Tomato 'Grosse Lisse'

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: Grosse Lisse
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



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

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 17, 2013, jetlag4 from McBride, British Columbia,
Canada wrote:

I brought seeds back from Australia. The plants did quite well in my Northern Canada greenhouse. The flavour was okay. I'll be growing these again.


On Jul 22, 2008, Albinus from Toowoomba,
Australia (Zone 9b) wrote:

Grosse Lisse is the most popular variety grown in Australia by home gardeners. It is extremely robust, only being killed by frost, and tolerates temperatures up to 38c (100F) no dramas. The fruits are medium to large in size, mine average between 250-350g (9-12oz). They have thin skins, so are prone to cracking with irregular watering, and susceptible to Queensland Fruit Fly during warm humid weather (which is Summer here). Right now mine are growing beautifully, it's the middle of Winter and in the subtropics we don't get frost yet bountiful sunshine and little rain (helps to regulate the water and nutrient flow).

The plant will easily grow to over 8' tall if you prune the laterals, but this can be bad as my arms can only reach that high! One plant laterally pruned can easi... read more


On Sep 14, 2004, philld from HOBART,
Australia wrote:

I have grown these in Hobart Tasmania (42 degrees south latitude) for 20 years, they are great tasting heavy producing round and big red tomato.
I live 300mtrs above sea level in a cold climate subject to snow and frost till October so late planting is a must.
However this tomato still grows well and can be harvested by march through to May.
Give them a try they are great.


On Aug 9, 2004, yvmes from Sherbrooke,
Canada wrote:

Said in database to be cherry or plum type.
However the name "Grosse Lisse" is French Canadian slang for "Big Smooth". Maybe we are not talking about the same varieties.
Personally, I've never heard about Grosse Lisse and I've been growing tomatoes here in Quebec for forty years... :-)