Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine'
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'Brandywine' tomatoes have been grown for over a 100 years and are one of the oldest heirloom varieties. The fruit resembles the large 'Beefsteak', but it is famous for its dense and deeply flavoured pink to reddish-pink flesh. It also boasts "potato leaf" foliage which has a smooth leaf edge, instead of the normal serrated edge found on most tomato plants.
Tomatoes will be ready to harvest within 80-100 days of sowing. Allow tomatoes to ripen on the vine and pick regularly.
Sow during Spring and Summer, spacing them 50-60 cm apart and 6-8mm deep. Germination takes 4-7 days. Transplant seedlings to a final spacing of 60-90 cm and add support structures (stake or trellis).
Tomatoes are heavy feeders and require well-fertilized soil. Rotate annually to prevent nutrient depletion of the soil.
Only suitable for a large pot (20 liters) and very tall sturdy support. This indeterminate variety will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season. Prune for best results.
North America (Exact origin unknown)
Soil PH preference
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant. It contains Vit A, B, C and K as well as minerals like potassium and Calsium.
The fruits are used for canning, roasting, pastes, sauces and fresh eating.
Common pests: Stink bugs, cutworms, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, tomato fruitworms, flea beetles, red spider mite, slugs, and Colorado potato beetles. Common diseases: Mildew and blight, Tobacco mosaic virus, curly top.