Short Season Tomatoes
Posted on 27 July 2020
If you live in a short season climate with early frosts, rather than growing tomatoes that have a long growing season, it's best to pick short season tomatoes so that you'll get your harvest before the cold weather arrives in autumn. We have picked out our favorite short season tomato seeds below so you can get a head start on the season and get lots of red tomatoes before the first frost. Growing tomatoes that harvest in under 75 days can really make a difference! Here are our favorite short season tomatoes:
The delicious Glacier Tomato, above, has outstanding flavor and has higher-than-average yields of reddish-orange tomatoes that are perfect for short seasons, being ready to harvest in just 56-63 days! This is one of our fastest growing short season tomatoes, and it also is more cold-tolerant than other varieties.
Another one of our Short Season Tomatoes, the Isis Candy Tomato, is a great open-pollinated heirloom tomato that produces precious little little 1-1/2" morsels of red and gold garden candy in just 67 days! Deliciously sweet and fruity, this tomato will be one of your favorites in the garden!
Another one of our favorite short season tomatoes is the Berkeley Tie-Dye Tomato. Surprisingly, this large beefsteak tomato with beautiful metallic green stripes may not only be one of the prettiest tomatoes you can grow, it is also great for short season gardens! The flesh is pink with yellow streaks and the flavor is outstanding - sweet, rich, dark heirloom tomato flavor. Despite it's large size, these tomatoes are ready for harvest in just 65-75 days (compare that to other beefsteaks which usually range around 80-90 days for harvest.)
The Black Prince Tomato is another short season tomato. This open-pollinated heirloom tomato is juicy with amazing rich, fruity flavor and packed with nutrition! This fast-growing tomato is regarded as a true northern variety and has excellent growing qualities suited for cooler climates and short growing seasons. Great for patio gardens and container gardens!
The hybrid Bush Early Girl Tomato is another great short season tomato, harvesting in just 59 days! Space-saving plants are compact and reliably produce abundant early yields. Very popular with home gardeners in short seasons because they're extra-early and dependable.
Pineapple Heirloom Tomato
These fast growing bi-color fruits are famous for their sweet and fruity low acid flavor. A beautiful tomato with a unique color of yellow on the outside and red streaks inside. The Pineapple tomato vines set fruit fairly early, and also ripen quickly. In mid-summer, they seemed to stop blooming, then they put on another flush of production in late summer/early fall (if the weather holds!). The fruit is very lovely when sliced, and has great flavor. One big slice of this tomato on bread with mayo makes a great summertime sandwich.
For Faster Harvests, Start Tomato Seeds Indoors!
For any of us with short growing seasons, it's good to start tomato seeds indoors early in March/April to get them growing before transplanting outdoors. Transplanting them into larger pots sooner also helps them grow – plants of the same age can be widely different in size if one is kept in smaller pot and one is in a larger pot – the more legroom they have to grow roots, the more quickly the plants will grow. Getting them into the ground once it's warmed up also helps kick-start their growing. We also like to bury them as deep as possible so they get a great root system.