The term "hybrid" refers to a plant variety developed through the interbreeding of two or more varieties, genera or species. Though hybrids contain the best properties of the parent plants, they usually do not breed true and often revert to one of the parent plants. Hybrids are favored for greater disease resistance, more vigorous growth, earlier maturity, higher quality of vegetables, better uniformity and improved flavor.
Hybrid lilies are classified as Asiatic hybrids and Oriental hybrids. Oriental hybrid lilies have large 6 to 8 inch, fragrant, pink, red, purple or white flowers. The flowers of the Asiatic hybrids are smaller and usually have no fragrance. The flowers come in bright shades of yellow, gold, rose, pink, white and orange. The Asiatic lilies naturally flower from late spring to early summer while the Oriental lilies naturally bloom during late summer. Hybrid lilies can easily be grown as potted plants when grown in the right medium with proper light and watering. Lilies are likely to develop leaf scorch from the fluoride found in most growing mediums. Hence, care should be taken that the medium does not contain superphosphate or perlite. The soil pH for Asiatic hybrids should be 6.5 and between 6.5 to 6.8 for the Oriental hybrids.
Early sunglow is a hybrid of sweet corn and is considered to be one of the best varieties of sweet corn for the home garden. The hybrid corn surpasses its non-hybrid parents in sweetness, tenderness and flavor. Early glow is ready to harvest in about 63 days and is very good for eating fresh, freezing and canning. Plant the corn in full sun in late spring after all danger of frost and cold weather is past. The seeds germinate in seven to 10 days. During germination, take care to keep the soil moist.
Olympia is a hybrid of spinach, which is preferred due to its superior growth. The leaves are dark green and thick and the growth is upright. Olympia is a highly recommended variety for spring, summer, fall and overwintering. The hybrid spinach is highly resistant to bolting under high summer temperatures and long days. Olympia spinach is ready to harvest in about 48 days. The spinach can be sowed as soon as the soil is at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the seeds start germinating in one to two weeks.
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