Daylilies forum: International Seed Bank

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Aug 12, 2015 4:28 PM CST
Just wanted to let those interested know that I emailed Maureen Strong about donating extra daylily seeds to the International Seed Bank. I received two replies from her below:

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Hi Becky,

Your message is to timely! Right now there is a person from mid-Pakistan who is hoping to receive some crosses but he needs evergreen or semi-evergreen crosses for his climate and I have none in the Seed Bank right now, only dormant crosses. Anyway, here is some info about how it works. Donations from North American daylily gardeners (US and Canada) are invited and most welcome to donate their extra seed crosses.

I’m not sure how much you know about the AHS International Seed Bank, but it is a way of sharing daylilies around the world, even to countries that cannot import plants safely or economically. Plants are subject to agricultural inspections and require phytosanitary certificates in order to be sent across borders while seeds usually aren’t, depending on the country. Daylily seeds are donated by North Americans and sent to me where the envelopes of crosses are kept refrigerated. The parentages of the crosses and related info is entered into an Exel spreadsheet which is emailed out to those requesting it and who live outside of North America. Recipients do not have to be AHS members. Once those interested have indicated their choices and returned the spreadsheet, the seeds are mailed out to them.

Because this is an outreach program of the AHS, there is no charge to recipients of the seeds. It works so well because of the generosity of seed donors from around your country and mine, who are often rewarded with letters of thanks from recipients, and sometimes photos of resulting seedlings!

Thanks for writing, please let me know if you would like more information.

Maureen Strong
AHS International Membership Chair (and “Treasurer” of the Seed Bank)
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Hi Becky,

Thanks for your enthusiasm! For the seed bank, fresh (not wrinkled dry) seeds are best option, packed in small clear plastic pouches or bags with the parentages written on the outside or enclosed in the packet, pod parent first, then pollen parent. To explain, after harvesting the ripe pods and shelling each of them into mini muffin trays along with their ID tag, I leave them on the kitchen counter to air dry overnight. Before putting each seed cross into their individual packet/baggie, I do the squish test. Squeeze each one gently, discarding any that are squishy.

They can be mailed to me in bubble envelopes, the smaller the envelope, the less expensive to mail, as long as it will still fit through a letter-rate mail slot. If your Post Office has those little customs stickers, you can use one of those to write “daylily garden seeds” or else just write it on the envelope or box in the bottom left portion, even better if you write “daylily fulva seeds” then the customs officers would be able to find the full entry in their systems. Nothing else, just like mailing a letter or a box. That’s the great part about sending seeds around the world instead of plants (except to countries like Australia), no phyto certificate required!

You’re most welcome to pass on the information to All Things Plants. It might also generate interest in daylilies if there are any international enthusiasts on the forum....spreading the daylily smile around the world!

My address is below. Many thanks Becky,

Maureen Strong
48 Lakeshore Drive
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Canada L8E 5C7

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Michele (tink3472) also posted a thread about this a few years ago, so here is her thread link:
The thread "International Seed Bank donations" in Daylilies forum

If you have extra seeds that you would like to donate, above is the information.

If you are outside of the US or Canada, you can contact Maureen for some FREE daylily seeds! Don't be shy! This is a good way to get some crosses of some daylilies that you might not be able to obtain in your country.

Her email address: international@daylilies.org

I will be mailing some seeds out to her this week or next. Thumbs up
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Aug 12, 2015 4:58 PM CST
hi Becky and Maureen,

what a great and generous idea! Thumbs up
Mid-Pakistan.. wow!
Wouldn't it be fantastic to know that ones seeds are growing into wonderful Dayliles in a country like that..
bringing joy to a person from a culture so very different from ours, but with the same need for beauty Lovey dubby


Thank You! everybody who donates!

Mayo


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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Aug 12, 2015 8:38 PM CST
Mayo - Thanks for your interest! I think you should definitely contact Maureen via email to inquire about obtaining some seeds. Smiling Smiling Smiling
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Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
Aug 13, 2015 2:20 AM CST
Becky and Maureen, so many thanks for this post!
Now I need a new whole garden LOL!
I still need to see how many viable seeds I'll have to sow then decide about inquiring.
Many many many thanks!
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Aug 13, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Thank you Becky for reminding me to donate seeds! I meant to last year but forgot. I will definitely do it this year! I've already packed one SEV cross. Just waiting for some more pods to ripen. What a great way to help fellow gardeners!
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Sep 3, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Just sent a padded pack with almost 30 crosses in it. I'm still waiting for pods to ripen so I'm hoping to be able to send another pack later this month. What a great way to use my extra seed!
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Sep 3, 2015 5:00 PM CST
So glad that people donate to it.
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Sep 8, 2015 6:23 PM CST
Just sent my second package today. That makes 50 packs total. Most of the pods left ripening now will only do well in colder climates so I'm not sure if I should donate those seeds.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 8, 2015 6:24 PM CST
Donate them anyway because someone somewhere will want some. Thumbs up
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Name: DAVID or PRUUNR RETALLICK
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DAVIDRETALLICK
Feb 26, 2016 2:23 PM CST
I got an email from a lady in NORTHERN ITALY, thanking me for the seed that I donated. It sure made me smile.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 24, 2016 10:57 AM CST
What a neat program! Unfortunately, my seeds have all been dried and refrigerated, so they don't meet her instructions.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 24, 2016 11:03 AM CST
I don't think being refrigerated dry would exclude them, or at least it shouldn't. Why not ask Maureen?
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 24, 2016 11:16 AM CST
Good idea. I think I will once I figure out what are extras. It might be a little while, though.

She did specifically state that they aren't too be wrinkled and that they should only be air dried for a day. Most of mine were air dried longer than a day and most are wrinkly. They still germinate, though, and I feel that should be the determining factor.
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Mar 24, 2016 11:22 AM CST
It's a great program and I thank you all for being so generous!
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Mar 24, 2016 4:43 PM CST
DND, I definitely sent seeds that were dried quite a bit longer than 1 day and she didn't reject them. As long as they don't look like little raisins they should be fine.

Even if you don't have any old seeds to give consider making some crosses this year just to donate. I have more seeds than I can ever grow but I like hybridizing so I'm planning on doing crosses for the seed bank.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Sep 6, 2016 6:02 AM CST
Even though I'm still collecting seed pods I'm ready to make a donation for 2016! I always make way too many crosses that I'll never get around to planting. So today I'm going to mail out 70 crosses in hopes that somebody else can enjoy them.

If you have seeds you don't want please consider making a donation. It will be appreciated!
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
Love daylilies and making candles!
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cybersix
Sep 6, 2016 7:10 AM CST
Thank you Elena, in the name of us foreigners!
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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Mayo62
Sep 6, 2016 2:40 PM CST
I agree Thank You!
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