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ScienceTalkWednesdays: Heirloom Seeds vs. Hybrid Seeds

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Join us on tonight’s share on Heirloom Seeds vs. Hybrid Seeds. 

What is an Heirloom Seed?

There are several different definitions of heirloom seeds. Some categorize them by the plant's age and their existence prior to the creation of hybrid seeds. Others say it has to do with how the seeds were grown. The common distinction everyone can agree on, however, is that an heirloom seed is open pollinated and could not have been modified genetically. Open pollination means the plants were pollinated by a natural means, such as by birds, insects, or the wind. This also can create diversity from generation to generation of seed because there is no control to the pollination. A few heirloom plants are actually self-pollinated, which means they can pollinate themselves if open pollination doesn’t occur.