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Big Brandy Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Brandy'

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Big Brandy Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Brandy') at Roger's Gardens

Big Brandy Tomato fruit

Big Brandy Tomato fruit

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Height:  7 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Heirloom Marriage™ Beefsteak

Group/Class:  Beefsteak-Indeterminate

Description:

A stunning heirloom crossed variety, featuring medium sized, rose colored, smooth skinned fruit; vigorous indeterminate vines perform superbly in gardens; sweet and juicy, delicious when added to sandwiches and salads

Edible Qualities

Big Brandy Tomato is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large rose round tomatoes (which are technically 'berries') with rose flesh which are usually ready for picking from mid summer to early fall. This is an indeterminate variety, which means it produces fruit throughout the growing season. The tomatoes have a delicious taste and a juicy texture.

The tomatoes are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Sauces

Planting & Growing

Big Brandy Tomato will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. Because of its vigorous growth habit, it may require staking or supplemental support. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant can be difficult to integrate into a landscape or flower garden, and is best grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.

Big Brandy Tomato is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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