Supermarket Tomato Plants

garf_gwJune 23, 2014

I planted a few seeds from Supermarket tomatoes because I couldn't care for them because of hip surgery. I used my largest containers, 18 gallon recycling tubs. I put 2 plants in each and let them go. Now it's the rainy season, so I don't need to water them. The first 2 are doing very well, the second 2 are half the size. One of the first 2 is loaded with small tomatoes, the second pair has none.




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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Generally, supermarket tomatoes are grown to have a longer shelf life plus not to be damaged /spoiled easily. So some of them are specially bred, grown hydroponically and also they are harvested very early and then gassed to get red. THOSE LAST TWO ARE THE REASONS WHY THEY DON'T TASTE VERY GOOD. so if you plant them in your garden , chances are that they will taste just fine.
JMO

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:17AM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Supermarket tomatoes are almost always F1 hybrids, unless there's a special section of heirloom varieties.

You probably saved seeds from a hybrid, now the F2 seeds, and your plants will look different b'c what's going on is called gene segregation.

Hopefully one or more of theplants will have fruits that taste good to you. But if you save seeds from them, you won't necessarily get the same plants and fruits back b'c it takes many years of growing out, making selections until what you have is stable.

So at this point, a mystery. ( smile)

Carolyn

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:04AM
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garf_gw

So far only one of 4 plants have tomatoes, but it has 16 so far. Seems I have at least one good one. Hope it tastes good.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 4:48PM
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ajames54(5)

seysonn wrote
QuoteGenerally, supermarket tomatoes ...snip.. DON'T TASTE VERY GOOD.
>end Quote

sadly it may even go beyond how they treat them..

Here is a link that might be useful: Tastelss Tomatoes

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 5:48PM
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garf_gw

I picked one tomato after it blushed before some creature got it, so we'll soon see what it tastes like.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 3:32PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Good move. Once they get color break you can pick them and let them sit on the counter to fully ripen. This way you beat the critters.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 8:20PM
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garf_gw

My wife just tasted the first tomato to ripen. She loved it. At least 16 more to go and hopefully more to come.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 6:54PM
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garf_gw

I have picked 2 more tomatoes that blushed. I have the start of both disease and insect damage. I may need to start treatment soon. Plants #3 and 4 have started blooming and have one tomato each on them.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 7:29PM
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garf_gw

Plants 3 & 4 are loaded with blooms and are starting several tomatoes. I only hope the insects don't find them.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 9:36PM
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garf_gw

Lets see if I can post some pics of the latest harvest of plants #3 & 4

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 2:19PM
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lr4ten(6)

That tomato plant grows bananas too!!!!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 4:11PM
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garf_gw

I wish. The banana is simply sharing the window sill.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 5:07PM
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garf_gw

With heavy rains, half the remaining tomatoes have split. #2 plant has died. A few remain intact.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:50PM
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garf_gw

With heavy rains, half the remaining tomatoes have split. #2 plant has died. A few remain intact.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:51PM
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garf_gw

This should be it till October. We will soon see.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 6:20PM
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tjinpgh

the weather is wreaking havoc with just about everything, I suspect. hard to get a good feel for what is good and what isn't this year, it would seem.

I agree with an earlier post that supermarket tomatoes frequently taste bad because of how they are processed.

One of our local farms grows Primo Red as their main crop. Early season, largely commercial variety. They sell them by the bushel at the end of the season as canning tomatoes, but I have found that they actually have pretty good flavor when allowed to go longer.

Not as good as many heirlooms, of course. But, still far and away better than that you're typically buy in the store.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 7:10AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Talking Supermarket Tomato Plants.

I have grown few from store bought tomatoes. But mine were from "Heilooms" not hybrids.

Here is one: I call it "Cherokee Purple LA(look alike)

It has not ripened yet. It will sit on the kitchen counter for a while.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:13AM
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garf_gw

Plant #4 has some life left in it. I have 4 green babies growing now. After #2 plant died, the remaining 2 plants are barely hanging on. I hope nothing gets these new tomatoes.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 9:45PM
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garf_gw

I am up to 6 babies as of today. There are sill a few blooms left.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2014 at 4:21PM
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garf_gw

One of the 6 tomatoes on plant #4 is beginning to blush. Looks promising. Plant #3 has no leaves on it but the stems are still green, so I will leave it for now. Plant #1 has new leaves and a few blossoms on it. Temps should start falling soon so there is hope for the remaining plants survival. Remember, this is Miami.

