Whether you’re looking to enjoy a new hobby in growing fruit or simply wondering what you could add next to your beautiful, lush farm garden, there’s no way you can go wrong with Brandywine Tomatoes. These tasty heirloom vegetables are among the largest and juiciest you will find today and are grown and cultivated all throughout the globe. Find out everything you need to know about them with this quick guide.
More About Brandywine Tomatoes
Those are Amish heirlooms that were first mentioned in literature in 1885. These vegetables boast a delicious, sweet, distinct flavour perfect for adding into salads and stews. The rich pink to red coloring doesn’t only make them the ideal addition to spruce up your dinner presentation, they’re also great for adding a bright decorative touch to gardens. They grow upright on a large, leafy plant that could get leggy, so it’s important to prune the stems to maintain a clean look.
Growing Red Brandywine Tomatoes
- Start Inside – Much like any other tomato plant, these are first grown indoors. Start your tomatoes 4 weeks before the frost by putting soil in shallow containers and setting the seeds into them at about ¼ of an inch deep. Fill up the soil pan with water and wait for the soil to soak up all the moisture before moving them into a room that’s ideally 75 degrees F. As soon as any seedlings pop out of the soil, move your pots to a warmer, well-lit, and well-ventilated location.
- More Sun – As your seedlings grow into little sprouts, move your Brandywines into a location will full sun. These tomatoes tend to grow with lots of leaves so make sure you give them enough space and light to develop.
- Move Them – Now that your seedlings are a bit stronger, you can transfer them to a bigger plot of protected land. This step is crucial to help them get used to the weather, a process otherwise known as hardening. Remember to support the plants with a stake by pressing a piece of wood or metal into the soil near the base of the plant and tie the stem securely to the stake. This will keep them from drooping to the ground.
- Prune and Water Regularly – If there are any stalks or stems that are growing unpleasantly, make sure you prune them to keep your plant from getting too leggy. They require constant watering, but avoid getting the leaves wet and target only the soil when watering your tomatoes.