Tomato Varieties for the Northwest

If cool days and nights are putting a damper on your tomato crop, reach for these varieties that grow well in the Northwest. 

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'Indigo Rose' Tomato

Hailing from Oregon, 'Indigo Rose' features medium-sized, unusual purple fruits with a rosy red inner flesh—they have an acidic bite. The semi-determinate plants start producing in 75 to 80 days. Make sure to let the fruits fully ripen on the vine; watch for the flesh to turn from a shiny purple to a duller, brown-purple and for the bottom of the fruits to change from green to red.

'Early Girl' Tomato

'Early Girl' is one of the first tomatoes to ripen, producing medium-sized slicers in as little as 50 days.

Tomato 'Sungold'

A premier variety of cherry tomatoes, 'Sungold' ripens to a golden orange with a very sweet flavor. This tomato is popular in all climates, as it produces in warm and cold conditions. Fruit matures quickly and crops heavily throughout the summer.

'Black Cherry' Tomato

'Black Cherry' is a cherry tomato with a rich flavor. These are a round, true cherry type with fruits that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and make great garden snacks. 'Black Cherry' matures in 65 to 70 days on large, bushy plants that grow up to 8 feet tall.

'Black Prince' Tomato

Coming to your garden all the way from Siberia, this hardy tomato will set fruit in cool climates. 'Black Prince' is a vigorous grower, producing small, dark red fruits starting as early as 70 days. 

'Indigo Apple' Tomato

'Indigo Apple', introduced for the spring 2014 growing season, features 2- to 3- inch fruits that have a purple, almost black outer flesh and a bright red inner flesh when ripe. The plant starts bearing in 70 days; harvest when the fruits have darkened and are soft to the touch.

'Defiant' Tomato

Late-blight a concern in your area? Turn to 'Defiant' tomatoes, which are highly resistant against light blight and also have good resistance against early blight. 'Defiant' produces a high-yield of deep red fruits with a classic tomato flavor in 70 days.

'Yellow Pear' Tomato

'Yellow Pear' is a cherry-type tomato, featuring bright yellow fruits with a tangy flavor in 75 days.

'Homeslice' Tomato

'Homeslice' tomatoes are compact, making the variety a great choice for pots and smaller garden areas. Determinate plants quickly produce a high yield of bright red, medium-sized fruits, in around 65 days or less.

'Perfect Flame' Heirloom Marriage Tomato

What do you get when you mix the French heirloom 'Flamme' with super disease-resistant 'Peron'? 'Perfect Flame', a tough, high-yielding tomato plant that produces bright orange, medium-sized fruits in just 65 to 70 days. 

'Silvery Fir Tree' Tomato

This Russian heirloom is a heavy producer with striking silver foliage. 'Silvery Fir Tree' starts bearing 2- to 3-inch, red fruits in just 58 days. The plants are compact, reaching 3 feet in height, and can be grown in large containers.

Tomato 'Juliet'

Sweet, meaty 'Juliet' tomatoes are ready to harvest in about 60 days. These grape-shaped fruits resist cracking and are a great choice for gardeners whose growing seasons are short or whose climates are cool.

Tomato 'Early Doll'

'Early Doll' tomatoes mature in about 52 days. These bright red, globe-shaped fruits are delicious when eaten fresh or chopped for salsas.

'Green Tiger' Tomato

This unique variety is a feast for the eyes and mouth: 'Green Tiger' boasts elongated, 2-inch cherry tomatoes that are yellow-green with green stripes. The flavor is sweet and fruity. 'Green Tiger' starts producing fruit in 70 days, continuing to bear fruit throughout the season.

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