Andrew Barney wrote:I'll look into posting more info about how to actually make the crosses and a photo about when the right stage of flower for demasculation needs to occur. The female parent flowers need to be caught very early.
r ranson wrote:I hand pollinated my first pea flowers yesterday - or at least that's what I hope I did. It was really exciting and a little bit sordid. Here I am, stripping away the protective layers of flower petals, one layer at a time, until I've denuded the male and female parts, extracted the potent pollen, and deposited it onto the female receptacle. If we weren't talking about plants here, I would probably be in trouble for saying something like that.
I grew Tom Thumb Peas for the first time this year. They grow great in containers. The ones I got grow 10 to 12 inches tall. A nice, early pea, ready about two weeks sooner than my regular ones. They look adorable and everyone who sees them seems to fall in love.
The problem is, these tiny peas taste terrible. Every stage of the pea's development is starchy, even the young pods. The leaves and stems are tough and taste like something scraped off the pavement.
The plan: I want a pea plant that grow well in containers, is about a foot tall, and tastes yummy. Snow, snap, or snacking pea, I don't mind which. It just has to be yummy and tender.
The action: make a cross between these two pea varieties and see what happens.