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
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Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2018

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Comment by Robyn Guyton on February 12, 2012 at 7:43pm

Stone fruit grow true so you need stones not root stock (re cherries, peach,plum and apricot.

Pears are hard to graft we send our cuttings to a nursery to do for us costs $13 each.

Apples are easier to graft and the rootstock you want is semi-dwarf mm106  The other numbers are too small for Southland unless you have no room for larger and they need permanent staking.  MM793 is if you have heavy damp soils also semi dwarf.  'Standard' size apples are very tall and you need a ladder to pick all but the bottom branches.

People do also graft vigorous plums onto less vigorous root stock for easy picking.

We get bulk root stock  and sell them $2.50 each you usually need 50 or more to get a good rate.   Waimea Nurseries in nelson  sell them. You will need to contact them now to guarantee some stock as they usually run out later in the year.

Comment by Benjamin Fahrer on February 12, 2012 at 5:03pm

Looking for root stock for Apples, cherries, pear, apricot, peach, plum, Not sure what is best for this area and what you all have had success with but would say MM106,M26,M9,M7 and not sure what most people use here on cherries....M793 or M116, Gisela 5 or 6.... Barlett pear.... LOve to hear what others are having success with... WOuld love to visit some working orchards you know of... Thank you

Comment by Robyn Guyton on February 5, 2012 at 2:52am

What numbers of root stock are you after? 

We have scion wood available for about 60 varieties of apples also pears and plums through our Open Orchard project

Comment by Robyn Guyton on February 5, 2012 at 2:48am


We get our cover crop seeds from Stevens seeds in Ashburton  or from local farm supplies shops. No 'certified organic' bulk seeds we know about?

Tic beans, white and blue lupins, phaecilea, buckwheat, vetch are some we use a lot.

Comment by Benjamin Fahrer on February 3, 2012 at 5:59pm

Looking for farm scale suppliers of bulk cover crop seeds, and irrigation materials, micro sprinklers, drip emmitters, filters etc.and also resources to order root stock and scion wood for grafting.

We are planting out two lots totaling about 8 acres in the Queenstown and Glenorchy in prep for intial plantings of a  permaculture food forest in the spring. Any help or links are appriciated.

Comment by Natalie Thomson on November 17, 2011 at 11:55am

do you have any free seeds?

Comment by Kali on November 14, 2011 at 12:53am

just wondering how Robert got on with germinating the albizzia seeds, I noted mention of smoking them on his blog. so far  I have tried soaking and scarifying them but they haven't swelled yet, is there a knack to them? or should I just bung them in a pot...

Megan sent me some other dalmation beans so will send you some fresh seeds at the end of the season  if they do well.

Comment by Robyn Guyton on November 1, 2011 at 5:49am

Not sure - I will try a packet and see what happens.  Do you want  to try again with another packet?
Beans are usually pretty reliable but I am no expert about knowing if there is a trick to better success with them.


Comment by Kali on November 1, 2011 at 12:42am
no luck with the dalmation beans, they rotted, was it me or what? they looked ok.
Comment by Kali on October 13, 2011 at 3:08am
I planted milton green too, but alas not showing here yet either. I do have one plant from last year that I THINK was the self-seeding one? if I sent  pic would you recognise it?

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