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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Chapman'

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: Chapman

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

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tdscpa On Apr 7, 2009, tdscpa from Hill City, KS wrote:

I don't know if this plant grows in my area.

I have tried to germinate it for the first time this year. So far, little luck. I got a package of seed from TGS, supposed to be 30 seeds. There were at least twice that many in the envelope, leading me to believe they knew germination was very poor.

I have tried at least 30, (half the package) and have one up in a cup. Probably have 8 of the first 30 recently placed on damp paper towels in a baggie, and 21 still buried in starting mix, ( for about 3 weeks, now) probably rotting away, so there is a chance I could still get more.

Described as a desirable tomato, so I hope I get to try it.

Modification 4-7-2011:

Should have done this earlier! I finally got several germinated and planted out that year. Liked the tomato very much. Saved seed, and have had no germination problems with seed I saved. Strange that the seed I saved was about 4 times larger than the seed I purchased, which was about the size of typical seed from a cherry tomato. Must have been from an exceedingly immature Chapman tomato.

Positive sanpedro On Nov 21, 2008, sanpedro from Espanola, NM (Zone 6b) wrote:

A large sturdy plant that sets lots of big tomatoes with great flavor here in New Mexico.

Positive Suze_ On Sep 7, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a wonderful tasting tomato -- has that full 'old timey' flavor. Lovely medium-lg to large red/scarlet beefsteaks.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 16, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

1 to 2 pound bright red beefsteaks.


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

Miami, Florida
Espanola, New Mexico
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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