Demand for W.Va. 63 tomato seeds outstrips supply

BLUEFIELD (AP) — The re-release of seeds of a West Virginia tomato developed 50 years ago has been a hit with home gardeners.

The West Virginia University Extension Service began offering one free packet per household of the West Virginia 63 tomato seeds on March 4. Associate director Ann Bailey Berry tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that supplies already have been depleted.

Berry says the extension service received nearly 19,000 requests for the seeds as of Friday.

The blight-resistant tomato was developed at WVU as part of the state’s centennial celebration in 1963. The seeds were re-released for this year’s sesquicentennial celebration.

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