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Professional hybrid breeders like Sakata, PanAmerican Seed,
            Seminis, Takii and Syngenta take seed health very seriously.
            They have to: In addition to home-garden varieties, they breed
            for fresh-market farmers and commercial produce farmers,
            where losses would be costly.
            To ensure a clean start for growers, these vegetable breeder/
            producers (and others like them) screen their seed lots for the
            presence of many potentially devastating pathogens. Starting
            with clean, healthy seed is so important. Sure, the seed is more
            expensive, but the added security is worth it. Ask anyone who’s   Candyland tomato from PanAmerican Seed
            lost a house of peppers or tomatoes how that cost compared
            to the cost of hybrid seed.
            Flavor, of course, is a key selection criterion for hybrid vegetables   Why Hybrid?
            for the home garden and fresh market segments. The reason
            we toil in the garden for 8-10 weeks is for the pleasure of tasting
            that crisp, thick-walled sweet pepper and that sun-warmed,   Hybrid vegetable seed offers these
            vine-fresh juicy tomato that we grew ourselves. It’s what keeps   advantages over open-pollinated and
            gardeners coming back year after year!                  heirloom varieties.
            TOP PICKS TO TRY                                        •  Disease-screened seed
            Some of our favorite hybrids for the home garden are All-  •  Better seed quality
            America Selections (AAS) winners. AAS judges across North
            America evaluate vegetable entries in their own trial gardens,   •  Higher germination
            comparing the candidates against garden favorites with similar   •  Improved seedling performance
            characteristics. AAS has Regional Winners that performed well   •  Stronger disease resistance
            in one or more specific regions and National Winners, which   •  Higher yields
            performed well everywhere.
                                                                    •  Earlier harvests
            Top Image: Snackabelle Red pepper from PanAmerican Seed
            Bottom Image: Flaming Flare Pepper from Seminis
                                                                 A few of our best-selling AAS National Winners in peppers
                                                                 are Flaming Flare, Super Chili, Cajun Belle, Hot Sunset, Giant
                                                                 Marconi and Sweet Sunset. In tomatoes, try garden favorites
                                                                 like Big Beef and Celebrity and newcomer Candyland, a currant
                                                                 tomato with a tidier habit that’s easy to grow and earlier to
                                                                 Heirloom Marriage tomatoes offer a new twist on heirloom
                                                                 varieties. Hybrid crosses between two heirloom varieties result
                                                                 in hybrids with flavor characteristics from each heirloom parent
                                                                 and the hybrid benefits of higher yields and disease resistance.
                                                                 Cherokee Carbon, for instance, is the result of a cross between
                                                                 Cherokee Purple and Carbon.
                                                                 If small-space or container gardening is important for your
                                                                 clientele, check out peppers Apache, Redskin and Snackabelle,
                                                                 and tomatoes Husky Red, Better Bush, Homeslice and Cherry Falls.
                                                                 The Little series of determinate tomatoes was bred especially
                                                                 for container gardens. Little Sicily is a small slicing tomato. Little
                                                                 Napoli is a Roma-type with impressive yields for its size. Little
                                                                 Bing is an early-fruiting, high-yielding cherry.

                                                                 Learn more about these and all of our hybrid vegetables in your
                                                                 2019 Griffin Seed & Plant catalog, available online at http://www.
                                                        To request a hard-copy catalog, call
                                                                 us at 800.323.7253.
                                                                      More to see online
                                                                      See our digital Gazette for more information on Hybrid Vegetables!

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