Grow a Beautiful Basketful of

Heirloom Tomatoes In Your Garden

In this photograph I took during a fall harvest years ago, you will see some of my favorite varieties including Aunt Ruby's German Green, Brown Derby, Yellow Brandywine, Paul Robeson, Dagma's Perfection, Carmello, Japanese Black Trifele, Black Cherry, Green Zebra, Black Plum, Sun Gold, Azoychka, Green Giant, Costoluto Genovese, Marianna's Peace, Brandywine OTV, Kellogg's Breakfast, Green Grape, Sunset's Red Horizon and Momotaro.

These delightful tomatoes are as easy to grow as the common hybrids and need no special care other than fluffy, deeply amended, healthy soil, lots of sunshine, moderate watering, clean garden practices and sturdy support. Most of these plants will get really big, up to 7 feet tall, 3 feet wide.

The dwarf varieties are small, shrubby, 2 to 3 feet tall, vigorous plants with lots of beautiful tomatoes from cherries like Moby's Cherry on up to the big ones like Wild Fred!

There are more than 3,000 varieties of heirloom or heritage tomatoes in active cultivation worldwide and more than 15,000 known varieties. 

We have narrowed it down for you in The Big List, way down below.

 

Goldfinch

PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ORDER:

COVID-19 pandemic slowdowns, supply chain challenges and various weird choices made by Louis 'No Joy' De Joy, are delaying Post Office Priority Mail 10 to 15 days to Central, Mid-West, Eastern & Southern regions: (meaning dead plants).

So, we are shipping Express Mail only to those regions - costs more, about 2 times the cost of priority mail. Expensive - but your plants arrive alive and beautiful in 1 to 3 days.

I wish it were not so, but we're grownups so have to deal with reality. 

You do have the option of choosing the less expensive Priority mail, but at your own risk of receiving dead plants.

Great News for the Western States: CA, NV, AZ, UT, OR, WA, ID and most of NM, we ship with GLS Courier Service -- so normal shipping costs and quick transit times of 1 to 2 days still apply.

 

Paul Robeson

 

The New Big List for 2022 has been posted!   See it below.

Ordering for spring plants begins Monday,

November 1st. at 9:00, California Time.

 

 

We still have some plants for gardeners in Florida and The Coachella Valley!Shipping is available through mid December or until we sell out.

310 534 8611

New stock ready in November - mid December. Ask for an updated list.

Ananas Noir - 3  
Black Beauty - 6  
Brad's Atomic Grape - 4  
Brandywine OTV - 6  
Dirty Girl - 10  
Florida 91 - 2  
Gardener’s Delight - 2  
Marianna's Peace - 1  
Northern Lights - 6  
Velvet Night - 10  

Photographs and descriptions are in The Big List below.

 

"Say, where do you grow all these plants, Laurel?" Here's a shot from inside one of our greenhouses in Los Angeles as it's filling up with plants. Soon they will be out of the greenhouses and into full sun where we harden them off before shipping them to you. 

 

All of our plants are 100% organically grown and shipped to you in individual 4" pots, grown in top-quality Fox Farm 'Lucky Dog' organic starting mix, healthy, lush and full-sized, from about 8" to 18" tall, hardened off and ready to plant out. They are shipped when they have strong stems and well-developed root systems. 

A detailed 4 page step by step planting and growing guide is included.

All seeds pass individually through our fingers for counting and quality control and are then started by The Tomato Elves from fresh organically grown seeds. We harvest many of my seeds from our own garden plants.

Each plant comes to you individually packaged and protected in a sturdy container, with a permanent name label for your garden. Our unique No-Shift custom packaging technique, which I designed 25 years ago, protects your plants from shifting or movement in transit, assuring safe arrival from here in Los Angeles to your door.

Your heirloom tomato plants will have several different types of foliage; some very wispy, fern-like, and delicate like Anna Russian, Anna Banana, Sunset's Red Horizon and San Marzano Redorta, some thick and hearty like Wild Fred, Stupice and Marianna's Peace and everywhere in between, in varying shades of green. Black Beauty and Brad's Atomic Grape have deep blue stems and touches of indigo in their foliage.

Some plants reach 6 to 8 feet, with vines up to 15 feet or more. They grow slightly smaller when grown in containers.

The dwarf plants remain small, shrubby and compact like Tasmanian Chocolate, and Firebird Sweet. They reach only 18 inches to 3 or 4 feet tall.

 

   

Thorburn's Terra Cotta

 

New for 2022!

We have chosen 9 delightful varieties for your 2022 garden!

Belle Rouge, Blue Chocolate Cherry, Ferris Wheel, Fred's Tie Dye, Great White,

Momotaro Gold, Polish, Red Mamba and Wee Tang Shebang!

 

 

 

Brad's Atomic Grape

 

From Billy Steinberg's Los Angeles garden, summer of 2021

Clockwise from top: Paul Robeson, Brandywine OTV, another Paul Robeson (yay),

Summer Cider and Marianna's Peace. Way to go, Billy!

 

 

 

A big yummy Northern Lights from Jan Hughes's 2021 Garden in Pasadena.

Wowza!

 

  

Life is good. Eat more tomatoes!

In Lycopersicon Veritas ~ Laurel

 

Your Plants Will Be Completely Hardened Off And Ready To Plant When You Get Them

We send you big, lush, hearty plants, 8" to 20" tall, in 4" pots, 100% organically grown outdoors in full sun here in Los Angeles.

Our plants do not need hardening off or adjusting to your climate. Occasionally we will send a smaller plant if the root system is well-developed. The husky dwarf plants are usually shipped at about 5".

IMPORTANT: Your plants must go into full sun as soon as possible. They cannot be kept indoors for more than a 3 or 4 days.

They need sunshine and heat -- so it's vital that we ship when it's planting time.

 

See all the photographs in the Big List below!

 

    

                                                                     16" tall plants, ready to ship or to pick up!

 

 

 

 

 

The new Big List of all our varieties for 2022 is waiting for you below!

 

 

Shipping Periods For 2022

 

Our Early Bird List, 12 varieties for Feb 14th to March 7th shipping: Our Early Bird list will be posted soon!

 

Early Birds, Period B - February 14 - March 7th -

 

Period C - March 14th - March 28th -

 

Period D - March 28th - April 11th -

 

Period E - April 11th - April 25th -

 

Period F - April 25th - May 9th -

 

Period G - May 9th - May 23rd -- 

 

Period H - May 23rd - June 6th --

 

Summer List, 12 - 15 varieties: Summer list is not complete yet.

 

Period I -  June 6th - June 21st or when we sell out. 

 

 

 

 

To Order By Telephone:  310 534-8611

Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday 9:00 to 3:00, Pacific Time

                                (We are in Los Angeles County next to Torrance.)

 

Shipping Costs: Payment Information & Shipping Costs

 

1. Take a look at The Big List of tomato plants below -- or the categorized links. Make a list of the plants you need.

Minimum order is four (4) plants. 

Orders of 64 or more plants qualify for a volume discount.

2. Go to the Growing Tips & Garden Products link: Growing Tips and Garden Products  to choose your fertilizers and garden products.

3. Choose your shipping period from the list above.

NOTE:  We ship nationwide via Post Office EXPRESS MAIL Mail.

We ship Global Logistics Services to the Western States: Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and parts of New Mexico.

If you cannot receive post office packages on Saturdays please let us know and we will be sure your plants do not arrive on a Saturday!

We do not ship UPS or FedEx. No exceptions.

Phone order: payment is made when you place your order by phone. We take all major credit cards, debit cards or PayPal. No paper checks. E-checks are okay over the phone. 

About Phone Orders During April & May: You may not get through right away due to extremely high call volume, please try again, messages are always backed up about 15 days during April & May so call until you reach us.

 

Black Krim

 

To Order by Email or FAX

 

 

Email   tomatoplants@pacbell.net 

 

FAX #  310 494 0518   Our FAX line is only for orders which include credit card numbers. It is secure.

 

Before you order, read our 'Payment and Shipping Costs' page for shipping and packaging info and our guarantee:  Payment Information & Shipping Costs 

 

 

Make a simple alphabetical list - not a spreadsheet - of your plants, along with fertilizers, SmartPots, etc. from our Growing Tips and Garden Products page:  Growing Tips and Garden Products  

 

 

Choose your shipping period from the list above and email or FAX with:

 

1. Your name

2. Your billing and shipping address

3. Your 'anytime' telephone number

4. Your best email address

5. Your preferred shipping period

6. The payment type you will be using: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal - we send you a handy PayPal invoice, E-Check by phone or Cash if picking up.

7. Your plant list in alphabetical order along with some alternates and a list of the garden products you need.

 

8. Required: Please incude a list of several alternate plants you'd like in case one of your choices is not available. This happens because seeds and plants do not always grow on schedule.

 

Or:

Please have Laurel choose an appropriate, similar, delicious alternate for me if a plant is not available.

 

Important: If you do not want Laurel to choose alternates for you please select one option:

1. Please substitute from my list of alternates.

2. Please send a second plant of one on my list.

 

(We can't accept orders without a few alternate choices. Back orders add additional fees.)

 

After we receive your emailed order we will send an invoice within a day or so. You then call or FAX payment information to reserve your plants.

 

When you get your invoice, call with credit card or Paypal information right away to reserve your plants. We do not accept mailed paper checks but e-checks are fine. With e-checks you read your check info to me over the phone.

 

Very Important: After payment is made, you will get a copy of your receipt by email. Please check your receipt carefully to be sure the information is accurate!

 

If there is a mistake in your shipping address and you have not corrected it, we may have a wrong shipping address, your plants could get lost and you will have to re-order.

 

If you do not get a receipt by email within 5 days of talking to Laurel or AJ and paying for your order, please call or send urgent email to be sure we have your correct email address. 

 

Calling in your order is faster. 310 534 8611

 

We are in Los Angeles. Telephone hours are Pacific Time:

Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday 9:00 to 3:00, Pacific Time.

If you call at 9:00 from, say...New York, it's 6:00 a.m. here. And we are asleep.

 

 

 

Brown Derby, Kellogg's Breakfast & 1884

 

 

 

Need Tomato Seeds instead of plants?

 

Here is the very best place for heirloom seeds:  Go To Tomatofest.com 

 

 

                                       

When Will My Plants Ship?

Shipping begins with  few varieties in late February and continues with all of our plants throughout the spring and summer or until we sell out. (We sometimes have a list of about 10 to 12 varieties for fall and winter, too, but not every year.)

Your shipping time is scheduled during a 15-day period to suit your desired planting time in spring or summer. 

 

This means your plants will ship during that period, not that they will arrive during that period. They may ship on the very last day of that period.

 

EXAMPLE: If you choose Period E, April 11th to April 25th, your plants will ship sometime within that period.

 

Your plants will be shipped during the period you select -- as long as that period is not fully booked and the plants are big enough.

 

If your plants are not big enough we delay shipping for more growth and safe arrival.

 

We reserve the option to hold up a shipment if temperatures en route from our nursery to you are extremely cold. We want your plants to arrive alive. If you still want them shipped during cold springtime temperatures to cold areas, night temps below 39º, you assume the entire risk of severe cold damage in transit thus we will not be responsible for cold-damaged plants.

 

We do offer the option of our Double-Box or Triple-Box Systems which will insulate your plants. This increases shipping weight/dimension: higher cost.

 

 

                Need Expedited Shipping?

 

You may choose Exact Day or Exact Week shipping for VIP Expedited services.

Your plants will ship during an exact week rather than our standard 15 day shipping period.

 

Purchasing Expedited VIP status means your order goes out during the certain time you choose.

