Growing Speckled Roman Tricot in the Garden - Despite its Wispiness, There are Still Positives!

Growing Speckled Roman Tricot in the Garden - Despite its Wispiness, There are Still Positives!
seeds — Craig LeHoullier | Blog

Speckled Roman tricot is a variety of tomato plant that can be grown in gardens around the world. It has the potential to produce three heads, but it's often weak looking and wispy. This was the case with one particular Speckled Roman tricot that I grew this summer, which had three heads but was terribly weak looking.

The seedling started off as a tricot and I thought about binning it, but instead decided to leave it a bit longer and see if it thickened up. After planting deep, the tricot is now just over 1ft high and has each got a truss of flowers which will get bagged tomorrow.

I am not alone in growing Speckled Roman tricots; others have done so too. My husband suspected he had sprayed something on this summer, however, I didn't pay close attention to it while it was growing. In hindsight, we now know that its wispiness was simply how they grow.

It turns out that not all tricots are genetically stable and this could be exacerbating the problem in the genetics of my Speckled Roman tricot. To find out more information about this variety, I asked the original poster what the source of seeds was for this variety. The answer I received was that the seed would have been from bagged blossoms and germination was slow due to their age.

Finally, an article published by tomatoville in 2015 provides further insight into understanding tricots and their genetic stability. All in all, it looks like my Speckled Roman tricot is more of a novelty than anything else, but I do have a single headed plant too, just in case!The Speckled Roman tricot is a unique variety of tomato plant that can be grown in gardens around the world. It has the potential to produce three heads, but it's often weak looking and wispy. This was certainly true for my own tricot this summer, which had three heads but was terribly weak looking.

I decided to leave it a bit longer and see if it thickened up; however, I didn't pay close attention while growing so I'm not sure what caused its wispiness - whether something had been sprayed or simply how they grow naturally. To find out more information about this variety, I asked the original poster what the source of seeds were for this particular one and found out that germination was slow due to their age.

An article published by tomatoville in 2015 provides further insight into understanding tricots and their genetic stability as well as other factors such as soil type or climate conditions which could affect growth rate too. All in all, my Speckled Roman tricot looks like more of a novelty than anything else!

Despite its weakness though, there are still some positives from having grown this particular Speckled Roman Tricot: tomorrow will bring bagged blossoms with each head producing fruit soon after; plus now we know better how these plants grow so next year should be even better!

What is the Speckled Roman tricot?

The Speckled Roman tricot is a variety of tomato plant that started off as a tricot and has now produced three heads, but it is weak looking.

What was the source of seeds for this variety?

The seed for this variety was saved from the plant grown in 2009/10 and would have been from bagged blossoms.

Is germination slow on these plants?

Yes, germination can be slow on these plants due to the age of the seed.

How tall is the Speckled Roman tricot?

The Speckled Roman tricot is just over 1ft high after planting deep.

Are there any flowers on the plant?

Yes, each of the three heads have a truss of flowers which will be bagged tomorrow.

Is there only one plant with three heads?

No, there is also a single headed plant.

Is there anything else worth mentioning about the Speckled Roman tricot?

It is important to note that not all tricots are genetically stable and it may be exacerbated in this particular plant due to its genetics. It is also worth mentioning the tomatoville article from 2015 in the above link.