German Queen

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 14 to 18 oz
  • Days to Harvest: 75 to 80 days
  • Plant Size: 4 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Big, low-acid, meaty, and flavorful. That’s the well-deserved reputation of German Queen, an heirloom beefsteak tomato known for a long harvest season of juicy pink-red slices essential for summer sandwiches. This old-fashioned potato leafed variety has leaves shaped like those of a potato plant. It has a unique look in the garden.

In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the season is long, we harvested an average of 40 fruits per plant. We recommend both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes for your garden because hybrids are generally more productive and disease resistant.

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 row cover.

Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3

Secrets to Success »

Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.

Support this vigorous vine with 8-foot stakes, tall trellis, or sturdy wire cage. Keeping vines off of the ground makes it easier to harvest, keeps fruit clean, and helps prevent disease. You may need to tie individual stems to the cage or a stake as they weigh down with the extra-large fruit.

Harvest and Use »

German Queen slices are meaty, perfect for a BLT or veggie sandwich. They’re equally tasty quartered into a salad. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.

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