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    Quote Originally Posted by seasprout View Post
    Everything that is not a F1 has been rubbish, at this rate it's unlikely I'll have anything to pass on.


    Any luck Seasprout? We could reduce to one variety if you and a few others are finding it tough? Or you could just do a smaller quantity of seeds per pack....just 4 seeds maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Ive looked everywhere...I found one mention that Rosella was an F1 on a tesco website but none of the seed suppliers mention it so I'll stick my head out and say it isn't.

    Does anyone have any info that says it is an F1?
    It is definitely not F1- it's from the same breeder as Sweet Aperitif
    https://awhaley.com/seeds/vegetables...netics/rosella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Ive looked everywhere...I found one mention that Rosella was an F1 on a tesco website but none of the seed suppliers mention it so I'll stick my head out and say it isn't.

    Does anyone have any info that says it is an F1?
    Well I looked it up in the EU catalogue of registered vegetable varieties and it is included in the section "24. Solanum lycopersicum L. - Tomato - Varieties developed for growing under particular conditions". The only info given there is "UK". If it was a hybrid, column four would say "H" for hybrid, but it doesn't. So it is NOT an F1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deano's "Diggin It" View Post
    But "Rosella" still a little confused as to this is an F1 or not! But fruit saved, will keep you updated!
    Quote Originally Posted by nellie-m View Post
    The only info given there is "UK". If it was a hybrid, column four would say "H" for hybrid, but it doesn't. So it is NOT an F1.
    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Sanders View Post
    It is definitely not F1- it's from the same breeder as Sweet Aperitif

    Thank you Thelma & Nellie!

    Deano, we would all like to try the tomato to die for if you can spare some.

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    Thank you, Scarlet, for still letting me on board!

    I have grown and saved from quite a few varieties this year, so depending on what you all prefer I can offer the following.

    My own favourites are
    - a roundish black one I got years ago from the elderly couple that also gave me "Luzia's Oma". They've grown it for ages, it may even date back to GDR days. I've chosen "Schwarze Gerlinde" (the lady's name) as a working title until someone is hopefully able to identify it. A vigorous plant, easily the largest in the greenhouse and the plant outside is also really ambitious. I could never quite understand why people get so enthusiastic over black toms, I found my Black Russian rather boring and yes, Black Icicle is nice but not one I would die for... but this one I must say might be the best tasting tom I've ever had. Totally in love with it.

    - Speckled Roman. The plants looked absolutely pathetic. Really. As if about to die of thirst, with wispy foliage that was hanging down like struck by some mysterious disease. If you had asked me early in summer, I would probably have said if they don't perk up soon, they'll go in the compost bin. But then they set fruit. Wow, wow, wow. Big, beautiful, very tasty, good number of fruits given their size, early enough to ripen, very definitely worth growing again.

    - Cream Sausage. I believe I got the seeds from Scarlet, but this was the first year I grew them and very pleasantly surprised I am, too. Very nice firm texture for salads, beautiful and unusual colour and shape, good taste.

    - Vesennij Mieurinskij. No, I don't know how to pronounce that, either. Don't worry, you don't have to say it, only sow it. I promise you won't regret it. Long trusses of delicious red cherries. None of them ever make it out of my greenhouse alive. Seed only gets saved from the ones that fall down unnoticed... originally from Dreschflegel.

    Also ran: Orange Favourite, Orange Banana, Black Icicle, Hahms Gelbe Topftomate, Cyril's Choice, Gelbe Koenigin (which I grew alongside Aranyalma to see whether they're identical but they're not), Green Velvet (only a handful of ripe fruits from three plants so far so not sure whether seeds will be enough), Brad's Black Heart (grown in pots so only one fruit each just for saving but if someone's desperate I'll gladly share).
    And a few others that have already been listed.
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    I've been in the process of fermenting tomato seeds in egg cups but one batch decided to start sprouting roots so I'm trying a hybrid method of the cut and smear on kitchen towel and fermentation.

    I'm soaking the seeds and getting most of the muck off then placing them in 8's in squares that are drawn on the kitchen towel that are zippy bag size.

    So I have Amish Mayberry & Kibitz to offer

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    This looks so very neat and tidy! You must be a patient person

    Fermentation can be a bit tricky. I find that a small portion (like in an egg cup) often ferments less well than a larger portion (like a half-filled glass with seeds from several tomatoes)
    How long did you leave the egg cup to stand? Depending on temperatures, I find that two days is often enough when it's warm, but three days should always do. If you wait just one day less than you did the next batch should be okay.

    I have a little plastic sieve that I pour it all through, rinse, and if there's a little pulp left I press it through the sieve.

    Drying works best on flat plastic lids. I have used plates in the past which is okay but the seeds stick to them, while they are very easy to remove from a plastic surface.
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    I bought 'Rosella' tomato seeds as the name suggests the acidic taste. don't think there are any hybrid tomatos that taste acidic in my opinion.


    however din't get chance to taste as I lost most of my tomato plants to blight over holiday.

    Edit: Rosella/Roselle leafy veg
    Last edited by Elfeda; 02-10-2016 at 10:19 PM.

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