German Giant

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German Giant
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oblate
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type
Country

IL LO N

85 days, indet., regular leaf plant with 0.75 lb pink fruit wih a very good taste, fair yield.
Source 
Reimer Seeds / IA DR G 96 (Glenn Drowns, Iowa) / CA BR D 85 (Don Branscomb, California)

Location: Oblong, Illinois


History

  • Origin unknown.
  • Both regular leaf and potato leaf are in circulation, in SSE Yearbooks and commercially. For example, Tomato Growers Supply offers potato leaf version, and Sand Hill Preservation Center does not indicate the leaf type in their public seed catalog, but the SSE members who grew this variety from the seed obtained from Glenn Drowns listed it as 'regular leaf'. Glenn obtained the seed from Don Branscomb in 1985.
  • 'German Giant' variety can be traced as far back as SSE 1979 Yearbook, if not earlier (I have no earlier Yearbooks to check). The entries in the earlier SSE Yearbooks (1985) did not specify the leaf type.
  • It is not clear which version, regular leaf or potato leaf, is correct. Given its generic name, it is also possible that the two variants may be entirely different varieties. One SSE member who offered this variety in 2008 Yearbook mentioned that they observed both leaf forms, therefore crossed seed is also a possibility.



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Seed Availability

Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
2017 Reimer Seeds . .
2016 . .
2015 . .
2014 Diane's Flower Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
. .
2013 Delectation of Tomatoes - new
Hazzard's Wholesale Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center - sold out for 2013
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
. .
2012
Tomato Growers Supply * (PL)
. .
2011 Sand Hill Preservation Center - not available for 2011
Tomato Growers Supply * (PL)
TomatoFest (PL)
6 1
2010 Tomato Growers Supply (PL)
TomatoFest (PL)
5 .
2009 Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply - PL
TomatoFest (PL)
6 .
2008 Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply - PL
TomatoFest (PL)
7 .
2007 Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply - PL
7 .




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