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Varieties of Tomato for Growing In Zone 6

Zone 6 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones encompasses a variety of areas from cities such as St. Louis, Missouri, to Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Minimum temperatures in this zone usually range from minus 10 to zero degrees, making this a cooler area of the country. Although tomatoes usually prefer warmer areas, several varieties thrive in cooler climates.

  1. Legend

    • Originally bred by the Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station to thrive in the cool conditions of the Pacific Northwest, the Legend tomato quickly established itself as an excellent variety for cooler climes. As a determinate tomato, it spreads to 36 inches on the ground and produces large fruits, typically weighing around ½ lb. It is very resistant to blight and other diseases, and typically ripens by early August.

    Sub Arctic

    • The Sub Arctic tomato variety matures early, typically in about 42 days but sometimes longer. It requires full sunlight. It grows 2 to 4 feet in height and produces red, small fruit, usually the size of a cherry or a grape. It is suited to the shorter harvesting seasons typical of the north.


    • The Novia tomato is very good for cold weather and high in lycopene, a beneficial antioxidant. This variety produces medium-to-large fruits that are flat- or globe-shaped. It is resistant to a number of diseases, including Verticillium wilt and tomato mosaic virus.

    Black Prince

    • This variety originated in Siberia. The vines produce medium-sized fruit exhibiting red coloring with purple or green shoulders. It usually matures between 69 and 80 days. It exhibits a rich, smoky flavor that makes it an excellent choice for salad, fresh eating, or for canning. It requires full sun exposure.

    Northern Exposure

    • This tomato variety is ideally suited to northern climates. Its fast production time, 67 days, is ideal for shorter growing seasons. They are also a very small variety of tomato, which makes it an ideal choice for those who may not have the room to grow their tomatoes in a full garden environment.