How to Source Truly High-Quality Seeds

Seed experts and plant breeders help explain seed genetics, a complicated seed industry, and how to find high-quality seeds.

Sugar Magnolia Snap Peas
The crops that will do best in your garden are those grown with high-quality seeds that have been carefully maintained and that match your growing conditions. Modern plant breeders developing organic, regionally adapted varieties may not be the norm, but they’re the ones creating the real gems of the seed world — treasures such as these ‘Sugar Magnolia’ snap peas, bred by Alan Kapuler.
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