Burpee's Quarter Century
90 days, dwarf
— 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.
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 each, and are solid with a nice balanced flavor.
It was introduced in 1896 by the horticultural editor of The Rural New Yorker
, 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.
Johnson & Stokes said, "It might be called an improved 'Dwarf Aristocrat
Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.