When are orders sent out?
The list opens for orders each year on the 1st January.
We delay sending out spores 1 week after this to allow time for early orders to come in, and start the distribution on 8th 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
What does limited stock mean?
Many items in the list are in very short supply. These are marked ‘Limited stock’ in the list. We expect these to run out in the first week of the exchange and many will go only to donors. If you would like any of these please apply early.
Whenever you order, please give plenty of alternatives if you wish to receive your full allocation and bear in mind that many of the ‘Limited Stock’ items will no longer be available after 8th January.
Instructions for members from the United States
Members in the USA requesting spores require a ‘Small Lots of Seeds’ permit from their government.
Please send a copy of the permit, the conditions attached to it and a green and yellow customs label for that permit to:
Brian and Sue Dockerill, 19, Westfield Road, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, CF37 3AG, United Kingdom.
Please submit your on-line order as soon as possible and we will pick your spores in line with your priority and retain them here until the paperwork is received.
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.
Name changes are becoming more frequent and we will continue to include the old name alongside until the newer ones become familiar. As in recent years, any taxa previously within Blechnum will only be supplied from donations made in the most recent year.
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