Last year we had trouble finding my favorite tomato seeds which was
the "Burpee Forth of July" hybrid. After eventually finding one pack
we had our usual tomato crop which was great and throughout the season
we saved our own seeds out of a few of these tomatos. Also in the
garden we had several pepper plants. This year I plant my own saved
seeds from last year. Now I have 18 nice plants, but 3 of them have
pepper shaped leaves, the rest are normal and no I did not get pepper
seeds mixed into the tomatos. I'm real curious what these will turn
into. Is it possible a pepper and tomato can crossbreed?
On Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:32:58 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
No, they won't crossbreed.
If you saved seeds from hybrid tomatoes, you may have a throwback to a
potato leafed variety. If you are counting on the same kind of
tomatoes you had last year, you will be disappointed.
You cannot save seed from hybrids and expect good results...surprising
results maybe, but they won't be true to type.
Are the pepper shaped leaves shiny and hard or are they soft and
On 4/29/2009 8:32 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
All varieties of tomatoes are the species Lycopersicon esculentum. All
varieties of peppers (both hot and mild) are the species Capsicum annuum
(yes with two u's). Since they are in different genera, hybridization
between the two is very unlikely. However, both are in the Solanaceae
family (which includes potatoes and eggplant); so a hybrid might be
remotely possible. "Remotely possible" would exclude 3 instances out of
18 plants, an occurrence of over 16%.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
No ... Hmmm ... I wonder.
I had "Sweet Cherry 100" tomatoes growing next to "Banana Peppers" last
year from direct seed in the ground. One of the pepper plants had a mix
- half of the peppers were traditional long yellow peppers and the other
half was small round red peppers on the same plant. It was a cool
looking plant. It was a busy summer, I should have taken a picture. They
looked just like round red cherry tomatoes and tasted just like a sweet
banana pepper. It was a new food item?
The answer in my book is yes to cross pollination. In this world,
evolution can take many shapes and forms including crossbreeding, in
plants, in humans, in animals and diseases (like swine, bird and human)
influenza. Quote from the film Jurassic Park "Nature Will Find A Way".
Enjoy Life ... Dan
When there is SUCCESSFUL cross-pollination, the seeds might produce
plants that are a hybrid between the two parents. But the fruit
containing those seeds is true to the parent on which that fruit grows.
For example, you can't get a tangelo growing on a grapefruit tree that
was pollinated by a tangerine. Instead, you get a grapefruit whose
seeds might produce a tangelo tree.
I did say the on the "Pepper plant" the small red round looking like a
cherry tomato tasted like a "pepper". So I am not sure if your statement
is confirming my statement or rejecting it. As for the seeds of the
plant that may be true.
I do not believe in absolutes in nature.
There are always some small exception somewhere in life.
Enjoy Life ... Dan
But tangerine and grapefruit are both of the genus citrus unlike
genera Capsicum and Solanum. They are of the same family but to my
understanding that isn't enough. Anyone have information (not opinions)
"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being
Yes two genera can be crossed to produce a hybrid, Example Heucherella
Heuchera and Tiarella.
It is very unlikely to occur naturally, but with man's help, yes.
Genera need to share the same chromosome number.
www.arhomeandgarden.org/plant of the week/articles/Heucherella.htm
Last year I had planted a big patch of banana peppers in close proximity to
a few jalopeno plants. The banana peppers were supposed to be sweet but
they were nearly as hot as the jalopenos. Now if someone could grow a
tomato hot pepper combo, with a bit of garlic, onion, and cilantro flavor
thrown in for good measure they would have the perfect all in one salsa
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