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Are Yates tomato seeds self propagating

Submitted: 12:02PM, 03 May 2010
Answer: Dear Graham,

Tomatoes seeds are self propagating. If the tomato is left on the bush and not harvested at the end of the season, seed can drop from the fruit and you may find that the same seed will germinate in the following spring/summer if conditions are right. It is probably better to collect the seed, dry it, store it and then plant it out in the correct season.

You can certainly collect the seed from tomatoes that you have grown as long as they are open pollinated and not hybrid seed. Open pollinated seeds will be true to type (meaning these seeds are a natural cross between plants of the same variety). Seeds collected from hybrid tomatoes (a plant resulting from a cross between two parent plants giving a genetically superior plant) will not grow true to type and you may end up with a tomato plant that is not the same as you previously planted.

It will mention on the packet of seed that you purchase if the tomato is a hybrid.

Enjoy growing your tomato plants this year and I hope they give you plenty of delicious fruit.

Answered: 11:22AM, 12 May 2010

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