The added costs are noted below. See Note*

 

 

The following service fees will be added to your Express Shipping cost or to GLS Western State Shipping.

 

Exact Week shipping service added costs:

 

Order of 1 to 5 plants -- add $30.00

For 6 to 10 plants -- add $40.00

 

For 11 to 20 plants -- add $50.00

 

For 21 to 30 plants -- add $60.00

 

More than 30 plants -- add $2.50 per plant.

 

To choose a shipping period that is marked 'closed' -- add $30.00 plus $3.00 per plant.

        

           Exact Day shipping service: 

For any number of plants - add $50.00 plus $2.00 per plant.

 

 

 

 

*NOTE: Exact day and exact week shipping may mean some of your first choices are not ready to ship.

 

In that case, Laurel will choose alternates for you. No exceptions.

 

Questions? Just call me; I'm glued to my desk

 

Laurel, 310 534 8611

 

 Heirloom Caprese Salad. Yum!

When To Plant  

Your plants should go into the garden during the best time for your USDA planting zone, when nighttime and soil temperatures remain steadily and reliably above 50º. 

If you want to plant earlier when it's in the 30's or low 40's at night and are using hot caps or covers of some kind, that's great, you're the boss.

But please be aware, you are held responsible if your plants encounter very cold weather, below 40º, on their way from Los Angeles to your town, and  arrive dead.

 

Tomatoes are a Hot Weather Crop. Don't Plant in Cold Soil!

If you choose earlier shipment, you risk the chance of cold soil and cold air triggering dormancy, undermining the health of your plants and setting back their growth progress, reducing and delaying your harvest. This can cause stunted growth, disease-prone plants, uneven ripening and low production during the entire season.

 

If you opt to plant in cold soil, we cannot be responsible for poor growth.

Two to three weeks after your last frost date is usually the best time to plant.

Wait for the warm weather when soil temperatures are 70º and overnight temperatures are reliably above 50º.

Tomatoes are  a warm weather crop.

 

How Many Plants? Smart Spacing  

Most of these heirlooms get really big, from 6 to 8 feet tall and taller, 3 to 4 feet wide, and need to be spaced at least 32 - 36 inches apart in rows at least 4 to 5 feet apart. 

 

Sure, they are small when you plant them; don't let that fool you.

 

King Kong and Clifford the Big Red Dog were small when they were born, too.

        

 

          Photo 1.  Dan Barnes with his plants growing in big cages....can you spot Dan? 

          Photo 2.  Dan Miller's big plants with lovely wife and hungry dog.

          Photo 3.  Dan Hornbaker and his 8 ft. Aunt Ruby's German Green plant.

         

          What is it about guys named Dan?

 

For example, a garden bed 6' by 18' will accommodate no more than 10 -12 plants -- 2 rows of 5 or 6 plants -- depending on plant size at maturity, while providing plenty of root space, airflow, and room for lots of foliage and fruit.

 

Our dwarf varieties remain quite small and compact, from 20" to 4 ft. tall and can be spaced 18 to 20" apart on center.

See the Growing Tips page for more detailed information.

Plant Prices, Minimum Order

Our organically grown tomato plants are priced from $6.25 to $6.95 each; a couple of our very rare plants are priced higher. Plant prices are next to their names on The Big List below.  Shipping cost is not included in the plant price.

Minimum order is 4 plants. 

Price break begins at 64 plants.

 

                 Sun Gold

Substitutions, Very Important Information!

Sometimes we must substitute a similar plant variety if your first choice is not available.

Please list some alternates, if you do not list alternate choices, Laurel will personally choose a very similar and delicious variety which will do well in your climate.

If you do not choose a few alternates we cannot take the order.

Hey...Where's the Shopping Cart? Can I Order Online?

 

No, we do not have an online shopping cart due to variable plant sizes, from 9" to 20" tall so shipping weight will vary.

A plant can weigh from 12 oz. to 2 lbs. This means variable shipping weights and package dimensions -- this needs to be calculated individually.

Payment Information & Shipping Costs  Folks, please read that page before ordering!

Be sure you know our prices, shipping method, packaging costs and our guarantee before you order so you will not be surprised/shocked/stunned at 1 to 4 day shipping costs for large, live plants from Los Angeles. We don't want you fainting and hurting yourself.

(Shipping and packaging costs are not included in the plant price.) 

Your Privacy, Guaranteed

Your personal information, email, phone number, etc. is secure and never shared with anyone, ever.

When To Order 

 

Ordering begins in the fall for your spring-shipped plants. Opening day will be noted here at our website.

 

You will choose the shipping period you want for the following spring.

 

April and May shipping gets booked up early, so order early to reserve your shipping time.  Your delivery will be scheduled during a 15 day period for your desired spring or summer planting time.

 

For instance, if you choose April 11th to April 25th as your shipping period your plants will ship sometime between April 11th to April 25th. If they are too small to ship it may be a few more days.

 

Will-Call Orders - Picking Up Your Plants - by appointment only.

 

Do you live or work in Southern California? We do not have a retail store but you can pickup your plants here at our nursery throughout spring, summer and fall.

 

You must call and speak to Laurel or Adrienne at least 2 to 3 days ahead to inquire about availability and schedule your pick up. Will-call is by appointment only:

 

Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays 11:00 to 2:00.

 

1725 257th St. Lomita CA 90717

 

310 534 8611

 

(No walk-ins, please, we do not have a retail store.)

 

Laurel is allergic to manufactured perfumes; please avoid perfuming before you set out unless you're ready for much choking, gagging,  sneezing and the hairy eyeball.

 

We are in Lomita in the South Bay/Torrance area of Los Angeles County near Western and Pacific Coast Highway, 30 minutes south of LAX, 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 4 minutes west of the 110/Harbor freeway.

 

 

 

You will see symbols in The Big List, below

Here's what they mean:

 

(H)  Hybrid. We offer 5 hybrid varieties. The ones I chose were developed with great flavor as the main criterion. These are delicious varieties which we have grown and taste-tested to ensure superior flavor.

  Our Sunshine Symbol this variety grows beautifully in all climates, and my customers tell me it can do well in sustained high heat -- but not hotter than 97º. Pollen normally becomes sterile above 97º.

 

  Customers report this variety can be extra heat tolerant and can produce well up to 97º.

   A specialty plant, developed to produce consistently in very hot weather, up to 97º- 100º.

 

    Our Penguin Symbol means this variety grows beautifully in all climates, and my customers tell me it does especially well in cooler temperatures and produces late into the cool season.

 

    Twin Penguins: Grows beautifully in most climates and can be extra cold tolerant. However, this does not mean North Dakota-in-winter-tolerant. These tomato plants need night temperatures consistently above 45º F.

 

  Our Mountain Symbol means this plant is a good choice for your high altitude garden -- and grows beautifully everywhere else, too.

 

(E) Early ripening variety, with 78 days or less to ripe tomatoes.

 

(VE) Very early varieties, usually less than 68 days from plant-out to ripe fruit.

 

(EE) Extremely early ripening varieties, ready to pick in only 45-60 days from planting.

 

  A good choice for growing in pots, and a variety which Laurel has already grown successfully in containers. Any heirloom tomato plant will grow well in a large 10 - 30 gallon container with proper growing techniques.  The dwarf varieties can be grown in 5 gallon containers. 

See detailed container-growing info:  Growing Tips  

 

(Ch) A cherry tomato. These little fruits can be red, black, orange, pink, purple, green, yellow, ivory, white or bicolor and in varying shapes: round, pear, grape, ping pong, pea-sized and plum-shaped.

 

F/C  This denotes a tomato that grows well in foggy coastal areas but also does beautifully in full sun. Thanks to Cynthia Sandberg at Love Apple Farm for this list!

 

(B)  A big tomato of at least 1 or 2 pounds.

 

(BB) A really big tomato. These 'super braggers' can reach 3 to 4 pounds.

 

(BBB) A ridiculously huge tomato, these delicious, prize winning giants can reach 5 lbs.

 

(SM) A small plant, great for containers or smaller garden spaces.

 

(VSM) A very small, dwarf type plant, some produce lots of big tomatoes, some are cherry tomatoes -- for small containers and tiny gardens.

 

(P-S) Paste or sauce type, especially popular for sauces. These tomatoes are richly flavored, ideal for cooking because flavors increase exponentially during the cooking process, and are also marvelous for fresh eating.

 

(HG) For your Historical or Heritage Garden. These are storied tomatoes with a fascinating history, including  well-known historic varieties, some of them named after persons of high renown, or an historical event. Some are tomatoes with tall tales and legends attached to their names. Many have simply stood the test of time.

 

Days: IMPORTANT INFO! This means days to maturity/ripe fruit at ideal temperatures of above 50º at night and above 70º daytime. Cooler weather will add about 2 to 3 weeks to ripening time.  So, it is the approximate time from planting the seedling to harvesting the ripe fruit. Can vary from climate to climate.

 

New for 2021 This means we are offering these varieties this year for the first time. Not a 'new' variety.

 

 

 

A Map To The Website

 

Here are links to all the site pages.

 

Growing Tips and Garden Products  

Need tomato seeds? Go toTomatofest.com for 600 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds!

Our 2022 Plant Sale Dates Please join us for our Sunday Sales here at the nursery in spring and summer! (Please check back for sale dates)

Payment Information ...and shipping details  (Please read before you order.)

Gift Certificates

Laurel's Favorites

Big Red Tomatoes

Medium Size Red Tomatoes

The Biggest Tomatoes  

Small Fruited/Cherry Tomatoes

Early Ripening Tomatoes

Pink and Purple Tomatoes                       

The Black Tomatoes

The Green Tomatoes

The Yellow, Gold & Orange Tomatoes

Multi Colored Tomatoes

Other Colors

Sauce and Paste Tomatoes

Smaller Plants for Containers ...and small garden spaces.

Growing Tips and Garden Products

Favorite Tomato Recipes  Great Recipes for your heirloom tomatoes; please send us your favorite recipe!

The Best Tomato Sandwich Recipes from our customers; please send us yours!

What Our Customers Say  And some photographs of their gardens...

Laurel's Blend Olive Oil  Come see!

Plant Support: TomatOH! Holders. They are awesome. Go here:  www.tomatohelpers.com 

 

 

 

 

The Big List For 2022

 

 

 

  The Biggest Tomatoes

1884  ($6.75) (B)          (HG) (E) 78 days.

 

1884 is a superbly flavored old-time tomato which grows on a strong vigorous plant and produces big luscious 1 lb. to 2 lb. deep dark pink fruit with luxurious flavor and sets fruit readily in hot weather.

 

The original plant was discovered by James Lyde Williamson growing out of a huge pile of debris after the big Ohio River flood of 1884 in the tiny town of Friendly, West Virginia. 

 

This grand fruit has taken top mention year after year in tomato tastings all over the country. Easy to grow and very productive. 

   

 

 

Amazon Chocolate, see Chocolate Amazon

 

 

 

  

A Laurel's Favorite!

 

Amish Rose ($6.95) 80 days.    

 

This lovely old Amish tomato that has been one of my favorites for more than 20 years. With rich, Brandywine-like flavor, strong growth reliability and classic old time nuance, it is a magical inhabitant for your garden.

 

This is a classic, fabulously flavored tomato that I want you to grow so you will know what I know.

 

I have been getting requests for Rose for years after it was featured in a PBS radio show years ago. The host spoke of how her late Mom, named Rose, had always grown this tomato in Pennsylvania and that she'd saved her Mom's seeds for 40 years.

 

She lost the seed packet during a move and was devastated. I called the station to leave a message that I knew of this tomato and could help -- that I had seeds.

