Seed suppliers bad year 2018?

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Christine

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Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« on: August 07, 2018, 17:38 »
If all us gardeners have had a tough season and the vegetable growers are saying the same - what will the seed supplies look like next season? And what chance of seed sales? Will suppliers be holding onto stock that will still be in date next season?

It's a thought.

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Re: Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 19:05 »
I have planted Cobra beans five times in the greenhouse , even ones  from a new  packet, no take on any of them, this is the third year I've not grown any courgettes, despite a new   packet of seed.  Thankfully have a good stock of them in the freezer.

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Re: Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 19:33 »
I think, where possible - I will just finish up the packets I opened this year, plus a few things I'd run out of, that I have already bought in some early sales. Hopefully that'll do me until 2020, if I'm still growing then  ::)

If you need new seed stock keep an eye on the Frugal Living threads, as seed sales/offers are usually listed there at this time of year, it will still be seed from last year's harvest you are buying...
« Last Edit: August 10, 2018, 20:08 by mumofstig »
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Re: Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2018, 11:53 »
Seed production is a truly global operation and there are many stages to go through before they end up in your little packet. One of them of course is testing for viability - I guess it's a matter of how cynical you are whether you think all suppliers are equally diligent when it comes to getting it right every time.

Personally, I think it's quite likely that some 'no-shows', or seeds which seem to lose viability much quicker than you might expect even when stored in good conditions, have somehow slipped through the quality control net.
Sow your seeds, plant your plants, and plonk your potatoes in the soil.

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Re: Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 17:40 »
I was thinking more of the possible shortage of seeds to sell as a result of a the growing season. If we've had crop failures and the suppliers have had crop failures - well who knows what there will be next season.

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Re: Seed suppliers bad year 2018?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 20:05 »
That's why I've already bought the seeds I will need for next year, as long as they have long enough dates on they should be ok to use. I save my own pea seed, tomato seed and some of my beans, so no worry about those.

The one thing that may be a worry, and probably more expensive, I think, is seed potato stock - if mine were anything to go by - very low harvests this year :(
« Last Edit: August 10, 2018, 20:07 by mumofstig »



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