Fruiting Vegetables: Tomatoes

Learn more about fruiting vegetables — particularly tomatoes — with our thorough plant guide that shows you when to sow and harvest, plus the best conditions for these plants.

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tomato 'Totem' F1

A dwarf upright bush variety that is the perfect size for patio containers and large window boxes. It crops well outdoors: by midsummer, its trusses are heavy with small, tasty red fruits.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early spring to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Tumbler' F1

Ideal outdoors in hanging baskets or large containers, this bush tomato has stems that trail attractively over the side of a pot. It provides a prolific crop of sweet, red cherry tomatoes.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early spring to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Early Bush Cherry'

Easy to grow and quick to ripen, this bush variety does well outdoors in containers, or in a greenhouse. Itshuge numbers of small, round, cherrylike fruits have a sweet flavor.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early spring to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Sungold' F1

Masses of incredibly sweet, orange cherry tomatoes make this a popular variety. It is a cordon tomato, so needs staking and side-shooting. It grows well under glass or outdoors.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early spring to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Sweet Olive' F1

For baby plum tomatoes that grow outdoors, try this reliable cordon variety. The clusters of scarlet fruits have an excellent, intense flavor, and the skins do not split readily. Plants may require some staking.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Shirley' F1

This dependable greenhouse variety yields heavy crops of large, rounded, scarlet fruits, even in poor weather conditions. A cordon variety, it requires staking and side-shooting, but has some disease resistance.
Sow: Midwinter to early spring
Harvest: Early summer to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Tigerella' F1

Unusual red fruits striped with yellow make this variety stand out, but they also taste delicious and mature early. A cordon tomato that crops well indoors and outside.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early spring to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Gardener's Delight'

Perfect for a sheltered spot outside or a greenhouse, this is an extremely popular cordon tomato variety because of its bumper crops of fine-flavored, large cherry tomatoes.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Ferline' F1

An excellent cordon tomato producing large, rounded, red fruits, with increased blight tolerance. Plantsgrow well inside or out, and the fruits have a rich flavor.
Sow: Indoors - midwinter to mid-spring; Outdoors - early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Supersweet 100' F1

For long trusses of juicy, sugary, scarlet fruits, this is a great variety to try under glass. With good resistance to verticillium wilt, these vigorous cordon plants are easy to grow and yield reliably generous crops.
Sow: Midwinter to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Super Marmande'

This variety has a bushy habit, but benefits from some support. The large fleshy, puckered fruits are bursting with flavor and are a favorite in France. Plants thrive outdoors in warm areas.
Sow: Midwinter to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Tomato 'Summer Sweet' F1

An early plum tomato for a sunny spot outdoors or in a greenhouse, this cordon variety yields plenty of small, tasty, red fruits over a long season. Plants have resistance to fusarium to help ensure a good crop.
Sow: Midwinter to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun