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    Good afternoon.

    Does anyone know if all fertilized seeds from one fig will have a good chance of being like each other or does each one carry drastically different DNA?

    I know there can be Male/Female seed and might not be like the parent figs but not much more than that. Thx
    Anthony- Fig Finder of Los Angeles

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  • #2
    Good question. Would like to read about it in a modern article. Theoretically, even apomictic offspring will not have identical genotypes. But how does this happen in reality?
    Андрей. N.-W. Кавказ, пень Абрау, 7б-8а

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    • #3
      I think there are two key factors at play:

      1) If more than one fig wasp entered the fig, then those wasps may have come from different caprifigs, in which case, the some of the seeds have a different pollen parent and are likely to be pretty different.

      2) Even if only a single wasp entered, each pollen grain on it contains a different reshuffling of the caprifig's genes, so every seedling is genetically different, and so, should be a different as different siblings within a family sharing the same mother and father.
      Last edited by venturabananas; 08-20-2021, 05:11 PM.
      Mark -- living in the CA banana belt, growing bananas, figs, and most any fruit I can fit in my small, crowded yard.
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      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        comment was regarding possible pollen from 2 different caprifigs. Which flower gets it

      • goodfriendmike
        goodfriendmike commented
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        Figology which flower inside the fig gets it?

      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        goodfriendmike good question. Let me simplify my question. If there are 2 pollen parents on the same ovum, does it automatically get fertilized by the first one?

    • #4
      Good question. But I am not sure you are asking it right. The DNA should be similar as yours is to your parents. If you research some of the breeding programs. They have produced a lot of different figs as far as color,size, leaf shape,etc By breeding the same male and female. So I am guessing you could get something like the mother and father. But also a bunch of completely different figs.
      Louisiana Zone 8/9. W/L Whatever fig I don't have.

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      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        The drastic DNA comment was a variation from seed to seed. Like a full sibling that looks completely different than the other.

    • #5
      Also you end up with only a few that are palatable. So for example f you had 50 viable seeds, grew them all and they finally fruit; only maybe 5 end up being tasty....

      At least this is what I read (I could be wrong).
      Inland Empire - Zone 9b

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      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        I like those odds

      • Kid Fig
        Kid Fig commented
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        @Traba

        The bad part is having fifty 3-7 gallon pots taking up your space.

        In my case it be very hard to accommodate 50+ pots along with my other 20 potted fig trees.

        Maybe when I finally sell and move to find another house with an actual yard (sigh).

      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        Kid Fig I once heard the term “gorilla gardening”

    • #6
      When I planted seeds from a dried supermarket fig the resulting trees were all drastically different from each other.
      7B Southern NJ

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      • Figology
        Figology commented
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        That’s what I was thinking. Like an apple grown from seed.
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