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The enclosed information is on conventional and heirloom vegetables, (including many from the collection of Dr. David Bradshaw) available for spring 2011 planting. Many of the varieties are the result of years of research by state agricultural experiment stations and USDA plant breeders. We are also offering several outstanding varieties released by private companies. Look for Heirloom following the variety name. The SC Crop Improvement Association is a non-profit corporation.
All variety information presented is based on average performance compiled from numerous sources. Varietal performance can be expected to vary depending on geographic location, time of planting, climate, soil and cultural practices. We suggest you contact your local extension agent to determine if a variety is adapted to your area. For vegetables normally grown from plants, the maturity is from the time the transplants are set out or seed emerge.
Tolerance/resistance (T/R) indicates the ability of the plant to endure or restrict the activities of a specific pest or pathogen. Some diseases can change from one year to the next; therefore T/R can vary from year to year. Aggressiveness of the pathogen, amount of pathogen present, and environmental conditions influence degree of T/R. New races or strains may also occur.
All of our seed and plants are produced under strict standards to insure they are true to type and have good germination. To enhance germination, some varieties are treated with a fungicide (Thiram). The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the use of Thiram, as a seed treatment, does not produce any residues of toxicological concerns in food commodities, is not persistent in the soil, and is not a suspect carcinogen.
Availability of all seed is subject to production and demand. In the event we are out of a variety we will substitute a similar variety or refund your money for that item. Please indicate your preference on our order blank. Check our web page for updated availability. Thank you for your order!
Chioggia 60 days. Also called Bull'sEye, this Heirloom was introduced to American gardeners in the late 1840's from Italy . Uniquely beautiful flesh has alternating red and white concentric rings that resemble a bull's-eye. Very tender, nice for eating and pickling. Retains markings if baked whole and sliced just before serving. Mild flavored tops can be used raw or cooked. PKT (6 grams ≈500 seeds) $4
Detroit Dark Red 60 days. Introduced in 1892, this heirloom may be the most popular garden variety today. 3-inch globe-shaped, smooth roots with dark flesh, sweet and excellent quality. Red stemmed green tops highly regarded for taste. PKT (7 grams ≈ 525 seeds) $4
Waltham 29 60-90 days. This widely adapted favorite for over 50 years was developed to mature in cold weather (fall planting). Produces 4-8" heads and lateral buds for extended harvest. Good for freezing. PKT (4 grams ≈ 1000 seeds) $4
Catskill 90-110 days. Introduced in 1941, this widely adapted Heirloom is still the best garden variety for sustained production. Compact plants (20-24") produce dark green, large 1½" sprouts, closely packed on the stem. PKT (4 grams ≈ 1000 seeds) $3
Charleston Wakefield 82 days. Since 1892 this Heirloom has been popular with cabbage lovers, especially in the South. Produces 4-6 pound heads. PKT (4 grams ≈ 1000 seeds) $3
Late Flat Dutch 110 days. Produces flat globes up to 10" across. Heads are pale green with a sweet, mild flavor. (4 grams ≈ 1000 seeds) $3
Little Finger 60 days. Baby gourmet Carrot, color develops quickly, can pull early, 3" long x 1" wide, cylindrical blunt roots, very small core, smooth skin, deep orange color, small week tops. Developed for canning & pickiling whole, must be harvested early. PKT (2 grams = 2000 seeds) $3
Heirloom (Scarlet) 70 days. For over 100 years Nantes type carrots have been a favorite of home gardeners for their flavor & attractive appearance. Cylindrical roots are 1½" x 6" with a blunt end. Orange flesh, nearly coreless, sweet, tender and crisp. Good for storage, freezing and juice. PKT (2 grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $3
Snowball Y Improved 75 days. Plant produces very flavorful, pure white, 6” diameter heads. This is a self blanch variety as the leaves curl around heads protecting them from sun. Good choice for the home garden and market grower. PKT (2 grams ≈ 500 seeds) $3
