Heirloom Tomato Seeds

 Choosing  Heirloom  Tomatoes

Heirloom or heritage tomatoes are all the rage these days. These old fashioned varieties come in all sizes, shapes and  colors. The term heirloom is used for tomato cultivars that are open pollinated and are 40 years old or more. There are hundreds of varieties available today so choosing the best varieties, those that taste best and grow best in your area can be a challenge.

Disease Worries Are Gone - The downside to heirlooms used to be that they are not a disease tolerant as the modern day hybrids and they are not as productive. With the development of the biological fungicide Actinovate that concern is pretty much gone.  You must use Actinovate from planting to harvest but it will allow you to grow more heirloom varieties which in many cases have much better flavor than do hybrid varieties.

Different color tomatoes have different taste qualities, so that’s one way to start the selection search. Green tomatoes tend to have a bit of tang to them.  And yes they are green when ripe, but usually develop slightly yellow or yellowish pink shoulders. Purple tomatoes are said to have a complex flavor, while yellow, which are lower in acid are more mild.

Another method of choosing tomato cultivars is selecting tomatoes that were developed in areas with similar weather conditions as yours. Tomatoes developed to grow in the heat of the South may not do as well or taste as good as those that originated in the North, if you are a cold weather gardener. Many tomato catalogs give the plant origins of the seeds they sell or designate whether the seeds do best in hot or cold climates.

Every year I pick a cultivar or two I have never grown, always on the search for the “best of the best.” Last year, here in Michigan we experience wet cold weather all season and my entire tomato crop, with the exception of Matt’s Wild Cherry, tasted terrible. This season I am planning to “tent” my tomatoes if we have excessive rain. Stay tuned.

Over the years I have tried a number of heirlooms and some have become staples in my garden.

Bonny Best – a medium red with real tomato taste – early

Black from Tula – from the Ukraine, rich complex flavor 80 to 85 days

Evergreen- 75 days -  large tomato with rich flavour – big time favorite of mine.

Last year I grew Matt’s wild cherry, a current size heirloom tomato with incredible flavor. It’s a great way to get kids to eat tomatoes, as they love picking these tiny morsels off the vines and popping them in their mouths.

Bonnie Best tomato plants can be found in garden centers. Black from Tula and Evergreen are usually have to be grown from seed. Google their names for seed sources.

There are hundreds of heirloom seed varieties available from various companies.  The seeds in this list are some of the most popular.

Jeff's favorite heirloom is Evergreen!

Tasty Evergreen Tomato - 20 Seeds - Green Heirloom

by Hirts: Seed; Tomato

  • Lycopersicon esculentum

  • Good yields of medium sized green tomatoes

  • Fruits are solid, firm, & flavorful and stay green even after maturing!

  • Growth Type: Indeterminate

  • Heirloom

Good yields of medium sized green tomatoes. Fruits are solid, firm, & flavorful and stay green even after maturing! Growth Type: Indeterminate. Sweet flavor. Heirloom.


Black Krim Tomato 30 Seeds - Russian Heirloom

by Hirts: Seed; Tomato

Black Krim Tomato: Plant must be staked or caged, flattened, globe shaped, 8 - 12 oz., dark red-purple fruit with delicate skin, green shoulders, green tinted flesh, full flavor with slight saltiness that enhances the taste, very juicy.




Tomato Brandywine Heirloom Seeds 50 Seeds

by Botanical Interests

  • Heirloom variety reaching a pound a piece

  • Perhaps the best tasting variety in the world

  • Indeterminate; requires support for best results.

  • Packet contains enough seeds for 15 plants.

  • Lycopersicon lycopersicum




Black From Tula Tomato 30 Seeds - Russian Heirloom

by Hirts: Seed; Tomato

  • Largest of the black tomatoes

  • 4 - 5 in. flattened fruit

  • 8 - 12 oz., dark bown to purple with green shoulders

  • Rich smoky flavor

  • Sets fruit well in hot weather

Largest of the black tomatoes, 4 - 5 in. flattened fruit, 8 - 12 oz., dark bown to purple with green shoulders, rich smoky flavor, sets fruit well in hot weather.


Moneymaker Tomato - 20 Seeds - Old English Heirloom

by Hirts: Seed; Tomato

  • Old English Heirloom

  • 4 oz smooth fruits

  • Sweet flavor and uniform, round fruits

  • Growth Type: Indeterminate

  • Days to Maturity: 75

Old English Heirloom. 4 oz smooth fruits. Easy to grow. Sweet flavor and uniform, round fruits. Meaty! One of the oldest heirloom varieties.


Red Plum Tomato 30 Seeds - Heirloom

by Hirts: Seed; Tomato

  • Heirloom

  • 78 Days to Maturity

  • Indeterminate

  • Large harvests of small plum shaped fruit, perfect for salads

  • 30 Seeds

Large harvests of small plum shaped fruit, perfect for salads. Indeterminate. 78 days.


Heirloom Tomato Seeds - 'Italian Roma' Vegetable Seed Packet (50 Seeds)

by Everwilde Farms, Inc.

This heirloom paste and canning tomato is originally from Italy. Italian Roma tomatoes yield an abundance of 3 to 5 oz. fruit. With great flavor and few seeds, the firm, meaty flesh is great for cooking purposes! About 80 days to maturity.




Bonny Best Heirloom Tomato Seeds - Lycopersicon Esculentum - 0.5 Grams - Approx 125 Gardening Seeds - Vegetable Garden Seed

by Generic Seeds

  • Lycopersicon esculentum

  • 0.5 Grams: Approx 125 Seeds

  • Germination Rate: 85% - Purity: 99% - Country of Origin: USA

  • Days Until Harvest: 75

The Bonny Best tomato is an heirloom variety of tomato with delicious firm fruits. The medium sized fruits resist cracking and have few seeds. Heirloom tomatoes are prized for their heartiness and amazing flavor. Bonny Best plants have indeterminate vines.



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