heirloom tomatoes for zone 7

kimmie_72(7)January 7, 2009


I am hoping some of you can help me here. Last year we planted over 150 tomatoes of just a few varieties. My FIL loves to play in the gardens all day long and gets very excited about heirloom varities. We are in zone 7 and I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for varities for this zone b/c I am lost and there are way to many.



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What locale in zone 7 are you in? Is your neighborhood in a micro climate different than the surronding area? In a valley ... lots of tall shade trees ... How much direct sunlight would be available for the heirloom.

Im in VA and looking to grow Mule Team and NAR as my primary reds with Aunt Ginney's Purple and German Queen as my backups. For my Orange I'm growing KBX and Kellogg's Breakfast and backkups Qolden Queen, Nebraska Wedding; Yellows will be bicolor Striped German. For Darks I'm growing Indian Stripes, Cherokee Purple and someone just sent me Noir De Creme.TY Greens will be Spears Tenn.Green and Cherokee Green. So in our area Aug and Sept are very dry so I'm growing mostly in Raybo's Earthtainer SWC. As watering will be time consuming during those months.
The above choices were recommended to me for my area.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 5:12PM
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I do not think our climate would be different that surrounding and the garden area is full sun. We are between Greensboro and Winston Salme. We do have some area that is just partial sun if that would be better. Thank you for all the suggestions

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 5:53PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

In zone 7 you can grow any variety you want to as they will all do well. So it is just a matter of deciding if you want large slicers, plum/paste types, or cherry types and what color?

Check out these current discussions from over on the Growing Tomatoes forum here at GW. You'll find many helpful discussions there.

Which 10 should I grow?

Favorite beefsteaks?

If you could grow only one heirloom which would it be?


    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 6:32PM
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    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 11:02PM
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Good luck on your tomato quest. But just a note of picking tomato types by winter hardiness zone. We're in a zone 7 with two months a year where the night lows are above 50 degrees. That is a killer for some tomato varieties. And summer highs break 70 degrees for only two months. Most likely most the varieties digdirt may grow wouldn't have a chance here. So just keep that in mind. No matter what you'll have fun. Tom

    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 3:15PM
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sowbusy7nc(Z7 NC)

Kimmie, I live in the Mooresville, N.C. area so I know you can grow any variety you want to. You can transplant tomatoes until about the first of July for a late crop.
My best varieties are Pruden's Purple, Eva Purple Ball, Cherokee Purple and Black. Glenn

    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 3:41PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

skagit_goat_man - kimmie is in NC which is the same longitude and lattitude and part of zone 7 as me here in Arkansas. Even has the same day and night temps and same humidity levels.

For some reason you keep trying to move me to Arizona. ;)


    Bookmark   January 8, 2009 at 3:49PM
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Hey Dave, We're in a lot further north zone 7 in WA's upper Skagit Valley. It's a tough place for south eastern tomatoes without some shelter. Using z7 alone in making picks has given me lots of dissapointments. But sounds like your picks should work well for kimmie. Look at the AZ weather right now, not a bad place to be. Good growing in '09.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 10:15AM
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