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How to grow tomatoes from seed - Heinz 3402 variety

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 09:45

H3402 here:

Just grow it like any other tomato plant.


Posted: 28/03/2015 at 09:34

I've grown it for a few years, and it sometimes survives the winter outdoors, but not always. It also sometimes self seeds and grows again in the same patch, but not always, probably because cats love it too much and nibble it and roll all over it before it gets established and grows again.

I grow it in pots in the greenhouse, and plant out when its established, into an area of the garden where I'm happy for the cats to enjoy it. It over winters ok in the greenhouse and is ready for the garden in spring, as well as a fresh source of leaves for the cat in winter when there would be none still growing outdoors.

My seeds were originally Mr F's variety, Nepeta Cataria.

From what I've read, not all cats react to it, maybe around 2/3rds. Of those, some prefer it fresh and green and straight off the plant, others prefer it dried like it would be in cat toys.

It's a wonderful plant, both for cats and pollinating insects.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 14:50

Usually start a few in pots, so I can plant them where needed later on. And I've got at least some established plants to go in the ground if slugs and snails have decimated the directly sown.

But if you save the best seeds from previous years flowers, you'll have so many that you can afford to be more prolific in your sowing direct in to the garden.

Beginner: Help with sowing seeds

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 11:32

Agree with Mel about a heated propagator, it's made a massive difference to the speed and success I've had with getting things like chillies, sweet peppers, tomatoes and courgettes germinated.

Lavender cuttings

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:34

I've found lavender grows easily and quickly from seed heads saved from the previous year, so have never bothered with cuttings.

free tom seeds

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 17:12

Thanks FB.

I'm always interested in trying different varieties.


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:39

Actually, many everyday chillies and tomatoes don't have the name of the variety on the packet. It's quite likely to be something vague like 'Medium Red Chillies' or 'Salad Tomatoes' or 'Cherry Tomatoes'.

TX, if you're more specific, someone might know or be able to hazard a guess or suggest a similar variety.

Or you could email customer services at the relevant supermarket. I have got some interesting answers when I've emailed similar enquiries.

I'll name the good ones that gave transparent replies, Lidl and Sainsburys.

One of the others just gave me some guff about commercially confidential information.


how far apart to avoid cross pollination?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:45

Thanks Jimmy, that's fascinating, they're wonderful creatures.

I love seeing them go from courgette flower to flower. There is so much bright yellow pollen you can actually see them covered in it, and feel you are seeing the act of pollination happening right in front of your eyes.

how far apart to avoid cross pollination?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:03

I agree with Jimmy, although I didn't realise bees foraged over that distance. Amazing in relation to their size.

I seed-save from chillies which are particulary promiscuous for cross pollination, especially when grown close together in the greenhouse. The surprises with random hybrids are part of the fun for me, although I know some people are more purist about it. I almost wish tomatoes were the same, but they largely self-pollinate, so you don't have as much fun, unless you're growing out F2s from F1s.

You could manually pollinate the flowers, then put some kind of bag arrangement around the flowers. People do that with chillies to avoid x-polls, and also manually pollinate things like courgettes early season when there are not many insects around. I would assume those basic principles would also apply to melons.

Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 11:07

In Lidl for just £1, mini-greenhouse seed tray kits.


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