Tomatoe Plants From Old Seed. - Knowledgebase Question

Dunwoody, GA
Question by dblake1
June 17, 2001
I planted some old Burpee's Brandywine Pink tomatoe seed this year. They germinated fine and the bushes are growing fine in the garden but they are not producing any tomatoes.

Is there a problem with yield when using old tomatoe seed?


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Answer from NGA
June 17, 2001

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The only problem associated with using old seeds is that they often fail to germinate. Since your seeds produced seedlings, they were obviously viable. Brandywine is an old-fashioned variety and one that's very reliable. If it has not yet bloomed, give it a few more weeks of warm weather and it surely will. Tomatoes are native to the tropics and grow as perennials there; that's why they perform best when both day and night temperatures are warm. Be a little more patient with your plants - they're sure to provide a bountiful harvest.

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