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What do you need to do to save your seeds from year to year? My dad always did with marigolds, but that is as far as I know. Do you need to get heirloom seeds? I had heard that some seeds are cross bred (like a mule?) and would not reproduce, is that true? Or will anything be fine to try and save for next year?<br><br>
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It's not that hybrid seeds don't reproduce, it's that they may not produce the plant that you are expecting...<br><br>
I remember my mom saving marigold seeds too. So funny. You make me a bit homesick as I am an MT native living in CA.<br><br>
Anyway, not sure where you're at, but the county extension office, or local library might have some good info on seed saving for you. You'll want to go for open pollinated seeds. Some plants in the same family will cross pollinate & there are suggested minimums of plants to use for seed in order to get good genetic diversity. This is not a field of expertise for me, just one of the topics that I've come across as I've been reading.<br><br>
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auntieM has lots of great info and I agree that you could try those resources (even should?).<br><br>
I do save seeds pretty much from everything I want to try. I don't mind if it's not exactly the same... my cosumosu are more and more beautiful each year and I just keep seeds from the previous year's flowers. I haven't really tried with many veggie, but if I really wanted a thing and knew I wouldn't be able to get seeds for the following year, I would totally try to use it's seeds! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I think the heirloom seeds are the ones that are most true from year to year... not that they are the only ones you can use.
 

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Great, thanks. I'll try saving seeds and see what happens. Maybe buy a few from the store also, just to be sure I get *something* that works. I'd be doing this mostly for the money savings, so I'd be fine with a little different variation in the plants. Will be a fun experiment to try!<br><br>
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