It’s been a busy seed collection season!
Because of the world-class biodiversity of the Klamath-Siskiyou region and the wide variety of native plant species in the area, the timing of seed collection is also quite varied. In order to collect seeds from low elevations on up to high elevations, and early to late blooming species, our seed collection season generally starts in mid-May and ends in late October. We are currently at the height of the seed collection season.
This time of year we are out in the field many days a week collecting seeds — bear with us if we don’t return your email right away — and working hard to keep up with seed processing and cleaning on the days we aren’t in the field. We also have numerous habitat restoration projects and planting and design projects we are working on, plus growing native plants in our small native plant nursery. It’s a busy time of year!
We collect seeds for our online seed packet sales and for seed collection contracts. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds offers seed collection contract services where we collect specific species for a specific project. The seeds are collected near the project area and from a similar elevation so the plants are not only native to that unique location, but are also perfectly adapted to the specific growing conditions at the site.
In order to offer seed germination instructions and native plant growing advice we also grow many of the species we collect seed from. Growing plants in our small native plant nursery gives us the experience and knowledge necessary to help our clients and customers know how to germinate the seeds, and grow and care for plant species that are either not commonly available or are not available at all through any other source. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds offers seeds from species that are endemic to the Klamath-Siskiyou region as well as many species that grow throughout the West. We enjoy growing and working with the seeds we collect and helping our clients and customers with successful projects using our native plant seeds.
Summer is the perfect time to start daydreaming of the unique native plant species you will seed in the fall and winter for springtime seed germination. As plants dry out and go dormant, seeds ripen and seed collection is completed, our thoughts turn to fall seeding and planting, and another successful seed collection season that will bring forth many amazing wildflower displays in the future. Happy seed collection season to all of you who also collect native seeds for habitat restoration, gardens, and more!