That is, make your own hybrid tomato variety by cross pollinating two varities and give nature a helping hand!
The great thing about growing tomatoes, or anything for that matter, is that there is always something new to try.
So, how about crossing two different varieties such as Moneymaker and Alicante for example, to obtain a new variety that is more vigorous and more likely to mature before the end of the season!
Not that there is anything wrong with these two great varieties, but in a poor season, a faster maturing tomato could be handy.
Mum and Dad
Firstly, you decide which plant is going to be Mum and which is going to be Dad. It’s best if Mum is the one that produces the most seeds.
Because tomato flowers contain both male and female parts, we need to remove the male part from Mum, which is the male anther cone (yellow).
Now that Mum can’t self pollinate, we then collect pollen from the plant that we’ve decided is Dad, and then introduce that pollen to Mum (the green part above).
When Mum’s part of the flower has been pollinated, the tomato that the flower produces, will contain the seeds of the Hybrid F1 (first generation cross). We can then sow these seeds the following season.
Here’s a short video below, that explains how to cross pollinate in a technical way – stick with it if you can – the fuzz sound at the beginning doesn’t last too long!
Here’s a short video (below) that explains about cross pollinating in a less technical way – the gentleman obviously likes eating tomatoes!
Here are two ladies having fun shaking their flowers and enjoying their tomato garden – that’s the way it should be I think! They aren’t cross pollinating their tomato flowers, just encouraging them to pollinate – something we may all need to do later in the season – a good video though!
If you cross a Moneymaker with an Alicante you could call it Alimoney. If you can think of anymore crosses – Sungold and Moneymaker = Sunmaker, please put them in the comments below. Choose any varieties you like, Moneymaker and Alicante were only an example.