First time donor

R Hansen via pbs
Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:44:06 PDT
Jim asks an interesting question about whether he should do a viability test on seeds before donating them.

The simple answer is NO. All of us who grow plants from seeds expect that some seeds will not be viable. Donors honor us by donating out of the amazing generosity that we gardeners seem prone to at all times. I'm not aware that anyone does viability testing nor do many of us even have the time.

The mere fact that donors take the time to donate is more than enough and PBS is very grateful, because our seed and bulb exchanges are the lifeblood of our organization. We all have duds from time to time. For me, sowing seed simply makes the anticipation of future rewards all the more exciting. We learn more at times from having seed refuse to germinate than we do from an overload of germinating seed.

Carry on, Donors! Your donations are most welcome. You already put so much work into those donations, from harvesting and cleaning to packing and shipping. I think I speak for all of us when I say how grateful we are to donors for taking the time to think of the rest of us deprived, plant-crazy people.

Best regards,

Robin Hansen
Pacific Bulb Society

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