Heirloom and Rare

A. W. Livingston Tomato Introductions
Solanum lycopersicum formerly Lycopersicon esculentum

Packets contain approximately 20 seeds unless otherwise noted.
[Although we separate seeds during the harvest process, you may find small clumps of multiple seeds in your packet. Separate into individual seeds before sowing.]

[A. W. Livingston's Bio] [Livingston Seed Company's Business History]
[The Complete List of Livingston Tomato Introductions]
[Growing Guide & More Information] [About Tomato Colors]

Please remember that maturity dates are from time of setting plants into the garden. Additionally these dates will vary from location to location and even from year to year. They are for general planning purposes only.

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Products (Total Items: 22)
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Buckeye State Tomato
Large, pink, oblate-shaped weighing up to 24 oz. fruit.
Gulf State Market (Livingston's Strain) Tomato
Fruit reach up to twenty ounces and are nice and mild flavored.
Livingston and the Tomato Book<br>SOLD OUT
A history of the modern tomato as written by the father of the tomato industry.
Livingston's Beauty Tomato
Beautiful, pink, average four to eight ounces, smooth-skinned.
Livingston's Dwarf Stone Tomato
Very prolific, compact plants with sparse foliage, smooth red fruit.
Livingston's Favorite Tomato
Smooth skinned, excellent flavor, 6-10 oz.
Livingston's Giant Oxheart Tomato
Attractive shape, large size and excellent table qualities.
Livingston's Globe Tomato
Productive, excellent flavored, pink fruit.
Livingston's Gold Ball Tomato
Beautiful canary-yellow fruit about 1½ inches in diameter.
Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato
Livingston's, "Queen of all the Yellows." Beautiful yellow with blossom-end blush.
Livingston's Honor Bright Tomato
Unique yellowish foliage, cream colored flowers, medium sized fruit.
Livingston's Ideal Tomato
Globe shaped fruits of medium size, bright scarlet, firm flesh.
Livingston's Magnus Tomato
Large, pink, excellent flavor, firm flesh.
Livingston's Main Crop Pink Tomato
Average about 6 ounces but can reach twenty.
Livingston's Ohio Red Tomato
Elongated to flattened-globe shaped red fruits weighing 4-12 ounces.
Livingston's Paragon Tomato
The first perfectly uniform, smooth tomato ever introduced. 1870.
Livingston's Perfection Tomato
Deep, bright-red sort of excellent quality.
Livingston's Potato Leaf Tomato
The fruits are red and flattened-globe shaped and about 4 ounces.
Livingston's Rosy Morn Tomato
A bright rosy pink variety.
Livingston's Stone Tomato
Thick, smooth, solid, scarlet-red, 6-8 oz. fruit.
Livingston's Yellow Oxheart Tomato
Oxheart-shaped fruits range from 8 oz. to over one pound.
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A.W. Livingston's Famous Tomatoes
About Our A. W. Livingston Tomato Collection:

This collection of A. W. Livingston tomato varieties is a perfect example of the biodiversity preservation work that your purchases help to support. For over two decades, our founder Mike Dunton, worked to assemble this collection, as well as to research the seedsman who originally created them. After searching, growing, and confirming that field observations matched original source documentary evidence, we are proud to offer the most complete, as well as the most accurate, collection of A. W. Livingston tomato varieties available anywhere, in perhaps eighty years.

A word of caution regarding opportunistic vendors . . . Just as they did in the time of A. W. Livingston, other seed sellers have purchased seed from us, grown out their own stock and are offering some of these varieties that we have worked hard to re-release. Please understand that the seed that they are offering has not been grown by us. We only offer our seeds direct to you, our gardening friends and supporters and never through third parties.

If you would like to grow out seed that is as close to what you could have purchased from old A. W. himself, please consider ordering from us. Your purchases do directly support our continued seed variety preservation work. Without it, varieties like these would remain in obscurity or worse, be lost forever.

For the rest of the story on how this all got started, please click here.
Informational Reources:
  1. "Seed Annual for 1933," The Livingston Seed Company
  2. "Livingston's True Blue Seeds," A. W. Livingston's Sons, 1896
  3. "Livingston and the Tomato," A. W. Livingston, 1893
  4. "Livingston's Seed Annual," The Livingston Seed Company, 1900
  5. Livingston Seed Company, "Seed Annual for 1918"
  6. The Livingston Seed Company, "1920 Seed Annual"
  7. The Livingston Seed Company, "1923 Seed Annual"
  8. The Livingston Seed Company, "1931 Seed Annual"
  9. The Livingston Seed Company, "1936 Seed Annual"
  10. Heritage Seed Curators Australia, "Lost Tomato Varieties" (organization dissolved in 2002)
  11. "The Vegetable Garden," Vilmorin-Andrieux, 1885
  12. The Livingston Seed Company, "1942 Wholesale Catalog"
  13. The Livingston Seed Company, "1933 Seed Annual"
  14. "Descriptions of Principle Types of American Varieties of Tomatoes," USDA, October, 1933.
  15. "An Early Work With Mendel's Law," American Breeder's Magazine, E. C. Green, Vol. 3 No. 2, 1912.
  16. "Tomato Varieties," by Gordon Morrison, Michigan State College A.E.S., Special Bulletin 290, April 1938
  17. "Livingston's Choice New Vegetables for 1897," A. W. Livingston and Sons.
  18. "A New Tomato, Livingston's Globe," The Livingston Seed Company, 1904.
  19. "1905 Annual of True Blue Seeds," The Livingston Seed Company.

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