Summer plants: plant out after last frost in April or May
Tomato plants are sold in individual 3.5" biodegradable peat pots. Peat pots can be planted in the ground to avoid root disturbance, but I recommend tearing strips down the side and bottom of the pot to allow roots to grow quickly out into soil.
Space plants 12-24" apart. Support is strongly recommended.
Cherokee Purple: A long-time favorite with Oklahoma growers who like heirlooms. Large, deep purple fruits with excellent flavor. Decent disease resistance for an heirloom variety. Cherokee Purple is especially cold-tolerant for a tomato, but not heat-tolerant, and so tends to produce fruit well at the beginning of summer, then taper off.
Eva Purple Ball: If you like the fantastic heirloom quality of a Cherokee Purple tomato, but don't mind smaller fruits, try Eva Purple Ball. This heirloom variety is more productive into the heat of summer, and fruit is as tasty as, if not better than, Cherokee Purple.
Brandywine: By far the best-tasting tomato I have ever tasted. Fruits are very large (over a pound) and pink. As an heirloom bred solely for flavor, Brandywine plants will only produce a dozen or so fruits before succumbing to disease, so expect to experience a superb tomato, but not efficiency!
Lemon Boy: Delicious yellow tomatoes on hybrid plants that have more disease-resistance than other yellow varieties. Like most yellow tomatoes, fruits are less acidic than a standard red.
Arkansas Traveler: Long-time standard in the southern U.S. for a reliable, dark-pink slicing tomato with excellent flavor. It's an heirloom, but more disease-resistant and heat-tolerant than most.
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