[tomato] cross pollination with heirlooms

Kim Van Scoy (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 03:29:22 -0500

Chuck or anyother heirloom expert,
    How much of a problem is cross pollination with heirlooms.  You implied it is too much of a problem to use saved seeds.  Last year I saved seeds from several heirloom varieties but didn't use cages.  A gardening/C.S.A. friend told me they wouldn't come true so much to my husbands dismay I planted the saved seeds and also some newly purchased ones "just in case".  We now have 145 tomato plants.  So far I can't tell any problems with the saved seeds but here in WI there aren't many ripe tomatoes yet. I was lazy again this year and didn't build cages, do you think I should bother saving seeds or just wait until next year when I finally am more organized?  

Waiting impatiently for that first red tomato,