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Another tomato question

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:55

Yes, the first generation usually produces something close to the parent. Sometimes they're virtually indistinguishable. It's the second generation when the gene pool starts to unravel and things get interesting. The more varieties used in the original hybridisation, the more interesting the results.

Seed companies rarely divulge the varieties used in hybridisation. I know a couple of growers who delight in trying to dehybridise varieties, attempting to ID the original parents. Too much time - and growing space - on their hands.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 10:39

Very true. I've thrown away a lot of parsnip seeds over the years.


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 16:59

Clarington, the best sauce tomatoes are the likes of Roma, San Marzano, etc. San Marzano is the variety you'll find in the better quality Italian tinned toms.


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 15:16

spottedray, others will be able to bring you up to speed on most of the varieties. The Roma, though, is a plum variety, best suited to sauces rather than nibbling on.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 13:30

bigolob and verdun, good luck fellas!


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 13:29

spottedray, I'm with Bob Flowerdew on the feeding aspect. Not necessarily in terms of improving flavour because there's no real scientific reason for it.

But, as I've suggested here many times, toms thrive on controlled neglect, particularly in production terms. The flowers, hence fruit, are the plant seeking to reproduce itself. A plant is more likely to seek to reproduce itself if it feels threatened. A plant stuffed with water and fertiliser doesn't feel threatened. Toms are unbelievably sturdy plants. The last thing they need is pampering.

lavender bush in pot - winter

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:18

My French Lavender seems to have its own ideas about hardiness too. It's in a bed. Gets baked in summer, buried under six inches of snow in winter, and comes back every year.

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 14:31


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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 09:54

Did you get a notification? I just got another one. Have they finally fixed the system?

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