Tomato & Pepper Plants Available for 2010!
I started 70 tomato varieties this year, and small assortments of hot, sweet, and ornamental peppers, for a total of 576 plants.
My emphasis this year has been on historical American tomatoes with special attention to varieties developed by Andrew W. Livingston and his sons, including Beauty, Favorite, Giant Oxheart, Globe, Gold Ball, Golden Queen, Ideal, Main Crop Pink, Paragon, Perfection, and Stone.
A non-Livingston cultivar is Redhead, seed for which has been unavailable commercially for several decades. It was advertised in 1922 as offered by the De Giorgi Brothers Company, seedsmen located in Council Bluffs. Seeds were obtained from the USDA, where they had been in storage since being collected in 1963. With a little pre-treatment, 90% of them germinated. I will be saving seeds as part of my effort to re-introduce this nearly lost variety. I'm hoping also to save seed from Red Cloud, a historic Nebraska variety. Right now, it's available from only one semi-commerical source.
Next year, I'll offer the De Giorgi Acme, not to be confused with Livingston's Acme (an entirely different tomato). With luck, I'll be able to re-introduce two more nearly "lost" cultivars, Cooper's Special and Marvelosa. I hope also to have Pritchard, which has an interesting history but is hard to find in an assuredly pure strain.