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Tomato Selector Guide

Tomato Selector Guide

Step 1 - Tomato Type  |  Step 2 - Tomato Variety  |  Step 3 - Sowing and Growing  |  Step 4 - Enjoy!

If you're not sure what type of tomato you want to grow and are a bit overwhelmed with the huge range available then use our easy tomato selector guide to help you find your perfect tomato!

Step 1: Select your tomato type

There are four main types of tomatoes, each with their own culinary uses as explained below:

Cherry tomatoes

  • - The smallest and often sweetest tomatoes, from grape size to 25g fruits.
  • - Cherry tomatoes are ideal for adding to salads, pasta dishes or for roasting whole.

Medium tomatoes

  • - Also known as ‘salad’ tomatoes.
  • - These are good all-round tomatoes in the kitchen.

Beefsteak Tomatoes

  • - The biggest tomatoes, often weighing 200g or more!
  • - Beefsteak tomatoes have a meaty texture, ideal for grilling, stuffing and adding to sandwiches.

Plum tomatoes

  • - Available in ‘cherry’ size or larger, plum tomatoes have an oval shape
  • - They are very fleshy, generally having fewer seeds, making them ideal for sauces, soups or sun drying.

Cordon and bush tomatoes explained

Cordon/Indeterminate tomatoes - these varieties of tomato plant are the most common and are grown as cordons (single stemmed plants with side shoots removed). They will grow very tall - sometimes taller than 2.5m in very warm conditions.

Bush/Determinate - these varieties stop growing sooner than indeterminate varieties with the stem ending in a fruit truss. They are referred to as ‘bush’ and ‘dwarf’ types (suitable as hanging basket tomatoes) and don’t require any pruning.

Semi-determinate - these are similar to indeterminate varieties (grown as cordons) only they produce shorter plants.

For more information read our ‘How to Grow Tomatoes’ guide.

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Bush tomatoes are great in patio containers

Bush tomatoes such as Losetto or Tumbling Tom Yellow are perfect for containers on the patio.

Tomatoes come in a range of different colours and shapes

Tomatoes come in a range of different colours and shapes, such as Rainbow Blend.

Step 2: Select your tomato variety

Cherry Tomatoes  |  Salad Tomatoes  |  Beefsteak Tomatoes  |  Plum Tomatoes

Now you’ve chosen which type of tomato you’d like to grow you can narrow your choice down further by choosing whether it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor cultivation, whether it can be grown in a container or hanging basket and whether it has blight resistance. For more information on tomato blight click here. All tomato plants can be grown in the ground, grow bags or in patio containers; however the shortest varieties are the most suitable for containers as they don’t require staking. View our guides below to help you select the right tomato for you. You can either scroll down the page to browse or click on the tomato types above to view all varieties for that type; then simply click on the variety name for more information on that variety.

See below for our full list of Cherry tomato varieties:

 Cherry tomatoes   Cordon    Semi- 
 Bush   Green- 
 Outdoor   Container   Basket   Blight
 Salad   Sauce   Roast 
Tomato 'Bajaja'      
Tomato 'Balconi Red'     
Tomato 'Balconi Yellow'     
Tomato 'Balconi' Collection     
Tomato 'Berry' F1 Hybrid       
Tomato 'Black Cherry'      
Tomato 'Cherrola' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Cherrola' F1 Hybrid
(plug plant)
Tomato 'Cherry Cascade'     
Tomato 'Falcorosso' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Gardener's Delight'      
Tomato 'Gartenperle'     
Tomato 'Golden Cherry' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Ildi'      
Tomato 'Losetto'    
Tomato 'Losetto' (plug plant)    
Tomato 'Maskotka'     
Tomato 'Red Alert'      
Tomato 'Rosada' F1 Hybrid       
Tomato 'Suncherry Premium'
F1 Hybrid
Tomato 'Suncherry Premium'
F1 Hybrid

(plug plant)
Tomato 'Sungold' (plug plant)      
Tomato 'Sungold' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Sungrape' F1 Hybrid       
Tomato 'Sweet 'n' Neat Cherry Red'     
Tomato 'Sweet Aperitif' (plug plant)      
Tomato 'Sweet Baby'      
Tomato 'Sweet Million' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Sweetest Tomato Duo'      
Tomato 'Terenzo' F1 Hybrid     
Tomato 'Tumbling Junior' F1 Hybrid     
Tomato 'Tumbling Tiger' F1 Hybrid     
Tomato 'Tumbling Tom Red'     
Tomato 'Tumbling Tom Yellow'     
Tomato 'Tumbling Tom' Collection     
Tomato 'Vilma'      

See below for our full list of Salad tomato varieties:

 Cherry tomatoes   Cordon    Semi- 
 Bush   Green- 
 Outdoor   Container   Basket   Blight
 Salad   Sauce   Roast 
Tomato 'Ailsa Craig'       
Tomato 'Alicante'       
Tomato 'Black Russian' - Heritage       
Tomato 'Cossack' F1 Hybrid       
Tomato 'Craigella' - Heritage       
Tomato 'Cristal' F1 Hybrid        
Tomato 'Ferline' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Ferline' F1 Hybrid
(plug plant)
Tomato 'Glacier'       
Tomato 'Golden Sunrise'       
Tomato 'Moneymaker'       
Tomato 'Orkado' F1 Hybrid        
Tomato 'Pintyno' F1 Hybrid
- SowStrong® Collection
Tomato 'Shirley' F1 Hybrid        
Tomato 'Stupice'       
Tomato 'Sungella'       
Tomato 'Tamina'       
Tomato 'The Amateur' - Heritage       
Tomato 'Tigerella'       
Tomato 'Zlatava'
- SowStrong® Collection

See below for our full list of Beefsteak tomato varieties:

 Beefsteak tomatoes   Cordon    Semi-
 Bush   Greenhouse   Outdoor   Container   Basket   Blight
 Salad   Sauce   Roast 
Tomato 'Brandywine' -
Tomato 'Brutus' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Costoluto Genovese'      
Tomato 'Country Taste' F1 Hybrid      
Tomato 'Cuore di Bue'     
Tomato 'Il Pantano Romanesco'     
Tomato 'Legend'       
Tomato 'Satyna' F1 Hybrid-
SowStrong® Collection
Tomato 'Striped Stuffer' -
Tomato 'Super Marmande'      
Tomato 'Yellow Stuffer' -

See below for our full list of Plum tomato varieties:

 Plum tomatoes   Cordon    Semi-
 Bush   Greenhouse   Outdoor   Container   Basket   Blight
 Salad   Sauce   Roast 
Tomato 'Il San Marzano Lungo'       
Tomato 'Principe Borghese'      
Tomato 'Rainbow Blend' F1 Hybrid     
Tomato 'Rainbow Blend' F1 Hybrid
(plug plants)
Tomato 'Rio Grande'       
Tomato 'Roma Nano'       
Tomato 'Roma VF'     

Step 3: Sow and grow your tomatoes

The next step is to sow your tomato seeds or pot on your tomato plug plants. Click here to view our ‘how to’ guide for sowing and growing tomato plants.

Step 4: Enjoy your delicious tomato crop

Enjoy your crop - there’s nothing more delicious than home grown tomatoes picked at the peak of their ripeness!

Tomatoes are a very healthy fruit, high in the compound Lycopene which has antioxidant properties. Lycopene is more readily dissolved in fats than water so it is recommended to serve your tomatoes with a small amount of olive oil dressing. For more information on healthy eating, click here.

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Sue Sanderson

Written by: Sue Sanderson

Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.