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!

Variety Days to Maturity Disease Resistant Growth Habit Color Size Comments Pot Size
All Purpose Tomatoes
Better Boy 70 days V-F-N-A-St Ind. Deep Red 1 lb + Juicy & flavorful 3.5″
Better Bush       68 days V-F-N Det. Red 8 oz Compact plant. Great for slicing and sandwiches. 3.5″
Black Krim (Carbon) – Heirloom 80 days   Ind. Reddish Black 8 oz Tangy & Sweet 3.5″
Celebrity 70 days V-FF-N-T-A-St Semi Red 7 oz Crack resistant 3.5″
Cherokee Purple – Heirloom 80-90 days   Ind. Pinkish Purple 8-12 oz Unusually pretty 3.5″
Champion II
65 days V-FF-N-T-A Ind. Red 6-8 oz Early, sweet taste
Early Girl 57 days V-F-N Ind. Red 4-6 oz Heavy yields 3.5″
Fourth of July 49 days   Ind. Red 4 oz Early, heavy yields 4.3″
Golden Jubilee – Heirloom 80 days A Ind. Golden Orange 8-12 oz Mild flavor, high yields 4.3″
Madame Marmande New!
72 Days Ind. Scarlet and Light Ruby 10 oz. Good crack and disease resistance. 4.3″
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Beefmaster 80 days V-F-N Ind Red Up to 2 lbs Good flavor & crack resistant 3.5″
Beefsteak 80 days F-N Ind. Red Up to 2 lbs Excellent slicer 3.5″
Big Beef 73 V-FF-N-A-St-T-LB Ind. Red 10-12 oz + Early, Old Time Tomato Flavor, AAS Winner 3.5″
Burpee Big Boy 78 days   Ind. Red Up to1 lb +   4.3″
Brandy Wine Red – Heirloom 90 days   Ind. Rosy Pink
1 1/2 lbs
Great flavor 3.5″
Steakhouse Hybrid 75-80 days   Ind. Red 24-48 oz. Largest beefsteak tomato! Great flavor. 4.3″
Canning / Paste Tomatoes
Fresh Salsa 65-75 days V-FF-N Det. Red 4-5 oz Meaty & sweet 4.3″
LaRoma III 76 days   Det. Red 5-8 oz Abundant, great flavor 3.5″
San Marzano – Heirloom 80 days V-FF Ind. Red 2-3 oz Meaty, sweet, low acid, Italian standard 3.5″
Cherry, Grape and Pear Tomatoes
Baby Boomer New! 50-55 days Det. Red 1 oz Extremely prolific. Can be grown in containers. 4.3″
Cherry Punch 48 days   Ind. Red Cherry 1 oz
Gread flavor, high in Vitamin C and loads of lycopen 4.3″
Juliet 60 days A-LB Ind. Red Grape
1-2 oz Crack resistant 3.5″
Rapunzel 70 days Ind. Red Cherry 3/4 – 1 oz
Grows in large clusters. Sweet, juicy 3.5″
Red Grape 62 days FASt Ind. Red Grape 1/2 Red Large clusters, sweet & firm 3.5″
Sunsugar 72 days F-T Ind. Golden Cherry 1″ Very sweet & prolific 3.5″
Super Sweet 100 65 days V-F-N Ind. Red Cherry 1″
Very sweet and prolific 3.5″

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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