World Record Tomatoes Start with Good Seed
I think gardening and growing food should be fun. Yes, it is also “work” as in physically you have to do something, but it’s not really work if your enjoying it.
Those who know me, know that I like a good challenge and have a competitive spirit if it’s for fun. So, I’ve made a personal challenge this year to grow the biggest tomato I’ve ever grown — like State Fair worthy ginormo’ big. I’m not looking to grow bigger than someone else — just the biggest tomato I’ve ever grown.
Now mind you, I do know how to grow tomatoes. In fact, when other growers struggled last season in our region, I had a bountiful crop. My friend even commented on that observation. But, as ling as your living, there’s more you can learn, so I’ve dove in yet again to read and glean knowledge from others who have successfully grown large tomatoes.
I loved that the first pages of “How to Grow World Record Tomatoes “ by Charles H Wilber had in the forward this belief by author Barbara Pleasant...
”But growing world-record tomatoes is much more complex than that...It begins when you sort through the seeds you hold in the palm of your hand.”
Exactly. DNA of a plant and Epigenetics plays a key role in setting yourself up for success. Start with good seed and you’re well on your way to having strong plants. We’ve seen the vigor first-hand in our hydroponic growing where plants are more disease and pest resistant as they continue to grow in hydroponic conditions and seed from these plants that has adapted to these conditions are harvested and used for the next generation of hydroponic plants.
The same is true with soil grown plants — if collected and grown in the same region and weather conditions, they are stronger in soil and have vigor when given proper nutrients they need.
We take pride in what we grow from seed start clear through to harvest and seed collecting, processing and storage. We don’t just buy random seeds and repackage them to sell like some seed brokers. That doesn’t help our customers. We want our customers to have confidence in the seed purchased from us.
So, I’ll return to my reading and IF the good Lord blesses me with the opportunity to grow a really big tomato, I’ll be sure to share what I learned along the way. Like Barabara Pleasant also says, “I suspect that the learning never ends.”
Have fun growing your own food!
PS: Check out how our hydroponic-adapted seeds look when compared to other brands that were grown in soil ...