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Sorting antirrhinum seed.

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
This year I've had a lovely show of antirrhinums in many colours, and now I'm collecting seed from them.  I carefully marked the plants to show what colour the flowers were, so I could sow the different colours where I want them rather than the random mixture I had this year.  Now I'm wondering if I'm wasting my time collecting and packing them separately.  Will the colours come true?  Or will the colours of the next generation be a mixture of both parents?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376
    I don't think they'll stay true, but you could have an interesting mixture
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120
    You could try keeping your favourite antirrhinum plants for next year. I did this last year and overwintered them in pots in my cold frame. The plants survived and were stunning this year, the stems were much thicker and taller than before. I’ll try again this year too but wether they will be as good next time I’ll let you know. I’ll still sow seeds as well because they are beautiful flowers despite being such tiny seeds, so much choice too.
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