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Old 03-11-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I'm in Haiti right now, had watermelon and I suggested that we save the seeds to plant here to grow more watermelons
then was told, that if the plant was a "hybrid" plant that the seeds will not reproduce
I was told that someone gave lots of seeds to the local people here, but they refused them because they were "hybrid" seeds
just curious, never heard this
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Some hybrid seeds will be sterile. Some will just revert back to one of the original parents or be something completely different. Let the seeds dry out for a week or so. Put them on a paper towel in a cool, out of sun area inside the house. Once they're dry, you can test the germination by putting them in between moist paper towels in a ziplock bag or some other kind of plastic. Put them in a warm spot, like on top of the computer, fridge, or somewhere else that the temperature is likely to remain above room temperature. If you don't have sprouting seeds within 2 weeks, they're likely duds and won't be viable.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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"Only the first generation of seed resulting from the cross of the parent plants, the F1 hybrid generation, will produce the exact combination of desired traits."

Is Saving Garden Seeds a Saving? (http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets2/landsnurs/aug88pr3.html - broken link)

You can use them if they sprout, but then you couldn't save any seed from that fruit. I assume these people are seed savers. If they plant what you give them, they'll have nothing for the next crop.

Hybrid Varieties and Saving Seed
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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thanks so much for the information, I grew up on a farm and we always have a big garden but I didn't know this
and yes, they save the seeds to every thing
guess that is why they didn't want the seeds that we gave them
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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We use alot of heirloom seeds that can be used year after year if you save the seeds.

Seed Savers Exchange
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