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German Johnson Tomato (indeterminate) 50+ seeds Fruit garden vegetable.
Climbing. American heirloom variety. Large pink/red fruit with smooth meaty flesh and few seeds. Fruit varies is size but large fruit over 450g are common. Exceptional flavour. Good for slicing and canning.
The German Johnson Heirloom Tomato is a potato leaf variety of tomato plant with an indeterminate growing habit. It produces large, round, Beefsteak shaped fruit with bright red skin. The ripe fruit commonly show bright yellow striping along its shoulders.
The German Johnson’s flesh is pink and meaty with a delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavour. Fully ripened fruits may weigh in excess of 500 grams each. It is not uncommon to harvest tomatoes that tip the scale at 1kg or more.
The German Johnson is one of the parent species of the Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomato. For me, that is reason enough to include it in the heirloom tomato garden at 1840 Farm. One bite and I think you’ll agree that the German Johnson is a delicious slicing tomato that transforms the ordinary sandwich into an extraordinary meal.
When to Sow
Temperate Area: sow in early spring - either inside with extra bottom heat by using a bottom heat propagator, behind a sunny window or on top of a hot water system; if sowing outside wait until all frost danger has passed and the soil is warm. Generally, if starting tomato seeds inside then begin 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. By sowing early there will be time for a good crop to be produced before the first frost in winter.
Subtropical Area: sow March - October in frost-free areas
Tropical Area: sow late April - July.
Hot & Humid Area: On extremely hot days tomatoes can literally 'cook' on the vine and turn to mush. Tomatoes also can suffer sunburn; a white shade cloth cover can help reduce heat stress on the plants. The hardiest tomatoes for hot and humid conditions are Cherry and Roma types. For a round tomato Tropic is a good choice as it is disease resistant.
Seed Sowing & Care
Sow 6 mm deep into seed raising mix in seedling pots or trays. Germination takes 7 - 14 days. Liquid feed the seedlings once germinated. Seedlings are ready to transplant when the 2nd set of 'true' leaves appear. During seedling development make sure the seedlings are not crowded and receive strong light. Seedlings become leggy (etiolated) with weak stems if the light is insufficient or if they are too crowded. The best seedlings have strong, stout stems.
Seedlings should be planted out in a full sun position after all frost danger has passed.
Plant in rows 90 cm apart with 45 - 60 cm between plants.
Transplant by planting seedlings deeper, up to the first set of 'true' leaves, first carefully removing the seed leaves. This speed up fruit production and increases root depth.
Grow in a fertile, well-drained garden bed with a soil pH 5.8 - 7. Prepare the soil by adding compost. If stakes are required, then put them at the same time as transplanting takes place to avoid later root disturbance. Providing support to keep fruit clear of the ground helps keep fruit clean and prevents slug and snail damage. Mulch the plants well. Keep well fertilized and evenly watered.
Fertilizer: Tomatoes are generally heavy feeders, requiring soil rich in organic matter and nutrients. Tomatoes planted in minimally fertile soils should be regularly fertilized to keep their N-P-K levels consistent. Excessive nitrogen produces fast green growth but inhibits fruiting. Keeping this in mind, choose a fertilizer that's low in nitrogen levels and higher in phosphorus and potassium. Examples of suitable N-P-K ratios for tomatoes include 8-32-16 and 6-24-24