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Ripley's "World's Largest Tomato" Seed Packets

This Ripley's Believe It or Not! seed packet dates from 1996. It was a seed packet distributed by Indianapolis Power and Light as part of a promotion.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! World's Largest Tomato seed packetThe copy on the Ripley's Believe It or Not! tomato seed packet reads:

"Delicious Tomato Variety. World Record Tomato. Grow 2LB...3LB...And even larger with this world record variety! This astonishing tomato variety is a record breaker in Europe and America! It consistently produces huge tomatoes with solid centers! It has an excellent flavor too! great for ally your salads and sandwiches!"


The box on the upper right-hand corner reads:

"A 7lb. 12 oz. tomato was grown by Gordon Graham of Edmond, OK in 1986, setting a new World Record."


Mr.Graham is deceased and I believe his "Delicious" tomato variety still holds the World Record.

The back of the seed packet doesn't contain sowing or growing information, but it appears there is more information on the inside of the seed packet. The outside of the seed packet doesn't list who grew or packaged the seeds. This thread on GardenWeb seems to indicate Ripley's also had a giant sunflower variety they sold, but I've not been able to find pictures of those seed packets on the internet. The conversation at that thread points to the Page's Seeds being the source of at least the sunflower discussed.

Seed packet given to met by SnarkyVegan.com

3 comments:

  1. Yes! I can confirm the Ripley's line of packets was produced by The Page Seed Company. www.PageSeed.com The line was discontinued due to a licensing policy change with Ripley's. Many of the varieties are still available from Page. BTR

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  2. I actually grew these tomatoes and they were not only huge, but extremely tasty and abundant.I wish I could find were to buy them now so I could grow them again.

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  3. I actually have one of these seed packets (as pictured above) and it still has some of the original seeds still inside. I've had a lot of success germinating some really old tomato and cucumber seeds in recent years and I am giong to give these a try this year and see if there is still some life left in them.

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