Today's the day and this is the thread!
It's been 3 years since I've popped any seeds, and let me tell you, I'm excited!
Here's what's going in the dirt:
Papua New Guinea, collected in the Goroka highlands, and reproduced and shared by Azure (~20 weeks)
Afropips Durban Poison, F2s from Dave Coullier's repro project (10-14 weeks, depending on pheno)
Flo, bought as bulk seed from a dispensary (8-10 weeks)
BlueHemp Baglung Nepali, reproduced by the Derg Corra Collective (8-10 weeks)
Leb27, NLD line selected and shared by a friend. (~6 weeks)
GN Laos Luang Prabang (20+ weeks)
GN Khmer Gold (14-18 weeks)
I'll be sowing 3 of each of most of these to give me a decent chance of getting at least 1 male and 1 female. The GN lines are very old stock though, and I'm not sure how they've been stored for the last decade or so. I'll be sowing 10 of each to see how many come up.
I was hoping to do this in the safety of my own home, but family comes first and my wife has anxiety issues already, so outdoors they go. I've scouted a few promising guerrilla plots and I'm still trying to decide between planting one each of a few different varieties in each spot or a few of the same variety. I'm hoping to make seed with the Long flowering NLDs, as they won't finish where I am. (~40° N, humid subtropical climate, with an average first frost in the last half of October). At the very least, I should get a handful of calyces and some pollen for later projects.
If I can make seed of each variety, I'll be thrilled. If not, I'm hoping to make some crosses between the long and short season varieties. If I could work just enough Lebanese or Nepali into the NLDs to get them to start flowering in July and finish in the first half of October, I'd have some great outdoor plants for northern climates. The Leb is a bit of a tricky candidate, though, as I'll need to pick through the offspring to weed out CBD dominant individuals.
Also, if none of the Laos or Cambodian come up, I've got a Hmong Thai line and Hmong Thai x Highland Laos that are a lot more fresh.
Thanks to Dave, Azure, RC, and everyone else who's generosity has helped me to reach this point.
Hope you enjoy the ride!
Edit: I was going to add seed pics, but I went over the image limit. I'll put them up in another couple posts.