‘German Johnson Potato Leaf’ is a North Carolina heirloom tomato notable for having been one of the four parents of the famous Mortgage Lifter tomato. This potato leaf version of German Johnson goes back to 1987 Yearbook, where it was offered by Benny Michitti of Carrollton, Virginia. SSE members, who obtained this variety from Totally Tomatoes 92 or Southern Exposure Seed Exchange 87 also listed it as potato leaf.
Later, a regular leaf version of German Johnson started to appear in the SSE Yearbooks.
Now, both – regular leaf and potato leaf German Johnson – are available commercially. The hardy, indeterminate plants produce huge pinkish red beefsteak type tomatoes that weigh 1.5 pounds or more. Their flesh is very thick and has few seeds. Excellent robust flavor. Outstanding for slicing, but may also be used for canning and are easy to peel when ripe. Also good juicers. Good disease resistance and very productive. Stake well.Mid- to late-season, about 85-90 days from transplant.
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