Tomatoes for South Carolina's Climate

Jun 15, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange has a catalogue I like as it offers hybrid and heirloom varieties that are especially well suited to the Southeast. Although you may be tempted by companies offering tomatoes from the Belarusian-Ukrainian areas of Russia that have deep colors and a high sugar content, unless you plan to move to Michigan this summer, you’d do better to plant tomatoes that were developed in the deep South. The University of Florida offers one called Tropic VFN (VFN means it has resistance to certain pests) described as a large, red slicer that would be perfect for those nights when it’s too hot to cook and all you want is a tomato sandwich and a glass of iced tea. As for me, I’m going strictly with cherry tomatoes this year as they keep producing like the energizer bunny.