What are the pros? Early and prolific
What are the cons? Short plants
Granny Cantrell is a tasty beefsteak type with very early ripening for such a large tomato. This variety seems to put on a large flush of fruit early on but doesn't seem to keep producing late through the season, but that could be the result of its short stature and being shaded by longer vining types. Last year Granny Cantrell was one of the earliest of the larger tomatoes, ripening about the same time as Black Brandywine, Cosmonaut Volkov, and Paul Robeson. I grow about twenty varieties each year with the majority of them being the larger fruited types.
Last year I caged the tomatoes for the first time and we had an epic harvest. The cages were just the tall thin-wired galvanized types. The tomatoes were stagger planted in beds with two rows per bed, then we tied the cages to each other at the tops, so each cage was tied to two or three of its neighbors and they end up stabilizing each other.
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