Like the name suggests, Heirloom Gardens are synonymous with Eye-catching blossoms, fragrant herbs, luscious fruits and rows of colorful vegetables. Heirloom plants are used in preparing meals in historic kitchens, dyeing fibers, enhancing decorations or in craft projects.
Heirloom plants are varieties that were commonly grown during earlier periods in history.1951 is the last year, a plant could be called an heirloom. Since 1951, hybrid plants were introduced. Heirlooms are open-pollinated, easily adaptable and never genetically modified or engineered.
Heirloom varieties are popular for their incredible richness of taste. These plants are a collection of bountiful of tastes, colors, shapes and sizes. Tomatoes come in a rainbow of shades ranging from white to deep purple, while cucumbers look like lemons.
Heirloom Garden has plants passed down from generation to generation. They are plants cultivated in American gardens, before1950. Annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees, Heirloom Gardens blend color and aroma to the terrace garden.
Heirloom seeds can be distinguished from hybrid seeds.
The variety of seeds is saved for generation after generation. Plantings will produce that same variety of tomato for generation.
Antique seeds are always self-pollinated or open-pollinated. They display the same traits down the generation. Hybrid seeds will never be able to replicate exactly the same traits.
The variety of seed has to be mandatorily introduced at least 50-100 years ago. Rare varieties with short histories are categorized as heirloom because of their uniqueness and special history tracing back to place of origin.