What’s The Difference Between Hybrid and Non-Hybrid Seeds?

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

7 Responses

  1. Oren says:

    Purchasing heirloom vegetable seeds on line from the major seed “houses” such as Burpee or Park’s may be ok. I’ve done it in the past. But, I have misgivings about the purity of the seed. I have used a Sustainable Seed Company for the last two years. They seem to have a selection of seeds for various vegetables that your grandparents might have planted. I have not saved any seeds from my crop to date, but plan on that with the 2018 garden.

  2. Docj says:

    Question for those who save seed: after drying, what is your favorite container? Paper envelopes, baggies, freezer bags, old pill bottles. Thanks for input.

    • Goatlover2 says:

      I put my seeds in small coin envelopes (you can buy large quantities for cheap from office supply stores). I mark the envelopes with the year, the type of seed, Spring or Fall planting, and depth / plant spacing. THEN, I put about 20 envelopes in quart size Ziploc bags and put those inside metal cookie tins. Those are then stored in a spare refrigerator! LOL Talk about packaging! But that’s just me…..

      • Masheenman says:

        All of the above. Proper storage after that is key. You’ll want to keep the seeds in dated, marked containers in a cool, dark environment and safe from critters like mice and bugs.

  3. Techqn says:

    “self-pollinating plant species such as bean, pepper, tomato, eggplant, garlic, and pea can be grown and the seeds saved year-after-year with little or no genetic change in growth, health or overall production.”

    I saved my seeds from my Pepper, Bush Beans and Tomatoes last year and started the batch for this year. So far I have tomato and pepper seedlings…still waiting for the bush beans…fingers crossed….LOL…If not I have a seed vault to choose from.

  4. emmer says:

    i mostly buy foundation seed from local/regional companies that grow their own. that way, i know the plants i want to grow have done well in my region.
    i store the seeds i save in labeled paper wraps, place these is mason glass jars, and put them in the coldest part of my frig. about half of the open pollinated seeds i use are from my own saved seeds.

  5. Mark says:

    Claiming that Hybrid plants are useless for seed saving is not true. My own experiences over many years of gardening have shown quite a different result. I have easily “de-hybridized” the Early Girl tomato simply by saving seeds from this “Hybrid” tomato. I just put a few dozen of the damaged or overripe tomatoes into a bucket and mashed them up with a hoe, added some water and let it ferment for two weeks stirring and mashing occasionally with the hoe. Then add more water, stir, and pour off the scum, floating skins and unfermented pulp. The seeds sink to the bottom. Rinse several times then drain and dry in the shade. For long term keeping I use silica gel to drive the moisture content down very low. I then store the seeds in a small glass bottle at room temperature which are viable for at least 5 years.. I also put some in the freezer as my doomsday vault. When I plant these seeds I sometimes get a variety of tomato plants with a variety of fruit, a few which are not useful. However, that said, there are a multitude of these plants that have useful fruit and several that have plants and fruit that are indistinguishable from the original Hybrid mother plant. It’s genetics have not really settled yet since it is an F1 from the Hybrid and is considered to be a “Grex” using Carol Deppe’s definition. This plant, if seeds are saved, can give you a dehybridized new variety which is almost exactly like the original hybrid. I also did this with the famous “Kumato” variety that is so popular in the stores. However, this “grex” grew true to seed on it’s first F1 and the F2 and F3 and F4 followed true as well. I found that if you plant seeds saved from “Hydrid” plants, you will, in general, produce a lot of good vegetables, some maybe better than the original. I have done this with spinach and corn as well as other crops.