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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Georgia Streak'

Image of Lycopersicon esculentum 'Georgia Streak'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Georgia Streak'

Plant Common Name

Georgia Streak Tomato, Tomato

General Description

Probably the most popular garden vegetables grown, tomatoes come in all shapes, colors and sizes and make our summers a little brighter and sweeter. Originating in its namesake state, the heirloom cultivar ‘Georgia Streak’ has golden yellow, red-tinged skin and sweet, flavorful, red-streaked flesh.

The garden tomato is a short-lived tender perennial vine that is usually grown as an annual crop. Its compound leaves are medium green, hairy, have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. The large, 2 pound, beefsteak tomatoes of 'Georgia Streak' develop when days and nights are warm and can usually be harvested 90 days after germination.

Although its shoots can be pinched back regularly to promote bushier growth, this indeterminate heirloom tomato will produce the most fruit if left left to grow to its full size — but that also requires work! Unpinched plants require staking, trellising, or cages, and more general maintenance.

Heat-loving and easy to grow, tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained, slightly acidic, rich garden loam. It is important to feed and water them regularly for best fruit production, though heavy rain can cause mature fruits to crack on the vine. Blossom end rot is a common fruit defect caused by a deficiency in the essential micro-nutrient calcium, which is another reason to feed your tomato plants well!

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-8' / 0.6m - 2.4m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Red

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes