Jesse D Henderson wrote:A question about avocados: I've heard of germinating them by suspending them by toothpicks in water. I'm running that experiment right now. But what would happen if I just bury the whole thing? Sometimes I forget about an avocado and when I cut into it there are roots starting. Has anyone tried this method? I would think it's closer to what would happen in nature.
R Ranson wrote:I live in part of the world where GMO foods are not labeled. Thankfully there are resources online that can tell us about which crops are grown in what parts of the world. My favourite being GMO Compass. Saving seeds from GMO crops may be just fine. I have no idea. I haven't knowingly tried it yet. My personal views on GMOs lead me to avoid them when I can, but I would love to hear experiences from people who have knowingly grown out seed from GMO crops.
R Ranson wrote:I have plenty of experience on the farm with saving seeds from what they call the 'shelly' stage (aka, the eating stage).
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Because I grow in a cold short-season climate, I have often harvested and planted immature seeds. They have a viable embryo, but the rest of the seed might only be partially formed. My first two muskmelon seed harvests fit into that category.
Tomato seeds become viable at about 30-35 days, but the fruits/seeds might take up to 60 days to mature.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:Do you find that this tactic of planting seeds from immature fruit encourages future generations to ripen fruit more quickly [at whatever cost that may be, whether it's reduced vegetative growth or smaller fruit or whatnot]?
R Ranson wrote:I knew the growing parts were present in the seeds, but I didn't know they could grow without going through dormancy first (like drying down).
R Ranson wrote:GMOs are a very difficult topic to talk because a lot of people are very passionate about them. If we go too deeply into this, there's always a chance things might get messy.
R Ranson wrote:Thrilled to find out I'm not the only one.
I didn't know about celery rooting. Can't wait to try it.
Thanks for chiming in Joseph about the male sterility issue. I always forget to mention that.
|Normal Carrot Flower||Male-Sterile Carrot Flower|
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I bought two butternut squash of different varieties at the grocery store last month. As is my custom, I tasted them before saving seeds from them. One of them was insipid. The other was decent. So I didn't save seeds from the one that was lacking flavor.
R Ranson wrote:That's fantastic! What a delicious looking mix of beans.
What are your plans for the beans? Will you be snacking on the sprouts or digging them in the dirt?
R Ranson wrote:
- Carrots, celeriac, and other biannual root crops - either plant whole, or plant the top two inches of the root (including the leaf growing spot which must be healthy) in the soil when danger of hard frost passes, let go to seed, save seeds.