Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine, Pink') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Also sold as:
Pink Brandywine
Brandywine Pink

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Pink
Flesh Color: Pink
Fruit Shape: Beefsteak
Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Large
Fruit Weight: 10-16 oz.
Leaf Type: Potato-Leaf
Tomato Plant Height: 7 feet
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Days to Maturity: 90
Miscellaneous: Heirloom
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Known famously for its flavor. Several strains available.
Country: USA

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.


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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 13, 2013 12:55 PM

I know Brandywine is an heirloom tomato, but I grew Brandywine and can't see what the fuss is all about. It is the most unproductive tomato I have ever grown. Fruit just did not want to set. Flowers and no fruit set. The two or three tomatoes I did get and was able to taste were good, but certainly not worth all the fuss

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Mar 7, 2014 12:39 PM

Trialed in the late nineties. Low production and did not suit my taste buds as well as the old Purple Ponderosa, which out-yielded it by a wide margin. It is a much smoother tomato than the Ponderosa and not prone to the catfacing and multiple shapes of the older beefsteaks.

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Posted by TimHoover (Elysian FIelds, Texas - Zone 8a) on Mar 15, 2014 6:04 PM

If you like to grow foliage and not tomatoes, grow this one. Even in the best of climates, it does not earn its keep. Flavor is fine, if unremarkable. If this tomato had an unattractive name, no one would ever grow it twice.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:01 PM

The glowing descriptions of this tomato are what first prompted me to explore growing heirloom tomatoes. I'm glad I tried a wide selection of heirlooms my first year, because if this tomato had been the only heirloom I tried, I probably wouldn't have ever developed my obsession with heirlooms. I've tried growing 3 different "strains" of Brandywine and have found them all to be disappointing. They generally have very thin skin, are prone to blossom end rot and splitting, and are very low producers. Maybe the results would be different in a different region of the country, but these are consistently soft and relatively flavorless in my central Illinois garden.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jul 31, 2015 7:21 PM

I have grown this tomato for years and believe it to be my favorite for slicing, both in size and mostly in taste.
Does not keep too well, gets soft easily, best eaten fresh picked for best flavor.

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Posted by Juliel on Mar 28, 2016 11:19 PM

Sw minnesota. Potato leaf Brandywines are my best producers! For whatever reason, I am blessed with huge pink tomatoes with good fruit set. My Romas, however, will not take off.

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Plant Events from our members
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Got 5 seeds going. This plant sure has its haters. I read a comment that said "if this plant didn't have a pretty name nobody would grow it.
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