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Seeds & Seedlings

Linda Mann wrote:

:  Does size and shape of seeds have any relationship to how well the seeds grow
:  or what the babies look like?  Will the babies from the huge misshapen seeds
:  be huge misshapen (ruffled?) babies?  Will CHERRY SMOKE's babies all be
:  tailored?  Or are these just quirks of seed formation that have little to do
:  with genetics?

In my experience, it's more a question of whether the misshapen seeds will
germinate and survive than what the babies will look like.   To things are
required to produce seedlings:  a viable embryo and a sufficient endosperm to
support germination and feed the baby until it can live on its own.   A huge,
misshapen seed often has no embroyo.  A very small seed may have an embryo, but
not enough endosperm to  support natural germination.  To complicate matters,
even "normal-looking" seeds may not have viable embryos. 

So -- just keep on keeping good records & keep us posted!

Sharon McAllister

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