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We have several seed types available here at David's Garden Seeds®. Some of our seeds are a combination of several types. For instance an open pollinated seed can also be organic and a heirloom.
Some out there, like a certain major food chain, labels all open pollinates as heirlooms. This is not true. While there is no standard for heirlooms, it is generally accepted that any seed developed before 1950 and is open pollinated is a heirloom.
Below you will find brief descriptions of each type of seed.
We offer many heirloom seeds from all across the country. Heirloom seeds are seeds that generally have been around for 75 years or more. There is no standard for what makes a seed "heirloom" like there is for what makes it "organic".
Heirlooms are usually better tasting than hybrids but are usually harder to grow and more susceptible to insects and diseases. But many of these can be avoided if using a good organic growing program.
These are also open pollinated types meaning they will reproduce themselves. While all heirlooms are open pollinated not all open pollinated seeds are heirlooms.
David's Garden Seeds has over 800 heirloom types. We are adding more every week.
Some of our seeds have been
grown organically. Organically grown seeds means they have been grown
without using man-made (synthetic) chemicals. Even though we are not certified as an
organic grower (takes lots of time and money), we grow our own products
organically. Organic can also apply to hybrids as well.
Open pollinated seeds are seeds that will reproduce
themselves. These are the ones you want to grow to save for future
plantings. All heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, but not all
open-pollinated seeds are heirlooms. If you plan on producing your own seeds, you will need to do some studying to make sure you have planted them so they will not cross pollinate. There is nothing wrong if they do, you just will not get the "pure" open pollinated.
Hybrid seeds refer to seeds where the
breeder has taken characteristics of different attributes of plants
of the same family and combined them to make a plant that grows better,
has more disease resistance and so on. They will reproduce but the reproduction will not be an exact copy of itself. And there is no telling what you will get.
Hybrid seeds are not genetically modified organisms (GMO) so you do not need to worry when you see the word "Hybrid" (F1) on a package of seeds.
October 2019 I have found out that there is an Hybrid 2 (F2). I will have to read more about this and report back here.
Here is what I have found out. The F2 hybrids are seeds they have been taken from hybrids and planted. Then when the vegetable forms, they pick the ones that are close to what they are looking for.
For instance they may grow the F1 hybrid seeds from a tomato plant. Then grow seeds from which will become F2 plants. The F1 is referred to as the parents. When you grow the F2 you are actually growing the grandparents. So what you will get is really hard to tell.
There may be a difference in size, shape, color, taste and disease resistance.
I can see that I have not explained this very well. I will try again in a few weeks.
GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds occur when the breeder has taken different attributes of different families of seeds, thus changing the DNA make-up of the new seed. There is a lot of controversy over whether this is right or not. Currently the only vegetables they have done this with are corn varieties and squash varieties.
All of the seeds at David's Garden Seeds® are Non-GMO seeds.
If you are looking for cheap seeds, THIS IS NOT THAT
SITE. We offer premium, fresh seeds that are
hand-packed in the United States by our team members. We use highly complex machines
in packing our seeds. We print all of our own envelopes in house. We do all of our own shipping.
Most of our vegetable seeds have an 80% or better germination rate. Where the germination rate is lower it is stated in the description of the particular seed. Flowers are at 70% or better.
Germination rate will go down as the seeds get older. We are talking three to five years and many will be viable even after five years.
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All of the variety information on the David's Garden Seeds® website, including the days to
maturity, color and size are based on data from tests done at specific
locations. Many factors, including geographic location, daytime and
nighttime temperatures, the availability of plant nutrients, many unknown climate factors and insects/pest interact to determine a variety's
performance. For information on which varieties will perform best in
your area, we recommend that you contact your local county extension agent or a Master Gardener.
David’s Garden Seeds®, gardening is our passion. We provide top quality,
non-GMO seeds so families can learn about gardening and love it. In turn, we
hope they will pass this passion down to their children and
grandchildren, teaching them to grow delicious food, fresh herbs and