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Your Guide to Growing & Caring for German Queen Tomatoes

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German Queen Tomato

Hello german queen tomato growers! We’re not just here to talk about german queens, but also how to grow and care for them. Now you may be thinking “aren’t german queen tomatoes those big red ones?” Well yes, they are, but german queens come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it can get confusing. For this article, we’re going to focus on the german queen tomato!

German Queen Tomatoes are a large variety of heirloom tomatoes with a red/yellow colouration. They have an average weight range from nine ounces to two pounds and grow in clusters so they take up little space for planting.

If you’re looking for tips on caring for german queens, then this article is perfect for you!

German Queen Tomato
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What is a German Queen Tomato?

German Queen tomatoes are also called german heirloom tomato plants, with bright red fruit that averages around a pound in weight. They have an unusual sugar and acid content for their size: they contain a low amount of sugar but high levels of acids such as citric and malic. The flavour is tangy without being sour or overbearing on the palate.

They can come in a variety of shapes. They have no cracks or blemishes on the skin, which makes them perfect for slicing since they do not dry out while cooking. They tend to be rounder than other types of german tomato plants with more pronounced ribs.

Origins of German Queen Tomato Plant

German Queen tomato plant is a hybrid that was first developed in Germany. It has been bred to be resistant to several common diseases and pests that affect tomatoes. There are many different german queen tomato varieties, most of which differ only by color or shape (round, plump, cherry). They are all equally delicious! Today german queen tomato plant is grown in many parts of the world, with Russia being one of the largest growers.

Many german queen tomato plants are sold as a “vine-ripened german queen tomato” because they have been allowed to fully ripen on the vine before harvest, which makes for a sweeter german queen tomato fruit. To german queen tomato fruit to fully ripen, german queen tomatoes need consistent warmth and plenty of sunlight.

German Queen Tomato Plant Guide

It’s easy enough to german queen tomato plant if you use a good-quality potting mix that is made for german queen tomatoes. You can also grow german queens in containers or raised beds with soil amendments like compost (to the german queen tomato plant, add a little bit of compost to the top few inches of potting mix before planting german queens). Read the full guide:


German Queen tomatoes really like well-draining soil. This type of tomato plant does not do well in heavy clay, but would be perfect for a raised bed made out of lighter and more porous material such as gravel or expanded shale. If you have german queen plants that are struggling to grow because their roots are submerged in waterlogged soil, you can help them out by digging a trench around their base to allow drainage.

They do not want the soil to be too wet because german queens are susceptible to root rot which will kill them if left unattended. You can amend your garden bed with organic matter such as compost or aged manure for a better soil structure and also add some good quality potting soil.

Keep the soil moist and check frequently to make sure there is sufficient water – German Queens do not like dry or saturated soil for long periods at a time!

Light Requirements

German Queen tomatoes like a lot of light. They need to be placed in a spot that receives six hours or more per day, preferably at least eight. Avoid placing german queen tomato on the west side of your house where it will receive lots of direct sunlight during the afternoon and early evening hours which can cause german queen tomato leaves to burn.


German Queen plants are fairly tolerant of a variety of weather conditions, but they require consistent watering.

water german queen tomatoes with a sprinkler or soaker hose.

When german queens need to be watered they will wilt, droop at the stem and leaves, then recover when watered again. The most obvious time this happens is in the heat of summer or during especially hot days, but german queens may also require more water if they are in a particularly shady area, if the soil is on the heavier side or has been allowed to dry out.

Water german queen tomatoes with at least an inch of water so they are fully immersed and well-watered all the way down to their roots. When german queens start wilting but have not yet reached that point where they are drooping and need water, german queens may require less watering.

Water german queen tomatoes in the early morning or evening so that the soil has time to dry out before nighttime temperatures drop lower than 50 F – it is better for them if they are not constantly wet during cold periods.


Temperature is important for german queen tomatoes because german queen tomato plants do not tolerate frost and will die if the temperature drops below 40°F.

If you live in a temperate region, german queens grow well when daytime temperatures are between 75 to 85°F with nighttime lows about 65 to 70 °F. In warmer climates german queen tomato plants grow well with temperatures of 85 °F during the day and 65 to 70°F at night.

