1935 Livingston Catalog

Marglobe Tomato Seed

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Marglobe Tomato Seed (77 days) 

Marglobe Tomato Seed was developed in 1917, introduced by the USDA in 1925

Determinate.  Marglobe Tomatoes are a disease and crack resistant heirloom variety which are a good producer of 7 to 10 ounce deep red juicy fruits. Superb tasting fruit. Marglobe tomato can claim parentage of many of today's hybrid tomatoes.

1932 Burpee Co. seed catalog says about Marglobe...
"No other tomato introduced recently has become know as quickly as Marglobe.  It will withstand long periods of wet and unfavorable weather, yet produce a maximum crop of large, well rounded, bright scarlet-red tomatoes.  It is resistant to Nail Head Rust and Fusarium Wilt.  Within a very short time growers along the east coast, all the way down to Florida have quickly accepted the new tomato because of its many outstanding features.  Young tomatoes have a tendency to be of a somewhat oval shape, assuming a perfect globe form when full matured.  Very solid flesh with excellent eating qualities."

1935 Isbell's Seed Co. seed catalog says about Marglobe...
"Wilt-Resistant. Its fine appearance, great productiveness, deep globe shape, fine scarlet color and superb table qualities are giving it first place wherever it is known. The tomatoes are heavy, meaty and almost core-less. In color is is a most beautiful scarlet, ripening well up to the stem. A very productive variety suitable for truck growing, shipping and canning. For the home garden we like it very much. Marglobe is a medium early sort; the plants are of robust and erect growth, its foliage shading the fruit and preventing sunscald. Marglobe is resistant to “nail-head rust.” Ripens 10 to 12 days later than Earliana. The seed we offer was grown by ourselves here in Michigan, from seed furnished by Prof. Pritchard of the U.S. Government Experiment Farm."

1956 Henry Fields seed catalog says about Marglobe...
"(115 days). Another dependable, wilt-resistant main crop variety. Vigorous grower, medium large, nearly globe-shaped, smooth and solid. The quality is extra fine, and it is an outstanding tomato for canning. Deep scarlet."

Marglobe is an excellent Canning Tomato!

Marglobe tomato is known to do well in the cool climates of the upper East Coast.  However, their summer day time temps are higher/warmer than the Pacific North West.  Therefore the Marglobe tomato is not recommended there.   Marglobe tomato does extremely well in the south of course!

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¼" - ½" 250-300 70-85 6-9 60" 18-36" 75 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes:

Most gardeners want to get the most out of these delicious heirloom tomatoes and therefore give them a head start on the growing season.  Start these vegetable seeds indoors in sterile potting mix, being sure to keep the temperature above 70 degrees.  Some people prefer to use a grow pad, but the top of the fridge has been known to be quite effective as well. 

Once the first true leaves appear on your tomato seedlings, transplant into 4" pots until you have completely hardened them off in the garden.  Hardening is a process of exposing the plants more and more to outside temperature until they are hardy enough to tolerate a complete outdoor move.  Generally speaking, by early summer heirloom tomatoes should be transplated into the garden.

Most heirloom varieties are quite productive and will greatly benefit from sturdy supports.  It may also be advisable to add blood and bone meal to the worked soil to help ensure healthy productive heirloom tomatoes.

Seed Care tips for Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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