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Almanac Planting Green Zebra Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

Green Zebra Tomato

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Solanum lycopersicum

Overview

Uses: Tomato crop production—produces excellent yields 

Benefits: Cordon (produces crops all season). Produces mouth-watering, delicious 3" tomatoes that (as the name suggests) remain green when ripe and have a unique zebra stripe pattern. 

Zones: 3 - 9 suggested (has been known to survive in all USDA Hardiness Zones)

Sun: Full

Growth: Indeterminate (cordon)

Life Cycle: Annual

Mature Height: As high as 8' with proper staking and fertilization. 

Mature Width: 24"

Bloom Season: Summer to Early Fall

Summary

Green Zebra Tomato is a favorite of many Michelin-starred chefs for a reason. It's equally amazing in both appearance and taste. 

As its name suggests, Green Zebra Tomato has gorgeous avocado-green zebra pattern stripes that accentuate it's base color of yellow-green (chartreuse) that remains even after it's ripe! 

Their taste is tangy, sweet, and has what is best described as a delicious "bite". 

Green Zebra Tomatoes have an average maturation rate, and should begin to produce their first harvests sometime in the middle of summer, often sustaining their production of crops until mid-fall. 

Fruit is of average size of tomatoes. Expect fruit about 3" in diameter. 

Green Zebra Tomato is an indeterminate variety of tomato, often referred to as a vine or cordon tomato. This means; unlike a determinate variety, they keep growing and producing tomatoes from the beginning of the summer until early fall (determinate varieties stop growing at a certain height, then produce all of their crop within a short time frame). 

Does not require staking or caging, although we suggest doing such. It grows as a vine, so unstaked plants will travel along the ground, causing their fruit to be more susceptible to rot.

Delicious and highly visually appealing when used in cooking, especially frying, salsas, and salads.

Care

Green Zebra Tomato Plant Care

Green Zebra Tomatoes will likely tolerate temperatures above 40°F, but it's suggested to attempt to keep them in temperatures above 60°F.

Plant 30" apart.

Suggest planting late-March through May depending on temperatures in your area. Keep in temperatures above 60°F. 

Does best in temperatures between 70°F and 85°F.

Likes organic, rich soil with lots of drainage. 

Make sure to water regularly and attempt to keep soil moist but not wet. 

Give early dose of high nitrogen organic fertilizer either when planting or as a part of soil preparation.

Will benefit from a high phosphorus organic fertilizer once established, just prior to or after it begins to produce fruit. 

Suggest caging, or staking and providing something to climb, although not required. Unsupported plants will likely grow on the ground in a somewhat vine-like fashion, which will increase the potential of rotting fruit. 

Will transition from a green-chartreuse into more a yellow-chartreuse base color as it ripens. This transition of color, along with a firm but bouncy feel are the best indicators of knowing when this tomato is ready for harvest. 

Size

Size of Green Zebra Tomatoes That You Ship

We ship our Green Zebra Tomatoes in a 4" grow pot. The plants will be ready for planting when they arrive (around 6"-8" tall), although we suggest allowing them to "bounce back" from their shipping experience for a day or two prior to replanting.

Size of Green Zebra Tomatoes When Fully Grown

Green Zebra Tomatoes often spread to a width of around 24" when staked and allowed to grow vertical. They're cordon-type growers, so their vines may grow as long as 8' long in certain situations.

Additional Information

Botanical Name of Green Zebra Tomato 

The botanical name of Green Zebra Tomato is Solanum lycopersicum.

Toxicity and Risks of Green Zebra Tomatoes

Tomato plants are actually considered toxic. They're members of the nightshade family, and produce an alkaloid called tomatine. 

This alkaloid is most present in the unripe fruit, the stem, and the leaves of a tomato plant.

Tomatine is toxic when ingested in extremely large doses, it may cause gastrointestinal problems, liver, and even heart damage.