The Q&A Archives: Open Pollinated Seeds

Question: I want to purchase seeds that will produce the exact same fruit or vegetable every year. Is that possible?

Answer: Open-pollinated seeds are seeds that when planted, grown and saved, will produce the same plant year after year, as long as cross-pollination did not occur. Most plants need isolation form other varieties in order to maintain genetic purity. The easiest way to isolate is to provide distance between varieties (wind carries pollen a great distance), or plant so they flower at different times, or use a physical barrier like a floating row cover to exclude insects. Abundant Life Seed Foundation has such seeds. Reach them at P. O. Box 72, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

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