Variety variations

Dear Ed,
Is it possible that nine plants which came from seeds of the same variety can grow in different patterns?

DMA
Odense, Denmark

The reason that the plants all look different is that the breeder has not stabilized the variety. It takes at least six generations of astute crossing to create a variety from a hybrid.

The first generation cross between two distinct strains is called the F1 generation, and these plants are all uniform. When the F1 generation is crossed with itself it produces plants with many different characteristics, because of the different versions of genes that the plants have. This variation is what you are experiencing.

Take clones of all your plants now. After harvesting and testing the plants, choose the plant you like best. The clone will produce an exact genetic duplicate of the original plant.

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