First question: How much space or how many containers do you have? You can plant and stake 2 indeterminate tomatoes into a whiskey barrel size container and they grow comfortably. In ground tomatoes should be planted 2-3’ apart. So let’s pretend you have 3 huge conatianers or a 6×4 plot. That would mean a max of 6 tomatoes. I would go with 1 or 2 cherry tomatoes and a hybrid tomatoe along with 2 heirlooms and possibly a plum.
Now why this diversity you ask? Cherries will keep you in a nice caprese salad all summer. They new varieties have every taste (and color) to suit your palette. Rich full flavored Black Cherry is sure to please. Or if you love the sweet tomato flavors, and then Sungold will do the trick. If you are big on texture, then try a Juliet Grape Tomato. If you like to share with a neighbor? Supersweet 100 will keep you in classic cherry tomatoes in abundance this summer.
Next the hybrid, I would choose one because most are breed for disease resistance, and higher yeild and I like the sound of a garentee! Also if pressed on space we have a few space saver tomates bred for container growing specifically.
Now my reason for the Heirlooms, aka “Ugly Tomatoes” by now I hope you have become familiar with their phenominal taste! One bite is a step back in time when everything just tasted better. If you are a fanatic about tomato flavor, you need to try one. While some may not be as prolific as hybrids, and some are later maturing they are worth the wait! Brandywine tomatoes of any color are a standard in the heirloom category.
Lastly a plum tomato. It is not just for cooking. It can be eaten fresh, and has less juice so if you do like cooking with fresh tomatoes a plum will hold up. While most standard tomatoes will reduce to nothing being of such a high liquid content.
We have a huge selection of tomatoes for our Spring Flower Fair(close to 90 varieies) so come chat with us about our particular favorites. Happy Gardening.