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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Long Keeper'

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: Long Keeper

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rbrown974 On Oct 1, 2009, rbrown974 from Newark Valley, NY wrote:

Burpee Longkeeper weighs 4-to-the-lb. They do not ripen on the vine in New York State (the growing season is too short). I pick them when the first frost is forecast (early October) and put them one-deep on a card table without touching each other in a dark, dry, cool location (65-68 degrees F.). At this point the skin is a green/yellow/pink. When ripe, the skin is yellow/orange, the flesh inside red, the meat in the center tends to be green. Many never do ripen. They rot while still green. For those that do ripen, if you wait too long to use them they develop tiny spots of rot. The majority of your Burpee Longkeepers will end up in the trash, not eaten at the table. A fraction, however, will be edible in mid-November. Acid flavor.

Neutral RussMartin4154 On Apr 15, 2009, RussMartin4154 from Omaha, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Possibly also known as "Reverend Morrow's Long Keeper".

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced by Burpee in 1979 and is best known for its keeping qualities. It has been reported to remain in edible condition after 5 months in storage. Of course that depends on your definition of edible. I have to be mighty hungry to eat them at any time in their life cycle.

Neutral jl84094 On Sep 27, 2002, jl84094 wrote:

If picked ripe in late fall and stored properly, tomatoes can last through the winter without a change in flavor or texture. Store un-wrapped on open shelves at 60 to 70 degrees F.


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

Newark Valley, New York
Salem, Oregon

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