How Can There Be Seedless Grapes
Hi, I’m Josh Clark. And I’m wondering have you ever been to a grocery store, picked up some seedless grapes, eaten them, and then just stopped dead in your tracks and thought, wait a minute, how can something that needs seeds to reproduce be seedless. These grapes shouldn’t even exist.
I mean, yes these seedless grapes can be here. But what about its children? I’m here to answer this existential question for you. It turns out that most of the fruit we eat are clones of other fruit. Most fruits is propagated including seedless grapes, through cuttings. So they don’t need to have seeds.
Rather than following the traditional angiosperm method of reproduction, which means producing seeds, and fruit to cover those things. So to produce a new bunch of seedless grapes, a whole new plant, you take a cutting from an existing vine. You dip that cutting in rooting hormone. And you put that cutting in a little bit of nice warm soil. A little moisture and you’ve got a new vine.
That’s going to produce more seedless grapes. They never have to produce seeds because they never have to reproduce. But where do the seedless grapes come from to begin with? Turns out somewhere along the line, somebody noticed some grapes that didn’t produce seeds well. And said, hey, this is a genetic defect that I could really cash in on.
Let me just keep propagating this one grape. So all the seedless grapes today are descendants of clones of that original freak of nature seedless grape. Which you can thank the guy who figured that one out. And one last thing, the seedless grapes you eat actually do have seeds in them. They have the beginning of seeds that due to that genetic mutation we talked about, never.
Form the hard outer shell, which means you never choke on a grape seed. You can thank that guy, whoever his name is, he was a good guy. If you like this tutorial, you’re going to love all the tutorials on this YouTube channel. You can go ahead and subscribe. Maybe leave a nice little comment and just watch tutorials all day long.
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Grape Hyacinth Muscari armeniacum How to grow Grape Hyacinth
I love a patch of Grape Hyacinths. You can see that they get their name from the color in the clusters of flowers on the little spikes. Actually the tops of these have been a little frost blasted, but they are still a wonderful display. Muscari armeniacum is the botanical name for this particular type of Grape Hyacinth. There are other species as well. There are some that give you a larger bloom, some tinged with white, some are even in the hotter color frames, the pinks and the reds, yellows and orange. We may have one blooming down below. It is a Fall planted bulb. Plant these in the Fall like you would a Crocus or a Daffodil and then what happens is it spends the Winter dormant and it comes up in early Spring and.
Gives you this great display of dark blue to purple flowers. Then after the flowers have died back the foliage still hangs around, it’s continuing to gather nutrients and send sugars to the root bulb for flowering next year, to get it through the long Winter and for it to flower next year. I have some Muscari here at the garden that are almost evergreen. Their leaves stayed around all Winter long. This is not one of them. This actually came up this Spring. The honey bees are working it, it’s fragrant. Its a wonderful, wonderful eyecatching contrast to the yellows and the warmer colors of the Daffodils next to it. Muscari Grape Hyacinth are a carefree, very easily grown Spring bulb. Again, you plant.
Them in the Fall. No problem coming up. You do want to avoid wet, swampy soils and other than that, you’re good to go. Not many things will mess with the Grape Hyacinth. I suppose that moles and voles may be a problem in some areas, but I haven’t even had squirrels mess with ours. Muscari armeniacum.