Several rootstock varieties are available for tomatoes, also grown from seeds. The improved rootstock gives much more vigorous growth, much better productivity, and confers disease and nematode resistance.
I have some old seeds of Maxifort rootstock. I don't know how well they will germinate at 5 years old, but the seeds can be expensive so I will give them a try.
This year I bought "Supernatural Hybrid" which is also a performance enhancing rootstock.
|Tomato Seeds planted 3.24.16|
I planted seeds for the following:
Both rootstock varieties.
Jersey Boy Hybrid
Supersweet 100 hybrid
Sunny Boy Hybrid
Better Boy Hybrid.
It looks like I'm not so enthusiastic about Heritage varieties this year. I may get some out and try, depending on how this experiment goes.
They are planted in the usual seed starting medium in 6 packs, on a seed warming mat.
|Kitchen Garden and Herb Seedlings. 3.24.16|
|Kitchen Garden Seedlings. 3.24.16|
Johnny Jump Up
The catnip seeds were about 8 years old so I planted thickly. I want to attract cats to my yard to eat voles and rabbits. Catnip is also a good nectar plant for beneficial insects and bees.
I let the original okra seedlings dry out. Too much trouble to grow such a vigorous plant indoors, so early. So now starting again. When they size up, I can plant them in the sunroom until outdoors is more summery.
The peppers are blooming. I started them too early. They look good in the sunroom. They had spider mites. I treated with "Dr. Earth" which seems to have done the job. I am skeptical about such products but I do not want to spray carcinogens around.
|Sweet and Chili Pepper plants, started in January 3.24.16|
|More peppers and other plants. 3.26.15|