The Q&A Archives: Spontaneous Tomato Seed Germination

Question: A couple of weeks ago, I put a store bought green tomato in my kitchen window. When I went to use it, I found the seeds had started sprouting. How often does this happen? Will the seeds grow properly if planted?

Answer: This happens more often than you might imagine. It just means that the seeds were ripe, the environment was toasty warm, and nice and moist - perfect seed sprouting conditions. Usually we tell people to discard the seeds and eat the remaining tomato. But, you can try to plant the seeds in moistened potting soil and see if they actually produce plants.

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