Open Pollinated Tomato Seeds
Germination time 7-14 days
Hours of sunlight 6-8 hours per day, in full sun
Ideal climate for sowing All season crop, can be grown in summer, rainy season (avoid extreme winter)
Plant height 3-4 feet
Organic fertilizer requirement 1-2 cups of Decomposed cow dung or Vermicompost, or 1 tablespoon of Bone meal(optional) per plant per week
Life span 6-8 months
Ideal growing temperature 24-35°C
Harvesting time 75-80 days after sowing
Maintenance required Moderate
Watering frequency Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged
Ideal grow bag size 12×12 grow bag, 12×24 grow bag, 24x24x12 rectangular grow bag, 36x24x12 grow bed.
Why Grow Open-Pollinated Tomatoes?
Open-pollinated tomatoes have parents of the same variety. If you save and plant the seed of open-pollinated tomatoes, you will get tomato plants that are like the parent. (As long as they are not cross-pollinated with other varieties that might be growing nearby).
Generally, open-pollinated tomatoes are more flavorful than hybrids. Many hybrids are bred for characteristics such as disease resistance, consistent size and storage qualities.
Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated. There are also newer varieties of tomatoes that are open pollinated. Hybrid tomatoes are a controlled cross of two different tomato varieties. They are said to possess hybrid vigor, and are often bred for good disease resistance, higher yields and other traits.