Confused about all the terms used to describe seeds? Let our friends at Survival Seeds demystify gardening lingo so you can be confident about the seeds you buy. Open-Pollinated Vs. Hybrid Seeds?
Open-pollinated seeds are pollinated through a natural process. This can be done by pollinators, including birds, bees, or even human hands. Some plants are self-pollinating or are pollinated by the wind. These seeds “breed true” – the seeds came from the natural pollination of the parent, and will continue to be genetically stable as long as it doesn’t cross-pollinate with another variety. (Some plants need to be isolated to prevent cross-pollination.)
Survival Garden Seeds are open-pollinated. There are seed-saving instructions on the back of every packet so you can perpetuate your harvest for future growing seasons.
Hybrid seeds, on the other hand, are the result of crossing two plants with specific traits to create a new, third variety. Farmers have hybridized seeds for thousands of years to create new crops that have the benefits of both varieties. The drawback of hybrid seeds is that they…