SEEDS FOR SALE

 

I sometimes have seeds available for sale or trade.  I ship seeds only to addresses in the lower 48 states of the United States.  Sorry, no international sales.  I sell only at times that the weather is safe for shipping - that usually means from about mid-March or April on into October.  Night time temperatures have to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit both here in Westland, Mi. 48185 and where you are as well.

 

I ship very fresh seed so what I have available at any one time varies quickly and tends to runs in streaks.

 

Email me to confirm availability of all seeds before sending money to my PayPal account.  I will email you back if the seed is still available and then you can pay.   My email is:   frankinmi@aol.com

 

I ship all seeds in padded envelopes with crush proofing material inside to prevent the seeds from being crushed in the post office rollers.  Shipping is by USPS First Class Mail with tracking.

 

Seeds are sold in packets of 8 seeds, all of the seeds in a packet are the same species.  The price is $8 per packet.  There is also a $5 charge for shipping which is a onetime $5 per order no matter how many packets of seeds are in your order.

 

Sorry, no seed sales this summer.

 

 

Seeds Currently Available :  To help you decide what kind of seeds you want you can find pictures of many of these on the Hydnophytum and Myrmecodia pages of this website.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to read the notes on how to plant these seeds (printed below) before ordering seeds!

 

 

Plant Sales:

 

My intention is to have some ant-plants on auction on eBay every week when the weather is warm enough to ship plants - so roughly early April to sometime in October.  I sell on eBay as "frankinmi"

 

           I am now selling plants on eBay for this year.  Just a few to start with but more gradually.  I will be selling plants of all 5 genera of Rubiaceous ant-plants:  Hydnophytums, Myrmecodias, Myrmephytums, Squamellarias and Anthorrhizas.  I suggest you set some "searches" on eBay to alert you when genera or plants you want become available.  

 

I am no longer growing much in the way of Lecanopteris plants so do not expect to see me offering those.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on how to germinate Rubiaceous ant-plant seeds:

 

Rubiaceous ant-plants are epiphytes (plants that live on the surface of other plants, usually trees).  So growing them or germinating them in regular soil will kill them.  I recommend sowing ant-plant seeds on long-fiber sphagnum.  In my area the best price/quality combination used to be on “Better-Gro” orchid moss that I would buy in 1 cubic foot bags at Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $5 a bag.  However, both of those stores switched to a poorer quality moss in 2015.  I now recommend the moss sold by "Spagmoss" on the internet and ebay. 

 

These plants grow slowly the first year so do not pot up each seed in its own pot.  Do a community pot, all 8 seeds of one kind in a single 2 to 3 inch pot.

 

Soak some long-fiber sphagnum overnight or for at least 2 hours.  Give it a rough chop using scissors so that most of the pieces are an inch long or smaller.  Put the sphagnum in a small pot and don't pack it in too tight.  I have already squeezed the seeds out of the fruits and rinsed off the excess pulp as I put them in the bags for shipping.  So you just have to lay the seeds on the surface of the sphagnum - do not cover them. Maybe tuck some of them in a little between sphagnum pieces but keep them still mostly visible.  I sent you the seeds in moist towels so depending on the temperature and how long they took to arrive they may already be starting to germinate when you get them. No problem. Just transfer them to the sphagnum carefully, perhaps with tweezers, so as not to break off the roots which emerge from the seeds first. (Or even the stems if germination has progressed that far.)

 

Set the pot someplace bright.  If you grow under florescent lights put them on a shelf about 8 to 12 inches below the light.  Keep the sphagnum moist.  This is important – drying out sets them back or kills them if it goes on long enough. Water gently from the top so as not to disturb the seeds.  Do not try to water the pots only from the bottom.  Not enough water will wick up to keep the top of the sphagnum sufficently moist for germination.

 

You can also put the pots in Ziploc sandwich bags - less worry about watering that way but when you go to take them out of the bag when they are about an inch tall you need to do it gradually by opening the bag a little at a time over the period of a week.  This is because they need to adjust gradually from the 100% humidity of the bag down to the room humidity.  If you use the Ziploc bag trick, keep the bags away from direct sunlight – it will overheat the small plants in the bag and kill them.

 

Germination is in a few days to two weeks.

 

I send only the freshest of seeds because the seeds are only viable for a month, maybe two - but with lessening germination and less vigor in the seedlings as time goes on.

 

Start to fertilize (perhaps every second watering) with ¼ strength fertilizer when the small plants are making their first set of true leaves.

 

Good Growing

 

 

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