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Potato Leaf Tomato
'Potato Leaf' tomatoes.
Potato Leaf Tomato
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Potato Leaf  Certified Naturally Grown Seed

80 days, indeterminate — The fruits are red and flattened-globe shaped and relatively small by today's standards reaching about four ounces. Good for processing and canning whole.

In early 2006, a gardener in Australia who knew that we were reassembling the A. W. Livingston seed collection, sent us a commercial packet of 'Potato Leaf' from a company called Eden Seeds.

Although they did not implicitly attribute the variety to the A. W. Livingston Seed Company, their description certainly hinted at it. They stated, "Purplish red fruit, for growing in heavy soils and hot climates, known since 1887, good market and home variety."

A brief communication with the company revealed that they had little history on it other than they had been offering it for years and that their original seed came from a seed saver in America.

Since 1887 was the release date for Livingston's 'Potato Leaf' tomato, I was intrigued. We grew it out and noted that although it closely matched Livingston's somewhat vague catalog descriptions, we observed some diversity in the fruit colors. According to the historical record, we believe that Livingston's 'Potato Leaf' was a dark pink-fruited variety. We will continue our search and work at a reselection of this strain.
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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