Abraham Lincoln, Original

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Abraham Lincoln, Original
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type


  • 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".
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Related (theoretically should be all the same tomato, "Abraham Lincoln")

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Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
2018 . .
2017 Reimer Seeds . .
2016 . .
2015 . .
2014 . .
2013 Knapp's Fresh Vegies . .
2012 . .
2011 Knapp's Fresh Vegies
Reimer Seeds
2 1
2010 Knapp's Fresh Vegies - new
Reimer Seeds
2 1
2009 Totally Tomatoes
Victory Seed Company
7 .
2008 Totally Tomatoes
Victory Seed Company
7 .
2007 . 5 .

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