What’s in a seed? A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is, the pollen from the anther (male part of the flower) entered the stigma and travelled to the ovary (female part of the flower). Fertilisation occurred and seeds were formed with or without fruit. There are many forms of fertilisation but this is the basic concept.
Over time we have seen desirable features in plants – its flowers or fruit, hardiness or appearance – and have sought to improve them to create more desirability. Different types of seed have been developed for many given plants. In this article we are seeking to explain what these differences are and what they mean for you.