This fairly modern heirloom has an unusual lime green and golden yellow stripes, flesh is a meaty bright green. Taste is sharp and a tad spicy for a fresh tomato. Has become popular among culinary artists, specialty markets and home chefs as well.
Bred by a Thomas Wagner from Everett Washington who produced the tater mater seed catalog in the 1980s. Green signifies to any gardener that a tomato isn't yet ripe, so growing Green Zebra can be a bit confusing when determining when to harvest.
With Green Zebra tomatoes ripeness can be ascertained by monitoring when the light green stripes turn to yellow. On occasion, the lower portion of the yellow stripes take on a bluish tinge. For a sweeter tasting tomato leave it on the vine slightly longer, but not too long, as it may become mealy.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
Maturity at 75 - 80 days from transplant.
Germination from seed 5 - 10 days.
Average Plant Height - Up to 9 ft. under exceptional conditions. Otherwise average height of 4 -5 ft.
Spacing - 24-36 in.
Fruit Weight 3 - 6 oz.
Open-pollinated - Self pollinating.
Hardiness zones 3 - 14