Hybrid Seeds Definition
Simply put, a hybrid seed (or plant) is a cross between two or more unrelated
inbred plants. The two different varieties are cross bred, resulting in a
seed that carries one or more favorable traits.
Hybrid seeds are commonplace in commercial farming, especially to increase
crop yields. Home gardeners thoroughly enjoy wide varieties offered by Hybrid
roses. But, at the same time, home gardeners often shun hybrid seeds.
Hybrid seeds are created by natural cross breeding of varieties. It IS NOT
genetically engineered seeds. See
Creating hybrids is is very popular for flowers and vegetables. Most notably,
Roses, Tomatoes and Sweet Corn are frequently cross bred to create hybrid
An F1 hybrid, are seeds from the first cross of two unrelated, open-pollinated
Advantages of Hybrid Seeds and Plants:
There are many advantages to creating hybrid varieties.
The most common advantages are:
More vigorous plants
Improved disease resistance
more uniform plant growth
increased crop yields
New flower colors
Improved taste of fruits and vegetables
Some Popular Hybrids:
Here are some of the more popular hybrids:
Roses - thee are too many hybrid roses to single out a particular
Corn - Silver Queen, is a white kernel sweet corn. This Hybrid is
one of the most popular home garden sweet corns. Double Sweet, Kandy King,
Kandy Korn, and many other "Extra" sweet varieties are hybrids.
Tomatoes - There is a wide range to hybrid tomato varieties.
Among them is Celebration, Beef Maestro, Container's Choice Red.