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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Oxheart'

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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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Commercial heirloom

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative metallic 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 Farmerdill 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.


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

Barbourville, Kentucky
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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