Champion 78 days. Improved Vates Selection. Dark Green and large cabbage-like leaves retain their springtime eating quality up to two weeks longer than other Vates types. PKT (10 grams ≈ 2500 seeds) $3
Georgia Southern 80 days. 30-35" tall, upright, large blue-green crumpled leaves. Leafy non-heading plant. PKT (10 grams ≈ 2500 seeds) $3
Vates 75 days. Large dark green leaves with mild cabbage like flavor. PKT (10 grams ≈ 2500 seeds) $3
Black Seeded Simpson Heirloom 46 days. A real old timer (1850) still very popular. Loose, light green crinkly leaves retain their crisp, tender eating qualities longer than most other leaf lettuce varieties. Best for early spring and fall crops. PKT (2 grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $4
Green Salad Bowl 50 days. 1952 All America Selection released by USDA. This high-quality loose leaf type is ideal for home gardens. Large upright plants form a rosette of tender light green leaves. Slow to bolt. PKT (2 grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $4
Oakleaf 48 days. This Heirloom dates back to the 1771. Thin, light green, oak shaped leaves makes delicious addition to salads. Can stand some hot weather. PKT (2grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $4
Parris Island Cos 66 days. Widely adapted Romaine type developed by USDA & Clemson University . Upright 8-10" plants. Interior is pale green to cream with grayish green, slightly savoyed outer leaves. Good field holding ability. Mosaic tolerance. PKT (2 grams ≈2000 seeds) $4
Red Salad Bowl 50 days Loose leaf variety similar to Green Salad bowl with reddish-bronze color. Introduced in 1955. Very slow bolting. Loose cut and leaves come again, very ornamental, great sweet flavor with a long harvest . PKT (2 grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $4
Tendergreen 40 days. Also known as “Spinach Mustard”. Leaves are mild flavored, smooth and dark green. Cook as greens or use raw in salads like spinach. PKT (2 grams ≈1000 seeds) $2
Cherry Belle Heirloom 25 days. 1949 All American Selection. Round roots are brilliant red with crisp, white and mildly pungent flesh. PKT (6 grams ≈ 525 seeds) $3
American Purple Top 90 days. Produces high yields of yellow roots with deep purple crowns. Sweet flavor. Flesh turns orange when cooked. PKT (2 grams ≈ 600 seeds) $2
Bloomsdale Spinach Heirloom 40-60 days. Introduced in early 1900's. Vigorous upright plants with savoyed, crumpled dark green leaves. Fine quality, tender and excellent flavor. Slow to bolt and adapted for late spring and summer plantings. PKT (6 grams ≈ 500 seeds) $3
Seven Top Heirloom 45 days. Used by gardeners since the early 1800’s for young tender, dark green tops only (roots woody and inedible). Used as winter annual for spring greens in South. PKT (4 grams ≈ 1500 seeds) $2
White Egg 50 days. Long time favorite in the South for its reliability and fine flavor. The roots are "egg shaped", with white flesh. PKT (4 grams ≈ 1500 seeds) $2
Mary Washington Popular Heirloom introduced by USDA in 1949. Spears are uniform, tender, thick, heavy, straight and dark green with a purplish tip. 3-4 years to fully establish, first picking in 2 years. PKT (300) $4
BEAN - GREEN BEAN
Blue Lake 274 Snap (Bush) 54 days. A popular variety due to its excellent eating quality. Introduced in 1961. Produces heavy yields of 6 inch pods containing white seeds. Pods fill slowly and retain tenderness for a long period. Resistant to bean mosaic and is widely adapted. An excellent variety for canning and freezing. PKT (100) $2 - ½ LB $5
Blue Lake (Pole) – 62 days. Noted for its unique and fresh, beanie taste. Pods are round, slightly curved, meaty, tender, and fiberless. Produces all summer long. PKT (100) $2 – ½ LB $5
Contender (Bush) Heirloom 42 days. Introduced in 1949 by Clemson University and USDA. The best early green bean for gardeners who desire a combination of good flavor, disease resistance, and high yields. Has excellent fresh eating quality. Bears slightly curved, stringless, medium dark green, thick pods, approximately 6" long. Fairly hardy under adverse conditions, has heat tolerance and disease resistance. Resistant to common bean mosaic virus (race 1) and tolerant of powdery mildew. PKT (100) $3 - ½ LB $6
BEAN – LIMA BEAN
Fordhook 242 75 days. Heirloom All America Selection 1945. Widely adapted large seeded bush type variety released by USDA. Well suited for fresh market, canning or freezing. 3-4 plump beans per pod. PKT (75) $2 - ½ LB. $4
