I have some questions for you. 1. I know that placing netting over each chile plant prevents insects from transferring pollen and causing cross pollination, but what about the wind carrying pollen? 2. If all the chiles from pure seed are started at the same time in the same area, would the first lot of pods be true to type and the seeds of the fruit produce cross types, how does it work? 3. From what I’ve read the outcome of cross-pollination is unpredictable. If I were, for example, to cross two types and I was happy with the out come could I keep these seeds from pods growing on the hybrid and grow them in isolation and achieve the same results again? 4. Can a plant cross-pollinate with more than one other type at the same time? Thanks again,
And I have some answers for you. 1. Chiles are not pollinated by wind, except for self-pollination. 2. Yes, the first growth of chiles are true to type. Subsequent seeds from those are F-1 hybrids. 3.No, they would be unpredictable F-1 hybrids. Think of breeding a rotweiller and a poodle, then letting those pups breed. You would have mutts forever. 4.This is possible but highly unlikely unless specific flowers were manually pollinated using brushes.