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Purchasing herb seeds

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Post Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:17 am
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She gets them from Horizon Herbs, but they probably have a phyto certificate from some government smartie pants place.

Post Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:34 am
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Doc Jones wrote:

Let us know what you're looking for. I have a lot of seed here I'd be happy to send.

Fey, are you allowed to import any seed you want? Seems funny that they'd let you buy the seeds buy not the plants.

Doc


Thank you for that offer Doc. There's a government website I can go into to find what seeds are allowed and what isn't. It's usually the plants that can become a problem, like purple loosestrife and hypericum, that they won't allow in. The silly thing is, both of these are considered natives here and are reasonably easy to get. There are illegal plants like Ephedra sp. but there are alternatives like sida cordifolia to take its place.

If I did get a phyto sanitary certificate, apparently the plants get held up in customs for months at a time with an accompanying huge bill. Sometimes, I've heard, the plants die in customs...and you still get the bill. When I buy seeds, most of the time customs doesn't even check them. I don't have any interest in growing anything illegal, so even if they did check, there wouldn't be a problem.

If the company I buy from has a reputation for clean seeds, and state when seeds won't be posted to Australia because they're not allowed, like Horizon herbs, they just pass straight on through.

It's because I've had to make do with seeds, that I've learned so much about germination. I still would rather buy a plant rather than seeds though.

The same offer applies to you too. If you ever hear of something I've got that you would like, I'll gladly send the seeds.

Post Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:49 am
Fey

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IdahoHerbalist wrote:
She gets them from Horizon Herbs, but they probably have a phyto certificate from some government smartie pants place.


Oh IdahoHerbalist, you really have a problem with them hey?
Just think, they have some very rare plants...check out Ashitaba....way more than most places. So, just use them. Get what you need from them. They are none the wiser and probably wouldn't give a flying fox that you don't like them.
As long as you've got the micro climates....and I read that you do...you could have a herb collection that would treat anything that comes your way. They've got herbs to make anyone drool! :nod:

Post Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:34 pm
Fey

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Another good reason to buy plants instead of seeds....
Some back yard type nurseries will sometimes plant seeds that don't come up. The dirt is chucked back in the mix and is reused.
I bought a Sloe plum and had Epilobium parviflorum (Small flowering willowherb) come up too. That's also how I got the Campanula rapunculoides (Bellflower), Centaury, Chinese motherwort and Herb Robert.

Post Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:31 am

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I had really good luck with the Good Seed Company in Whitefish, Montana. Those seeds are acclimated to Montana weather. They all sprouted. https://goodseedco.net/
They take great pride in their products and are packaged with care. I always check there first before I attempt to buy seeds anywhere else.

Post Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:22 pm

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I've purchased, and still purchase, quite a few plants and seeds from http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com All good things to say about them.

Post Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:38 pm
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They are the same as Horizon Herbs. Mixed results with them, as described earlier in this thread.

Post Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:48 pm
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Remember that many herbs have really poor germination rates. A mullein plant sheds many thousands of seeds in a given year and may get a dozen plants. Some plants need stratification, a cold winter, even fire in order to germinate. DOn't be too hard on the seed companies if your seeds don't germinate.

Seed germination can be tricky. I once planted some False Unicorn seed and nothing came up. I figured I'd give them some time. The next year nothing came up again. The third year, Echinacea came up. Apparently it took several years for the False Unicorn seeds to adapt to something that would like to grow in Idaho. :blink:

Post Wed May 30, 2018 1:21 pm

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Hey Doc,

I am new and would love to get seeds to start my garden. Is there a place on your site where I can purchase them?

Sheri

Post Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:32 pm
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Sherib wrote:
Hey Doc,

I am new and would love to get seeds to start my garden. Is there a place on your site where I can purchase them?

Sheri


Hi Sheri,

I don't have much for seed right now. If you're in Idaho, come on over and dig some stuff up. :0)

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