Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Roy M. Sachs
Sat, 04 Jun 2005 06:44:03 PDT
Christine: Those 'worms', germinated seed, making little tomato 
plants, are the result of seed losing their 'after-ripening' period 
while still in the fruit the result is that kind of mess.

Why some seed of some tomato varieties pass through after-ripening 
while in the fruit is beyond recall now, bu tone of my co-teacher 
colleagues assured me that the varieties tcommonly displaying this 
trait rarely make it into commerce for just that reason....ugly stuff.

Just bought one tomato (of about 6) that had germinated seed, scooped 
out the pulp containing the offending worms, and salvaged something there is a physiological reason why seed in one of the 
six fruit germinated.

Had this happened years ago I would have brought the fruit to class 
and then ask students to posit an answer and defend it...I, of 
course, had no idea what had happened.


>Christine Council wrote:
>>Hello pbs friends,
>>I need your help so please don't get upset about the subject matter.
>>We recently picked up some vine ripened tomatoes at the Super Market
>>which are sold with the vine still attached to the tomatoes.  They 
>>are expensive
>>but I had a taste for the real deal.  The tomatoes sat around for a 
>>while and I noticed
>>that they looked as if something was bulging out of the sides.  I 
>>left it sitting on the counter
>>and finally decided to perform surgery.  The inside looked like 
>>worms or maggots at first
>>glance but closer scrutiny showed little vines;  the tomatoes 
>>looked as if they had been pumped full of vines or roots. I let 
>>this tomato sit on the counter to see what  would happen
>>and the sprouts kept sprouting toward the light and getting leggy 
>>like my Oxalis plants.  Meanwhile
>>the other tomatoes had what looked like branches growing out of the 
>>tomatoes.  I put these sprouts
>>on top of  dirt in a yogurt cup, put the lid on ( clear plastic) I 
>>had to remove the lid because the sprouts were getting to high and 
>>are turning into little tomato plants. I also did an experiment by 
>>putting the
>>sprouts into a yogurt cup and adding water. I gave up this idea 
>>because it really smells like fish.and turned
>>brown.  The long and short of it is... what the heck are they doing 
>>to grow tomatoes?  I have a few experiments going on because i want 
>>to see how fast the vines will grow out side and I am dying to see 
>>the end product.  This could be easier than planting seeds because 
>>I just  pull out a clump of of vines and plant them in dirt, water, 
>>or leave them sitting inside of the  tomatoes.  Usually there were 
>>vines and no seeds.  I saw three seeds
>>in one tomato.
>>Please humor me, I am curious about the possibilities because I 
>>just started to pay attention to how things are grown recently. 
>>Take Care Friends and please send your comments to the list or my 
>>personal address
>>Scamp the un - Earth lady.            
>>--- Christine Council
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