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Supermarket Tomato Plants

Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 23, 14 at 18:47

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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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

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


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

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


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 16:48

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.


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

seysonn wrote
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Generally, supermarket tomatoes ...snip.. DON'T TASTE VERY GOOD.
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sadly it may even go beyond how they treat them..

Here is a link that might be useful: Tastelss Tomatoes


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 15:32

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


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

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.


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 30, 14 at 18:54

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


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 2, 14 at 19:29

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.


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RE: Supermarket Tomato Plants

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 4, 14 at 21:36

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


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