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    Can anyone tell me how long they leave their seeds from shop bought tomatoes to dry out before germinating them please?

    I know some say not to grow from shop bought fruit and veg but Lidl have some baby plum toms on offer at the minute which are quite nice.
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    I dry mine in the autumn and plant in the spring but if I wanted to do it straight away I would make sure they were dried out well. In fact, I'd probably put them in some water and leave for 3 or 4 days so they ferment and go a bit off. This destroys the gooey layer around the seed which inhibits germination. Then dry on a plate so they are easy to remove and separate. Let them dry for a couple more days and then try germinating them. If the baby plum is an F1 hybrid (sometimes you can google the name if they give it on the pack) then you won't get the same from your seeds. If it's not, then you will. Not that I've ever let an F1 hybrid stop me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    I dry mine in the autumn and plant in the spring but if I wanted to do it straight away I would make sure they were dried out well. In fact, I'd probably put them in some water and leave for 3 or 4 days so they ferment and go a bit off. This destroys the gooey layer around the seed which inhibits germination. Then dry on a plate so they are easy to remove and separate. Let them dry for a couple more days and then try germinating them. If the baby plum is an F1 hybrid (sometimes you can google the name if they give it on the pack) then you won't get the same from your seeds. If it's not, then you will. Not that I've ever let an F1 hybrid stop me!
    Thanks Flummery.
    I have just found some details on the pack, it looks like they originate in Morocco and were imported from Spain. It says Baby Plum Tomatoes, 'Tomate Cerise' on the pack.

    I have some seeds for Cerise cherry toms but these plum ones are a bit of an odd shape, very rectangular looking,


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    Well, you've nowt to lose! I'd go for it!
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    I don't bother to dry them out, just squash the tomato and spread it around a bit and cover with compost. I've always had a good number of plants doing it this way. I haven't tried Lidl tomatoes though, mainly the sainsbury's organic plum which are really nice. I have noticed though that the home grown ones are always a lot bigger than the lovely little ones you buy, I don't know if its an F1 hybrid thing or just a growing method.

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    I just spread some seeds on kitchen roll and let them dry out for about a week. I put 4 in a pot to test and all 4 came up.

    I've previously tried supermarket peppers and melons this way and they came out ok!
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    In previous years I've dried out tom seeds on tissue and then carefully prised them off to store - tedious!
    This year I spaced them out on tissue and when they were dried folded the tissue complete with seeds and put them away in an envelope.
    At planting time I just cut the tissue to fit the seed tray, laid the tissue on compost , covered with some more compost and Hey Presto they almost all germinated and the tissue had just rotted away and disappeared by the time of transplanting.

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    Well, I found a method used by SarzWix which I found on another thread and it is brilliant.

    I squeezed the seeds onto a piece of kitchen roll, and dragged the seed along the paper with the tip of my finger, this dragged the seed away from the jelly like coating.

    I put the piece of paper under the central heating boiler and they were ready to put in the seed envelope after a couple of hours.

    Thanks SarzWix.


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