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Tomatoes can be eaten fresh or as part of a recipe.  Several favorites are ketchup and salsa.  They can be dried where they will last up to 2 years or crushed into powder form where they can last many years.  But the powder will start to lose its flavor over time.

Red tomatoes will continue to turn red after they are picked.  What you are eating on your hamburger and buying at the store have been picked about three weeks before they are really ready for harvesting so they get to us without being spoiled; however,  they lack taste.

But a tomato that has been left to ripen on the vine, has much more taste in it.  Don't be fooled by the "vine left on" gimmick the stores like to use.  These are still harvested about 3 weeks early and leaving them attached to the vine does not make them  taste any better. 

When talking about what kind of tomato to grow, one has many choices to make.

Do I grow indeterminate or determinate?

Indeterminate is a vine type plant.  It will keep growing and producing right up until the first frost.  And if it never froze, it would keep producing.

Determinate tomato plants are a bush type plant.  They will grow to about 4 feet tall, put out all their tomatoes and then they are done for the season.

With the indeterminate type tomato, over a long season, one would expect to get more tomatoes.

If I had the space, I would plant both.

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The next decision one has to make is what size of tomato to grow.

There are many types of tomatoes to grow, but we are only going to focus on six.  They are:

Beefsteak Tomato

Cherry Tomato

Grape Tomato

Paste Tomato

Plum Tomato

Slicing Tomato

How Many Seeds Does It Produce

I am going to list each type of tomato and give "about" how many seeds one can expect to get from that particular type of tomato:

Beefsteak:  75-100

Cherry: 10-20

Grape: 10-15

Paste: 10-15

Plum: 10-15

Slicing: 50-75

These are approximate amounts but they give us something to work with.

How Many Tomatoes

The next thing we need to know is, "How many tomatoes" will each type of plant produce?

This will be dependent on the type of plant, the growing conditions, insects, animals, rain and so forth.

But let's start with an average of what we can expect from a determinate plant (indeterminate plants can produce more):

Beefsteak:  25 to 50

Cherry: 100 to 200

Grape: 100 to 200

Paste: 100 to 200

Plum: 100 to 200

Slicing: 50-75

Once again this is by no means 100% accurate, but gives us someplace to start.

Color of Tomato

Tomatoes come in a variety of colors.

They can mature to green, purple, black, orange, yellow and the favorite red. 

The disadvantage to red tomatoes is birds and other animals are always looking for them.  People scavengers also may be looking for a red tomato.

These are grown above ground so they are susceptible to a number of dangers.

I may want to grow a purple or black tomato in hopes of protecting my crop from some of the above ground dangers.  A person who does not know that tomatoes can come in a number of colors, may pass on a black or purple tomato, thinking that there is something wrong with it.

There is a lot to think about when considering tomatoes.

Families of Tomatoes

Tomatoes come as:

Open Pollinated

Heirloom

Hybrids

You want to make sure you use open pollinated or heirloom seeds.  These produce seeds that can be used for propagating.

You do not want to plant hybrids for seed production.  Hybrids do not do well for seed production.  You never know what you are going to get.

But for the first couple of years, you may want to grow some hybrids since they are more disease resistant.  If you do, make sure you separate them from your open pollinates by at least 100 feet to prevent cross pollination.

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