Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Large Red
Additional cultivar information:(aka Large Red Heirloom)
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Beefsteak

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cassville, Missouri

Amsterdam, New York

Elgin, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 16, 2010, bicrouch from Cassville, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew a dozen of these plants for the first time in 2010. They were a heirloom seed from Baker Creek Farms. The size was small to average. They make a great fresh tomato but because of the ridges they are difficult to can. I didn't try dehydrating this year but will next year. As for disease they seemed better than most of the 12 varieties I grew. I will grow at least another dozen in 2011.

Positive

On Jun 16, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

8-16 oz great flavored bright red beefsteaks, usually with highly ruffled/fluted shoulders.

Neutral

On Dec 8, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This pre-1830 variety was documented as being grown in Hancock, Mass., by the Shakers in the 1830's. In 1865 Fearing Burr stated, "from the time of introduction...the large red was almost the only kind cultivated, or even commonly known." Unique, 12-oz. fruit are deeply fluted and have a sweet, rich tomato flavor. A rare treasure for historic gardeners.