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Old May 7, 2015   #22
Darren Abbey
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Originally Posted by bower View Post
Yes, this could happen, but the odds of seedling A being heterozygous for the recessive trait found in seedling B and vice versa are better than none. If recessives are one from each parent, you go back to square one for one trait when backcross to the parent. Backcrossing to the F1 is an even better strategy that gives a 1/2 chance of finding the recessive in the subsequent generation.

Not that I think this is a best way to proceed, but humbly submit in my circumstance I can only take my chances, stir the pot and enjoy the journey for as long as it lasts.
Agreed. Fortunately all the plants that don't reach the ideal you're going for will still produce perfectly edible fruit. ;-)
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