Southern Seed Exchange


Southern Seed Exchange

A group for members of the Southern Seed Exchange, a seed saving group based in Christchurch, New Zealand dedicated to saving locally adapted open pollinated varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Location: Christchurch and environs
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2017

Discussion Forum

seedlist pdf online

HI I edited the seedlist just keeping the names of the cultivars and growing notes and put some photos in as an appendix to the main seedlist, mainly for my own interest, I will update it shortly…Continue

Started by Kali Mar 20, 2013.

Tetragonia 3 Replies

I have been growing tetragonia for a few years now - lush green NZ spinach that resists drought and - unless I am too tidy - self seeds everywhere. This year I got a bag of pine needles from South…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Kali Jun 2, 2012.

Broad Beans 6 Replies

Hi. I have been saving seeds from my broad beans for five years now; red seeded, originally from Koanga Gardens. This year for the first time a number of the beans are normal green - there is no…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Richard Watson Dec 29, 2011.

Workshop: URBAN SELF-SUFFICIENCY- Eating and Living the Sustainable Way 1 Reply

This Workshop will be presented by Jules Dervaes. Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest—Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over…Continue

Tags: sufficiency, self, urban, workshop

Started by bec may. Last reply by Steven Kung Jul 21, 2010.

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Comment by Hanna on April 15, 2016 at 8:43am

Hi Caleb, the Koanga Institute used to have them. Otherwise I've still got some seeds left from when I tried Silver Platinum a number of years ago that you'd be welcome to. It didn't grow too well here in Christchurch, so I didn't persist with it.

Comment by Caleb W on April 14, 2016 at 3:18pm

Hi all, I'm trying a few seeds saving groups as I'm looking for some particular Corn seeds to purchase - Silver Platinum. Appreciate any help.

Comment by Kali on April 10, 2016 at 4:16pm

here are the details of the autumn seedswap, April 17th

See You There !

Comment by Kali on October 2, 2015 at 7:36am

We have some big plans in line for this coming year: growing out older seeds, teaching a few classes, a new website, and much more. But, as mentioned , we need your help.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the AGM and Seed Swap this weekend. Find it on Facebook.


Comment by Kali on September 26, 2015 at 11:43am


So we know it is short notice but  you can write it in your diaries immediately and because it is so current you will not need any reminders.
We are ready to go so bring along seeds to swap and any other things to add to the table such as tubers, bulbs, interesting cuttings ...maybe you want to bring a plate of scones or some gardening magazines to pass on.
Remember if you have nothing to swap just a Gold Coin donation at the door.

And of course bring along your stories and expertise to share with other members.

Comment by Kali on September 26, 2015 at 11:41am

VENUE: 7 Oaks School, Opawa Cnr York Street and Hassels Lane
  DATE: SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER From 2pm until 4pm
  The AGM will be held prior to the swap from !pm until 2. So if you have extra time please come along and make sure we get a quorum and meet the new Trustees that will be appointed on the day.

REMEMBER the Seed Swap is an excellent time to pay your subs for the year and our Treasurer will be there to attend to this.
Comment by Kali on September 1, 2015 at 7:28am

Hi Trent,  i dont think the new list is out yet. things have been a little unorganised since the earthquakes I think but expect email contact soon

Comment by Trent O'brien on August 31, 2015 at 2:36pm

Also does anyone know where to get seaberry ( seabuckthorn) plants ,cutting or seeds from?

Comment by Trent O'brien on August 31, 2015 at 2:34pm


wanting to become a member of the southern seed exchange.

and get a up to date 2015 seed list.

have sent through a couple of emails to southern seed savers to no avail.

If anyone has any helpful info in relation to 2015 list .

would greatly appreciated.

Comment by Hanna on August 4, 2015 at 3:20pm

Hi, just wondering if anyone knows where or if I can get plants or seeds for hardy passionfruit ( eg. Incarnata or Caerulea). Does anyone have experience with growing passionfruit in the colder parts of NZ?


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