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A blog by the UC Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County
by Terry Harper
on September 3, 2020 at 9:36 PM
Our garden club is trying to develop a low light tomato that will set fruit in 6 hours of sun light. I had a tomato that produced tomatoes in the 6 hours of direct sun light. BUT: I could only grow 6 plants. after three or four years the production dropped fast. upon research I found out I needed DIVERSITY which means 30 and more plants to keep them productive and heirloom. Now we need gardeners everywhere to plant these seeds in a place where they get 6 hours of direct sunlight. save the seeds and then we can mix everyone's seeds together then redistribute them among our gardeners. when saving the seed, save seed from about the middle of the plant and pick the biggest and best looking tomato. save the seed and eat the tomato. If you have other low light plants I would like to have some of those seeds. we need to establish Heirloom low light plants as the houses now days are so close together you cant grow much of anything. Any one interested or has questions can email me.
Reply by Anne E Schellman
on September 4, 2020 at 9:20 AM
Sounds like a great project!
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