You Can Enjoy Delicious, Home-Grown Tomatoes
You can grow your own Tasty Tomatoes! Stop by your local SummerWinds Nursery to explore our fabulous selection of determinate and indeterminate tomatoes—including heirloom varieties—available seasonally, while supplies last. Check out our top choices below...
The Benefits of Home-Grown Tomatoes
There is nothing more delicious than a fresh tomato, right out of the garden. Growing tomatoes in Arizona is surprisingly easy and can offer tasty, fresh-off-the-vine snacks and homemade sauces throughout the year! The tomato plant comes in many varieties, including heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and Roma grape tomatoes. At SummerWinds Nursery, our experts can answer all of your questions about the different varieties, planting tomatoes, and how to grow tomatoes.
Tomatoes are not only delicious, they're nutritious:
- High in Vitamins, A, C and K
- Great Dietary Source of Potassium
- High in Antioxidants and Lycopene
- Garden fresh tomatoes ensure nutrient integrity
Tomato plants are low maintenance and generally prefer a location in full-sun. The best time for planting tomatoes is March, as these plants prefer when the temperature is between 55° and 95° F. Water your tomato plant at its base (don’t water the leaves) once a week during the cooler months and 2 – 3 times a week during the warmer months.
Determinate Verses Indeterminate Tomatoes
Determinate tomato plants are also known as "bush" tomatoes and generally grow to a compact height of 3 to 4 feet tall.
- They stop growing when fruit sets on the top bud
- All tomatoes on the plant usually ripen during a period of 1-2 weeks and at approximately the same time
- Well suited for container planting and need little staking for support.
Indeterminate tomato plants grow and produce fruit until they are killed by frost.
- Although many grow to 6 feet tall, some varieties can grow up to 12 feet tall.
- Indeterminate plants will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the growing season.
- Because of their height and fruit production, indeterminate tomato plants require generous staking for support.
Stop by SummerWinds Nursery today to pick up a colorful tomato cage to support whichever variety you enjoy!
Now Available at SummerWinds
- Beefsteak – Indeterminate. 85 Days to harvest. Huge 2-pound fruits are juicy, meaty and full of flavor. Ideal for slicing.
- Black Cherry (a) – Indeterminate. 75 Days to harvest. Huge 2-pound fruits are juicy, meaty and full of flavor. Ideal for slicing.
- Black Krim – Indeterminate. 70-90 Days to harvest. Dark red-purple fruits with a rich, sweet flavor. An heirloom from Russia with very large 8 oz. fruits. Highly regarded for it’s excellent, bold taste.
- Cherokee Green – Indeterminate. 80 Days to harvest. Similar in plant habit, fruit shape and size to the Cherokee Purple tomato (described next). Boasts a bright green interior with a skin that has a yellowish hue when ripe.
- Cherokee Purple – Indeterminate. 80 Days to harvest. Beautiful heirloom weighing in at about 1 pound and filled with intense violet-purple hues. Believed to have originated more than 120 years ago, this heavy bearing vine truly is a treasure from the past.
- Early Girl – Indeterminate. 57 Days to harvest. Meaty red early fruits. 4 to 6 oz. Heavy yields on hardy vines.
- Green Zebra – Indeterminate. 78 Days to harvest. A result of four heirlooms bred together, this tomato boasts beautiful emerald green striped 2 oz. tomatoes with flavorful green flesh. Great fresh or canned.
- Indigo Rose (c) – Determinate. 70 Days to harvest. All-purpose variety with superb flavor, disease resistance and heavy yields of 7 oz. fruits.
- Jet Star – Indeterminate. 72 Days to harvest. Red fruits can get 8 – 9 oz. in weight. Tomatoes are firm, meaty, low-acid and crack-resistant.
- Large Red Cherry – Indeterminate. 72 Days to harvest. An excellent salad tomato. High yields over a long season. Green fruits may be pickled while ripe ones can be used fresh or for preserves.
- Red Brandywine (b) – Indeterminate. 76-100 Days to harvest. Large-lobed, beefsteak-shaped fruit that's great for slicing. These thin-skinned, pinkish-red tomatoes are favorful without being acidic.
