Sunday, June 6, 2010

How does your garden grow? Part 13: Saving hybrid seeds.

Did you know that if you save hybrid seeds you may not get what you expect in the coming years? Let's say you keep some of your Early Girl seeds from a couple of beautifully perfect tomatoes this summer. One of the parents of this tomato could have been a cherry tomato. "Cool" you say. Yeh, until you realize some of your tomato plants next year come up as cherry tomatoes. This is completely plausible. They also may appear to be Early Girl, but may not taste the same or the coloring may be off a bit. Maybe the shape differs too. Then again you could luck out and get beautiful Early Girl tomatoes. Your best bet it to save your open pollinated/heirloom seeds. They will give you exactly what you expect year to year.

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