It’s time to liven up your vegetable garden this year by growing some amazing heirloom tomato plants!

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Stupice heirloom tomatoes

Tired of harvesting the same old basic tomato varieties year after year? Then break the mold and grow a few incredibly unique, productive, and tasty heirloom tomato plants.

Heirloom tomatoes have soared in popularity in recent years. Gardeners are finding their way back to growing incredible, all-but-forgotten, old-time tomato varieties bursting with color and flavor.

These heirlooms are not your typical, run-of-the-mill grocery-store tomatoes. You know, the tomatoes that sadly are bred only for looks and shelf life – and certainly not flavor. But by growing heirloom tomato plants, flavor will be front and center!

It is important to realize that heirloom tomatoes might not be perfectly round. And they may not be the perfect shade of red either.

But funny enough, tomatoes were never meant to be perfectly shaped or colored! They were meant to burst with flavor and excite your taste buds. And that is exactly what heirloom tomato plants will do for you!

Here are 4 great heirloom tomato plants sure to rock your garden this year.

4 Unique Heirloom Tomato Plants To Grow This Year


The Stupice tomato variety hails from Czechoslovakia, and is a high producing tomato plant with extremely sweet fruit.

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The Amana hierloom tomato is a wonderful orange beefsteak tomato.

Rediscovered by gardeners here in the states, it has grown in popularity over the last few years. Each plant can produce a heavy load of 2″ fruits. Although the tomatoes are not large, they are packed with a sweet taste that is hard to match.

As an added bonus, the Stupice variety has the usual ability to tolerate and produce in cooler temps. It makes it the perfect choice to grow in areas with a shorter growing season.   Seed Link : Stupice Tomato Seeds

Amana Orange

If you are a lover of big beefsteak-style tomatoes, and a lover of orange tomatoes to boot, this is your tomato! The Amana plant produces big, orange, over-sized, meaty fruits. The bright orange globes are sure to be the envy of your gardening friends.

Wonderful as a sliced tomato, it makes delicious sauces as well when cooked down. It has the added benefit of being a lower-acid tomato for those watching acid intake. Seed Link : Amana Orange Tomato Seeds

German Johnson

German Johnson tomato plants will certainly make a big statement in your garden. They grow big – really big!

A single plant can grow as large as 8 to 10 feet tall. And the bigness doesn’t stop there. The German Johnson tomato plant produces huge, over-sized tomatoes with big flavor. Some can easily weigh a pound or more.

It is said that the German Johnson is one of the parent plants of the famous Mortgage Lifter variety that hails from West Virginia. One thing is for sure, it is packed with big flavor!  Seed Link : German Johnson Tomato Seeds

Tiger Blush Tomato

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The beautiful, tasty tiger blush tomato

We have grown this for two years now, and it is a HUGE personal favorite! The Tiger Blush produces smaller, 2″ oblong tomato with orange with pink stripes. It is sugary sweet, with a fresh, peach-like flavor.

The plant bears a huge load of fruit from mid-season right up til frost. The Tiger Blush is perfect for fresh eating, and in salads and salsa. It is also perfect for making the most delicious yellow tomato soup.  Seed Link : Tiger Blush Seeds

For more on growing great tomatoes, be sure to check out our entire page dedicated to this wonderful fruit. See : Growing Tomatoes.

Here is to enjoying some real tomato flavor this year – Happy Gardening! Jim and Mary.

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4 Must-Try Heirloom Tomato Plants To Rock Your Garden This Year!

12 thoughts on “4 Must-Try Heirloom Tomato Plants To Rock Your Garden This Year!

  • March 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Alan If we can’t find seeds at our local nurseries, we tend to use Baker Creek or Johnnies. If we can’t find them there, we do a Google or Amazon search. Under each variety we have a link to the Amazon providers.

  • March 5, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Do you have any seed suppliers for these varieties? I try to find a new heirloom variety each year, and found some I want to grow again and some that I don’ want. The variegated red and yellow beefsteak size tomato is a family favorite under several different names (Pineapple, Old German,…) I have not seen any that you suggest growing so am wondering where to get the seed to start.

  • March 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

    We do too and are so excited Spring is around the corner!

  • March 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Susan for your comment – love to hear about garden memories!

  • March 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hi Emma – we love both Black Krim and Purple Cherokee tomatoes – we grow them each year in our garden as well. Can’t beat the flavor!

  • March 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I don’t know what the local nurseries are growing yet this year, but it is sure worth a call to them!

  • March 5, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I hope you love them as much as we do!

  • March 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I am ‘local’ to you guys (Johnstown), do you know of anyone who has starts of these varieties? Wish I’d seen this before I ordered my seeds! I am trying Brad’s Atomic Grape tomatoes this year from Baker’s Creek, they looked way too cool to pass up on!

  • March 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    The Tiger Blush look and sound divine! We grow the purple and black tomatoes mostly because we think they have stronger flavors. Black Kim and Purple Cherokee are family favorites!

  • March 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I grew stupice in the 80’s. in mostly rock with some dirt. and was so amazed how they grew. very hardy and abundant. thanks for the memories.

  • March 4, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I grow Amana Orange and German Johnson every year and they are everything you say they are. They are a mainstay in my garden along with about dozen more! LOL!!! LOVE TOMATOES!!!

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