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Hometown Seeds Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you have a catalog?
We do not offer a paper catalog. This is better for the environment and helps keep seed costs down. Everything can be viewed online at hometownseeds.com. We do have the option of using a mail-in form to order seeds if you prefer.

2. What is a hybrid?
Hybrids are species that have been cross-bred to create a plant with specific characteristics. The seeds from these plants cannot be planted again the next growing season.

3. Do you sell hybrids?
Yes.

4. Are hybrids GMO?
No—hybrids and GMO are two different things. Plant hybridization occurs naturally (through cross-pollination), while genetically modified plants are created in a laboratory by altering a plant’s genes. We do NOT sell GMO seeds on our site.

5. How do I know if an item is hybrid or open pollinated?
On our site, the names of the seeds that are hybrid will always be labeled that way—they will have the word “hybrid” in the name. If they do not, that means the plant is open-pollinated.

6. What is heirloom?
Heirlooms are plants that have been around for a long time and were more commonly grown in past times than they are today. These are not plants that are usually grown for commercial planting. Heirloom plants are open-pollinated.

7. What is open pollination?
Plants that are open-pollinated can be re-grown from seeds saved from that plant and be true to type. They are also known as non-hybrid seeds. Seeds from these plants can be successfully planted the next growing season.

8. What kind of packaging do you have?
Our garden seed packets are simple and straight-forward. They consist of a plastic baggie with a label stating the seed name, quantity, product ID, and basic planting information.

9. Can I save the seeds from a plant to use them next year?
As long as the seed is non-hybrid, it can be successfully planted next year.

10. What is my USDA hardiness zone?
This depends on where you live. Take a look at this map for help.

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