 

We had a very emotional conversation when we realized her Mom and I both loved of this extraordinary tomato and that I had seeds for her.

 

It brought to mind my Mama, Marge Garza  -- who brought me my first heirloom tomato, Anna Russian, more than 30 years ago.

 

So here is Amish Rose for you.

 

 

 

        

Amy's Sugar Gem  ($6.75)       (VE)    65 days.

This huge, sprawling plant produces heavy clusters of golf ball sized, incredibly delicious, deep red ambrosial fruit with tiny golden jewel-like sparkles within the red skin. Very sweet! It was one of my absolute favorite tomatoes at TomatoFest in September--just knocked me out. Candy-on-the-vine, not to be missed. Developed by Jeff McCormack, it is a cross of Red Cherry and Tappy's Finest. Named for Amy Boor Hereford whose Grandma Tappy introduced Jeff to heirloom tomatoes more than 20 years ago.

 

 

 

   

Ananas Noir (aka Black Pineapple) ($6.95)  85 days.     

 

A hugely popular tomato, Ananas Noir, French for Black Pineapple, is a stunning fruit -- incredibly beautiful. But what about flavor? 10 ounce. What good is all that flashy gorgeousness if the flavor is dull? Well, it's not!  IT'S FABULOUS!

 

Fragrant and sweet, juicy, ambrosial with lingering notes of tropical fruit and sunshine, luscious, unending flavor that lingers on the palate.  One of my all-time favorites, I want you guys to try this one.  It will blow your mind.

 

 

 

                                 

August 24, 2016. Anna Banana, one day's harvest in my garden, from a plant grown in a 25 gallon Smart Pot, 10.5 lbs in the basket.

 

Anna Banana Russian ($6.75)     (E)  65 days.

 

I've been waiting a long time for a tomato like Anna Banana. For me this is tomato heaven; a yellow bull's-heart shaped fruit growing on a beautiful wispy plant which produces like crazy.

 

I've told anyone who'll listen that Anna Russian was the first heirloom tomato I ever tasted -- and ultimately the reason I'm in this business.

 

To be able to offer this spectacular, accidental yellow version with its dazzling deep yellow skin and dense sweet flesh is beyond thrilling for me. Balanced flavor, sweet with just a little tang in the background and growing on wispy vines just like the original red Anna Russian.

 

Reaching 8 to 12 ounces and producing abundantly in all climates, this lady is a radiant winner.  Some fruits are heart shaped, some beefsteak, right there on the same plant. This trait is part of the charm of the heirlooms. Inside you'll find a stunning little pattern of scarlet streaking.

 

NOTE:  I think Anna Banana is the wispiest tomato plant in existence. On the young plants, possibly the most delicate looking foliage of any tomato on Earth -- but as she gets bigger her foliage gets heartier and the tomatoes grow like crazy. Keep that in mind. Hang in there.

 

This variety was grown out and stabilized by Michael Walker of Ellensburg Washington.  Yay, Michael!

 

 

 

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Anna Russian ($6.75)     (VE)  (HG)    65 days. 

This was the very first heirloom tomato I ever tasted and one of the finest of the oxheart tomatoes. The plant has very delicate, wistful foliage as do many of the Russian varieties. Don't let that fool you! Anna is easy to grow and bears heavily during hot and cool weather.

 

Years ago my mom brought me some perfect heart-shaped Anna Russians from her garden. She had gotten the seeds from a friend. I tasted; I swooned. From 8 to 12 ounces, the fruits she brought had grown in beautiful clusters of 2 or 3--I wouldn't be without it.

 

Still in my top 5 favorites after all these years, Anna Russian is always among the first few plants I set out in my home garden every spring in a little Tomato Love ceremony. Its perfect heart shape in colors ranging from pink to red make it very special indeed.

 

Anna Russian seeds came to Craig Lehoullier from Brenda Hillenius of Oregon, who got the seeds from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox. Years earlier he had been given the original seeds from a Russian immigrant friend--a genuine example of the intriguing history these grand old tomatoes carry with them.  

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ANNA RUSSIAN:  Be sure to note that Anna Russian (and Anna Banana) have droopy, wispy, delicate foliage as do so many of the heart-shaped tomatoes. There is nothing wrong with your plant; it's supposed to look that way. One of my customers was convinced by a well-meaning neighbor to rip out her Anna Russian plants.  "There's something wrong with them plants, Hildy, better rip 'em out..." And she did, then called me to tell me the bad news. I gave her the other bad news; her heart broke. "Oh no! I murdered them!"

It was too late for her to replant that season but she ordered Anna Russian the following year and got a beautiful crop!   

 

 

  Our Top Seller in 2020 and 2021

Anthony's Passionate Heart ($6.95) 78 days        

 

Big, red heart shaped 1 lb. fruits on a plant that withstands every type of weather. A marvelous tomato with rich, bold, fruity-sweet flavors and a perfect balance of acidity.

 

This is our premier presentation for 2020 in honor of Tony's legacy: Food will always bring families, neighborhoods, cities and countries together, gathered at the table. Nothing to fight about, everything to love.

 

In our garden it kept producing through prolonged heat waves in the high 90's when other plants gave up the ghost. Now it continues to grow as cooler weather arrives. No cracking, high production, dreamy texture, disease free. A real winner.

 

In the words of Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest who developed it, "Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef and author who explored the cuisines, culture, joys and essentials of human existence around the world. He was an icon to me, and many others, who love food and cooking as a most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity."

 

Seeds are available here:  Go toTomatofest.com

 

 

 

Aunt Ruby's German Green ($6.75)        (B) (E)75-78 days.

You're going to love this beautiful Tennessee tomato. Medium to large, sweet beefsteaks, bursting with a fragrant, complex, spicy-sweetness with a touch of tang.

A gorgeous green-when-ripe color with a delicate pink blush inside, this much sought after variety is a real treat to have in your garden, and is said to be the very best tasting green. Reaching up to one pound, Aunt Ruby's German Green grows in clusters of 2 or 3.

With its intricate, earthy, unforgettable flavor and chartreuse flesh this one will broaden your tomato horizons. Top favorite of our friend and customer Tom Wopat. Very adaptable, and easy to grow with good disease resistance. From Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee who passed away in 1997.

 

 

 

  Huge plant, huge tomatoes!

Bear Claw   ($6.75) 75 days         (BBB)

 

The tomatoes in the second photo, from 2019, weighed 2.9 lbs and 3.2 lbs.

 

A fabulous tomato in every way you can measure. A huge tomato with some of the most outstanding flavors I've ever known. These plants grew so big so fast it felt like a time warp.

 

The huge plants had stems like tree trunks. Give it extra support!  I always plant mine a couple of feet from a palm tree in the front yard. As it grows it leans toward the palm tree and I lash it to the tree trunk. True story.

 

The first tomatoes of the season are usually about one pound. After that, with proper care, they get bigger and bigger and bigger and grow tons of fabulous deep, rich, crimson fruits with incredible flavor.

 

If you want to win first place for size but you treasure flavor even more, this is the one for you.  Do you want to have the most tomatoes ever grown on a vine? Then this is the plant for you!" 

 

PROPER CARE: Plant in deep rich soil. Feed every 3 weeks without fail, using a granular organic fertilizer like our Happy Frog, and don't over-water.

 

Photograph Dianna Theyssen of Ingalls, Indiana.  Used here with her kind permission.

 

 

  New For 2022!

Belle Rouge( $6.75) 75 days                                   

 

One Sunday morning in 2014 during an open house plant sale at my nursery, a handsome young Frenchman waited in line to chat with me.  :)  He had been visiting a friend nearby who told him about us.

 

When he got to my table he held out to me a tiny vile of tomato seeds. A perfume sample vile.

 

This charming traveler from Le Mans, in Northwestern France, where the Oceanic Belt influence creates fragrant tomatoes with complex, layered flavors, had been given the seeds by his aunt. She grew them in one of the huge community gardens for which Le Mans is famous (along with auto production and motor racing).

 

He could not remember what type of fruit it was, just that it was magnifique! And as yet unnamed.

 

The vile was so tiny, I misplaced it for years. Adrienne finally found it this spring wedged at the bottom of a harvest basket which had been on the table all those years ago.

 

We were thrilled to grow out this mystery seed and find out what it was! We planted the seeds, Adrienne called it 'Perfume Sample". I made 'Perfume Sample' labels for the plants we grew out.

 

To our delight, those magical seeds produced the most beautiful, full flavored tomatoes starting out a pale, delicate orange, then ripening to deepest red, 'rouge' in French, meaty, heavy with juice, shaped like bells and double-bell hearts, 6-8 ounce fruits. Great for sauce, too!

 

And the flavor is, yes, magnifique! In Adrienne's photo you can see one of the 'double' fruits.

 

So beautiful! With out-of-this-world flavors, heavy in the hand, complex, layered and fragrant. So I named this French beauty Belle Rouge.

 

 

 

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Berkeley Tie Dye, Pink ($6.95) 80 days.      Beautiful half-pound treasures!

 

This rare and exotic fruit with big, bold, luscious flavors looks just like its name implies with showy streaks and swirls of green, pink, yellow and orange patterning inside and out. From 8 to 12 ounces, chefs nationwide are ordering these plants for their restaurant gardens  -- tomato lovers are clamoring for this fabulous variety.

 

Berkeley Tie Dye is another fabulous variety from talented tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California. Brad has forever changed and enlivened the world of heirloom tomatoes.

 

Photograph of hand holding Berkeley Tie Dye courtesy of David Tucker.

Photograph of cut-open Berkeley Tie Dye is the property of Brad Gates/ www.wildboardfarms.com   Go see Brad's incredible varieties!

 

 

 

   

The World’s Darkest Tomato!

Black Beauty ($6.75) 85 days.      

Beautiful to look at, the flavor of Black Beauty is deep, rich and complex. Combined in a tomato salad with red, orange and yellow tomatoes - a real mind-blower! Be sure and wait for true ripeness! Black beauty takes a while to ripen but is definitely worth the wait.

These photographs are from our home garden and have not been retouched. The fruits and the stems are deep dark indigo-black. Inside, blood red. The first photo is a not quite ripe fruit, the second and third photos show the color change indicating ripeness.

So dark that some tomatoes turn solid blue-black on the skin. Deep red flesh is among the best tasting of all tomatoes. Rich, smooth and savory with earthy tones.

A dark, meaty, very rich-fleshed tomato with extreme anthocyanin effect, the same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries. The emerging little fruits are deep black from the time they are tiny until big and almost ripe, then you will see some color changes as you can see in the photographs.

Keeps well on the vine and stores very well, and the flavor improves with room-temperature storage.

Baker Creek's Dave Kaiser tasted it at the 2015 National Heirloom Exposition and proclaimed it as the BEST tomato he had ever eaten!

 

  

  

Black Cherry  ($6.75)  F/C (Ch) (VE)       65 days.

 

A perfectly round 1" cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet, yet rich, smoky and complex. Fruit picks easily from the stem and is produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants.

 

Bred by Vince Sapp, these cherries are irresistibly delicious: look like a  black cherry, taste like a sweet cherry-- a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes for your garden, along with our other cherries, it makes an arresting display for any table. 

 

Just outstanding. These guys got eaten moments after the photograph was taken.  :)

 

 

 

    

Black Krim ($6.75) 75 days (E)  

 

This much sought after variety is unique and unforgettable, originally from Krim (Crimea) on the northern coast of the Black Sea in Ukraine, Black Krim has a superb smoky sweetness with a delicate lingering touch of tang in a 4-6" slightly flattened, mahogany-colored fruit with lovely, deep green shoulders.

