How to source seed or plants

There are broadly five ways you can access the species we have listed on the exchange:

  1. Directly purchase volumes of seed we have listed in the database
  2. Order seed material of the species we have listed, which we will collect ourselves, or source through other collectors who collect to the Florabank guidelines
  3. Swap volumes of seed
  4. pre-order tubestock material (6-9 months notice is required)

There are other ways we can help you obtain plant material of known-provenance, call us for further discussions.

Collections are made in accordance with Florabank guidelines, and a provenance certificate is available for most batches (as shown in the database).

There are several ways you can be involved in supplying seed of known provenance to support the conservation and restoration of grassland and grassy woodland systems.  In all instances we will only receive or promote material that is collected to Florabank guidelines, with supporting evidence, and a willingness to have GA or another third party inspect the seed supply chain to verify the process:

  1. Establish a seed production facility; or
  2. Collect seed directly from natural populations in accordance with licenses and Florabank guidelines; and either:

a.    Provide the material to the exchange on consignment

b.    Offer GA the material for sale directly

c.    Offer to swap the material for something else we have on the exchange

Potential seed suppliers or spotters should contact us to discuss opportunities.  Training and guidance can be provided.

Sourcing Seed

For any queries about seed supply please contact the seedbank manager via: Greening Australia Capital region

Directly purchasing volumes of seed we have listed:

  • Prices1 for this material can be obtained by contacting the seedbank manager
  • Complete an order form available here
  • Please be aware that there is a minimum charge of $50 and a minimum amount of 25 grams for each species ordered.
  • Please quote the seed Data Reference (first column in the database) on the order form
  • Freight is charged additionally, if the material is not picked up from our seedbank
  • Seed supplied is extracted from fruit. In case of Eucalyptus species, chaff is not r
  • emoved
  • Seed is not subject to any pre-germination treatment (although we can arrange this)
  • Seed viability is tested randomly and can be organised for particular batches
  • Ownership and responsibility for seed passes to the purchaser when seed is handed to Australia Post

Ordering seed material of species we have listed, but do not have current quantities available:

  • Orders need to be made before the next seed collection seasonal window, contact us for guidance
  • Prices are provided on application, and determined based on provenance, timing and volumes required
  • Ordering-ahead attracts a 15% deposit with the remainder paid before delivery
  • In the event of unavailability of species ordered due to climatic conditions we will discuss and agree alternative species for your project
  • Other conditions apply as per ordering existing seed

Seed swap (particularly for Landcare, Parkcare, landholders and ‘friends of’ groups):

  • We will work out and agree an appropriate ‘exchange rate’
  • Contact us if you have seed or can collect it and let us know what you can supply and what you would like (quantities and species)
  • Swaps attract a $20 processing fee with postage charged additionally (members of Greening Australia are entitled to three free swaps per year)
  • Seed collections need to be made according to florabank guidelines, with a florabank data sheet provided with the seed - see further guidance on the Florabank website www.florabank.org.au

 

Sourcing Tubestock

Our stock is high quality, well formed, disease free and fully hardened off to maximise survival and growth rates. Plants will be clearly labelled and the seed from which they are grown is collected to Florabank guidelines with provenance tracking.

For any queries about plant supply please contact the nursery manager via: Greening Australia Capital region

Pre-order tubestock material from the species we have listed:

  • Orders need to be made with a 6-9 month lead time to enable propagation and hardening off, contact us for guidance if required
  • Prices are provided on application, and determined based on provenance, timing and volumes required
  • Ordering-ahead attracts a 15% deposit with the remainder paid before delivery
  • In the event of unavailability of species ordered due to climatic conditions we will discuss and agree alternative species for your project
  • There should be a minimum order of 100 tubestock
  • Tubestock orders greater than 100 plants can be grown to suit your requirements. To achieve this however, it is important that sufficient notice is provided. Typically we propagate our nursery stock in October and November, so we would require your orders before then to supply for the following year’s planting season (April > September). If you have any questions about this process please contact the nursery manager on the email above

Footnotes:

  1. ‘Prices’ reflect cost-recovery to support the service and supply of known-provenance material: they cover collection time, handling, storage and processing of seeds. All prices quoted are exclusive of GST.        
  2. The miniumum total seed order volumes for seed we don’t presently stock are 100 grams for groundstorey species, and 500 grams for trees and shrubs

Orders will be confirmed in writing by Greening Australia, and formalised with a deposit or written agreement.