Information on Heirloom
and Hybrid Tomatoes
love tomatoes? Fresh, juicy, right
from the vine? Do you like
a meaty tomato that makes great salsa?
Siegel's is the place for you to choose your favorite variety.
We specialize in many varieties of Heirloom and Hybrid tomatoes.
WHAT IS AN HEIRLOOM TOMATO?
Heirloom plants are grown from seeds that have been handed down thru
generations, saved from year to year, some varieties dating back
hundreds of years. The seeds are never cross pollinated
and so they remain true to their particular characteristics.
Heirloom tomatoes come in all colors, shapes, and sizes Ė Reds,
Pinks, Yellows, Orange, White, Green, Striped, and Black.
Ranging in sizes of cherry and grape to large grapefruit
size, meaty, or juicy. WHY HEIRLOOM?
These tomatoes are more natural, they are non GMO (genetically
modified). They do not have as long of a shelf life as store bought
tomatoes, but that is what makes them special. These tomatoes
are indeterminant (they grow all season, they flower all
season and they produce tomatoes all season. They donít stop
until frost. Once heirloom tomatoes are picked, they do not
have a long shelf life as hybrids but they more than make up for any
shortcomings in flavor.
WHAT ARE HYBRID TOMATOES? Hybrid tomatoes are just
what they say they are, they are a cross of two parent plants to
produce the best of both genetics. The reason hybrids were
developed was for better health, disease resistant, consistent size,
a tougher tomato that could be shipped without damage, and stored
for a longer period. The plants are usually determinant
(they grow to a certain size and stop) and most tomatoes ripen all
at the same time. Some hybrids are now genetically modified to
have resistance to disease bred into their DNA. If these are
the qualities you are looking for, hybrids are an excellent choice.