Burpee’s Quarter Century

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Quarter Century, Burpee’s AKA Burpee’s Quarter Century. Introduced in 1896 by the horticultural editor of The Rural New Yorker,Dr. Walter Van Fleet of Monmouth County, New Jersey. It was introduced and supplied to growers in 1900 by W. Atlee Burpee & Company. In 1901 it was named ‘Quarter Century’ in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary. ‘Quarter Century’ appeared as a sport in the 3rd generation from a cross between ‘Lorillard’, a bright scarlet fruit, and ‘Dwarf Champion’, a pinkish-red fruit, dwarf.

Compact, indeterminate, dwarf (tree-type) 4-5′ tall, regular leaf rugose foliage plants produce heavy yields of 2-10 oz., small to medium, red, solid, round, oblate, fruits that have meaty, juicy flesh. Delicious, rich, sweet, well-balanced flavors. Suited to growing in pots. The 1909 catalog states, “Owing to its compact, erect habit, the plants can be set quite closely together.” 90 days

Seeds available at www.victoryseeds.com.

Varieties
Heirloom
Fruit Colors
Red
Fruit Shapes
Oblate / Round
Fruit Sizes
Medium
Fruit Weights
2-10 oz
Culinary Uses
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Salad
Maturities
Late / Midseason
Harvest Days
90 Days
Plant Types
Determinate / Dwarf
Origins
New Jersey
Leaves
Regular
Flavors
Sweet