The SIGNA Seed Exchange is a major benefit of membership. It is also the main fund raiser for SIGNA. The proceeds go toward the publication of our SIGNA Bulletin and help to sponsor collecting trips, special publications, and research grants.
SIGNA: Species Iris Group of North America 2012
46th Species Iris Seed Exchange
Greetings from the Seed Exchange Chairs, Jim Murrain and Jim Waddick.
PLEASE NOTE INCREASES IN SHIPPING COSTS BELOW
The SIGNA Seed Exchange is the heart of SIGNA. Growing iris from seed is a unique opportunity and challenge. Seed donations are reduced from last year, but still has a wide range of offers. Seed orders are filled in the order received. Seed can be ordered from this printed form in the SIGNA Newsletter or on-line at the SIGNA web site www.signa.org. The web site has late arrivals so please check for the most current updates including those that are SOLD OUT. Seeds will be shipped in Jan. and Feb., 2013. Orders received after Mid-March, 2013 will be filled from a reduced inventory by the Membership Chairman, Rodney Barton. Please refer to the web site if placing a late order.
MEMBERS ONLY: Seeds are only available to members of SIGNA. Please share your SIGNA list with friends who are non-members. They may copy the order blank, send in their own order, but must include payment for one year's membership (including a reduced price electronic membership) along with their seed order. We have included a place at the bottom of the order blank for new members to join and order at the same time. If you are already a member and wish to pay your dues, you may do that in one mailing with one check or by Pay Pal. We do not accept direct credit card payments.
PRICE: The price of all seeds is $1 per packet. The cost of shipping has been increased this year due to increases in cost of postage. There is a flat $3 charge for shipping and supplies for each order to an address in the USA. Orders to all other countries including Canada must pay $6 per order. If ordering and paying on-line, there is an added $1 per Pay Pal transaction. If you send a check or cash DO NOT add the $1 Pay Pal charge. The Seed Exchange is the primary fund-raiser for SIGNA and donations are very much appreciated.
SEED LIST INFO: Each variety has a code that indicates year of the list, an alphabet code for the kind of iris and a three digit serial number such as 12TB021. All seeds in this year's list have the prefix "12". The list is divided into 6 sections. The alphabetic code is as follows:
I. Bearded: Dwarf DB
II. Crested/ Lophiris: CR
III. Beardless: Chinenses CH
Laevig. Hybrids LH
Pacific Coast PC
Misc Beardless MS
IV. Bulbous: Xiphium XP
V. Wide Crosses: SX
VI. Other Iridaceae: XX
|Arilbreds are listed in Section I rather than V.|
ABBREVIATIONS: Abbreviations following the name: HP means Hand Pollinated, OP means Open Pollinated, WC means Wild Collected, and ex. indicates that the seeds were originally from another specific source (such as a person, a seed exchange, wild location, named cultivar, or a garden). Seeds of named cultivars ARE NOT identical to their parents and should never be given that name in the garden. They are new seedlings.
AVAILABLE SEEDS: After each item in the seed list, you will find an abbreviation estimating the total number of seeds available.
VF = Very Few Seeds (less than 25) available. These will sell out quickly. There may be as few as 1 packet of seed, but no more than six packets. If you place your order late, PLEASE do not order these items.
FW = Few seeds (under 50) available. Be sure to check substitutes when ordering seeds marked VF or FW. Seeds in short supply may have as few as 4 seeds per packet and they will not be used as substitutes.
AV = Available. This means that seeds are generally available and most orders will be filled. Packets may have between 5 and 10 seeds.
AB = Abundant. Seeds are in abundant supply, are less likely to sell out and will have more generous number of seeds per packets. If you want items with more seeds per packet, order items in abundant supply. We DO NOT send more than one packet per listing per order. We do accept 2nd and 3rd orders, but these are filled in the order received to give all orders more equal chances. Most seed packets will have 10 or more seeds each.
REFERENCES: "The Iris" by Brian Mathew, "Iris of China" by James Waddick and Zhao Yu-tang, "The World of Iridaceae" by Clive Innes and the SIGNA Checklists are used to verify names. In a few instances, we have included names that we were unable to verify. You should also consult the SIGNA Species Database. There you can view information and photos of flowers, plants and seeds. Correct seed identification is not guaranteed, but based on information supplied by donors. The AIS Iris Encyclopedia is also a useful source of information on names wiki.irises.org.