In the last couple blogs there’s a huge list of seed companies that were gleaned from internet searches. What to do with 65 seed companies?
It’s a good idea to try to grow seeds that have been produced in your climate or a climate similar to yours. One of the reasons I use Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is they cultivate seeds from around the world. Some of them come from hot humid climates, which is the climate I grow in. So, when looking at the locations, see if the company is near you. This doesn’t guarantee that the seeds were produced near you. Smaller company are often locally grown. Large companies buy from seed growers anywhere.
Next look at the description. If it says things like, holds up to heat, better in cool climates, etc., take that into account. Look at what diseases they’re resistant to. Some crops succumb to various diseases and have been bred to withstand those diseases. Check with your local Agricultural Extension to see what diseases are predominant in your area and purchase accordingly.
You need to decide if you want to try and save your own seed. If so, you need to buy seeds that are open pollinated. F1 hybrids will not grow true the next year, so you won’t know what you’re getting.
Last, try out several companies and see which seeds do better, then work with those companies.