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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Grandma Aiello's'

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: Grandma Aiello's

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
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:
Family heirlooms

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive granddaughter On Feb 19, 2015, granddaughter from Racine, WI wrote:

I have been growing this tomato for 35 years. It is my favorite tomato. Pink, juicy,heavy-bearing and fairly early. The leaves are often slightly rolled. This is normal and not an indication of disease. I always mulch the plants with straw to prevent leaf spot. I use compost and, once the plants start blooming, fish emulsion. The fruit is thin skinned and may crack after a heavy rain. If rain is predicted I try to pick any fruit showing color so it doesn't crack. The seed of this tomato germinates easily. My experience is 100% germination after about a week on a sunny windowsill. When the plants have two pairs of leaves I transfer them to a coldframe. Plant out in the garden when the soil is warm and night temps usually stay above 50 degrees.

Positive Mogi On Sep 11, 2013, Mogi from Longmont, CO wrote:

One of best tasting tomatoes I've grown. It was grown in my back yard from a plant purchased at local nursery. I watered it and tied it up. The plant is 5-6 feet tall. Seeds were originally brought to Racine WI by Grandma Aiello from Calabria Italy in 1929. For more information on history see: .
I plan to save seed this year.


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

Longmont, Colorado
Indianapolis, Indiana
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Racine, Wisconsin

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