 

Setting fruit at higher temperatures, it is superb and very easy to grow. 

 

This gorgeous photograph of a 10.5 ounce Black Krim is courtesy of Damon Webber. Yay, Damon!

 

 

 

      New for 2021!

 

Black Mamba ($6.95) 78 days      (B) 

 

New to our list this season, Black Mamba is a big, bodacious, purple/black beefsteak tomato. Elaborate smoky flavor with touch of sassy tang make this one an irresistible delight for your tomato garden.

A natural 'surprise' cross of Lucky Cross with an unknown black variety-- from the size and flavor my guess is Carbon -- Black Mamba's flavor is enticing, rich, sweet and luscious. Your plants will produce big crops of stunning, irresistible tomatoes. Really meaty and full-flavored, this is also a fabulous fresh eating and sauce tomato.

From the garden of the late, beloved, old-timey tomato grower Millard Murdock.

 

     

    

Blondkopfchen ( Blond-copf-ken) ($6.75)  75 days.   

One of the finest tasting cherry tomato in existence, the name of this marvelous German heirloom cutie means Little Blond Head or Little Blond Girl. The big leafy plant produces thousands of ½" grape-size sparkling yellow-gold cherry tomatoes in phenomenal clusters of 30 fruits per bunch! Delightfully sweet with a citrusy finish, this is the one to try with children who don't think they like tomatoes.

 

As Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com says, "Just put one in your mouth and try to keep from smiling!"

 

No cracking, with great disease resistance, this little sweetie grows anywhere and produces right up until frost. Challenging to pronounce, really easy to eat.

 

  Delicious and SUPER EARLY RIPENING! Only 52 days.

Bloody Butcher ($6.75) F/C (EE)      52 days 

This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. Extremely high production!

Not a cherry, the 4 ounce round red to 3" fruits have a rich silky texture and grow in great abundance on potato leafed vines. With its bountiful harvest month after month, the strong depth of flavor in Bloody Butcher has made it a favorite among tomato gourmands worldwide. A favorite for canning.

 

 

New For 2022!

Blue Chocolate Cherry ($6.95) 75 days.

Another stunner from the Amazing Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farms.

We are crazy in love with these yummy, gorgeous, 2 oz. chocolate-brown fruits with exotic, blue shoulders.

Perfectly round, ping pong ball size, really sweet and rich flavored, they grow on big hearty plants in generous clusters.

These tomatoes hold well on the vine so you can let them stay there when ripe for a few days, they won't get soft and overripe for quite a while.

Blue Chocolate Cherry is crack resistant, (yay) disease resistant (more yay!), easy to grow and a perfect salad and slicing tomato for your family.

This very unusual plant makes a fabulous gift for foodie friends, new and old, looking for something rare and wonderful from the heirloom world to grow in their tomato gardens.

 

 

 

   Top Seller, back for 2022!

 

Brad's Atomic Grape ($6.75) 75 days         
 
These elongated multi-colored, large grape type tomatoes grow in beautiful, colorful clusters on gorgeous wispy vines. The top selling seed at Wild Boar Farms, I've gotten at least 50 requests for the plants.
Lavender and purple striped at first, then turning to green, red and chocolate brown with deep blue stripes when fully ripe.

Inside, Atomic Grape glows green with a blush of deep red when fully ripe.  Sweet and fragrant, this amazing fruit holds well on the vine and has a long shelf life after picking. Another mind-blowing variety from Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farm, this photograph is Brad's.

 

 

   Top Seller

Brandywine, OTV ($6.75)   72 days.

 

A truly marvelous stand-out member of the great family of Brandywines, this one arose in Craig LeHoullier's garden years ago. Big 1 pound red fruits with orange shoulders and complex rich flavors. An outstanding tomato for your garden; it also sets fruit very well during high temperatures and bears all season. 

A reliable producer, very disease resistant, and easy to grow; OTV stands for Off The Vine, which was a wonderful online tomato newsletter published by Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier. 

 

They describe this tomato as "the best strain of Brandywine set apart from others by its smooth, creamy, almost buttery texture, and harmonious sweet flavor." It originated from a natural cross-pollination of Yellow Brandywine and an unknown red parent, and was further developed and stabilized by Carolyn Male. 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandywine, Pink  - Sudduth Strain ($6.75) 82 days. (B)  (HG)

 

Here is the old-time, classic Pink Brandywine 

 

Around 1980 a Mrs. Sudduth of Tennessee gave some seeds of this variety, which had been grown by her family for more than 100 years, to tomato seedsman Ben Quisenberry of Ohio.

 

This is thought to be the old-time original Brandywine tomato. Many gardeners consider this strain the best Brandywine with fruit that is superior in taste and smoothness. Its tomatoes are indeed special, 1 to 2 pound pink beefsteaks with the delectably complex, rich, sweet flavor that has made Brandywine justifiably famous.  

 

Big, beautiful, pink and luscious with classic heirloom flavor, it is the tomato to which other heirlooms are compared. "Is it as good as Brandywine?" Each fruit is a treasure. Fabulous photographs of Pink Brandywine, courtesy of Dianna Theyssen, 2014.

 

 

  

Brown Derby ($6.75) 75 to 80 days. 

 

My absolute favorite discovery of 2007, no contest. Combining the sweet succulence of the black tomatoes and the smoky sweet character of the greens, this is a spectacular cross of my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson, and the legendary Aunt Ruby's German Green.

 

Reaching up to 2 lbs., the flavor is tantalizing--tart and sweet, a perfect combination with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color.

 

Elser's Brown Derby has become a much sought after favorite at Maria and Darrell's Farmer's Market stands where customers arrive early to get their hands on one of these treasures.

 

I had to fight to get this one. True story. I picked it up, another customer begged me for it; wouldn't give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate it. A Laurel's exclusive.

 

(This fruit is not related to Tom Wagner's Brown Derby line, arose independently from that line and was named without knowledge of it.)

 

 

 

 Back for 2022

Campari ($7.95) 65 days    

The legendary Campari is one of the greatest flavored tomatoes ever grown. This de-hybridized version of the original Campari hybrid has the same outstanding flavor, high productivity and bright red color as the hybrid.

Meaty and juicy, Campari is a delight in your salads, sandwiches and for sauce and canning. The 2" inch brilliant red fruits on a compact plant grow in clusters of 9 to 13 perfect tomatoes. Featured prominently in a 2002 episode of The Sopranos, customers have asked us for it over and over. Seeds were not available then, but now that it is open-pollinated (a 'new' heirloom), we have the plants for you!

 

 

Carbon   Top Seller, back for 2021!

 

Carbon ($6.75)  80 days.       

 

The most requested black tomato that was not on my list for a few years was Carbon. "Laurel, when are you going to grow Carbon??!  Why don't you have it? It's the best tomato I've ever had! You gotta grow it for me!" "PLEASE."

 

If I included every tomato my wonderful customers wanted, the list would reach 500. We gotta exercise some self-control!

 

But, with Carbon, I continue to hear this at least 30 times every season. The requests are getting more frequent and adamant as people taste Carbon at parties, restaurants, weddings and tomato festivals -- which means that hundreds more want to grow it.

 

And for good reason. One bite and you're a goner.

 

One of the biggest and darkest of the luscious black tomatoes, Carbon reaches 8 to 12 oz. and has big, sublime, elaborate flavors. And it produces a LOT of tomatoes.  A hearty plant, disease resistant.

 

So here it is for your garden.  

 

 

 

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Carmello ($6.75)       (E) 75 days.

 

An extremely popular medium sized French salad and sandwich tomato. This one is highly sought after and has become a great favorite among my customers.

 

A very reliable and bountiful producer of heavy, juicy, 8 oz. red fruits with immense flavor, this plant is among the most prolific ever bred, and produces so many fruits, you will be giving them away by the basketful.

 

The Carmello plant in my garden proved to be disease resistant, and produced through late December with night temperatures about 40 degrees. The flavor alone puts it in my top 10. Wait 'til you see all the tomatoes on this plant; bring the big harvest basket. 

 

This is the open pollinated heirloom version of Carmello, NOT a hybrid. This one was de-hybridized by Gary Ibsen many years ago.

 

 

 

 

     TOP SELLER    

 

Cherokee Purple ($6.75) (HG) (E)       75 days.

 

A legendary and beautiful tomato, at least 100 years old and said to be grown by the Cherokee People. 12 oz. deep dark dusky rose-purple, deep red inside, with sweet, rich and smoky, luscious flavor. 

 

Cherokee Purple is a garden staple, in everyone's favorite list for a good reason-- disease resistant, reliable and easy to grow, and great one for your heirloom or heritage garden. 

 

Seeds were sent to Craig Lehoullier by JD Green of Tennessee who got them from a neighbor whose family had grown them for more than 100 years.  In 1990 Craig named it Cherokee Purple.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Chocolate Amazon aka Amazon Chocolate ($6.75)       80 days.

 

This exceedingly rare, beautiful and incredibly delicious variety is the first tomato that I can say rivals my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson.

 

Everyone who tastes it goes mad with tomato love and says it is the best tasting tomato they have ever tried, bar none.

 

The flavor of this deep chocolate-brown tomato, as described by Lisa of Amishland Heirloom Seeds, who was the first ever to offer seeds of Chocolate Amazon "a distinctive, winey, smoky, rich taste and fabulous color."  Lisa's were sent to her by her Ukrainian friend, Sergey.

 

Double the size of most other black tomatoes, reaching 1 lb to 2 lbs. or more, extremely prolific and pumping out sweet, luscious, juicy tomatoes right into the cooler weather, Chocolate Amazon was in our top three discoveries for your 2009 garden.

 

 

 

Big 4" - 5" tomatoes!

 

Chocolate Stripes ($6.75)   (B) 80 days.

 

After removing it from the list in 2009, I was bombarded by horrified customers who could not live without it and were freaked out by not seeing it. So it's back for good. Sorry.

 

Among the largest of the black tomatoes, this one was among the top 3 winners for best tasting at TomatoFest in 2007.

 

Reaching 2½ lbs., ripening to mahogany with dark olive green stripes, these fruits have enormous old-time tomato flavor.

 

 A plentiful harvest, stunning beauty and out-of-this-world taste make Chocolate Stripes a rare treat in your garden.

 

Some gardeners are tempted to water heavily when the fruits start to ripen. Resist the temptation. Don't do it.

 

They will crack and become watery and mushy.  Ack.

 

Be careful. Test the soil, if it is damp, turn off that hose and back away....

 

 

 

 

 

    Great disease resistance!

     © Photograph  property of www.heirloomtomatoplants.com

 

Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red ($6.75) (HG) (E)    78 days.

 

To paraphrase Gary Ibsen, owner of Carmel TomatoFest, "Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red is a deep-red, round, beefsteak type fruit with a robust, unruly tomatoey flavor and firm, juicy flesh that invites tomato feasting.

 

The tall, very disease resistant plant produces loads of  3" to 4",  8 -12 oz. fruits, a perfect tomato for eating fresh, cooking or canning.

 

One of those big, bold tasting tomatoes that is not for sissies. It has some of the highest sugar levels I've ever seen from a tomato. The sweetness is in the background and its fruity flavors are balanced beautifully with plenty of acidity, earthy nuances and complex flavor.

 

Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red has proven resistant to several of the most common tomato diseases: verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus.

"The seeds of this variety came from the late Archie Millett who was from the foothills of the Sierras. Archie was a tomato breeder with the University of California at Davis since the early 50's.

Following years of crossing thousands of tomato varieties at the university to produce a disease resistant tomato with intense flavor, Archie gave me these seeds by pressing them into my palm while we were in his garden," said Ibsen. "He said, "Here Gary, these are for you."

