Brandywine Pink Tomato is an indetermine, heirloom variety that dates back to 1885. It is the standard by which other heirloom tomatoes are measured, and is the most popular heirloom variety among backyard gardeners and market farmers across the country. Brandywine Pink Tomato produces large, beefsteak-type fruits that are deeply-lobed and non-uniform. No two fruits will be the same. Fruits have a reddish-pink appearance and average 12 ounces in size. Plants have large leaves which resemble potato leaves. The vines can get quite large and are best supported with tall, sturdy tomato cages. Brandywine tomatoes have a signature flavor that is sweet and tangy, which makes it great for slicing and eating raw. Just add a little salt and pepper and enjoy!
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Brandywine Pink Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70
Disease Tolerance: None