Box Car Willie Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

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Seed Count:
Approx 25 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
80 days
Days to Germination:
5-7 days @ 75-95F
Light Preference:
Full sun
Plant Spacing:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Box Car Willie Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Box Car Willie Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Box Car Willie Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
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Box Car Willie Tomato - The Grand Ole Star of the Garden

This New Jersey tomato variety has abundant yields of slightly flattened, 10 - 16 oz round red to reddish-orange fruits with an excellent sweet-tart flavor that is crack free and disease resistant. The heavy leaf cover helps to protect the fruits from sun scald and cracking. 

It is thought to be named for the famous Grand Ole Opry singer Lecil Travis Martin a.k.a. Box Car Willie and was bred by Joe Bratka's father.

The old-time flavor is not overly sweet, but balanced toward the tart side and is perfect for fresh slicing, canning, sauce or tomato juice. Considered by many home gardeners as a workhorse for the prolific production, year after year this is a great for the home gardener and small market grower.


Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century. 


Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!

Growing Tip

Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground. 

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