What are the pros? Taste is wonderful.
What are the cons? Uneven ripening, prod.,disease
UNEVEN RIPENING. Brandywine is a fabulous taste. That is, the part of each fruit that is ripe. The different lobes of each fruit ripen at different rates. You have the choice of picking a fruit when it is half ripe/half green or you can wait until the rest ripens and you have a fruit that is half rotten/half ripe. This uneven ripening put Brandywine on my "never grow again" ****list.
EXTREMELY LOW PRODUCTION. While other cultivars are pruducing bushels, Brandywine only puts out a few fruit per plant: about 5% as much weight in fruit as equally tasty cultivars grown in the same row in identical conditions.
VERY PRONE TO DISEASE: If there is any disease around, Brandywine is sure to get it.
I am an extremely dedicated tomato grower, fussing over my plants as my babies. I have known " back yard" gardeners who planted Brandywine and expected it to care for itself like Early Girl. They don't even get a single half-ripe fruit per plant.
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