How to donate seeds
Before you send your seeds
If you would like to donate some seeds, please submit a contact form stating
- where you are based
- what seeds you have available in what quantity
- when and where they were collected
- how they have been kept and
- which seedbank they are for
or send an email with the same information to:
- the manager of the American Seedbank, Jorge Ochoa, at AmericanSeedbank [at] passiflorasociety.org, or
- the manager of the European Seedbank, Sal LaDelfa, at EuropeanSeedbank [at] passiflorasociety.org
One of them will then reply with instructions and a shipping label and/or the address to which you should send the seeds. Occasionally they will say that they are unable to accept some of your seeds, for example, if there is no demand for them or they are too old; please don’t be offended, and do try again another time !
Growing for seed
Please also use the contact form or email to let them know what species (or cultivars if appropriate) you might be able to collect or grow for seed for a future sale, given sufficient notice.
When asked to send your seeds
Please ensure that you meet the following packaging and shipping requirements:
- A typed seed list must accompany each shipment showing your name and contact details, and for each taxon the botanical name of its species or cultivar in alphabetical order, as well as the country of origin, and country shipped from
- The seeds must be securely packed in re-sealable, clear plastic packets or envelopes to facilitate inspection
- Each seed packet should
- contain a maximum of 50 seeds all of the same species or cultivar (so if you want to send 150 seeds of the same species, use 3 packets)
- be clearly labelled with your name, the country of origin, the date collected, the botanical name of the species or cultivar, and the number of seeds it contains
- Each shipment should contain not more than 50 seed packets
- The seeds must be free from pesticides
- The shipment must be free from soil, plant material other than seed, other foreign matter or debris, seeds in the fruit or seedpod, and living organisms such as parasitic plants, path-ogens, insects, snails, and mites.