Seed and Bulb Exchanges, some Comments

Diane Whitehead
Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:14:31 PDT
  I haven't yet  heard some really good reasons why seeds of rare and 
endangered species should not be grown by hobbyists.

The seed exchanges I was thinking of when I said that seeds of 
endangered plants shouldn't be offered on them are the ones that have 
over 5000 seed offerings each year.  The seeds go out in order of the 
request being received, donors first.  There is no guarantee that the 
people receiving the seeds will be able to grow them.

  NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society) will not list seed of 
endangered plants.  I don't know what happens if such seed is 
donated.  Perhaps it is given to a botanic garden, which is what 
happens when CITES listed plants are discovered by Customs inspectors.

ACGBC (Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia) makes a point of not 
publishing names of seeds if they don't have enough to meet expected 
demand.  If  they receive a donation of only a few seeds, they will 
give them to someone who has already demonstrated success with 
similar seeds.  This policy is in place for all seeds, not just 
endangered ones.

The seedlists of specialized societies is the place for seeds of rare 
plants.  If I had a rare plant, I would first distribute it locally, 
since it had already shown it could be grown successfully in my area. 
(This would also give me a good chance of getting some back if mine 
died.) Later I would send seed of it to a specialist list.  Only 
after it was well-established  would I send seeds to a large general 

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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