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Why are the seeds of Shirley tomatoes so expensive (37p. per seed) when I can buy Italian seed for about 1000 for about 1 euro (80p.)?



I assume it is an F1 hybrid, difficult to breed and therefore expensive. The upside of F1 seed is that it is very uniform and reliable.

20 Jun, 2010


It is also apparently a fairly new variety, which are always more expensive than older varieties, for which mass production is well established--and patents have run out!

20 Jun, 2010


It is certainly a F1 hybrid, but I could have sworn it had been around ever since F1's first became available. There are far better tasting outdoor tomatoes available too.

20 Jun, 2010


I should probably be learning something. I thought it was new because it is resistant to tobacco mosaic virus and cladosporium, which I thought were relatively recent developments.

20 Jun, 2010

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