2019 Tomato Varieties at Sandy’s Back Porch!

Our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.

All Purpose | Beefsteak | Canning/Paste  |  Cherry/Grape & Pear
Growth Habit Key | Tomato Diseases

(AAS = All America Selections)
Our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.

If you don’t see something you were looking for or would like, please call us at (618) 235-2004
We will try to get it!

VarietyDays to MaturityDisease ResistantGrowth HabitColorSizeCommentsPot Size
All Purpose Tomatoes
Better Boy70 daysV-F-N-A-StInd.Deep Red1 lb +Juicy & flavorful3.5″
Better Bush       68 daysV-F-NDet.Red8 ozCompact plant. Great for slicing and sandwiches.3.5″
Black Krim (Carbon) – Heirloom80 days Ind.Reddish Black8 ozTangy & Sweet3.5″
Celebrity70 daysV-FF-N-T-A-StSemiRed7 ozCrack resistant3.5″
Cherokee Purple – Heirloom80-90 days Ind.Pinkish Purple8-12 ozUnusually pretty3.5″
Champion II
65 daysV-FF-N-T-AInd.Red6-8 ozEarly, sweet taste
Early Girl57 daysV-F-NInd.Red4-6 ozHeavy yields3.5″
Fourth of July49 days Ind.Red4 ozEarly, heavy yields4.3″
Golden Jubilee – Heirloom80 daysAInd.Golden Orange8-12 ozMild flavor, high yields4.3″
Madame Marmande New!
72 DaysInd.Scarlet and Light Ruby10 oz.Good crack and disease resistance.4.3″
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Beefmaster80 daysV-F-NIndRedUp to 2 lbsGood flavor & crack resistant3.5″
Beefsteak80 daysF-NInd.RedUp to 2 lbsExcellent slicer3.5″
Big Beef73V-FF-N-A-St-T-LBInd.Red10-12 oz +Early, Old Time Tomato Flavor, AAS Winner3.5″
Burpee Big Boy78 days Ind.RedUp to1 lb + 4.3″
Brandy Wine Red – Heirloom90 days Ind.Rosy Pink
1 1/2 lbs
Great flavor3.5″
Steakhouse Hybrid75-80 days Ind.Red24-48 oz.Largest beefsteak tomato! Great flavor.4.3″
Canning / Paste Tomatoes
Fresh Salsa65-75 daysV-FF-NDet.Red4-5 ozMeaty & sweet4.3″
LaRoma III76 days Det.Red5-8 ozAbundant, great flavor3.5″
San Marzano – Heirloom80 daysV-FFInd.Red2-3 ozMeaty, sweet, low acid, Italian standard3.5″
Cherry, Grape and Pear Tomatoes
Baby Boomer New!50-55 daysDet.Red1 oz Extremely prolific. Can be grown in containers.4.3″
Cherry Punch48 days Ind.Red Cherry1 oz
Gread flavor, high in Vitamin C and loads of lycopen4.3″
Juliet60 daysA-LBInd.Red Grape
1-2 ozCrack resistant3.5″
Rapunzel70 daysInd.Red Cherry3/4 – 1 oz
Grows in large clusters. Sweet, juicy3.5″
Red Grape62 daysFAStInd.Red Grape1/2 Red Large clusters, sweet & firm3.5″
Sunsugar72 daysF-TInd.Golden Cherry1″Very sweet & prolific3.5″
Super Sweet 10065 daysV-F-NInd.Red Cherry1″
Very sweet and prolific3.5″

Tomato Growth Habit Key

Determinate means short vines, bushlike, compact, terminal blossom clusters (meaning the top of the stem usually is flowers not foliage). Most produce fruits in a short time span while others may produce all season. Determinate tomatoes can be grown in large containers.

Indeterminate means long vines, subterminal blossom clusters (meaning flowers occur along the sides of the stem), usually produce well until frost. Theses tomatoes need staking or cages.

Semi-determinate-means a happy medium between the above two. Staking these is a good idea.

Tomato Disease Key

F=Fusarium Wilt
Fusarium wilt symptoms begin in tomatoes as slight vein clearing on outer leaflets and drooping of leaf petioles. Later the lower leaves wilt, turn yellow and die and the entire plant may be killed, often before the plant reaches maturity. In many cases a single shoot wilts before the rest of the plant shows symptoms or one side of the plant is affected first. If the main stem is cut, dark, chocolate-brown streaks may be seen running lengthwise through the stem. This discoloration often extends upward for some distance and is especially evident at the point where the petiole joins the stem.
FF=Fusarium Wilt Races 1 and 2

V=Verticillium Wilt
Verticillium wilt symptoms on tomatoes are similar to those of Fusarium wilt. Often no symptoms are seen until the plant is bearing heavily or a dry period occurs. The bottom leaves become pale, then tips and edges die and leaves finally die and drop off. V-shaped lesions at leaf tips are typical of Verticillium wilt of tomato. Infected plants usually survive the season but are somewhat stunted and both yields and fruits may be small depending on severity of attack.

N= Nematodes
Plant parasitic nematodes, are small microscopic roundworms which live in the soil and attack the roots of plants. Yield reductions can be extensive but vary significantly between plant and nematode species. In addition to the direct crop damage caused by nematodes, many of these species have also been shown to predispose plants to infection by fungal or bacterial pathogens or to transmit virus diseases, which contributes to additional yield reductions.

T=Tobacco Mosaic Virus
The foliage shows mosaic (mottled) areas with alternating yellowish and dark green areas. Leaves are sometimes fern-like in appearance and sharply pointed. Infections of young plants reduce fruit set and occasionally cause blemishes and distortions of the fruit. The dark green areas of the mottle often appear thicker and somewhat elevated giving the leaves a blister-like appearance.

A= Alternaria Stem Canker (Early Blight)
Symptoms appear on stems, leaves, and fruit. Dark brown to black cankers with concentric zonation occur on stems near the soil line or above ground. Cankers enlarge, girdle the stem before harvest, and kill the plants. Vascular tissue about 2 inches above and below the cankers exhibit brown streaks. Dark brown to black areas of dead tissue between leaf veins are caused by a toxin produced by the fungus.

LB=Late Blight
The tomato plant disease late blight, caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans, occurs during periods of cool, rainy weather that may come at the end of a growing season. It looks almost like frost damage on leaves, causing irregular green-black splotches. Fruits may have large, irregular-shape brown blotches that quickly become rotten.

St=Stemphylium Grey Leaf Spot
The disease is limited to the leaf blades. The fungus infects plants from the earliest seedling stage to maturity. Initial symptoms include one to several minute brownish black specks that appear on both surfaces of the leaf. The area changes in color from brownish black to grayish brown, as the spots enlarge and these centers crack and partially drop out to give the leaf a shot-hole appearance. The entire leaf then turns yellow, droops, and eventually dies.

Note: Most heirloom tomatoes do not have disease resistance like  hybrid tomatoes do. They tend to be more susceptible to diseases, such as blight and Fusarium or Verticullium Wilts.


(618) 235-2004
2004 West Blvd
 • Belleville, IL 62221


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