"This is the best tasting tomato of my 50 years of growing tomatoes. Name it what you want, share it with others." Gary named it for his friend, environmentalist Clint Eastwood.  Seeds are available here:  Go toTomatofest.com

 

    GIGANTIC AND DELICIOUS

Cuostraleé ($6.75) (Kooh struh LAY) (BBB)        85 days.

 

Big, hearty, prolific plant, with HUGE red beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, up to 4 lbs. I have to use both hands to pick them. Gigantic fruits have a superb, classic tomato flavor. 

These big guys really hang onto tight to their thick stems. You should snip off the huge ripe fruits from the branch with pruners; if you try to pull it off it takes 2 hands -- and the whole plant will come with you. Yes, I've done it.

 

Very easy to grow, disease resistant and a reliable producer, in my top 10 favorites. Another hot weather favorite which will grow easily and wonderfully in all gardens.

 

Don't worry; nobody knows how to pronounce it but it's so good, you won't mind.   :)

 

© Photograph property of Terroir Seeds and Underwood Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

  TOP SELLER  

 

Dagma's Perfection ($6.75) (E) 72 days.

 

Dagma's Perfection is a best seller for us and among the most beautiful and luscious tomatoes in the known universe.

 

As described by Gary Ibsen, renowned tomato expert, gourmet, author, connoisseur, my dear sweet friend and owner of Carmel TomatoFest, who named this extraordinary tomato for his charming and winsome lady wife:

 

"This vigorous and abundant plant offers a bountiful harvest of medium-sized, 3" 12 oz., light yellow beefsteak fruits with beautifully delicate red striping. Deliciously flavorful with lingering sweet overtones of tropical fruit and subtle hints of lime, it is firm, juicy and elegant in the mouth. An enchanting tomato...delightful and jewel-like, just marvelous."

 

Dagma and I have been friend for many years; we recently discovered that we're cousins. This makes Gary my Cousin-in-Law.  :)

 

 

 

 

   A Laurel's TOP PICK!

Delicious! High production. Grows to about 5 feet.

 

 

Dirty Girl  ($6.75)      (E) Only 65 days. 

I am crazy about the name of this incredibly delicious, high producing, open-pollinated version of Early Girl! 

 

It was de-hybridized by Joe Schirmer, owner of Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz California. An organic grower, Joe spent the last 7 years growing out Early Girl into an open-pollinated version of Early Girl -- what we call a 'new' heirloom.

 

Dirty Girl produces in only 60 to 65 days, giving you huge harvests of perfect, yummy, 3 to 4 ounce salad size, red tomatoes with all the great qualities of Early Girl -- high production, early ripening and strong plants, with some added attractions for gardeners-- and far richer flavor and a bonus; you can save seeds!

 

Joe named this tomato 'Dirty Girl' after his wife with whom he operates Dirty Girl Produce. Yay Joe! 

 

If you've got a wife, mother, daughter, girlfriend or girl pal who spends a lot of time in the garden, this is the tomato for her. My customers love buying this one as a gift for their Dirty Girl Gardeners!

 

Surprise your Dirty Girl!  Go see!

 

 

 

 

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Dragon's Eye ($6.75) 70 days.       A Laurel's Top Pick for 2019! Great for containers.

 

One of my new faves. Succulent, sweet, perfect. Gorgeous, fruity, juicy and sweet, Dragons' Eye tomatoes average about 3 to 4 ounces, salad size, grow in incredible delicious bountiful clusters.

Perfect for fresh eating and roasting--make the best salsa, too!

 

Beautiful pink-rose fruits have green streaking that turns gold at full ripeness.  They appear shimmery and luminescent as they ripen on the vine --inside, the flesh is deep dark red.  A real workhorse of a tomato, huge production!  This strong plant does beautifully in containers.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seed Market.

 

(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.75)     (VSM)   65 days  TOP SELLER!

 

Big tomato, little plant, high production, early ripening, very sweet flavor, sometimes called a sugar bomb. Tasmanian Chocolate has it all!  A beautiful variety that produces huge tomatoes on very compact plants. Large, beefsteak style fruits can grow to almost a pound and ripen to a deep chocolate-mahogany. What really makes it unique is the dwarf growing habit, with small plants only growing to 2-3 feet, but still loaded with big fruits! Great for small spaces and containers.

 

Tasmanian Chocolate has the same dark smoky flavor we've come to treasure in our darkest colored tomatoes.

 

A cross of Paul Robeson and New Big Dwarf made by Australian grower Patrina Nuske Small in 2006, then further developed by Linda Reid of Tasmania, a rugged island off the south coast of Australia. Linda named it Tasmanian Chocolate.

 

Another delightful variety from the incredibly dedicated crew of the Dwarf Tomato Project developed for those growing in small gardens or small containers -- or who want to fit more plants into a large garden. 

 

Early Girl   See Dirty Girl, above.

 

Dwarf Velvet Night (Cherry) (6.95) 65 days     (VSM)  

This deep purple cherry tomato grows in great abundance on a small dwarf plant. If you have a limited garden space and crave a really sweet, rich flavored cherry tomato, this is the one for you!

High production of 1 to 2 ounce cherry tomatoes will keep your tomato taste buds really happy all season long -- and you'll have enough to share with loved ones.

This tomato was selected out and named by Susan Oliverson of the Dwarf Tomato Project.

 

 

 

 

  New For 2022!

 

Ferris Wheel ($6.75) 75 - 80 days.

 

About 20 year ago, Craig LeHoullier sent me a packet of Ferris Wheel seeds.

 

This old classic variety was introduced in the 1894 catalog of Salzer Seed Company of PA: "Ferris Wheel Tomato! Every Tomato Fit For a King! The Richest, The Finest, The Best of All!"

 

1894 was the year my Grandpa Stevens was born in Pennsylvania.

 

I was first attracted to the Ferris Wheel tomato because of its evocative name and the memory of boy on a ferris wheel, my first kiss, high in the sky overlooking the ocean at Malaga Cove School in Palos Verdes, CA. on a balmy summer evening in1962. 

 

These big, one pound or more, deep reddish pink tomatoes are just remarkable-- full, rich, meaty, absolutely delicious, with perfect balance, transformational mouth feel, lingering tomato magic, enticing a second and third bite and shouts of "Wowza, what a winnah!" The Finest! The Best of All!"

 

With the magnificent flavor and history of this old time classic, we're able to create a certain charm in our gardens, a sweet bonus of nostalgia by simply growing a variety that many of our parents and grandparents grew -- and loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 Great specialty tomato for high heat!

 

Florida 91 ($9.95) (Hybrid) 72 days. (D) (E)        


I have chosen Florida 91 as the perfect plant for my customers in high heat areas who want to have a plant that keeps producing lots of tomatoes in high summer.

 

This specialty tomato has the 'heat gene' and is a very heat tolerant hybrid variety which produces delicious, big bright red, 10 oz., rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days. 

 

A smaller plant, this variety sets fruit easily during high heat, when days are up to 97º or hotter and night temperatures are 73º to 82º.

 

Very disease resistant. Ideal for slicing onto sandwiches and salads, these sweet tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking.

 

 

One of Our New Dwarf Varieties for 2022!

Fred's Tie Dye ($6.95) 75 days.

 

Okay, if Berkeley Tie Dye and Wild Fred got married and had a baby it would be.....Fred's Tie Dye!

 

This scrumptious, medium sized tomato growing on a dwarf plant is a cross of Wild Fred and Berkeley Tie Dye, 2 of our customers' all-time favorite tomatoes and top sellers for us.

 

Stunning deep purple with jagged gold and green lightening streaks, cut it open to reveal the deepest, darkest red flesh of the black tomatoes because one of our top selling Black tomatoes, Carbon, is one of it's grandparents!  Wow, whatta family!

 

Put all those tomato flavors together -- you get this incredible variety growing on a small, manageable, shrubby plant.

 

Fred's Tie Dye, one of the Dwarf Tomato project's tastiest varieties was selected and named by Vince Lavallo. Yay, Vince!

 

                    

 

 

Gardener's Delight, also known as Sugar Lump. ($6.75) 65 days (VE)      

 

This old German variety is probably the sweetest and most prolific of all the old-time cherry tomatoes. You will get more tomatoes than you'll know what to do with! With classic cherry growth habit and old-time rich sweet flavors, 'Sugar Lump' is disease resistant, early ripening and really prolific -- the perfect cherry tomato.

 

Thin skinned and ridiculously productive, in clusters of 7 to 9 fruits on a strong plant, it's great for containers and the main garden bed.

 

Very early to ripen, you will harvest hundreds of scrumptious tomatoes from your Gardener's Delight plant. Plenty to share!

 

 

  

Goldfinch $6.95 (Dwarf Plant) 75 days.    

With big, gorgeous, bi-color yellow tomatoes with deep pink blushes growing on a manageable 4 foot plant, we fell in love with Goldfinch at first bite.

The flavor and beauty remind me of Ruby Gold and Dagma's Perfection but on a small shrubby plant.

Juicy, tropical like mangoes, honey and strawberries with a touch of sweet lime for tang.

Delicious and juicy! Lots and lots of perfect tomatoes will delight your family and add some magic to your Splendid Table!

Easy to grow and disease resistant, add this dwarf variety to your garden!

 

 

 

  

 

Goldman's Italian-American ($6.75) 80 days.        

 

Due to unprecedented customer requests, I am including this marvelous tomato again! Heirloom Guru Extraordinaire, Amy Goldman, found this delightful full-figured, big-flavored tomato at a roadside stand in Cernobbio, Italy and named it after her father's Brooklyn, NY grocery store.

 

With very few seeds, Goldman's Italian-American is a terrific choice for cooking--makes a very silky sauce, creamy paste and adds some magic to soups and stews. 

 

Pear shaped, blood red, juicy and meaty, growing to about 12 to 16 ounces with a beguiling ruffled shape, it is in such high demand that seeds are often sold out everywhere.

 

 

 

 

Gold Medal (See Ruby Gold, below)

 

 

 

    Huge and smooth, delicious tropical flavors!

 

Great White ($6.75) 75 days

 

Never tried a white tomato? I want you to know what you're missing....

 

Don't let this unusual color fool you, and don't let Uncle Louie tell you it's too weird...

 

Hands down, these 1 to 3 pound giants with creamy white fruit have some of the best tomato flavors you'll ever find. I guarantee it. And I know my tomatoes. 

 

I want HUGE, mind-blowing flavor in my tomatoes! If you do too, then this is your huckleberry.

 

Some of the white tomatoes are mild, which some folks like. Not me! Great White has killer flavor. The Goddess of the Big Whites.

 

Delicious fruits, refreshing with tropical overtones of fresh-cut pineapple, melon, juicy honey mango and sweet lime.

 

Starting out glossy ivory and turning to palest moonlight gold when ripe, it will still feel firm with a pink blush on the bottom--that's how you know it's ripe!

 

Early ripening tomatoes, set fruit in high heat, with excellent disease resistance, fantastic flavor.

 

But Beware! The abundant fruit set makes for a heavy plant so use sturdy cages; you will need extra support for these guys.

 

 

 

  A Laurel's Favorite.  Yes, it's ripe!

 

Green Giant ($6.75) (E) (B)      60-70 days.

 

On a flavor scale of 1 to 100, Green Giant is a resounding 100 + Incredible. Unforgettable.  The flavor can be described as rich, intoxicating and intense.

 

Occasionally a tomato comes along which deserves very special attention. This big, up to 2 lb., green when ripe tomato resoundingly stole the show in 4 different tomato tastings.

