[NAFEX] Pomegranate Seedlings

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 9 16:01:16 EDT 2009


On the bright side, at least some of the seedlings from the seedlings should be virtually identical to the grandparent hybrid plant. Just in case you might want to try breeding.




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From: Bob Kelly <bkelly66 at bellsouth.net>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2009 1:06:04 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pomegranate Seedlings

 
Thanks, Richard.  That's about what I 
feared.
 
Bob Kelly
----- Original Message ----- 
From: MARIE  ASHTON 
To: North American Fruit Explorers 
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 12:39 
PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pomegranate  Seedlings

Pomegranates are similar to many old world (or  heritage) fruit and vegetables in their ability to produce a plant somewhat  similar to the mother plant if the pomegranate (or other fruit) is not a  hybrid. Unfortunately Wonderful is a hybrid of several different varieties as  evidenced by its fruit characteristics. So you could get anything from your  seedlings from very sorry, small, sour fruit to fairly good fruit. That is why  most pomegranates are propagated by cuttings. Now, if you had an old world  variety like Kandahar (from Afghanistan) that is known to have existed for  over 1000 years then a seedling from that plant should be fairly similar  to the mother plant.
 
A researcher at the University of  California tested Wonderful variety seedlings many years ago (in the  1920s) and found that the seedlings varied a lot and most were not very  good.
 
Regards,
Richard Ashton
Oak Creek Orchard
www.oakcreekorchard.com
bwoodtx at verizon.net
 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bob  Kelly 
To: North American Fruit Explorers 
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 11:53  AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Pomegranate  Seedlings

I notice several seedling plants around my  pomegranate tree.  It is a 'Wonderful' I think.  
 
Does anyone know or have a feel for what I  might expect from the seedlings if grown?  I usually root cuttings to  give away, but was wondering if the seedlings might be good.
 
Bob Kelly
Zone 7b/8a
Northeast Mississippi
Northeast Mississippi
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