Say, what does HEIRLOOM mean when it's referring to 'plants'
Heirloom plant species are vegetables, flowers, and fruits grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation, says Barbara Richardson, horticulturist with the National Gardening Association. Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind.
A hybrid plant is the result of cross pollinating two different plant varieties and growing the seed the cross produces. The plant that grows from that seed is considered a hybrid.
OK, my next questions are, How do I know what 'plant' will grow in an AeroGarden? Which seeds should I buy? (Veggies and fruits are all I'm interested in, BTW)
Again, many thanks,
I only know of strawberries and I have not tried them yet. As for Veggies, I know tomatoes, peppers, some eggplants, cucumbers, some beans and some peas, lettuce, kales, bok choi, of course herbs. I am sure there are others as well.
Many members have experimented and tried other things. Some successes some fails. If the seeds are cheap enough (for trials) I would say go for it and try. Also depending on your machines, you will want to look for those that grow either up to 12" or 24". Of course you can also top/prune to keep them shorter or at least try to.
I know baby watermelons have been done with so-so results. I have seen squash someone here tried but I do not remember the results with those.
If you are looking for cheap seeds, try MIGardener. All their seeds are .99 cents.
From my experience I have found that hydro always grows the plant taller than if it were in soil, and I choose with that in mind. I hunt for plants labeled 'dwarf' or 'miniature' in height to save a lot of pruning frustration. I have a mystery tom which I know will outgrow the machine and I am contemplating yanking it because the seedling is mammoth and I don;t want to be bothered with the pruning .
One vendor which is pretty good at height in inches on their site is Johnny's Select Seeds. FWIW Cheers.
Last Edit: Jun 10, 2019 15:58:02 GMT -5 by Corinne
How on earth could this tom plant be 20" tall even though a bush and having such large toms on it ? The plant would never survive(It may if there are only 2 tomatoes), and in the AG would have to have such thick stems that the pod hole couldn;t stand it! It is also listed as determinate. Plants with big fruit in general in the AG usually get only 2 or 3 fruits max after months of growing.
I'm sure you're right, I bought a few seeds, but them are for next year's outdoor garden. Nothing crazy, just a few tomatos and yellow elephant peppers. I imagine there isn't much for dwarfed varieties, I didn't really look, when I was shopping, I was mostly looking for unique and not so much as small. You probably saved everybody some time, I do however see on FB they have decent reviews.