UPDATE April 2014: Due to the high demand and ungratefulness of some, I will. No longer be offering free seeds and do not offer them for sale. I spent hours of my own time and took food out of my family's mouth (literally), only to have people bitch and complain about the speed of my free service. No more. I will be offering them for sale in the future, eleven I catch up with the outstanding requests. Until then, my family will be enjoying the fruits of my labors, not the ungrateful masses that feel entitled. (Read the followup here)
Everglades Tomatoes I picked in about two minutes Thursday night
The Everglades tomato is very prolific. We harvest tomatoes almost daily. Our single plant produces up to a pint of ripe tomatoes each day, each about the size of a marble. Not overly acidic, these have the flavor of tomatoes from a generation ago, when tomatoes actually had flavor.
Propagation from seeds is rather easy - drop a tomato into some dirt, and keep it watered. From cuttings it works about the same as seeds, only gives a strong plant much faster. Simply cut a branch off, stick it into the ground, and water it. You can use a rooting agent if you'd like, but I rarely do.
Rooting some cuttings was the method we used to get some Everglades tomatoes to BlueTang. I took four cuttings, and wrapped the cut ends in a wet paper towel for the trip to his place. Once there, we stuck them into some potting soil, and have kept them watered. In a few months, I will not have to buy tomatoes ever again.
(March 1, 2014 Update: I have all of the dried seeds I had stockpiled and I am waiting on more tomatoes to ripen to get more seeds to send out. filled due to an article published in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel in late January.I have sent out over 300 requests in the last 30 days! With our local weather in the 70s-80's each day, I should be caught up in about A month.I will fill requests in the order they arrive, and my tomatoes ripen.Please keep in mind these tomatoes are also for my family's consumption, so do not be upset if it takes several weeks to get to your request.) < / strong>
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