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Tomato Seeds from this years fruit

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 16:15

Good stuff, RAS, that's pretty much my procedure. I keep the fermenting seeds out of direct sunlight, just a warm place will do. Some people stir, some people don't. I've witnessed some healthy debate over the stirring question. I don't stir. The best tip is the coffee filter paper. It's the best surface in terms of the seeds not sticking while drying. Some will, a bit, but they're easily removed. The worst materials to use are tissue paper, kitchen paper, and even paper plates. They stick like glue.

Tomato Seeds from this years fruit

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 09:44

Botrytis would be a problem, for sure, but it's pretty unusual in a home garden. I wouldn't mind seeing a photo of one of the problem toms.

Tomato Seeds from this years fruit

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 08:51

As Hostafan says, it depends whether the original toms are hybrid varieties or not. Seeds from hybrids won't produce true to type. What are the varieties, GG?

You don't need a perfect specimen in order to save seeds but the fruit should be basically healthy. Again, it depends on what's wrong with the fruit. Things like Blossom End Rot don't impact on the seeds inside, nor do the common fungal problems. Viruses can be transmitted via seeds. One of the reasons for fermenting seeds during the seed-saving process is to kill off various possible nasties.

Pumpkin flowers

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 08:15

Pumpkins, depending on variety, need about 3 months. Any fruit setting now has zero chance of ripening.


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 08:13

Let the ferns "die off" - turn brown - before you cut them back. It usually takes some properly cold weather to turn them brown. Cut them down to a couple of inches, remove every weed you can find, mulch well with organic material. I also incorporate some chook-poo pellets or similar.


Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 19:46

Interesting to hear what you got, Dp. They have varied because Sungold is an F1 variety, a hybrid, plants from seeds from last year's crop won't reproduce the original. If you were to save seeds from this year's crop - the ones from the gravel - and plant them next season, you would get something different again. Worth trying just to see what happens. 

giant marrow seed

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 13:11

Sounds interesting. Ask the grower what variety it is. It could still be F1. 

Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 08:47

Sounds like it's been a pretty ordinary summer all over the place. The usual explanation for less-than-stellar crops. I had it too hot here for about two and a half months. I had a production hiatus of about that length, toms won't set fruit in constant extreme temps. They restarted when the temps dropped but it was late in the season by that stage.

And, yes, tom growing can be over-complicated. In general terms, keep the beggars alive and ticking over. It's that simple.

giant marrow seed

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 08:43

Collect the seed after you harvest and cut it open, whether to eat or not. Dry the seeds and store them, keeping them airtight at a constant moderate temp. What variety is it? Heirloom or F1? If F1, it won't grow true-to-type next season.

Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 08:37

Verdun, once the toms are on their way to ripening the plants themselves are pretty much redundant. The fruit isn't getting much at all from the plant.

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