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Post  backyard Jeff 1/12/2011, 12:15 pm

Im thinking about using heirloom seed's for the first time this year,,,, a friend gave me some tomato's he grew last year and they where way more tasty than mine,,, dose anyone know where i can find a good deal on the seeds? and what kind of luck have any of you had with heirloom plants?


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Post  miinva 1/12/2011, 12:27 pm

I use heirloom seeds whenever possible, and a great source is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which is located in Mineral, Virginia. Their website is at http://www.southernexposure.com/ . I completely agree about superior flavor Smile
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Post  acara 1/12/2011, 4:19 pm

Do you have a particular variety of heirlooms in mind?

If just want "heirlooms", drop me an addy via PM and I'll send you a packet of heirloom seeds. I've got more than I can get in the ground (I'll have to check the variety when it get home (...I went a little nuts on the Tomatofest website Embarassed )

FWIW .... that 'better taste" typically comes at a price ...

- slower growth
- lower yield
- more temperature sensitive
- less drought tolerant
- lower disease/fungus resistance
- garden pest are just like you ...they think heirlooms taste better too Very Happy

You may experience some, or all of these while growing heirlooms ...

.... but yes, it's worth it (IMHO)



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Post  miinva 1/12/2011, 4:21 pm

Actually it's been my experience that heirloom plants seem to have less pests, based on what I've tried in my garden, but your mileage may vary Smile When I selected tomatoes I tried to choose varieties that liked my particular conditions, such as tolerating high humidity, etc., so that may have played a part as well.
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Post  Megan 1/12/2011, 5:30 pm

I really don't have much to compare with. Almost everything I grew last year was heirloom, from Baker Creek. (http://rareseeds.com/). And it was FABULOUS. That being said, the lettuce mesclun mix I bought from Home Depot was very productive and very tasty, too.
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Post  ander217 1/12/2011, 6:35 pm

I grow both. I get most of my heirloom seeds mainly from Baker Creek and also a few things from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, but I pick up a few packets here and there from seed racks in the local stores, too, as well as an odd order from other seed companies now and then - this year it was Totally Tomatoes to get a particular variety of hybrid tomato.

I grow heirloom or open pollinated strains of any variety I want to save seed from for next year.

I haven't noticed much difference in growth between heirlooms and hybrids in most crops, but in my garden this summer which was hit was heat waves, drought, and severe bug plagues, my hybrid tomatoes outlived the heirlooms. However, they did not have the flavor of the heirlooms. So I plant both, to get good flavor from the heirlooms, but to have the disease hardiness from the hybrids that kept going until frost. (While the hybrids don't have the variety of flavor and color, they are still better tasting than anything from the grocery store and beat nothing.) Year before last when we had a cooler, wetter summer, the heirlooms did great. I tried to choose some this year that grow well in hot, humid conditions. (Which means, of course, that we'll have a cool, dry summer.) Smile
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