Self seeding garden plants

Self seeding garden plants

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Self seeding garden plants are well-known and widely-used, and are considered efficient and dependable. A typical self-seeding plant has a seed-laying ability of at least 80%. Self-seeding garden plants are attractive and useful in many respects, including providing a continuous year-round display of flowers. However, some varieties of garden plants that are self-seeding plants do have drawbacks. One drawback is that some self-seeding plants are of a hybrid-type and can result in inbreeding depression. Inbreeding depression can result in a host of health and developmental problems. Another drawback is that some self-seeding plants are inedible, and some self-seeding plants have a natural propensity to spread uncontrollably throughout the home, and even outside the home. In some instances, inbred plants have a tendency to exhibit a deleterious characteristic such as dwarfism or in some instances, a downy trait. There are presently no commercial varieties of self-seeding plants that have the desirable attributes of an inedible fruit bearing self-seeding plant.

Self-seeding fruits and berries are especially useful in orchards, berry patches, greenhouses, gardens, around the home, and even as decorative plants. It is known to propagate the fruit of many types of fruit-bearing trees through the seeding of its fruit or by propagating such trees through tissue culture.

Self-seeding plants having undesirable characteristics are known in the art, and are well-accepted by users. The undesirable characteristics associated with self-seeding plants include the undesirable characteristics associated with inbreeding, such as reduced vigor, susceptibility to environmental stresses, reduced fertility, inbreeding depression, susceptibility to certain diseases, and susceptibility to certain insects and pathogens. In order to produce hybrid-type self-seeding plants, a gardener is faced with the difficult task of trying to select a self-seeding plant having the desirable characteristics associated with hybrids and breeding a hybrid. The selection of a self-seeding plant possessing the desirable characteristics of hybrids and breeding a hybrid can be very difficult because the desirable characteristics of hybrids are not well defined.

A number of self-seeding plants are known, however the characteristics and suitability of these plants are not well defined. Thus, there is a need in the art to more fully define characteristics associated with self-seeding plants that would improve the selection process, and, thus, decrease the time required to develop new, self-seeding plants that would be useful to homeowners. The present invention satisfies this need.