The Q&A Archives: Saving Seeds

Question: I only used half of the Burpee Better Boy hybrid tomato seeds in the packet last year and wondered it they would produce well this year if I used the remaining seed to start plants. I have kept them in the cool dark dry basement in a jar. A friend of mine said that hybrid seeds could not be used over to another year. I wanted to check before I begin starting my plants from seed.

Answer: The biggest enemies of stored seed are air, light, heat and moisture. Sounds as though you've stored your seeds properly, so you can expect good germination when you plant them this spring. Your friend might have confused collecting seeds from hybrids to plant the following year with saving seeds left over from one year to the next. Second generation hybrid seeds rarely produce a duplicate of the parent plant because of cross-pollination. Your seeds should be just fine because they are first generation hybrids and because they've been properly stored.

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