There are some gardening terms used today that need a bit of clarification. One of those terms is Heirloom seeds, they can also be known as Heritage seeds.
Heirloom seed refers to open-pollinated; pollinated naturally by the wind or insects, which produce plants like the parent plant. Heirloom and Heritage seeds are seeds that are passed down from family to family or generation to generation. Heirloom or Heritage seeds are often more tasty, aromatic and have a higher vitamin content.
There are family Heirloom seeds and Commercial Heirloom seeds. Commercial Heirloom seeds are seeds that are passed down in the company that have been used for many years. Thus Heirloom seeds do not necessarily mean Non-GMO. The Heritage and Heirloom seeds that Dunvegan carries are Non-GMO and say so right on the package.
Some terms to be aware of:
Organic seed refers to the way seed is grown
Heirloom refers to the parent plant.
Hybrid is a plant that is not bred from seed.
Untreated seeds are seeds that are not treated with insecticides or fungicides.
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