Dixie White Butterpea (70 days) Heirloom variety. Does well in hot, dry weather. Early and productive. Delicious, butterbean flavor. Excellent flavor and highly regarded in the South. PKT (150) $3 - ½ LB $5
CORN - ORNAMENTAL (OP)
Broom Multi-Color 110 days. Type of Sorghum. 4-5 foot stalks are similar to corn but they do not produce ears. Seed heads appear from the tops of the plants instead of a tassel. Birds love the seed. Heads are decorative and the quality straw is excellent for crafts or brooms. Mix includes colors of gold, red-bronze, brown, black, burgundy, white-cream & natural. PKT (500) $3
CORN - SWEET
Golden Queen 93 days. (F1) Plant produces good yields of delicious sweet golden yellow corn. Ears are 9" long and have 16 rows of golden yellow kernels. Resistance to Bacterial Wilt . Excellent whole ear freezer variety. PKT(200) $3
Peaches and Cream 83 days. The Peaches and Cream Hybrid is a bicolor corn. The ears grow to about 8" long with 18-20 rows of kernels. A great corn for home gardening and freezing. PKT (200) $3
Silver King Hybrid . 84 days. If you like Silver Queen then consider this sugar enhanced home garden winner! Matures 10-12 days earlier than Silver Queen and has improved eating quality. Sturdy 6' plants with fancy 8" ears. Good disease tolerance. PKT (200) $4 - ½ LB. $12*
Silver Queen Hybrid . 94 days. After more than 30 years, Silver Queen remains a favorite late white corn. The 8 inch slightly tapered ears fill to the tip with 14-16 rows of tender, sweet white kernels with excellent flavor. Kernels contain moderate degrees of sugar and convert to starch rapidly after harvest. PKT (200) $3 - ½ LB. $11*
* 5 lb bags available --Call for quote.
Marketmore 76 68 days. Open pollinated slicer developed by Cornell University . Fruit: very dark green color, 8-9", straight, uniform. T/R: cucumber mosaic, scab, powdery & downy mildew. PKT (100) $4
Tendergreen Burpless 60-65 days. 8-10" fruit are dark-green, non-bitter, acid free. Resistant to downy & powdery mildew. PKT (100) $3
Black Beauty 80 days. Heirloom introduced in 1902. A dependable producer. Fruits are dark purple, high-quality, and of fine flavor. Produces 10+ fruits per plant. Adapted to mid-Atlantic and southern states but may do well in northern areas with longer seasons. Fruits are 6-1/2" long by 5" in diameter and may weigh 3 lbs. (best when harvested smaller). PKT (100) $4
Edisto 47 90 Days. Released by Clemson University in 1965. Firm, tough, ribbed rind with heavy net. Thick salmon-orange flesh with tender but firm texture. Average weight 4-5 lbs. Vigorous vines. T/R: alternaria leafspot and one or more races of powdery & downy mildew. PKT (50) $2
Hale's Best 85 days. Heirloom introduced in the 1920's. Oval shaped fruits with heavy netting. Large (3-5 lbs), early with thick, salmon-orange, very sweet flesh. Resists powdery mildew. PKT (50) $2
Planters Jumbo 86 Days. T/R: downy & powdery mildew. Good tolerance to excessive rainfall & drought. Fruits average 4 lbs., uniform, attractive, round-oval and well netted. Small cavities with thick salmon-orange flesh. Clemson University & USDA. PKT (50) $2
Clemson Spineless 80 55 days. A uniform Clemson Spineless type released by the Clemson University in 1980. The plants grow four to five feet tall. Pods are spineless, ridged, medium green, straight. Appearance, except for increased uniformity, is very similar to Clemson Spineless. Slightly earlier and higher yielding than Clemson Spineless. PKT (400) $3 - ½ LB. $6
Cow Horn 55 days. Pre-1865 Heirloom. A heavy yielder of 8-12" pods on plants that may reach 7 to 8 feet tall. Although the large pods remain spineless and tender up to 10", the best quality pods are picked when 5 to 6" long. Heavy yielder with many side branches, and it can be depended upon to make a superb crop PKT (400) $3 - ½ LB $6
Wando 68 days. Heat tolerant for late plantings. Dependable cropper developed by USDA. Dark green 3" pods are well filled with 6-8 dark green peas. Excellent flavor. Adapted for home garden and quick freezing. PKT (150) $2
PEPPER – HOT
Heat or pungency of peppers are generally rated in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This rating can range from 0 to 300,000. Hotter growing conditions, full sun and adequate but not excessive moisture generally promote pungency. Too much water, nitrogen or low temperatures will drain the taste. Fruits ripening at 85º- 95º have more pungency than those maturing at 65º - 70º. The pungency levels increase ten fold when the fruits are dehydrated.
