If you are planning on growing exotic Green Zebra tomatoes in your garden\nthis year, you might be wondering how big the plants and fruit will get. \nThat way, you can plan the number of plants and the amount of space you will\nneed for your crop of Green Zebra tomatoes.\n\n\n\nSo, how big do Green Zebra tomatoes get? Green Zebra tomato plants grow to a height of 5 to 7 feet (1.5 to 2.1\nmeters) tall and 18 to 36 inches (46 to 92 centimeters) wide, and produce fruit\nthat weighs 2 to 4 ounces (57 to 113 grams).\n\n\n\nOf course, the quality of your fruit (if you get any at all!) depends on the\ncare that you give your tomato plants. Let\u2019s take a closer look at Green\nZebra tomatoes, including size, growing conditions, and time to maturity.\n\n\n\nHow Big Do Green Zebra Tomatoes Get?\n\n\n\nThe fruit of a Green Zebra tomato plant will grow small and round, with a diameter\nof 1.5 to 2.5 inches (4 to 6 centimeters). \nWhen ripe, the fruit has green and yellow stripes and weighs 2 to 4\nounces (57 to 113 grams). The Green\nZebra tomato is considered a \u201cslicer\u201d tomato, making it perfect for cutting up for\nsalads or snacking.\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes have exotic green and yellow stripes when ripe. Image from: https:\/\/commons.wikimedia.org\/wiki\/File:TomateGreenZebra.jpg\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this information on Green Zebra tomatoes from the Burpee website.\n\n\n\nA Green Zebra tomato plant is indeterminate, meaning that it will continue\nto grow and produce throughout the season until it dies from frost or a lack of\nnutrients and water. A Green Zebra tomato plant will grow to a height of\n5 to 7 feet (1.5 to 2.1 meters) tall, with a width of 18 to 36 inches (46 to 92\ncentimeters).\n\n\n\nThe height of Green Zebra and other indeterminate tomato varieties makes it essential to support them with stakes or trellises. For more information, check out my article on supporting tomato plants and my article on trellises.\n\n\n\nAre Green Zebra Tomatoes Determinate Or Indeterminate?\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning that their maximum height is\nnot predetermined by their genetics. They will continue to grow taller\nthroughout the season until something kills them, such as a frost or a lack of\nwater and nutrients.\n\n\n\nA frost will kill Green Zebra tomato plants, so don't plant too early in the spring!\n\n\n\nCompare this to determinate tomato varieties, which achieve a certain\npredetermined height and then stop growing and producing. If you are\nlooking to grow tomatoes in a container indoors, Green Zebra and other\nindeterminate varieties will grow too tall for your purposes.\n\n\n\nYou can learn more if you check out this article on Green Zebra tomatoes from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nHow Do I Know When Green Zebra Tomatoes Are Ripe?\n\n\n\nAfter transplanting into your garden, a Green Zebra tomato plant will take\nbetween 75 and 80 days to ripen. If you start a Green Zebra tomato from\nseed, it will take about 25 days longer to see mature, ripe fruit on the vine\n(for a total of 100 to 105 days from seed to ripe fruit).\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes take 75 to 80 days to ripen from transplants, and 100 to 105 days to ripen when planted from seed.\n\n\n\nThe fruit itself will be dark green with yellow stripes when it is ripe.You can confirm ripeness by feeling the fruit \u2013 if it is a little soft, then it is ready to pick. \n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes are more tart than other varieties. If you wait too long, the fruit will be mealy.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on when tomato plants produce fruit.\n\n\n\nYou can also check out this article on Green Zebra tomatoes from smartgardener.com.\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes are extremely prolific. Being indeterminate, they\nwill keep producing fruit throughout the season. As a result, you can end\nup with dozens of tomatoes per plant in a growing season!\n\n\n\nThere is some controversy surrounding the question of whether Green Zebra\ntomatoes are an heirloom or hybrid tomato variety.\n\n\n\nFor more information about heirloom tomatoes, check out this article on heirloom tomatoes from the Iowa State University extension.\n\n\n\nFor more information about heirloom and hybrid seeds, check out my article on heirloom seeds and my article on hybrid seeds.\n\n\n\nAre Green Zebra Tomatoes Hard to Grow?\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes are not too difficult to grow, since they have reasonably\nfast growth. They do require full sun, so a shady location will not work\nfor Zebra tomatoes.\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomatoes need full sun, so don't plant them near a house, shed, garage, or treeline!\n\n\n\nAlso, the fruit matures in 75 to 80 days after transplanting, which is in\nthe middle of the road as far as time to maturity for tomato plants.\n\n\n\nRemember that every day on the vine is another chance for diseases, such as\nblight, to infect your tomato plants. So, a faster time to maturity means\nthat your plants are not exposed to these problems as long as other tomato\nvarieties.\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\nGreen Zebra tomato plants. The quality of care that you give your tomato\nplants will help to determine how much fruit you get each year. Some of\nthe most important factors are temperature, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.\n\n\n\nTemperature For Green Zebra Tomatoes\n\n\n\nEarly fall frosts or late spring frosts can spell death for your Green Zebra\ntomato plants. The threat is increased if you live in an area with a\nshort growing season.\n\n\n\nGreen Zebra tomato plants may stop producing if temperatures drop below 55\ndegrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). If temperatures drop to 32\ndegrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or lower, your Green Zebra tomato plants\nmay die.\n\n\n\nIf nothing else, cold temperatures can make the fruit mushy and flavorless,\nwhich is why it is recommended that you not store tomatoes in the refrigerator!\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 Green Zebra 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 Green Zebra 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 careful not to over water or under water your Green Zebra tomato plants!\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 Green Zebra 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 recycle while adding organic matter 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 Green Zebra Tomatoes\n\n\n\nMany gardeners choose to prune off the suckers, or side shoots, of tomato\nplants as they grow. The result is fewer, but larger, fruits 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\nGreen Zebra tomato plants are already large, and tend to produce more fruit\nthan other tomato varieties. For this reason, you may want to prune\ncarefully. This will avoid branches that are overloaded with fruit, which\ncan lead to breakage.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on pruning tomatoes from the University of New Hampshire Extension.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of how big Green Zebra tomatoes get, in\nterms of both the fruit on the vine and the plant itself. You also know a\nbit more about the care that is necessary to ensure a healthy crop of Green\nZebra tomatoes in this year\u2019s garden.\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 Green Zebra tomatoes, please leave a comment below.\n\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.