If you are looking to buy good, viable herb and vegetable seeds in Singapore for planting in soil or hydroponic media, the good news is, there are many options available here. Some sellers import from overseas, while others have acclimatised seeds from overseas, and of course there are the varieties of edible plants that are already grown locally.
What does open pollinated, F1 hybrid, organic, and/or heirloom seeds mean?
When shopping for seeds, you will notice descriptions such as open pollinated or F1 Hybrid, organic, heirloom. What does it mean, and which seeds are better?
Open pollinated means that the plant can be pollinated by insects, wind and by hand to produce seeds, while F1 hybrids are the opposite. They are a cross bred variety, and are when it comes to saving seeds, they may not be genetically stable, although it is said that F1 seeds can eventually become open pollinated once it is stabilised.
An organic certification conveys that the seeds are not genetically modified (GM), and a mention of heirloom means that the seed variety has been around for at least 50 years. I would say shop based on your preference, but for certain varieties I would opt for organic or heirloom, such as corn and soy, which are commonly GM crops.
If you are completely new to gardening and would like a walkthrough guide on how to grow your own vegetables, I have compiled one here.