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Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

Posted by bugbite z9a FL (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 15, 11 at 11:18

I will send you the seeds free. These are seeds from a major seed producer.
I have been speaking with a seed producer about developing a national network of home gardeners who test seeds.
I want to try this in a very, very small way this season to learn how this could work. (If you are part of this seed trial network, you would choose which seeds you want to trial.)
If you are interested in vincas, this year you will get 25 seeds for 4 different varieties of "apricot colored" vincas. Potentially others is a brand new pepper, a new zea mays, and a special marigold test.
What you would do:
1. Plant the seeds as you usually do.
2. Measure germination rate. Total disasters are OK :-)
3. Give your opinion about the varieties you test in your garden. (We home gardeners all want to know which is the best and easiest to grow.)
4. Report how long each variety looked good in your garden.
5. Report death rate.
This is to test performance in real live gardens with all the perils that we face.

Since this will be a learning experience (for me) in how to create a successful home gardener trial network I need to limit this very first experiment to 3 people who are experienced at growing from seed. If you are interested, click my user name (bugbite)which takes you to my profile. Email me from there.

Incidentally you can opt in or out of any seed variety as I get them.
Oh yes, what is in it for me? The excitement of trying new seeds. When it comes to plants and seeds, I work for free.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

Hi Bob, I am a bit of a newbie to gardening, but am in the habit of measuring germination rates. I homeschool my kids and this would be a really cool science experiment. We are also in the process of starting a new garden so this would be really interesting for us. So, if you don't have three people already I would be interested.

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

Sure. I will give it a go. I have a propagator and a kitchen garden but our climate is by US standards HOT. Address: Rua Francisco Lopes Rojas 3386, Braganca Paulista 12903-721, Brazil. I have taken part is seed trials before but never in Brazil. Please give exact instructions for soil sterilization.

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

Incase anyone is reading these posts and wondering why I am not answering these posts it is because I am getting these posts and many others in email form and am responding via email.
Thanks for understanding,

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

I garden in the Pacific Northwest and am willing to trial seeds.

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

I am in zone 7, NC and I'd like to give that a try as well. thanks

RE: Seed growing pros: Want to trial some seeds?

If you need another person to test seeds, I would love to. This is my first year of using a greenhouse and I am very anxious to start something...anything. The greenhouse is heated and has a cooling system installed. Let me know.

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