Tomato 'German Striped'

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 Striped
Additional cultivar information:(aka Striped German)
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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

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, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Los Altos, California

Palo Alto, California

Sunnyvale, California

Aurora, Colorado

Tallahassee, Florida

Lexington, Kentucky

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri

Englishtown, New Jersey

Buffalo, New York

Syosset, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Felicity, Ohio

Hillsboro, Oregon

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Salt Lake City, Utah

Norfolk, Virginia

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 1, 2015, Helena39 from Brussels,
Belgium wrote:

I I sowed the species itself and cultivated plants.

I gave them no covering. But that would have been necessary. In Belgium, where I live it rains a lot and sometimes it is better to put a roof over the tomato plants.

I harvested some beautiful specimens weighing 400 g.
I will again grow this variety next year.


On Aug 21, 2013, idealpeggy from Lexington, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm giving this a "Neutral" even though it has an AMAZING taste. It seems that mine and my daughter's (which were seedlings I raised), spoiled very quickly. They got little spots almost immediately, which rapidly became big spots and ruined the whole fruit. This was one of the best tasting tomatoes I ever grew, but I'm afraid I'm deleting it from my list for next year. I just can't waste the garden real estate on something that spoils so quickly :(.


On Jun 2, 2013, papayaman from Los Altos, CA wrote:

I grew what was called at my nursery a "Striped German" last year (2012). The fruits did not come until mid to late summer, but eventually the plant was very productive. Note that the tomatoes are prone to cracking, and you must be judicious in supporting branches; otherwise, these very heavy tomatoes can bring large branches down. Finally, I would note that I found the aesthetics of the tomato more appealing than the taste, but I'm sure some prefer a mild, rather watery flavor in their tomatoes.


On Jun 22, 2009, MagdaOR from Hillsboro, OR wrote:

Grew 16 different varieties of tomatoes last summer, and this one was my favorite. Beautiful color is a blend of deep yellows and oranges. Very juicy and delicious, with a complex, lingering flavor. Produces a good amount of large tomatoes.


On Aug 2, 2005, wadefromnj from Englishtown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Heavy bearer of mostly 1+ lb fruits. I just LOVE the color which is equally beautiful inside.


On Dec 25, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Old heirloom from Hampshire County, Germany. This incredible red and yellow bi-color pumped out some huge 2 1/2 pound fruits. When sliced, it has a scarlet sunburst pattern radiating from it's center. Mild sweet flesh.


On Mar 10, 2004, selkie_B from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

HUGE, bushy plants, requiring abundant water. I grew these in Earth Boxes since I don't have much garden space, and they fill them and the extra supportive trellaces to over-flowing. Fruits can be sliced for sandwiches with their complex and excellent flavor, frozen, and are a nice addition mixed with paste tomatoes for an amazing sauce to can. Heavy bearers, do split some, best to fully ripen inside.


On Apr 19, 2003, kristenb from Sunnyvale, CA wrote:

2002 was my first year growing the Striped German. It reminded me a lot of the Marizol Gold (both in looks and taste), but it produced much earlier (and more fruit). I had one that was well over two pounds, most were around one pound. They split a bit, but were overall very hearty.