Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Seeds

Tropical Traditions offers Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds.

An Heirloom seed is generally defined as an open pollinated variety that has resulted from natural selection rather than a controlled hybridization process. Seed saved from an heirloom produces plants with the same characteristics as the parent.

Open Pollinated: Open pollinated seed varieties are those that result from pollination by insects, wind, self-pollination or other natural forms of pollination. If you saved seeds from open-pollinated varieties and grow them they will come true, meaning that the plants will produce plants with characteristics or traits like the parent plant from which the seeds were harvested.

Certified Organic: When you see the word "Certified Organic" on a seed packet, it has distinct legal meaning.  It can ONLY be used for seed by growers who are in compliance with all the detailed rules and regulations specified by the USDA's National Organic Program.  While other countries have their own systems, in the US, organic regulations specify that the land in which crops are grown cannot have had prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest, and the operation must be managed according to an Organic System Plan that is approved and regularly inspected by a USDA accredited certifier.   Organic seeds are grown strictly without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The use of sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering (GMOs) are prohibited.

Each certified organic heirloom seed package below has its own page with more information. Click on the image or "More Info" to go to that page.

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