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Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • Subject: Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • From: Bill Chaney <billchaney@ymail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:21:03 -0700 (PDT)

I think it is a fun idea.  There are some issues with shipping seeds across
borders.  Importing seeds into the US requires a permit from APHIS, but
getting one is not too painful (I did it).  A friend in Europe shipped seed to
the US and it was all destroyed by customs because there was no permit.

of the iris groups have seed exchanges now, relying on donated seeds (SIGNA
and MIS to name a couple) but not much TB seed ever shows up in these

I say if you want to try it Mark, by all means go for it!

 From: Mark Lazzaro <rooboy24@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 5:50 AM
Subject: [iris]
International Seed Exchange???
G'day all,

I've had this idea in my head for
a while and thought I'd put it out there
to hear what other people think.

a keen Australian hybridizer, but suffer the following problems:

   - Enough
space to grow out seedlings.
   - Growing only one or two rhizomes of
cultivars due to space
   restrictions means planned crosses are dependant on
whether the chosen
   parents flower at the same time.
   - Access to
desirable cultivars produced overseas is limited to what
   local iris
nurseries import and it also takes years for them to build up
   stock numbers
to sell locally.
   - Purchasing desirable cultivars direct from overseas is
not possible
   due to local quarantine restrictions.

The one positive I have
is that I am able to import iris seed from overseas
that is clean and
correctly labelled as per local quarantine restrictions.

Therefore, I was
thinking could there be a site where iris
hybridizers could list all the iris
they grow (name, hybridizer and year of
introduction). Other hybridizers could
look at the lists and request
crosses to be made on their behalf. Again, this
would depend on whether the
requested parents flowered at the same time,
weather etc, but may give
hybridizers access to cultivars and bloodlines that
were not available to
them otherwise.
Hybridizer receiving seed would have to
make the hybridizer supplying the
seed aware of all local quarantine
restrictions so no-one is doing anything

Would be interested to hear
what other hybridizers think.

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