More Tomatoes for Deserts

I just stumbled upon your website and started reading the page on tomato varieties to grow in desert areas. I wanted to post a comment on the page but I see it's Facebook comments only and I won't use Facebook so I dug around until I found this.

A few varieties I've had tremendous success with in summer temps of 100+F and dry, dry, dry air that aren't on your list are:

Amish Paste (most awesome paste I've found for this desert, thrives where Romas fail)
Super Sioux (nice slicer and canner)
Cherokee Purple (another great slicer and canner)
Black PlumStupice (small, sweet salad tomato and if set out by mid-May can be ripe by the first week in July)
Wonder Light (yellow, lemon-shaped paste with slightly lemony flavor)
Tip Top (determinate--one year they had a beautiful crop and the chickens got out of their pen and stripped the vines of every fruit, they set another crop and still had plenty of time to ripen before frost)
Mortgage Lifter (they are pretty much everything they're claimed to be: large, beautiful, meaty and tasty fruits)

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Mar 09, 2015
Low Desert NEW
by: Sandy

I've had minimal success with tomatoes, considering the water they require in the low desert. However, here are a few that I've had success with from time to time: Rutger's Improved, Early Girl, Prime Beef Goliath Hybrid, Super Suoix, and Yellow Pear. It's important to enrich the soil with lots of organic material (compost) and to use a mulch layer on top of the soil to conserve water. Working in compost to the soil helps the desert soils hold moisture. Mulch helps protect the soil from sun and wind so it remains a good temperature for the roots, and prevents evaporation of water.

Feb 27, 2015
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by: sousa

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More Tomatoes for Deserts NEW
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Jun 07, 2014
Porter's tomatoes NEW
by: Anonymous

If you want Porter tomatoes, seeds are available from Burrell's Seeds at Rocky Ford, Colorado 81067. I have grown Porter's tomatoes from their seeds for years, with great results.

Mar 18, 2014
heat tolerant and dry weather tomatoes NEW
by: darrell

your site is very generic. I ask for a very heat tolerant tomato plant. the porter is really all you show.. and what is open pollinated mean?? I used to buy porter improved plants, cant find them for several years. how about early girl plants. had some luck with them. we have hot weather in late june, all of july and all of august--- help????

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