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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Oaxacan Jewel Tomato (Regular-Leaf)

Oaxacan Jewel Tomato (Regular-Leaf)

Solanum lycopersicumA.k.a. "Joya de Oaxaca," this regular-leafed tomato variety is a pre-Colombian M..

R30.27

Ocerion Red Plum Tomato

Ocerion Red Plum Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA rare heirloom that'll quickly become a staple garden variety! These petite, 4c..

R32.20

Omar's Lebanese Tomato

Omar's Lebanese Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA vigorous Lebanese heirloom introduced in 1996 by Carolyn Male who obtained the..

R21.62

Orange Favorite Tomato

Orange Favorite Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum We almost didn't get any seed from this one; our kids would hammer the plant..

R30.27

Orange Flute Tomato

Orange Flute Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn exceptionally rare tomato variety. We have only been able to find a single re..

R30.27

Orange Strawberry Tomato

Orange Strawberry Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum This is not quite what we expected. Looking at the name, we surmised that it..

R32.43

Osborne and Clyde Tomato

Osborne and Clyde Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum We released this obscure variety in 2015 – we say obscure because it came in..

R30.27

Oupa Andries Tomato

Oupa Andries Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumThe story of a South African heirloom tomato.This is probably one of our most e..

R28.11

Ozark Sunset Tomato

Ozark Sunset Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA mesmerizing saladette-type variety created by tomato whisperer Steve Whiteaker..

R32.20

Palm Woods Tomato

Palm Woods Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn awesome Italian, semi-determinate variety that grows to about 1m tall and can..

R30.27

Pantano Tomato

Pantano Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumA rare indeterminate Roman heirloom, also known as Pantano Romanesco.This is a h..

R32.43

Patty's Striped Beefsteak Tomato

Patty's Striped Beefsteak Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumHere we go with a striking, sublime, and sensuous tomato! This is a slicer of no..

R30.27

Piennolo del Vesuvio Tomato

Piennolo del Vesuvio Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn old Italian heirloom, thought to be one of the oldest varieties from the sout..

R30.27

Pineapple Tomato

Pineapple Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum A large, meaty, flavoursome beefsteak-type tomato, flashing a beautifully ma..

R29.90

Pink Ice Tomato

Pink Ice Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum Lovely small-to-medium-sized, oval fruits with a mild, sweet tomato flavour...

R30.27

Pink Oxheart Tomato

Pink Oxheart Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum The veteran gardeners will clearly remember this tomato. This was one of the..

R28.11

Plana de Penjar Tomato

Plana de Penjar Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum This Italian variety is famed for its ability to store over winter.Typically..

R30.27

Polish C Tomato

Polish C Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn excellent-tasting Polish family heirloom that produces beautifully large, fla..

R34.59

Polish Dwarf Tomato

Polish Dwarf Tomato

Solanum lycopersicumAn old Polish heirloom. A determinate variety that produces an abundance of smal..

R30.27

Primary Colors Tomato

Primary Colors Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum   A prolific, bright, and flavourful creation from legendary tomato b..

R27.60

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