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Old May 2, 2006   #1
dovev
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hello

as a (willing to be.... ) new member of the tomato collectors community i have some things i will be very interested to know

I growing tomatoes more then 15 years (sinc i was a child) and have an experience of growing tomatoes in large scales i was the manager of a 1200 sqr yard educetional half commercial organic tomato, eggplants and cucumbers greenhouse

allways have grown hybrid tomatos or plants that origind frome local hybrid tomato seeds so i could get seeds any time and didn't had the need to save them
now when i'm willing to build a hayirlom tomato collection
i need to know what is the best way to save them for long time?
i was told tomato seeds can survive for 10 years, so is
it possible to saw some of the tomato seeds only every
2-3 years and still get good germination?
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Old May 2, 2006   #2
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Yes, 2-3 years should be no problem, especially if you keep them cool and dry, and if you soak them for a day or two before sowing. I keep mine in an airtight jar in my basement with some powdered milk (which acts as a dessicant) in the bottom of the jar. Last year I grew some seeds I had left over from 1999.
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Old May 3, 2006   #3
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thats very good will take it on acount when sawwing
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