This is the final list of tomatoes I am growing this year:
Market Miracle – Siberian. Determinate, 8-12 oz (~227-340 grams) red tomato
Amateur’s Dream – Siberian. Indeterminate. Big, bright red tomato. This plant has outgrown ALL the others and it now looks like a small tree. Short but with a very thick stem.
Black Russian – Indeterminate. Medium size black tomato. Someone claims that when dried, they have a delicious smoky flavor. I will have to try that.
Perestroika – Siberian. Indeterminate. 8-10 oz (~227-283 grams) orange-red tomato.
Urbikany – Siberian. Determinate. Very early 2 inch (5 cm) red tomato.
Galina – Siberian. Indeterminate. 1 inch (2.5 cm) yellow tomato. Sweet.
Maskotka – Determinate. 1 – 1.25 oz (25-35 grams) red cherry tomato.
Jet Star – Indeterminate. Hybrid. Medium size red tomato.
Yellow Pear – Indeterminate. 1 inch (2.5cm) yellow pear shaped tomato. This one I actually grew two years ago. Because it did not produce fruit in the Spring or early Summer, I let the two plants go. They did not die but thrived and then they started producing like crazy in late Summer and produced all the way to October. I liked the flavor of this tomato. I did not try to grow it last year but just a few days ago I decided to plant a few seeds of it to see what happens.
Golden Jubilee – Indeterminate. Yellow softball size tomato.
Brandywine – Indeterminate. Large, beefsteak type tomato. I failed to stake them properly last year and they broke in half during a thunderstorm midseason.
Alien unknown cherry – I planted a cherry tomato last year. I lost the packet and I don’t remember the type. The plant grew and grew. I did not know last year about pruning tomato plants to a single vine so I just kept tying the vines to stakes. This year I have a bunch of volunteer seedlings from that plant. I took two of them and put them in a container.
I have come to the conclusion that one lifetime is not enough to try every tomato variant out there but I will have fun trying. Also, there is ALWAYS something new to learn about tomatoes.
I went with mostly Siberian tomatoes this year because I wanted early fruit. I put the Siberian tomatoes ouside when the highs were hardly in the 40’s and the lows were often near freezing and none of the plants died. (I did lose a couple to very high winds). I did get to eat one Black Russian tomato last year and it was indeed rich and flavorful with a taste unlike any of the red tomatoes I’ve ever eaten.