October 2013 Note
Ordering Seedlings for next season.
Seedlings for the 2014-15 planting season need to be ordered soon. You may already be late to order contract sowing!
Growers have been planning their spring 2014 sowing for weeks. The process involves several steps that can take months depending on the species, seed zone and seed quality. Planning steps include:
- Process sowing orders by species and seed zones.
- Calculate seed needs
- Procure seed if the customer does not have their own.
- Do germination tests if seed is old or has never been tested (30-90 days).
- Stratify seed for sowing in the spring (30-90 days).
This extended process requires current data and timely implementation.
Growers may sow only contract or speculation stock or a mix of both. FSN grower Posts include spec stock and possibly overruns from contracts.
If you are still looking for seedlings for the 2013-14 planting season keep checking FSN. Growers often hold their speculation stock to back fill under runs in contract orders. They will Post surpluses later in the season.
We are considering more frequent, short and timely email reminders / notes like this one in addition to our occasional e-newsletters. If you have thoughts on this approach and/or suggestions for future topics please contact us.
Forest Seedling Network thanks you for your support,