Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seed Packs
The Tomato is an herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, as are its close cousins potatoes, chili peppers, tobacco, eggplant and the poisonous belladonna. It is a perennial, often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual. The tomato is native to South America. The tomato is now grown worldwide for its edible fruits, with thousands of cultivars having been selected with varying fruit types, and for optimum growth in differing growing conditions. Cultivated tomatoes vary in size from tomberries, about 5mm in diameter, through cherry tomatoes, about the same 1–2 centimetres (0.4–0.8 in) size as the wild tomato, up to "beefsteak" tomatoes 10 centimetres (4 in) or more in diameter.
First acquired from Amish communities of Pennsylvania, Amish Paste tomatoes are know for their juicy, thick texture and succulent taste. They are an indeterminate variety, and require roughly 3 months from transplant to reach maturity and weights of 8 ounces or more. Amish Paste tomatoes are great eaten fresh in salads, and are also a good choice for sauces and purees.
Native to Russia, Black Krims produce beefsteak-type tomatoes that can show unique dark violet coloration when given plenty of sun exposure. They are indeterminate, and typically require 70-90 days to reach maturity after transplant. Black Krim are renowned for their great, mildy-tart taste.
Brandywine tomatoes are among the oldest heirloom tomato varieties, and have been grown for well over 100 years. They produce a large, slightly sweet, pink, beefsteak tomato that can weigh 1 1/2 pounds. Time to maturation can be as long as 100 days after tranplanting. Indeterminate growing vines can reach 9 feet in height with plenty of light and heat.
Ripens to a green color, with cream/yellow spots and stripes. The flavor is generally considered excellent and this variety often makes top ten lists for its taste.
Green Zebra tomato plants produce relatively small (1/2 pound) green and yellow striped tomatoes. They are indeterminate growers and require around 80 days to mature after transplanting.
Mortgage Lifter tomatoes were developed by Willam Estler of Barboursville, West Virginia in the 1920s. According to lore, the unique and extraordinary taste of these tomatoes proved to be such a success that Mr. Estler was able to pay off his home mortgage within a few years by selling plants of this variety. The plants are indeterminate growers, and come to maturity 70-85 days after transplanting. Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are known for their sweet, rich flavor and prodigious size, with the beefsteak tomatoes sometimes reaching 2 pounds!
Ponderosa tomatoes are flavorful and meaty-and are a great choice for those looking for a tomato with low acidity. The large, pink beefsteak tomatoes typically need about 95 days to mature after transplanting. Vines are indeterminate growers.
Red Currant plants produce copious quantities of small (~1/2" diameter), deep red tomatoes that are exceptionally sweet and packed with flavor. They typically require around 75 days to reach maturity, and make a good choice for containers and hanging baskets, though they are indeterminate growers.
Strawberry tomatoes are native to Germany, and typically reach weights between 10-16 ounces. It requires around 80 days for the red, strawberry shaped fruits to reach maturity. Plants are indeterminate growers. Strawberry tomatoes are especially well-suited as slicers, and make an ideal addition to sandwiches and salads.
Siberian tomatoes are unique in their tolerance of cool conditions, relative to other tomatoes. The can be successfully germinated at slightly lower temperatures than other varieties that typically need a starting medium temp of 75 degrees F or higher. Additionally, Siberian tomatoes can be grown in a shorter growing season, typically requiring 60-70 days after transplanting. The small, round tomatoes are versatile, and are especially well-suited for sauces, juices, and pastes. Siberian tomato plants are determinate growers, typically reaching 6-8' feet tall.
Tomatillos have a slightly tangy or citrus taste and are a key ingredient in many traditional Mexican dishes. The enclosed fruit is housed in a delicate husk that resembles a green lantern. Tomatillos will not cross with tomatoes, though both are members of the Nightshade (or Tomato) family Solanaceae. Tomatillo varieties include De Milpa, Purple and Verde.
Yellow Plum tomatoes are flavorful and make a great slicer. Healthy plants will produce good quantities of the small, plum-shaped fruits. Indeterminate growers typically require 75-80 days to reach maturity after transplanting.
About Heirloom Organic Seeds:
Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seed Packs are the sustainable gardening choice of home, homestead and professional gardeners throughout North America. Whether you are in the city, suburbs or country, Heirloom Organics Seed Packs are designed with your specific space, light and nutritional needs in mind. ...The Seed Vault is for emergency backup and two-person use. The Family Pack is for those with some yard space. This is our most popular pack. It provides lots of seed for a family of four for growing this year, next and then next, with even MORE for storing! The Homestead and Farm Packs are "Investment-Grade" Seed Stocks. Seeds are certain to multiply in value with current economic changes. Many people are turning to goods for investment purposes instead of cash. There are no more valuable "goods" than vegetable seeds, tomorrow's produce.
BULK SEED QUANTITIES
Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seed Packs are the largest quantity of seeds for the money, by count and weight, that can you buy. Our seed packs are designed for big gardens with LOTS of seed for storage. Our seed packs are designed to deliver bulk seed quantity, at wholesale prices, in integrated packs designed for specific environments. Heirloom Organics Seed Packs list seed counts and weights on each pack so you know what you are getting. We don’t use little “packets” like you see in the store, with a pinch of seeds in each envelope. We use substantial amounts of each variety so you have plenty of seed for now and the future. Even for bartering should you need it! See our Investment-Grade Seed Packs for the best deal you can get, anywhere.
INTEGRATED SEED PACKS
Our seed packs are sold in well-designed, integrated, packs so we can deliver wholesale weights and pricing as well as a good balance of varieties for nutrition, growing environment and storage needs. Each seed pack is specifically designed to support your family’s needs and conditions depending on where you live, how many are in your family/group and what your nutritional and storage needs are. Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seed Packs provide not only the largest quantity of seed for the purchase price, but packaged properly for long term storage as well. Early indicators of seed shortages have emerged.
LONG-TERM STORAGE PROCESSING (USDA-method)
Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seed Packs are processed for long-term storage, increasing the shelf-life of our seeds by many years. We use the methods developed and approved by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) for processing and packaging seeds for long-term storage. Heirloom Organics is the only supplier of seeds that has studied and implemented these methods developed by the USDA. No other seeds available today incorporate these advanced methods for seed packaging and storage. Heirloom Organics Seed Packs are truly the food source of tomorrow, packaged with advanced storage methods today.