Alpha Tomato Plants
NOTE: These plants come in 3.5 inch individual pots (one plant per pot). The price is $2.50 per plant.
GROWING TIPS: Space plants 14-20 inches apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.
Species: Solanum lycopersicum
Origin: Marblehead, Mass. (via Wyoming)
Improvement status: Cultivar
EFN RE-INTRODUCTION. We believe this very rare tomato — which we got from the USDA, and they got from the Cheyenne (Wyoming) Horticultural Station in 1963 — is the same 'Alpha' tomato introduced by legendary seedsman James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1880. Gregory considered 'Alpha' to be unique both for its earliness and its toughness, withstanding cracking even after a big rain. The fruit is medium-sized to large, round, symmetrical, and bright red, with a rich flavor to match. A great heirloom red tomato for the market farmer or home use.