In cooler climates german queens can tolerate a temperature difference of 30 degrees between daytime and nighttime temperatures, as long as it does not exceed 50 °F in either direction. For example: 80° F during the day and 60 °F at night.

If german queen plants are exposed to frost, they will die within a few hours of exposure.

It is important that you keep german queens warm so plan ahead for the winter season by making sure german queens have plenty of mulch on top and around them in order to help maintain the german queen’s temperature and keep frost away.

The most common way to tell if german queens are cold is that the leaves will wilt or curl inwards towards themselves, for this reason it is important to monitor german queen plants when temperatures dip below 50°F outside.

If you have a greenhouse with plenty of german queens, your german queen will be fine.


Many german queen tomato plants will experience leaf burn when the humidity is too high. Humidity levels should be kept below 50%. At night, consider running a humidifier to lower the amount of moisture in your home from cooking or showering during the day. Another option is placing pebbles on top of soil near german queen tomatoes to increase airflow.


You can also help german queens by fertilizing them with a slow-release fertilizer, such as compost or well-aged manure to keep soil healthy and nutrient-rich. A typical application of organic matter would be between four and six pounds per 100 square feet of garden area. You should then work the material into the top few inches of soil before planting german queen plants.

Fertilizing german queens is recommended if you are growing them indoors or outdoors near a fertilizer source (such as an outdoor compost pile). Do not fertilize german queen tomatoes with high nitrogen levels if they are not near a fertilizer source.

In general, german queens will do well with about four to six pounds of organic matter per 100 square feet of garden area.


German queens are a very low-maintenance variety that is hailed for its high yields. One of the only downsides to german queen tomatoes, however, is toxicity in their leaves and stems. German queens have been known to cause skin irritation if you touch them without wearing gloves or get sap on your body when cutting them from the vine. The sap is made of a natural chemical called psoralens, which can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction if it gets into your bloodstream.

Wear gloves when you work with german queens to avoid contact between the plant and your skin.

Place german queen plants on plastic boards while pruning them from the vine – the sap on the leaves will not come into contact with your skin and you won’t have to worry about any skin irritation.

If german queen plants are touching parts of a fence or anything else in the garden, be sure to wear gloves when working near those areas as well.

Don’t get german queens wet if at all possible. If german queens do get wet, be sure to make the water dry before you touch them or go into any other part of your garden as it could cause irritation on contact with skin.

Be aware that german queen plants may also have psoralens in their flowers and pollen which can irritate someone’s throat if they ingest german queen pollen.

To avoid contact with german queens, wear long sleeves and pants if you are in the garden for more than a few minutes as the flowers can be an allergen to some people’s skin or throat when touched or inhaled.


Pruning german queens can be a bit tricky as they are not indeterminate. You do need to prune german queens by removing some of the suckers or offshoots early in the season. This will help to maximize production and keep german queen plants healthy through harvest time. When you purchase german queen tomatoes, they are grafted plants. This means that you can cut off the top of a german queen tomato and it will produce more german queens at the bottom to help provide additional german queen tomatoes for next year’s harvest.

  • Remove suckers or offshoots early in season to maximize production.
  • Cut german queens from grafted plants to produce german queen tomatoes for next year’s harvest
  • After german queen tomato starts producing, she will grow in a bush shape.

As german queens mature and begin to reach the top of your trellis or if you are growing them on stakes, prune out some branches so german queen plants can produce german queens at the bottom of the plant. Remove german queen leaves that are brown or yellow to help reduce disease risk.

Propagation and Growth

Tomato plants are very easy to grow given the right conditions. In order for german queen tomato plant to thrive, it needs a lot of sunlight and plenty of water (daily). Tomatoes require rich soil that is abundant in nitrogen so compost or manure should be used as fertilizer.

Propagate german queen tomatoes by taking a cutting from german queen tomato stem and sticking it into moist soil. Once german queen tomato plant is established, german queen tomatoes should be watered weekly.

In order to grow german queen tomatoes plants successfully indoors, it’s necessary to provide the right amount of light and warmth for german queens to produce fruit.

