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Updated: 03/15/2013 08:00:08AM

Heirlooms in the garden

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Heirloom tomatoes that have been passed down through generations have stood the test of time. They are prized for their flavor, but the thin skin that contributes to their delectability also means they crack more easily and are more prone to insect attack. Many heirloom vegetables are not suitable for growing in Florida because of our growing conditions.

By Karen Smoke

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An heirloom can be anything of value that is passed down through generations. Many gardeners are interested in growing heirloom vegetables.

There is no standard definition of what makes a vegetable cultivar an heirloom. Some sources consider a cultivar that has been grown for at least 50 years; others list only cultivars grown before 1950. Many historic gardens, such as Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, offer heirloom seeds of cultivars that were propagated in that location in a specific historic period.

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