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  • Writer's pictureTony Taurone

Green Giant Tomatoes





Overview:

  • Plant Type: Indeterminate Tomato

  • Sun Requirements: Full Sun

  • Water Requirements: Regular watering

  • Soil Requirements: Well-draining, nutrient-rich soil

  • Mature Size: Large fruit, up to 1 lb. (454 g) each, and 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters) tall plants

  • Bloom Time: Summer

  • Special Features: Large, meaty fruit with a sweet flavor, disease-resistant, good for canning and fresh eating

  • Maintenance: Moderate

  • Hardiness Zone: Green Giant Tomato is a warm-weather crop that grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3-10.


Additional Notes: Green Giant Tomato is a popular variety for its large, meaty fruit that is ideal for frying or fresh eating. The fruit stays green even into ripening so checking by hand is the preferred method to ensure ripeness. You will have just a little give when squeezing it. The plants are indeterminate, meaning they continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the season, and will require staking or trellising for support. Here in North Texas mine reached over 6ft and tried to go everywhere!

Green Giant Tomato is relatively resistant to common tomato diseases such as Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, and tobacco mosaic virus. Water deep a couple times a week to keep them from cracking. I also had mine in an area out of direct sunlight until about 11am.


The plants themselves are very sturdy and have large potato leaf style branches much like a Brandywine. I was surprised at how well the plant held up the enormous fruits. Because they are green there is little to no interference from animals. I also had no interest from most insects, except the tomato worm!


I have grown many different green varieties (Green Zebra, Aunt Rubys are two other favorites) but the green giant was the most prolific I have tried yet! I sold 30lbs of these off of my 3 plants and still had plenty to share and eat.

Just one or two of these massive tomatoes is enough to cook up for the whole family. Fruits larger than 4 inches across for me. We cut them in thick slabs or cubes for frying.


If you like green tomato's this is definitely a variety you need to check out.



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