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Is Berkeley Tie Dye a stable tomato?

Posted by bart1 6/7 Northern VA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 9, 11 at 21:38

I've been growing Berkeley Tie Dye for 4 years and it's always ended up looking wonderfully weird and multicolored. This year it ended up looking like red and yellow bi-color ala Lucky Cross or Virginia Sweets.

So did my Berkeley Tie Dye mutate on its own or did I somehow mix up my plants and end up planting an extra bi-color instead of the Tie Dye?


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RE: Is Berkeley Tie Dye a stable tomato?

If you do not see the striping, which for the most part is a recessive trait and should be "locked", then could be a cross or more likely an errant seed/plant mix up.

There should be some evidence that it's been crossed because the striping trait is not completely recessive. Careful inspection of the skin in good light will show faint or partial striping. This would indicate that the genes are heterozygous which would mean it crossed last year.

I would not assume it is a mutation. People assume mutations over "mistakes" far too often. Seed mistakes or plant switches (human errors) are far more common.

RE: Is Berkeley Tie Dye a stable tomato?

  • Posted by bart1 6/7 Northern VA (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 10, 11 at 19:29

Thanks! It looks very, very similar to a couple other bicolors that I'm growing so operator error is likely the cause. I always thought I was pretty careful with my labels but I guess I need to be even more careful.

RE: Is Berkeley Tie Dye a stable tomato?

even when you are very careful, stuff happens

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