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    Shall I tell you??

    Paulie's seeds had germinated last night, the scraped ones this morning.
    When they're a little more advanced I'll take a photo, at the moment you'd need a magnifying glass!!

    I was surprised that there was so little difference in germination times. I'll keep growing them, side by side, and see how they develop.

    Try it with your next tomato and keep me company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie View Post
    I've heard it said that you can produce seedlings simply by covering a slice of tomato with compost. I've never tried it myself, and I always understood that the gel coating on tomato seeds inhibited germination - hence the need to ferment the seeds in water to remove the coating. So it'll be interesting to see how the experiment goes...
    Last year I accidentally trod on a fallen tom in my GH thought I'd picked it all up but a week or so later I had a forest of toms seedlings it was late in the season so i didn't bother potting any on.

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    Vc I now have the urge to sow freshly scooped out tomatoe seeds, or a slice, Im trying to resist
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    Here they are now - scraped on the left, Paulie's on the right.

    Look how many grew from one little tomato!

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    I'll be potting them up and planting a couple of each, side by side in the GH.
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    They look great and a decent size too, Ive got some tomatoe volunteers up from last year, but they are much smaller. Your tomatoe plants are really going for it

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    Here they are - a tangled mess in the GH. My fault as I didn't stake them or tie them into anything as I had more tomatoes on the shelf behind that I needed to access.

    There has been no noticeable difference between the ones sown from Paulie's saved seeds (at the far end) and those scraped from a fresh tomato (closest the camera).
    I grew 3 plants of each.

    The toms are delicious. Their only failing may be that they fall off the trusses when ripe. I'll definitely grow them again next year - and my Mum loves them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie View Post
    I've heard it said that you can produce seedlings simply by covering a slice of tomato with compost. I've never tried it myself, and I always understood that the gel coating on tomato seeds inhibited germination - hence the need to ferment the seeds in water to remove the coating. So it'll be interesting to see how the experiment goes...
    I did this with piccolo tomatoes, and wouldn't suggest it. They do sprout but by the time it comes to separating them I had trouble pulling them apart. I think the purpose behind fermentation is to allow easier and more precise sowing.

    bright side, they kinda grew well, except it was a forest of indeterminate tomatoes (I didn't know this at the time)...such a big plant for tiny fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
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    Here they are - a tangled mess in the GH. My fault as I didn't stake them or tie them into anything as I had more tomatoes on the shelf behind that I needed to access.

    There has been no noticeable difference between the ones sown from Paulie's saved seeds (at the far end) and those scraped from a fresh tomato (closest the camera).
    I grew 3 plants of each.

    The toms are delicious. Their only failing may be that they fall off the trusses when ripe. I'll definitely grow them again next year - and my Mum loves them.

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    Hi veggiechicken, those tomatoes look very vibrant, do you know if that variety often sold in most supermarkets, I don't go to morrisons often(might make an exception for these though)
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