I am interested in acquiring wild sugar maple seeds (preferably from this last season) for a germination study I am doing for my research at UMaine. I have seeds from the NorthEast, but am looking to compare them with seeds from the Mid-West. As I've been calling institutions from across the country, I have been told that it was a bad year and very few places have had seeds available. Do you know where, or who might have extra that they'd be willing to sell CHEAP to a starving grad student? I actually would only need about 400 samara.
Thanks for your help. In the future, I may be asking you for propagation advice as well...
Answer Hi Jenny,
Thanx for your question. My advice to you on this would be to place a notice on Gardenweb.com seed exchange. Some people may be able to provide seed for free. I used to trade and get seeds from this group for many years. Here's a link.
It took me a while to finally take the time to explore the Gardenweb site, but it may just be the avenue I'm looking for. Thanks for your suggestion and help. Once I get to the propagation stage, I may be directing a question or two your way again. Thanks again.
I have been growing plants from seeds for at least 20 years. I have grown literally hundreds of different kinds of vegetables, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, some cacti, water plants, iris, rose, lilies, cannas, etc. I enjoy starting from seed.
I've been growing my own seeds for 20 years with indoor propagation equipment I built myself. I am also an Allexperts volunteer on the perennial forum. I have completed the Master Gardener course through the Kansas State University Extension. I have experience with a wide variety of seeds and I have also read through Norm Deno's books on seed germination.