I've got great germination rates for the tomato seeds that I sowed on February 20th. The tags say the 17th but that's the date I wrote them out and I didn't get around to sowing the seeds until the 20th. I'm keeping a separate blog for my record keeping, very boring, no photos, and constantly being updated with my notes for when things germinate, get planted out, etc.
Anyway, my notes say that I sowed seeds on the 20th, the first varieties germinated on the 23rd (Aunt Ruby's German Green and Giantesque), and the last variety to germinate did so on the 26th. I am really surprised that that last variety (Galinas cherry) produced anything at all. It's an old favorite that I haven't grown for years and since I haven't received the cherry tomato seeds that I ordered from Fedco (sheesh people, it's been almost 3 months!) and I still had some Galinas seeds, they got thrown into an empty space in a pot. Would you believe that those seeds are 10 years old? Yup, I've got a note on the seed packet that I first sowed those seeds on March 3 of 1999! Granted, only about a third of them germinated (5 out of 14), but what do you want for old seeds?
On the other hand, I got some freebie seeds for Vintage Wine bi-color beefsteaks. I sowed 4 seeds and only got 1 sprout. With that kind of germination rate for new seeds I can understand why they're giving them away.
Sigh, I'm already dreaming of fresh picked, truly vine ripened (what an abused marketing term), home grown tomatoes! Only 5 months to go.... Now, I've got to get their bed cleaned out and prepared.