Besides their early maturity, Early Girls, are
known for the taste, compact but useful size, abundant producing
plants, and disease resistance. Indeterminate, 52 to 62 days.
Bloody Butcher: A well known early season
tomato that produces 2-3 inch red fruit in the 3-4 ounce range
in clusters of 5 to 9. Compact indeteriminate plant that offers
mature fruit in 55+ days. Some growers at DavesGarden report
it to be tasty and delicious, while others disagreed. We are
growing this tomato for our 2010 Growing Journal. We'll put it
to our taste test this year with my wife, the tomato connosieur.
Early Wonder: Unlike the Early Girl, the Early
Wonder is a determinate variety with a very short plant. This
compact tomato is a good producer of pinkish-red tomatoes, 2-3
ounces. Approx. 55 days.
Glacier Heirloom: From Sweden, so you know
it's tolerant to cold weather, making it ideal for Northern
gardeners. Semi-determinate, 2-3 oz fruits, 55-65 days. Great
variety for container growing.
Gregori's Altai Tomato: An early season tomato
that can resist the high temperatures of the Oklahoma Summer
(Hot weather resistant tomato) and is a good producer of pinkish-red
beefsteak style fruit in the heavier range of 8+ ounces in 65-70
days on indeteriminate vines. Reported to be very delicious
with great crop production. Online seed sellers report this
variety comes from Siberia that originated in the Altai Mountains
on the Chinese border and West Siberia, and also near the Kazakhstan
border. Subject of our 2010 Growing Journal
Jetsetter: From our experience, the Jetsetter
is a fast growing tomato. Produces larger fruit than the Early
Girl, average 6 to 8 ounces, but takes a bit longer, 64 days.
This hybrid is an improvement of the popular Jet Star as it
produces earlier and is more disease resistant.
Manitoba: Besides being Dale Dribble's favorite
brand of cigarettes (King of the Hill tv show), the
Manitoba is also an early season tomato that matures 58 to 66
days after transplanting. This determinate, heirloom bush variety
was developed on the prairie lands of Manitoba, Canada, to produce
a tomato that would mature within their short summer season.
The Manitoba is perfect for Northern or colder climates and
is an abundant producer of 4 to 6 ounce fruit, 3 to 4 inches
Oregon Spring: Developed at Oregon State University,
the Oregon Spring was developed for the cool nights and short
summers of the Pacific Northwest. According to an OSU Extension
service website, this tomato was released in 1984 and produces
5 ounce fruits that ripen in early August. Oregon Spring fruit
are not very firm but are useful for the local market (being
firm is more for commercial growers). The Oregon Spring is well
known for having great flavor, very few seeds (making them ideal
for ketchup and sauces). Determinate, 58-60 days.
Pilgrim: Another tomato suited for Northern
& colder climates, the Pilgrim is a determinate, hybrid
tomato that is compact in size and crack resistant. At an average
of 7 ounces, the Pilgrim's fruit are a bit larger than most
other early season tomatoes but it also matures a few days later.
Are those few extra days worth the wait? You be the judge when
you grow these tomatoes. Matures in 68 days. Popular in Canada.
Polar - - - : Polar Baby, Polar Beauty and
Polar Star. A trifecta of 3 cold season cultivars grown on short,
bushy determinate plants capable of producing fruit in the 2
to 4 oz range in 60 to 65 days.
Praire Fire: A cross between a Sub-Arctic
and a beefsteak, this determinate tomato produces 3 to 5 ounce
fruits in 55 days on bushy, compact plants.
New Yorker: A bush size determinate that is
ideal for Northern climates and seasons with short summers.
Produces small to medium size fruit in 66 days.
Siberia and Siberian: There seems to be a
lot of confusion out there about these two tomatoes since their
names are so similar. Since these are 2 different cultivars,
let's try to clear up some of that confusion.
Siberia: From Russia, this famous cold weather
variety can produce fruit in temperatures as low as 38 degrees,
and in 48 to 55 days. A compact, bush variety that only grows
2 to 3 feet, it is wind resistant, cold resistant, and produces
2 to 3 ounce red fruit in clusters. Pleasant tasting, but
reportedly not as delicious as the Siberian. Only requires
a small growing area. Ideal for growing in containers or pots.
Siberian: The Siberian is also from Russia,
and also tolerates the cold well, but not as well as the Siberia
Tomato above. This compact, bush determinate produces slightly
larger, better tasting, 3 to 5 ounce red fruits in 55 to 60
days. Can also be grown in containers or large pots.
Be careful of seed companies that confuse these two tomatoes
from Russia. However, there aren't too many Siberia Tomato
seeds being sold.
About this popular heirloom early season tomato, Seed Savers
Exchange writes: "Dwarf sprawling plants with early
sets of fruits. From the late Edward Lowden collection, seedsman
from Ontario. Egg-shaped 2-3" fruits, good strong flavor.
Not to be confused with Siberia, Siberian is superior in all
qualities. Determinate, 57-60 days." Subject of
our 2010 Growing Journal
Stupice: A Czechoslavakian tomato, the Stupice
is a gardener favorite for it's delcious taste and early production.
This potato leaf tomato produces 2 to 3 inch red fruits on a
compact but indeterminate vine in 55 to 68 days. Pronounced
Stoo-Peech-kah. Subject of our 2010 Growing Journal
Sub Arctic: Another famous, early season cold
tolerant variety that has become the basis for a number of OTHER
new hybrid tomatoes. There are different cultivars of the sub
arctic which include: Sub-Arctic Early, Sub-Arctic Plenty, and
the Sub-Arctic Maxi. All 3 produce small but delicious red tomatoes
on compact, determinate vines in 49 to 62 days, depending on
which cultivar you grow.