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JosephineRose
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Default D.M. Ferry Triumph Tomato 1879

A few years ago I was sent a free packet of seeds with an order called "Triumph" Tomato. When I asked about plant specifics - Indeterminate? Fruit size? Approximate days to harvest? - the seed company couldn't give any answers. It was as though no one there had actually ever grown it.


After some persistent emailing, I learned the seed was a revival of a variety that originally appeared in the D.M. Ferry catalog in 1879. I could learn nothing about when or how it was revived or the seed source, so I am scratching my head on this one.


The seeds have been sitting since 2013, so I figure it is now or never to try and germinate them.


Do any of you historians have any history or information about this variety?


Thanks very much.
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A few years ago I was sent a free packet of seeds with an order called "Triumph" Tomato. When I asked about plant specifics - Indeterminate? Fruit size? Approximate days to harvest? - the seed company couldn't give any answers. It was as though no one there had actually ever grown it.


After some persistent emailing, I learned the seed was a revival of a variety that originally appeared in the D.M. Ferry catalog in 1879. I could learn nothing about when or how it was revived or the seed source, so I am scratching my head on this one.


The seeds have been sitting since 2013, so I figure it is now or never to try and germinate them.


Do any of you historians have any history or information about this variety?


Thanks very much.
I wouldn't call myself an historian, but there is an answer to your question.

Back in the late 1800's there was a fierce war going on between different seed sites as to which ones had NEW unique varieties, so some just changed the name slightly

I have some references about this whole situation, but the one I want is so far down on my left as I sit here at my computer is so far down that I could not reach it.

Summary?

I just thought of where I'm going next to grab some info, but not now.

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So, do you have evidence that Triumph was another variety in disguise? How intriguing.
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