Something you learn very quickly when growing tomatoes is that they don’t just come in red. Red is only the tip of the iceberg of an exciting assortment that includes pink, yellow, black, and even white. Of this last color, one of the most impressive varieties you can find is the White Queen cultivar. Keep reading to learn how to grow a White Queen tomato plant.
White Queen Tomato Info
What is a White Queen tomato? Developed in the U.S., the White Queen is a cultivar of beefsteak tomato that has very lightly colored skin and flesh. While the fruits usually have a slight, yellow blush to them, they are often said to be the closest to true white of all the white tomato varieties. Its fruits are medium in size, usually growing to about 10 ounces (283.5 g.). The fruits are thick but juicy and very good for slicing and for adding to salads. Their flavor is very sweet and agreeable. The plants are a little slow to get going (they are usually about 80 days to maturity), but once they start, they are very heavy producers. White Queen tomato plants are indeterminate, which means they are vining rather than bushy. They tend to grow to a height of 4 to 8 feet (1-2 m.) and should be staked or grown up a trellis.
How to Grow a White Queen Tomato Plant
Growing White Queen tomatoes is very much like growing any variety of indeterminate tomato. The plants are extremely cold sensitive, and in regions colder than USDA zone 11, they have to be grown as annuals rather than perennials. The seeds should be started indoors several weeks before the last spring frost and should only be planted out when all chance of frost has passed. Since the plants are slow to mature, they fare better and produce longer in areas with long summers.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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