seed exchanges

Ellen Hornig
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:32:34 PDT
Amen to that (encouraging donors to send worthless seeds).  I coordinated
seed packing for my chapter this year, and we drew the aquilegias.  There
are some grand aquilegias out there, but most of what we handled was not in
that category.

On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM, Jane McGary <>

> I've worked on every phase of the NARGS seed exchange over the years and
> was the cataloger, or intake person, for three years in the mid-1990s, when
> it was a volunteer position (it's now a paid one). The "poor behavior" that
> bothers me is donors sending inappropriate material -- the "big packets of
> fluff" David mentions. The fluff is often climbing Clematis species! Now
> we're getting masses of Agastache. The database on which the cataloging is
> based does identify officially listed noxious weeds, but there are plenty
> of non-listed ones too.
> The main behavioral failing I've noticed in bulb seed is inadequate
> cleaning. The recent newsletter of the AGS Fritillaria Group shows how much
> non-viable seed could be cleaned out of a batch of Fritillaria seed. In
> some groups of plants, donors simply don't identify what part is the seeds
> (noticed, e.g., in composites and Eriogonum).
> The PBS Seedex doesn't require one to donate in order to request seeds or
> to get a larger share. Seedexes that give larger shares to donors sometimes
> induce members to donate worthless seeds in order to get donor status.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
> On 3/28/2016 8:14 AM, David Pilling wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 28/03/2016 04:34, Kathleen Sayce wrote:
>>> I’ve worked on the sales and support side of annual seed exchanges since
>>> 2009.
>> > This year, we’ve had numerous instances of poor behavior on the part of
>> participants
>> I wonder in what way their behavior has been poor.
>> The SRGC seed lists come with a commentary by the Seed Ex manager in
>> which they *sometimes* say what they don't like (big packets of fluff). You
>> can download here (bottom of the page):
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