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F1...Good or Bad

NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

"Someone " who says they know a lot about growing says that you can not take seeds from an F1 plant which means you must buy fresh again every year

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    F1 plants are a specific cross which provide a consistent plant  which is useful if you want to harvest all your crop at the same time.  Seeds from an F1 are called F2

    F2 is the second generation of that cross and are likely to be highly variable in nature.

     Old varieties have some variation , but have overall characteristics which persist from generation to generation.

     If you want the specific characteristics of that F1 , then you will have to buy fresh each year.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

    My question is whether you can take the seeds say of a bean and instead of eating it keep them over the winter and then plant them out.I have heard that with F1's that you cant do this

    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    You can. Its just that the resulting plant the following year will still be a bean, just not identical to its parent plant.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    all different probably but as fidgetbones says, still beans

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Not F1 (bad) my OH watches on tv then? Sorry flippant moment due to forum working again
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    Do they get cross MrsG? Might be the same 

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    What's the prize V ? Photos as promised? Oh no winky smileys...
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