- Speckled Roman – Indeterminate. 85 Days to harvest. Beautiful oblong, flesh-dense fruits with orange-yellow striped bright red skin and a dense solid red interior. Excellent off the vine or in sauces.
- Sun Gold Cherry – Indeterminate. 55-65 Days to harvest. This hybrid golden orange tomato is considered to be among the sweetest tomatoes with a tangy flavor. Plant can grow to be 8 to 10 feet tall or more and produces up to 1 oz. fruits until it frosts.
- Sweet 100 – Indeterminate. 70 Days to harvest. Long, pendulous clusters of sweet scarlet red 1 oz. cherry-size fruits. Great for snacking and salads. Produce over a long season.
- Sweetie – Indeterminate. 65 Days to harvest. These red cherry tomatoes grow in grape-like clusters to be .75-1 inch round in size. Boasts a hearty flavor, low-acidity and early harvest.
- Yellow Brandywine – Indeterminate. 76-100 Days to harvest. A rich-flavored, golden-yellow version of a Brandywine tomato when ripe. Fruits are often ribbed, flattened, round fruits. Great for slicing.
- Yellow Pear (d) – Indeterminate. 75 Days to harvest. Large potato-leaf vines produce deep-red, meaty fruits up to 2 inches in size with an excellent mild, non-acidic flavor rated by many as simply the best!
Hybrid Tomatoes vs. Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom: Generally speaking, most heirloom varieties were introduced before 1940. Heirloom varieties can be grown from seed. Heirloom tomatoes are not as disease resistant as hybrid tomato plants but they're relished for their multigenerational taste.
Hybrid: Hybrid tomato plants are generally more resistant to disease. They are created from two different varieties with desirable traits, including: disease resistance, their ability to grow in hot or cold climates, or taste, texture and size.
Want to Know How to Grow the Tastiest Tomatoes?
At SummerWinds Nursery, we recommend the following soils, amendments and fertilizers to help you grow absolutely fabulous tomatoes:
- Strawberry Fields™ Potting Soil
Strawberry Fields™ Fruiting & Flowering Potting Soil is designed to pump up your blooms, fruits and berries with no hang-ups.
- E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food The 4-5-3 tomato and vegetable food can be used throughout your vegetable
garden, in addition to being used with soft fruits (such as strawberries) to produce high-quality fruits and vegtables. Registered
- Worm Castings: At SummerWinds, we offer two types of worm castings:
- E.B. Stone Organics Super Earthworm Castings An ideal addition to local soils, this organic soil conditioner helps
improve the overall health of your soil. Registered cdfa.
- WormGold® Plus Pure Worm Castings
A great organic addition to potting soil mixes. In addition to being used as a soil amendment, can also be used for making compost tea.
- HuMic Granular Humic Acid (by Fertilome)
HuMic Granular Humic Acid soil amendment is for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, indoor plants and compost bins. It is a highly concentrated soil conditioner. Its humic acids enhance nutrient uptake, stimulates soil microbial life and encourages root development.
- Natural Guard Soil Activator (by VPG Fertilome) Natural Guard Soil Activator is a safe, natural way to help your lawn
clippings compost and return to the soil valuable nutrients found in grass clippings and thatch. Promotes the chelation of available
nutrients, assists in nutrient uptake, and improves the growth of beneficial microorganisms.
- Maxi-Cal 10-0-0 Fertilizer (by Grow More)
Maxi-Cal liquid is a bio-effective formulation that prevents or corrects physiological calcium and micronutrient deficiencies. Contains 10 percent calcium plus eight micros. Improves quality of fruits and vegetables. Corrects blossem end rot in tomatoes, peppers, melons and broccoli.
- Extreme Plant Food Tomato Blend (by Dave Owens, the Organic Garden Guy) An all natural, slow release plant food that is
high in nitrogen with added calcium to prevent blossom end rot. It feeds your vegetables and promotes mico biotic activity in the soil.
This product contains Mycorrhizae (beneficial fungi) that increases the ability of the plant to get nutrients from the soil. It also
helps to prevent transplant shock and increases your plant's resistance to disease. It will increase plant growth, vitality and production
Want to learn more? Speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors.