General notes on ordering spores

When are orders sent out?

The list opens for orders each year on the 1st January.
We delay sending out spores for 2 weeks after this to allow time for postage to and from overseas members, and start the distribution on 14th January.

These requests are dealt with in the following order:-
Overseas donors, home donors, overseas non-donors and home non-donors.

After this initial delay, requests are dealt with as quickly as we can (usually within a week), using the same priority order as above.

We will send an e-mail when the spores are sent.

If your order is taking longer to arrive than the above timescales suggest, please e-mail us

Plant Hardiness Zones

The list includes, where possible, plant hardiness zone numbers for North America and Europe. These are mainly collated from ‘The Encylopedia of Garden Ferns’ by Sue Olsen, Timber Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-88192-8198 and ‘The Plantfinders Guide to Garden Ferns’ by M H Rickard, David and Charles/Timber Press, ISBN 0 71,53 1,536-6, by kind permission of the authors.

If you are uncertain of your hardiness zone, a useful map may be found here.

Viability and naming of spores and their offspring

Spores are received in good faith from donors, but cannot be guaranteed true to name, nor can we give assurances about their viability. Although not green spores, there is considerable anecdotal evidence that spores of Blechnum species have a shorter life in storage than most genera. Hence, we are only offering spores of Blechnum collected in the previous growing season.

Before inclusion names have been reviewed using The Plant List .

On the first occasion where a new name is used for a taxon, we include the old name alongside for information.

Cultivars may not come true and should be labelled accordingly.

Wild Collected Spores

The British Pteridological Society has sought assurances that all wild-collected spores offered in this list have been collected in accordance with the laws of the source countries and that their distribution is allowed under the terms of any permits to collect the spores.

Genetic material collected from the wild since October 12th 2014 is covered by the Nagoya Protocol, which is legally binding in the EU, including the UK. For material from signatory countries, unless there is written consent from the country of origin, ‘utilization’ is not permitted. This includes the selection and development of new named cultivars and hybrids as well as production of new drugs and other products. Cultivation, privately or commercially, is permitted. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, you should not assume that spores in this list have consent for utilization as described above.

Brian and Sue Dockerill

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