5 Great Heirloom Tomatoes for Containers

I've grown many varieties of heirloom tomatoes but here are my top 5 favourites for container gardening:


Indeterminate, 80 days, large pinkish-red fruit, of Amish origin. Usually the last tomato to fruit here in Ottawa but the flavour of these early-September beefsteak tomatoes is worth the wait.


A bi-coloured heirloom variety from the UK, indeterminate and quite early at 59 days. Small red tomatoes have nifty yellow stripes. Two-tone slices look great in salads.

Yellow Pear

Small pear-shaped yellow tomatoes on indeterminate plants mature in 70 days. The golden yellow colour of the fruit really warms up the balcony garden. This prolific plant is loaded with fruit by mid-August. Gorgeous in salads.

Heirloom Beefsteak

75 days, indeterminate, large deep red fruit. In the Ottawa area, this slicing tomato matures in late August. Wonderful deep rich tomato flavour.

Heirloom Cherry

Tiny red tomatoes, 65 days, indeterminate. Produces loads of sweet cherry-sized fruit by early August. Great for kids - easy to grow, easy to pick!