Choose tomato varieties based on where you live. Beyond knowing your gardening zone, keep in mind that your immediate location is a microclimate unto itself and can differ from a garden that is just 10 or 20 miles away. That’s why it’s to your benefit to study the types of tomatoes offered at local garden centers. Talk with the personnel and ask what
tomatoes they grow in their home gardens. Contact your local extension and ask for information about the tomato varieties that are most suitable for your area.
You’ll gather a lot of important information – a personalized list of tomato options. Use that list as you consider two more factors.
Choose tomato varieties based on your garden space. How much room will you devote to your tomatoes? If you have lots of space, you can choose indeterminates because they put out branches, leaves and fruit until frost. But are things tight? Determinates and bush varieties take up less room.
Choose tomato varieties based on how you’ll use tomatoes. How do you plan to use tomatoes – in salads, for snacking, for canning, for drying? Flavor may be a consideration, so you may want to go with heirlooms on your list. Or you may simply be concerned with resilience and longevity, which would point you to hybrids.