Tomato 'Marglobe'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: Marglobe
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:


Created heirlooms


Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Munford, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama

Batesville, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Menifee, California

Stafford, Connecticut

Stafford Springs, Connecticut

Lake Mary, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Pukalani, Hawaii

Anderson, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Alexandria, Louisiana

Pineville, Louisiana

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Omaha, Nebraska

Salisbury, New Hampshire

Pelzer, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 21, 2018, georgie123 from Stafford, CT wrote:

Hello everyone I hope I can help you with my limited experiennced for you surely helped me understand a few things,especially the unusual fruit variations on the same plant! Well I grew Marglobe in my garden in 2017 in Stafford Ct. and mosy of all my tomatos surrounding my Marglobe got hit by early and late blight severly bad but for some miraculous reason the Marglobe was almost entirely untouched and healthy being very resistant to both blights and all the othe tomato diseases,so I kept the seed and will always continue to grow it in my garden!Remember thou I put 2 liter plastic jugs buried in the soil about 4 inches deep by each plant with a few small holes drilled in the bottom and a few holes drill in the sides a few inches up so incase bottom hole get clogged,I never surface water my... read more


On Aug 16, 2014, hibayray from New Baltimore, MI wrote:

I planted just one marglobe between 4 early girl plants. Seems to be doing pretty good. Haven't had any ripe tomatoes yet although one early girl is starting to go red. I noticed the plant is a deeper green than the early girls, but has the same amount of tomatoes. This is the first time I've planted these varieties. Is marglobe a good variety for Michigan? An earlier post only mentioned southern states.


On Jul 31, 2012, juhur7 from Anderson, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've been growing this plant off and on since 1974,It is always in the garden when I have one. I have always enjoyed the variance of size and taste,and seed saving even gives more variation.The particular batch of seed I have this season is from trade and it had been a few years since I had grown any.The tomatoes are smaller and fewer than usual this season with drought conditions, only the plant is sturdy and green and does not require as much attention as many.I am prejudice about this tomato though as it is one of my long time favorites.A fine old Heirloom.


On Jun 22, 2007, catmad from Pelzer, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I was very glad to see the post commenting on the variation in fruit shape/size in Marglobes. I have found the same thing, and didn't know if it was a problem. Most grow in clusters of two or three, with one large, almost beefsteak tomato, and the other(s) smaller and heart-shaped. Oddly, the second Marglobe plant is pretty consistent in size and shape as far as I can tell. I don't know about the color or taste yet, as none are ripe.
Margo C


On Jun 9, 2006, kyle_and_erika from Batesville, AR wrote:

We love marglobe. It is one of Kyle's favorites. The fruit's size, shape, taste, color really vary - even on the same plant. We have gotten pointed (heart shaped) tomatoes, beefsteak- like shape, and round all from the same plant at the same picking. The fruit color is the same way - orange, red, and pink - again, all from the same plant.

I like the variation. The taste varies quite a bit too. It can go from real good to reeaallly goood. If I was in a situation to grow only one variety I would be tempted to grow marglobe because of this variation - like getting two or three varieties in one.

Marglobe is hugely popular here in the Ozarks, where plants can be purchased even at local grocery stores. This really impressed Erika as she is from NY where ap... read more


On Nov 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed in 1917 by Fred J. Pritchard of the USDA by crossing 'Marvel' and 'Globe'. Released in 1925. One of the first disease resistant strains with a good resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt. This was the canning tomato of choice for us in the forties. It is a small 6 ounce tomato, but very smooth and prolific.