The CPSC Seed Bank

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
The CPSC Seed Bank
The purpose of the CPSC Seed Bank is to enhance members understanding and enjoying these unique and wonderful plants. All of the profits generated by the Seed Bank will be utilized to support the CPSC Forum and conservations for carnivorous plants in Canada. The prices charged do not reflect the commercial value of the seeds. The CPSC Seed Bank will be available to all registered CPSC members, and no membership fee is required.

Purchase
To purchase seeds packet(s) from the CPSC Seed Bank, please visit the order form.
Item Types
There are two types of packets available, common and rare. Common seeds can be purchased or exchanged, whereas Rare seeds are locked and can only be exchanged with Donation Credits. The type of seed packets may be changed anytime, depending on the availability and shelf-life.
Prices and Postage
Prices for each seed packets will be determined based on availability and rarity. Typically, the prices will be from $2CAD to $8CAD each. In additional to the seed packets values, members have to pay for the mailing postage, which includes the postage, envelop and other related costs. Prices and postage are listed on the order form.

Exchange
Members with donation credits assigned can use the credits to exchange for seed packets. One donation credit can be exchanged for one seeds packet, including rare item. Members exchanging seed packets with credits will have to pay for the postage fee as well. Exchanges can be processed via the same order form.

Donation
The CPSC Seed Bank relies on donations to continue the operations. Any seed donation and monetary support is much appreciated.
Donation Credits
Donation Credits can only be earned by donating a set amount of seeds. Each credit allows the member to exchange for one packet of available seeds, Common or Rare. The current ratio of donation per credit is 10 approved packets to 1 Donation Credit (one seed packet = 0.1 credit). Donation Credits can be accumulated, does not expire, and there is no minimum number of packets per donation.
Incentive Bonus
Members will be awarded with double donation credit of a new type of carnivorous plant seeds that the CPSC Seed Bank currently does not have available; max 10 per type for double rate (one seed packet of new type= 0.2 credits, for the first 10 of each new type).
Other Carnivorous Plant items
CPSC Seed Bank also accepts other carnivorous plant items such as: gemmae, tubers, hibernacula. They will be treated as special cases. In case of the items expiring their shelve-lives soon, giveaways or special sales will be held for these perishable items. When donating special items, please provide storage instruction and recommended shelve-life.
Non-Carnivorous Plant seeds
Donation of non-carnivorous plant seeds is encouraged and welcomed, however it cannot redeem any Donation Credits.
Checking the Donation Credits
Members can check their available credits on the Donation Credits page. Please note that pending credits may not be updated until the donation or order is processed.
Monetary Support
Monetary donation will be fully directed paying for upkeep, further improvements of the Seed Bank.

Donation Process
Packing

Members do not have to pack the packets on their own, but are much encouraged to do so. Packing the seeds on your own will greatly reduce the processing time and allow Donation Credit(s) added to your name sooner.
This is an example of how to fold a paper envelope for storing seeds:
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Seed packets should have their ID written in the front, and the donating member’s name in the back. The Seed ID may be shortened but it should be clear to identify.
Example seed packet:
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Mailing
To donate seeds, members simply mail the seeds in folded envelop(s) to the Seed Bank manager. The seeds can be mailed via regular mail, or padded mail if the seeds are possible to be damaged during transportation.
Members should include their CPSC Member Name, email address on a paper in the mail, along with clearly labelled Seed ID(s), and harvest date. Including as much information as possible will help us sort and storage the seeds.
Please PM me for the address. :)
Processing
The Seed Bank manager will 1) evaluate the donating seeds, 2) pack the seeds into small packets (if it is not done already), and 3) assign donation credit to the member. This process may take up to 1 week or longer, please try not to rush the manager.
Evaluation
Different seeds have different germination rate, shelf-life and availability. The following table has the suggested minimum number of seeds per packets.
The table is mainly for reference only:
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Alternative
As an alternative, members with a lot of seeds packed can volunteer to become Seed Distributors to send out seeds upon requests. Please contact the Seed Bank manager if you wish to distribute seeds on your own. Donation Credits will be awarded to the Seed Distributors after the seeds are sent out to the ordering members.

Storage
Seed packets will be stored in a mini-fridge, maintaining around 4°C until they are requested. Most seeds will not be kept longer than 3 years to ensure the freshness of seed packets. There are exceptions: for example, Nepenthes seeds will not be stored in the fridge because they require warm storage, and they will be discarded much sooner than the others.

Structure
The CPSC Seed Bank is operated by volunteers, who are not being paid to contribute their times and efforts.
Roles
CPSC Seed Bank overseer: @H2O
CPSC Seed Bank manager: @WillyCKH

Feedback
As an open community, CPSC Members' opinions and feedback are much valued to the CPSC Seed Bank. Please feel free to comment on this thread regarding your experiences, ideas and suggestions.
Please contact the Seed Bank manager via message, should there be any problem, or negative feedback.

Important Updates
The important announcements and updates will be captured here. If the post cannot be edited in the future, the updates will be posted in the replying posts.
Sept 30th, 2017:
The CPSC Seed Bank is created! We are accepting donations now! Orders will begin as early as Mid-November.
Oct 12th, 2017:
Other Carnivorous Plant items section is added.
Nov 12th, 2017:
A handful of new items have been added to our seed bank, orders can be placed now.
Feb 11th, 2018:
The Seed Bank donation address is temporarily disabled .
Mar 4th, 2018:
New Seed Bank donation address is available now. :)
July 4th, 2018:
Incentive Bonus program revised!
Nov 20th, 2018:
CPSC Seed Bank is temporarily closed. New orders are not processed until Canada Post job actions are resolved to avoid lost mails.
Dec 13th, 2018:
The CPSC Seed Bank is re-opened again!
 
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Okay, I guess I should put the seed bank address here to save the troubles :)
Willy Chung (CPSC SB)
7057 Elwell Street,
Burnaby, BC
V5E 1K3
Canada

*Members should include their CPSC Member Name, email address on a paper in the mail, along with clearly labelled Seed ID(s), and harvest date. Including as much information as possible will help us sort and storage the seeds.
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Limited amount of Pinguicula grandiflora subsp grandiflora gemmae are available in the CPSC seed bank's mini fridge! :)
Cheers,
Willy
 

BobbyS

Sprout
Limited amount of Pinguicula grandiflora subsp grandiflora gemmae are available in the CPSC seed bank's mini fridge! :)
Cheers,
Willy
Hi Willy, I filled a order form for a bunch of seeds yesterday, but didn't see a option for the pinguicula seeds. Should I assume they are all gone ?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks
Bob
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
While orders will be processed as usual, the Seed Bank donation address is temporarily disabled, during Willy's home moving.
New address will be provided in a few weeks!
 

DennisZ

Carnivore
I like the "how to pack" instructions. :)
If my attempt at self-pollinating D.schizandra was successful I'll be donating most of the seeds.
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Incentive Bonus program revised
Members will be awarded with double donation credit of a new type of carnivorous plant seeds that the CPSC Seed Bank currently does not have available; max 10 per type for double rate (one seed packet of new type= 0.2 credits, for the first 10 of each new type).
 

Karin

Seedling
This is an example of how to fold a paper envelope for storing seeds:
Thanks for this! I was just tasked to separate some African Violet seeds for a presentation. took a while to get the hang of it but i've now got a tidy set of 18 seed pouches. If there's interest, i can pollinate some to share with people here (fun fact, african violets do not come true from seed, each and every seedling will vary from its siblings - to which degree depends on the parentage).
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
That's so cool, Karin. So they are much like Dionaea which the seedlings are individually unique? :)
 
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