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Tomato Production

Super Fantastic, Celebrity, and Arkansas traveler
varieties. Photo by Maggie Dwyer


Q: What is your favorite tomato variety for north Texas? — P.O., Dallas


A: My favorite is Super Fantastic but there are many good ones. You might want to take a look at the variety recommendations in my book Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening. But here is an overview of the ones that will give the best production, also some information on bed preparation for best results.


Note on D or I: Determinate tomatoes produce one crop at roughly the same time. Indeterminate produces fruit all growing season.


HYBRIDS size type days   HEIRLOOMS size type days
Celebrity M semi-D 70             Giant Belgium L I 85
Super Fantastic M I 70   Cherokee Purple L I 85
Big Boy L I 78   Green Zebra M D 75
Better Boy L I 72   Risentraube S I 80
Beef Steak L I 85   Wild Currant S I 75
Supersonic M I 80   White Currant S I 75
Piccolo S I 78   Yellow Pear S I 78
Juliet S I 60   Violet Jasper S I 80
Big Beef L I 75   Topaz S I ?
          Giant German Strawberry L I 85


In Soil Planting Bed Preparation. Into the existing soil mix the following:

  • Compost 4”
  • Expanded shale 1”
  • Decomposed granite 1”
  • Dry molasses
  • Lava sand 80 lbs/1000 sq ft
  • Zeolite 80 lbs/1000 sq ft
  • Greensand 40 lbs/1000 sq ft
  • Alfalfa meal at 20 lbs per 1000 sq ft.

Potting Soil for Containers
  • 40% Composted dairy manure
  • 25% Coconut coir
  • 20% Fine ground native tree mulch
  • 10% Expanded shale
  • 5% Soft rock phosphate





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