Propagation: Seeds from Pinus thungbergii cultivars.

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  1. Poetry to Burn

    Poetry to Burn Active Member

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    Ive been growing a 'Koto buki' for a while. It gets a cone or two every year. Those cones inevitably drop berfore maturing.

    This year the plant has quite a few cones developing. If any of them mature would they have viable seed? More interestingly would they express the traits of the cultivar?

    Thanks for your expertise folks.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Depends on what pollinated them, if anything. Likely that any seedlings would resemble the natural growth form rather than the cultivar though.
     
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    Yes, I was thinking species traits should be expected if it develops any viable seed.

    There is not another p.thunbergii anywhere close ~1000m. So either self pollinated or duds?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Self-pollinated are likely to be duds anyway. If pollen release happens at a suitable time, Pinus nigra, P. densiflora, P. sylvestris, and other related pines could result in hybrid seedlings, but usually pollination timings are a little different so it's unlikely - which is probably why you've not had any viable seed in the past. Pine pollen can blow a very long way though, with the wind in the exactly the right direction, pines 100 km or more away could pollinate them.
     
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    Interesting, thank you. Ill update if anything worth reporting occurs.
     

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