Hybrid seeds are produced by companies through careful cross pollination of two specific varieties. Normally, this highly selective plant breeding is done to bring together two characteristics in each of the chosen varieties so that the resulting seed has traits of both. Plants grown from hybrid seeds typically do not produce seeds that can be used to grow the same type of plants, and can even produce seeds that will not grow at all. We recommend not extracting their seeds because the germination rate is much lower than our non-Hybrid varieties. Hybrids are good for corn, for example, because Hybrids are much sweeter and better tasting. If they do not have the word Hybrid in the description, they are the non-hybrid variety.
Non-hybrid seeds are also called open pollinated seeds or heirloom seeds. These seeds come from plants that are naturally pollinated. They also reproduce more like the parent plant. So if you want to extract the seeds and replant them we recommend our non-hybrid selection (which is most of our seed varieties). Both Hybrid and Non-Hybrid are much different than GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism) seeds. Ultimately, Hybrid and Non-Hybrid seeds both have their individual pros and cons and are perfectly safe. It is a personal preference which you choose.
What are GMO’s?
"A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species."
So this being the case, GMO’s are very controversial throughout the world, and we do not carry any varieties. We are not confident of the safety of GMO seeds and therefore, will not sell them to our valued customers.
What are Hybrid seeds? What are Non-Hybrid seeds?