How to Plant Brandywine Tomato Plants


Brandywine tomatoes are a large, heirloom variety with a rich flavor. These plants regularly produce 1- to 2-pound fruits and are set to harvest about 80 days after planting. Planting brandywine tomatoes follows the basic guidelines of any tomato plant, except that the brandywines may require just a bit more TLC. Caging these plants is a must because the vines grow so heavy with fruit. Brandywine tomato plants also utilize quite a few resources to develop their large, round fruits, so fertilizing the seedlings is crucial.

Step 1

Choose a spot that gets full sun exposure at least eight hours per day. Work the top 3 to 4 inches of soil with a hand tiller until it is fluffy and free of debris. Add a 1-inch layer of compost to the garden bed and mix it in with the tiller.

Step 2

Dig a hole that's twice the diameter and depth of the brandywine tomato plant's root ball. Place the seedling in the center of the hole and sprinkle a small handful of organic fertilizer around the root ball. Fill the hole with soil, patting it down lightly.

Step 3

Spread a 2- to 3-inch-thick layer of straw around the base of the brandywine tomato plant. This will keep the roots warm and help retain water in the soil.

Step 4

Slide a tomato cage over the plant, centering the seedling in the cage. Push down firmly on the cage so its prongs sink completely into the soil. It's important to cage the plant when it is small because they sprawl out quickly once they start growing.

Step 5

Give the brandywine tomato seedling about two quarts of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand tiller
  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Brandywine tomato seedling
  • Organic fertilizer
  • Straw
  • Tomato cage


  • "Vegetable Gardening for Dummies;" Charlie Nardozzi; 2009
  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: Brandywine Tomato
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