Will planting non-heirloom seeds near heirlooms affect them?
If I am planting a few seeds that are heirloom and also planting some that are not heirloom, will this affect the heirloom seeds? I am not planning on planting the the same species of plants.
Abi Griffith, Horticulture Community Education Assistant
It is important to note that cross-pollination does not impact the quality of the current crop, which will have all the characteristics of the desired variety regardless of what it was pollinated by, in case that was your question!
If your question is mostly concerned with the quality of the seed you are trying to save, this article – How do I Save Seeds For Next Year from UNH really walks you through the basics of anything you may be concerned about. Which hopefully will be helpful, since I’m not sure what kind of plants you are referring to and that may make a difference!