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Livingston's Magnus Tomato
Livingston's Magnus Tomato.
Livingston's Magnus Tomato
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Magnus Certified Naturally Grown Seed

90 days, indeterminate — The plants of 'Magnus' are a potato leaf type that produce six to eight ounce, oblate, pink fruits.  This combination of pink fruits on a potato leaf plant is somewhat rare.  Additionally, the fruits are quite smooth, attractive, and have an excellent balanced flavor.

Here is how Livingston described it eighteen years after its introduction:
"Livingston's Magnus is unsurpassed in quality and in the production of fine, large fruits. While well adapted to main-crop planting, it also takes first rank for early market purposes. The form is perfect, uniform, large and attractive; quite deep through from stem to blossom end. The flesh is very firm. A robust grower, with short joints, setting its clusters closer together than most varieties, and is a very heavy cropper. It has broad foliage which prevents sunburn in hot sections. Ripens evenly, does not crack about the stem. For staking up in the open field, as well as for forcing in greenhouses, is fully equal to any for such purposes."5
Originally introduced by the Livingston Seed Company in 1900, it became extinct in the seed industry and unavailable to home gardeners.  through the efforts of Doctors Craig LeHoullier and Carolyn Male in the 1990s, they located nearly sterile seed stored within the USDA's seed repository, grew it out, and shared it with seed savers.  Our original seed was sent to us by Craig in 2003.  Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

Although the name of this variety contains a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsman that originally released it.

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Strong vigorous potato leaf plants; Excellent production.
Strong, vigorous, potato leaf plants with excellent production. Fruits are uniform and dark pink. Flavor is more acidic than 'Beauty' and overall more flavorful too. In a non-irrigated field, the plants easily got to five feet tall and looked more like a heavy shrub than a tomato plant. Excellent canning tomato or for market growing. Always a favorite.
Reviewed by: Anthony West from Winchester, Ohio. on 5/28/2013
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