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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Break O' Day'

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: Break O' Day
Additional cultivar information: (aka Break O Day)
Registered or introduced: 1932

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
Commercial heirloom

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tdscpa On Apr 6, 2011, tdscpa from Hill City, KS wrote:

I really like to grow this variety in a container (5 gal.), fall and early spring in my greenhouse and outside in summer. Taste has been as good in a container as in the ground. Most tomatoes do not seem to taste as good to me grown in a container as in the ground. This one is early, with a great taste, and good production.

Neutral passiflora_pink On Aug 10, 2010, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

In my central Alabama garden this variety produced more irregular tomatoes than did adjacent Marglobes, to which it is supposedly related. They were juicy with a colorful yellow flush at the stem end but the flavor was not as good as my Marglobes and others in the garden. I won't grow it next year.

Negative b54red On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

After reading great things about this tomato I tried several this year. I got very few fruits from them because they seem to have almost no tolerance to fusarium wilt which killed all of them. Taste was just ok and the tomatoes were small. This one will not make my planting list again because there are too many others that have better disease resistance and better flavor.

Positive azruss On Jun 9, 2010, azruss from Marana, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

This variety has earned an annual spot in my spring tomato garden. Early mid season, prolific, manageable size, BER-free and outstanding old time red tomato taste. Some cracking, but the flavor and production more than out weigh it.

Positive Suze_ On Jun 12, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very good flavor, productive, easy to grow/support. Plants only got about 3 ft tall or so for me. A great "main cropper" red.

Positive melody On Aug 29, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an old commercial tomato that has gained the status of Commercial Heirloom. It was introduced in 1931. The result of a cross between Marglobe and Marvana in 1923.

This is one of the '100 Heirloom Tomatoes For the American Garden" written about by Dr. Carolyn Male.

My own personal experience with this tomato is quite positive. It has lush foliage and tons of fruits. Despite heat and humidity, it produces tons of tomatoes here in west KY. The production outshines some of the hybrid 'stand bys' that many in this area depend on.

Seeds can be found through several commercial sources that carry heirlooms
I find the flavor full and rich, the interiors are meaty, skins are thin, but it withstands cracking well. We've had several downpours this summer after a period of drought...and lesser tomatoes split almost as soon as the clouds form on the horizon. Break O Day holds on the vine well.

Fruits are uniform in shape and I did not have one instance of Blossom End Rot on them.

This one goes on the Must Grow Again List...I give it an "A"

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 24, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar was released commericially in the early 30's. Parents include the popular Marglobe and in fact is very much a larger Marglobe.


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

Pelham, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Hill City, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Elgin, Texas

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