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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 54

Title:
A Seedy Business®

Author:
Ginny Hunt

pp: 366-367

Abstract:
There are many advantages to growing plants from seed. Satisfying plant curiosity observing genetic diversity, and sheer novelty are all good reasons to try plants from seed. The proliferation of liner nurseries providing (very attractive) plant material to a wide range of nurseries has made growing crops from seed almost essential to maintain a unique selection of plants.

My mailorder seed business, Seedhunt, was started in 1996, in an effort to provide seeds of plants that do well in Mediterranean climates that were not commonly available in commercial seed catalogs. Emphasis is on perennials and annuals and the current list includes about 60 annuals, 73 Salvia species or cultivars, with the remainder made up of bulbs, some grasses, perennials, and a few shrubs. About a third are plants native to California. Seeds are gathered from cultivated plants.

My very small nursery and garden is set on about 1½ acres in Watsonville, California. The climate is very benign. Soil is medium to

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