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Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 18:07

Blue Dragon: I've had this happen in two tomatoes and a chilli, all of which I saved seeds from and successfully grew them in to plants.

One of the tomatoes was a supermarket variety, the resulting plants were healthy but variable, and some fruit didn't ripen at all. Probably an F1 supermarket variety, so my plants were variable F2s. I would speculate that the F1s were heterozygous for a gene that delayed ripening, and some of my F2s were homozygous for that gene so didn't ripen at all. So if you do the same thing, they may or may not be 'quite possibly delicious.'

The other tomato and chilli were from fruit I'd grown myself. Because they'd been carefully picked and stored, and not subjected to the travel and bruising like shop bought ones, they can last a lot longer without going off, giving them a chance to start germinating inside the fruit. And I never refrigerate them. The seedlings produced healthy plants and fruits, so it's certainly possible to give it a go.

Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 17:44

Dove, I was aware Vivipary was a term in Botany as well as Zoology, the most obvious example being Mangrove swamps. But I'd always thought it referred to a new plant forming while still attached to the parent plant, which is the doubt I was raising in my tongue in cheek comment about Edd's googling and uncredited cut and pasting. What we're talking about in this thread are seedlings forming while still in the fruit, which is not quite the same thing.

I've just had a look, and other online dictionaries and Wiki especially seem to support what I'm saying:

Viviparous plants produce seeds that germinate before they detach from the parent.  In some trees, like Jackfruit, some citrus, and avocado, the seeds can be found already germinated while the fruit goes overripe; strictly speaking this condition cannot be described as vivipary, but the moist and humid conditions provided by the fruit mimic a wet soil that encourages germination. (from Wikipedia).

But since Wiki is saying 'strictly speaking' it may be a bit of a grey area in usage.


Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:43

And Edd, don't believe everything you find with a google search.

I don't think this is actually an example of 'Vivipary', but happy to be corrected by anyone who's a proper biologist.

Supermarket tomato sprouting

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:35

I've seen this a few times, I don't think it's that unusual. Have successfully grown tomato plants from extracting and planting the tiny seedlings.

More rare with chillies, but I've seen the same thing with them and grown plants from them that way too. It was a thick walled variety that had kept enough moisture to set the seeds off when their seasonal biological clock told them they were ready to have a go at germination.

Pretty sure this is a simple example of 'life will find a way'


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 09:55
T& M 2016 Experimental Tomato

it's described as an 'Outdoor cordon with tasty fruit and exceptional resistance to blight. New for 2016 and as yet unnamed.'

When the seeds were originally offered, there was a description of each of the varieties on the website.

To rid me of lilac

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 22:10

Where do you live, Hogweed, where a couple of hours basic work like this would cost £25-£50?

And if people don't know know younger acquaintances, why not ask around? Loads of young fit healthy university students arriving home this time of year. I'm sure some of them would be willing to do a couple of hours work for a few quid to pay for their next night out.

To rid me of lilac

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:36

People are too quick to jump to using weedkiller and other unneccesary chemicals.

Why not spend the money saved on weedkillers on paying someone professional, or just younger and fitter to dig it out for you? Or just buying a thankyou of some sort for a friend or neighbour that might be able to do it.

Problem with my chilli plant

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:05

Hannah, if that NPK is correct, then it's very high, approx 3 times the concentration of typical Tomato feed which most people find is good for chillies. And the Potassium (K) is even higher, approx 4 times.

That's ok, as long as you've been diluting to the right concentrations. Or not overfeeding if it's granular. But even then, they'd be getting way more (K) than most chillies fed with tomato feed.

mares tail

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:35

Lot of good contributions on another thread:

It's often called Mare's Tail, but usually people are talking about Field Horsetail.


Cut power cable repair?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:02

Thanks Steve, have you got a picture or link for the kind of socket you used?

Is it similar to the connector suggested by Frank?

Thanks Frank, my friend has had a look and thinks that looks like a good option.

Cairnsie, good advice too, thanks. But mass produced stuff is often not as easy as it should be to take apart and put back together. Apparently in this case, there's a non-standard screw preventing it, so re-connecting the cable might be an easier option.

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