Seed Exchange

The 2019 Seeds are now sold out! The 2020 list will come out soon, so keep checking back.

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.

Sex Packets

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.

One year old seedlings. L to R, Chamaecyparis obtusa, Larix kaempferi and Pinus virginiana 'Wate's Golden'

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.

2019 Seed List and Order Form.

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. Read it here.

For more more information:
ACS Seed Exchange
5621 Old Highway 410 SW
Olympia, WA 98512
or e-mail Jim Brackman: