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SRGC Seed Exchange


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The SRGC Seed Exchange

The SRGC Seed Exchange No. 70  is now closed.

Seed requests are being processed and sent out now, please look out for your packets which should arrive during this month unless you are overseas and have customs barriers.    Good luck with your sowing!

To browse/download the SRGC Seedlist No. 70 2016/2017 pdf - CLICK HERE

 

SEED EXCHANGE Notes for SRGC Seed Exchange 70  of  2016 -2017

A new seed account must be registered and activated each year by all members.

The Password for 2016-2017 is in the July Secretary’s pages (available here )  and on the printed seed list sent to all current postal members.  SRGC E-subscription members can find the password and their membership numbers in their online profile page. Postal members can find their membership numbers on the label of the packet their seed list arrived in.

All instructions for the seed exchange are clearly explained in the pages
With something like 35 thousand packets of seed from 7500 donations, there is not really a great rush to order in the first five minutes!

Seed requests must reach the Seed Request Manager, Neil McNulty, by the deadline of 15 January 2017.
  Note: all seed correspondence, lists and queries should be sent to:
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ONLINE SEED ORDERING SYSTEM

To access the online system you will need to register each year, and use the official password which changes annually, for initial access. The Password for 2016-2017 is in the July Secretary’s pages (available here )

You will also need to enter your membership number; only the digits, so for example, member REW97836 only needs to enter 97836

Queries about passwords and membership numbers can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

To enter the online seed ordering system - CLICK HERE

Those wishing to order by post may register and pay online. For those wishing to order online , please do not attempt to pay until you have fully  completed your order and proceed to payment from your order pages.

Happy Seed Hunting!

 

SEED LISTS 2016

All members (except those with paperless subscriptions) will receive a seed list automatically by post. There will be no need for UK members to request lists.

Please ensure your membership is renewed promptly, to ensure you receive a seed list.

Seed lists will be posted out in late November.

The request system will be live until 15th January, which is the closing date for receipt of all seed orders.

 

SEED EXCHANGE TEAM

Seed Reception Managers:

Drs Ian and Carole Bainbridge: 01557 814141.

Luckie Harg’s, Anwoth Road, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2EF, Scotland.

Seed Packeting Manager

The Ayr Group has taken on the job of managing the seed packeting and George Watt is acting as the new Seed Packeting Manager.

George Watt: 01292 592445

Burnside, Littlemill Road, Drongan, East Ayrshire, KA6 7EN, Scotland

Seed Distribution Team Manager Carolyn McNab:

Barmagachan House, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW, Scotland.

Seed Request Manager

Neil McNulty, 6 Main Rd, Crookedholm, Kilmarnock, KA3 6JT, Scotland.

Note: all seed correspondence, lists and queries should be sent to:

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Wild seed: There has been much discussion recently about illegal collecting of wild seeds. The reputation of the SRGC is at risk if we offer seed that has been collected illegally, or which does not have distribution permission. This could harm future attempts by people who want to collect seed legitimately. The SRGC is not able to check every seed submission, so please do not submit wild-collected seed that would put our reputation at risk. Please also retain the documentation giving any relevant permission for as long as possible.

 

 

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who send in seed; without your contributions there would be no seed to distribute to all our members at home and abroad. Please do support the Seed Exchange by donating seed from your plants.

 

SEED PACKETING

Seed packeting will be done during November / early December.  The Ayr Group has taken on the job of managing the seed packeting and George Watt is acting as the new Seed Packeting Manager. George would be very grateful to hear from any UK member willing to volunteer to packet seeds.

Full instructions and guidance will be provided; details from George Watt

on 01292 592445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SEED DISTRIBUTION: EARLY 2017

The South-West Scotland Group will manage the distribution again in 2017. Full details of the arrangements for ordering seed will be included in the seed list and on the website.

Seed requests must reach the Seed Request Manager, Neil McNulty, by the deadline of 15 January 2017.

The seed distribution will begin in early January and all main requests will be sent out by late January. Donors’ seed requests are completed first, then non-donors in order of their arrival date, followed by surplus seed requests. This means that main and surplus requests are sent out separately and may arrive a few weeks apart. The whole distribution should be completed by the end of January.

Please allow for delays in the postal system before enquiring about the whereabouts of your seed.

Please wait until after 5th February; after when queries should be addressed to Neil McNulty, 6 Main Rd, Crookedholm, Kilmarnock, KA3 6JT,

Scotland, UK, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

US Members

Members from the USA must have a ‘Small Lots of Seeds’ permit, which is issued by APHIS.

You can find details of how to get a permit at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_imports/smalllots_seed.shtml

This must be a ‘small lots’ permit, as this does not require UK phytosanitary certification.

Please apply for your permits ahead of the seed exchange to ensure there is no hold up in getting your seeds back to you.

You must enclose a copy of the permit and conditions and a green/yellow customs label for each request - one for a main request, and one for each surplus request of 50 packets.

If you order seed online, you must still post the permit documents and labels to Neil McNulty, as soon as possible - to arrive before 15 January (or you may send them to Ian and Carole Bainbridge with your seed donation).

You can copy your permit as many times as you need. Please ensure your permit is still valid before you send copies to us; the permits are valid for three years.

We must stress that “no permit, no seed” is the SRGC rule! Several packs were left unsent last year as the paperwork never arrived. We will do our best to get everyone their seed, but it must be in compliance with USDA regulations.

 

US, Australian and New Zealand members

We still need you, please, to send a named and numbered list of main order seeds requested, unless you order online, when the computer will do that job for you and us.

Other overseas members

Please check with your authorities whether your country has any seed import requirements. Let us know what we need to do, and send any necessary documentation. We do wish to comply with any laws relating to seed imports.

 

It is most important to note that a new registration to the online ordering service MUST be made each year - old Seed Ex.  log in details will not work.


Please only make a payment by the direct route if paying for a postal request - if you intend to order online do not pay until you have completed your request. Surplus Seed applications must be made and paid for at the same time as making your initial allocation request.

If you are a 2016 seed donor please note that when submitting your request. This will be checked against Donor lists.

For Joint/Family memberships, two seed requests are permitted - those submitting their request by paper will need to copy the form  or order online, where  things are  much simpler!

Note: all seed correspondence, lists and queries can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 [ 69th Seed Exchange & Distribution 2015-2016 - ordering closed. To browse/download the SRGC Seedlist No. 69 2015/2016 pdf to check numbers - CLICK HERE]

 

About the SRGC Seed Exchange

Seeds of over 5000 species and varieties of alpine and rock plants and bulbs suitable for rock, peat and woodland gardens are listed annually in the Seed List of the SRGC Seed Exchange.

A great many of these seeds are not available commercially.

The SRGC Seed List is prepared each year from donations by Members and is issued in late November: only current SRGC members may request seed - subscriptions are due in October. Holders of electronic subscriptions who access SRGC information online are asked to check the status of their subscriptions and fill in all their profile details to ensure they are valid members in order to take part in the Seed Exchange.

Seed is distributed during January and February, so members receive their seed in time for spring sowing.

In the opinion of many, the SRGC Seed Exchange is the world's best.

 

COLLECTING AND CLEANING SEED

It is great fun to grow plants from seed and there is additional satisfaction in growing plants from seed you have collected yourself.

Links which may be of interest:

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=4426.0  -Seed photos with scale to help identification and

http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=1010.0 for Seed discussion and links to other websites etc of use in seed ID etc.

For good practical information on seed sowing and care of the seedlings, click here for a superb Seed Sowing Tutorial  by Ian Christie, nurseryman and former President of the SRGC.

 

Notice of a new Seed Information Database
 

The SRGC now has a member-contributed seed/plant information database.

If you have made a donation to the SRGC Seed Exchange, please take a moment to share information about the species you've donated. And whether or not you've donated seed, share information about any worthy garden plant you grow or have grown, no matter how it was propagated.

 Meantime this facility is only open to registered forum members. You can read about it and take part  here :
  http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=13727.0
   
The SRGC is grateful to Erik Fleischer in Canada for developing this system.

 

The Archived Files : lists from previous years

 

Follow the links below for the last six Seed Exchange lists which are available in the form of downloadable PDF files. These lists are now closed, but the lists remain on the website as a reference and an information source.

We will keep old seed lists here for reference purposes only.

Seed can no longer be requested from these lists.

If checking seed numbers from previous lists, please check that you are consulting the correct year’s list.

Remember, the numbering for all species changes each year as different seeds are donated.

 

Click Here for the SRGC 2015 / 2016 Seed List No. 69

Click Here for the SRGC  2014 / 2015 Seed List No. 68

Click Here  for the SRGC  2013 /2014 Seed List  No. 67

Click Here for the SRGC  2012/2013  Seed List  No. 66  

Click Here for the SRGC 2011/2012 Seed List No.65

Click Here for the SRGC 2010/2011 Seed List No.64

Click Here for the SRGC 2009/2010 Seed List No.63

Click Here for the SRGC 2008/2009 Seed List No.62

Click Here for the SRGC 2007/2008 Seed List No.61

Thanks to all the Members who have donated seed and to all the volunteers working to collate the list, packet the seed and organise the distribution of the seed to SRGC Members worldwide, we hope you all enjoy the process and have great success in growing your SRGC Seed.

 

 

Quick Links

The SRGC web site and forum is a large and valuable resource. Here are a few quick links to features you may find interesting!

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