How many of you have sprouted an Avocado seed? That’s right, everyone has but have you ever tasted the fruit from a Haas Avocado grown from seed? I had the great pleasure to visit a friend in South Florida who offered me a sample of the first official fruit from a seed he planted 7 or 8 years ago. Taste? Worst tasting avocado with a bitter aftertaste. After asking a Horticulture expert a few weeks later, he laughed and said NO avocado seed produces a genetic copy of the parent tree and only a tree grafted with a Haas, or other, scion guarantees a match.
Moral of the story: Keep on encouraging the kids to sprout the seeds but only grafted trees will produce the stuff great Guacamole is made from...
My Father would use dry beans from the store & they worked just fine.
All seeds on today market are hybridized, Europe & USA have been hybridizing seeds for three hundred years.
The book "Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding" tells the story of how man has manipulated plants for hundreds of years.
Do any avocados over winter in Raleigh? You might be able to keep them over winter if you baby them by pulling a plastic sheet or blankets over them over winter. I was able to keep most of our garden alive during the ice storm by erecting a low-tunnel over it, and placing a small heater inside.
In the master gardeners classes I had taken they specifically warn against re-sprouting plants from the grocery store -- due to pathogens and diseases. I am not sure what they would say about seeds from fruit (as long as the were not exposed to the air, handling or equipment).
I have some apple seedlings, one pear seedling, and several green onions on my windowsill at work from organic grocery store produce. I had the seeds in the refrigerator in a moist paper towel at work for 6-8 weeks before planting out. Several of the seedlings did not make it because they dried out when I went on one of my 10-day trips for work, others have been given out to coworkers, and I plan to plant a few out myself.
I also like to plant out and mulch seeds from my lunch if I find a good spot for them while I am working in the field.
If you save the bottom around the root core of a tasty onion and set it in a shallow container of water (I use the glass gobs from vases) it will begin growing roots. Once there are roots I plant the roots in a good potting mix with the little onion chunk above the soil line. I have had great success with them forming bulbs that can then be planted out in spring.
We have a little farm with Jacobs Sheep, guinea fowl, geese, ducks, Muscovy Ducks & chickens. We've have more over the years but are down-sized now and retired. There's still some gardening going on & a small orchard but it's mostly about the grandkids now.
I hope I win a copy of your book. I did not buy many seeds for this year and have had mixed results. I have saved a line of patty pan squash I bought 10 years ago and all I do now is place some that have gone over in a part of the garden I want them the next year and get volunteers every year without much visible hybridizong!
I saved cukes and okra and saved seed, which sprouted but then died. Mixed results with tomatoes (but hit with very cold weather) No peppers sprouted at all but eggplant and ground cherries did great!
My pink and blue tomatoes (store bought) all came up beautifully but NONE of the russets.
I am interested in reading about your brand because I have saved the same three varieties for years and have seen no mixing!
Last year I grew some ginger in my cold frame. This year I planted some, but it hasn't come up yet. I don't think it's going to, because it's been a long time. It was incredibly easy and I got some new ginger root to use in my cooking. Its provenance was the grocery story. Your post makes me want to try again.
Oh, and I grew some grocery story flax.
If I ever get more organized I'll keep notes, but mostly, I just plant, plant, plant....
Love this. All my winter squash plants are from grocery squash. Last year i grew a bunch of the little snacking pepper seeds, ate lots of,"free" peppers, gave lots of plants away to friends. One friend put 2 of them in attractive pots and gave them to her grandkids for Christmas covered in sweet, red, kid-sized peppers
My kids think am crazy, they're probably right. Everything I buy I save seeds from. When I buy meat, I wash the Styrofoam trays and put a paper towel in them to put seeds on to dry. Also the plastic trays the little meals my husband eats when I'm not there work good for this. They also stack well if you have to pick them up off the table when company comes. I have even been know to save a few seeds from a tomato that tasted good at a restaurant, wrap them up in a napkin and smuggle them home. Yeah, I guess I am crazy
Tomatoes I find very satisfying to save 'n' trade seeds. You can start with some extra-tasty ones. Just spread a bit of the seedy pulp onto a piece of paper and let them dry out. You can then scrape them off and keep in a paper envelope until seed starting season. It get's more interesting starting the coming year: save fruit from the best (flavor, earliness, disease resistance, drought or cold tolerance....whatever the challenges may be in your own garden). Save that seed again and use it the next year. Note the plants that show the traits you're looking to develop, save their seeds, and keep on that way for a few years and *presto* (pesto?) you will quickly have your very own landrace.
Works for other plants and livestock as well, but I find tomatoes particularly satisfying.
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