Hybrid? Open pollinated?
This page explains the different types of vegetable seeds, how they can be manipulated, disease resistance, and which are the best seeds for hydroponic gardens.
Open Pollinated Seeds:
Produce plants that were not genetically controlled or altered. Most vegetable seeds are open pollinated. Generations of open pollination with other strains usually produce healthy and robust crops for the home garden.
F1 Hybrid Seeds
Hybrid seeds are produced under controlled conditions by two pure-bred parents. This is done to promote a desirable trait like color, disease resistance, and longer storage times for commercial growers.
Hybrid strains are sometimes bred for improved flavor or larger yields for the home grower, however most hybrids favor commercial requirements and are usually less tasty.
(Just kidding, folks) :<). But seeds taken from hybrid plants really aren't true to the strain, so you'd be wasting your time. However, you could try cloning it.
Seeds dried and saved from your own home-grown produce can be a cost-saving measure as well as a great way to preserve favored strains of vegetables that aren't available from seed companies. Such is the stuff of heirloom vegetables. Read all about this fascinating practice here: Heirloom Seeds.
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