Selecting Tomato Plants for Your Garden
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Lots of Choices
Vining or Climbing Tomatoes
So-called patio: tomatoes such as 'Patio' and 'Patio Princess' are bushy and compact, usually good for container growing. Instead of growing up, basket tomatoes tend to branch out and produce trailing side stems, so they're perfect for growing in hanging baskets. Examples: 'Tumbler', 'Tumbling Tom Yellow' and 'Hundreds and Thousands' (pictured).
Heirlooms are varieties that people have saved from year to year and passed down from generation to generation. Heirlooms may not be as productive or uniform as hybrids, but they have other traits that gardeners prize, such as outstanding flavor or exceptional adaptability to regional growing conditions. Examples: 'Aunt Ruby's German Green', 'Cherokee Purple', 'Mortgage Lifter'.