DaddyJaxMarch 17, 2013

First time posting and first time gardening.

My dad has a small farm in Michigan and brought down some tomatoes that my family went crazy over and we decided to give it a crack. We saved the last tomato and cut into quarters and planted it and viola! Then I noticed they were turning brown and yellow and then my research started(I know, bass ackwards). Now I have them in separate pots and started to water regularly and added some natural fertilizer. They are doing better but then I may have done it again, and the reason I am posting.
I went and bought a large whiskey barrel planter and put one or my dads tomatoes and a Bonnie Original and Improved Park's Whopper in the same container.
I asked the people at Lowe's and they said they would be fine but I would like to get some feedback from you all.
Is this ok?
Will I get a different tomato from the seeds that are produced from the fruit due to cross pollination?

Thank you for you help and patience

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This is the container.
The fertilizer is Jobe's Organic vegetable & tomato

Thanks again

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 10:14AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

First they need separate containers. The Parks Whopper alone will eventually take over that lone barrel. That is a good size for 1 plant, not 2 or 3.

Then, if we assume your Dad's variety is an open-pollinated one (non-hybrid) and since the PW and the Bonnie's Original are both hybrids, yes you may get some cross-pollination.

Move Dad's plant away from the other two as much as possible and read the FAQ here on how to prevent cross-pollination by bagging some of its blooms to keep the seeds true.

Of course if Dad's is also a hybrid then it is a moot question anyway.


Here is a link that might be useful: FAQ on preventing crossing

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:51AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Will I get a different tomato from the seeds that are produced from the fruit due to cross pollination?

If you're asking whether the plant grown from Dad's 2012 tomato will yield tomatoes just like that one: It depends whether Dad's plant was hybrid or open-pollinated. Do you know the variety name?

But if Dad's tomato was an open-pollinated variety and that particular fruit had been cross-pollinated with pollen from another variety on his farm, the tomatoes you get this summer might be quite different from the fruit you ate last year.

In any case, cross-pollination only affects the plants grown from the seeds of the fruit. So the fruit you'll get from Dad's plant this summer will all be true to the genes in that plant, regardless whether those flowers are pollinated with pollen from that plant or cross-pollinated with pollen from your Bonnie Original or Improved Park's Whopper or a neighbor's tomato. However, when you're talking about plants grown next year from the seeds of your 2013 fruit, it depends on whether those particular flowers are cross-pollinated.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 2:45PM
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