Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum


25 seeds
VALUE SIZE 1/2 g (approx 100 seeds)
80 days. This tomato was introduced in 1882 by pioneering seedsman Alexander W. Livingston of Columbus, Ohio. A.W. Livingston is best known for introducing a large number of tomatoes to the Great Lakes region around the turn of the 20th century. Vigorous plants produce round, medium sized (3½” diameter, 3 - 5 oz.) golden-yellow fruit with a red blush on the blossom end. Livingston himself quaintly referred to it as “a very pretty yellow tomato.” Skin is smooth and rarely cracks. Listed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste for its low-acid, delicious, complex flavor. Great tomato for slicing in salads or making into an attractive yellow sauce. Indeterminate. NN

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.