Open pollinated means no isolation required?

12 years ago

I want to grow three varieties of C. Maxima from Territorial seeds next year. They are Buttercup, Sugar Hubbard, and Pink Banana. All are listed in the catalog as OP, open pollinated. Sugar Hubbard is also called an heirloom, although it is a cross between Sugar Hubbard and Sweet Meat.

This suggests to me that I can grow them all in proximity to each other and let them cross pollinate prolifically. And still collect seeds that will grow plants bearing identical fruit to the "mother" plant. This seems ideal, in fact, it sounds too good to be true. Is it true? If not, then what does the OP designation actually mean?

I can control the pollination if I have too, but I don't want to do it if I don't need to.

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