Heirloom Garden Seeds and Plants
Heirlooms are among the most popular and sought after seeds and plants, by
avid and dedicated gardeners. Heirlooms are very special, producing old
fashioned, and sometimes uncommon flowers, vegetables and herbs. They may
have come from Grandpa or Grandma's garden. Or, they may be an "old fashioned"
favorite. The roots of the term goes back to the 1930s, before the arrival
of hybrid plant varieties.
Heirloom Seed Definition: The literal definition of an heirloom seed,
is any variety handed down from generation to generation of gardeners. It
can be a flower, a vegetable or an herb. In reality, the seed may not be
literally "handed down". It's okay for seed companies to carry them. Many
of these "handed down" varieties are sold by seed companies. To qualify as
an heirloom seed, it must have existed prior to the arrival of Hybrids in
What qualifies a seed as an heirloom seed? There is no universal agreement
on the definition. Here are traits commonly used to define an heirloom:
The age of the seed lineage. It can be traced back many decades. It is a
seed that has been around before 1930, when Hybrids arrived on the scene.
(Before GMO seeds, too.)
Family or generational linkage. A seed that has been grown in a family for
generations is called a family gem.
Historical value. For example, a plant variety grown in George Washington's
garden, would certainly be considered an heirloom.
The seed must be non hybrid... it does not derive from a hybrid. Everyone
agrees on this.
An heirloom seed must not be genetically altered. Everyone also agrees on
this point as well. See GMO vs. Non-GMO
Do Heirloom seeds and plants need to be organic? While we encourage organic
heirloom gardening in general, there is no requirement that heirlooms need
to be organically grown.
Can a seed company grow and sell an heirloom seed? Sure! And, most seed companies
do. They just need to meet the above qualifications.
What are the most popular Heirlooms: It's tomatoes, and there are
many tomato varieties to choose from.
Heirloom Seeds for Sale - Buy tomato, and many other
flower and vegetable heirloom plant seeds. Choose from the biggest selection
Survival Seeds - Learn the definition. Organic
seeds make great Survival seeds.
GMO vs.Non-GMO- a hot topic for some
Organic Seeds -
learn the definition. To qualify, they need to be USDA Certified Organic.
Did you Know? Some companies claim to offer "organic seeds, garden
supplies, and produce. But, if they do not have the USDA Certified Organic
Label (see example below), they are not truly organic.
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