New gardeners are often puzzled by the term "hybrid" listed with annual and vegetable
Generally, hybrids are the result of breeding (or crossing) two different parent varieties.
Each parent is selected for certain desirable characteristics. The offspring, or seed of the
female plant can display a number of superior characteristics including a new color, larger
blooms or fruits, more robust flavor and better yields, better disease resistance and more
This process, while assisted by man, does nothing to alter the genetics of a plant. It is a
natural process that allows breeders and hybridizers to create plants better suited for the
Seeds collected from hybrid plants will not produce the same result as the original seed. Only
the parent plants can produce identical hybrids.