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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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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 2, 14 at 14:19

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


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That tomato plant grows bananas too!!!!


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 3, 14 at 17:07

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 18:50

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 18:51

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 8, 14 at 18:20

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


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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.


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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.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 5, 14 at 21:45

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.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 13, 14 at 16:21

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 22, 14 at 13:21

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 30, 14 at 15:48

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


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 26, 14 at 20:15

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.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 6, 14 at 12:11

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.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 10, 14 at 17:13

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.


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