One of the options I like to offer is seed grown plants of those that are usually propagated vegetatively such as seakale, rhubarb and asparagus.* It also gives me the opportunity to look at a lot of seedlings. From these I might select something special - a new variety. In the process, I get to see all sorts of quirks of cotyledons - the first leaves.
different numbers and shapes
These are pictures from two commonly found seed varieties: Glaskin's Perpetual and Victoria. As they are seed grown, there are variations. Though most of these seedlings will be for sale, some I'll keep aside to be parents of a new seed crop. Selection starts from the first days as I look at colour and growth habit. Anything unusual, I will follow to see if it signifies a novel and useful trait. Disease resistance, cold hardiness, vigour, pest issues and of course flavour will follow. Aren't they cute!
* I also vegetatively propagate many of these plants too, especially really interesting varieties that won't come true from seed.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.