Tomato Varieties for the Southwest

This collection of tomatoes can take the heat, making them perfect for Southwestern gardens.

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'Heatmaster' Tomato

'Heatmaster' is a determinate hybrid tomato specially bred for the disease and heat that is prevalent in southern gardens. It produces medium-sized fruit from 65 to 75 days from setting out transplants.

'Early Girl' Tomato

One way to trick the inevitable heat of southern climates is to choose tomato varieties that ripen early. 'Early Girl' is one of the first tomatoes to be ready for harvest, maturing in just 50 days on indeterminate, 6- to 8-foot plants.

'Big Beef' Tomato

'Big Beef' is a large indeterminate tomato variety with tremendous disease resistance. It produces large slicing tomatoes 73 days after setting out transplants. It won an All-America Selections vegetable award in 1994 and is a great hybrid tomato for Southwestern gardeners.

'Sungold' Tomato

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 summer.

'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.

'Black Cherry' Tomato

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

'San Marzano Tall' Tomato

'San Marzano Tall' is originally from Italy and makes taller vines than regular 'San Marzano'. It is a recommended variety for Texas that bears fruit early in the season.

Halladay's 'Mortgage Lifter'

Many gardeners claim to grow the legendary ‘Mortgage Lifter’. According to the story, the plants were so popular, the original grower sold enough of them to pay off the mortgage on his family farm. This heirloom hails from the James Halladay family in Kentucky, where it’s been grown since the 1930s. The pink beefsteak fruits are meaty and rich in old-fashioned tomato taste.

'Juliet' Tomato

A 1999 All-America Selections winner, 'Juliet' resists cracking and grows quickly, producing unusual, elongated cherry tomatoes in 60 days. The tomatoes grow in clusters on indeterminate vines and have a sweet flavor perfect for adding to salads.

'Cherokee Purple' Tomato

This classic Native American heirloom, thought to be passed down by the Cherokees of Tennessee, produces large, pink to purple fruits that are sweet in flavor. 'Cherokee Purple' grows vigorously throughout the summer, yielding juicy tomatoes in 80 - 90 days.

'Celebrity' Tomato

A 1984 All-America Selections winner, 'Celebrity' tomatoes are famous for their disease-resistance and ability to produce under various weather conditions. Determinate plants produce large, bright red fruits in 70 days.

'Terenzo' Tomato

Select cherry tomatoes developed for use in containers to turn your window box into a tomato garden. 'Terenzo' is a 2011 All-America Selections winner that yields crack-resistant fruit over a short time span. Plants are tidy, reaching 16 to 20 inches tall and wide. To savor tomatoes over a longer harvest window, plant 'Lizzano', 'Topsy Tom' or 'Sweet ‘n Neat' cherry tomatoes.

'Jasper' Cherry Tomato

‘Jasper’ is a deep red cherry tomato with a rich, sweet flavor and a slightly chewy texture. It’s an AAS (All-American Selection) winner, and it’s great for snacking. The fruits resist cracking and the indeterminate plants are vigorous.

'Park's Whopper Improved'

An indeterminate variety, this improved version of the classic 'Park's Whopper' tomato has greater disease resistance, higher yields and a longer season. Large crack resistant fruit ripen five days sooner than the old variety.

'Purple Bumble Bee' Tomato

'Purple Bumble Bee' toms are tough, able to withstand extreme weather conditions and the fruits resist cracking. The plants starts bearing in 60 to 70 days and continues bearing over the growing season.

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