PlantsTomatoes→Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Early Girl')

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Hybrid
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Round
Fruit Weight: 4 oz.
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Early
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt 1
Fusarium Wilt 2
Verticillium Wilt
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Early Favorite of many gardeners

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.


The Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by NGA MembersThe Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by NGA Members
By dave on March 1, 2014

The 2014 top 25 most popular varieties, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the entries in our database.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Mar 7, 2014 4:55 PM

Early Girl is an interesting tomato. While it became popular for earliness, I never found it to be extra early. Fields Hi-X always beat it to the table. It is a small round red on an indeterminate vine. It does bear for a long time, but the tomatoes grow progressively smaller. Flavor is ok. It is a vigorous grower.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jun 17, 2017 9:34 AM

Early Girl is one of my go-to tomatoes for years. It may not have the biggest fruit, but it reliably produces quantities of tasty tomatoes for me with no problems. It is consistently the first tomato, other than cherry tomatoes, to germinate in my greenhouse with nearly always 100% germination. By the time I set my plants out in early June, these are much taller and bushier than any of the other varieties I plant. I am always trying different tomatoes, but Early Girl is a staple in my garden.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 2, 2013 10:15 PM

Early Girl is a staple in my tomato garden. I have been growing it for years and years. Actually I don't usually get ripe tomatoes from it often really early in the season but it does always produce very reliably. Nice tasting smaller tomatoes but lots of them. The plants have been growing well without any fungal diseases.

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Posted by RavenCroft (Central NY - Zone 5a) on Mar 1, 2014 6:55 AM

Ahhhhhh.....Early Girl! My all time favorite (along with Husky Cherry). This is a good producer, & disease resistant. Love the taste. Excellent for slicing on sandwiches, in salads, & for the best tomato soup ever! A good all round staple in my garden. This is one I always grow.

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Posted by Claudia (Greencastle IN - Zone 5b) on Aug 25, 2014 6:40 AM

One of the very first types of tomatoes I grew. It seems to be very popular in many areas. Despite the name, I never found it to be early, though it was often the first plant with ripe fruit. The flavor is not exceptional, but after a long winter it tastes pretty good! The main plus for Early Girl is that it usually keeps producing up until frost here. I have often brought in a number of green tomatoes to finish ripening indoors at the end of the season. The fruit size varies from small to medium.

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Posted by p1mkw (Safety Harbor, FL - Zone 10a) on Feb 2, 2015 5:56 AM

While not as early as the name would imply, I always enjoy Early Girl. Not a huge tomato, but a nice size and good flavor. One interesting note, one year I sowed probably 25 or 30 seeds to have plants to sell. I got one that was a potato leaf. Researching the tomato I discovered that Early Girl was developed from a regular leaf and a potato leaf parent. So that gene is still in there and just happened to come out that year for me.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Aug 23, 2017 8:41 AM

Didn't climb well for me (I use spirals rather than cages), cracked bad. Rating: bleh.

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