- Dec 10, 2016
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- East-central Wisconsin
Sometimes seeds labeled "hybrid" appear to breed true. While there may be hybrid traits which are not visual, I believe some varieties are labeled "hybrid" just to discourage seed saving. That proved to be the case for two bitter melon varieties I grow.Two of the pepper varieties I'm growing next year began as hybrids - Yellow Pencil and Gong Bao. This will be my 3rd and 4th year growing them out and they have never shown any differences from their parent plants. I would have thought otherwise, but I'm glad.
It never ceases to surprise me, how well some vegetables from hot climates adapt to Northern locations. Several of my most successful cowpeas are from the Philippines, and an eggplant from there proved to be more disease resistant & tolerant of my cool climate than most commercial varieties.I'm still feeling tempted to plant some seeds for a variety called 'Rooster Spur'. It comes from Virgil T. Ainsworth of Laurel, Mississippi. It's been in his family for more than 100 years and I had terrific luck with it the last time I grew it, probably 3 years ago. You'd think that it wouldn't do well here considering its' origin, but it was an amazing variety and the first to mature. I already have so many of its' peppers in storage it seems silly to plant again already. But who am I kidding, I grow peppers for beauty as much as anything else!
If it has already been 3 years since you last grew that pepper, you may indeed want to consider starting a few plants. Pepper seeds deteriorate more rapidly than tomatoes. I try to grow all of my vegetables in a 5-year rotation (which sometimes gets extended to 6-7 years) and lost two 5-year-old pepper varieties.