Grow F2 Seeds

Seedlings need water to grow well.

Hybrid seeds are crosses of two plants with the intent of producing a certain characteristic such as flower size, color, uniformity of fruit or some other desirable trait. These are called F1 hybrids because they are first generation. The seeds from F1 plants are called F2, or second generation, seeds. Plants from F2 seeds may not look like their parents or even each other. It’s also important to note that replanting seeds from patented hybrids or those that hold a plant variety protection (PVP) certificate is illegal. Does this Spark an idea?



1. Fill the pots with potting soil. Water the soil until it is uniformly wet and excess water drips out the bottom of the pots.

2. Plant three seeds in each pot, making sure they are planted no deeper than their width. Planting the seeds too deep means they may not germinate. Cover them with a scant 1/16 inch of soil.

3. Mist the soil until the seeds are well soaked.

4. Place the seeds in a warm area for germination. Once the seeds germinate, transfer the pots into the light to continue growing them. Once the cotyledon, first leaves, have appeared, pull out all but the strongest seedling.

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