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Old 09-20-2008, 07:24 PM   #11
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Don't you wash and dry them first etc? I would like to know.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:31 PM   #12
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #13
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The article had some good advice, except for the part about saving tomato seeds. I saved my heirloom tomato seeds by washing them off in a mesh strainer, moving them around on the mesh to scrub off the gook. Then spread them out on a sheet of waxed paper and let them dry out before storing.

I would like to reiterate what was mentioned above about hybrid seeds...they will revert to their parentage.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:28 PM   #14
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Very interesting. I won't have anywhere to plant tomatoes for a long while but it is good to know. :)
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:16 PM   #15
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hmmmm, so I suppose I should look at my original packets to see if they are hybrids....
thanks.
Heirloom are ok tho, correct? I love the Black Krim tomatoes.....
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #16
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If they are hybrids then I wouldn't save them. Heirlooms will be okay as long as they were not cross-pollinated by another type of tomato to create the fruit.

What I do is buy lots of seeds at the start of the year and again later in the summer when the are on sale. I keep them in sealed mason jars or in those cannisters with the rubber rings. I keep them in the back of the refrigerator. I'm stil using some seeds from 2006.
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:01 PM   #17
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LOL, I used seeds this year from 2002 and they were abused beyond belief.....
frozen a few times, storage a few years, frozen again.....
bad gardener!!!
I had to plant lots of extra to get anything, but I started 6-7 in each little pot and I got 3... I hate to kill 'em of.... feels like I'm wasting....
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:24 PM   #18
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They need constant cool temperatures and low humidity. My Grandfather and Great-uncles used to keep their seeds in their basements. This summer I planted greenbean seeds form 2006. They did well. I don't think I have any seeds more than 2 or 3 years old. I plant some things 2 or 3x a year so I go through some of them quite a bit.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:50 AM   #19
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Another thing that is good to know is that peppers cross-pollinate very easily. One time we grew what we called "papal peppers" because someone brought the seeds to us from the Vatican! The first year they were upright and yellow in maturity. The next year they were red, and the third year they grew downward rather than up. We planted them near cayennes, and obviously, they mated!
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:04 AM   #20
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Scientists have found seeds from all over the globe that are hundreds to hundreds of thousands of years old.
1. found evidence in n.w. Honduras of chocolate found on pot chards from 1600BC.
2. 2006, in London, 200 yr old seeds found and germinated
3. 2005, a 2,000 yr old date palm seed was found and germinated
4. 2007, in Lima Peru, 10,000 yr old squash seeds.
5. 2002, 500 yr old Lotus seeds found in China and germinated.
6. 1994, in Australia, they found seeds from a Wollemi pine dating back to the dinosaurs, which they've germinated, which is good, as there are only 100 or so left.
So I guess whatever we do to try to preserve our favs, it's a crap shoot!
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