If you are planning on growing delicious Brandywine tomatoes\nin your garden this year, you might be wondering how big the plants and fruit\nwill get. That way, you can plan the\nnumber of plants and the amount of space you will need for your crop of\nBrandywine tomatoes.\n\n\n\nSo, how big do Brandywine tomatoes get? Brandywine\ntomato plants will grow to a height of 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters) tall and\nproduce large fruit that weighs 9 to 16 ounces (256 to 454 grams).\n\n\n\nOf course, the quality of your fruit (if you get any at\nall!) depends on the care that you give your tomato plants. Let\u2019s take a closer look at Brandywine\ntomatoes, including size, growing conditions, and time to maturity.\n\n\n\nHow Big Do Brandywine Tomatoes Get?\n\n\n\nThe fruit of a Brandywine tomato plant will grow to a size\nof 9 to 16 ounces (one pound!). The\nBrandywine variety is considered a \u201cbeefsteak\u201d tomato, making it perfect for\nsandwiches \u2013 a single slice can cover the whole piece of bread!\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this information on Brandywine tomatoes from the Bonnie plants website.\n\n\n\nYou can also check out this article from Wikipedia on beefsteak tomatoes.\n\n\n\nA Brandywine tomato plant will grow to a height of 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters) tall, with a spread of 18 inches (46 centimeters). For more information on growing and caring for Brandywine tomatoes, check out this article from the Burpee website.\n\n\n\nThe height of Brandywine tomato plants, along with the heavy\nweight of the fruit, makes it essential to support your plants with stakes,\ncages, or trellises.\n\n\n\nStakes are one way to support Brandywine tomato plants. You can also use a trellis.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on supporting tomato plants and my article on trellises.\n\n\n\nAre Brandywine Tomatoes Determinate or Indeterminate?\n\n\n\nBrandywine tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning that their\nmaximum height is not predetermined by their genetics. They will continue to grow taller throughout\nthe season until something kills them, such as a frost or a lack of water and\nnutrients.\n\n\n\nIndeterminate tomato varieties, such as Brandywine, will grow until frost (or something else) kills them.\n\n\n\nCompare this to determinate tomato varieties, which achieve\na certain predetermined height and then stop growing. If you are looking to grow tomatoes in a\ncontainer indoors, Brandywine and other indeterminate varieties will grow too\ntall for your purposes.\n\n\n\nHow Long Does It Take Brandywine Tomatoes To Ripen?\n\n\n\nAfter transplanting into your garden, a Brandywine tomato\nplant will take between 80 and 100 days to ripen. If you start a Brandywine tomato from seed,\nit will take about 25 days longer to see mature, ripe fruit on the vine (for a\ntotal of 105 to 125 days from seed to ripe fruit).\n\n\n\nFrom transplanted seedling to mature tomato plant, the Brandywine variety will need 80 to 100 days. Add an extra 25 days if you start from seed!\n\n\n\nSince Brandywine tomatoes are an heirloom variety, it is feasible to save the seeds and plant them the following year. For more information, check out my article on how to save seeds.\n\n\n\nUnlike hybrid tomato varieties, heirloom tomato varieties will \u201cgrow true to type\u201d, meaning that the seeds will produce plants that are similar to the parent plant.\n\n\n\nThe seeds from hybrid plants may not look anything like the\nparent plant, and may end up being sterile, unable to produce fruit. If they do produce fruit, it may have poor\nflavor or quality.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on heirloom seeds and my article on hybrid seeds.\n\n\n\nWhat Do Brandywine Tomatoes Look Like?\n\n\n\nThe fruit of a Brandywine tomato plant can come in many\ncolors, such as red, orange, yellow, brown, and of course, the signature pink\ncolor. Brandywine is a beefsteak tomato\nvariety, meaning that the fruits are large (weighing up to a pound!) and juicy,\nperfect for slicing onto sandwiches.\n\n\n\nA Brandywine tomato plant is unique in that its leave\nresemble potato leaves, rather than the tomato leaves of its tomato brethren.\n\n\n\nYou can see the leaves of this Brandywine tomato look more like potato leaves than the leaves of other tomato plants.\n\n\n\nAccording to the University of Nebraska,\n\n\n\n\u201c\u2019Brandywine' is an Amish heirloom tomato, widely believed to be the world's best-flavored tomato and dating back to 1885. 'Brandywine' tomatoes weight up to 1.5 pounds each with firm, clear skin and a light rosy-pink color.https:\/\/lancaster.unl.edu\/hort\/articles\/2011\/HeirloomTomato.shtml\n\n\n\nThe plants have an indeterminate (vining) growth habit with foliage resembling potato leaves and will produce tomatoes in 90-100 days from seeding to harvest. Variations of 'Brandywine' include 'Yellow Brandywine' with golden-yellow fruits, 'Red Brandywine' with scarlet-red fruits and 'Black Brandywine' with brownish-red fruits.\u201d\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on heirloom tomatoes from the University of Nebraska.\n\n\n\nAre Brandywine Tomatoes Hard To Grow?\n\n\n\nBrandywine tomatoes are hard to grow if they are not adapted\nto your climate. They require full sun,\nso a shady location will not work for Brandywine tomatoes.\n\n\n\nBrandywine tomatoes need full sun, so don't plant them in the shade near a house, garage, shed, or treeline!\n\n\n\nAccording to the Cooperative Extension Service, the Brandywine\ntomato variety is \u201c\u2026low-yielding, tends to ripen unevenly, have green\nshoulders, catface and to crack badly if rainfall catches the ripening fruit at\nthe wrong time.