Q-series Panamorous Tomato
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Breeding population
Seeds per packet: ~20
Germination tested 11/2023: 91%
Life cycle: Annual
From breeder Joseph Lofthouse: "The Q-series of tomatoes are derived from the Beautifully Promiscuous and Tasty Tomato Project. They are descended from crosses between wild tomatoes and domestic tomatoes. The domestic ancestors included 'Brad', 'Jagodka', and 'Big Hill'. The wild ancestors were Solanum habrochaites and/or Solanum pennellii. The flowers are panamorous, facultative-outcrossing, meaning that they have much higher ability to cross pollinate than is typical for domestic tomatoes. They are most fruitful in gardens with lots of pollinator insects, particularly bumblebees and digger bees. The mothers that these seeds were collected from were red or orange fruited, with a fruity flavor profile, on dwarf determinate plants. Pollen donors may have included obligate-outcrossers, therefore planting 7 or more plants is recommended, even if they are crowded. Because of the panamorous nature of this population interesting traits, flavors, and fruit-colors are likely in the descendants. Due to the wild ancestry, germination may be erratic."