Should You Grow Hybrid or Heirloom Tomatoes?

Summer has several tomato varieties, making garden selection difficult. Which is better, ‘heirloom’ or ‘hybrid’ tomato names? We explore hybrid and conventional tomato pros and cons and highlight six exceptional varieties.

Heirloom Tomato Pros and Con

Before 1950, many families and communities passed it on. Nature pollinates them with wind or insects. Saving seeds ensures consistent tomato production, variation in shapes, sizes, and colors, and high quality.

Hybrid Tomato Pros and Con

Cross-pollinated plants from two parents under controlled conditions.Hybrid tomato seeds can malfunction and produce different tomatoes next year. Bred for disease resistance, faster maturity, higher yields, and  

Hybrid vs. Heirloom Tomatoes

Growers profit from both tomatoes. In his garden, Epic Tomatoes author and Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project co-leader Craig LeHoullier has cultivated hundreds of heirloom tomatoes for decades. “  

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Organic?

Growing heirloom tomatoes organically or conventionally depends on the gardener's intentions. To be organic, tomato plants must not utilise synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.  

Are Hybrid Tomatoes GMO?

Many associate hybrid tomatoes with GMOs, although they are different. Cross-pollinated hybrid tomatoes are not genetically modified. Genetically modified crops contain foreign genes.

The Best Heirloom and Hybrid Tomato Varietie

We've selected six great heirloom and hybrid tomato types to start your garden. Find them in your favorite seed catalogue or nursery.

Heirloom Tomatoes to Grow

Cherokee Purple - Craig preserved and distributed this heirloom seed to gardeners worldwide. He says, “It never fails to excel in vigour, yield, and flavour, and the dusky rose colour certainly catches the eye.”  

Hybrid Tomatoes to Grow

Sunglow hybrid cherry tomatoes are popular with gardeners for good reason. “There simply is no tomato with the particular complexity of flavor that Sunglow possesses,” adds Craig. “Truly addictive!”  

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