We had some very delicious cherry tomatoes from our local supermarket. If
we plant the seeds from those tomatoes, what are the chances of actually ge
tting some of the seeds to sprout, or are the seeds likely to be infertile
because the tomatoes are some sort of hybrid?
On 4/18/2015 8:20 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The seeds are indeed viable. My mother would use the seeds from cherry
tomatoes to get tomato plants in a large flower pot on the balcony of
However, many tomato varieties are indeed hybrids. While that does not
prevent the seeds from being viable, it does mean that the tomatoes you
get from the seedlings might not be the same as the tomatoes that
produced the seeds.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:20:23 AM UTC-5, email@example.com wro
f we plant the seeds from those tomatoes, what are the chances of actually
getting some of the seeds to sprout, or are the seeds likely to be infertil
e because the tomatoes are some sort of hybrid?
Do I have to dry them for some period of time before planting??
On 19/04/2015 5:11 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No. Saving tomato seed is very easy. The way to save tomato seed is to
scoop the seeds into a glass or jar and add a bit of water to cover
them. Let them sit on the kitchen bench for a couple of day then the
pour the seeds and water into a sieve and run cold water over them and
most of the sticky residue will rinse off. Dry on some paper towel and
then tear of bits of the paper towel adn plant the seeds and paper et
Viola! New tomatoes.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:48:05 PM UTC-7, Fran Farmer wrote:
If we plant the seeds from those tomatoes, what are the chances of actual
ly getting some of the seeds to sprout, or are the seeds likely to be infer
tile because the tomatoes are some sort of hybrid?
Fran, would this work (paper towel) for poppy (flower) seeds? The instruct
ions are to mix the TINY seeds with sand before planting. I could go down
to the beach & get some sand, but am intrigued with the "bits of paper towe
On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:10:34 AM UTC-7, David E. Ross wrote:
t. If we plant the seeds from those tomatoes, what are the chances of actu
ally getting some of the seeds to sprout, or are the seeds likely to be inf
ertile because the tomatoes are some sort of hybrid?
ructions are to mix the TINY seeds with sand before planting. I could go d
own to the beach & get some sand, but am intrigued with the "bits of paper
THANKS!!! Opaque me never THOUGHT of that angle!!! \\HB
I don't think so Higgs. The paper towel works with the tomato seeds
because they dry onto the towel after the fermented goo has been washed
off. It's easier to tear up the towel than to try to peel off the
seeds. I think that poppy seeds added to sand and spread like carrot
seed would work if you wanted your poppys in a row but otherwise I'd
just broadcast the seed where you want it to grow.
On Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:47:00 PM UTC-7, David Hare-Scott wrote:
You may be right!
Though it was assumed that I am perfect (by whom?) I do have this vulnerability where I go beserk when I realize I've missed the obvious, or have been thinking in established patterns. I, who preach critical thinking on every street corner !!!
Must calm down...tomorrow.
On Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:20:21 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Oh, indeed, they can sprout and grow, but unpredictably so in both
viability and breeding true.
I am a devoted composter and have gotten great "volunteers" from the
winter's store-bought tomato leavings that have contained seeds in
what has gotten spread on beds come spring.
Indeed. My aunt had a ragged compost heap of indeterminate age at her house
and by July it was invariably covered by tomato, cucumber, melon and other
plants which popped up on their own. Non-hybrid fruiting plants which don't
produce viable seeds don't last long in a natural setting.
The trip through the compost isn't even needed. I get a lot of
volunteers from unnoticed dropped fruit in the garden. I try not
to let those survive long, since I try to move the tomatoes around
year-to-year. It lessens the chances of disease problems.
Drew Lawson | What you own is your own kingdom
| What you do is your own glory
Actually, I allow the volunteers that come up in one of my usual
tomato plots (tulips in the spring, tomatoes in summer). In fact, I
see many volunteers already up among the tulips.
I have found that such volunteers are extremely hardy and quite
disease-resistant. Survival of the fittest.
That tomato plot is atypical in many ways. I rarely put in
transplants, but past-frost sow from seeds once I pull up the tulips
in that bed. I consider these tulips as annuals.
I pop a few seeds into each of the many holes I make with as I move
along the bed. The tomatoes are grown quite close together with the
foliage getting extremely dense as the season progresses.
Never had a disease problem up there, always had great success with
the kind of planting that all my gardener instincts tell me is wrong.
Here are a few pickings of late season grabs from that bed last year.
I hope that continues for you.
I never had a disease problem, until I did (last year).
Now I'm over-sensitized to the potential.
As for tomatoes, I'm itching to get them into the ground. I've had
to raise the grow lights twice in the last week. Last weekend was
in the 70sF and I was hoping to plant this coming weekend. But
this morning was a mild freeze. I guess they have a couple more
weeks in the basement.
Drew Lawson | Radioactive cats have
| 18 half-lives
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