Tomato 'German Queen'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: German Queen
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:


Family heirlooms


Fresh, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Potato Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Holbrook, Arizona

West Sacramento, California

Willows, California

Stamford, Connecticut

Parrish, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Clearfield, Kentucky

Manitou, Kentucky

Richmond, Kentucky

Ozark, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webb City, Missouri

Teaneck, New Jersey

Charlotte, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Cross, South Carolina

Greer, South Carolina

Cleveland, Tennessee

Hermitage, Tennessee

Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Buckhannon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 18, 2019, ColoradoDave from Commerce City, CO wrote:

I have a rather small backyard garden outside of Denver Metro - on the NE high plains, not the foothills of the Rockies. Elevation here is about 5,400 ft. our growing season is rather short - May 10th to October 10th. I've been planting 3 of 4 tomato varieties... have had great luck with Big Boy, Better Boy, & Better Bush. This year I tried new varieties from Bonnie: Cherokee Carbon, Celebrity, & German Queen. We had a firt week in June hailstorm which battered all my young plants, so I had to start over. They have done great. I have just finished a ham sandwich on organic bread with the deepest red German Queen tomato slices! BEST-TASTING tomato I have ever tried in my 60 years. I have 2 German Queen plants, which have grown to about 6 feet, but have doubled over to the ground. ... read more


On Apr 2, 2016, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

Bought this randomly at a nursery. The bush stayed kind of medium sized, and has a lot of medium sized tomatoes red tomatoes. Pretty good tasting, a lot of of acid zing. Lower leaves have been looking pretty affected by what looks like early blight, but it hasnt taken over the plant much. Not bad, actually it's quite good for a red tomato - I usually prefer pink and other colors. I have limited space so I wouldn't go out of my way to grow it again most likely, but you never know.


On Sep 8, 2012, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

I grew 15 different types of tomato this year, mostly heirlooms. German Queen was one of the best, if not the very best. I planted it in a raised bed with lots of compost and organic fertilizer. From 2 plants I got lots of huge, juicy pink tomatoes w/ a sweet flavor and I still have about a dozen fruit still on the plants. It is a potato leaved plant and turned out to be the most heat tolerant and disease resistant variety; it held up to the 100+ heat. It is a beautiful plant actually. Definitely I will plant this one again.


On Jul 18, 2012, alexsbuddy from Webb City, MO wrote:

I grew 10 varieties of tomatoes this year including German Queen, Brandywine, Early Girl, Black from Tula, Black Krim, Golden Jubilee, Lemon Boy, Cherokee Purple, Arkansas Traveler, and Steak Sandwich. Unfortunately, the heat and drought have pretty much ended this season’s gardening, however, it was a lot of fun up to this point and I took very specific notes about how each tomato variety performed. My top three varieties, in order of performance, were: German Queen, Early Girl, and Brandywine. Of the five performance categories that I tracked, the German Queen was ranked in the top three in three categories, was probably the most heat and drought tolerant, and (subjectively by consensus) had the best taste. Here are the results respectively:

• No. of Days From Transplant ... read more


On Sep 28, 2011, Mikem6 from Bradenton, FL wrote:

Planted this variety and within 3 weeks it had Verticullum Wilt. Flower buds turned brown and fell off, while a Better Boy plant right next to it was totally unaffected. knowing the eventual outcome I took the plant out and replaced it with a Big Beef plant. This variety sounded like it would be a very tasty tomato but never got anywhere near that point in my Earthbox. With all the tomatoes grown commercially in this area (central FL) a more disease resistant variety is needed and German Queen just won't cut it.


On Aug 8, 2011, habaneros from Manitou, KY wrote:

Absolutely one of the most flavorful varieties for our family! Mmakes wonderful tomato juice. Every plant I have grown the past 4 years has gotten 10 to 12 feet tall and produces late.


On Jul 5, 2010, Urchin123 from Hillsborough, NC wrote:

The German Queen indeed has a potato leaf habit. This is my favorite tomato! Last year this plant produced good size fruit until frost. The bottom leaves seem to be subject to wilt and yellowing. I just cut them off. Great tomato!


On Aug 9, 2009, ktrose from Delaware, OH wrote:

Started in a local nursery and put in raised garden. Did well at first and after 6 tomatoes were growing the leaves began dying until only the stem was green. The tomatoes gradually ripened but nothing else developed. When I pulled the plant the roots looked healthy enough but there weren't very many for the size plant.


On Jun 6, 2009, Ozark from Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew one German Queen plant several years ago and we really enjoyed it. I remember that both the plant and the tomatoes were enormous, and we thought the flavor was great.

A mole just killed one of my tomato plants, and I bought a German Queen plant today to replace it. We'll see if it's as good this year as I remember.

Corrections: Contrary to the info here, German Queen is a very large Pink, Potato Leaf tomato. I think it's late-season rather than mid-season also.


On Mar 10, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety produced decent for me. Some of the tomatoes were very large but ugly. The tomatoes were good but nothing to brag about. If I compared this variety to German Pink, I would have to rate German Pink better. I didn't add this one to my favorite list.


On Apr 21, 2007, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

This tomato was stingy with its fruit, but every one I got from it was worth its weight in gold. The flavor was amazing and rich. I have 8 started from seed for this year. Eight will be needed to be equivalent to three normal beefsteaks because of its low fruit set. I think I got it as a Bonnie plant last year (2006).