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Team Heirloom or Team Hybrid?

By Trish
February 26, 2012

When buying or planting your vegetable seeds, do you favor hybrids or heirlooms? Let's discuss!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2012 3:50 AM CST
I do grow some hybrids but more and more switching to Heirlooms. One of my faves is the 'Heirloom Yellow Pear' tomato. For a pink/red tomato, I like the old 'Traveler' and 'Traveler 76'.

And I really want to try 'Tennessee Britches' this year. Just for the name, if nothing else. Green Grin!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 26, 2012 7:39 AM CST
I choose to grow more heirlooms than hybrids, as available.

I'm particularly fond of Brandywine tomatoes. I grow a few of them every year, and use them for just about everything.


One of my new favorites is Asparagus/Yard Long Bean. These I can grow up above the reach of rabbits, and I prefer their texture and flavor over other pole type beans.









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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 26, 2012 8:26 PM CST
Because I want to save and share seeds, I hardly ever buy an F1 hybrid seed if I can avoid it.

The exception is 'Sungold' Cherry tomatoes. I tried a plant once, and really liked it.

I've learned not to buy seed packets with a mix of colors, because usually the saved seed colors come out mixed and muddy.


Name: Jon Roberts
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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Feb 27, 2012 1:20 AM CST
Perhaps it's just because I was talking about it earlier tonight, not to mention a bit of drinking, but I think the hybrids vs heirlooms discussion is a lot like blended vs single malt whiskies -- the hybrids will give you a consistent crop with very good qualities that appeal to most people, but the heirlooms offer a lot of unique character, and might be better suited to a particular region.

And of course the ability to save the seeds each season is in itself a huge reason to grow heirlooms.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 28, 2012 9:13 PM CST
I lean towards the heirlooms so I can save seeds.
It worries me that a few big seed companies can direct what we sow and eat.
I also get better germination from seeds that I obtain from gardeners than from seed companies.
Many vegetable traits have been lost because
the seed and grower profiteers selected for their own benefit.
Some of the tomatoes with soft skins which do not travel well have better taste and colour.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 29, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Well said, Caroline. Thumbs up

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