What is an heirloom tomato? Many gardeners know the term but don’t really know what it means. Luckily it is a pretty easy definition. An heirloom tomato is one that comes true from seed, unlike modern hybrid varieties. Hybrids (your typical grocery store tomatoes), have been carefully crossbred to have particular characteristics like resistance to pests and diseases, and firm flesh and thick skin.
So why choose an heirloom? FLAVOR, lots of it.
Many heirloom tomatoes are vulnerable to cracking open on the vine. You can help keep them from cracking by keeping the soil evenly moist and using an organic slow-release fertilizer.
Most heirloom tomatoes grow nicely in large containers, making them perfect plants to grow on a sunny deck or patio. Added bonus if your patio is right off of your kitchen for easy access to those delicious treats!
Pick a sunny spot! All heirloom tomatoes grow best in a spot that has full sun (at least six to eight hours of sun per day). They also like moist, well-drained soil that is rich with organic matter such as compost.
Burnett’s Country Gardens caries many varieties of Heirloom tomatoes. Come in and talk with one of our experts about how you can incorporate an heirloom into your summer garden this year!