Grow Heirloom Tomatoes – Plant Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato Seeds
A German heirloom, these green tomato seeds were brought to the US by Ruby Arnold’s family of Greeneville, TN. Later, her niece, who always referred to these beauties as “Aunt Ruby’s”, passed on the seeds to friends and neighbors who admired and enjoyed these tomatoes for years. A wonderful family history and tradition that you now can be a part of, Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato seeds produce tall, sturdy plants bearing large (12-16 oz) beefsteak-type fruits. Look for this green tomato to soften as it ripens, it will also develop a slight amber blush.
Name:Tomato Seeds – Aunt Rubys German Green
Botanical Name:Lycopersicon esculentum
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Planting Season:Warm Season
Fruit Size:Up to 1 lb
Days to Maturity:60-90 Days
Plant Spacing:18-36 inches
Planting Depth:1/4-1/2 inch
Sowing Method:Start Indoors
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
How to Grow Aunt Rubys German Green Tomatoes
When to Plant Tomato Seeds
You can start tomatoes indoors or go straight to your garden bed.
If starting indoors, plant 4-6 weeks before the last killing frost. Transplanting is best done 1 to 2 weeks after the average date of the last frost for your region.
If starting in your garden bed, wait 1-2 weeks after the last killing frost to plant.
Where to Plant Tomato Seeds
If planting directly in your garden, choose area that has plenty of light and well draining soil.
How to Plant Tomato Seeds
Planting in a growing tray for indoor start: Fill each spot with soil leaving a quarter inch at the top. Put 2-3 seeds per container then sprinkle soil on top. Keep soil moist but not soaked. Once plants start forming, more water can be applied. Keep in area that allows for plenty of sunlight and rotate regularly.
Directly planting in garden: Plant in rows with 2-3 seeds per section with about 2′ separation from next section. Add stakes as needed to keep plants upright.
How to Harvest Tomatoes
When the tomato is 1/2 green and 1/2 pink is when you can start harvesting your tomato. It will continue to ripen once picked. Keep in cool place to allow it to ripen without damaging the fruit or losing flavor or nutrients.