Bush Goliath

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 6 to 8 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 68 days
  • Plant Size: 3 feet
  • Plant Type: Determinate

The name Bush Goliath creates expectations. It will not disappoint. The plant is a smaller version of its over-achieving namesake, Goliath. Because they are not too acid, these tasty tomatoes are sweet summer slicers, and among the biggest that you will find on such a compact plant. The plants are very productive, in the ground or in a container. Fruit size can range from medium to a remarkable 4 inches in diameter.

In our Alabama test garden, where growing conditions are ideal and the season is long, we harvested more than 100 fruits from each plant.

Plant tomatoes in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may also keep the plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early, protect plants from cold with a cover.

Disease resistance: VFN. Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 18 to 24 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 5 at each planting.

Secrets to Success »

Plant tomatoes in spring after all danger of frost is passed. Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. It will sprout roots. Use a large pot, at least 5 gallons or 18 to 24 inches in diameter. Support the plants with a stake, trellis, or wire cage, even if grown in a pot.

Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady supply of moisture to produce good fruit. Pull this determinate plant up when it stops producing. Where the season is long, replant midsummer for a second harvest before frost. Fertilize at planting and throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

Harvest and Use »

Pick red, vine-ripe tomatoes to slice or quarter on a plate, in a salad, or on a sandwich. Use green ones, picked before ripe, for fried green tomatoes or tart sauces. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene. Use a large crop to make batches of tomato sauce; preserve sauce by canning or freezing.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Bush Early Girl, Homestead, Husky Cherry Red, Mountain Pride, Roma, or Patio, for an assortment of tomatoes on compact plants suited to containers.
  • Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
  • Parsley, rosemary, and oregano for Continental cuisine.
  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for more large tomatoes.
  • German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for big heirloom tomatoes
  • Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato that bears all season.
  • Black Krim, Black Prince, Cherokee Purple, Marglobe, Mr. Stripey, or any heirloom tomato for diverse colors and flavors.
  • Roma for cooking and thick sauces.
  • BHN 602 VF123SW, Amelia VF123NStSW, or Talladega VFFTSWSt for broad disease resistance in the Deep South where spotted wilt virus occurs.

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