Pink Brandywine

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 9 to 16 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 80 to 100
  • Plant Size: 7 to 9 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Pink Brandywine tastes as good as it sounds. It’s an Amish heirloom prized for its classic tomato flavor. Big, rosy pink fruit is borne on strong vines with distinctive potato-leaf foliage. This late season heirloom is worth the wait and continues bearing until frost marks the season’s end.

Plant from spring (after the last frost) through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with a row cover.

We recommend planting both hybrid and heirlooms. Hybrids generally bear more and have better disease resistance. Heirlooms have old-fashioned flavor and looks.

Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 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 to 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. Tie individual stems to the cage or a stake as they droop with the extra-large fruit.

Harvest and Use »

This is a big, somewhat lumpy shouldered fruit that is pink when you pick it, but will turn a deeper color with time. Experiment with leaving fruit on the vine to develop various depths of color, and discover which you like best. Make big slices for a plate, chop in a salad, or make a sandwich with a single slice.

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