A chance seedling is a plant that is the product of unintentional breeding. It may be a genetically unique individual with desirable characteristics that is then intentionally bred. Plants that come from the artificial union of gametes from a maternal and paternal source are not chance seedlings.
Identifying the parent plants of a chance seedling may be difficult. It may be necessary to genetically analyse the seedling and surrounding plants to be sure.
The Kindred Spirit Hybrid Oak and the Granny Smith, , Red Delicious, Gravenstein, and Braeburn apples are chance seedlings that were selected and assigned cultivar status owing to their desirable properties.
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