Tasty tomatoes that live up to the hype
Heirlooms vary in size, shape, color and taste. They have meaty textures, thin skins and tons of flavor.
Varieties include Cherokee Purple, Brandywine and Sunset’s Red Horizon. Yellow heirloom tomatoes tend to be mild and red heirlooms are more acidic.
To decrease disease, heirlooms need wide spacing in both directions to improve airflow.
Heirloom tomatoes grow well in large containers, making them perfect to grow on a sunny deck. In fact, growing them in containers can reduce instances of disease.
The term heirloom applies to tomato varieties that were grown before World War II.