Clayton High

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since Mar 17, 2020
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I'm growing 18 promiscuous tomatoes this season, a mix of Q and BH series sourced from EFN. The Q series seem to be doing far better in my garden in the foothills of Northern California. One of the Q series plants has flowers that are particularly open, and some flowers with the purple coloration (most of the plants have nearly standard looking flowers that are slightly more open and have exerted stigma).

I am surprised by the level of diversity between flowers of the same plant. Curious if other growers are experiencing this as well?
2 years ago
There's a few things worth considering when it comes to breeding corn...

You're right that it can adapt quite quickly to an environment, but only if it's starting as a diverse population. A extremely uniform variety will show very little adaptation.

Corn hates being inbred. If you keep growing out seeds of the same small population, after a few generations you'll see a significant reduction in plant health and yield. This is very similar to the effects on humans when a small population inbreeds for some time.
To prevent this, ideally you want to grow a relatively large stand of corn. You will here a minimum of 100, 200, or even 400 depending who you talk to. Personally I think 400 is sufficient.
If you are unable to do this, you can mix seeds you harvested in with ones of the same variety from your seed source, or another seed company, and this should prevent the bottlenecking from occuring.


Corn can pollinate other plants from very far away, much farther than is practical for most people to isolate varieties. The best way to grow two varieties is to plant an early season and a late season corn, this way they will tassle at different times. For people with long growing seasons, they could also stagger their plantings (but I doubt that applies to you).


As for the old seeds, you could try soaking them in a dilute hydrogen peroxide solution. I believe 1% is the normal strength, but you should doublecheck before trying. That said, it would be very difficult to extract those genetics unless you were able to germinate 100 seeds or more, or if you chose to cross it with another variety
2 years ago
I'm a bit late but just stumbled upon this thread.

From my understanding (read from other forums, don't remember the source sorry) the ones in the picture Raven posted are about as popped as they get. Very different from popcorn but just a different sort of food I suppose.


On a related note, I'd love to get my hands on some popbean seeds if anyone has any extras. I should have some interesting things to give in exchange come fall harvest
3 years ago
I'm 18... so at least two of us exist. I can't personally vouch for any others but I certainly presume they exist. I like to think there's lots of us already doing such cool stuff they don't worry about posting on internet forums...

I'm in Michigan right now, just back from being a boot at Wheaton Labs. Headed... somewhere, come spring. Time will tell.

If you're looking for community and willing to do hard work, the bootcamp is a good option. You'll learn a lot about all the things. Never had anyone as young as us but I don't think that matters much.

Happy seeking!
3 years ago
Hi Eric, just wanted to let you know the winter clothes you sent with Beau are going to good use! They're a little big but it's much better than what I had.

Thanks you!
3 years ago
I have one thing to say, and one thing only:

ghee.


Thank you for your time
3 years ago
BRK Day 11

You got it Greg, it is in fact a Lofthouse Maxima. And yes, it is a bit small haha

3 years ago