Populuxe Seed Bank Grower Update #2
Just a quick mini-update today from two of the seed bank growers (besides myself!):
Unfortunately we’ve had a few casualties this year already, including the ‘Americke Pyramidni’ and ‘Fryerfrinsborghese’ – both varieties I received from Plant Gene Resources Canada. ‘Americke Pyramidni’ suffered from really poor starts from the onset – they were spindly and just didn’t survive the move outside. However, ‘AP2’, the plant that came out of the same pack but showed markedly different growth characteristics (the most obvious being a regular leaf where ‘Americke Pyramidni’ is a potato leaf), is doing well and growing strong. This year I’ll be saving seeds from it and taking really good notes so that next year when I grow ‘Americke Pyramidni’ again, I’ll be able to compare the two by growing out those saved seeds and doing a side by side comparison.
‘Fryerfrinsborghese’ suffered a different fate – my over excited dog, while eyeing something darting on the other side of the yard, took a flying leap over it and snapped the poor thing in half. I quickly put some rooting powder on the snapped upper portion and planted. A few days later now, the leaves aren’t looking good but much to my surprise the stem is strong and upright, so I’m hoping it’ll make a recovery and I’ll be able to at least save a few seeds from it this year. Only time will tell.
Photo: An image of ‘El Nano’, a smaller plant but growing very strongly.