Blaby special tomato seed?

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Blaby special tomato seed?

Postby Lukepinfield » Sun Apr 10, 2022 3:28 pm

Hi all,

I have come across this old tomato variety online and have failed to find any seed. According to information online a small amount of seed was donated locally but disappeared.

I currently live in Blaby and only noticed today that upon entering the village the sign shows said tomato’s so it’d be great to bring them back.

Any help from anyone would be extremely welcome!
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Re: Blaby special tomato seed?

Postby Primrose » Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:54 pm

Any local allotments in the area.. Possibly worth checking to see if any long term plot holders have heard of the seed or have any
Or perhaps Google whether there have been any horticultural societies in the area who might have members familiar with the variety.

Or possibly Royal Horticultural Society? They may have a department familiar with some of these old varieties.

You could try writing to your local paper. A green gardener may spot your query and come up with something, Perhaps the reason when the seed seems to have disappeared is that perhaps it wasn't a very successful variety compared with others readily available on the market?
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Re: Blaby special tomato seed?

Postby snooky » Sun Apr 10, 2022 8:56 pm

In the Google pages.

This red tomato was grown in the village of Blaby in Leicestershire England just until the end of WWII. It was the main tomato crop supplied during the war, grown by Shoult’s Tomato Farm. The farm ceased operations just after the war and the seed was believed to be extinct for almost 60 years. That is until Dr. Russell Sharp from the University of Lancaster stumbled upon less than 20 seeds in a seed bank in the Netherlands. It was grown out at the University and was distributed to the residents of Blaby.

It is a small, red tomato that grows in trusses. Excellent canning tomato and for tomato collectors a must. So much history in the DNA. Old fashioned tomato taste. A tomato aficionado’s dream. EXTREMELY RARE AND ENDANGERED. Also see Manx Marvel, another heirloom saved by Dr.Sharp Manx Marvel

So,as Primrose suggests,ask around in your village.
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Re: Blaby special tomato seed?

Postby retropants » Sun Apr 10, 2022 9:17 pm

A longshot, but based in the USA sell heritage tomato seeds from all over the world. Worth an email, the chaps name is Gary Ibsen.
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