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Open Pollinated means seeds produced by plants unsegregated according to favorable or unfavorable genetics. Most common vegetables and flowers are open pollinated since the varieties have generally become indigenous to the locale where they are grown and prosper well.

F1 Hybrid seeds are carefully produced by cross breeding two pure bred parents. Increased vigor equal height, shape color and yield can be expected from hybrid plants. For the commercial producer, hybrids have the additional advantage of maturing at the same time to increase harvest efficiency.

Home grown seed is generally collected from local gardens that have produced fruit and flowers from which the seed is saved. F1 hybrids will generally not breed true this way which will leave you with an unpredictable crop at best.

Hydroponic Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant produces plantlets in a radial fashion around the mother plant. Each of these plantlets can be replanted and in turn will produce even more aloe plants in time. Because of Aloe's proven benefits to human skin, there is a lot of commercial interest in hydroponic production of Aloe Vera.

The Aloe Vera plant produces plantlets in a radial fashion around the mother plant. Each of these plantlets can be replanted and in turn will produce even more aloe plants in time. Because of Aloe's proven benefits to human skin, there is a lot of commercial interest in hydroponic production of Aloe Vera.

Don't let all this talk about seeds scare you. You'll learn how to create new plants from your current favorites by "cloning," which is nothing more than taking a fresh shoot and rooting it so it can become an independent plant of its own.

hydroponically as well. It may grow twice as fast and yield three times the weight, but if flavor is your fancy, you won't be happy. Fortunately, finding top quality seed isn't difficult, and with a little research you can find the varieties that will give you exactly what you want out of your hydroponic garden. In fact, you may already have the particular strain on hand, or growing at a friend o relative's house nearby.

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