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[Tomato Dirt #250] What are heirloom tomatoes? FAQs
February 24, 2022

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 12, Number 4

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FEATURE: What Are Heirloom Tomatoes? FAQs

Amid all the tomato gardening chatter, there’s one question that’s asked over and over: what are heirloom tomatoes? And why all the fuss?

Today’s feature offers some frequently asked questions and answers about heirlooms. Read on to learn what are heirloom tomatoes and why you may want to grow them in your garden.

Q. What are heirloom tomatoes and how are they different from regular tomatoes?

Many refer to the symmetrical red globes in the grocery store as “regular” tomatoes. Most of those fruit are hybrids – the result of intentionally cross-pollinating two different tomato varieties.

Hybrids are bred for durability. They are cultivated both commercially and in the home garden.

Heirloom tomatoes, on the other hand, are tomato varieties that …

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More about Choosing Tomato Varieties

How to Understand How Tomato Varieties Are Classified Heirlooms and Hybrids: What’s the Difference? All-America Selections for Tomatoes 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

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