Gregor Mendel’s Experiments With Garden Pea:
II . F2 Progeny (summary table of results)

The results of some of Gregor Mendel’s experiments up to the F2 progeny or first selfed progeny (S1) are summarized in the table below. The symbol F1 for first filial generation refers to Mendel’s “hybrids” while F2 or second filial generation refers to his first generation after the hybrids.

Table I-1. Summary of Gregor Mendel’s data on the characters of the F1 (first filial generation, Mendel’s ‘hybrids’) and F2 (second filial generation) progenies generated in his experiments using garden pea as test plant (source: Mendel 1865).

Characters Evaluated

Parental Cross

F1 Phenotype
Total F2 Progeny Evaluated
Numbers of F2 Progeny

F2 Phenotypic Ratio (dominant to recessive character)

Form/shape of ripe seed

round x wrinkled

round or roundish (smooth)

7,324 seeds
from 253 F1 plants

5,474 round or
roundish seeds,
1,850 wrinkled


Color of cotyledons

yellow x green
8,023 seeds
from 258 F1 plants

6,022 seeds with
yellow cotyledons,
2,001 green


Color of seedcoats* (and flowers) grey-brown x white seedcoats grey-brown seedcoats, violet-red flowers 929 F2 plants
705 plants produced
violet-red flowers and
grey-brown seedcoats,
224 white flowers
and white seedcoats


Form of ripe pods inflated x constricted inflated 1,181 F2 plants
882 plants had inflated pods, 299 constricted


Color of unripe pods green x yellow green 580 F2 plants
428 plants had green pods, 152 yellow pods


Position of flowers axial x terminal axial 858 F2 plants
651 plants had axial inflorescences, 207 terminal


Length of stem long x short long 1,064 F2 plants 787 plants had long stems, 277 short




* Violet-red flowers develop into seeds with grey-brown seedcoats; white flowers into white seed coats. 

** The average ratio of the dominant to recessive character in the F2 progeny was 2.98:1 or 3:1.

Gregor Mendel’s interpretation of results:

Each of the hybrids (F1) showed the character of one parent only which he called dominant. The character of the other parent, however, is not lost but is only hidden (or masked). This character, called recessive, reappears in the next generation (the F2 progeny) but in a ratio of one in every four plants whereby the other three plants exhibit the dominant character. 

Mendel explained that the dominant phenotypes in the F2 consist of two types: those representing the dominant parental character (homozygous for the dominant character), and those having the hybrid character (heterozygous). He further distinguished that the progeny possessing the parental character will yield offsprings having the same character while those with the hybrid character will produce diverse offsprings similar to what has been observed in the F2 progeny.   


MENDEL G. 1865. Experiments in Plant Hybridisation. (Translated by the Royal Horticultural Society of London). Retrieved Nov. 2, 2013 from

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