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Old February 21, 2013   #1
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Default Moravski Div. abnormality

I had about 95% germination with forty tomato varieties this year. The only variety I experienced problems with was Moravsky Div. purchased from a vendor. I planted six seeds of each variety including MD. Only one MD seed germinated. It produced a normal looking seedling. I replanted four more seed and only two germinated. The two produced seedlings with a single leaf on top instead of a terminal bud. They are about six inches tall fully leafed, but they look kind of weird without a terminal bud.

Will plants eventually produce a terminal bud or are they pretty much doomed as tomato plants. I'm letting them grow and if they survive, I will probably plant them out to see what happens. They had no germination abnormalities like stuck helmets or anything, so I don't know what happened to them.

Since the single seedling out of ten seeds has performed so well, I'm wondering if it is indeed a Moravsky Div. plant. It may be a single seed of a different variety which was accidentally mixed in with the MD seeds.

Just curious!

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I had a couple of tomato seedlings that didn't have a terminal bud. They got bigger, but never produced anymore leaves.
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Old February 21, 2013   #3
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I had poor germination with Moravsky Div and no others last year as well. Only 50% germination cw 90-100% for others. The seedlings were healthy though, and had normal growth and pheno. Your single seedling doesn't have to be a wrong type.

But maybe MDiv usually has poor germination?

I saved lots of seed tedln, so if you want to try some more, pm.
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Thanks Bower for the kind offer. I will grow out the seedling/seedlings I have and save seed from them if possible. I do hope if I am able to save seed, the germination rate will be better.

I will plant them where almost no chance of cross pollination is present.

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