Tomato 'Brandywine'

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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Tomatoes will be ready to harvest within 80-100 days of sowing. Allow tomatoes to ripen on the vine and pick regularly.

Propagation

Seed

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).

Special features

Crop rotation

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and require well-fertilized soil. Rotate annually to prevent nutrient depletion of the soil.

Pot plant

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.

Special features

Origin

North America (Exact origin unknown)

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant. It contains Vit A, B, C and K as well as minerals like potassium and Calsium.

Edible

The fruits are used for canning, roasting, pastes, sauces and fresh eating.​

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

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.

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