Heirloom? Hybrid? GMO?

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 21-01-2013

I recently received two emails from seed catalogs explaining to customers the difference between Hybrid seeds (which have been around a long time and are very popular) and GMO (genetically modified organisms) plants.  It seems there customers were getting mislead to believe that Hybrid seeds are nearly the same as GMO plants, which is false.

Here is a link to a quick and simple explanation between the two from Jung Seed: What is a GMO and is it the same as a hybrid?

And a quick historical look at hybrid seed from the Institute of Science in Society:  Hybrid Seed 

I do not have a strong opinion on GMO’s.  But I do believe that Hybrid seeds are an excellent option for home gardeners and would never exclude them from my choices.

However, there are those that feel strongly that Open Pollinated or also know as Heirloom seeds or Standard seeds, should be the preferred choice of growing plants. For a good explanation on the difference between Hybrid and Heirloom seeds see Univ. of IL Ext: Hybrids and Heirlooms.

I have had equal success and failure growing from seed both Hybrid and Heirloom varieties.  I feel both have a place in your garden.

 

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