Hybrid seeds result from crossing two or more varieties--typically of the same species of plant--to produce offspring with the desired traits. According to Texas A&M University, the process often takes several years to complete. As a result, the new plant might show improved flavor, color or resistance to disease. Saving the seeds from hybrid plants poses a bit of challenge for gardener, as the seed will not reproduce new plants identical to original plant. In some cases, hybrid seed is sterile and lacks the ability to germinate. Although there are no guarantees, saving and planting hybrid seed allows you to experiment, and you might produce some unusual varieties that you might actually prefer.
Allow your vegetables or flowers to go to seed at the end of the season. Harvest the seeds from plants that produce seedpods, such as beans and peas, when the pods are dry and the seeds rattle in the pod when shaken. For fleshy fruits, such as cucumbers and melons, remove the seeds from the ripe fruit and remove the pulp. Wash with water and spread the seeds out to dry.
Store fully dried seeds in a glass container in a cool, dry place until planting time in the spring. Label the container with the seed type and the year to avoid confusion at planting time. Note that the seeds were gathered from a hybrid plant.
Prepare the soil in the proper location for your specific plants. Most vegetables and flowers thrive in well-drained soil in a sunny location, but some prefer shady or partially shady areas. Choose an area with similar conditions to the location where the original plant was grown successfully.
Plant the seeds following the seed depth and spacing recommended for your specific plant. As a rule, plant seeds two to three times the depth of the seed and cover with soil. Firm down with your hands to secure the seed and remove air pockets.
Water to moisten the soil to the depth of the seeds. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings emerge. Germination time varies, depending on the plant, soil temperature and weather conditions.
Reduce water to once a week. Water deeply to saturate the soil to the root level. Adjust watering to meet the needs of your specific plants.