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Challenge-16: Saved-vs-Packet Seeds

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Project by justjoel posted 04-03-2013 06:57 AM 1548 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasn’t really sure what to do for this challenge, until this weekend. At first I was going to use my decision not to start my tomato seeds in the peat pods this year, just planting them directly in larger pots – but that didn’t seem like much of an “experiment” really, more of just a different plan, with nothing to compare it to this year.

Then I found that I had some Echinacea seeds left in the packet from last year, and seeds I’d saved from plants I grew from that packet of seeds. So, I’ve planted three pots with saved seeds, and three pots with seeds from the packet, two of each in 3 inch plastic pots, and one of each in a peat pot. They all were planted the same day, in the same starting mixture, and all six pots are heavily seeded, so I’m bound to get a couple of seedlings each.

You can see in the pictures that what I saved looks much different that what came from the packet – but I’m hoping it is just a matter of me not cleaning the chaff from the seeds, which wouldn’t happen in a “natural” re-seeding situation anyway, so I’m hoping for the best (would hate to discover I just saved dried flower petals).

The plants from last year are coming up again in the herb/tea garden area, which I’m very pleased about since I didn’t get much in the way of flowers from them last year (I was a bit late as usual), so I imagine they’ll do better this year – if I can keep the mint from taking over. I spent an hour the other day just digging up the rhizomes, or whatever they’re called, that were spreading out several feet from the original planting area.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 04-03-2013 11:46 AM

Looks like a good experiment to me. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Jimthecarver

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posted 04-03-2013 12:21 PM

I hope your experiment goes better than mine.
Good luck.

-- JTC

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Iris43

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posted 04-03-2013 01:28 PM

I’ll be watching with interest, JJ. You’re sure the seeds you saved are from the echinacea? They look so different! In fact, they look very much like marigold seeds…......will be very interesting to see what grows. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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justjoel

1063 posts in 2006 days
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posted 04-03-2013 04:28 PM

They’re from the echinacea, but I’m not 100% sure there are seeds in there – might be just dried flower petals.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-03-2013 08:40 PM

grow or not you will learn something!! Love it.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 04-17-2013 02:03 AM

Well, I must not have actually had any seed in what I saved, as all three pots from the packet have babies in them. C’est la vie…

I’ll give it another week or so – I know echinacea takes a while.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-17-2013 10:13 AM

crossing my fingers that they are “late bloomers” ... but it was an experiment and we learn from the outcomes.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 04-20-2013 06:13 PM

This experiment ends up in knowing whether the saved seeds were really seeds or not. If they are seeds they will be same genetically to the packed ones. What other parameters you would like to test?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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