Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Organic Burbank Red Tomato Seed
Organic Burbank Red Tomato Seeds (58 days)
Sustainably Grown Approx. 25 heirloom seeds
Semi-Determinate vines with regular leaves. Also has been called "Burbank Slicing, Burbank's Red Slicing and Burbank".
"Introduced and developed by Luther Burbank in 1914." That being said, it drove me nuts that we live about 20 minutes away from Burbank's house and his Gold Ridge Farm and neither place has any record of this tomato!! I've found records of Burbank's "Santa Rosa, Golden West, Burbank's Preserving, Combination, and Burbank Trailing" tomatoes. BUT nothing...absolutely nothing about "Burbank Red or Burbank Slicing or Burbank Red Slicing". What is so sad about that, is those above documented varieties appear to be extinct now. Lost forever...
What is a boy to do? Well, I will keep searching for the truth. I'd love to get my hands on any of the above listed if they still exist. Please email me if you know something or have seeds to share. Even the USDA seed bank has nothing. To have worked so hard and so long on these varieties as Burbank did to just have them vanish into extinction is a shame.
In 1914 Burbank is reported to have said about "Burbank" "The earliest, smoothest, largest and most productive of all early tomatoes. It is of a bright red, the flesh being firm and of superior quality. The plants resist disease in an unusual manner, and unlike most early tomatoes, it produces heavily all summer. A fine home or market tomato, as it is a fine keeper and shipper."
1923 Burbank Seed Catalog says... "Fruit, bright crimson; thick, solid, heavy, smooth, medium to large in sizer, superior quality, unusually heavy and continuous bearer throughout the season' good keeper and fare shipper. The Burbank has on other unique and most remarkable quality which will be appreciated by those who like fresh sliced tomatoes for the table. Unlike other tomatoes, the skin peels freely from the rich, firm flesh. "
Burbank is a red slicer that is generally in the 4-5" range size, but occasionally you will get bigger fruits. Good stocky plants that are semi-determinate. Excellent true tomato taste. Very, very productive going all summer long. Noted no disease at all on the tomatoes.
California Grown Heirloom Seed Of course this tomato does well here! It was created not 15 miles down the road from here by the master himself Mr. Luther Burbank. It has no problem with cool nights and even seems to tolerate drier conditions. I'm going to begin to experiment with a dry farmed line this year. I'm also researching notes at Burbank's old farm (now a museum) and will try to get this tomato back (as close as possible) to its original state. Years of "willy nilly" seed saving have produced numerous variations of this tomato.