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The main population for 2020 is G2 plants of Big Hill x W? Including some fresh seeds Joseph sent of Big Hill x WXL and Big Hill x Wbest of 2019 mix. Though also growing multiple 72 cell trays of Big Hill x W4 from the 13 plants I grew out in 2019 all of which had boringly wild type fruits and seemed to all be habrochaites crosses but also all seemed to be one copy carriers of the obligate out crossing gene based on their dropped flowers. There will be a very good chance to get some tasty fruit this year. I am liable to direct seed a row or two adjacent to keep the direct seeding in the project. I will grow a few odds and ends domestics with this as well as pollen flow is unidirectional with the obligately out crossing populations.
Population two is some plants not ready for prime time. So they are taking an isolation slot. Including a couple populations one penellii the other habrochaites that are about 75% wild with with wild ancestor as the cytoplasm mother. Joseph has a thought that these may not accept pollen that is S broken. So no recessive selfing genes here. However also expected to be pretty wild and unpalatable so far.
Population three is my hope that one peruvianum grown with penellii will accept penellii pollen. The latest iteration of my hope to get peruvianum into a cross. This will be the smallest population.
Populations four and five will be F3 domestic exserteds one I am calling exserted tiger and the other exserted orange hill.
Population six is a contract grow out not in the project. It will get a prime spot, which I think will not be the one originally envisioned.
Population 7 will be a pure Big Hill grow out for seed. A Joseph Lofthouse bred domestic with exserted stigma on a easy to work with beefsteak flower.