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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Red Brandywine'

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: Red Brandywine
Additional cultivar information: (aka Brandywine, Red, Landis Valley Strain)

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4 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CaliforniaGuy On Aug 4, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

I planted one of these in the ground, and one in a bucket. Strangely, the one in the bucket has done way better, but both plants have been bearing a lot of good tasting, pretty uniform looking fruit. In fact, this is one of the most productive heirloom tomatoes I have planted. Taste is good, but not great. I'd probably plant again though due to the number of fruit it puts out, and my family really likes it.

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Absolutely loved this one. It is very different from Brandywine, but just as good in a different way. Tomatoes got huge for me - I didn't weigh them but they were about as big as the Brandywines. Bright cheery red color, excellent meaty texture, and fantastic flavor. It remained healthy and produced fairly early. More productive than Brandywine last summer.

Positive passiflora_pink On Jul 24, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I always plant this variety among my heirlooms. It withstands the Southern heat and produces a fruit with superior tomato flavor.

Positive Suze_ On Apr 4, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Red Brandywine does very well for me in terms of production, and is also great tasting. I get fairly uniform, round fruits that are generally 8-12 oz or so. Seed source is important on this one, there is a lot of incorrect seed out there for this variety.

Important to note that this variety is Regular Leaf, and not Potato Leaf. A few years ago, there was seed incorrectly distributed for Red Brandywine that was potato leaf. Also, the fruit shape and size was not true to type. Some like this variety, others don't. In any case, it is certainly not Red Brandywine,although some may still be selling it as such, or may be offering a PL "Red Brandywine".


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

Pelham, Alabama
Brea, California
Klamath River, California
Lakewood, California
Mountain View, California
Oakland, California
Oceanside, California
Yreka, California
Miami, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Union, Kentucky
Boston, Massachusetts
Big Lake, Minnesota
Crosby, Mississippi
Fort Worth, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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