Heart-shaped tomato better than cherry tomato
There's a new tomato hybrid on the scene called Heartbreakers Tomato Vita F1. Although slightly larger than a cherry tomato, it's sweet/tart taste is much more appetizing than the cherry variety. When cut in half these tomatoes have a heart-like shape, thus their name. The snack size heartbreakers seem to be newly arrived into the American garden market as a Dutch bred variety, originally only sold in the UK.
You'll be pleasantly surprised that this new breed of stylish tomatoes are hybrid (not listed on the label but verified on their website) from a company called Prudac. They are a breeding company that doesn't use GMO or genetic modification in their breeding techniques. According to Prudac, Heartbreakers Vita F1 need full sun, water 2-3 times a week and tomato fertilizer as directed on packaging. The central Florida summer is coming and water evaporates quickly, so you may want to look into having a self-watering container or placing the pot into a watering tray and watering from the bottom-up.
Space Saver Tomato Plant
The developers of this new tomato variety, say that these plants will grow about 19 inches tall and spread up to about 16 inches – compared to the average Big Boy tomatoes which could grow over five feet. This is a great space saver tomato plant for any home gardener, including apartment dwellers or those who have limited space and love fresh tomatoes. The ideal pot size is approximately 7.5 inches – that’s small for a tomato plant. The plant will need some support as most tomato plants do, however you could use three sticks formed in a tipi shape and tied on the top or a small, short tomato wire cage. Since this is a new variety it would be wise to keep some of your seeds for next season.
Monica Lehua comes from a family of agriculturalists without degrees - farmer, rancher, and home gardeners who were self-sustaining in rural Hawaii. Now living in Orlando, she's figuring out how to bring her roots into suburbia, with her self-made aquaponics systems, community gardening and combining her love for writing and building stuff as the Crafty Garden Girl.