Just like a cherished family heirloom, heirloom seeds are named as such for their unique similarities. Both have a long-standing history, are passed down from generation to generation, and are usually accompanied by a most intriguing story. In other words, these seeds are worth passing down.
Many heirloom seeds are tracked to be 50 to 150 years old in origin; however, other heirloom varieties date back thousands of years, such as those of the Native Americans. These precious seeds were carefully grown, saved and passed down through generations. In fact, many heirloom seeds were transported across the globe by immigrants who protected these garden seeds in stitched pockets, sealed letters, in the soles of their shoes and in secret compartments of their caps or sacks. Heirloom seeds emigrated from Europe (France, Italy, Germany and Russia), Asia (Japan and China), Africa and from virtually every corner of the world. These prized garden seeds were revered for their reliable production, ability to adapt, flavor, and, most importantly, to reproduce with the same strong characteristics of the parent plant. Throughout their long, arduous journey, these heirloom seeds also developed an advanced resistance to disease, making them stronger and more reliable plant producers.
The advantages of heirloom seeds are plenty; though, there are some potential characteristics to consider when choosing between heirloom seeds, regular seeds, hybrid seeds or store-bought fruits and vegetables. Unlike traditional seeds, heirloom seeds may germinate at a slower rate. They may also germinate more erratically (they may all “pop” at different times, unlike hybrids which generally produce at the same rate for commercial production purposes). Heirloom seeds also vary in size, shape and color. However, with a society stuck in backward-thinking perfection, it’s nice to see strong, nutritious and individualistic heirloom seeds making a comeback.
Since heirloom seeds grow most true to type they are revered as the best for replanting. For garden seed saving enthusiasts, we highly recommend saving your heirloom seeds to plant for next year. Jung offers a great selection of heirloom tomatoes, including Brandywine tomatoes and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. When you want the purest, juiciest and most flavorful tomato plants, buy heirloom tomatoes from Jung. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality and most sought after heirloom seeds and plants.
Jung is proud to staff expert gardeners who are highly knowledgeable and earnest about their work. Whether it’s a guide to composting or how to change the world through gardening, we never shy away from our passion. Whatever gardening tips, tricks or expert advice you need, turn to Jung for a seed worth planting.