I have Solanaceous projects on the go: true potato seed, spine-less litchi tomato, tomatillo selection (new this year!), Just Food Market Bell but these are the ones started:
1. Open Ophelia Eggplant Selection
2. Yellow to red sweet pepper - low input
3. Spanish Bell selection
4. Spanish Bell x Hungarian yellow to red intermediate phenotype selection.
On the left: The seeds of the Hungarian yellow to red sweet pepper x Spanish Bell, intermediate phenotype were larger, rather like a bell pepper (in my experience) and consequently the cotyledons are also large and vigorous looking. The fruit are a touch later too rather like Bells, including the Spanish Bell selection. Hoping to select more this year, especially for ever so slightly earlier.
On the right: The Hungarian yellow to red pepper that was sent to me from Europe years ago has been one resilient sweet pepper. It's done well through wetter and very dry years. It also seems quite disease and pest resistant so far. The seeds and seedlings are smaller than the more Bell like phenotypes but the fruit is earlier even if it takes a bit of time to turn red.
I have two eggplant projects on the go but this one is my favourite. These are seedlings from Open Ophelia. It is a small-medium tear drop shaped eggplant that I associate with the European type. I've allowed it to cross intentionally with some blockier, more lavender-cream types and hope to select and stabilize from that. Should be interesting to see what this hardy, reliable cross (originally sent to me as dehydrid Ophelia f3) will produce this year. It has yet to disappoint me!
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