Types of Seeds: Heirloom, Hybrid, and Open-Pollinated
To save seeds that are healthy, vigorous, and true-to-form, it’s important to understand the different seed types available in today’s market.
‘Cherokee Purple’ is an heirloom tomato that has roots with the Cherokee tribe that pre-date 1890. It’s known for its beautiful color, superb sweet flavor, and large-sized fruit.
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‘Charger’ is a hybrid tomato with wide adaptability and resistance to many diseases, such as Alternaria stem canker, gray leaf spot, and tomato yellow leaf curl virus. This cultivar is produced commercially for mature green and vine-ripe markets.
Photo by Sakata
‘Green Giant’ is an open-pollinated potato-leaf variety first selected from an unexpected seedling by Reinhard Kraft and then popularized by gardener Craig LeHoullier after 2004. The large emerald-green fruits commonly exceed 1 pound, are known for their incredible flavor, and stay pure green even when fully ripe.