TAM Mild Jalapeno 1 65-70 days. Compact plants (24"-30") with multiple virus resistance. Strong pepper flavor and aroma make this pepper desirable for fresh consumption, pickling or picante sauce. Fruit mildly pungent (1100 SHU). Texas A&M release. PKT (50) $2
PEPPER - BELL
California Wonder 75 days. This large, thick walled, juicy, sweet pepper is one of the most popular. 4 inch green peppers turn bright red at maturity. PKT (100) $3
Keystone Giant 78 days. A tasty variety known for its 5 inch thick, dark green flesh and heavy yields. PKT (100) $3
PEPPER - SWEET
Sweet Banana Pepper 65 days. 6 inch peppers are sweet and mild, growing on 20 inch plants. Pick yellow fruit early or let mature to orange and then a deep red color. PKT (50) $3
Big Max 120 days. The slightly rough, red-orange skinned fruits have bright yellow-orange flesh 3-4 inches thick. Huge—commonly growing to 70+ pounds. Great for pies, canning or mammoth jack-o-lanterns. PKT (25) $2
Clemson Purple 66 days. Upright growth habit. Very high yielding crowder type southern pea. Very large seeded. Good virus, nematode and fungi resistance. A long time favorite of home gardeners and commercial producers. PKT (150) $3 ***SOLD OUT! Check back next year!
Colossus80 64 days. A long time favorite of home gardeners. Released by Clemson university. Very large round seed. Good resistance to virus, nematode, and fungal diseases. Pod set is above foliage making hand harvest very easy. PKT (150) $3
Dixie Lee 68 days. Longtime Southern favorite for its brown color, strong flavor & dark gravy when cooked. High yielding ability. Prostrate plants 12" high with a spread of 42". Slender 7" medium green pods change to light yellow at green shell stage. Peas medium kidney shaped. Developed by MS AES. PKT (150) $ 2
Hercules 75 days. Longer season southern pea with good virus, nematode, and fungal disease resistance. Very large seeded with pod set above the foliage making hand harvest easy. Erect growth habit. PKT (150) $3
Early Prolific Straightneck (Summer) Heirloom 45-50 days. 1938 All America Selection. Prolific summer squash, hardy bush type. Fruits are slender and club shaped, creamy yellow turning golden when ripe. Best harvested small 4-6". PKT (25) $2
Yellow Crookneck (Summer) 55 days. This old time summer squash variety may not win any beauty contests, but flavor is unbeatable. Large, bushy plant is a heavy yielder of bright yellow crookneck fruit. Best picked small (4-5") as skin gets warty as fruits get larger. PKT (25) $2
Butternut (Waltham) (Winter) Organic 100 days. 1970 All America Selection. This distinctive autumn & winter variety was developed by MA AES. Vigorous vining type plant that produces 7-9" light tan skin fruit, blocky in shape. Very uniform fruit. Excellent yields. Rich orange color flesh with high cooking quality, excellent flavor and stores well. PKT (25) $2
Black Beauty (Zucchini ) 45-50 days. Bush type zucchini. Long, straight, slender fruit with slight ridges, black-green color. Flesh greenish white with very good texture and flavor. Best when eaten 6-8".
PKT (25) $2
TOMATO Fusarium wilt= FW, Verticillium wilt=VW. (I) =Indeterminate
Pink Brandywine (I) Heirloom 85 days. Amish heirloom rated by many as the best-tasting tomato. Flavor best described as "very rich, loud, and distinctively spicy". Very large, often over 1 pound, the fruits are bright pink. Medium tall plants should be caged. PKT (50) $3
Cherokee Purple (I) 75 days. Heirloom pre-1900. Medium to large fruit is dusky pink with dark shoulders. Interior ranges from purple to brown to green. PKT (50) $3
Marion (I) 70 days. 6-8 oz. fruit is smooth, deep ovate with red flesh. T/R: FW & gray leaf spot. Moderate resistance to early blight and cracking. Developed by Clemson Univ. in 1960. PKT (50) $2
Rutgers (I) Heirloom 75 days. A top canner famed for full bodied flavor. Also used for green wrap. Red, globe shaped 8 oz. fruit. Large erect vines protect fruit from sun. Developed by Rutgers Univ. T/R: FW. PKT (50) $2
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50-60 days. Baby gourmet carrot, color develops quickly, can pull early, 3" long x 1" wide, cylindrical blunt roots, very small core, smooth skin, deep orange color, small week tops. Developed for canning & pickling whole, must be harvested early. PKT (2 grams ≈ 2000 seeds) $3