Hey guys new here but not new to forums in general.
Last year I bought some California Wonder heirloom bell pepper seeds. I ended up keeping right around 6 plants. I love bell peppers and they are one of my favorite things to grow (peppers in general).
Out of the 6 plants none of them were exactly the same. Some grew skinner longer fruits and some grew fatter more typical bell shaped fruits. One plant however grew the nicest fruits and was the most prolific of all. I ended up collecting seeds from this one plant.
I still had some of the original seeds so I planted some of them as well as my seeds I collected last year. They both germinated at the exact time.
Fast forward to today and the plants are around 3-4 weeks old. The cool thing is my plants from the collected seeds are twice as far along. They are twice as tall and have twice as many leafs. All plants have received the same amount of light/water.
I'm wondering what the reason is for this extra growth.
Would you say it is from my seeds being fresh and the original seeds being older?
The odd thing was the older seeds had a better germination rate then my collected seeds. The older seeds germinated at about 90% and my seeds were closer to 50%.
Why would this be?
Could it be possible that since I took seeds from the strongest plant last year then my new plants will also be really strong?
Any input appreciated.