Piccolino tomatoes.

barb_roselover_inJuly 18, 2012

Sometime ago, I wrote about the Piccolino tomatoes grown in Great Britain. My daughter made another trip to London and purchased some. She brought them with her and now I have them in my possession. It is now up to me to try and obtain these seeds. What is the quickest way to do this? Squeeze the seeds out and let them dry or how? I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks so much. Barb

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

try googling " saving tomato seed" ?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 10:22PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

The information I obtain by Googling is that this variety is referred to both as Piccolino and Piccolo and is an F1 hybrid bred by DeRuiter seeds which I think is in the Netherlands.

I linked below to one site in the UK which ID's it as an F1 and there other references to it being an F1 hybrid via Google.

So are you saying that your daughter brought you actual fruits, in which case saving seeds from those fruits would be the F2 saved seeds and would not, when sown and grown out, give you the same fruits that she brought you.

Or are you saying that she brought you seeds of Piccolo F1 and you raised the F1 plants and now want to save seeds from those F1 fruits ?

In either case one doesn't usually save F2 seeds from hybrids b'c they won't give you back the same as the F1.

Nothing wrong with those F2 seeds, they would germinate just fine, but being F2 seeds, as I've noted, you won't get back what the true F1 plants and fruits look and taste like.

So while I could direct you to some great sites having to do with processing seeds I can't see the sense in doing that b'c this variety is F1.

This variety is also offered by many hydroponic places,as the F1, of which one is in Colorado, but I suppose the prices there are high since it's usually commercial hydroponic growers who need lots of seeds and F1 seeds are almost always higher in price than are OP ( open pollinated) seeds.

Am I making sense here, I sure hope so. ( smile)


Here is a link that might be useful: Piccolino/Piccolo F1 tomato seeds

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 8:17AM
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My preferred method:

1) Eat, spit, dry

Works every time.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 12:32PM
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