- An open pollinated variety that has remained unchanged for 50 or more years
- They reproduce through pollination (by bees, wind or other natural pollination sources)
- They are considered “true” plants because they are exactly the same as their parent plants
- Not generally as “uniform” as hybrid fruits, nor are they as predictable
- Not bred to produce super varieties of blemish-less fruits
- Hand pollinated, patented and are often sterile
- May not reproduce true to the parent – means no saving seed
- *Some hybrids will reproduce. Some will not.
- Tends to produce faster than many open pollinated seeds
- Originally bred for commercial growers for more fruit, longer storage, etc.
- Better disease resistance
- Greater productivity, and a more uniform fruit