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Old January 20, 2018   #1
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Default Solanum galapagense

I grew Solanum galapagense last summer. The plants were tiny. They were almost like a woody plant instead of herbaceous. Here's what a young plant looked like.



I harvested a few very tiny orange fruits from them.

The instructions that came with the seeds gave detailed instructions about a complicated procedure that I should go through to germinate the seeds. That doesn't fit with my plant breeding philosophy, so I just planted the seeds as if they were normal garden vegetable seeds. After a long time, a few of them germinated. I want to select for varieties that can germinate without special conditions. That's the kind of selection that I do with any species I work with. Just plant them, hoping that eventually that will select for strains that germinate without special requirements.

A few days ago I planted seeds from fruits I collected last fall. They germinated quickly. That pleases me a lot. Seems like my selection criteria may be making a difference.
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Interesting! Good to have fresh seed!

How did your plants look later in the season and how did the fruits taste?
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This is awesome Joseph! I'm very interested to see what you get.
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It is a very useful philosophy, to select for something at every step.
S. galapagense is afaik the source of Beta orange in many tomato OPs that were bred in the past years? No SWAG at the years since the cross breeding work began, I have no memory for years and dates.
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The fruits were really tiny, like the size of a popcorn kernel. And there were only a few per plant, so I didn't taste them. But they were orange! I didn't even attempt to extract seeds from the fruits, just let the whole fruits dehydrate.

The plants reminded me of sagebrush twigs. Gnarly. Woody stems. They stood upright, but only got about 9 inches tall.

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