The word heirloom refers to anything that is useful and valuable to people and families from generation to generation. This could be family owned crockery, gold, silver, stones, furniture or even seeds. An heirloom seed is a seed that comes from a plant that is taken care of and cultivated for generations and its seeds are passed on from generation to generation.
Gardeners choose heirloom seeds because they can be saved and replanted, year after year, and provide a high-quality result. Unlike the modern bred fruits and vegetables that have been developed for mass production. Heirloom seeds can come with a history that might go back hundreds of years; their productivity, flavor and adaptability can give successful results even in today’s climatic conditions making them popular all around the world.
Since heirloom seed are rare. Tracking authentic heirloom seeds is tricky therefore not only seed companies put a date label on the packet which tells how old the seed is.
Many times, people mix heirloom seeds with open-pollinated seeds and both the terms will be often used together. However, both are different from each other. An open-pollinated seed is one that can be saved and replanted, giving the same kind of plant again. All heirloom seeds are open-pollinated but not all open-pollinated seeds are an heirloom.
Here are some great options for buying heirloom seeds for your garden:
Heirloom Fruits and Vegetable Seeds
These hand-packed radish thrives extremely well in most soils. They are Non-GMO and turn out to be bright red in color with white flesh and round roots. You can plant them throughout the year in indoor pots or huge gardens and they will grow quickly and as expected. This is indeed a low-cost and yet a great investment because radish (Cherry Belle) is loaded with lots of vitamins and antioxidants that are much-needed to attain a healthy body.
This variety box contains ten different seeds from Monticello. All the seeds are packed in a glass-lidded, cedar box which can be reused to store the seeds and retain their flavour and freshness. Some of the seeds included in this variety pack include yellow pear tomato, cayenne pepper, white lettuce, Early Curled Siberian Kale, White Eggplant and Long Green Improved Cucumber
What’s more joyful than using your garden grown sweet and tender pea. Early Alaska Heirloom pea seeds are easy to grow and yield quicker in cold weather. Best peas can be witnessed when planted in a crowded environment or short trellis.
You can definitely get extra vitamin C to boost your immunity with this giant size Nobel Spinach seed. This very large nutritious vegetable is prefect for mixed green salads or served as stir fry. Although a robust plant, growing the giant Nobel Spinach Seed from COUNTRY CREEK ACRES GROWING IS IN OUR ROOTS Company is just very easy, so even beginners can easily try them out.
Imagine having sweet corns in every meal from your own garden that too in almost 75 days. Yes, that’s very much possible with Truckers yellow corn seeds. These seeds are resistant to heat, corn earworms, disease and come in resealable foil packaging to last long.
Nothing beats the fragrance of garden fresh green peppers, which you can witness yourself with these organic pepper seeds by Seedz. Although these seeds have a high germination rate, the packet comes with clear instructions so that you know how to sow and get your preferred green or red peppers.
If you are fond of leafy salads and soups, get your hands on these mustard green seeds by Country Creek Acres. One packet contains about 100 seeds and all seeds are organic and GMO-free, full of fibre, nutrients and taste. For best results, sow these seeds in warm soil and in an open space such as garden.
These Everglades tomato seeds will give you blueberry sized juicy and flavourful tomatoes which can easily be stored for the whole year. These seeds are easy to plant, yield guaranteed results, however, take time and patience is the key to having them in your grown in your garden.
Now you can plant sweet and hot peppers in your garden to make delicious and nutritious salads, gravies and pasta anytime in the year. Grow a variety of peppers with these non-GMO, open-pollinated, heirloom seeds that have a high germination rate and can be saved for replantation. The pack includes four sweet and four hot pepper seeds.
Heirloom flower seeds
These bright and beautiful yellow flowers can now be part of your garden with these organic heirloom seeds. Easy to sow and quick in growth, these seeds give blooming flowers when sown in winter.
Fill your garden with these dark red, velvety tea roses not just in spring but throughout the year. This hybrid tea rose seeds by Heirloom roses are disease and virus free, with a signature fragrance and blooming petals that will embellish your house.
Sow Right Seeds present non-GMO heirloom seeds that are fun and easy to plant. With more than hundred blossoms per plant, these seeds are pollinator friendly, hence will be loved by butterflies and bees, giving your garden a whole new spring appearance.
Using fruits and vegetables from your own garden have plenty of benefits and heirloom seeds are definitely a better choice than any other seeds. Planting heirloom seeds is not only adventurous but also a step towards making your food delicious, healthy and nutritious. Unlike the store-bought seeds, Heirloom seeds ripen evenly, giving you fresh fruits and vegetables consistently. Heirloom seeds are economical and open-pollinated seeds can be replanted, cutting your cost and time of buying new seeds every time.
If you have experience of planting heirloom seeds, do share your experience with us and help others be better gardeners.