The seeds that
you’ll find in our library are all open-pollinated or heirloom
varieties, meaning seeds saved from these plants will produce fruit the
next season which will be the same as the parent plant. Our seeds are categorized by how difficult they are to save, not grow. When growing to save seed, please try to match the seed saving difficulty with your gardening expertise. Here are some guidelines for growing plants
Easy seeds are great for beginners and grow plants that are less likely to cross-pollinate with other plants in that family.
Tip: Stick with one variety of a plant, or separate different varieties with a taller buffer crop or distance.
Medium seeds grow plants that are insect pollinated or biennial. These seeds are likely to cross-pollinate with other varieties of the same plant to grow a “mystery” plant. They may also take more than one season to produce seeds.
Tip: Choose only one variety from each plant or separate similar plants by placing them a good distance apart, like in the front and back yard.
Difficult seeds grow plants that are wind or insect pollinated and very likely to cross-pollinate with other plant varieties.
Tips: Stick to a single plant variety, stagger growing times, and use tenting or hand pollination techniques to preserve the purity of the seed. It’s also very important to check the botanical name to ensure which plants are related and susceptible to cross-pollination.