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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Old German'

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: Old German

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3 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; 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:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Family heirlooms

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive imuneekru On Jun 15, 2013, imuneekru from ESSINGTON, PA wrote:

I was fortunate enough to get a hold of this heirloom through an Amish family that sells at our local farmers' market. I have grown close relatives of this tomato type before and they are very sensitive to disease and cracking, as other posters suggested. The fruit, however, is glorious in a salad. It is sweet and mild (low-acid) and has very thick flesh making it good for sandwiches as well. I'm growing it this year from saved seed, and so far the plant seems vigorous. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Positive satkins On Oct 11, 2010, satkins from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Slow to get going, but still ripening in mid october in salt lake city. I have had a lot of variation in size from golf ball to baseball or slightly larger. Beautiful when sliced -yellow and red mosaic, but do tend to have cracks and blemishes but I used only natural fertilizer and no pesticides. Sweet and delicious -will definitely plant again.

Positive kellydz On Sep 14, 2010, kellydz from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grew this for the 1st time this year. Plants are very tall (about 9 feet) and definitely not resistant to bacterial spot. Tomatoes were prone to cracking but that could have been from foliage loss from spot. All that said, I will absolutely grow this again from the seed I saved because the tomatoes are huge, fragrant, and delicious

Positive dvrmte On May 6, 2006, dvrmte from Pelzer, SC wrote:

have grown this one for about 15 years in zone 7 of south carolina. huge tomatoes that are very tasty. this seed came from relatives in piedmont region of north carolina. it has been in this family for a long time as their descendants are from germany that migrated in the 1700's. it is not disease resistant at all and rarely lives until frost.

Positive Big_Red On Jul 30, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Less than average yield, large pink/red fruit with very good flavor, tends to 'catface'.


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

Oceanside, California
Stuart, Iowa
Iola, Kansas
Neodesha, Kansas
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Ft Mitchell, Kentucky
Richland, Michigan
Perrysburg, Ohio
Essington, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Bellevue, Washington
Kennewick, Washington

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