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Burpee's Quarter Century Tomato
Burpee's Quarter Century Tomato
Burpee's Quarter Century Tomato
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Burpee's Quarter Century Certified Naturally Grown Seed

90 days, tree-type — The plants are a compact, dwarf-type with rugose leaves.  The 1909 catalog states, "Owing to its compact, erect habit, the plants can be set quite closely together."[1]  They are a suitable choice for container gardening or can be planted about two feet apart in the ground. The fruits of 'Quarter Century' are oblate-shaped, red in color, smooth and crackless, weigh two to ten ounces and are solid with a nice balanced flavor. 

It was introduced in 1896 by the horticultural editor of The Rural New Yorker,[3] Dr. Walter Van Fleet of Monmouth County, New Jersey.  It was supplied to growers, in trial packets, in 1900 by W. Atlee Burpee & Company. The following year, it was named 'Quarter Century' to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary. The variety appeared as a sport in the third generation from a cross between 'Lorillard', a bright scarlet fruit with ordinary type of foliage, and 'Dwarf Champion', a pinkish-red fruit of dwarf habit.[2]  Johnson & Stokes said, "It might be called an improved 'Dwarf Aristocrat'."[3]  Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

  1. "Farm Annual," W. Atlee Burpee & Co.,1909
  2. "List of American Varieties of Vegetables for the Years 1901 and 1902," by W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA, 1903
  3. "Garden and Farm Manual," Johnson & Stokes Seed Company, 1906

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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