The Conifer Seed Exchange
NOTE: As of January 25, 2018, Jim is still cleaning and sorting the 2018 seed. You can still order from the 2017 list, and we’ll post a note on the site when the 2018 seeds are available, probably in 4-6 weeks. For any questions, please email Jim.
The 2017 Seeds are in! See the bottom of this page for list and order form.
Yes, you can grow carrots, petunias and perhaps an avocado from seed, but a conifer? That takes patience – and a passion for conifers. ACS volunteer Jim Brackman has both and is willing to share his experience with ACS members who want to try their hand at the ultimate challenge of conifer collecting, starting with the seed of a rare or unusual species or cultivar and bringing it to life in their garden.
Every year Jim compiles an inventory of seed collected from arboreta, professional growers and interested ACS members who donate seeds to the Exchange. Early each year he publishes his annual list of availabilities. Members can request a seed packet from the list – the number of seeds varies depending on the quantity harvested the previous fall – and for a donation of $1.00 per packet (which covers postage and handling), they can try their hand at propagating an unusual specimen.
Since most of the gathered seed is open pollenated, there’s always a chance that you will come up with a mutation or cross that is unlike any other and that, some day, you may be able to call your own. (See: The ACS Conifer Registration Program.)
Jim is always interested in your results. He is happy to receive your e-mails and pictures and will return the same when warranted. Just be patient during his busy winter-early spring time frame when his day job as head grower for a Weyerhaeuser container operation keeps him in the weeds.
Seed List and Order Form 2017. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE ALTERNATE CHOICES IN CASE YOUR CHOICE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Call or email Jim (contact info below) if you have any questions.
The Fall 2009 issue of Conifer Quarterly carried an excellent article about Collecting Seed and Growing Seedlings.
For more more information:
ACS Seed Exchange
5621 Old Highway 410 SW
Olympia, WA 98512
or e-mail Jim Brackman: Treeguy45@comcast.net
Here are some shots of a cache of conifers Jim is growing from seed for himself that have come through the Exchange: