This is an heirloom tomato with a history to say the least! M.C. Byles (aka Radiator Charlie for the radiator business he ran) of Logan, West Virginia created this now legendary tomato by cross-breeding German Johnson, Beefsteak, English and Italian tomato varieties. Charlie had no formal plant breeding experience, just a determination to create the perfect tomato. After six years he succeeded! A tomato like that was hard to keep a secret and soon he was selling the plants for $1 each. Every spring people would drive from miles around to buy Charlie's heirloom tomato plants and it is said (now tomato legend) he paid his mortgage off in six years!
Fruits are 1 pound or larger and borne in clusters of 2-3. The taste is sweet, yet rich and full bodied. Very few seeds.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.