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Tomato, Brandy Boy Hybrid

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A huge pink beefsteak tomato with incredible heirloom flavor and very high yields.

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One of the all-time classic tomatoes is now even better. Brandy Boy captures all the rich flavor of the beloved Brandywine heirloom tomato-long the flavor favorite among heirloom tomatoes-with a more shapely form, tidier growth habit, improved disease-resistance and bigger, earlier yields. Our new hybrid produces loads of large pink fruits up to 5 1/2" across. The fruits ripen evenly and share Brandywine's soft heirloom texture, thin skin and exceptional tangy-sweet taste. Tomato-lovers, Brandy Boy is for you. Indeterminate.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75-78 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

14 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

65 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

75 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously till frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity
75-78 days
Fruit Weight
14 ounces
Full Sun
65 inches
75 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
36 inches
Life Cycle
Tomato, Brandy Boy Hybrid is rated 4.619718309859155 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 50 pounder just saw this tomato at the missouri botanical gardens in st. louis (mobot). of the 4 plants in the ground, one was largest with 50 lbs of potential yield, small to mature currently on the vine. planted in 30" diameter cages, plants standing 5-6" tall. stalks are strong. these plants went out late early june, the 5th hottest on record in missouri. fruit are as big as any bradywine i have even grown.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! From the description of this tomato I thought I was getting the great flavor of Brandywine and a higher yield than the measly three tomatoes per vine I was used to. Not so. I have four of these vines and the yield averages out to four tomatoes per vine. Most of them are cracked, and the cores are huge. Sorry, not a winner. I'll stick with Mountain Pride in the future.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Taste but won't win a Beauty Prize I grew my first Brandy Boy tomato plant this year. Yield is excellent and flavor is great. Each tomato is very large - a pound or more. Skin is thin and inside they are very meaty. However, they are often oddly shaped and a bit cracked at the shoulder. Doesn't bother me; I still love them.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites I grow between 8 and 12 varieties of tomato every year and these are one of the best. Brandy Boy produces high yields of delicious, juicy, flavorful, and very large tomatoes. I compared them to Brandywine last year and the flavor is almost the same, though the Brandywine had the slightly better favor. I do not grow the Brandywine's because these are much more productive, earlier to ripen and have less issues with diseases and pests. You will not be disappointed if you plant these as the flavor so greate. This is 1 of 4 varieties that I will always grow with the others being Sun Gold, Cherokee Purple and Kellogg's Breakfast.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Taste !! Very Prolific !! Brandy Boy is at the top of our current tomatoes to plant list! This Hybrid is a must to plant at least once. If you don't like it or it doesn't like your location then you need never plant it again. On the other hand, if Brandy Boy likes your location - as it does ours - you will never regret the Brandy Boy experience - it is an awesome variety !!
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tasting, but very poor yields! I love, love the taste of Brandy Boys, but characterizing them as high yielding is an exaggeration of epic proportions. I've grown hundreds of Brandy Boys over the years, and I know for a fact that I've never gotten more than 10 tomatoes off a single vine/plant. Whereas, I've gotten over a hundred Heatwave II tomatoes off of single vines/plants several times in the past.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious!!! I have planted Brandy Boy tomatoes for the last 2 years. I have NEVER tasted a more delicious tomato in my life. Even my daughter, who dislikes tomatoes, devoured these and had "tomato sandwich parties" with many of her friends. We now have a reputation for growing the best tasting tomatoes around. This year I have ordered an extra six tomato plants to share with family and friends. They too, will be singing the Brandy Boy praises in next year's harvest from their own garden!!! These tomatoes, however, aren't perfect. There are a few cons (though they are easily overlooked in my book). About half of my tomatoes were grossly misshapen with large lobes. The cores were sometimes very large, green, and a little tough. You will probably want to cut the cores out before you slice them. They are heavy, juicy, meaty and tender (all great things) which make them prone to bruising and cracking if you are not careful with them.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this tomato! This was the best tomato plant! Lots of very large, tasty, juicy tomatoes. We planted three different kinds of tomatoes, and this plant was outstanding! Next summer we will plant three of these.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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