Compare Heirloom tomatoes & Hybrid tomatoes

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Differentiating between hybrid and heirloom tomatoes can help you figure out which type is right for you. Learn more in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Tom Ashley

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Now, the seed from a hybrid will not come back true to type. The seed that comes out of this tomato, if you planted it and grew it the next year, would grow, could grow, any of it's relative. The seed from the Sungold, similarly, it you plant it you don't know what you're going to get. You can even get red cherry tomatoes, different sizes, different characteristics. The seed from the Heirloom, a Heritage or an Antique tomato will grow true to type. The seed that comes out of this, Rose de Barne, will grow a Rose de Barne plant the next year. The Black from Tula, the same, any of these will grow true to their variety. Cherokee Chocolate will produce a Cherokee Chocolate, ninety percent of the time, there is a ten percent chance that you will get some crossing on the heirlooms, just a natural mutation in the seed, or cross pollination from another variety, so anywhere from one to ten percent will give you a slightly different variety perhaps and that's where new varieties come from. We will talk about how to save seed and grow your own tomato plants in another segment.