Top 10 Best Tomatoes to Grow

Go beyond the ordinary with these unique picks that boast terrific flavor and bright colors for your tomato garden.

I’ve grown tomatoes for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I even had my own stand at the local farmers market, selling cucumbers, peppers and lots of tomatoes. For the most part, we grew traditional red tomatoes. Every once in a while, we’d throw in a yellow or plum-shaped variety, but we didn’t go off track too much.

Now I see tomatoes in a whole new light. You can find hundreds of different varieties out there in almost every hue imaginable.

To help you navigate the sea of tomatoes, we put together this list of the top 10 best tomatoes to grow. Of course you’ll have your own favorites, but the list is a good starting point for those who are a little overwhelmed by all the choices. And be sure to read the “Stacy’s Tip” section under each pick to learn about some excellent resources for tomato and vegetable gardening fans.

Grafted Brandywine

It’s a fairly recent tomato trend: grafting so the plants will produce two or three times more fruit. You can find several grafted varieties, but we like the looks of the heirloom cultivar Brandywine, which has been a trusted product for decades. If you have a small space but want lots of fruit in your tomato garden, grafted tomatoes could be the solution. Ask about them at the garden center.

Stacy’s Tip: Territorial Seed Co. has a slew of grafted vegetable plants, including tomatoes like Brandywine, Pineapple and Indigo Rose, plus peppers and eggplants. Read more at territorialseed.com.

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  1. Deb says

    The list would have been more helpful had it stated whether each plant was determinate or indeterminate.

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