\u201d\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on Brandywine tomatoes from the Cooperative Extension Service.\n\n\n\nAlso, the fruit matures in 80 to 100 days, which is on the\nhigh end as far as time to maturity for tomato plants. This makes it more difficult to get a good\nharvest of Brandywine tomatoes. Remember\nthat every day on the vine is another chance for diseases, such as blight, to\ninfect your Brandywine tomato plants.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on tomato blight.\n\n\n\nOf course, there are other factors to consider when deciding whether to grow Brandywine tomato plants. The quality of care that you give your tomato plants will help to determine how much fruit you get each year. Some of the most important factors are temperature, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.\n\n\n\nTemperature For Brandywine Tomatoes\n\n\n\nEarly fall frosts or late spring frosts can spell death for your Brandywine\ntomato plants. Their long time to\nmaturity makes this a very real threat, especially if you live in an area with\na short growing season.\n\n\n\nWhen temperatures fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) at\nnight, your plants may stop producing fruit. \nIf temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or lower,\nyour Brandywine tomato plants may die.\n\n\n\nThere are some ways to protect your plants from frost, including the use of row covers. For more information, check out my article on protecting your tomato plants from cold and frost.\n\n\n\nOn the other extreme, your tomato plants may stop producing fruit if daytime\ntemperatures are over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). In\naddition, the hot, sticky days of summer can prevent proper pollination due to\nexcessive humidity.\n\n\n\nUnfortunately, there is not much you can do about high temperatures or\nhumidity levels. Just be sure to insulate your tomato plants by putting a\nlayer of mulch or compost over the topsoil around them.\n\n\n\nIf you encounter problems with pollination, check out my article on how to pollinate tomato plants by hand.\n\n\n\nWatering For Brandywine Tomatoes\n\n\n\nAvoid letting the soil stay dry for too long, since uneven watering can lead to blossom end rot in tomatoes. If you find that you have a problem with dry soil, check out my article on how to treat dry soil.\n\n\n\nOn the other hand, over watering your Brandywine tomato plants (or any\nplants for that matter) can lead to root rot and eventual death. The best\nway to decide when to water is to feel the soil with your fingers.\n\n\n\nBe sure not to over water or under water your Brandywine tomatoes!\n\n\n\nIf the soil feels dry 2 or 3 inches below the surface, then go ahead and water. For more information, check out my article on over watering your plants.\n\n\n\nTry to water early in the morning, rather than at night, to allow water to\nsoak into the soil. Avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent rot, mold,\nand diseases.\n\n\n\nFertilizing For Brandywine Tomatoes\n\n\n\nBefore you plant tomato seeds or transplants in your garden, add some\ncompost to your soil. It will provide organic material and nutrients for\nyour plants as they grow. The best part is that you can make compost\nyourself from ordinary yard and kitchen waste!\n\n\n\nCompost is a great way to add organic material and nutrients to your garden.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on how to make your own compost.\n\n\n\nIt may be necessary to use fertilizers as a supplement to compost, in order\nto provide extra nutrients if your soil is lacking. The best way to tell if you\nneed fertilizer is with a soil test.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on soil testing.\n\n\n\nThe soil pH should be between 6.2 and 6.8 \u2013 a soil test will also indicate\nthe pH of your soil.\n\n\n\nFinally, remember that it is possible to harm or kill your tomato plants by\nover fertilizing them. For example, too much nitrogen can prevent your\ntomato plant from producing any fruit.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on over fertilizing and my article on low-nitrogen fertilizers.\n\n\n\nPruning For Brandywine Tomatoes\n\n\n\nMany gardeners choose to prune off the suckers, or side\nshoots, of tomato plants as they grow. The result is fewer, but larger,\nfruits on the vine.\n\n\n\nPruning away the lower leaves and branches of the tomato plant can also help\nto prevent the spread of disease in your garden. When you remove the\nlower leaves and branches, there is less chance of dirt splashing up onto\nleaves due to rain or watering.\n\n\n\nBrandywine tomatoes are already large, and tend to produce\nless fruit than other tomato varieties. \nFor this reason, you may want to skip pruning.\n\n\n\nThe exception would be the lowest branches on the\nplant. If you prune those low branches,\nyou can avoid soil-borne diseases during the Brandywine tomato\u2019s very long\ngrowing season.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of how big Brandywine\ntomatoes get, in terms of both the fruit on the vine and the plant itself. You also know a bit more about the care that\nis necessary to ensure a healthy crop of Brandywine tomatoes in this year\u2019s\ngarden.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share it with someone else who can use the information. If you have any questions or advice about Brandywine tomatoes, please leave a comment below.\n\n\n\nIf you want to grow the best tomatoes every year, check out my article on common mistakes to avoid when growing tomatoes.