[tomato] Heirlooms suitable for containers?

Greg Park (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Fri, 26 Mar 1999 13:47:31 -0800

Hello all,

I've just spent the last few days reading through most of the
archives...there's a lot of good, highly informative info there!!  I
certainly have the passion for tomatoes espoused by the members of this NG
but lack much of the knowledge.  I hope to learn a lot here!

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Greg and I've always loved
vegetable gardening, esp tomatoes.  As a youngster I seemed to have a
natural green thumb...most everything I planted grew and was vastly superior
in taste (if not form) to the supermarket variety.  However, over the years,
that seems to have changed.  Currently, I'm living in an apartment with no
earth of my own to till but would still like to grow some 'maters.  However,
after struggling the past couple of years trying to grow a few hybrids in
containers, I only end up with end rot, or early blight.

Now, after reading up on how much tastier (amongst other benefits) heirloom
varieties can be, I would like to try growing some.  Am I doubly vexed?  And
hence my first question to the group:

What variety(ies) of heirloom cherry/slicers can one have success with
growing in potted containers?  I live here in balmy Southern California and
have a decent size roof deck to raise my 'maters.  Any details/tips are

Also, if anyone could point me to any good reference books on how to garden
in containers, that would be great too.  I just put an order in at
Amazon.com for a book yet to be released called 100 heirloom tomatoes for
the American Garden, but it's not scheduled for release until July.

Best regards,

Greg Park
Park Steel Company, Inc.