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Old 07-30-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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LOL...funny.

Are the two potted ones Patio tomatoes? Mine were like that until I fed them then they sprang to life.

Enjoy your volunteer tomatoes!
Yes. This is my first attempt at growing. I haven't yet ventured into the world of plant food. Maybe next year.

I'll post some pics tomorrow.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:22 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Yes. This is my first attempt at growing. I haven't yet ventured into the world of plant food. Maybe next year.

I'll post some pics tomorrow.
Miracle Gro for Tomatoes. It works like magic and a box lasts years.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:28 AM
 
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Wow, that's an impressive list! I haven't heard of many of them. Where do you find these? Did you plant as seeds or did you buy the seedlings?
I've gotten many from other tomato growers, some from tomatoes I bought from the farmers market and saved seeds from, some from seed companies. I grow them all from seed, except I did buy black cherry as a seedling from walmart. This year I grew a bunch extra to see if I could sell them to local people. I grew 70 to sell, advertised on a facebook buy sell trade group, set up a time to sell them and sold out in 2 hours. I'm going to grow a lot more next year!
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"Wow, that's an impressive list! I haven't heard of many of them. Where do you find these?"

Tomatofest

Tomato Growers Supply

Totally Tomatoes

Baker Creek

Seed Savers Exchange

more here.

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Gemstone1
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Boonies
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I've gotten many from other tomato growers, some from tomatoes I bought from the farmers market and saved seeds from, some from seed companies. I grow them all from seed, except I did buy black cherry as a seedling from walmart. This year I grew a bunch extra to see if I could sell them to local people. I grew 70 to sell, advertised on a facebook buy sell trade group, set up a time to sell them and sold out in 2 hours. I'm going to grow a lot more next year!

How do you save the seeds? Do you just cut the tomato in half and scoop out seeds and let them set to dry out, or is there a different process?
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:58 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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How do you save the seeds? Do you just cut the tomato in half and scoop out seeds and let them set to dry out, or is there a different process?
That's about how I did it. I think I may have set them to dry on paper towels. Then I put them into envelopes, label them and stored them in the fridge. It worked for Black Cherry.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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That's about how I did it. I think I may have set them to dry on paper towels. Then I put them into envelopes, label them and stored them in the fridge. It worked for Black Cherry.

I've done it that way and then I've also done it the way you're "supposed to"-- scoop out the seeds and placenta ( the goo the seeds are stuck in) and let them soak in a shallow dish of water for a few days until they develop a little moldy scum. Rinse and then set on paper towels to dry. No need to store in fridge. It may be my imagination, but I might get a little better germination rate that way (99.9% vs 95% )


We had a cool, rainy spring here and now a dry summer. My tomatoes look pretty scrawny and sparse this year-- most unusual. Anybody else having this problem?
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:02 AM
 
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Yeah, that's pretty much how you're supposed to do it (because the fermentation process kills any diseases and pathogens that might be passed along to the next generation), but I do it "wrong" too. I can't stand the idea of little cups of moldy goo everywhere. I scoop out the seeds onto a paper coffee filter (the folded cone ones), let it dry, fold it up for next year. Usually, you can pick them off the paper pretty easily, to plant, but you can also cut the seeds apart and plant with the paper still stuck.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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I love these gardening forums!

I have several tomato plants as well growing in my garden but can't remember what kind there all are. LOL
I have two cherry tomato plants and one grape tomato. They are producing ripe ones every day and I really love it. However, the regular tomato plants have many buds but hardly any tomatoes! I also have been battling the black spots on the leaves of all of my tomato plants. That is some kind of fungus isn't it? I had some spray for it from end of last season and I sprayed them all a few weeks ago but it didn't seem to help. I but off the affected branches/leaves asap and throw them away far from the plants themselves. Getting frustrated with that! Last year I forgot to rotate my tomato plants and planted them in the same spot and hardly had any tomatoes. This year they are in the total opposite end of the garden. My garden is pretty big. Any tips on getting a better result for tomatoes next year?
Thanks everyone
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I love these gardening forums!

I have several tomato plants as well growing in my garden but can't remember what kind there all are. LOL
I have two cherry tomato plants and one grape tomato. They are producing ripe ones every day and I really love it. However, the regular tomato plants have many buds but hardly any tomatoes! I also have been battling the black spots on the leaves of all of my tomato plants. That is some kind of fungus isn't it? I had some spray for it from end of last season and I sprayed them all a few weeks ago but it didn't seem to help. I but off the affected branches/leaves asap and throw them away far from the plants themselves. Getting frustrated with that! Last year I forgot to rotate my tomato plants and planted them in the same spot and hardly had any tomatoes. This year they are in the total opposite end of the garden. My garden is pretty big. Any tips on getting a better result for tomatoes next year?
Thanks everyone

My one large heirloom tomato plant is very slow to set fruit and to ripen...I don't expect tomatoes until Sept., as I was late planting. So it might be a late variety you have...

Good to spray for fungus, I'd guess that's the black...have you had lots of rain this summer?
Or has it been very hot? That could be why no fruit is setting...

Have you fertilized your tomatoes? I bought Miracle Gro for vegetables...think they also make some just for tomatoes, as all vegetable requirements are not the same. Some plants are heavy feeders...

Plenty of sun, watch for bugs and caterpillars, spray for fungus, buy disease resistant plants if you can...
my readings said tomatoes need calcium which is not in all vegetable fertilizers so look for one with calcium and no chlorine (learned that from Nomad). I had good luck last year with an organic fertilizer that did have calcium.

Others will chime in, who know more than I....

Love the cherry tomatoes, fun to pick them.
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