Growing African seed in the U.S.
One of the most common questions we get is...
Do African seeds grow in the United States / My Zone?
The answer is generally yes, and the reasons are simple.
Irrespective of the variety of seed, there are basic cultivation requirements that need to be adhered to.
So if you are typically able grow tomatoes or peppers in your zone, then most of the African varieties of these types will be able to produce mature fruit.
It must be noted that a single days growth in Zone 9 is not equal to a single days growth in Zone 4, however experienced gardeners will know what their zones are able to produce in a typical season. So, as long as you follow the generally accepted cultivation requirements for your area, then you can experience the joy of growing some truly rare and exciting African heirloom seed varieties.
Africa is a harsh continent, with very wide fluctuations in climates and growing conditions. For varieties to maintain and produce in deep rural Africa, they need something special. Environmental adaptions and natural pest and disease resistances are almost a given, as rural Africa does not have a corner Ag supply store.
The best thing about heirloom varieties from anywhere on the globe, is that they have an inherent genetic diversity naturally built into each seed, this will allow seed to adapt and produce in most gardening environments.
We want you to have great success with our African seed varieties. If you require individual guidance on any of our varieties, please feel free to email us with your questions. We will be more than happy to assist.
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