Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Experiment time!

Experiment time!

I find it hard to believe that a Tomato could be tasteless if grown organically and harvested ripe from the bush. Even highly hybridized ones.

So to test my theory I selected a pretty tasteless Coles variety tomato, from here on in known as 'my shoppe tomato'. I saved the seeds as recommended on the seed savers web site.
Planted then into seed raising mix about 4 weeks ago and I have just transplanted them into the garden this morning.

So what do you think? Will they have taste or still be the same tasteless tomato I bought from the shoppe.

I'm thinking they would have been field grown without any other varieties around to cross pollinate with. Therefore they should come true to type, but I will have no way of knowing if they are the same as to original parent plant or some what different to the original parent plant.

Cheers and happy experimenting



Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Stewart and good luck with your tomatoes. Well done saving the seeds, that is precisely what all growers ought to do. Have to check out that page. If you are interested I have written a lot about tomatoes 2009 in my blog THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

Take Care and Happy gardening! / Tyra

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Stewart said...

Hi Tyra Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check it out.

Darren (Green Change) said...

My guess is that the supermarket tomato would have been a hybrid type (a cross between two different parent types), so it won't grow true to type.

Still, it'll be interesting to see what you end up with!

donna said...

My dad and I both planted the same variety of tomato. Mine are tasteless. His are deliscious. Neither one grown organically.

Anonymous said...

Yet another brillant experiment from you! I am looking forward to seeing the results. If they produce fruit they will be tastier than their parents as they will be allowed to ripen on the bush.

naturewitch said...

Hi Stewart

I reckon the shoppe tomato will be harder and less tasty than the others, although I'm sure your cultivation methods will make it better than the one in the shoppe.

The reason is that the shoppe ones are bred for their resilience and shelf life, not taste. However, they are probably also picked before they are fully ripe.

Will be very interesting to see the results. xx

greenfumb said...

Hi Stewart

I think they will all be tasty, I have often grown hybrids from garden centre seedlings and they've been great, as have the volunteers that come up from the compost. Most of those were probably from hybrids too as I have only recently used heirloom seeds and organic produce.

Look forward to seeing the results.

Anonymous said...

Likely to be F2 hybrids so you may get two different tomato types if they revert to the parents.

Rolley said...

How are they going now Strewart!? Lookin forward to seeing some results mwahhaha. My tomatoes are just fruiting this week, I'm rubbing my greedy tomato hands together staring at them..

Stewart said...

Patience Grasshopper, they are only 10 inches high atm. I'm guessing your in a warmer part of the world than me, so unlike you I have to contend with frosts here which slows things down a bit. I'm thinking 6 weeks to flowering then maybe a month later I'll have some fruit so I make that about Chrissy time which is about the norm for me.

Rolley said...

woah! Still getting frosts! What are frosts again? hehehe nah : ) Its been warm enough up here to have tomatoes all winter, but I pulled it all out and started again towards the end of that. I'll be sure to post when I get my first ripe ones, to make ya jealous! hahaha :D cheers!

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