  • Take a german queen tomato cutting from german queen tomato stem or german queen tomato seeds
  • Stick the german queens into moist soil and cover with german queen potting mix
  • Place in a warm, sunny spot at least six hours per day. Keep german queens watered frequently (once every three to four days) for about two months
  • When german queens start to fruit, german queen plants will need more water

Once german queen tomatoes are about six inches in height, it’s time to transplant them outdoors. Transplant during the summer months and space german queens about two feet apart

Growing german queens indoors is very easy (as long as german queens receive the right amount of light and warmth). All german queen plant needs is a sunny, warm spot with plenty of water.


Repot german queen tomatoes when the soil is dry and potting mix has shriveled. This will help to keep the german queens healthier, as they need a well-draining environment.

It’s also important to repot your german queens every two years or so because their roots will eventually overflow out of the pot and grow into the surrounding soil, damaging german queen tomato roots in the process.

Plant Diseases

German Queen Tomato plants are fairly resistant to plant diseases. They’re susceptible to root rot and botrytis, which can be avoided by following good garden practices: keep the soil moist but not wet; avoid overly-wet or dry conditions as these will both lead to root rot. Keep german queen tomato planters in well-ventilated areas away from moist, humid air.

German Queen Tomato plants are susceptible to gummy stem blight and gummy bark disease which can be avoided by planting german queen tomatoes in well-drained soil with good drainage or choosing resistant varieties of german queen tomatoes (e.g., ‘Ponderosa’). They’re also susceptible to gummy stem blight and gummy bark disease which can be avoided by planting german queen tomatoes in well-drained soil with good drainage or choosing resistant varieties of german queen tomatoes.

German Queen Tomato plants are also susceptible to early blossom end rot, a physiological disorder that causes the fruit’s internal tissues to become blackened and leathery, which can be prevented by providing german queen tomato plants with a good supply of calcium and keeping german queen tomatoes well watered.

Common Issues with German Queen Tomato

The german queen tomato is a favorite among gardeners with smaller gardens and those who don’t have the time to maintain larger plants. The german queen plant produces tomatoes all summer long, but there are some common problems you may run into if you want them to thrive.

One of these issues is that german queen tomato plants are susceptible to german cockroach damage. These pests may eat the leaves of your german queen tomato plant, but they also carry harmful bacteria and viruses which can kill german queens. To prevent this type of damage from happening in the first place, make sure you use an insecticide or buy a product that is specifically designed for german cockroach prevention.

Another common german queen tomato problem is that they are prone to gopher damage. Gophers may burrow near your german queens and eat the roots, which will lead to wilting leaves or even eventually killing it off completely. To avoid this issue, you can either use a gopher repellent or gopher gassing.

The german queen tomato plant can also be susceptible to powdery mildew, which will cause black spots on the leaves of your german queens and eventually kill them off completely too. You should use a fungicide or other product specifically designed for preventing this type of issue if you want your german queens to survive.

If your german queen plants are not growing well and show signs of stunted growth or yellowing leaves that may be indicative of overwatering issues. Make sure water is getting down into the soil as german queens need moist but not wet soil conditions to thrive.

Tips for Keeping a  German Queen Tomato Happy

Some tomato growing secrets you need to know about this queen – they grow well in containers, but they require more frequent watering as the soil dries out quickly. If you don’t have space for container gardening or if german queen tomatoes are to be grown indoors, german queen tomatoes can be grown in a few pots. One german queen tomato plant per pot is recommended for indoor german queens as they are susceptible to spider mites and other pests that find it easy to infest german queens planted close together.

German Queens need at least six hours of sunlight every day, so if you’re trying to grow german queens indoors, they should be placed in an area that gets a lot of light. You can get german queen tomatoes to grow even better by placing them near the window or other source of sunlight and keeping it open for as long as possible during hot summer days.

During the winter months when german queens are dormant, you will need to increase watering intervals. Make sure german queens are watered at least once every seven days, or even more often if the soil becomes too dry to penetrate easily with your finger.

German Queens will grow and produce tomatoes all summer long as long as they have enough water and sunlight. You may run into some problems while tending them, but by following the advice in this german queen care guide, you’ll be able to grow and maintain german queens with ease.

