Understanding Seeds – Hybrid, Heirloom, Organic, Non-GMO

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Understanding seed terminology can be a bit confusing when seeds are described as hybrid, heirloom, organic, non-GMO, and open pollinated. That confusion can be cleared up by understanding the basics of each of those terms.

Plants are generally either hybrid or open pollinated. Heirlooms are plants that have a lineage of at least 50 years. Organic gardening is a way of gardening and certified organic seeds are one option to begin plants. GMO seed is not likely to appear in your store or ever find their way to your garden. Pelleted seeds allow for easier sowing through an all-natural seed coating.

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