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Old June 18, 2018   #1
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Default How to get rid of ribbing

I saved seeds from the best plant at F3 and grew 8 plants. To my surprise they are all ribbed, when the original tomatoes were smooth in F1, F2 and F3.

What should I do next? Grow more F3 seeds and hope for smooth maters, or (assuming that great taste is still there) will the F4 give me another chance for smooth ones?

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Could it be environmental? (just hoping).

Any chance they got crossed with a ribbed fruit?
Are they fully mature already? I remember my (smooth) Stupice would occasionally produce a tiny ribbed fruit. Hence the environmental thing may be possible. The same principle that causes megablooms from cold stressed plants early season. I think so.
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at F3 and 4 you will still see a lot of segregation. grow more f3 seeds, as many as you can and look for the qualities you want.
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That would be GREAT if it turns out to be environmental Bower! I don't think they could have crossed with a ribbed fruit as I have always grown them on my deck, far away from the veggie garden. They aren't full size yet...….


I can grow more F3's next year Karen. I'd love to reproduce the fruit that I had last year.

Thanks for your help ladies ,
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