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

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gw:cdg-tx

Thanks , just what I needed.
CDG

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 6:50AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How are most of you taking cuttings?
I am trying to take cuttings of some of the plants...
barb_roselover_in
Jackmanii Clematis
I have a Jackmanii clematis out back that has seeds...
uptomyeyeballs
Swiss Chard Seeds
I wintered over some chard and have some magnificent...
segesvar
confederate rose
Can anyone tell me when and how to get the seeds from...
rabbit8
crepe myrtle seeds
does anyone have any free pods or seeds to start my...
sandym646
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™