Due to the Bush fires in Jan/Feb 2019 we removed insect proofing from all of our tomatoes and beans to avoid potential plastic contamination of the soil in either an ember attack or fire. Fortunately – the fire didn’t quite reach us – unfortunately the bumblebees had a ball visiting all the extra flowers.
We’ve spent a lot of time agonising over what to do and we’ve decided to leave the decision to YOU. (Yeah, it was a cop out).
We’ve labelled all varieties of tomatoes and beans, chillies and capsicums that may have been cross pollinated so you know and you can decide if you want to take the risk.
Cross-pollination means that some of the tomatoes you grow may not be true to the original variety.
Bees aren’t usually interested in tomato and bean flowers and the risk of cross-pollination is relatively low. However, bumblebees can tear the delicate flowers and force pollinate flowers that are ‘selfers’ that don’t require pollination. This year there were a lot of bumblebees.
Bush beans aren’t as likely as climbing beans to be cross pollinated due to slightly different anatomy. However tomatoes, and in particular potato leafed varieties – are very susceptible.
You might grow a Palmwoods tomato that’s black (usually they’re red), or a round black tomato that now has orange stripes. You might accidentally get the world’s coolest tomato – and as all of our tomatoes taste great – they should all taste great.
But if you want them to be exactly what they say they are – then don’t take the risk. Varieties that may have cross-pollinated are identifiable by the words BUSH FIRE SERIES in the product title.
P.S – We had a crossed tomato years ago that we’re growing each year to ensure it’s stabilised and grows true. It’s a cross between Lemondrop and Gold Medal and it’s sublime – we’re naming it after our best friend, and now departed Springer Spaniel, Nuju. We’re calling them Nujuberries. He loved picking tomatoes, he just never put them in the bucket.
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