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Tomato 'Brandywine'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine'

Tomato (Eng.), Tamatie (Afr.)


'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.


Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn


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).

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.


North America (Exact origin unknown)
Natural climate


Full Sun
Soil moisture
Soil type
Soil PH preference
Frost hardiness


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.​


Flower colour


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.

Companion plants

Borage is thought to repel the tomato hornworm moth. The devastating tomato hornworm has a major predator in various parasitic wasps, whose larvae devour the hornworm, but whose adult form drinks nectar from tiny-flowered plants like umbellifers. Several species of umbellifer are therefore often grown with tomato plants, including parsley, queen anne's lace, and sometimes dill. These also attract predatory flies that attack various tomato pests. Plants with strong scents, like alliums (onions, chives, garlic), mints (basil, oregano, spearmint) and French marigold, (Tagetes patula) are thought to mask the scent of the tomato plant, making it harder for pests to locate it and provide an alternative landing point, less chance of the pest on the tomatos. These plants may also subtly affect the flavor of tomato fruit. Ground cover plants, including mints, stabilize moisture loss around tomato plants and other Solanaceae, which come from very humid climates, these can help prevent moisture-related problems like blossom end rot. Tap-root plants like dandelions break up dense soil and bring nutrients from below a tomato plant's reach, possibly benefiting their companion. Tomato plants can protect asparagus from asparagus beetles, because they contain solanine that kills the beetle, while asparagus plants contain Asparagusic acid that repels nematodes known to attack tomato plants. Marigolds also repel nematodes.

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