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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 09:00 AM
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Campari tomatoes are great! Reckon I could start some plant from the seeds of Campari tomatoes I
bought at the grocery store?



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Denninmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 12:05 PM
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1. Yes.
If the original strain is a hybrid, there may be some variability in the progeny. But as a rule, tomatoes come pretty true from seed. I'd go for it.
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Retrograde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 05:21 PM
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2. Maybe
I believe these are hybrids, so even if they do produce viable seeds they're not likely to breed true.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 05:39 PM
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3. Campari are a hybrid variety - you can save seeds and plant them - they will grow...
Edited on Fri Jun-17-11 06:06 PM by NRaleighLiberal
but what you get is anyone's guess and depends upon the parents used to make the cross (which is always a closely held secret by the breeder).

Sometimes progeny of hybrids are similar to the hybrid, sometimes not. Some of us have been trying for years to get a non-hybrid version of Sungold cherry tomato, for example - but although we've gotten some orange cherry tomatoes as offspring, none have the unique flavor of Sungold - sometimes these crosses can be quite complex.

Another example is Burpee's Big Boy - which is a cross between a medium sized red tomato and a very large fruited pink tomato. Seeds saved from Big Boy would end up giving you a range of things - medium or large pinks, medium or large reds, with all sorts of flavors.

Still, if you've got the room, it is worth a try - I would plant as many plants as you can fit just to see what sort of fruit size/flavor range you get.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 07:59 PM
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4. I love experimentation.
But I really have learned not to be disappointed when it doesn't work out the way I expect.
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