This is going to seem like an odd question, but I've been curious about it:
I have seen pictures (and heard stories) of tomato seeds sprouting inside of an old room temperature tomato, and then bursting through the skin as a seedling.
Has anyone tried intentionally placing seeds into fruit to germinate them? I could envision placing a seed inside of a cherry tomato, a grape, or a blueberry instead of using soil - and then letting the seedling come out from the insertion point.
It seems like it could be interesting to try, since the seedling could use the water/juice from the fruit, but I am unsure if the conditions would be too acidic or if mold would be an issue.
This video talks about several "hacks" people have been floating around the Internet about starting seeds, especially tomato seeds, inside the fruit. He gives several reasons why he doesn't do it:
1. The tomato seed itself is covered with a gelatinous sprouting inhibitor. Fermenting it off helps germinate the seeds faster.
2. Using a whole tomato in order to sprout one new seed seems wasteful. I'd rather eat the tomato, and save the seeds for later.
I've never intentionally tried placing seeds into a fruit for germination. That photo you shared is certainly jaw-dropping!! Talk about real fertility!
Many people will tell, you have to find out first is the plant you want to grow becomes a true plant or not?
A true plant will have the same properties that the mother plant.
BUT the entrepreneur will say, take the risk and try the outcome.
May be you make an offspring that develops into the Iberico ham of the fruits which you even can give your name.
OR you just might give up your ghost after the first bite. Grow a cucumber from own seeds for example could retard to a cucumber of the begin of civilization, so bitter that you just knock over. (Very very unlikely but mother nature is always a surprise)
To be honest, as Stacie mentioned. Using a whole tomato to get a tomato plant is something for people who spread caviar in the restaurant to make the waiter slipping and crash landing.
There are a lot of YouTubers who try to invent the wheel new. Grandmother will be your personal teacher and she has thought you the best hacks.
By the way, many YouTubers show how they stick branches of their favorite (grafted) rose into potatoes but there is NO video (as far I could find) that show a fully grown rose that came from this hack.
In modern times is going the right way forward the only way to coming back to nature.
Looks like a low acid thick skinned supermarket tomato in the picture, so perhaps why the seeds were not inhibited. The simple solution is to spread the seed bearing gel on a paper towel and let it dry. Tear off bits of the paper with a seed on it and keep them moist to germinate.
Thank you for the feedback, everyone! I don't think I would ever use an entire large tomato to grow plants (since yes that is a waste), but if I have some cherry tomatoes growing that I don't like the taste of, I think I'll try planting some radish seeds or something similarly easy to germinate in it and see what happens.
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Logan Byrd wrote:Thank you for the feedback, everyone! I don't think I would ever use an entire large tomato to grow plants (since yes that is a waste), but if I have some cherry tomatoes growing that I don't like the taste of, I think I'll try planting some radish seeds or something similarly easy to germinate in it and see what happens.
I think you will get 1 radish and then about a week later 10 tomato seedling to compete with it.
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