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Re: irradiation and sending seeds through US mail

  • Subject: Re: [cg] irradiation and sending seeds through US mail
  • From: Alliums <garlicgrower@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 18:50:18 -0500

Hi, Folks!

I m looking for information about sending seeds through the US postal system.  How does irradiation of the mail affect germination of seeds sent through the mail? 

The best info on is with Seed Savers Exchange at www.seedsavers.org  We have been told that as long as you aren't sending the seeds to DC, they won't be irradiated.  Irradiation kills the seeds.  Unfortunately, so does heavy mail equipment (crushes the seeds into dust!), so make sure you send your seeds either in a padded envelope or wrapped with bubble wrap if you want the receiver to be able to germinate them!

Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

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