Livingston's Paragon Tomato
'Livingston's Paragon' tomato.

Livingston's Paragon Tomato

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Paragon Certified Naturally Grown Seed

75 days, indeterminate — "The Paragon Tomato," as its creator Alexander W. Livingston called it, was so-named because it was of, ". . . superior excellence in comparison with all others [tomato varieties] in the market at that time."[1]  Livingston's 'Paragon' is a first in several aspects.

It marked Mr. Livingston's first success at intentionally and carefully selecting for specific traits and stabilizing them over time to develop a new variety.  This selection process that he described as being "pure discovery on his part,"[1] and which he called his, "New Method," resulted in the 'Paragon' being the very first, "perfectly and uniformly smooth tomato ever introduced . . ."[1]

The fruits were described as "blood red"[1] or "glossy deep red."[3]  They ripen between early and late varieties, are vigorous, and have sturdy stalks and heavy foliage.[2]  Said to "endure early frosts longer . . ."

Introduced in 1870 as Livingston's first release in a long line of unique and commercially interesting tomato varieties, 'Paragon', like all new discoveries, "produced a revolution."[1] In this case, it was the last piece needed to begin the commercial tomato industry in America. 

Our stock originated from the National Seed Storage Lab's accession number NSSL 27616 (PI 451990) that we received in 2002. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
Great all purpose tomato. One of the best heirlooms ...
One of the best heirlooms as far as taste and production, great all purpose tomato. If you are looking for a tomato with sweetness as well as acid this is the one!
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Reviewed by:  from Kentucky. on 1/30/2013
Monster plants - Great tomato flavor. Definitely a keeper, highly recommended.
These are the biggest tomato plants I've ever seen, production is out of control crazy. We grow for production, hardiness/reliability, and taste - in that order - this one fits the bill and will be a staple from here on out.

We are totally amazed by the size of these monster plants, they need a lot of room and a lot of support - a standard cage and/or stake will not do. Provide at least three feet each way. We have taken to using soft ropes to tie up the wild octopus-like arms to our trellis system that was intended for vining squash. They have taken over the area.

Paragon is an appropriate name for these beauties - they are the model of tomato excellence - high production, great taste, disease and pest free. We've experienced mild splitting here and there after some surprise downpours but it's only been a few.

We did not do anything special with these plants - regular organic fertilizer we mix ourselves, regular watering. Prune the lower limbs early on, keep the limbs off the soil.

Pretty easy except for having to maintain it's crazy growth. Definitely a keeper, highly recommended.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from NE Oklahoma. on 7/13/2020
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