Tomato Seeds

cdg-txJune 3, 2006

When saving tomato seeds is there any advantage to saving seeds from the first ripe tomato on a plant as opposed to later tomatoes on that plant (I only have one plant of each variety)Or, is it better to save seeds from later tomatoes on the plant??? THANKS

CDG

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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

As a rule, when saving seed, you generally do so from the first fruits to mature. This way you are selecting for the earliest. In my experience, those are also the strongest seeds; some of my later tomatoes last year had seed so small as to be non-viable. Seed harvested earlier from the same plants was much larger, and when germination tested, had a much higher germination rate.

Also, if you (or your neighbor) are growing several different tomatoes & you wish to save seed, there is a chance bees will cross-pollinate them. Bagging the first set of blossoms on each plant (before they open) with a light, breathable material (such as floating row cover) will ensure seed purity.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 11:37PM
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gw:cdg-tx

Thanks , just what I needed.
CDG

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 6:50AM
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