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Early Germination

Early Germination

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 3:23 pm

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EARLY GERMINATION — Eugene Coleman of Union City got the shock of his life recently when he cut into a tomato he purchased at the local farmers market. Coleman said when he cut the tomato open, he found the seeds had already started to grow. A University of Tennessee Extension expert in Knoxville said this can be caused when tomatoes are stored in the refrigerator and then are taken out and left on the counter. “It is believed that the refrigerating causes scarification, so once the seeds (tomato) are returned to a warmer temperature, they begin to germinate,” the expert said, adding she has also seen it in a tomato left on her kitchen counter for several months. “It remained perfectly healthy and solid and when I finally cut it open, the seeds had all germinated,” she said. Published in The Messenger 8.19.08

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