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Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Pink Ponderosa'

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: Pink Ponderosa
Hybridized by Henderson
Registered or introduced: circa 1890
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

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:


Commercial heirloom



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf


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

Rimrock, Arizona

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Aptos, California

Oceanside, California

Augusta, Georgia

Pembroke Twp, Illinois

Pelzer, South Carolina

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 26, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pink Ponderosa has a good, old-time tomato flavor without the "acidic sting" that I've experienced with other varieties of home-grown tomatoes at our local farmer's market. Giant Belgium is still my favorite, though.


On Mar 4, 2006, RuTemple from San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have seeds this year from a Palo Alto neighbor, who has grown it several years, and who had it from a Menlo Park neighbor who'd grown it for decades - a true hand-me-down heirloom!
First seedlings are poking up in their starter cells indoors this early March; I'll post more info and photos later in the season.


On Dec 16, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Purple Ponderosa (it was called purple not pink in my youth) is a dark pink beefsteak which along with the Golden Ponderosa were the favorite slicing beefsteaks of my youth. Marglobe, Stone, Sparks Earlianna, were grown for canning tomatoes but these along with June Pinks were the fresh eating tomatoes. It is a reliable performer with very good flavor. It disadvantage is that it is a rough tomato, It is ridged, convoluted, folds itself around the stem, and has hard shoulders. It is not a pretty tomato but it does have great flavor.