Liberty Bell Tomato Info: How To Grow Liberty Bell Tomato Plants


By: Liz Baessler

Tomatoes are an incredibly diverse fruit. Indeterminate, determinate, red, yellow, purple, white, big, medium, small – there are so many kinds of tomato out there, it can be overwhelming for the gardener looking to plant seeds. A good place to start, however, is knowing just what you want to do with your tomatoes. Keep reading for more Liberty Bell info, including Liberty Bell tomato care and tips for how to grow Liberty Bell tomato plants.

Liberty Bell Tomato Info

What is a Liberty Bell tomato? Bred with cooking and stuffing in mind, the Liberty Bell tomato has very thick, sturdy sides and big seed chambers with lots of empty space inside. In fact, its shape and structure are very similar to those of a bell pepper, earning it its “Liberty Bell” name.

The average fruit usually reaches 3 inches (7.5 cm.) in diameter, and weighs about 7 ounces (200 g.). The flesh is very flavorful and sweet. Liberty Bell tomato plants are indeterminate, which means they grow in a long, vining formation and will continue to produce fruit until killed by frost. They are relatively short for indeterminate plants and tend to reach 4 to 5 feet in height (1.2-1.5 m.).

How to Grow Liberty Bell Tomato Plants

Growing Liberty Bell tomatoes is very similar to growing any kind of indeterminate tomato variety. Seeds or transplants should only be planted outdoors after all chance of frost has passed. Plants like full sun and regular, deep waterings.

Because these plants have longer stem growth, which continues to grow until the first frost, it’s usually recommended that they be staked to keep the fruit off the ground.

Tomatoes are usually ready to start harvesting in the middle of summer.

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Late Season Tomato Checklist

Late season tomatoes varieties reach ripeness or maturity 80 days or more after the seedling has been transplanted to the garden.

Late season tomatoes generally bear the largest fruits and are commonly the tastiest tomatoes because they have been on the vine the longest and have ripened in the heat of summer.

For the longest tomato harvest set out late-season tomatoes at the same time you set out early-season tomatoes and mid-season tomatoes, that way you will have a succession of tomato harvests.

Here is a checklist of popular late season tomato varieties: included in each entry is the type of tomato, the color, size, and flavor also listed are the average days to maturity, whether the tomato is determinate or indeterminate and whether it is disease resistant.

Late Season Tomato Checklist:

Abraham Lincoln (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Bright red, round fruit, meaty averages 6 to 10 ounces sweet. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Akinson (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Large tomato does well in humid regions. 80 days. Determinate. FV.

Amish Paste (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Red-skinned, large, heart-shaped meaty, excellent flavor. 85 days. Heirloom from Wisconsin.

Beefmaster (hybrid). Slicing tomato. 80 days. Indeterminate. VFN.

Beefsteak, Scarlet Beefsteak, Red Ponderosa, Crimson Cushion (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Crimson red, large, flattened to 16 ounces old-fashioned tomato flavor. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Big Crop Climbing (open-pollinated). Red-skinned. Very late crop. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Big Johnny (hybrid). Red-skinned. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Big Red (hybrid). Crimson-red fruit. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Boatman Miracle Climbing Tomato (open-pollinated). Red-skinned. Very high yield. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Bradley (open-pollinated). Globe-shaped pink fruit averages 6 to 7 ounces mild flavor, juicy. 80 days. Semi-determinate. FA. Use short stake.

Bragger (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, meaty to 13 ounces. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Brimmer (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Purplish-pink, meaty, large to 16 ounces or more. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Burgess Jumbo Hybrid (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, mild flavor. 81 days. Indeterminate.

Burpee’s Globe (open-pollinated). Pink-skinned, medium size bears in clusters of six to ten. 80 days. Indeterminate. All-America winner.

Burpee’s Supersteak (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned. 80 days. Indeterminate. VFN.

Cal Ace (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, smooth, oblate fruit averages 8 to 12 ounces good flavor. 80 days. Determinate. FV. Uniform ripening. Best in California.

Calypso (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, for southern humid regions. 83 days. Determinate. VFF.

Caro Red (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Orange-red fruit, globe-shaped to 3 inches across, smooth rich, distinct flavor. 78 days. Indeterminate. Prolific.

Chadwick’s Cherry (open-pollinated). Salad tomato. Red fruit, small, round to 1 ounce juicy, sweet. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Colossal (hybrid). Red-skinned, giant fruit to 2½ pounds. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Costoluto Genovese (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Deep red, large deep red fruit that is deeply ribbed fully flavored. Indeterminate. 78 days. Italian heirloom.

Crack Proof (open-pollinated). Canning tomato. Large, scarlet fruit averages 9 ounces good for canning. 80 days. Bears until frost.

Crimson Giant (open-pollinated). Red skin, very large fruit to 1½ pounds. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Dad’s Mug (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Scarlet-skinned, large, blocky, meat good flavor. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Dejena Lee’s Golden Girl (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Golden-orange fruit averages 7 to 8 ounces sweet, tangy flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. Introduced in the 1920s.

Dinner Plate (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, large, heart-shaped to 2 pounds or more meaty, rich flavored. 90 days. Indeterminate. Heirloom.

