DONATIONS: Send your seed donations to:
SIGNA Seed Ex
ALL SEEDS: Seeds of any Iris species or member of the Family Iridaceae are welcome. Even the most common and abundant species are welcome and appreciated. Hand-pollinated, wild collected and uncommon species are especially sought after. All seeds are requested. There are multiple requests for each and every one of the donations. Be sure seeds are fully dry before packing.
Jim Murrain & Jim Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64152
QUANTITY: 100 to 1000 seeds are ideal, but any number is welcome. Even if you only have one packet of seed to send, please do. They are greatly appreciated. Small paper envelopes are the preferred method for packaging seed. Please do not use film canisters, small boxes, etc. as they are difficult to organize.
LABELING: Mark each envelope clearly and legibly with the correct name. If it is a named cultivar, please provide the species name or hybrid group to which it belongs. If it is from hand pollination, mark it HP; if it is wild collected, mark it WC and give the town, county, state, country and elevation if known; if it is from plants growing in your garden that were wild collected, write "ex." then give the above information; if it is grown from seed received from someone else or a seed exchange (SIGNA, BIS, NARGS), so indicate. Try to give a brief two to four word description, especially if there are any unique characteristics. Seeds with clear descriptions are always more popular. Be sure to include your name and address. PLEASE GIVE AN ESTIMATED SEED COUNT on every packet.
HAND POLLINATED: PLEASE try to hand-pollinate the species in your garden specifically for the Seed Exchange, either by using two clones of the same species or by selfing. Hand pollination (HP) assures that a particular species will come true from seed. This is especially important for those species that readily cross with other species (e.g. bearded, aril, siberian, PCN, LA, spuria, etc.). This is the only way to preserve these true species!
WILD COLLECTED: Many of us live near an area where irises grow wild. Wild collected seed (WC) is extremely popular and the best way to insure genetic diversity. If you know an area where irises grow wild, please make a trip to collect seed from as many plants as possible. Even if a widespread species, we have many members who would like to grow seeds of your native iris.
DATES: All seeds should be post marked no later than November 1. For later ripening seed please send a list and brief description of each by the above date, so they may be included. These late ripening seeds must be received no later than December 31. Seeds received after this may be used as extras or held over till next year.
FEED BACK: Donating seeds in fun, but takes some effort. Our donors would appreciate your feed back on how their donated seeds performed. If they were misnamed let them and us know. Mostly show your appreciation by dropping a note and telling them your experience and thanks, too.
FOREIGN DONORS: For all donors outside of the United States, please send seed to the seed chairmen at the above address and email in advance for the current regulations regarding import of seed into the US. Foreign donors should send seeds no later than October 15 to allow time for proper handling and postal inspections. We will provide detailed info on import and documentation to insure safe and legal transfer of seeds.
THANK YOU! We appreciate all comments to the Seed Chairman or the President of SIGNA regarding this seed list. Thanks. Jim Murrain and Jim Waddick. Contact us at 816.746.1949 or SIGNASeedEx@gmail.com