Hybrid seed F1
F1 hybrid is a term used in horticulture. It shows that a plant is created through a certain method of breeding, by combining inbreed and crossings. This results in an equally growing crop with a high yield and uniformity, but which can’t effectively reproduce itself. In the Dutch horticulture a lot of hybrid races are used.
The alternative to a (F1-) hybrid variety is a pollinated variety: that is a variety that is created by using a classical way of breeding, by crossing and selecting. In a pollinated race, plants with (almost) the same properties as the parents grow out of the seeds. The reproductive cycle can thus endlessly be proceeded, from generation to generation. This does not apply to a hybrid race: the offspring may have deviate properties.