This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Tomato Hybridizing

Removing the anther cone

Although for many gardeners, gathering seeds from tomatoes to carry over for the following year is just a matter of gathering fruits from plants with desirable traits, it is not the ideal practice. Conventional vining salad tomatoes (i.e. those other than cherry or currant fruiting kinds, and those with potato-like foliage), rarely ever cross- pollinate and generally produce progeny that are very similar to the parent. However, in order to produce either high quality lines of self-fertilized traditional tomatoes, or to create your own new hybrids, a properly prepared hybridizing programme is necessary.

On the GardenMessenger web-site I have created four pages with step by step sequences of how to hybridize your own tomatoes, from selecting the parent plants, until the first fruits for. To visit click here.

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