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Tomatoes -Winter Sowing?

Posted by aka_margo z5a WI (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 9, 07 at 22:34

Like anyone wants to think about winter right now! However, I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to winter sow tomaotes? I have a ton of tomatoes growing all over my yard that have reseeded themselves or the squirrels have seeded for me. The ones that reseed themselves grow faster than the ones that were more mature. I am going to experiment this winter and try it, but was wondering if anyone else has already done this with success.

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RE: Tomatoes -Winter Sowing?

I have not had any success with it and I am also in zone 5 Wisconsin (Dodge county), BUT I have also never had a volunteer tomato grow in my yard. A friend of mine just a bit further south and east (Milwaukee county) has had numerous volunteers (but he never tried winter sowing).

So, I would say it is something you will just have to try to see how it goes for you. You can probably stack the odds in your favor a bit by not sowing in Dec/Jan and maybe waiting until March so the worst cold of winter is passed.

RE: Tomatoes -Winter Sowing?

Interesting idea. I do agree that volunteers of all kinds really seem to take off, I guess same would be true for winter sowing.
Most volunteer tomatoes I get are cherry type. Maybe I'll try it too.

RE: Tomatoes -Winter Sowing?

Wherever I have grown tomatoes (since I rotate the crops) I always have a few volunteers pop up from the previous year. I haven't let them go full bore or transplanted them to see what happens yet. When I started gardening 4 years ago I was given 3 volunteers and they beared some fruit, but not as much as ones that were bought or started indoors. Not to say that they couldn't be as productive as long as the proper amendments are given early and they are nurtured.

RE: Tomatoes -Winter Sowing?

I did successfully winter sow some tomatoes. I did it in milk jugs. Placed the jugs on the south-facing stone wall of my barn. They sprouted very early, then we had a wicked freeze and they were toast. I knew I should have moved them in to the garage over night, but I was too lazy. Lessons learned...

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