Seeds per packet of tomatoes = 50-100
Information on Tomatoes (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
Heirloom tomatoes have been around for at least 50 years and they breed true from seed. If you save the seed from a ripe heirloom tomato and plant it out the next year, you should get a tomato plant that is just like the parent. Almost all heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate – they continue to produce fruit for several weeks on long vines. Determinate varieties have shorter vines and will ripen all at once. Unless otherwise indicated, the varieties listed here are indeterminate.
Companions - plant near asparagus, basil, carrots, celery, marigolds, nasturtiums, onions and parsley. Do not plant near cabbage, fennel, kohlrabi or potatoes.
As containers for growing tomato plants, plastic 1 litre milk bags are terrific—open the top of the bag and cut small drainage holes in the bottom. Roll top edge down by half, fill with potting soil and plant 1–3 seeds. Place bags in plastic trays. As the seedlings grow, unroll the top and add more potting soil. The plant sends out roots along its stem creating a stronger root ball. Simply cut off the bag before planting.
The Tomato Bulletin
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