Variety Descriptions & Catalog Codes
by CR Lawn - As indicated, some selections are more suitable for
home gardeners than commercial growers. Farming and gardening are
more an art than science. Microclimate, soil type and cultural practices
significantly affect performance. Success in our trials is not a
guarantee of success in your plot. We advise market growers to trial
unfamiliar varieties on a small scale before fully committing.
As a guide to growers we’ve included information about disease
tolerance and resistance provided by our suppliers. We cannot guarantee
that tolerant or resistant cultivars will never be harmed. Actual
performance in the field depends on climate, weather and cultural
practices which we cannot control. The absence of information on
the older varieties does not mean they will keel over at the first
sign of stress. While conscious breeding for disease tolerance/resistance
began relatively recently, time-honored heirloom cultivars have
proven adaptable to a variety of conditions. Following are abbreviations
which appear after some variety descriptions. A number after the
abbreviation indicates which race of pathogen.
||Angular Leaf Spot
||Alternaria Leaf Spot
||Alternaria Stem Canker
||Bacterial Leaf Spot
||Bacterial Soft Rot
||Common Bean Mosaic Virus
||Cercospora Leaf Spot
||Cucumber Mosaic Virus
||Curly Top Virus
||Grey Leaf Spot
||Gummy Stem Blight
||Lettuce Mosiac Virus
||Maize Dwarf Mosiac Virus
||Northern Corn Leaf Blight
||NY 15 Mosaic Virus
||Pea Enation Mosaic Virus
||Pea Leaf Roll
||Papaya Ring Spot Virus
||Southern Corn Leaf Blight
||Septoria Leaf Spot
||Tobacco Mosaic Virus
||Common Wilt race 1
||Watermelon Mosaic Virus
||Zucchini Yellows Mosaic Virus
OG after cultivar name = entire lot is certified-organic
ECO after cultivar name = entire lot is sustainably
BD after cultivar name = entire lot is biodynamically
PVP = Plant Variety Protected. Unauthorized propagation
of the seed is prohibited. The use of PVP in the catalog is for
informational purposes only and in no way constitutes an endorsement
by Fedco of plant patenting.
AAS = All-America Selection.
indicates cold-hardy through
at least part of the Maine winter.
= a variety introduced
by Fedco followed by the year first offered.
• Open-pollinated varieties will grow true
to type when randomly mated within their own variety. Provided your
plants have been properly isolated from different varieties of the
same species, seed saved from these plants will breed true.
• Hybrid varieties are those produced from
the crossing of two different inbred lines. Seed saved from
hybrid varieties will not breed true in the next generation.
• Amongst open-pollinated plants, self-pollinated
(selfers) usually reproduce by using their own pollen. Crossers
usually reproduce through the transfer of pollen from one plant
to a different plant of the same species.
• Botanical nomenclature goes from the general to the specific.
Plants are classified into kinds by genus, species,
and variety. In Cucurbita pepo Sweet Dumpling,
Cucurbita is the genus, pepo is the species and
Sweet Dumpling is the variety.
We include supplier codes for each variety. Varieties
with more than one supplier may have two or more codes. We code according
to our best information at press time. When seed is short we must
sometimes change suppliers later in the season. With notable exceptions,
we generally choose varieties based on their merits rather than on
our supplier preferences. We do not offer genetically engineered varieties,
although we purchase from corporations engaged in genetic engineering.
Use the supplier codes to help you make your own choices about whom
you are supporting and which varieties are best for your garden or
farm. Codes are as follows:
Small seed farmers including Fedco staff.
Family-owned companies or cooperatives, domestic and foreign.
Domestic and foreign corporations not part of a larger conglomerate.
Multinationals not to our knowledge engaged in genetic engineering.
Multinationals who are engaged
in genetic engineering.