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Tomato 'Brandywine'       

Solanum lycopersicum

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'Brandywine' is a Tomato variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum lycopersicum. 'Brandywine' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   White and   Painter yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Deep carmine pink and   Carmine pink. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark olive green and   Olive colour.

The Brandywine tomato is a large potato-leafed variety producing fruits up to 1lb in weight. It has a relatively low yield per plant, but is famous for it’s wonderful taste making it a staple in many heirloom tomato gardens. The standard brandywine is pink to reddish-pink in colour, while many other varieties have been created that range from yellow to red to black.


This tomato is also known as “Pink Brandywine” or “Brandywine Pink” which is actually a redundancy, as the pink brandywine is what most people would just refer to as “Brandywine”.


The flavor has won this variety many awards, but with plants growing to 7-9 feet tall, they do require staking. Amish heirloom.

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Brandywine is known for its Spreading habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.60 metres (5.20 feet).

United States is thought to be the country of origin for Brandywine.

Brandywine Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Brandywine have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Brandywine

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Brandywine tomatoes need to be pruned to prevent them from getting leggy. Grow them on stakes because they grow tall and may droop. This tomato variety takes at least 80 to 100 days to reach full maturity, and they tend to remain green, but should be picked before they crack.

Brandywine likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Brandywine is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. As a rough idea of the types of climates Brandywine does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 3 and 14. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.0 and 6.0 as Brandywine likes to be in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Brandywine from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Brandywine about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Brandywine

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong roots.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Brandywine is a tender plant.

Harvesting Brandywine

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Brandywine folklore & trivia

The origins of the Brandywine tomato are steeped in mystery, although they were shown to be carried in the Burpee catalogue as early as 1886.


From Wikipedia:
It reached modern popularity after being introduced via the Seed Savers Exchange in 1982 by an elderly Ohio gardener named Ben Quisenberry. He received the variety from a woman named Dorris Sudduth Hill who could trace Brandywine in her family for over 80 years. Brandywine has become one of the most popular home garden cultivars in the United States. Due to the proliferation of many misidentified varieties, the pink-fruited, potato-leaved Brandywine is sometimes labeled Brandywine (Sudduth’s).

Misspellings of Tomato 'Brandywine'

“Bradywine Pink”, Bradywine, Pink Bradywine, Bradywine Pink

Other Names for Tomato 'Brandywine'

Barnhardt, Brandywine pink, Pink brandywine

Latest Tomato 'Brandywine' Reviews

  • Plants produced decent sized tomatoes with good flavor. In the future, I will plant directly in the ground, as opposed to in a pot.

    4 stars

    Jamal40 about growing Tomato 'Brandywine'
  • Lots of flowers, no tomatoes. May be due to not enough sun on balcony for heirlooms

    2 stars

    N20863 about growing Pink Brandywine
  • Passable tomato, but if I want beefsteak-type tomatoes again, I’ll go with Vorlons.

    2 stars

    naturedance about growing Tomato 'Pink Brandywine'
  • This is one of the best tasting tomatos I have ever had. It was also quite prolific producing between 15 and 20 tomatos per plant in my shortened growing season. I will be planting again next year.

    5 stars

    El_Bano about growing Brandywine Tomato

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