Post by Corinne on Aug 8, 2019 7:34:47 GMT -5
Over the years I have learned some seed saving lessons that I would like to share:
I thought I could grow a project and then save the seeds from the deadheaded flowers or vegetables. But, to my surprise, there were nice healthy plants second time around, but almost no fruit or flowers. Why?
from the Home Depot page:
Heirloom vegetable seeds are seeds that are passed on generation to generation, whose seeds hold true to the parent plant and are open pollinated in the open fields by wind and bees.
Hybrid vegetable plants that are cross pollinated by hand and cross pollinated with different types of plants in order to adopt desirable characteristics from those plants. Hybrid plants can cross pollinate in nature and eventually stabilize and produce a seed that is true. Sometimes the seeds from these vegetables are sterile and if they are not sterile, they will not necessarily hold the same characteristics as the parent plant but from the plants which they were crossed from. With Hybrid vegetable seeds, you don't necessarily know what you are gonna get.
One gamble I take is buying seeds from cheesy vendors on Ebay. Anyone can save seeds from their yard , take a photo of a Parkseed ad and sell you their seeds. Your plants may not be successful and the reason is due to the vendor's plants being a hybrid! All along you thought it was your fault and next time around you armed yourself with Meters, solutions, soil and water nutes and amendments galore! All for an expensive nothing!
Tip: the RELIABLE seed vendors on ebay list their seeds as heirloom.
When I buy a live plant now, I look for the words f1 (or f2)Hybrid or Heirloom now.
As for AG seed kits..who knows if they are hybrid seeds? (most likely they are to sell more kits)
So..just a few things from my seed saving experience for those who want to try their hand at seed saving and growing custom projects in the future. Saved seeds may grow lovely green plants, but may have scant or wonky fruit or flowers.