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Hi, there is a particular cherry tomato (aviditas) that I buy as grafted plants every year and I would like to grow them from seed. I cannot seem to get the seeds anywhere online. There is some information online about taking seeds from this year's crop and preparing them to use as seeds in the Spring. Does this work?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,096
    There are many varieties that you can save seed from, but aviditas is an F1 Hybrid type of tomato. If you save seed from an F1 variety of anything it will not be the same as the original. It may be similar though or it may not - it's pot-luck
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • pottering girlpottering girl Posts: 220
    Ah okm thanks Pete.8.  What do they use for grafting then?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,096
    edited 7 July
    They are grafted plants, so the part above the graft is probably named aviditas and it's been grafted onto a different rootstock.
    The reason for that would be because aviditas grown as a plant on its own roots is probably too vigorous or not vigorous enough, or some other unwanted characteristic so it's grafted onto a rootstock that will produce a known growth habit.

    Many supermarket tomatoes are developed for exclusive use by the supermarket and their heritage is a secret.
    Aviditas would have been created by hand pollination of 2 different types of tomato (known as an F1 hybrid). The seed from such a tomato will not come true though.
    It will have some characteristics of the both parents, but will not be identical.
    It's something you can try if want, and you may get some great tomatoes.
    If you have the urge - go for it.
    Scrape the seeds out of a ripe tomato, rinse them well in a sieve then spread them out on some kitchen roll leaving about 1" between each seed. Let them dry thoroughly and store somewhere cool and dark.
    When you're ready to sow them next Spring (it's too late for this year) fill a pot or small seed box with compost, put the paper towel on top, cover with 1/4" compost and water and wait.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • pottering girlpottering girl Posts: 220
    That is so helpful thanks Pete.8 I will give it a go.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,096
    Do let us know how it goes - it'll be interesting to see what happens.
    good luck :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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