Tomato Abraham Lincoln

A Large Red Indeterminate Beefsteak tomato with Regular Leaves


We have found a number of different names for Abraham Lincoln [Abe Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln Buckbee; Early Abraham Lincoln]. It is one of the many large, red/pink beefsteak varieties comparable to Red & Pink Brandywine cropping unevenly through the later season (for us it usually starts around mid-August and goes on until late September/Early October). As we grow our tomatoes indoors, its hard to comment on its reputed ability to resist rain, foliage diseases, etc. but our experience is that it has a good flavour and we include it in our rotation of different equivalent tomatoes.

Historically, it was introduced by W.H.Buckabee in about 1923 and was described as the first of the Red Beefsteak (most of the others at the time were pink) and it was described as having “bronze foliage”. However, the plants we grew had standard green foliage with no hint of alternative colouring.

We grow this in our polytunnel or greenhouse and it benefits from being stopped when the 5th truss has set. If grown outdoors, its probably best to stop it after 3.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Round/Boat Shaped
  • Fruit Size: Large
  • Fruit Colour: Red/Pink
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Ripe Days: 80-90days
  • Taste: Old Fashioned Mild Beefsteak
  • Our Source: Pennard Plants
  • Origin: Buckabee – USA
  • Alternatives: Red Brandywine, Pink Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-6
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches

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Updated: 20/01/2024

Updated: 13/01/2021