 

We had the immense pleasure of tasting it at TomatoFest in Carmel, California where it captured the hearts of tasters and garnered a great deal of attention. I have not been this impressed by a tomato since discovering Brown Derby in 2007.

 

It arose originally in the garden of Reinhard Kraft of Germany in 2000 when he planted 30 seeds called 'Green Giant' from a friend in Canada. 29 of them grew out regular leafed except for one which had big potato leafed foliage. Reinhard cultivated that one, selecting the best fruit for several seasons, and continued to save seeds. Yay, Reinhard.  

 

NOTE:  How to tell if a green tomato is ripe and not just an unripe fruit?  Close your eyes and feel it; if it's soft, it's ripe.

 

 

 

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Green Zebra  ($6.75) F/C (E)     72 days.

Visually enchanting, abundantly productive, this 2-inch round fruit ripens to a beautiful amber gold with dark green zebra-like stripes over the amber background.

 

Inside, the flesh is beautiful, sparkling green. Another wonderful variety from Tom Wagner, it is gorgeous to behold, tangy and deeply sweet with lingering flavors. 

 

This exquisite tomato was chosen by chef extraordinaire, Alice Waters, for her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California and was among the first varieties to trigger the renewed interest in heirloom tomatoes. In my top 5. How to tell if a green tomato is ripe?  Close your eyes and feel it; if it's soft, it's ripe.  

Copyrighted photo property of Laurel Garza/Heirloomtomatoplants.com  2003 - 2021 All rights reserved

 

 

Hawaiian Pineapple ($6.75) (B)      85 - 90 days.

 

A huge, breathtaking and much sought after golden-orange beefsteak with fruit that grows up to 1-1/2 lbs.

 

When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple-melon like flavor and heady tropical fragrance.

 

Add the unusually high production of this plant, and it makes my top 10 list. A real knock-out and a top-seller. 

 

Photograph of Hawaiian Pineapple is the property of Dianna Theyssen and used here with her gracious permission

 

  

 

 

  A BIG saucy classic with huge production!

Italian Heirloom ($6.75)       (P-S) 85 days.

 

The name says it all. My absolute favorite for sauce and roasting. Unbeatable for production and flavor, thin skinned and easy to grow.

 

A real classic from Italy and a top seller here. Producing loads of big fat, juicy, delicious, 5 to 10 oz. brilliant red, meaty, elongated, slightly pear-shaped tomatoes with an abundance of rich, complex flavors you'd expect from the best Italian varieties.

 

This tomato is revered by the Italians for its BIG taste and high production. Whether for fresh eating or cooking, you will fall in love with Italian Heirloom.

 

 

 

 

 

A Laurel's Favorite!

Jaune Flamme  (Jhahn Flahm) ($6.75) F/C   (E) 70 days.

 

A top favorite for BLT's!  Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Jaune Flamme is an unforgettable tomato. Intensely orange with a reddish blush on the blossom end, these flame-colored 2 ounce globes have a rich, very tangy and exciting flavor that literally bursts in your mouth.

 

Growing of clusters of 4 or 5, cut open they reveal a reddish interior; this fruit reminds me of a blood orange with its spectacular contrasting colors.

 

At certain times of day when the light is just right, you'll see the ripening fruits of Jaune Flamme glowing brilliant amber against the background of deep green foliage. This tomato continues to blow my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 A Laurel's Top Pick!

Jutland ($6.75)       (E) 72 days. (Pronounced Jut-land or Yoot-lahnd) TOP SELLER

 

Looks like a paste tomato doesn't it?  It's not!  Looks like a Roma, too. But it's not!

 

This is my new 'go to' variety for the best dang tomato for BLT's and every other fresh tomato use. A perfect 3 to 5 ounce, thin-skinned Dutch tomato, Jutland is plum shaped -- some perfectly smooth, some with a pointed tip but all have the most sublime flavor we've found in a red tomato, ever.

 

It appears in several different shapes on the same plant -- some elongated, some short and plump, and, as with many tomatoes of this shape, the foliage is sort of wispy. Sliced into 'coins' it is my new favorite for salads, sandwiches and cooking.

 

This is less than half of one day's ripe harvest picked from one plant on August 12th -- my kids and grandkids took the rest of them. "Dang it, put those back! Wait'll we take the pictures!"

 

Trust me. Try it. Juicy, sweet, tangy, delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavor make Jutland a must-grow for the most dedicated and adventuresome heirloom tomato fans.

 

 

Kellogg's Breakfast ($6.75)       (E) 78 days.

 

Wow whatta tomato!  These big 1 to 2 lb. bright orange beefsteak beauties are exactly the color of orange juice.

 

Thin skinned and with very few seeds, this terrific fruit with its sweet, buttery, ambrosial flavor with a perfect balance of bright tanginess is a favorite of gourmets and gourmands worldwide. Sliced open, it reveals a rich creamy bright-orange flesh, just bursting with juice.

 

A top seller year after year. Seeds originally saved by Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan. Thank you, Darrell.

 

 

 

 

 

A Laurel's All-Time Favorite!  

 

Marianna's Peace ($6.75) 80 days. (B) (HG)         One of our top 3 sellers  -- along with Paul Robeson and Tati's Wedding.

 

The sugary nectar of this huge 5" tomato's creamy, dense, deep pink-red flesh is intensely rich, with perfect sweet-acid balance and sublime, complex flavors reminiscent of the finest of the "old-fashioned" tomato flavors. 

 

This big, beautiful irresistible up to 2 or 3 lb. deep pink-red fruit is the talk of the tomato world and has found its way into Top 10 favorite tomato lists of gourmands worldwide. It is perfection and one of the 3 finest tasting tomatoes in existence.

Marianna was from a family of farmers in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia. During World War II, in May of 1945 when she was 17, Russian soldiers came to her school and forced Marianna and all her schoolmates into a truck to be taken to Siberia. During the journey, she and a few others escaped by jumping from the moving truck, but Marianna was shot in the leg just as she crossed the Czech border. With the help of her friends, she was able to continue on to the town of Weiden, Bavaria. She lost all contact with her parents and brothers for the next ten years, but after a long and diligent search with the aid of The Red Cross, she finally found them in 1955. 

Before he died, her father gave her a little bundle of the seeds. 

Marianna married, and in 1957 moved to Washington State with her husband where they raised four children and lots of tomatoes.

The legacy of these seeds reaches back to the early 1900's and year after year the tomatoes borne from this marvelous heirloom continue to be treasured for their outstanding taste and beauty. Incredibly sweet, creamy, with dense flesh, rich and luscious, reminiscent of the finest of those "old-fashioned" tomato flavors, the memories of which are the stuff of dreams for all tomato lovers. 

For those who want the best; these plants are precious and worth the cost. A Marianna's Peace plant makes a delightful and treasured gift for any tomato lover.

 

 

 

Sweet Perfection

Momotaro  ($8.95) (H) (VE)     62 days.

 

This very popular early-ripening hybrid variety, (and Dolly Parton's favorite tomato), is being offered due to hundreds of requests from my customers who have found Momotaro fruits at Farmer's Markets.

 

(The seeds are among the most expensive among the hybrid varieties.)

 

It is exceptionally sweet, juicy and just beautiful with a very long shelf life.

 

The 6 ounce fruits are a stunning shade of pink, full flavored, luscious and bountiful on the vine, with superb disease resistance.

I smuggled one into an heirloom tasting party, and the folks loved it.

 

The revelation that it was a hybrid was a splendid surprise to the gathered heirloom aficionados and motley crew of tomato gourmets and gourmands. Created quite a ruckus.

 

Named for an ancient legend of Momotaro, or Peach Boy, Momotaro was a baby boy found inside a giant peach by childless peasant farmers who had longed for a child of their own. He grew to be a famous warrior for peace. Among his many achievements: conquering, and then encouraging the ogres of Ogre Island to stop pillaging and be nice ogres. Each year the Momotaro festival in Japan celebrates the legend of this brave and wondrous child.

 

 

 

     

Momotaro Gold ($8.95) (H) 60 to 70 days

 

STOP THE PRESSES!!  This is my new favorite tomato! A stunning summer surprise with scads of 6 to 8 ounce treasures.

 

A very reliable tomato friend told me how fabulous this tomato tasted. "Seriously, Laurel, you gotta grow Momotaro Gold!"

 

So I got seeds and grew out 5 plants in the summer. I watched them grow and ripen, fascinated as they transformed into deeper and deeper shades of gold.

 

Picked the first ripe one in early September with high hopes. Folks, I was blown away. Probably one of the top 10 finest flavored tomatoes... Of. My. Life.

 

Every fruit, perfection. Texture is meaty, silky, not soft or mushy, just perfection. I kept saying, "Oh my God. Oh my God." At some point, this marvelous flavor got me to thinking, (hmmm), if Sun Gold was a big tomato, it would taste Just Like This.

 

And so many tomatoes!  Growing on a medium sized plant, not a huge plant, they produced dozens of clusters of gorgeous fruits glimmering in the sun and are still going now, in October!

 

 

 

 

An Heirloom Classic

 

Mortgage Lifter aka Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter ($6.75) (BB) (HG)        80 days.          

       

 Radiator Charlie and his big tomatoes in

  a newspaper photograph from 1964.   

 

This gigantic legendary heirloom from Logan, West Virginia, developed by M.C. 'Charlie' Byles in the 1930's, is huge, sweet, juicy, delicious and prolific, with splendid old time tomato flavor. The meaty pink-red fruits weigh at least a pound, averaging 2½ lbs. and reaching up to 4 lbs. A very prolific plant which continues to bear fruit in high heat and right up until frost, it also keeps very well.  

 

Marshall Cletis Byles, who much preferred to go by MC or just Charlie, owned a garage specializing in radiator repair. 

 

He developed Mortgage Lifter over a six year period by crossing German Johnson, Beefsteak and 2 other really big varieties, all chosen for their huge size and grand flavor.

 

He sold the resulting plants for a dollar each (in the 40's), and was able to pay off his $5000.00 house mortgage in only 6 years with the profit from his plant sales. "I didn't pay but six thousand dollars for my home, and paid most of it off with tomato plants", said Charlie in a tape recorded interview with his grandson which aired recently on National Public Radio.

 

Charlie's repair shop was at the bottom of a steep hill so travelers whose radiators over-heated during the climb could coast back down to Radiator Charlie's for repair. 

 

Other folks heard about these huge luscious tomatoes and came from hundreds of miles to buy the plant. As my customer John in Virginia says, "It's just not a real tomato garden without Mortgage Lifter."  Charlie Byles lived to be 97 years old. Here is a link to the story, in Radiator Charlie's own voice:

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=06-P13-00027&segmentID=6

 

Our deepest thanks to Jeff McCormack, a famed seed saver, for keeping Charlie Byle's tomato seeds and so many other great heirloom varieties alive and thriving for gardeners worldwide.  Without Jeff's efforts many of these grand old family heirlooms would have been lost forever. (And thanks to Cory for his help with the information.)

 

 

  

Nepal $6.95 75-80 days   

With the elaborate old-time flavors you yearn for in the mid-season garden, we are thrilled to offer you Nepal.

Originally from the Northern Himalayas, the beautiful red 8 to 10 ounce fruits thrilled us with very high production and when we got to taste them at ripe perfection, (more thrills) we knew we had a great one for your 2021 garden. A fabulous, early to midseason beefsteak, this tomato is the definition of what an heirloom tomato should taste like: Luscious, ambrosial, eyes-roll-back-in-your-head flavors.

Growing on big strong vines, the crack-resistant fruits of Nepal are what we call 'longkeepers': This means you can pick them before they are ripe, late in the season, then wrap them in paper to ripen gradually during the fall and winter. A treat awaits.