Dixie Golden Giant (open-pollinated). Yellow beefsteak large fruit to 2½ pounds for southern gardens sweet flavor. 84 days. Indeterminate.

Doublerich (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Scarlet fruit, medium size to 8 ounces, globe-shaped juicy. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Dutchman (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Purplish-pink, large, globe-shaped fruit up to 2 pounds excellent, mild, sweet flavor, low in acid. Heirloom beefsteak. 80 days. Indeterminate. Low production.

Early Pak 7 (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, medium- to medium-large fruit to 8 ounces grow in cage. 82 days. Determinate.

Early Pak 707 (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, uniform, smooth. 82 days. Determinate. VF.

Egg (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, small, uniform, egg-shaped fruit averages 3 ounces excellent for juice very good flavor. 80 days. Determinate. Resists cracking.

German Head (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Dark-pink fruit, large to 10 ounces meaty, mild flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Giant Belgium (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Dark pink fruit, large, oblate to 4 inches in diameter, to 2 pounds very good flavor. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Giant King (hybrid). Red-skinned, large fruit. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Giant Oxheart (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, very large fruit to 2 pounds nonacid fruit. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Giant Tree (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Pink-skinned, large, round to 2 pounds low acid, mild flavor. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Golden Boy (hybrid). Deep golden-orange fruit, meaty to 8 ounces mild flavored. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Golden Oxheart (open-pollinated). Golden-orange fruit. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Golden Ponderosa, Yellow Ponderosa (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Yellow fruit, flattened, globe-shaped to 16 ounces meaty, mild flavored. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Goliath (open-pollinated). Canning tomato. Light red-skinned, very large with few seeds very good flavor. 85 days. Indeterminate. Heirloom from 1800’s.

Greater Baltimore (open-pollinated). Canning tomato. Red, large fruit. 82 days. Indeterminate.

Green Grape (open-pollinated). Salad tomato. Small round yellowish-green fruit to about 1½ inches in diameter flavorful, sweet, juicy. 80 days. Resists cracking.

Gulf States Market (open-pollinated). Purplish-pink tomato, recommended for southern gardens. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Heavyweight (hybrid). Red-skinned with large fruit up to one pound. 80 days. Indeterminate.

He Man (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, medium firm fruit to 6 ounces. 82 days. Indeterminate. VF.

Henry Field Tomato (hybrid). Red-skinned produces clusters of medium size fruit. 100 days. Indeterminate. Disease resistant.

Holmes Mexican (open-pollinated). Pink-skinned, large to 3 pounds subacid flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Homestead 24 (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, meaty to 8 ounces. 82 days. Determinate. F. Good in high temperatures. Resists catfacing.

Hybrid Ace (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned needs support–stake, trellis, cage suited to hot, dry summers. 80 days. Determinate. VFN.

Indian River (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Scarlet red, medium fruit to 6 ounces. 85 days. Indeterminate. F.

Ingegnoli (open-pollinated). Red skin, with large, meaty fruits to three pounds. 90 days. Indeterminate. From Italy.

Jubilee (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Yellow-skinned, old-time variety. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Jumbo (hybrid). Greenhouse tomato. Red-skinned, clusters of 5 to 7 ounce fruit grown commercially in northern states and Canada. 80 days. Determinate.

Jumbo Hybrid Burgess (open-pollinated). Slicing. Red-skinned with fruit to two pounds each very mild flavor. 80 days. Semi-determinate.

Jumbo Jim (open-pollinated). Slicing. Red-skinned, meaty, large to 2 pounds mild flavor. 84 days. Indeterminate. VF.

Jung’s Giant Climber (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, large fruit, on long vine. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Kurihara 90 (open-pollinated). Pink, Japanese variety with large fruit. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Lakeland Climbing Tomato (open-pollinated). Red-skinned with large fruit to 3 pounds. 87 days. Indeterminate.

Liberty Bell, Liberty (open-pollinated). Stuffing tomato. Red-skinned hollow, bell-shaped fruit average 4 to 8 ounces deeply ribbed mild flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Loomis Potato Leaf Cherry (open-pollinated). Salad tomato. Bright red fruit, medium small to 1 inch diameter good flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Manahill (open-pollinated). Red skin, developed for Florida growing. 80 days. Indeterminate. Resists early blight, fusarium wilt, gray-leaf spot.

Manalu (open-pollinated). Red skin, for southern gardens. 80 days. Indeterminate. Resists gray-leaf spot.

Manalucie (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, firm, meaty to 7 ounces. 87 days. Indeterminate. F. Resists cracking, sunscald, blossom-end rot. Popular in South.

Manapal (open-pollinated). Red skin, large fruit, good grower in southern gardens. 85 days. Indeterminate. Crack-free, resistant to fusarium wilt, gray-leaf spot, leaf mold, blossom-end rot.

Marzano Lampadina Extra (open-pollinated). Paste. Red-skinned, yields fruits 2- to 3-ounces, easy to peel. 80 days. Determinate. From Italy.

