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Pansy seeds

I have just collected some fat big faced pansy seeds,

What i don't understand is in the gardens books, although they advocate collecting free seed, They do say without any explanation that if you collect and sow the seed, the chances are the plant flowers will be a lot smaller???? ugh!

If this is the case, how do the big seed firms manage to sell seed that will produce good flowers.... any thoughts anybody!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    hybridisation Peter, crossing and recrossing the biggest. once that stops threy gradually seed back to the original species, smaller.

    Only species plants seed as the parents, hybrids and cultivars might sometimes if you're lucky.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    I have got some really nice mixes with seeds i collected and have been really pleased with them much better than i expected. 

  • Right! I get it now.

    good to know that great resuts have come out of seed collection and sowing cairnsie.

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