Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Pink
Fruit Shape: Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Large
Leaf Type: Potato-Leaf
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Late
History: Originally called just "Potato Top" by Fred Limbaugh, but renamed in his honor by Doug Oster.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

Common names
  • Tomato

Photo Gallery
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2017-07-14
More rain in summer, bigger toms this year.
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2016-10-14
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2015-09-07
  • Posted by poisondartfrog (SE Kentucky - Zone 7a) on Sep 24, 2017 9:47 AM concerning plant:
    Only two tomato varieties from this year's crop are still producing and ripening full sized fruits with little or no insect or disease damage. The most prolific of these is Limbaugh's Legacy Potato Top. The plant is large and vigorous and the tomatoes are, too. The shoulders of some fruits exhibit considerable cracking, but the tomatoes are so large that discarding the top half inch is no hardship.
  • Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Jun 19, 2018 11:45 PM concerning plant:
    This indeterminate pink beefsteak has "potato" leaves (as you'd guess by the name). It's my favorite for both flavor and productivity. I've shared seeds and plants both locally and across the country, so I can report that it's a favorite across a wide variety of growing conditions. There's some variability in seed sources, but if you look closely you'll see small vertical marks on the skin of "true" 'Potato Top' tomatoes.

    The Limbaugh family has been growing and sharing 'Potato Top' tomatoes in the Pittsburgh PA area for four generations! Fred Limbaugh's grandfather distributed thousands of seedlings each spring to Port Authority workers. Fred (who didn't even like tomatoes) continued this tradition of generosity until his death in 2008. His daughter keeps the strain going now, with massive help from newspaper columnist Doug Oster, who organizes a huge seed giveaway each spring.

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