About seed saving - saving Heirloom seeds

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About seed saving - saving Heirloom seeds

Post by James Doyl » Mon, 13 Mar 2000 04:00:00



How do I know if the seeds from my plants are hybrids or not?  If my Garden
contains four types of peppers ( as a example) would not all the seeds
therefore have the chance of being a hybrid.  This would seem to make it
impossible in a commutiy garden to save anything.

Thanks for any help.

James

 
 
 

About seed saving - saving Heirloom seeds

Post by Bill Morg » Mon, 13 Mar 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

> How do I know if the seeds from my plants are hybrids or not?  If my garden
> contains four types of peppers ( as a example) would not all the seeds
> therefore have the chance of being a hybrid.  This would seem to make it
> impossible in a commutiy garden to save anything.

This is true. You have to take special steps (e.g., bagging flowers) to
make sure that you don't get cross-fertilization. Peppers often fertilize
themselves, which is whya pepper grown indoors without insects to act as
pollinators will set some fruit. However, they also cross, which means that
you can't be 100% sure when there are other peppers nearby in an outdoor
situation. Some tomato varieties pollinate within the same flower most of
the time, others outcross quite readily -- you have to know what varieties
you're working with.

And as this kind of thing differs greatly both within and between species,
you get better results if you do a little self-education on the topic.

There are a number of good books on the subject. Suzanne Ashworth's "Seed
to Seed" is one of them. Sorry, I don't recall publisher or ISBN right off
hand.

But lest you get too intimidated by the idea, remember: people have been
doing this successfully for 10000 years...

Regards,
Bill

--

"Those who do not learn the lessons of science fiction are condemned to
live them."  

 
 
 

About seed saving - saving Heirloom seeds

Post by PRoth106 » Mon, 13 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Something else to consider is that you may come up with your own variety of
pepper or whatever from saving the seed and that could be very good. It depends
on  your intentions.
Pat zone 6b

 
 
 

About seed saving - saving Heirloom seeds

Post by Bill Morg » Mon, 13 Mar 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

> Something else to consider is that you may come up with your own variety of
> pepper or whatever from saving the seed and that could be very good. It
depends
> on  your intentions.

It is easy to come up with unusual hybrids. Selecting the desired form out
to true varietal status can take many years and considerable patience and
dedication. But that is just what people have done routinely for 10
millenia.

Regards,
Bill

--

"Those who do not learn the lessons of science fiction are condemned to
live them."