Click Heirloom sweet potatoes, tomatoes and okra in our Northeast Florida garden in mid-June to check out our YouTube video showing how some of our heirloom tomatoes, okra and sweet potatoes are doing mid-June. Here are some of the varieties shown in the video:
Yellow pear tomato (heirloom from seedling):
Purple Cherokee tomato (heirloom from seed):
Celebrity (hybrid from seedling):
This is a hybrid plant I bought as a start from Home Depot on U.S. 1 South from the grower Bonnie Plants. While nearly all the plants I grow are heirloom, I planted this hybrid. According to the University of Florida, it is one of the gold standards for tomatoes in Florida. I wanted to compare its looks, growth habits, production and taste to those qualities in the heirlooms.
Here are the two varieties of heirloom okra:
Burgundy (heirloom from seed):
Clemson Spineless (heirloom from seed):
This okra is also a gold standard for Florida but is still an heirloom.
I also show sweet potatoes I grew from the eyes of grocery store organic potatoes. For specifics on how I grew them (saving a lot of money in the process) go to my post on growing food from grocery store scraps in St. Augustine.
The sweet potato varieties in the video are:
And “All Purple” Japanese variety
Note: I bought the half a dozen slips from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in May. The variety seems to be named “All Purple,” so that’s a proper name as well as a description. I planted them in mid-May and they’re shown on the video about a month later. We’ll see how they keep doing!