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    Default Growing from original bought seeds or seeds from own grown

    You grow a plant from bought seed and the plants are healthy and fruitful and you save the seed.

    What do most people do the following year if you still have the original bought seeds left, do you use those to grow your new plants or use the seeds from the plant that you grew the year before?

    This of course is assuming it isn't from F1 seed.

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    I usually do half & half, to see if the ones I've saved work any better than the originals I discovered last year that the Purple Plum tomato seeds that I'd saved must have crossed somehow with a red tomato because they were distinctly redder than the originals!

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    I grew Channel Islands Walking Stick Kale last year. I had the dillemma of sowing my own kept seed or using the rest of the bought packet?

    I thought "Well, whats the point of keeping my own seed if I don't use it" so I used my own!

    My kale will probably be carp, and I really should have sown a bit of each, but hey ho, pointless bitching over what might have been......there's always next year and I'm sure the chooks will like it however it grows!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarzWix View Post
    I usually do half & half, .........................!
    Very sensible Sarz..........
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

    Diversify & prosper



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    Some things don't often come true without isolation (Brassicas, Runners and Curcubits mainly) these I sow mainly originals.

    Sweetcorn should be in the above group but is too expensive to buy.....I tend to grow a few plants in sheltered isolation at home to produce seed that is normally pretty true

    Some do and are best with fresh seed and definitely adapt over generations (selecting the best each time) to suit your particular situation (EG Parsnip, carrot, parsley, garlic, leek, French beans) These I don't bother sowing old seed just new

    Toms, chillies peppers etc may require some selection/isolation....as mentioned above. They are slower to change though. These I might grow 1/2 old and 1/2 new
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    Thanks Paulottie.

    I won't be going as mad as I did last year which was my first year of growing.

    We have more than enough seeds to be going on with in fact too many.

    I think I will have to go through my seed box and offer some on the seed forum.


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    excellent question 21
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    Quote Originally Posted by piskieinboots View Post
    excellent question 21
    Thanks Piskie but not as good as this question that I posted

    http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...our_45430.html


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