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Tomato 'Tennessee Britches'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Tennessee Britches
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

West Fork, Arkansas

Miami, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Clarksville, Indiana

Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2016, zark from Elysburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Tennessee Britches was one of the first slicers to ripen for me, even though it is listed as a late season tom. The plants were large and vigorous. The fruits were sweet and very tasty. Looked like the plants were going to be heavy croppers. But then two plants I had got some sort of disease, I had to pull them just as the season was starting. I even had the two plants located in two different gardens, but the same results. I do plan to give them another try some time soon.


On Jul 22, 2007, girlgroupgirl wrote:

This was also the first tomato to fruit in my own garden. Mine looks much different than the photo posted here. The one I am growing is at least twice the size, elongated sideways, slightly pleated and tastes just fantastic! It was one of the best tomatoes I have eaten.
I am finding that the tomatoes are so large they are fruiting slowly, the vine is putting all it's energy into only a few fruit at a time. Worth the wait for the next ripe one!


On Sep 12, 2006, MikeyJoe from Clarksville, IN wrote:

Tennessee Britches was my first full-size Tomato to ripen this year. When you consider that it produces uniform fruit that is blemish free, tasty, and won't crack, it makes it a real winner. It will definetly be in my garden again next year.


On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

95 days, indeterminate Regular leaf plants with good leaf coverage producing huge (up to forty ounces), pink fruits. Rare heirloom.