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Coming true from seed

Posted by treehouse415 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 30, 10 at 18:08

Hey everyone I just bought some strawberry seeds online and I have been reading tons and tons of info on growing from seed.

However, I am stuck at a phrase that I see from time to time that I just don't understand, and I need help verifying what it means exactly.

The saying is :

" ..... it doesn't come true from seed".

What does that mean exactly?

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RE: Coming true from seed

  • Posted by trudi_d 7, Long Island (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 30, 10 at 18:17

It means that the plants produced by the seeds won't be exactly the same as the plant the seeds came from. That doesn't mean you won't get a nice strawberry, it just means you'll get a somewhat different strawberry. Size, color, cropping are typical traits that are bred for in food plants but don't expect extreme differences.

RE: Coming true from seed

As trudi says the seed won't produce a plant that resembles the plant it came from. In most cases this is a hybridized plant. Many heirloom varieties do come true from seed.When planting seeds like you have is a crap shoot. 1 or 2 may be like the plant, but most will not. Some will produce berries and some may be useless. You just never realy know what you are going to get.

Just curious--why are you growing strawberries from seed. I think it would take a while to get viable plants. The best way to grow them is from stringers. You buy some plants and that fall they produce stringers which you cut off and replant the next spring

RE: Coming true from seed

Oh, thanks guys.

Oilpainter - I bought one plant from the local nursery here and hopefully it will produce tons of runners later in the fall or winter for my propagation project. I decided to get some Sequoia Strawberry seeds online because I like seeing things sprout and mature, (For me, it's like getting a puppy or a grown dog). However, I do know that strawberry plants won't flower or fruit until the second year. I'm patience so I'll just enjoy the beauty of the plant for the first year.

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