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Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • Subject: Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • From: Mark Lazzaro <rooboy24@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:31:33 +1000

G'day Linda, Chuck, Robert and Bill:

Thank you all for your comments!

Just to qualify a number of points:

I was not thinking along the lines of a typical seed exchange and it may
have been a poor choice of words on my part. Seed exchanges that I know of
rely on donations of seed from hybridizers. These are usually excess to the
hybridizers needs.

I am looking for specific crosses of particulars cv's that I feel would
introduce and hopefully enhance my personal breeding program.

This would involve extra work for the hybridizers offering to perform the
cross/es, but receiving seed of a particular cross that they cannot perform
themselves would be the incentive to participate. Only those wishing to
participate will do so.

This is aimed at "backyard" hybridizers who have limited space. For
example, I regularly check out the iris catalogues from US iris nurseries.
of the 100's of iris presented for sale, my wish list stands at thirteen.
Even though there are many more I would love to own and grow, my limited
growing area means I have to limit my choices to the ones I desire the
most. The same occurs with any crosses I request for the same reasons.

The details regarding quarantine, regulations  and import/export permits
would have to be worked out between the two hybridizers involved in the
seed production. It would be in both their best interests to be sure of all
import/export regulations to prevent seed confiscation/destruction and
possible fines.

Hope this makes my idea a little clearer and would like to hear other
hybridizers thoughts, comments and suggestions.


On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM, Bill Chaney <billchaney@ymail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Many
> 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
> exchanges.
> I say if you want to try it Mark, by all means go for it!
> Bill
> ________________________________
>  From: Mark Lazzaro <rooboy24@gmail.com>
> To:
> iris@hort.net
> 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.
> I'm
> 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
> illegal.
> Would be interested to hear
> what other hybridizers think.
> Regards,
> Mark
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