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Old 03-10-2012, 06:11 AM   #1
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Question growing heirloom tomatos in the garden question!

Just ordered 3 varieties and have an odd question. Do I need to plant these well seperated to prevent cross-polonation like with some colors of flowers. I want to keep the seeds true. I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. I have never planted more than one variety of tomatoe and have not saed their seeds yet.

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Re: growing heirloom tomatos in the garden question!

I was interested in knowing too and found this:
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Preserve seed that hasn't been cross-pollinated. All tomatoes are self-pollinating, but a few kinds (currant or potato-leaf types like 'Brandywine') can be cross-pollinated by some insects. If you're not growing currant or potato-leaf types, or you're growing just one of these in addition to other types of tomatoes, you can save seed from this year's harvest. To prevent cross-pollination in the future, cover flowers with a bag made from cheesecloth or spun-polyester fiber (available at nurseries) before blossoms open. Tag the covered flower stem with brightly colored yarn. Remove the cover when fruits are developing.
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