German Johnson tomatoes are a heirloom variety of tomato that is known for its large size, thick flesh, and high yield. They are indeterminate tomatoes, which means they continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season. They are named after a Mr. Johnson who lived in the German community in the 1800s.
German Johnson tomatoes have a deep red color and a slightly flattened shape, and can weigh up to 1-2 pounds. They are known for their sweet, rich flavor and high juice content, making them a great choice for canning and making sauces. They are also good for slicing and eating fresh.
To grow German Johnson tomatoes, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Tomatoes prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. The seedlings should be planted in a sunny location, in rows about 2-3 inches deep, about 24-36 inches apart. Water the seedlings regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
Once the plants are established, they require staking or caging to support their growth, and regular fertilization. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, such as tomato hornworms, aphids and blossom end rot, which can damage your plants and reduce yields.
German Johnson tomatoes typically take about 75-80 days to mature, and are ready for harvest when they turn red and have a slightly soft texture.