There is a bit of confusion between the differences between Hybrid, GMO and Heirloom vegetable plants. Lets shine some light on these differences between these but not before I say that The Home Depot Does not sell GMO seeds or plants.
Hybrid plants are bred from 2 plants, to create a different, more desirable plant. Plants with desirable traits are bred with other plants with other desirable traits. Plant a tomato with great insect resistance and plant it beside a tomato with great disease resistance and they will cross pollinate to form a seed with characteristics from both parent plants. Hybrid plants have hybridized in nature for hundreds of years by the birds and the bees.
Genetically modified organisms (GMO's) are not bound to being crossed only with other plants, instead they can have their DNA replaced with that of bacteria, plants, animals, mammals and more.
Hybrid plants can simply be looked at like this. Get a dog like a Labrador who sheds like crazy but is sweet and willing to please and put him in a room with a poodle, who is intelligent and doesn't shed and you will have a hybrid dog that is smart, sweet and willing to please that does not shed.
GMO's can be looked at like this. Get that same dog and cross it with a fish. Sounds impossible, right? A corn plant can have its DNA replaced with with the DNA of bacteria that kills insects.
Heirloom plants are plants that produce fruit that has been true to the parent plant for over 50 years. Unlike most hybrid plants, Heirloom seeds produce a fertile seed that can be pulled from the fruit and replanted the next year. Old school farmers will plant their crops from the seeds from the previous years crops. Heirlooms are not cross pollinated with other plants. Here is how to learn about Starting Plants From Seeds.
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