How promiscuous are pansies, exactly?
OK, since I learned to wintersow and have actually been able to make pansies grow, I'm on a pansy glut, buying seeds from all the varieties I've always loved but never thought I could grow. I have a separate bed set aside for my pansy collection and everything.
Anyway, I just ordered some seed for Chalon Giants with ruffled blooms. I like the ruffles, but I don't think I would want all my pansies to end up ruffled, which I'm afraid they eventually will if I have them all mixed together and collect seed from them.
Does anybody know if the ruffles are a dominant trait, or if they'll even persist in the offspring of the Chalon Giants? Can I collect seed with confidence that I'll maintain a nice mix of ruffled and non-ruffled, or should I segregate the Chalons? (And would segregating them even do any good in an average sized backyard?)