SELFING: Pros and Cons

Orchid Doctor Propagation

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 4 years ago.

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If the characteristics of a plant are constant, as with species and it is self-fertile selfing is logical and rewarding as to results; if a hybrid comes from a distinctly different make-up selfing is likely to be unsatisfactory. A66-494

Pros: in tetraploids it gives better results than the crossing of siblings; it is good if done for genetic reasons; it is valuable with a fine form of a species; definitely gives homozygote with greater uniformity in off-spring, with the possibility of getting a far superior plant to be used for breeding; cons: you have to grow thousands of a selfed diploid to find the desired improved plant; it's a complete waste unless done on a sound genetic basis; it's of value if you gain more than you lose; hybridizing is preferable. OD66-156

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