Posted: 20/06/2016 at 12:08
I emailed T&M with a full explanation on how i sowed my 5 varieties and I got this response;
We would like to apologise for the poor germination you have experienced with the Tomato Super Sweet seeds supplied on the cover of Gardeners’ World Magazine.
Several readers contacted us with the same issue, leading us to carry out testing on the variety. Our seed stock was originally germination tested at the start of 2016, showing a 95% success rate.
Following your concerns, a sample of bulk seed and Gardener’s World packets were re-tested under laboratory conditions to Ministry/Defra specifications. Again the result was 95%. However, we also tested the seed under “home conditions” in a pot of compost within a poly bag without heat (ie similar to windowsill growing). Oddly, germination across these pots varied between 50 and 66%. Well below our standards. This has stumped us somewhat, as the results should have been the same as the laboratory test conditions.
Our vegetable expert, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, informs us that he has seen this happen only on a few rare occasions, but we are unable to identify the exact reasons behind this. Rest assured we are investigating the matter further, calling on industry specialists for their thoughts on the matter.
In the meantime we would like to make up for the poor start with your tomato crops, by supplying you with one packet each of Sweet Aperitif, Sungold and Santonio - all customer favourites and guaranteed garden performers.
There is still time to sow and grow these seeds for a late summer crop of sweet cherry tomatoes. We are sure that the results will more than make up for your disappointment with the original Super Sweet seeds.
The seeds have come but I will save them for next year to sow