Growing Old German Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
- Other Names: Old German tomatoes
- Days to Maturity: 75 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 24-36”
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Indeterminate; 1- to 2-lb. oblate fruit
- Soil Preference: Slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8
- Temp Preference: Nighttime temperatures above 55 degrees F and daytime temperatures below 90 degrees F
- Light Preference: Full sun, 6-8 hours of direct sunlight
- Pests/diseases: Blossom end rot, early blight, late blight, tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies, Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt
- Color: Golden-yellow with red stripes and a red center; marbled interior
- Flavor: Very sweet, meaty
Heirloom, Non-GMO Old German Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Old German tomato seeds produce indeterminate vines that continue to grow throughout the season, often reaching up to 10' tall. That's why it's best to stake or use a tomato cage with Old German tomato plants. Staking or caging will help support the vines that have to hold up the heavy fruit and provide good airflow to keep the Old German tomato plant healthy.
Because tomato plants are native to the tropical regions of the Americas, frost easily kills tomato plants. Start Old German tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to your last frost date, then harden off the tomato seedlings and transfer them into your garden after the threat of frost has passed.
If you give Old German tomato plants plenty of sun and consistent watering, they will produce very large, meaty fruit that often weighs over 1 lb.
Tomatoes prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil that is rich with nutrients. Be sure to transplant the Old German tomato seedlings into a location that drains well. Tomatoes love consistently moist soil, but soggy soil can lead to disease.
Various Uses for Old German Heirloom Tomatoes:
Old German tomatoes are a striking heirloom tomato thanks to their bicolor appearance with golden-yellow and red hues. The Old German striped tomato variety is an excellent slicer because of its size and sweet, juicy flavor.
Heirloom Old German Tomato Benefits:
Heirloom Old German tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamins C, A, and K, potassium, and lycopene. For most people, tomatoes are part of a healthy diet.
Old German heirloom tomatoes come from the Mennonite farming community in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and have been traced back to the mid-1800s.