This year I decided I would plant at least six Amish Paste Tomato plants, because we so enjoyed making sauce out of the non-sauce tomatoes last year that using real paste tomatoes could only make it better. To ensure that I got enough for me and my neighbor I planted twenty-four seeds. Out of those twenty-four only six are looking healthy. Many of them failed to germinate at all, or they germinated but never managed to escape their seed like the above guy. I'm leaving them be in hopes they'll still get their cotyledons out, but I'm losing hope at this point.
How this poor seedling managed this feat I'll never know. It has burst through the other side of the seed but still has the seed caught around it's neck. I will probably try to save this with some delicate scissor work tomorrow if it doesn't break out on its own.
This is one that I was losing hope for that did manage to eventually work its way out. I expect the seed will drop within the next 48 hours and a healthy seedling should result. I'm certainly happy I over-planted as I'm going to end up with just enough to meet my needs it looks like. The other seedlings are doing very well by in large. The cherry tomato varieties are going gang-busters. Next year I will have to remember to group them together, as they do outpace their larger fruiting brothers it seems.
Has anyone else had this problem with Amish Paste Tomatoes or did I just hit some bad luck?