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Seeds
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Renee    Posted 03-08-2003 at 04:54:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I posted this in the wrong place. I'm re-posting it.

got most of my seeds from "Heirloom Seeds" because I want to save seeds for next year, and I don't want any hybred seeds.
But, they didn't have a very good selection of corn. Does anyone know of a good sweet corn that's not hybred? Or do I have to give the sweetness up for the non-hybred type?
Renee


geo in MI    Posted 03-08-2003 at 06:41:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this strictly because you want to save the seeds, or for other reasons/objections? There is a difference between hybrid corn, which is created by cross-pollination methods, and genetically modified corn, which is created by gene manipulation before pollination. Considering air pollination, any corn--open-pollinated, or genetically modified--will eventually cross-pollinate with other varieties, so long as the pollen of one kind reaches the silks of the other. That's why you isolate one variety of sweet corn from another, either by space, or timing of the pollination dates.


Tom A    Posted 03-08-2003 at 05:21:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Renee:

I save my seeds too, so I'm don't use many hybrids...just varieties where I haven't found an open pollinated variety I like yet.

I've got several sources; am in a hurry right now, but I'll look up names/addresses of ones with most corn varieties. Off the top of my head, I'd say Schumway's and Seed Savers Exchange...most are in Seed Savers. There's many pages of OP corns alone. I've grown a couple different OP corns and like them; actually prefer them. They are *not* quite as sweet as the modern and genetically engineered corns, but they are sweet if you cook 'em right away *and* they have a much better-overall "corny" flavor.

As I said, I'll post some places a little later in the weekend...gotta farm auction to go to, might be able to find something I need (or just want!).

Tom


Salmoneye    Posted 03-08-2003 at 05:01:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am not quite sure what you are asking...

ALL modern corn (including Heirloom varieties) is Hybridized from the original varieties cultivated by the 'Native' American peoples...


Well...I'll be...    Posted 03-08-2003 at 05:12:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just did a search on Google for 'non hybrid corn'...lots of hits...below is one...There are LOTS of others...

Still don't understand how something that has been 'bred' from other varieties is not considere a 'hybrid'...But apparently it has to do with 'air pollination'...

Good Luck!



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