We are planting heirloom varieties this year and are planning three
different types of tomatoes (beefsteak, roma and one other). Our
garden plot is small and even if we plant them all as far away from
each other as possible I would say there will be less than 4 feet
Will these three plants "interpolinate" creating a non-standard variety
from the seeds next season? Hubby seems to think this is inevitable
since the plants are so near to each other.
Has anyone had any experience with this happening?
I remember reading about a study done in South America which showed
that the natural hybridization rate for tomatoes was actually quite low.
But it can certainly be *prevented* in the home garden by bagging
selected trusses to prevent insect visits. You should shake the bagged
trusses to ensure self-fertilization. Once the tomatoes have set, remove
the bag and mark the truss with a bit of bright yarn or ribbon.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
I guess you are trying to save seeds? The rate of cross pollination is low,
but this varies from type to type. Currant tomatoes and certain types of
beefsteaks cross much more readily. You ideally want at least 25 ft for home
seed saving and more if you want a better guarantee..or bag the trusses as
mentioned. Also plant a buffer between them, something more attractive to
insects in search of pollen.
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