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FWD => 'Info on the NORWAY Seed Bank'

Forwarded as a courtesy by Bill Nash Guelph Ontario Canada
<<--- original Email below from Norway Seed Bank Gal (Iril Carita Kolle) --->>
>Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 22:18:03 +0200
>From: Iril Kolle <iril@iril.no>
>Hi everyone, I've had several mails from people wondering about the seed 
>bank, so I'm sending this out to everyone as it answers your questions, 
>and spares me writers cramps! Normally I would have answered you all, but 
>I have a
>cold/virus infection so I'm in bed nowadays!
>                  This info is also available at the Seed bank page btw:
>http://www.iril.no/garden/garden/seed_bank.htm where you also will find the
>Hosta seeds available at this time.
>                  When it comes to amounts of seed, there's generally a 
> seed-for-seed custom (that's my experience) - but I have the seeds in 
> whatever quantities/amounts you want (within reason).
>                   In seed swaps I often get/send approx 50-100 seeds of 
> usual varieties or of plants that has lots of seeds (like ordinary 
> poppies), other rare varieties, or plants I have small amounts of seeds 
> from, or have extremely high
>gemination rates, are listed on my swap list as "few" (this means 10-20 
>seeds). (my swap page for perennials & other than Hostas are at:
>http://www.iril.no/garden/garden/plants_seeds1998.htm BTW)
>                  All my HOSTA seeds are now kept frozen or at +3-5 
> degrees. (or Gramps would kill me for sure). Do not consider trading with 
> seeds that has been kept at room temperature for a year or so, as they 
> will have next to 0 germination.
>;-) Iril
>How to participate in the Hosta Seed Bank:
>             About the Bank: My aim is to spread seeds of all kinds and 
> variations all over the world from a little outpost in Norway. This is 
> mostly achieved with the help of terrific guys like "Grandpa Bill" alias 
> Bill Nash, who's currently giving Norwegian customs gray hairs with his 
> seed packs *grin*.
>             I have applied for import permits for large amounts of Hosta 
> seeds, but I have not gotten it yet - but it looks good so far, as the 
> Gov'ment have
>recommended I get it to the permit-people...Meanwhile, this is what goes:
>          Sending seeds: Hosta seeds should be sent (snugly packed) in an 
> envelope that is marked with a green sticky customs/mail label stating 
> "0" value,
>Marked as "gift"+ "flower seeds" and signed by sender.
>          Until the permit is at hand, do not send more than 6-8 
> "portions" in one
>envelope, where one portion is no more than a small zipbag or paper/glassine
>envelope no larger than approx 6x8 cm.
>The seeds should be sent to: Iril Kolle, Bjorkvang, 2338 Espa, Norway.
>          If possible, please include whatever info you have on the seeds: 
 > From what plant, which form/hybrid etc. We get lots of mails from people 
> ho have an "unknown" Hosta in their backyard - so if you plan to join the 
> "I have no
>idea-society" (grin) - please try to describe the plant as detailed as 
>possible - is it variegated? Colours? Flower colours? Size? Lance shaped, 
>heart shaped leaves? Questions should be sent to Iril.
>What do you get in return?
>          You may want to trade for some of my perennials & other 
> ornamental seeds (see list) right away, or you will swap for Hosta seeds 
> listed in the Hosta
>Seed bank (above). OR - if neither collection is interesting, you may want
>to donate Hosta seeds to the bank, and have an option for "withdrawal" of
>Hosta seeds on a later date.  If you have Hosta seeds on the way, you 
>might want to "loan" seeds from the bank & send seeds back later. No 
>interest! You will be informed on what seeds Bill and others are sending 
>later, so you want to "reserve" your portion.
>           Whatever your choice might be, I hope you'll find this an 
> exiting project & want to join! Oh, BTW: We're doing this for fun!

===end of forwarded email ...remaining hosta'lly yours

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