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: Oxheart
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Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Heart

Fruit Size:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Commercial heirloom

Usage:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Barbourville, Kentucky

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Mar 13, 2007, metallic from St. Catharines, ON (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was the first "heirloom" variety I ever planted, and it was a big disappointment. Oxheart was too slow to mature in our area and not very productive. The few tomatoes I did get were unusually flavoured and lacking in juice. Going to pass on this one next time. (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canadian Zone 6b).

Neutral

On Jan 26, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are several oxheart cultivars. The traditional oxheart dates back beyond the 30's. It has been available in four colors pink, red, gold, and yellow. The pink is often sold as the Giant Oxheart (Beefheart). Crown set grows large and was often used a bragging tomato. Size decreases drammtically with subsequent tomatoes. Flavor is very bland and peculiar. My father used to describe the flavor as "feinty" The other colors are better but not good. There are newer cultivars in the family heirloom category that are touted to have good flavor but I have not tried them.