Tracy wrote: I am thinking that any seeds I can get my hands on, as long as they’re not GMO, would be good to throw into the mix at the beginning of a landrace experiment.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I use any seed that's available to me when starting a seed-saving project: hybrid, open pollinated, heirloom, modern varieties, propagules from the grocery store or farmer's market. Sometimes I might get rambunctious and include wild relatives. There are some crops like beets, carrots, brassicas, and onions, in which the hybrids are made using male sterile plants. And that sterility is passed on through the mother, so all of it's descendants are also sterile. When I see plants that don't have anthers, or that don't produce pollen, I just chop them out. (At one time, 70% of my carrots were male sterile.)
Miranda Converse wrote:Ah so we are talking about plants that have both male and female flowers! I don't know why, I was thinking of plants that had only male flowers (I have no idea which do and which don't have both). Makes sense now!
Tracy Wandling wrote:
So, I guess my main question is, what type of seeds are the best to get if I want to create a landrace, and increase genetic diversity while selecting for certain traits such as taste, drought and frost tolerance, earliness, and whatever else I want? Or does it matter? I am thinking that any seeds I can get my hands on, as long as they’re not GMO, would be good to throw into the mix at the beginning of a landrace experiment. But perhaps I am mistaken. It’s happened before . . .
(I’m hoping Joseph or R will jump in here any minute now, and lead me gently down the path of seed-saving enlightenment . . .)
what type of seeds are the best to get if I want to create a landrace
|Normal carrot flower: Very Male!||Defective carrot flower: Emasculated.|
R Ranson wrote:I think we are talking about plants that normally have perfect flowers (both male and female in the same flower).
Anne Miller wrote:My question is about saving seeds from this kind of flower. In a Compostitae (Sunflower Family), I am assuming that the disc flower is attached to the pappus which is attached to the fruit or seed. So when I dry these I can throw away the disc flower + pappus and keep just the seed.
Anne Miller wrote:This is a Mexican Sunflower we received in a package of unidentified free seeds. The butterflies and hummingbirds love it so we want to plant it again next year in a more appropriate place. Very large plant about 3-4 ft tall and needs water!
Anne Miller wrote:Those sunflowers are gorgeous, I assume they have edible seeds?