 

 

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Northern Lights  ($6.75) F/C    (VE)   60 days. 

 

An absolutely striking tomato. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates and a breeze everywhere else.

 

This big, heavy 4" - 5", 10 oz. gorgeous yellow-orange beefsteak, with a red blush on the blossom end and spectacular red, gold and yellow patterning in the center is as beautiful as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, for which it is named.

 

The flavor is heavenly: intense, barely tangy and luscious.

 

This marvelous tomato, only about 60 to 65 days from plant out until ripe fruit, bears beautiful tomatoes right through the cold weather up until the first frost. 

 

 

 

 

    Top Seller!

Oaxacan Jewel ( Pronounced Wah HAH Cahn) ($6.75)      78 - 80 days.

This divine fruit was the top vote-getter from my poll last season: "Which 3 tomatoes from past years do you want me to bring back?"

This big, gorgeous 8 to 16 oz. gem racked up more votes than any other variety with Julia Child and Black From Tula tied for second.

Large, luscious, tropical-fruit-like tomato is a real head-turner in tomato gardens and because it produces so many fruits you won't mind giving away a few. A few.  

Sublime flavors, ample juice, disease resistance and high production make Oaxacan Jewel one of the finest big slicing tomatoes in the world.  Tomato sandwiches will never be the same.

 

 

 

 

    Laurel's All Time Favorite Tomato

 

Paul Robeson ($6.75) (VE) (HG)        65-70 days.

 

This is my all-time favorite tomato and still our top seller since 1998.

 

It is a gorgeous, dark and dusky-hued fruit with intensely sweet earthy taste with a hint of tanginess, a luscious velvety smooth texture, beautiful skin, rich with juice and high production. You will love it. The seed was made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. 

 

This luxurious tomato is named for Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the elegant, renowned and charismatic operatic singer, law school graduate, champion athlete, film star, stage actor and boundlessly brave champion of civil and personal rights throughout the world.

 

This marvelous plant will give you its perfect 3" - 4" fruit in only 65 days from planting. Incredible; a symphony. I do believe this is the finest tomato in existence.   

 

Photo property of Adrienne 'AJ' Park Tucker.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is our premier variety for 2022!

Polish  ($6.75) 75 - 85 days.

 

As many of you know, when I am selecting varieties for your garden, I have thousands of heirlooms to consider. It takes me months and often years to grow out and test these tomatoes until I'm sure you get only the best from me.

 

My criteria are:  Fabulous flavor, excellent texture, reliable production and gorgeousness.

 

This is our premier variety for 2022.  Huge, heavy, brick red to dark pink, 1 to 3 lb. fruits growing in clusters of 3 to 5 huge tomatoes, all with superb flavor.

 

Polish are sweet, rich, meaty and juicy with exquisite flavors. Just breathtaking.

 

There are many heirloom tomatoes with 'Polish' in their names. But I have chosen for you the classic Polish. You will love me for it.

 

This beautiful, disease resistant, potato leafed plant gets big! Give it extra support -- when it's loaded with tomatoes it will be heavy and unruly.

 

 

Rapunzel  ($8.95) 70 days.  (H) 

 

Yes, I know.... but it is real.  I get dozens of  calls and emails from gardeners searching for Rapunzel plants. Here it is! 

 

Because a few callers doubted that this plant can actually produce trusses this long, the photo is a Rapunzel plant grown by my customer Jeff Hartang. Yay Jeff!

 

This awesome hybrid produces tremendously long clusters of bright red, one inch, sweet juicy tomatoes all season long. The fruits themselves have a sweet rich flavor and the ridiculously dazzling trusses will have you doing a double-take. 

 

Some of the 'strands'  hold more than 40 tomatoes. Pretty cool.  Great for containers!

 

This plant makes a delightful gift for gardeners of all ages -- especially kids and grandmas -- and grows easily in all climates and is disease resistant, too.

 

 

 

 

Red Mamba ($6.95) 80 days.

 

In a patch of Black Mamba plants, we were stunned to see several plants producing huge, gorgeous, deep red and pink 2 pound tomatoes!

 

"I remember saying, "What are you guys doing here?" They exact shape and size as Black Mamba, but this gorgeous red color.

 

Their flavor was heavenly! Classic old time, rich yummy tomatoes with a sensuous mouth-feel and exquisite flavors that explode in your mouth!

 

Made the best dang tomato sandwich I ever had. I don't know if the tomatoes had crossed last season or if this was a spontaneous color mutation or what?

 

But we loved it so much we grew them out, saved seeds and here it is for you: Red Mamba!

 

 

 

 

                                                                         A Laurel's Favorite!

 

Ruby Gold  (Sometimes called Gold Medal) ($6.75)       75 days.

 

A stunning beauty with thrilling, sweet tropical flavors, this was my hands-down favorite for 2016 and still lights my fire.

 

Ruby Gold has gigantic flavor, rivaling Cherokee Purple and Brandywine -- it may be as good as Paul Robeson. Cut it open, take a bite and prepare to have your mind blown.

 

Awesome color, huge flavor, gorgeous and delicious. So prolific! I am getting dozens of tomatoes from one plant in a 30 gallon container.

 

I have a special fondness for the multi-hued tomatoes because-- well, look at it!

 

First offered to American gardeners in 1921 by John Lewis Childs seed company in New York, Ruby Gold was rediscovered in West Virginia in 1967 by the legendary Ben Quisenberry. Craig LeHoullier got seeds in 1987 from John Hartman of Indiana, and here it is...for you.

 

 

 

 

 

  Fabulous Sauce Tomato!

 

San Marzano Redorta ($6.75)       80 days.

 

Largest of the San Marzano tomatoes and among the best of the Italian sauce tomatoes, this big, luscious high-producing fruit is named for Pizzo di Redorta, (Redorta Peak), one of the highest peaks in the Bergamo Alps of Lombardy, Northern Italy.

 

At 8 to 12 ounces, and reaching 16 ounces, and 4" to 7" long and a fat banana shape, it is a much larger tomato with far better flavor than its smaller cousin, San Marzano. San Marzano Redorta is marvelously rich, extremely productive and good enough to eat fresh, right off the vine.

 

This is an outstanding sauce and paste tomato and great for canning and fresh eating, too!

 

Photo on the left, copyright 2018, Betty Lessmueller. Green on the vine photo from Adrienne 'AJ' Park-Tucker, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White ($6.75) 70 days. F/C     (E)  

 

A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite 1½" white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Luscious. Incredible straight from the vine for snacking, in salads, on the grill, skewered and drizzled with olive oil and salt.

 

There are some ripening right now in a pot along with some Black Cherry, on my deck, near next to my hibachi, just 20 feet from my desk....I'm thinkin' dinner.

 

These angels add charm, beauty and flavor to your cherry collection. Very prolific, easy to grow even in foggy coastal climates. Pretty as starlight and a top seller.  

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Cider ($6.75) 72-80 days.       (B) 

 

Oh. My. God.

 

I had my first taste of this spectacular 1 to 2 lb. fruit when I bought one at Elser's Country Farm stand at our local farmers' market this summer in Torrance CA.  I brought it home, sliced it in half and started eating. Lost my mind.  Still haven't found it....my mind, that is.

 

This is one of the most incredibly delicious tomatoes I have ever tasted.  Refreshing, juicy, fruity, sweet, tangy, sublime. The color of perfectly ripe apricot.

 

Meaty, full flavored, ambrosial.  Love it. Summer Cider can be potato leafed or regular leafed, producing identical fruits.

A Laurel's exclusive.

 

This photograph of Summer Cider from summer of 2014 is the property of our customer Dianna Theyssen, used here with her gracious permission.

 

 

 

 

   

Sun Gold  ($6.95) F/C          (EE)  45-60 days. 

 

Sungold is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I, or anyone, has ever tasted, and ready to pick in only 45 to 60 days or less.

 

It has the huge, rich flavor of a full-size tomato, in a beautiful little deep-golden fruit growing in bountiful clusters on a big ol' plant.

 

Sweet, rich, so beautiful...most of them won't make it into your house from the garden. If you send someone to pick them for you, keep your binoculars trained upon the picker and check for tomato breath.  The tomatoes in the photograph were picked on November 25th with our Los Angeles night temperatures in the 40's; Sun Gold is a beast.

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Bumble Bee ($6.75) F/C (E)     65 days. TOP SELLER!

 

What can I say?  I've never seen anything prettier in the cherry tomato world. This is a very special cherry tomato, an astounding artisan variety. Please put this plant into your garden -- at harvest time you're going to be really popular.

 

Sunrise Bumblebee is plump and bountiful, full of old-time-sweet-honey-pop-in-your-mouth tomato flavors and just as cute as it can be. This is the tomato you would steal from your neighbors in the middle of the night. But don't. Grow your own!

 

Also try Purple Bumble. And watch out for middle-of-the-night tomato fiends.

 

 

 

  

 

  Produces beautifully right up until frost!

Sunset's Red Horizon  ($6.75) F/C (B)     (E) 72 days.

 

This big, red, glorious fruit is hugely popular in the heirloom tomato world -- one of the best tasting tomatoes I have ever had. Irresistible flavors. This one lasted about 4 seconds after Adrienne took the photograph during our June 16th harvest.

 

From 10 to about 16 oz., Sunset's Red Horizon produces early and continues bearing lots of yummy fruit into November and December. Ours have continued to produce into January.

 

Producing like a champ in cool and hot weather, resistant to disease, frost and heat, it is a splendid producer of big red Oxheart shaped, 5" fruits with fabulous old-time intense tomato flavors and silky texture. 

 

Photograph property of Adrienne 'AJ' Park-Tucker

                       

 

 

   A Laurel's Favorite

 

Tati's Wedding (TAH-tees) ($6.75) 80 days.      

 

Tati is a pet name for Tatiana.

 

This big luscious beauty -- the most flavorful variety I've come across this season and my top pick for 2017, was discovered by my customer Dan Stein of New York as he drove through the Kazbek mountains in the Caucasus of Georgia, south of Russia. He was there on a special day, his friend Tatiana's wedding, when he stopped at a roadside produce stand and discovered this fabulous tomato.

 

The farmer had not named it, so Dan called it Kazbegi Red. After hearing this beautiful story, I couldn't resist naming it for beautiful Tatiana, whose nickname is Tati. 

 

These tomatoes are luscious, meaty and silky with big sweetness and just enough tang to make it the perfect all purpose tomato and one of the juiciest I've ever eaten.

 

So productive, you'll get dozens of delicious tomatoes in varying sizes and shapes on the same plant, from 8 oz. up to 16 oz. or more.  This is one of the most delightful traits of the heirloom tomatoes.

 

The tomato in the photograph weighed 16 ounces and was grown this season by my customer and friend Barbara Kraus of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. After our Tati's Wedding plants were demolished by rampaging raccoons, Barb came to my rescue and grew out some plants in her garden.

Without Barb we would not have any photographs or seeds or plants of this incredible for you!  Yay, Barb!

 

 

 

 

TOP SELLER!

 

Thorburn's Terra Cotta (Pronounced THOR-burns) ($6.95)     80 days. A Laurel's Favorite

We are so excited to be able to present Terra Cotta as our premier variety for 2021.

It's hard to know where begin in describing this extremely rare treasure with its incredible flavor, color and history!

Introduced more than 120 years ago, in 1893, by James Thorburn of New York, this is one of the most sensational tomatoes we have ever grown. With honey-brown skin, apricot colored flesh, and a beautiful green seed gel, this is a stunning tomato with out-of-this-world flavor.