Napoli (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Bright red, small, plum-shaped, fruit averages 2 ounces, meaty. 80 days. Determinate. Compact plant.

New Zealand Pear (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Red-skinned, green shouldered, pear shaped. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Oxheart (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, heart-shaped to 2 pounds. 86 days. Indeterminate. Protect from sunscald.

Pearson (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned globe shaped fruit to 3 inches in diameter for slicing and canning old-fashioned tomato flavor. 80 days. Determinate.

Pearson A-1 Improved (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, smoother, slightly smaller fruit than Pearson to 7 ounces. 90 days. Semi-determinate.

Perfect Peel (hybrid). Canning. Red-skin, fruit to 6 ounces, easy to peel. 80 days. Determinate.

Pink Ponderosa (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Pink Plum (open-pollinated). Salad tomato. Red-skinned, plum shaped to 2 inches in diameter excellent flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. Resists cracking.

Pondeheart (open-pollinated). Pink fruit, Japanese cross of Oxheart and Ponderosa, yields large fruit nonacid fruit. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Ponderosa, Pink Ponderosa, Pink Beefsteak (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Pink-skinned large, flattened, globe-shaped to 16 ounces or more mild flavor. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Purple Calabash (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Purple-skinned large, flattened, globe-shaped to 16 ounces or more mild flavor. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Ramapo (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Deep crimson skin, thick walls to 9 ounces. 80 days. Indeterminate. VF. Resists cracking, blossom-end rot.

Red Chief VFN (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Bright red skin, globe-shaped excellent flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. VFN.

Rocky (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Red-skinned, large, plum-shaped to 4 inches in diameter, meaty sweet and tangy flavor. 90 days. Indeterminate.

Royal Ace (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned larger fruit than Ace. 80 days. Determinate. VF.

Russian Red (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Scarlet red fruit, round, averages 4 to 8 ounces good flavor. 80 days. Determinate. Tolerant of lower temperatures.

Rutgers Hybrid F (hybrid). Slicing tomato. 80 days. Semi-determinate. F.

Rutgers Hybrid VF (hybrid). Slicing tomato. 80 days. Semi determinate. VF.

San Marzano (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, meaty fleshed fruit averages 5 to 6 ounces for salads and sauce delicious, balanced flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. Heavy yields on tall vines.

San Pablo (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Red-skinned. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Square Tomato (open-pollinated). Red, skinned, blocky with rounded shoulders. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Stakeless (open-pollinated). Red skin, fruit to 8 ounces with few seeds, good for patio growing. 80 days. Determinate. Resistant to fusarium wilt, early blight resists sunscald.

Stone (open-pollinated). Canning. Red-skin, fruit to 6- to 7 ounces. 84 days. Determinate.

Sunray (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Similar to Jubilee. 80 days. Indeterminate. F.

Super Italian Paste (open-pollinated). Paste tomato. Red-skinned, large, meaty, plum-shaped fruit averages 10 to 12 ounces little juice and few seeds sweet flavored. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Supermarket (open-pollinated). Red skin, large fruit delicious flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. Resists fusarium wilt, gray-leaf spot.

Super Red (open-pollinated). Red skin, large fruit to 10 ounces for northeastern gardens. 85 days. Indeterminate. VF.

Tamiami (open-pollinated). Red skin, 7- to 8-ounce fruit good foliage cover for humid regions. 82 days. Determinate. VFF.

Tropic (open-pollinated). Red skin, medium-size fruit for southern gardens. 80 days. Indeterminate. VF resists gray-leaf spot, mosaic virus.

Tropic-Gro (open-pollinated). Red skin, for southern gardens. 82 days. Indeterminate. Resists gray-leaf spot, graywall.

Tropic-Red (open-pollinated). Red skin for southern gardens. 80 days. Indeterminate. Resistant to gray-leaf spot, graywall.

Trip-L-Crop (open-pollinated). Slicing tomato. Bright red fruit, to 5 inches in diameter and 16 ounces meaty, mild flavored. 85 days. Indeterminate.

Tropic (open-pollinated. Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, green-shouldered, flattened, globe-shaped to 10 ounces. 80 days. Indeterminate. Tolerates heat and high humidity. VFN.

White Beauty (open-pollinated). White skin very sweet with low acid. 84 days. Indeterminate.

Winsail (open-pollinated). Pink skin, very large fruit, tall grower. 84 days. Indeterminate.

Wisconsin Chief (open-pollinated). Red skin with fruit to one pound. 80 days. Semi-determinate.

Wonder Boy (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, medium to large fruit. 80 days. Indeterminate. VFN.

VFN Bush (open-pollinated). Red-skinned, firm, medium fruit to 6 ounces. 80 days, Determinate. VFN.

Vineripe (hybrid). Slicing tomato. Red-skinned, medium firm fruit to 9 ounces. 80 days. Indeterminate. VFN.

Yellow Jumbo (open-pollinated). Yellow fruit with large fruit. 80 days. Indeterminate. Heirloom.

Yellow Ruffled (open-pollinated). Stuffing tomato. Yellow-skinned with ridges to 3½ inches in diameter excellent flavor. 80 days. Indeterminate. Productive.


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