HYB:Seedlings: "Failure to grow"
I'll elaborate on this situation. Just so we all know what I'm talking
about. Main example is the seedling crop of crosses made in 2003 and planted in
2004. I'd just moved out here, had lots of prepared beds and planted
everything, including old seedlings that had been in pots for awhile.
Several seedlings, but less than a dozen, grew about 4 inches tall and then
quit growing. As the other seedlings around them grew and flourished, some
even bloomed that fall, these seedlings just SAT there. They looked fine that
first fall as too color and visible health. (no increase) Over winter (some
time after fall) they just disappeared. I don't know just when or how they
disappeared, but when I looked for them the next spring they were gone. This
batch was really noticeable since they were among plants that were quite
vigorous. Their positions are marked by obvious empty spaces.
There is one in the VANISHING ACT X NIGHT GAME planting. Extra visible due
to the exuberance of it's siblings. I will check it later today and see if
it is still there. I've not noticed any of these taking off after the first
year, but in the future I'll mark any that show this characteristic for future
study or observation.
I've not bothered to move these. I figured it was mother nature's way, just
like the albinos.
Chuck is this what you are referring to with this statement?
"Week seedlings in the first year of growth can be a maternal effect, such
as lack of nutrient in seed.
This is reffering to elements re seed and germination, not something to do
with genetics of plant that germinated. Thus the plant can be weak ?the first
year not as a result of anything to do with plant per say.
This maternal effect is usually gone by end of first year."
In the year 2006 I experienced seedlings with failure to grow, three albino
seedlings, and one pair of twins. These are seed collected in 2005 which
sprouted and were planted in the spring of 2006. In addition there have been
some interesting surprises in this batch. Mainly surprises within crosses.
I've been doing this enough to know that the surprises I see this spring will be
the most interesting! (for me)
Secret Service X 1625-1Re (Aug rebloom) only produced 12 seed. Four
seedlings sprouted and were planted. Yesterday, they are some of the strongest
looking seedlings in the bed. (more winter hardy) This surprised me! But what
will they do in spring? I think I know, but there will be more surprises!
Aw, sweet spring! I hear you calling!
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---If you don't cross them, you can't
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Where the seeds are in the pots once again!
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