The InfoBar is a new Livingseeds development to give our customers more germination and planting information at their fingertips.

From the beginning of the 2014 planting season all new seed packets will have our InfoBar label on the back of the packet.

A lot of work has gone into the development of our InfoBar and we trust that this information will help you in making informed gardening decisions.

All seed orders will be shipped with a free InfoBar leaflet.

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  Transplant: This seed is best started off in seedling trays and then transplanted once they are past the two true leaf stage.

  Sow Direct: This seed is best sown directly in the soil. These seeds do not enjoy being transplanted, if you do you could reduce your yield.

  Pots / Small Gardens: This variety is suitable for planting in pots or in small gardens, as they do not take up a lot of space.

  Train / Trellis / Pole variety: This variety can be trained up either a lattice / fence / pole or string.

  Indeterminate: This variety will be best trained up a string or in a wire cage. Will produce continuously.

   Bush / Determinate: This plant has a bush or compact growth habit.

  Sprawling: This variety will sprawl and send out runners along the ground.

   African Heirloom: This is a traditional African variety. Typically collected in deep rural villages throughout Africa. These varieties have developed natural disease resistances.

  African Open Pollinated: These are African varieties that have a rich genetic diversity, are Open Pollinated but do not have heirloom status.

  Open Pollinated: A variety (if kept pure) that will breed true from season to season.

  Heirloom: Typically a variety that has been handed down from generation to generation. These varieties were well known in communities, or were commercially available before 1950.

  Medicinal: This variety is or has been used for medicinal purposes. (Please consult your Doctor / Medical practitioner)

  Bee friendly: Beneficial insect variety either pollen and/or nectar.

  Insect deterrent: Deters insects in the home and / or garden.

   Cuisine:  Commonly used in cooking in the home / restaurants.

  Root Crop: Grown mainly for harvesting its root, however often the leaves are also edible.

  Salad Greens: Grown either mainly as a leaf crop or the young leaves can be used as salad greens.

  Dry Beans: Superb variety for cooking as a dry bean.

  Green Beans: Grown mainly as a green bean crop.

  Shelly Beans: The beans of this variety are well suited for use as shelly beans.

   Culinary: Denotes Herb varieties that are used for culinary purposes.