Heirloom and Non-Hybrid Garden Seeds

May 25, 2009 | 15 comment(s)

We have encountered a lot of recent discussions about Heirloom and non-hybrid garden seeds. One of the most important characteristics of Heirloom seeds is that they are open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds. What does this mean, and why is this so important in relation to emergency preparedness?
Typical seeds you purchase in local stores are generally a hybrid of different plants. This is done to produce higher yields, to help the plants be more resistant to disease, to create specific tastes and colors, etc. The downside to hybrid seeds is that the seeds of the grown vegetables generally cannot be harvested and replanted the next year. Conversely, open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds can be harvested and planted year after year, making them an important addition to any food storage plan!
After researching various suppliers of non-hybrid open-pollinating seeds, Emergency Essentials, Inc. settled on a great product called "Canned Garden Seeds." The can includes 16 popular and easy to grow non-hybrid garden vegetables that are hermetically sealed in E-Z lock reusable bags. The bags are triple-layered foil packets that are sealed in the can. A very helpful Gardening-Made-Easy Instructional Guide is also included.

One tip we would recommend is storing the seeds as cool as possible - your refrigerator or freezer would work best if you have the room. According to the manufacturer, the seeds can be safely stored for 4 years at 65-70 degrees and much longer at lower temperatures. Each 6 degree drop in storage temperature may double the storage life of most seeds. Good planting!

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  • Anonymous  |  May 18, 2009

    Thanks for the info. I've never really thought about including garden seeds in my food storage. Great idea.

  • Keith  |  May 19, 2009

    I agree, this is great info. I look forward to the blog about how to harvest and reuse the seeds. Thanks.

  • Tammy  |  May 23, 2009

    I remember reading somewhere that someone had planted their seeds after storing them for about 10 years. They all grew just fine. Definitely a great idea to include some of these seeds in your food storage.

  • Christian  |  June 3, 2009

    Nice I was worried about storing seeds bought from the store, didnt know these were available. ill be picking some up right away.

  • CD  |  June 3, 2009

    I am so excited about your new blog. I know very little about survival in an emergency so I will come here often to become informed.<br />I will also send this link to my family and friends. <br />Will follow you on Twitter as well.<br />Thanks again and God Bless,<br />CD

  • Anonymous  |  June 3, 2009

    I just ordered this can of seeds. I&#39;ve been gardening for years. I grow enough to feed myself and spouse, plus have enough to share. We raise chickens and have fruit trees.

  • Jesness  |  June 3, 2009

    I also store trees and shrubs I get from the Arbor Day foundation (in the fall and winter) in the fridge for the winter- I have some out in a pot right now, and they are thriving!

  • Crystal  |  June 3, 2009

    I am happy to have an explanation of what an Heirloom seed is. My mother was telling me that I should get them but I didn&#39;t understand until now. I actually planned on getting seeds from all the plants I am growing this year but they are mostly Hybrid. I will probably be getting these seeds! Thanks!

  • Karen  |  June 3, 2009

    I am excited about getting these seeds and it is good to know about storing them in cooler temperatures<br />since we live in the desert!

  • dejarack  |  June 3, 2009

    Finally, open discussion on heirloom seeds. I grow and harvest vegetables, fruit, and am trying some nut trees (I harvest and can/freeze for a year supply for family of four). I am changing all seeds for heirloom as harvesting your own seeds is very easy and cost effective!<br /><br />I would love to see discussions on drying, canning, freezing and sharing of recipes for harvesting the fruits of out labor.

  • Anonymous  |  June 4, 2009

    I bought one of these cans about 5 years ago and opened it to rotate and check seed. I have been getting an average of 95% germination rate for all the varieties planted. I wanted to test these so I didn&#39;t plant them directly, I germinated all of the in starter trays or cellulose, but I am still impressed with the start rate.

  • rawwells  |  June 4, 2009

    I have planted mine and they are doing very well. I am going to order 2 more cans for reserve. Just remember to keep them in your fridge and it will add many years to their shelf-life.

  • Rene  |  June 8, 2009

    Thanks for this info. I have tried to buy non-hybrid and heirloon tomato plants with limited success. I will definitely be adding this item to my storage for immediate use and for preparedness.

  • Anonymous  |  April 16, 2011

    Of all the things we can do to prepare for the unknown, garden seeds is the best. Seeds, soil and water provided by mother nature will allow you to produce nutritious food for your family at close to no cost.

  • Heath  |  September 16, 2011

    I&#39;m going to put my seeds in the freezer for an emergency and give some a try next year in the garden. I&#39;ve never used any non-hybrid seeds before. Any pointers?

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