Green Zebra tomato plants are indeterminate in terms of growth habit.
Green Zebra tomatoes are heirlooms.
Green Zebra tomatoes have an attractive coloring (green with yellow stripes), a really nice tart flavor (‘zingy’ and spicy), and they are easy to grow. On a per-plant basis, you’ll enjoy a generous yield as well. It’s all looking good so far, and it’s hardly surprising this tomato has become a firm favorite with gardeners and chefs alike!
A Little Info About Green Zebra Tomato Plants
An heirloom variety, Green Zebra tomato plants are the result of a combination of four heirlooms bred together to make one excellent tomato.
How do you eat Green Zebra tomatoes? They can be eaten fresh – in salads, on sandwiches, etc., work well in salsas, and can also be canned.
The fruits, of which there are very many on a single plant, are approximately 1.5-2.5 inches in diameter and weigh 2-4 pounds each.
The fruits start out as being striped and remain that way through to maturity though the color does change. As the fruits ripen you’ll see a green-yellow coloration that is overlaid with mottled stripes of a green and orange color.
The fruits aren’t large but the taste is more than large.
How to tell when Green Zebra tomatoes are ripe?
The tomato should feel firm but with a slight give – similar to most red tomatoes when they are ready to be harvested. Look for the time when the light green striping starts to turn yellow.
How to Grow Green Zebra Tomato Plants
It’s easy to grow Green Zebra tomato plants. Ideally, the soil will be well-drained with a pH of around 6.2-6.8.
As with any other tomato variety, Green Zebra need around six hours of direct sunlight each day to perform best.
The plants like an inch or more of water each week – definitely more if the temperatures are on the rise. Water (preferably with a drip or trickle system) at the base of each plant. If you’re hand watering, try to avoid backsplash from the soil surface onto the lower leaves as this encourages disease.
Use an organic fertilizer that is low in nitrogen (to avoid excessive foliage growth at the expense of the fruit). Stake your tomato plants or use cages for support. The vines reach five feet (1.5 meters) in height so staking or caging is necessary to keep the fruits off the ground and make life easier when harvesting.
Green Zebra tomato plants produce fruit at around the 75-80 day mark after transplanting. For germination, the soil temperature should be a minimum of 70 degrees F (21 degrees C).
Green Zebra tomato plants are susceptible to some forms of wilting but other than that they demonstrate a high level of disease resistance.