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Vinson Watts

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About Vinson Watts

Vinson Watts improved his namesake tomato for fifty-two summers. The original seed stock was from Lee County, Virginia, and given to him in 1956 by his supervisor at Berea College. Watts spent half a century starting plants from seeds and saving seeds from the most flavorful and disease-resistant tomatoes to repeat the cycle the next year. A friend of his, Bill Best, obtained some seeds from Watts in Morehead, KY. then shared some of his Vinson Watts seeds with Merlyn Niedens, who passed them to a friend, who passed them to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest to grow and offer to other gardeners. Indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants generously yield 1 lb., deep-pink, flattened beefsteak tomatoes with a wonderful meaty texture and rich, award-winning flavors. Disease resistant. Rare heirloom tomato seeds.

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Solanum lycopersicum
Heirloom / Open Pollinated

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