As a young kid I was always curious about how plants reproduce.
I learned one way for plants to reproduce is through their seeds. One of my
first experiences with seed started outside my home in Staten Island. I
remember a couple of Rose of Sharon
bushes growing outside of my New York home. Back then I didn’t have any money
but still loved working with plants from my backyard vegetable garden time. I
first noticed how easy it was to take seeds from the Rose of Sharon dead flower
pods and plant new plants. Many different colors started to come with the new
bushes. I eventual noticed that when I took flowers from one enjoyable color
flower and pollinated another flower I could possibly get a different looking flower
on the plants from the new seed. This was amazing to discover for a young boy.
Eventually a new neighbor move in next door and decided to rip out all the
plants that I was unnoticeable planting, but not before I learned a little
about the genetics of a plant. The lessons I learned from my young seed experience
have followed me today.
Nowadays as an adult living in the South Western United States, I
have a new obsession with seeds and plants in general. Heat and drought are
huge obstacles for the Phoenix area and are always in my thought process when
buying plants and seeds. Buying seed that is drought tolerant is great but
taking this one step further is usually better. As an adult I love to collect
seed from all my garden plants. However some plants I try to push to see the
results. My lettuce is an example. The past few years I have been successfully growing
lettuce in the poor rocky dry soil and trying not to water it. Someday I hope to have a Mesa Arizona variety
of Romaine lettuce which is the perfect plant for this environment. This seed
study of certain regional growing environment is the single reason all of us
need to gather our own seeds.