Tomatoes are self-pollinating, containing both male and female parts in the same flower. This video shows how to prevent self-pollination and cross-pollinate by hand.
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Simply put, an heirloom or heritage variety is an open-pollinated stabilized cross. In other words, years ago a cross was made that produced a valuable crop. After years of selecting for desired traits from this new original cross, the seeds are typically then passed down from one generation to another. This stabilized cross, having remained important enough to be preserved, is typically classified as an “heirloom variety”. So an heirloom variety is nothing more than an open pollinated variety that had enough significance to be preserved. Which makes for a lot of grey area in classification.
There are many varieties that are considered heirloom by some, and not by others.Though not all “open pollinated” seeds are “heirloom”, we often use “open pollinated” to describe many heirloom types in order to increase accuracy and transparency. Either way, whether you buy heirloom seeds in Colorado, or seeds for permaculture adapted for Texas, or you buy a survival seed collection for an urban garden in New York, at Amkha Seed you’re guaranteed the highest quality naturally produced, open-pollinated seeds available.