Do peppers suffer from inbreeding depression?

neohippie(8b)April 8, 2011

If I only ended up with one or two plants of a certain pepper variety, can I save seeds from it? Or should I just give up on that idea and try to get more seeds from someone else?

I know tomatoes do just fine with inbreeding, but I don't know if I can make assumption that all nightshades are the same way.

I'm not especially worried in this particular case, because I can get more seeds some other way if it turns out I don't have enough plants, but I'm working on perfecting my seed-saving technique in case some day...

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farmerdill

Most plants do suffer from inbreeding, but it takes many generations. Nothing to worry about for 4 -5 generations. The old folks called the phenomena "running out" and it was fairly common before WWII. Easily avoided by adding unrelated plants to the mix every 4-5 years.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 7:37PM
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neohippie(8b)

Ok, that doesn't sound so bad then, as long as I'm not the only person who's growing this variety (which I'm not). That will at least give me enough time to figure out if I really like this variety anyway.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 12:14PM
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