Producing heavily during mid-season for fresh eating, sandwiches, salads and right out-of-hand, Terra Cotta is also great for cooking! Roasted, sauced, fresh from the garden--you name it.

photo courtesy of Bunny Hop Seeds

 

 

 

Velvet Night (Dwarf)   (6.95) 65 days     (VSM)  

This deep purple cherry tomato grows in great abundance on a small dwarf plant. If you have a limited garden space and crave a really sweet, rich flavored cherry tomato, this is the one for you!

High production of 1 to 2 ounce cherry tomatoes will keep your tomato taste buds really happy all season long -- and you'll have enough to share with loved ones.

This tomato was selected out and named by Susan Oliverson of the Dwarf Tomato Project.

 

Copyrighted photos are property of Laurel Garza and Laurel's Heirloom Tomato Plants 2019-2021

 

 

 

 

Wee Tang Shebang (Dwarf plant) ($6.95) 55 - 60 days

 

Another dazzling heirloom from legendary tomato breeder Tom Wagner.

 

Although I don't know if Sun Gold is in its parent line, if you love Sun Gold, this is the plant for you!

 

I would describe Wee Tang Shebang as  a petite plant, not technically from the Dwarf Tomato Project, but a dwarf plant nonetheless. Producing scads of gorgeous golden-orange tomatoes with all the dazzling flavor of Sun Gold, it's a small plant, about 2 to 3 ft tall and covered with tomatoes.

 

Ellie Pong of Bunny Hop Seeds sent me a sample of this one a couple of years ago.  Adrienne loved the name and grew out some plants in our nursery. When it started producing I asked her, "Hey, what the heck is that?" She said, "Look at the label, Mom."

 

The flavor is SO good, I chose it over any other dwarf golden-yellow-orange cherry plants. A thousand times tastier. Crack resistant.

 

(Of the 30 in Adrienne's photograph, only one cracked! (YAY!)

 

You will love the high production in clusters of 8 to 10 fruits. So easy to grow, small yet indeterminate, grows and grows and grows for the whole season, starting early!

 

Disease resistant, produces right up until frost without losing any of its marvelous flavor.

 

 

 New for 2021!

Wild Fred (Dwarf Plant) ($6.95) 75 days.       A Laurel's Favorite

Lots of big gorgeous purple/black tomatoes grow in abundance on a strong, stocky 3 to 4 ft. dwarf plant. Disease resistant and producing big crops of large yummy tomatoes in all kinds of weather, the flavor is outstanding.

Heavy in your hand, this juicy, beefsteak type fruits grow to 6 to 10 ounces with thin skin and the deep, smoky, juicy, aromatic flesh you find in Carbon which is one of its parent lines (along with New Big Dwarf).

This big, tasty variety was named by Craig LeHoullier, for his dad Wilfred after a memorable typo of Wilfred's name in a church bulletin.

 

The following varieties (list not complete yet, I'm workin' on it! ) are not available for shipping but will usually be available at the Sunday Sales, here at our nursery from March through July.

 

 

 

 

Having trouble deciding? Ask for Laurel's Choice or choose a Gift Certificate!

 

Laurel will personally select varieties especially suited to your climate and tomato preferences. Just provide some guidelines for flavor, color, size, etc. and let us know your zip code to help determine your perfect planting time. On your shipping day Laurel will choose among the finest plants in our nursery and create a magnificently luscious tomato garden just for you.

 

Gift Certificate information is below.

 

Minimum order for Laurel's Choice is 4 plants. 310 534-8611 

 

 

California Gold Olive Oil Presents:

 

Not sure if we will have our olive oil for 2021; call me to check. ~ Laurel 310 534 8611

California Gold Olive Oil Company is Proud to Present

Laurel's Blend

We are delighted to present our Laurel's Blend Olive Oil blend again for 2020.

The new pressing is lovely.

Golden, mellow, smooth and buttery with a discreet touch of earthiness to complement your heirloom tomato harvest, this superb quality, award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil was created by our friend and fellow heirloom tomato fan, Kevin Tazelaar, Founder of California Gold Olive Oil Co. in Oakdale, California.

Kevin presented an array of oil blends for Laurel and the Tomato Elves to sample in a blind taste test. They chose a unanimous favorite; Kevin bottled it and named it Laurel's Blend.

We are delighted to present this tasty treat to drizzle lovingly onto your heirloom tomatoes as the harvest comes in.

Each 8 ounce bottle is $12.95. To order, please include with your plant order.

A welcome and delicious gift!

 

More Information here:  Laurel's Blend Olive Oil, My Favorite!  

 

 

 

 

Consultations

Do you need advice about planting tips, soil preparation, trellising, fertilizers, etcetera? We know how important it is to get good advice and we want to be able to continue offering expert advice about choosing plants and gardening tips.

 

For all customers: when you place your order we are happy to offer basic consultations at no charge whatsoever when we take your order and throughout your growing season.  

 

If you are not planning to order, consultations are $150.00 per hour. Have your credit card handy.

 

Specialized Consultation

 

For a specialized consultation for customers which requires detailed research into your climate conditions and advice in creating a garden in your particular climate, including soil conditioning, the best time to plant, season extenders, landscaping ideas, plant lay-out, detailed variety selection, fertilization techniques, or how to grow for market, etc. our fee is $120.00 per hour.

 

We do not to on-site consults or landscaping.

 

Gift Certificates

Our certificates are printed on beautiful full sheet ivory parchment featuring 16 gorgeous full color photographs of our most popular heirloom tomato varieties. They are mailed unfolded in a handsome, white 9" x 12" presentation envelope.
You may also have your certificate emailed to you to print for your recipient, or sent directly to their email address. Your credit will not expire and can be redeemed for all future plant and product orders.

 

          

 Black Sara, Chuck's Yellow, Gary Ibsen's Gold and The Dutchman

"©copyright photo courtesy Go toTomatofest.com Go get some great tomato seeds!

I love to make personalized and customized gift certificates for all occasions. Our gift certificates are themselves an elegant gift. You can choose certain varieties, or a certain number of plants or a dollar amount for your recipient's certificate.

I will personally create and send a beautiful full-sheet antiqued parchment gift certificate for any occasion: All holidays, birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, promotion, house or garden warming, sympathy, congratulations, remembrance, or just pure tomato love, in the style and wording you choose. 

 

         

      

 

Will This Be a Gift?

The Personalized Gift Certificate $8.50.

Your recipient's Personalized Gift Certificate will feature a full-color array of 16 beautiful heirloom tomato photographs printed on heavy, full sheet parchment, along with your personal greeting of any length. $8.50.

The Personalized Gift Certificate with Detailed Descriptions and Photos $15.50.

If you will be selecting specific varieties for your recipient, Laurel will add additional full sheet parchments printed with detailed descriptions and full color photographs of each tomato you choose. This stunning certificate is a spectacular gift in itself, $15.50.

Each page should accommodate 10 varieties. For more than 3 pages of photographs, additional cost is $2.00 per page.

 

Details

Shipping charges for the plants will be included, so your recipient will be free to relax and choose from more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomato plants and garden products. For customer's choice certificates, plant cost will be averaged at $6.95 each so your recipient, or Laurel if you select Laurel's Choice, can choose from among our more expensive plants. 

You may also select a dollar amount beginning at $35.00.

These elegant full sheet certificates add a heartwarming touch to your gift. Your recipient and Laurel will get together and determine the perfect shipping week when the weather is just right for planting in their garden.  

Each certificate is cased back and front with sheets of white paper to prevent peeking, then slipped into a 9" x 11" heavyweight white craft envelope and mailed in an 11" x 13" sturdy white craft envelope -- and for Christmas Certificates, with a Do Not Open Until Christmas label sealing the envelope.  :)

I am happy to personally assist your recipients in choosing plants for their climates and preferences when they call to redeem their certificates.  

Price List:

The Personalized Gift Certificate on full sheet parchment, sheathed in a white presentation envelope and then mailed in an 11" x 15" white craft envelope, $8.50, plus postage of $5.85.

The Emailed Gift Certificate, $8.50. Designed to be printed by you on white or ivory parchment or vellum or another elegant paper.

The Personalized Gift Certificate on Parchment with Detailed Descriptions and Full Color Photographs of the tomatoes, $15.50. For more than 3 pages of photographs, additional cost is $2.00 per page. Add postage of $5.85.  This can also be emailed at a lower cost.

Just call or email to tell me what you have in mind. I'll make it for you. ~ Laurel

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 All rights reserved. Purple Haze plant and Purple Haze grouping are the property of Dana Ferrin and used here with his gracious permission.

Photo of 3 parents of Purple Haze Original are the property of Keith Mueller.

Green Giant photographs are the sole property of Cynthia Sandberg, owner, Love Apple Farm www.loveapplefarm.biz used here with her kind permission. All rights reserved.

Summer Cider, Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry and Chocolate Amazon photographs are the exclusive property of Lisa VonSaunder and are used herein with her gracious permission.  www.amishlandseeds.com  All rights reserved.

The following photographs, and any other photographs on this website are the sole property of Laurel Garza and Laurel's Heirloom Tomato Plants or the property of other persons and entities as noted and attributed herein. and may not be used without the express written permission of the persons and entities named here. All rights reserved. The following photographs may not be used without the express written permission of Laurel Garza. 310-534 8611:  Big Beef, Black Cherry, Brown Derby, Isis Candy, Eva Purple Ball, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Cherokee Purple single fruit, Dona, Black Krim, Rutgers, Goose Creek, Japanese Black Trifele 3 fruit portrait, Japanese Yellow Truffle, Julia Child, Black Plum grouped  in bowl, Sara Black, Purple Haze Homegrown, Striped German, Matina, Valencia single fruit, Beiju, Bloody Butcher, Sweet Baby Girl, Grape, Sun Gold, Sun Sugar, Green Zebra, Black Zebra, Stupice, Lemon Boy, Beefsteak, Carmello, Momotaro, Goose Creek, Kellogg's Breakfast,  Tangella, Traveler, Super Sioux, Stupice, Flammée, Old German, Paul Robeson-single fruit, Persimmon, Twin Carmello, Yellow Brandywine, Laurel Holding Jaune Flammee, Sliced Brandywine OTV, Basket Next To Heirlooms On Table, Table With Heirloom Tomatoes against Yellow Background" and  Heirloom Tomato Montage, Laurel holding Paul Robeson plant.  www.heirloomtomatoplants.com   All rights reserved.

All other photographs of  tomatoes are the sole property of Gary Ibsen and TomatoFest.com® and used with the gracious permission of TomatoFest.com®. www.TomatoFest.com  All rights reserved. Photos belonging to Gary Ibsen may not be copied or used in any way without his express written permission.

Goose Creek tomato plant, its fruits, its seeds and its name are protected by copyright and US patent, and are the sole property of Jimmy Williams and Hayground Organic Gardening. Under patent and copyright law, Goose Creek tomato seeds may not be sold, saved to sell, or donated or traded with knowledge of intent to sell, or with intent  to grow and sell plants or fruits or any part thereof, in any way, without the express written permission of Jimmy Williams. All rights reserved. 2009 - 2014

'Two Heirloom Tomatoes'  watercolor painting is the sole property of artist Tom Hapgood and used herein with his gracious permission. www.tomhapgood.com All rights reserved.

 All rights are reserved. Any unauthorized use of any photograph or description contained herein will result in prosecution and penalties to the full extent of US copyright laws. 1999 - 2017

Under no circumstances will be held liable for crop failure. We guarantee the plants will arrive in excellent condition.  Beyond that,  it is up to each individual gardener to maintain your plants.