Sunday, January 16, 2011
Hammering out the details.....
I have two varieties I grew out last year, one received in an on-line trade ("Pink Brandywine"), the other purchased from a small professional heirloom seed saver ("Amazon Chocolate"), that should have been potato leafed, but were not. I know various genetic traits can be expressed in unstable varieties, and also, mis-labeling on seed the packet and on my end can certainly occur. The problem is that this leaves me wondering what I actually grew. And asking questions, like will the seeds I saved produce the same strain or will something new be expressed? Will the original seed packet produce the same crop as the first?
None of these worries are large, but when a gardener is only growing 2 slicing tomato varieties, that gardener does not have room for experimentation. (At least I don't!) So, I am just wondering as I get set up to start seeds today, and am finalizing the varieties to be sown, does anyone else have this problem often, or is it a rare occurrence?
And if you experience this, is it only with 'saved seed', or do commercial heirloom seeds sometimes become unstable genetically as well?
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