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Re: [nafex] Re: Meader persimmons

Christopher Mauchline wrote:
> >The "downside" was that all seeds would produce female plants as
> >there was no "y" chromosome pollen produced.Just a thought.
> Would this be so for plants?  

Doggone it.  My wife warned me about putting "Aflict the comfortable" in
the signature.

Christopher, I just plain do not know.  In this case, it is something I
read.  I cannot say it is something I know to be a fact or that it is
something that I tried.  It is just that if I were going to fiddle
around and try to make Meader behave as if it were self fertile, I would
mulch it to within an inch of its life and I would prune the tree to
ensure that sunlight penetrated the canopy.  Unless somebody else in the
egroup can suggest a better way.  Who knows, maybe a foliar feeding
heavy in K before it pushes its flower buds is the trick?  K can do
funny things during bud initiation.

>Reptiles (I think) don't have a "sex"
> chromosome (gestational temp often determines sex), birds have XZ and
> XX (and if I remember correctly the males are the XX).  Only mammals
> consistently are XX and XY (and even there they've recently found a
> genus of S. American mice that has XX females and XY Males and
> Females (and the XY Females appear to be "super moms").
> I'm just saying I'm not sure how it "works" for plants - I honestly
> don't know, but it may not be a "no male's produced" situation.
> Chris Mauchline
> SE PA, zone 6


                                                     -Joe Hecksel
                                                      Eaton Rapids,

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