I still will try, although my main interest is in developing fruit that works here, or somehow meets my needs. I took fruit I like with a far spread of ripening times, and my goal is to get one to ripen inbetween the two parents to extend my season, and give similar fruit as to what I like.
Every pluot has to be a cross, so I feel growing out seeds could give us something decent. So far I have thrown out my seeds, but I may grow some of the pluots, if I get any this year.
On average it takes between 15-20 years to get to where a fruit can be introduced. Archer Strawberry was just released this year from Rutgers. It was chosen in 2001.With all the power and resources of a University it still took over 15 years. So I have no desire to develop commercial fruit myself. In 15 years I’ll be 75 or dead.
I have certain goals with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. So for fun I will be crossing them. Mostly for a learning experience. So far the birds have been doing a better job. I got a trailing thornless blackberry from the birds. The birds were so nice they pooped into one of my root pouches and it grew! So far the birds have produced over 20 hybrid blackberries and raspberries in my yard. WAY ahead of me!