The Q&A Archives: Hybrid vs Non-hybrid Seeds

Question: Is it best to use hybrid or non-hybrid seeds? I am new to gardening and would like to know the pros and cons of the two types of seeds. Which one do you plant so you can use the seeds from the plant for another planting?

Answer: Some people prefer non-hybrid seeds because you can save the seeds for next year's garden and expect them to come back "true to seed". Non-hybrids also called "open pollinated" types also have an appeal as a link to the past, as many are heirloom varieties.

Hybrids will produce seeds that grow into plants unlike (and usually inferior to) the parent plant(s). The benefit of hybrids is that they often are more productive or possess other desirable qualities such as disease resistance.

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