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Seed Companies

  • Royston-Petrie Seeds P.O. Box 1152 Ph: (61) 2 6372 7800
  • Cornucopia Seed Cornucopia Seeds and Plants Ph (03) 5457 1230
  • Select Organic M.S 905, Lower Beechmont 4211 Organic Seeds
  • GreenHarvest 52 Crystal Waters, M.S. 16, MALENY 4552 Ph: (07) 5494 4676
  • Greenpatch PO Box 1285, TAREE, NSW 2430 (02) 6551 4240
  • The Italian Gardener Allsun Farm, PO Box 8050, Gundaroo, New South Wales, 2620 (02) 6236 8173 Italian vegetable seeds
  • Kings Seeds PO Box 2785, Bundaberg, QLD 4670, Australia Tel: 07 4159 4882
  • Phoenix Seeds PO Box 207 , Snug, TAS, Australia 03) 6267 9663 Only postal Very unusual seeds
  • Diggers Fantastic company become a member and help them in their work, they have two sites, St Erith (nr Daylesford) and Heronswood (Mornington Peninsula) and when you become a member you get sent out a free magazine / newsletter
  • Eden Seed M.S. 905, Lower Beechmont 4211 (07) 5533 1107 Lots of information botanical and taste
  • The Lost Seed The Lost Seed PO Box 321 SHEFFIELD TAS 7306 ph: 03 6491 1000 Has a selection of very rare vegetables, and a great free download of sow what when chart

Friday, August 8, 2008

Seed Saving -Brassicas

Seed Saving
Brassica oleraceae-Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower

Family Brassicaceae

Plant Name Kale-Red Russian, Nero de Toscana, Broccoli-Green Sprouting Calabrese, Cauliflower Romanesco

Botanical Brassica oleraceae

Pollination, Crossing and Isolation Cabbage Flowers must be insect or hand pollinated. All Brassica oleraceae will cross pollinate up to 1km away so only one variety should be allowed to go to seed at a time. Save at least three plants to ensure genetic diversity.

Seed production, Harvest and Processing In early spring cut a shallow X in the top of the head. This will allow an emerging seed stalk to push its way up. The stalk will grow 10-15cm tall before branching out. The seed pods must be allowed to develop fully. When ready, remove the seed stalk and dry away from the direct sun, placing a paper bag over the top. As it dries the seed will fall from the pod into the bottom of the bag.

Viability Seed will remain viable for up to 5 years in ideal conditions (cool and dry)

Store Seed
Save seed in packets written on outside following information
1. Name of Plant
2. Date collected
3. Original origin of seed
4. Where
5. Who
6. Contact details-email or phone

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