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2022 ASI Seed Exchange To Open Tentatively November 5

Aril Society's 2022 iris seed exchange to open soon. We plan tentatively for an November 5 Saturday opening date.

Please return to this page for status updates. ASI's on-line cart link will be here when we open the exchange.

Some seed exchange challenges of 2021 continue into this year. Required seed inspections and shipping costs have become prohibitively expensive for us to receive or send seed to some countries. We have fewer seed donors this year compared with most prior years.

Seed descriptions in ASI's on-line cart will include to which countries we are able to ship given seed lots.

Seed Exchange General Notes:
When available, photos of parent plants of iris seed offered this year appear as part of the seed lot descriptions. Growers generally already know so, but seedling plants sometimes resemble their parents, and other times differ markedly in appearance and quality. For this reason the photos may be used as a guide to what seedling plants may resemble, but there is no guarantee that seedlings will turn out a given way.

ASI now manages all seed exchange orders via ASI's shopping cart. We will make a link to the cart available on this page when the seed exchange opens.

ASI members who have created cart accounts to use for prior seed exchange or plant sale may purchase on-line using those accounts. The cart will fill in shipping information for such members, such as their mailing address, making the check out process go faster. Guest check out is available also, but will always require shipping and billing address entry. Using this the "guest checkout" method there is no need to create a customer account in ASI's on-line cart system.

Payment methods include PayPal, Payl Express, and pay by check.

Questions and issues specific to seed exchange orders, such as availability and substitutions are best directed to Lars Hoepfner. Questions and issues regarding use of the cart can be directed to Ted Havelka and Lars Hoepfner.

- ASI Seed Exchange Volunteers - 2022


The top-of-page timeline roughly outlines the Seed Sale progress from month to month. Specific deadlines vary from year to year and are established by the chairman. Participation is open to members only.

The rules for the seed exchange are as follows:
  • All members of ASI are allowed to take part in the seed exchange.
  • The seed will be sold for $2.00 per portion. A portion would as a minimum include 5 seeds.
  • Donors have first priority to choose seed until two weeks after the seedlist has been published.
  • Donors are allowed to get five portions of seed free of charge.
  • Non-donors have second priority to the seed (two weeks after the seedlist has been published).
  • Orders are treated as first come, first served. Payment for seed and postage will go to the treasurer.
All kinds of aril seed are welcome, including seed from open-pollinated seedpods. Please use the following notation when you mark the seed portions you donate:
  • OP = Open pollinated
  • HP = Hand pollinated
  • CW = Collected wild
Please tell us what kind of aril or arilbred plant, too, using the standard notation: O, OH, OG, RC, R, RH, OB+, OGB+, RB+, OB, OGB, RB, OB-, OGB-, RB-.

If you are using your own code (many hybridizers are), please tell me about your code.

No portion of seed is too small!!!!

The deadline for sending seed to the seed exchange program is September 1st. If your seed is not ready at that time, please send me a note telling me what you are expecting to donate.

Put all your marked envelopes (for example 11cm x 16cm) in a larger envelope and send your donation to me:
  • Lars Høpfner
    Langengen 38, Svorgerslev
    4000 Roskilde
NB: I don't have any restriction on receiving seed from anywhere in the world!

'Jallab' photo by Rick Tasco. 'Nordic Sky' photo by Lowell Baumunk.

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Updated 2022 September 23 by Ted Havelka.

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