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Old 08-31-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Seeding your harvest?

Odd question, but does anyone know if you can successfully harvest seeds from Burpee seed-grown plants? I'd read somewhere that Burpee (as well as other mass producers of seeds) engineered their plants to not produce viable second-generation seeds. True, or tinfoil hat talk?


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Old 08-31-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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That would explain my failure rate. Doesn't hurt to try though.


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You should look at heirloom varieties.
The problem with most hybrid seed is that the seed producers carefully breed 2 different strains of plants to create a hybrid that has certain characteristics from each parent strain. This is great for the first generation seed. The next generation not so much, the plants may not grow right, may not produce fruit, may not germinate at all.
Heirloom openly pollinated seeds will have a better chance of being good to go for a 2nd generation, but the drawback is that you don't get the benefit from the hybrid type.
If you want more info google "heirloom vs hybrid seeds" there is hundreds of articles and websites about it.
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Heirloom or Open Pollinated is the way to go. The plants grown from their seeds should be true to type IF the plants you have grown have not been cross pollinated in YOUR garden.

Seed Saving is quite a hobby.

Check out Territorial Seed at http://www.territorialseed.com/category/526
and Seed Saving at http://howtosaveseeds.com/index.php

I attended a local class/info meeting and am eager to get started.
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Yep- it is not Burpee- ii is that you have a hybrid.

Example- Big Boy Tomatoes- are a cross between a Cherry and a Rutgers. Save the seeds, they revert to the dominant parent- and you get Cherry tomatoes.

Save the seeds from Cherokee Purples or Mortgage Lifters, you get Cherokee Purples or Mortgage Lifters. Those are heirloom, non-hybrid varieties.

Country Gentleman Sweet Corn reproduces as itself. Save the seed from the Super Incredibly Sweet Hand Me My Insulin Sweet corn- you get something that looks like oversized grass.
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. I seeded a bunch of late-season green beans last fall, and not a single seed germinated this spring.
I'll look into heirloom stuff from now on.
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Heirloom is it. I mail order mine through Jung.
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. I seeded a bunch of late-season green beans last fall, and not a single seed germinated this spring.
I'll look into heirloom stuff from now on.
We grow some heirloom purple string beans that are the best I've ever had. Every year we plant from the previous season's seed and get probably 99% germination. We usually plant more than we plan on growing, then they all come up and we plant them anyhow. We got the original seeds from a neighbor decades ago.
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We grow some heirloom purple string beans that are the best I've ever had. Every year we plant from the previous season's seed and get probably 99% germination. We usually plant more than we plan on growing, then they all come up and we plant them anyhow. We got the original seeds from a neighbor decades ago.
I'll have to try those if I can find em. I have improved golden wax, love em but never saved the seed.
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I'll have to try those if I can find em. I have improved golden wax, love em but never saved the seed.
I don't know the actual name of the ones I grow. Like I said we got them from a neighbor (now deceased) years ago. There are many to choose from. I don't think I have any seed left over from last year, but maybe we could start a seed exchange?


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