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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Lillian's Yellow Heirloom'

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: Lillian's Yellow Heirloom
Additional cultivar information: (aka Lillian's Yellow)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Family heirlooms

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Potato Leaf

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jetlag4 On Apr 19, 2013, jetlag4 from McBride, British Columbia
Canada wrote:

The two times I've grown this variety, it has out performed the Yellow Brandywine. I will be growing it again.

Positive Suze_ On Jun 26, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorite pale yellow (clear skinned) yellow varieties - taste is superb. Productivity is usually avg to high-avg in my garden. I do sometimes get a bit of superficial blush at blossom end when weather is very hot, but for the most part, fruits are pale yellow both inside and out. Has always been very late season for me, even here in Texas, but worth the wait. Vigorous, tall plants with potato leaf foliage.

I also get a bit of minor (but deep) radial cracking with this one every time I grow it, no matter how even the watering is. It's easily enough cut off when slicing and generally does not extend too far out from the stem end. Other growers have made similar observations regarding this variety.

This variety is a family heirloom originally grown by Lillian Bruce of Manchester, Tennessee.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 12, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 3/4 to 1 lb yellow beefsteak. Potato leafed.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 23, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Translucent misshapened beefsteaks with creamy texture and excellent eating quality.


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

Miami, Florida
Vinton, Ohio
Leoma, Tennessee
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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