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Mysterious Yellow


These guys are a complete surprise. I thought they were going to be Green Zebras like the rest of the volunteer tomatoes that I plopped in next to the garage, or maybe a Half Moon China as I had lots of them fall off and rot last year due to squirrel and mice damage, but no. They formed unifom smallish globes and I thought, oh they are Burbank Red Slicing Tomatoes. Oh well. (Not one of my faves from last year.) They started to ripen, and instead of red they were - yellow! With red streaks on the bottom even. Huh. Never grown these before. What gives? The only thing I can think of is cross pollination. Does anyone else have experience with that? How often does it happen? Any other suggestions for what happened?

Well, they're nice sunny little yellow guys anyway, and quite agreeable on the palate as well. Nice and juicy with your regular type tomato twang. A good sandwich or salad tomato. They are also hardy little suckers as they are sandwiched between two zebra plants, have been trampled quite a bit and barely watered.

August 14, 2007 in Tomatoes! | Permalink


Yep, you never know with second generation seeds. I saved some pie pumpkin seeds last year. The vines are all crazy this year! I've got a white pumpkin, a regular looking pumpkin, and a bizarre mutant pumpkin all on the same plant. The other plants are strange as well. Not positive if tomatoes are the same way, but with your experience it sounds like it. Maybe a new cross?? Maybe you should give'em a special name: the Lorimato.....er........something.

Posted by: v-nick at Aug 14, 2007 10:33:33 PM

I kinda hope it is a cross. I have no idea how to make hybrids, but I kinda want to find out. I've been thinking it would be cool to "make" my own tomato. If only I knew what it was a cross between.

Posted by: Lorika at Aug 15, 2007 11:44:27 AM

I vote for "Lorimato!" Beautiful color... Also, I am totally envious... the tomatoes I have growing up here in the Northwest have me thinking they will end up being green fried tomatoes...

Posted by: Chris Martell at Aug 18, 2007 1:35:14 PM

Squash are outcrossing polinators; tomatos usually are not, but cross-pollination can happen. Sometimes it happens on purpose: when we create hybrids. This could be the seed of a hybrid. Don't name it too quickly. The seed of hybrids usually take time and careful selection (over several growing seasons) before becoming stable again. The best source of info on saving seed and creating new varieties is "Seed To Seed" available from Seed Savers Exchange (see link to SSE Books). For serious garden alchemists, read "Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties" by Carol Deppe.

Posted by: Donald Gilliland at Sep 16, 2007 2:41:09 PM

Thanks so much for the info Donald!

Posted by: Lorika at Sep 17, 2007 4:39:59 PM

Tomatoes have many properties and vitamin and if you eat it frequently is sure you will see more beautiful because the tomatoes contain antioxidant that help the skin to stay young longer. In fact i read a blog some days ago and i knew all the properties of the tomatoes. That is why i talk to bases.

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