The True Polyembryonic answer.....
so.....I'm trying to understand growing mangos from polyembryonic seeds and have checked the past comments on this forum and read these two opposing comments:
.....from Simon Gro back in October. "Newbies like me have to remember that the polyembryonic mangoes produce clones but also at least one zygotic seedling that will not be a clone. From what I remember reading, the strongest fastest growing sprout is likely the zygotic seedling and thus not the clone. Just to be safe, its probably smartest to grow up at least two seedlings from any polyembryonic mango seed".
Then from Mango Joe in May of this year(some kind of genetic researcher in Guatemala) "More traditionally and without the use of expensive means to attain proper identification, (this technique is used all over the world in developing nations) about 30 - 45 days after a poly-embryonic seed germinates, the 3 - 8 seedlings are reviewed. Zygotic seedlings tend to grow with less vigor and seem to be less healthy looking on first appearance than the nucellar seedlings. At this time, the farmers will remove the seedlings who appear to be weaker and "pot-up" the stronger looking ones to later plant in the field or less commonly for rootstock. The success rate of this is amazing, especially in Asia where the greatest abundance of poly-embryonic mangoes are grown."
so.....without any disrespect to the quoted gentlemen above, can we get a definitive answer? Is it the stronger or weaker seedling(s) of a sprouted polyembryonic seed that is/are true to its parent? (Would slso love to see a pic of a sprouted mango poly-seed if anyone has one, in order to see this demonstrated....)
Many thanks, amigos.....mangodog