Tomatoes seeds germinating inside the tomato!

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Two different people have contacted me about a tomato they each had that was sprouting seeds INSIDE the tomato. Both people said the tomatoes were older. When they cut into their tomatoes, they found tomato seeds prematurely sprouting inside. I haven’t seen that before and had to research it out.

It’s called Vivipary which means ‘live birth’.  It is the phenomenon that involves seeds germinating prematurely while they are still inside the fruit, in this case tomatoes. It most often happens when the fruit is old. Normally the gel around the tomato seeds prevents the seed from germinating inside but it’s not limited to just tomatoes.

Read more at Gardening Know How: What Is Vivipary – Reasons For Seeds Germinating Prematurely

7 comments on “Tomatoes seeds germinating inside the tomato!

  1. tonytomeo says:

    It looks worse in a tomato.
    An avocado tree in my mother’s garden produced avocados with roots dangling from them. The big fruit too so long to ripen that the seeds germinated first. The fruits were fine of course. They just looked silly.


  2. Sherry Snyder says:

    An immaculate conception! Best wishes to you and Elodie for a wonderful holiday season. — Sherry



  3. Deanna says:

    That’s crazy! I just had a couple tomatoes do that also! There must be some sort of natural trigger that made that happen to us at the same time. It’s happened to me a few times before, but I don’t recall what time of year it was. Note: from previous experience I can tell you that eating them that way isn’t pleasant, it’s not terrible either, but I wouldn’t purposely eat one that way again,


    • Actually it can happen when the tomato has been sitting out too long. Excerpt from the link in my post:
      “Seeds contain a hormone that repress the germination process. This is a necessity, as it keeps the seeds from germinating when conditions aren’t favorable and missing their shot to become plants. But sometimes that hormone runs out, like when a tomato sits around on the counter for too long”


      • Sue Garfitt says:

        Can they be used to be planted please, will they be a poorer quality product ?


      • Well since they are inside the tomato, I’m not sure if you could take the sprouted seedling and transplant it into some soil mix. Not sure it would survive. AS far as if they would be poorer quality, I don’t know that either. Sorry.


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