Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape globe
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type commercial heirloom
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Abraham Lincoln - ripe fruit. 2014-09-14.


Indet., regular leaf plants. Medium round oblate beedsteaks with slightly ruffled shoulders. 6-9 oz. Very good old-fashioned flavor.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 09 / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) / USDA 94

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


Large vines need caging or staking, 85 days, mostly 6-8 oz for me with an occasional larger fruit, slightly oblate dark-red meaty and juicy fruits, very good flavor.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) / USDA

Year grown: 2005, 2006

Location: Augusta, Michigan


  • Developed and released by the Buckbee Seed Company of Rockford, Illinois in 1923 (it was the feature variety on the cover of their 1923 seed catalog). It was distinct in two ways - it was a large fruited (fruit around one pound) red variety, unlike the other large tomatoes of that time, which were nearly exclusively pink; and it was described as having distinctly "bronze" colored foliage.
  • It is clear that either this description was an exaggeration, the bronze coloring was specific to that season or particular growing conditions, or the variety became crossed over the years, as the variety as grown from existing sources does not match the original catalog description. Except for the strain obtained by Craig LeHoullier from the USDA, all sources seem to produce semi-determinate, green foliaged plants with medium to medium small, round, red fruit. The USDA sample, obtained in 1994, produced a vigorous indeterminate plant, large red oblate fruit to one pound, but it did not exhibit the bronze tinged foliage. Perhaps a further, more extensive grow out of the USDA seed sample may yield the "real thing".
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PI 644867. Donated to USDA in 1963.
  • Numerous commercial sources of different strains of Abraham Lincoln were noted for 2004 in the Garden Seed Inventory 6th edition.


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