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F1 Hybrid Seeds.
The last 20 years or so, has seen the introduction of what is known as F1 hybrid seeds.What are they? Well they are the seeds produced from crosses between two distinct parent plants, the first generation.
The reason F1 Hybrid seeds are so much more expensive than ordinary seeds is that the cross pollination between the two parent plants has to be done by hand , every single year in highly controlled conditions.
The resultant plants from F1 hybrid seeds are generally very even in growth and in theory every plant having the same genes is very similar.
Is this an advantage? In general the answer is yes. The results speak for themselves: Flower beds that are so even in height , that they look as though they have been cut by a knife.