Country of Origin: Germany

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Round
Fruit Size: Large
Fruit Weight: 1 lb +
Tomato Plant Height: 5 feet
6 feet
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Miscellaneous: Heirloom

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
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.
Flowers: Other: Most flowers have exerted stigma
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
Provide darkness
Needs specific temperature: 70 to 85 degrees
Days to germinate: 4 to 15 days depending on soil temperature
Depth to plant seed: 1/4"
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
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
Other: rooting suckers
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
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.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum

  • Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Nov 7, 2012 9:26 AM concerning plant:
    I first grew this tomato in 2004, having received seeds from Gary Millwood who acquired them directly from Lettie Mae "Granny" Cantrell in eastern Kentucky. She stated she received the seeds from a soldier who had returned from the war in Germany, hence we know they're of German descent. (Granny Cantrell was a young 95 year old the year she shared the seeds, passing away at age 96, even having a garden up to her time of death.)

    The first year of my grow-out the plant grew to the top of a 6' cage, flopped over and grew back to the ground and by the first killing frost the vines had grown a good 12-15 ft outward from the original root system.

    Flavor is outstanding, somewhat "sweet" more than acidic but certainly not bland/mellow. The texture is one of those perfect meat-to-juice ratios, offering just enough solid to hold onto your tongue while the juices carry the flavor over your taste buds and, if you're not shy, dribble down your chin!

    NOTE: The original "working name" included the word "Red" but after several grow-outs the color was dropped from the name by most connoisseurs. The epidermis is clear over a red interior which normally puts a tomato in the "pink" classification. Granny Cantrell, Granny Cantrell's German, and Granny Cantrell's German Red are all one and the same. (My name preference is "Granny Cantrell's German".)
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lovesblooms On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
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