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Old October 10, 2018   #1
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Default One Very Wispy Tricot

I've grown 1000's of tomatoes and heaps have had tricots, but the plant in the photo is showing how unusual it's growing. This seedling is a Speckled Roman, which started off as a tricot and has now produced three heads, but it's terribly weak looking. I was going to bin it, but I'll leave it a bit longer and see if it thickens up a bit.


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Have you grown speckled Roman before? It is a very wispy plant. I though my husband had sprayed it with something this summer... I didn't pay close attention to it while it was growing? I don't know how I missed how wispy it was while little but it was.
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Amazing foliage, I thought it was sick, but just how they grew. I'll know next time. lol
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Never grown it Mcsee, so could not say. What seed I had planted did not come up this year.
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Here is what it's supposed to be

http://tatianastomatobase.com/wiki/Speckled_Roman

And if you look at the bottom you'll see what might be important and that's what the cross was that led to this variety.

Which leads me to ask the original poster what the source of seeds was for this variety.

And also to note that not all tricots are genetically stable.

https://www.google.com/search?q=gene...&bih=815&dpr=1

Please note the tomatoville article from 2015 in the above link.

I hope this helps at least a bit.

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Hi Carolyn,
Looking back, I grew this variety here in Oz in 2009/10 and saved seed from the plant. Now I know the seed would have been from bagged blossoms, as I'm a stickler for bagging for saved seed, which not many do. I can't remember the plant from back then being as bad as the tricot, so maybe it's exacerbated the problem in the genetics. I have a couple more seedlings that aren't as bad. I can only assume that what you're saying about the instability in tricots is what's showing in this plant.
One thing worth mentioning is, that germination was slow on these and I put it down to the age of the seed.


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My Speckled Roman tricot that grew three heads is still growing and just over 1ft high after planting deep. The three heads have each got a truss of flowers which will get bagged tomorrow. It's more a novelty than anything, but I do have a single headed plant too, just in case.


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