel Tomato

Muchamiel Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum An indeterminate tomato variety originating from Spain. This beefsteak-type ..

R30.27

Nature's Riddle Tomato

Nature's Riddle Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumThe mysterious tomato that'll keep you guessing! Originally known as "Zagadka Pr..

R32.20

Nebraska Wedding Tomato (Indeterminate)

Nebraska Wedding Tomato (Indeterminate)

Solanum lycopersicumThis is an indeterminate variety of the original Nebraska Wedding tomato introdu..

R30.27

Nepal Tomato

Nepal Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum This Himalayan heirloom produces large, globe-shaped tomatoes that slice wel..

R34.59

Northern Lights Tomato

Northern Lights Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum What an apt name for this beautiful, medium-sized beefsteak. It is an orange..

R30.27

Oaxacan Jewel Tomato (Potato-Leaf)

Oaxacan Jewel Tomato (Potato-Leaf)

Solanum lycopersicumA very rare tomato variety from the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.This variety is ..

R30.27

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