Tomato Brandywine

Tomato Brandywine

  • Features: This popular beefsteak-sized, Amish heirloom produces rosy pink tomatoes loaded with old-fashioned tomato taste that has been prized for decades. It is considered one of the benchmarks for intense tomato flavour. The indeterminate vines yield tomatoes that ripen gradually until frost. Plants have "potato leaf" foliage. The tangy taste of Brandywine is a gourmet cook's delight.
  • Maturity: 80-100 days / 255 to 450g (9-16oz) in average weight.
  • Light: Plant in full sun.
  • Soil and water: Well drained, moist soil. Best with compost. An all purpose, timed release fertilizer is recommended with a pH of 5.5 to 7. Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting. Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first), and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way and the leaves don't get wet.
  • Spacing: Plant 60-90cm (24-36") apart.
  • Height: Grows 2-2.7m (7-9') in height.
  • Garden use: Vegetable garden or raised garden beds. Most tomato plants can also be grown in container gardens.
  • Growing tips: Planting depth: bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Use slow-release fertilizer at planting time. Tomatoes can be harvested when they begin to show colour, as they will continue to ripen. However, the closer you can get to vine-ripened the better the flavour will be. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family. The terrific disease resistance of Biltmore Hybrid - Alternaria Stem Canker, Verticillium Wilt races 1 and 2, Fusarium Wilt and Gray Leaf Spot. This means even bigger yields.
  • Culinary use: Sandwiches, salads, stewed, sauces, salsas or just sliced and eaten. Also can be used for freezing.
Make sure you have enough support for your plants. Having a tomato cage in the garden will help support the plant as the fruit begin to grow. Once the plant produces fruit and it tips over it can lead to problems with the fruit. Especially if the fruit is resting on the ground, it can lead to under ripe or rotting tomatoes.

Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 5-8cm (2-3") deep around the plants. This will reduce weed growth and help retain the moisture in the soil.

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