Do Tomatoes Self Seed?

These persistent cherry tomatoes keep coming back to my garden year after year.

An acquaintance and I were chatting on iMessage about all sorts of things – from big pharma and religion to bird snaps and gardening. An odd mix, I know, but that's how my neurodivergent brain likes it.

He popped the question, "Growing any veggies lately?" I mentioned the cherry tomatoes on display in the backyard, and he replied that he hadn't planted any tomato plants this year, but a plant had started growing in the spot where they used to be. I assumed tomatoes were self-seeding, but I did a quick Google search to verify. Yep, I was right.

Self-sowing annuals are those plants that toss their seeds into the garden before calling it quits. Those seeds sprout all on their own the next year. They come back yearly, just like perennials, but it's from their seeds, not their roots. They're playing a game of tag with themselves!

I've had tomato vines in the same spot every year since I put four plants in a couple of years ago. They just won't quit!

Author: Khürt Williams

A human who works in information security and enjoys photography, Formula 1 and craft ale.

8 thoughts on “Do Tomatoes Self Seed?”

  1. Tina Schell says:

    I have no idea but yours surely seem to Khurt! Loved your image.

  2. Matt says:

    Yes we always get some popping up but we also enjoy trying new varieties!

  3. Wind Kisses says:

    Love the photo, and the info. I have a garden that keeps coming back too. No tomatoes, but snap peas, and carrots. It is fun to explore and find surprises.

    1. I haven’t tried carrots for some time. The wild rabbits and chipmunks eat them. 🤣

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        My miniature humans are a bit like that. They check them too early, and for them it is part of the fun. And mine.

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