This late-season tomato is another bi-color that originates in the Mennonite area of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Old German tomatoes grow to 1 to 2 pounds in size and are yellow with red mottling and striping on the skin and throughout the meat. The indeterminate vines don’t produce very abundantly but the fruit that is harvested is sweet and great looking.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.
Outstanding Features: Unique orange-red coloring.
Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained. Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”. The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted. The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus. Manure can be used, if at all, with caution. Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers. If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves. Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants. To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers). Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.
*Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow, set fruit, and ripen continuously until a frost arrives. Also known as vining types, they require staking or other support.
Picture © 2016 Ball Horticultural Company
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