German Johnson Heirloom Tomato
Heirloom. For quality that has stood the test of time, German Johnson stands tall—literally. These big, pink-red tomatoes are borne on robust plants that can fill a tomato cage and drape back down again. Give them at least 3 feet between plants and then pick the flavorful sandwich-sized slicers as they ripen. The number of tomatoes may be less than other varieties, but the ones you bring to the table will be worthy of their space 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. German Johnson calls North Carolina home, so it is suited to life in humidity and is fairly disease resistant for an heirloom. This one is a favorite at farmers' markets in the Carolinas in the summer when the local crops come in. Be sure to stake strongly or cage.
- Light: Full sun
- Fruit size: 12 to 24 oz, averaging 1 pound
- Matures: 76 days
- Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
- Plant size: 4 to 6 feet tall
- Plant type: Indeterminate