tomato -planting - saving seed

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  1. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    How far apart should I plant tomato varieties if I want to save seed?
     
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    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Ask any two experts and you will not get the same answer. Most generally arrive at somewhere between 10 and 25 feet. One such "expert" claims only 5' is good enough but then she also has claimed that 5% crossed seed may be acceptable. I try for between 10 and 15 feet and have never had any problem thus far. I'll be growing about 30 varieties this year and maintaining about 10' between them.

    Jeff McCormack's suggestions have often been considered the best but even he is evasive at times! Check out his article from when he was head of SESE.

    http://www.southernexposure.com/library/isolation-distance-tomatoes.html

    Martin
     

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    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    Thanks for the help. I like the idea of coordinating the early-late bloomers as a way of "separating" them.
     
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    They are self pollinating, so you will end up with a very high rate of pure seed even if they are right next to eachother, or so I have been told by "Tomato Experts".