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Burpee's Quarter Century Tomato

Burpee's Quarter Century Tomato

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Burpee's Quarter Century Certified Naturally Grown Seed

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."[1] They are a suitable choice for container gardening or can be planted about two feet apart in the ground. The fruit 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,[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.
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Informational References:
  1. "Burpee's Farm Annual for 1909," W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  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.