Seed Exchange Helpful LInks

Links to websites and articles pertaining to Seed Collecting & Cleaning, Identification, and Germination, that members may find useful.

The Rock Garden Quarterly has many articles on seeds. Check pages 309-310 of the Cumulative index: https://nargs.org/sites/default/files/free-rgq-downloads/72-2-CUMULATIVE... . 

In particular,  Volume 65, number 3, Summer 2007 has many excellent articles, including by Kristl Walek on seed collecting, cleaning and storing; Tony Reznicek on propagating difficult small seed; Norman Deno on seed storage; Jane McGary on bulbs from seed and Carlo Balistrieri on seed sowing.

Seed Collecting & Cleaning:

Article by Vic Aspland from the Alpine Garden Society (AGS) website from The Alpine Gardener, September 2009  http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/seed/news/Seed+Cleaning+Made+Easy/17/  Use the  link to “Seed Cleaning made Easy” pdf at the bottom of the webpage to read the complete article http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/pdf_files/seed/Bulletin_pg293_298.pdf

Article by Jane McGary in the Rock Garden Quarterly vol. 59, no. 3 Summer 2001 https://nargs.org/sites/default/files/free-rgq-downloads/VOL_59_NO_3.pdf#page=55

Fine Gardening website has an article from issue #80 by William Cullina titled “Starting Wildflowers from Seed” that has some good information on collecting and sowing seed http://www.finegardening.com/starting-wildflowers-seed

Pacific Bulb Society Wiki has a section on Seed Cleaning Techniques that are applicable to a variety of seeds, not just bulb seeds http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/CleaningSeeds . The wiki also has lots of photos to help with identification of bulb species.

Seed Identification:

Use Google Images search to find images of seed - or select Images option if using basic Google search. Type in plant name or just genus and "seed" (e.g. "Campanula seed")  to view search results. Even if there is no image of the specific species you want to view, it should give you a good idea of what the seed looks like.

The German website http://semina-tischler.de/abc/abc.htm has some wonderfully detailed drawings of many seeds done by Miliza Tischler.

Alexandra Berkutenko's family permitted NARGS access to the pages of seed images from her posthumously published book "Atlas of the Plant Seeds of the North Asia": https://nargs.org/alexandra-berkutenkos-seed-atlas

El Herbario JACA - of Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia (Spanish site*) http://herbario.ipe.csic.es/es/listado-imagenes.php?galeria=3 arranged alphabetically

Acta Plantarum: Seeds and other primary dispersion units  photo gallery (Italian site*) http://www.actaplantarum.org/semi_dispersione/index_famiglie.php  arranged by family

Lawrence Hill’s Fritillaria Icones website has images of Fritillaria seed in a pdf www.fritillariaicones.com/info/Fritillaria_seeds.pdf

Scottish Rock Garden Club (SRGC) Forum Topic page: Seed Identification: photos of named seed varieties  http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=4426.0

The Seed Site http://www.theseedsite.co.uk/seedpods.html  lists seeds and seedpods by size/shape or family

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden http://www.hazmac.biz/seedphotoslistgenus.html

Swedish site* http://frobilder.helens-tradgard.se/#!home

Tanya Harvey’s website on Mountains Plants of the Western Cascades (Oregon) has scans of seeds http://westerncascades.com/photos/seeds/seeds-a-c/

BotanyCa Seeds Shop at www.botanicallyinclined.org has a drop-down menu under  “ The Seeds Library” which shows several seed images, arranged by family http://botanicallyinclined.org/seeds-images-library/  as well as a Germination Page http://botanicallyinclined.org/germination-page/

Seeds of South Australia website http://saseedbank.com.au/ has photos of plants, seedpods, and seeds for South Australian native plant species

Arnold Arboretum’s Seed Herbarium https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/herbaria/seed-herbarium/  has images of seeds for several woody genera

Norwegian site www.nature-of-gaia.com has images of seeds next to a ruler for scale http://www.nature-of-gaia.com/index.php?site=default/637/2298/2317/1838&lang=en 

German seed company WeberSeeds.com includes photos of seeds for many of their offerings http://www.weberseeds.de/seeds-a-z.html

Seed Germination:

The Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society website has a large germination database that covers many of the plants we grow http://www.onrockgarden.com/germination-guide/plants

Starting Plants from Seed  http://earthnotes.tripod.com/seeds.htm#spectreat

Norman C. Deno’s  “Seed Germination Theory and Practice” Second edition is now available in PDF format from the USDA website  https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/41278/PDF  as well as the First Supplement https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/naldc/download.xhtml?id=41279&content=PDF  and Second Supplement https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/41277/PDF

Tom Clothier has compiled a Taxonomic index spreadsheet based off of Deno’s work  that you can download http://tomclothier.hort.net/page15.html  as well as general information on seed germination http://tomclothier.hort.net/index.html  and seed collecting/cleaning http://tomclothier.hort.net/page28.html

The Royal Horticultural Society published a pdf guide for their membership "HARVESTED SEED GERMINATION REQUIREMENTS" that is available online  https://www.rhs.org.uk/membership/PDFs/rhs-seed-germination-requirements...

Kristl Walek's Garden's North website had some great articles in her Germination Corner section. You can view an archived version using Wayback Machine here: http://web.archive.org/web/20180213081641/http://www.gardensnorth.com/About.Germination.asp

 

*Try Google translate https://translate.google.com/?hl=en to translate pages that are not in English (or your native language) - just be aware it may also "translate" the botanical names.

Please contact us if you know of any other websites related to seeds that may be useful to our members.