85 days, indeterminate
— The fruits are large (up to one pound), pink in color and flattened globe shaped. Similar to 'Ponderosa
The history of 'New King' is elusive. It is now a relatively rare variety with most suppliers copying each others information. All simply make a passing statements to it as being, "a very old Vaughan Seed Company variety.
" I believe that the origin of this statement comes from the fact that the source listed in the USDA GRIN database is Vaughan's, 1941.
I have reviewed Vaughan catalogs from the 1890s through the 1920s and although they list 'Ponderosa
', there is no 'New King'. Our collection is spotty for the later years but I did find a very small, brief entry in their 1943 edition and by the 1953 edition, it was no longer listed.
Our original foundation stock is USDA GRIN accession number PI 636248
. Each packet
contains approximately 20 seeds.