Southland Seed Savers Network


Southland Seed Savers Network

Established in 1999 we are working to keep a living network of seeds that do well in Southern New Zealand.  We hold seed saving courses twice a year.

We really need more seed savers in Southern NZ.

Location: Riverton Southland
Members: 40
Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2018

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Comment by Tamsin Scott on August 19, 2012 at 10:56am

The 2012 Southland Seed Savers Catalogue is now available on the SCES website!

Kali - we had a number of seed savers (not sure how that number compares to previous years without checking the database which I can do when next working at the store).  Hopefully we can get more people on board with this over the coming years and really build up the varieties available.

Comment by Kathrina Muller on August 13, 2012 at 8:47pm

Hi I would love to see the catalogue if it is put on line. To see what we do not have in our seedbank in Auckland.

Comment by Kali on August 13, 2012 at 10:54am

HI Tamsin, looking forward to receiving the catalogue. did you have many seedsavers this year? I sent in quite a few :)

Comment by Tamsin Scott on August 12, 2012 at 5:26pm

Just thought I'd say hello since I'm a newly joined Oooby member.  I am working one day a week at the Riverton Environment Store and am also helping to coordinate the Southland Seed Savers network - a valuable network that I hope to see grow over the following years. 

The 2012 catalogue has almost been finalized and will be sent out over the following week!  I will also post a link to it here once it's final.

Comment by Robyn Guyton on May 6, 2012 at 4:40am

We have two seed saving workshops this week:

Wednesday 9th May 7-9pm or  Saturday 12th May 3-4pm

You will learn ho to save and store all the different vegetable families in a practical lesson and get to take a good selection home to start you off.  Cost $15  Riverton Environment Centre  Southland

Comment by Denise on March 3, 2012 at 4:52pm

Awesome thanks!

Comment by Benjamin Fahrer on February 29, 2012 at 11:11pm
Comment by Denise on February 29, 2012 at 10:16pm
Thanks for that. The tree is in an old orchard where there used to be a house many years ago so I would assume its not a modern grafted one. I will try both ways and see what happens, nothing to loose...
Comment by Robyn Guyton on February 27, 2012 at 7:43am

Yes to both.   If stone fruit is an original old variety it should grow true to type. However it takes much longer to fruit and it will be the size of its original ancestor so could be anywhere from 2 metres to 10 metres high.

Suckers from plum trees grow if the shallow roots are damaged and they can be true to the tree only if it hasn't been grafted.  The root stock is usually an inferior fruit and is grown for size and health.

I am not an expert as there could be exceptions if cross pollination with other species effects this or whether only self fertile ones are true.

Will do a bit of research on this.  I know there are thousands of different apples around the world 14,000+ named and only hundreds of  different plums or cherries and less again of apricots and peaches.  If they didn't mainly grow true I would have expected thousands of varieties of stone fruit as well.

Comment by Denise on February 26, 2012 at 10:41pm
Do greengages grow true from stones? Just found some today and have been bottling them. Also can I graft them onto a plum tree?

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