The Q&A Archives: Volunteer Tomato Plants

Question: Can I let a sweet 100 cherry tomato plant that is growing as a volunteer plant from last year continue to grow and expect to get good fruit off it?

Answer: Sweet 100 cherry tomato is a hybrid tomato variety and as you know, saving seeds from hybrids will not produce a tomato with the same characteristics as it's parent. This holds true for volunteer tomato plants that grew in the garden from last years tomato fruits. These seeds probably will produce a range of varieties, so you may get a Sweet 100 type cherry tomato, or you may get a total surprise. If you're willing to gamble a bit and let it grow, it might be a great variety. It all depends on your nature and how much you want this cherry tomato variety. If you really want Sweet 100's, buy the transplants at a garden center.

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