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Tomato Seedlings Update

I like growing tomatoes.  

My children like the “cherry” or “grape” varieties and we can a lot of tomato sauce.

This year I started two “1020″ trays of soil blocks of tomato seedlings, placing 40 2-inch blocks in each tray.  The trays will hold 50 blocks but I like having a little more space.

I did a lot of “horse trading” with folks this year with saved tomato seeds and received many different varieties of seeds in trade for my own.  Some of the seeds were a few years old and I am unsure of how the other gardeners saved and stored their seeds.

After 17 days my seedling status is as follows:

  • Barnes Mountain:  25% germination, 1 seedling not doing well.
  • Black Cherry: 25% germination, 1 seedling

  • Brandywine (Red): 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings

  • Brandywine (Groco): 75% germination, 3 strong seedlings

  • Cherokee Purple: 0% germination 

  • German Johnson Pink: 50% germination, 2 strong seedlings

  • Gold Medal: 0% germination

  • Great White: 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings

  • Jelly Bean: 0% germination

  • Italian Heirloom: 25% germination, 1 seedling not doing well

  • Manalucie: 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings 

  • Mortgage Lifter: 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings

  • Old Kentucky: 75% germination, 1 strong seedling, 2 not doing well

  • Pegs Round Orange: 50% germination, 2 strong seedlings

  • Principe Borghese: 75% germination, 1 strong seedlings, 2 not doing well

  • Rainbow Large: 75% germination, 3 strong seedlings

  • Red Cherry: 75% germination, 2 strong seedlings, 1 not doing well

  • Red Oxheart: 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings

  • Roma VF (2009 seeds): 25% germination, 1 strong seedling

  • Roma VF (2014 seeds): 50% germination, 2 strong seedlings

  • San Marzano: 100% germination, 4 strong seedlings

Most of these were 4 soil blocks with a single seed placed into each.

I am pleased but frankly not surprised that the bold varieties had 100% germination rate.  Most of these are tried and true tomatoes that are known to do well.

I will start 4 more soil blocks for each variety that had less than 75% germination success or where I only have a single seedling doing well.  I have plenty of soil mix available and it only takes 30 minutes to make a tray of blocks, plant the seeds and clean up.  

Anything that fails to germinate in this second group - I’m looking at YOU Cherokee Purple and Gold Medal ! - will be removed from the seed inventory and I’ll chalk those up to poorly saved seeds.

I’ll make some updates on these existing seedlings at the 30 day mark.