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Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

By Kathleen
March 27, 2012

What makes a plant an heirloom? What constitutes a hybrid? And what on earth is a GMO? Heirlooms, hybrids and GMOs have added a good deal of confusion for gardeners and farmers new and old. Here is a short tutorial on their definitions and differences.

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Mar 26, 2012 8:54 PM CST
Kathleen. Great Explanation! Thank you for your insight
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
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Kathleen
Mar 27, 2012 6:20 AM CST
your welcome!

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woofie
Mar 27, 2012 10:52 AM CST
Interesting. I did not know that corn was a hybrid!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Mar 27, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Actually, most of the plants we know are hybrids. Humans have been fussing around with the greenery since we figured out that we could.

Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 28, 2012 3:40 AM CST
Very good article Kathleen and excellent descriptions!

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Mar 28, 2012 12:04 PM CST
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Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL (Zone 7b)
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Ditchlily
Mar 28, 2012 4:43 PM CST
Enjoyed it. I too did not know that corn AKA Maize was a hybrid. I remember being confused when I first read historical documents from before the 1400's that talked about corn. I later found out that corn was a generic term used for all cereal crops and what they were talking about had nothing to do with the crop that originated in the Americas.

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