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Tomato, Brandywine Pink

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HEIRLOOM. Dating back to 1885, this heirloom wins most flavor contests.

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Brandywine, which dates back to 1885, is the heirloom tomato standard. One taste and you'll be enchanted by its superb flavor and luscious shade of red-pink. The large, beefsteak-shaped fruits grow on unusually upright, potato-leaved plants. The fruits set one or two per cluster and ripen late-and are worth the wait. Brandywine's qualities really shine when it develops an incredible fine, sweet flavor.
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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.

85 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.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

40-48 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
85 days
Fruit Weight
14 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
18 inches
Height
40-48 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Tomato, Brandywine Pink is rated 4.166666666666667 out of 5 by 48.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from reliable tomato This tomato has always produced for me, have grown for many years. The fruit get smaller later in the season (golf ball to tennis ball sized) Late season, we dice and freeze for chili or cook down for sauce.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tomato I ever ate I grow Pink Brandywines every year. My plants get to be about six feet tall and they are loaded with tomatoes. I don't understand the claim that they are a medium yield tomato plant. Last year I was cursed with late blight and I had to dump seven five gallon buckets of tomatoes from four plants. The first tomatoes are deformed with lots of lobes, it seems like they form from two blossoms, two blossoms form one tomato. I can those. Later I get nice round tomatoes ranging from four to six inches in diameter. When I make BLT's the tomato is larger than the bread slices. The tomato is a beefsteak with few seed voids and all meat. The flavor is superb! When I open a jar the aroma is outstanding as is the flavor, you can easily smell the difference from any other variety. They can be somewhat late but last year I grew a hybrid in an attempt to get tomatoes earlier and the Brandywines beat them to the punch. For flavor, aroma, size and quality of the tomato you cannot beat a Pink Brandywine. I love them.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from delicious tomato! Very delicious tomato and great to use for everything: salads, sandwich, salsas, spaghetti, etc! Beautiful pink color and nice heavy, big fruits!
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST LARGE TOMATO MY BRANDYWINES OUT GREW AND GAVE LARGER TOMATOES THAN THE STEAKHOUSE. THESE TOMATOES GREW TO 7 FOOT TALL. THEY ARE IN MY OPINION THE BEST TASTING TOMATO.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome taste One can taste the sun in this tomato.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Tomato I grew these from seeds in 2014 and they were big and tasty. Used Miracle Gro. Very juicy and perfect for sandwiches, burgers etc. Will grow them again in 2015. They are slightly pink as their name implies. Did have some problem with wilt but overall still produced until late September.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious tomato!! Planted from seeds I bought from Burpee this year. All 6 seeds I planted grew and produced big, sweet, juicy tomatoes !! Thank you !!!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Delicous Sweet, mildly acidic. Have been enjoying these tomatoes all summer long and they are still coming. Growing these (with 5 other varieties) for the second year in a row. Really really love them. There is nothing like giant slices of these on a couple of chunks of toasted rustic bread (have also done so on simple sliced bread with similar effect). Really going to miss eating these over the winter. Going to double the amount of these plants in my garden next year.
Date published: 2014-09-18
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