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Hi Tom,

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...  

Happy Holidays,

Hi Jenny,
Thanx for your question.  My advice to you on this would be to place a notice on 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.

I hope this helps.

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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.

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