The Edible Garden

Selecting Tomato Plants for Your Garden

Whether you're new to the joys of growing tomatoes or a long-term tomato aficionado, choosing from among the thousands of varieties is tough. Here's how to make sense of all the options.

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Lots of choices. Besides the obvious variation in size, shape, color and intended use of tomatoes, the plants that produce them vary in life cycle, growth habit, time to maturiy, disease resistance and special characteristics such as tolerance to heat or cold. And every category of tomato includes those differences.

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