German Queen Tomato
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German Queen Tomato Frequently Asked Questions

What is a German Queen tomato?

A german queen tomato is a grafted tomato, meaning that it has the root of one plant attached to another. The grafted plants are grown on their own roots and not in soil.

Is German Queen tomato determinate or indeterminate?

German Queen tomatoes are determinate plants, meaning they grow in a single season and will not produce fruit after the end of that first growing season.

What is the best tasting tomato?

The german queen tomato is a variety of heirloom, indeterminate tomato. It originated in Germany and has been grown since the 19th century; it’s now available all over North America too. Many people claim that german queen tomatoes are second only to beefsteak varieties like Amish Paste Plus when it comes to flavor.

What is the most expensive tomato?

The german queen tomato is not the most expensive variety of heirloom, indeterminate tomatoes on the market. This honor goes to Black Krim, which originated in France and can cost well over $20 per pound for a single fruit.

How tall do old German tomatoes grow?

Grown in the proper conditions and under ideal circumstances, german queen tomatoes can grow to over a foot tall.

How do you prune old German tomatoes?

This is going to sound like a real geezer talking, but we used to cut tomatoes. We would actually take shears and trim the old leaves off of german queen tomato plants in late fall or winter before they had time to grow again. This is what I recommend you do if your german queen tomato plants are getting too big. If they’re not, it’s best to wait until the plant has finished producing tomatoes or flowers before cutting them back hard.

Just be sure that whatever you choose, don’t cut more than one-third of the leaves off in any given year. And, if you do cut leaves off german queen tomato plants in the winter, leave older and larger branches so that they’ll have a chance to rejuvenate.

How do you grow old German tomatoes?

Just like german queen tomato. Unlike other types of tomatoes, german queens do not require a lot of attention in order to grow and be cared for properly. Tomatoes will need consistent watering throughout the day when it is warmer outside but once they start flowering their irrigation needs should decrease dramatically. You can also water them less on days that the temperature is below 60°F.

It can be hard to know when german queen tomatoes need water but if the leaves show signs of wilting or turning brown then it’s a good idea to give them more water. Too much watering will cause german queens to produce too many fruits, which in turn leads to an increase in disease.

What is an old German tomato?

German tomatoes are also called german queen tomato and they belong to a subset of the species Lycopersicon esculentum. German queens are smaller than beefsteak varieties, with their skin being bright red in color and their flesh is usually yellow or orange.

The german queen tomato has been around for centuries though it was not formally named german queen until the early 1900s. They were first introduced to Europe from Turkey in 1870 and then they came over to the United States by way of Mexico in 1879.

German tomatoes are popular with gardeners because they produce a lot of fruit, grow well in humid climates and do not require much care when it comes to watering.

They are also considered german queens because of their large size, which is usually about as big around then a standard-sized german queen tomato. Tomatoes that meet these criteria are often called old german tomatoes and they can be grown in any climate so long as the ground has been prepared properly for them to grow on.

What does an old German tomato look like?

German Queen Tomatoes are a type of heirloom tomatoes that originated in Germany. They grow to be about the size of your fist (or bigger) and have smooth skin with deep striations, making them rather unique looking for a tomato.

Is there a German tomato?

German Queen tomatoes are just german tomato plants grown a little differently. They have the same genetics as all other german tomatoes, but they’re more cold-sensitive and grow best in cool climates with less sunlight than is typical for german tomato production. German queen tomatos get their name from the fact that they often produce many (sometimes over 100) german tomatoes per plant.

How do you grow a German queen heirloom tomato?

German heirloom tomatoes are best grown in large containers. They need full sun all day and lots of space to grow, so they’re not recommended for gardeners who have a small yard or are growing german heirlooms indoors.

The german queen tomato plant will produce german tomatoes throughout the summer months, with harvest beginning in late June or early July. The german tomato plants will produce german tomatoes until frost has killed it, so many gardeners actually grow german heirloom tomatoes in containers and bring them inside for the winter to prevent their german queen onion from dying.


Growing german heirloom tomatoes is a fun and exciting experience, but it does require some extra care. With the right german queen tomato plant for your needs, you can enjoy german tomatoes all year long!

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