Guidelines on how to order seeds
Before ordering,check whether the taxa are allowed in the country and also check for the
biosafety risks related to movement of those taxa into your area.
Order the seed
well ahead of the time you need it.
not have stock of seed of the taxon (species, subspecies, variety, population
(provenance)) requested, or existing stock may not be sufficient if you are
ordering large quantities. Allow for only short-term storage for taxa with
recalcitrant seed. Many species flower and produce seeds at irregular intervals
(not every year) and only in variable amounts. If the supplier knows of
requirements in advance, then corresponding collections can be made.
time interval needed to raise seedlings ready for field planting.
microsymbiont inoculum for this taxon should be ordered. If yes, you should
plan for this order also as early as possible.
Give the supplier
full details on a taxon requested; indicate precisely which seed you need.
population or provenance required if known. To select between available
populations, ask the supplier to send documentation on the available
populations of the species. Alternatively, ask the supplier to select a certain
population or populations based on your needs. Give the supplier full details
on the proposed planting site and the purpose of planting if you need
assistance in selecting material in this guidelines.
If a specific
type of collection other than bulked seed is required (for example, single tree
collections or collections from selected trees), ask the supplier if such
material is available.
Give the supplier
full details on the proposed planting site and the purpose of planting if you
need assistance in selecting material.
example latitude, longitude, altitude).
example mean annual rainfall, rainfall regime, length of the dry season, mean
maximum temperature and humidity of hottest month, mean minimum temperature of
coldest month, mean annual temperature and humidity, occurrence of frost and
example broad classification, approximate soil depth, texture, drainage, pH,
Has the taxon
already been planted on the site? If yes, give details of the material already
introduced if known (supplier/population/origin/provenance) and give an
indication of its adaptability and performance.
planted or growing at or around the site.
End uses. What
is the objective of the planting and what types of products or services are
expected, for example timber, fuelwood, construction poles, fodder, food, gums,
medicinal products, soil stabilization, watershed protection, shelterbelts,
Give the supplier
with all available details (street, town, country, fax, e-mail).
most reliable shipping method and routing.
seedlings or number of viable seeds required.
of field sowing.
facilities are available or not.
supplier to send you the following information.
that the taxon required is available.
that the quantity required is available.
The date when
the seeds will be ready for dispatch.
any special seed order or request form to be used.
Price of the
seeds, mode of payment and any advance payment required. For seed available
free of charge, ask how you qualify to receive it.
- is information provided with the seed?
on: collection site location, collection site description, collection method
(including approximate number of sampled trees), date of collection.
any storage requirements and pretreatment needed.
completed seed order or request form (if it is required) as soon as possible.
details about your seed requirements.
Ask for a
phytosanitary certificate to be issued together with the seed.
Make an advance
payment if required.
Take all needed
precautions to secure that you introduce the germplasm safely.
payment (if required).
instructions on seed storage and pretreatments, where applicable.
safeguard the documentation provided with the seeds and of the use and
performance of the material. This information is essential for ordering
additional seeds of a taxon, or for reporting trial results.
supplier informed on the performance of material and any problems encountered
in seed germination, seedling establishment or with pests and diseases.
Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)