This post was edited by garf on Mon, Sep 22, 14 at 13:47

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 1:21PM
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garf_gw

Plant #3 is trying to grow leaves, but they are small and distorted. I will probably soon trash the plant.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2014 at 3:48PM
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garf_gw

I finally pulled #3 plant. #4 is still alive. #1 still has a few blossoms on it. I have started 8 more seeds, also supermarket tomato seeds. I now have 8 seedlings. We'll see how they do.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2014 at 8:15PM
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garf_gw

Plant #1 has been pulled. The 8 seedlings are doing well. I fertilized the tub that plants #1&2 were in and will transfer 2 seedlings to it shortly.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2014 at 12:11PM
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garf_gw

This will end this thread for me. I have 8 more Supermarket tomato seedlings started. The heat in Miami has just broken as we are so far south, so here we go again. I will start a new thread for this season.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2014 at 5:13PM
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garf_gw

These blooms are on the last surviving plant from the first batch of supermarket tomato plants. It managed to survive a Miami summer but not by much.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2014 at 3:17PM
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garf_gw

so much for closing this thread. I have 2 sets of blooms on the surviving plant from batch 1. Here is one set of blooms.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2015 at 5:16PM
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garf_gw

I have 2 babies on the lone survivor from the first batch of supermarket tomatoes. This plant managed to survive a Miami summer, and that's no small feat. Is it any wonder I am still pursuing these when I have a massive amount of seed on hand?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2015 at 2:45PM
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garf_gw

Tha babies are growing.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2015 at 2:07PM
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garf_gw

Out of 7 plants from 3 different batches, I now have 14 babies and many blooms. I have tied 2 branches of the lone survivor of batch 1 to the fence in different directions.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2015 at 6:10PM
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garf_gw

Here are some of the tomatoes growing on the lone survivor of the first batch of 4 plants.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2015 at 5:07PM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

You have a great start, Garf! I cant even plant my seeds for 4 weeks.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2015 at 12:02AM
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garf_gw

It's Miami. The rules are different here.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 4:47PM
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garf_gw

Current mater count including babies on all 7 plants is 24.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 3:55PM
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garf_gw

The last head count was 51 and I know there are more than that now. The lone survivor of batch 1 is going crazy pumping out tomatoes. A couple are showing the first signs of blushing.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2015 at 3:01PM
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garf_gw

This is the first blush tomato of the season on the only surviving plant from batch 1. It measures 1 3/4" in diameter. It will be 2 to 3 more days before it can be tasted. This also ends the head counts on all the plants. The final head count was 72.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2015 at 7:13PM
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garf_gw

I picked a second blushing tomato today, no more for now.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 7:27PM
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garf_gw

My official tomato taster ate the first tomato today. She loved it. I am amazed since the plant survived a Miami summer and still produced good tasting tomatoes. I hope the other plants do as well.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2015 at 6:45PM
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garf_gw

My official tomato taster just ate the second tomato and gave it her seal of approval. Looks like I will need to save seed from this plant for next season. I hope the others do as well.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2015 at 12:29PM
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garf_gw

This new system is a nightmare. It's almost not worth the effort.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2015 at 8:11PM
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garf_gw

I tried to examine 2 small tomatoes that I figured would be ready to pick tomorrow. They both fell off in my hands. On close examination, one had a tomato fruit worm in it. It will become the seed doner for next year.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2015 at 2:30PM
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PupillaCharites(FL 9a)

Did you find any more eggs and plan to hit the plant with Bt?

PC

    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 12:25AM
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garf_gw

There is no way I could see eggs that small with my eyes. This is the first damage I have found yet from worms, but I did find rolled leaves which I crushed and green oozed out.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 5:22PM
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garf_gw

The lone surviving plant from batch 1 is looking bad, but It has a lot of smaller tomatoes still on it.

    Bookmark   last Thursday at 5:50PM
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