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saving eggplant seeds

Posted by CC_balconygardener 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 22, 11 at 19:51

Is it possible to save ichiban eggplant seeds? I'm wondering since I know these are hybrids, so the plant from the saved seeds will not be like the current generation of ichiban, is this correct? I'm guessing the seeds will produce a mixture of parent and hybrid phenotype?

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RE: saving eggplant seeds

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 28, 11 at 12:00

Yes, you saved seed will have variations since it is a hybrid. If you grow them out every year and save seeds from one that you like, you will eventually develop a new variety stable variety. It is a gamble with hybrids as to whether or not you will get good offspring, but I can't imagine bad eggplant offspring.
When saving seeds from eggplant, the eggplant need to be over ripe and no longer edible. If you don't let the fruit mature enough, you will not have viable seed.

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