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Re: HYB: advice needed

Lloyd Zurbrigg wrote:
>>Dear Ann Pearce:  If you grow your plants very well, go ahead and set
>>pods on the first-year things. You probably will anyway, right?  But it is
>>hard on the plant, and you should expect to get less increase on it if you
>>put more than one pod on it. The advantage of setting pods on second-year
>>plants, is that the root system is much better developed, and the seeds
>>you get probably will germinate better than those set on first-year
>>plants. Much depends on the root-system of the particular variety. A good
>>plan is to use the pollen of a variety you wish to breed, and put it on a
>>variety in its second year. (That presumes that the variety bears fertile

Thank you very much for the advice, Lloyd Zurbrigg.  Clearly I will have to
do more forward planning than I have so far.  I am fascinated by the concept
that seeds from second-year plants may have better germination rates than
those from first-year plants.

Anyway, thanks again,


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