THE CYCLAMEN SOCIETY SEED DISTRIBUTION
The Cyclamen Society Seed Distribution is considered by many members to be the most important benefit from their membership of the Society, as the reason for most of them joining is a keen interest in growing the plants and Cyclamen reproduce almost exclusively from seed.
Details of the seed distribution accompany the June Journal. Applicants for seed must be members of the Society and applications must be made on the Seed Application Form in the journal. You can join the Society easily through the Membership page on this website to obtain copies of this year’s journal, the current General Seed Application Form and be eligible to apply for CSE seed (see below).
All applicants for seed will be charged one administration fee of 5 UK Pounds to cover all the seed applications they make that year. The fee covers administration costs, packing, and shipping worldwide but does not include a ‘signed for’ service or the cost of phytosanitary inspections and certificates if these are required.
Every applicant can have a Basic Allocation of 10 packets of seed and may purchase additional seed, if it is available, at 50p per packet. You are unlikely to get seeds of every rarity in cultivation, if you ask for them, unless the harvest is exceptional and permits it. (Cyclamen colchicum, C. parviflorum, C. pseudibericum ‘Roseum’, C. purpurascens f. album and any white forms of C. alpinum, C. coum and C. repandum, for example) So, please list at least some alternatives, in order that you get at least your Basic Allocation, unless you are happy to receive less than 10 packets of seed.
Seed is supplied in small packets of about 10 seeds, labelled only with the code number for the current year from the General Seed list. So, you will have to refer to the list for the species/ subspecies/ variety/ cultivar names to label your pots of seed.
The deadline for the receipt of General Seed List orders is 31 July 2021, unless you join the Society near or after this date. Fresh seed from the General Seed List is distributed from late summer to early autumn, which is the best time to ensure it should germinate well. The journal and the website link below contain a list of a large range of seed which is generally available, including all the species (except C. somalense) in diverse flower colour and leaf forms, and some florists’ cyclamen cultivars.
There is also a separate list, usually available in September, of seed harvested from plants collected on the Cyclamen Society’s expeditions and from good plants owned by two members of the society, Peter Moore and Jan Bravenboer (CSE/PM/JB seed).
PayPal is the preferred method of payment for seed. You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay via by Paypal, you can simply give credit or debit card details as you would for any secure online transaction. The seed distribution manager will invoice you for the cost of your seed (by email) once your order is put together. You can then use Paypal to settle the invoice, before your order will be posted. If you are unable or do not wish to use PayPal, UK members may make payment by BACS directly to the Society’s bank account: Sort Code 30-98-90, Account number 17604660, using the reference CSE SEED plus your membership number or you may send a “not to exceed” cheque, made payable to ‘The Cyclamen Society’, to the seed distribution manager with your application.
The CSE/PM/JB Seed List is prepared each year, usually in September once seed has been received from donors, and is released as early as feasible. The application arrangements for CSE/PM/JB seed is published on this website once the CSE/PM/JB Seed List is compiled.
The gallery of plants providing seed in 2020 is shown above.
The CSE/PM/JB seed packets are only numbered so members will need to return to this website list to identify their packets.
All seed from Jan Bravenboer’s stock plants bear the descriptions which he had written on the labels.
All the stock plants were open pollinated so variability is to be expected.
Applicants for CSE seed must be members of the Society. You can join the Society easily through the Membership page on this website to obtain copies of this year’s journal, the current General Seed Application Form and be eligible to apply for CSE seed.
How to order in 2021
– Please email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to know if your order has been received, please do not email again to ask but use the facility in most email packages to be notified when your email is opened.
– Be sure to include your name and your membership number
– If you are unable to include your membership number, give at least the first line of your address and your post code
– Order by code only e.g. CSE5, PJM11, JB7 and provide a quantity, if you would like more than one packet
– Quantities of most of these seed lots is very limited and we will prioritise a wider distribution over supplying multiple packets to a single member
– Orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis with seed despatched from end-October
Where possible we will send out seed from this list with your general order, in which case no additional postage charges will apply. Otherwise we will charge for postage and packing at cost. In the case of overseas members we should also be able to use the set of labels for use under the USDA Small Seed Lots Scheme or phytosanitary certificates which you have already provided but, if it is necessary to send your CSE/PM/JB seed separately, you will need to ensure that you provide a further set of USDA labels or phytosanitary certificates.
Packets are 50p each and we will add postage and packaging at cost.
International members from outside the European Union should remember that although we will do our best to comply with your country’s import regulations, any cost involved must be borne by you.
When your order has been prepared you will receive an invoice by email from the seed distribution manager.
PayPal is the preferred method of payment. You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay via by Paypal, you can simply give credit or debit card details as you would for any secure online transaction. If you are unable or do not wish to use PayPal, UK members may make payment by BACS directly to the Society’s bank account: Sort Code 30-98-90, Account number 17604660, using the reference CSE SEED plus your membership number or you may send a “not to exceed” cheque, made payable to ‘The Cyclamen Society’, to the seed distribution manager.
Seeds will be shipped when payment has been received. They will be sent to the address that we have on file for you, which is where we send your Journal.
…to keep this list as the seed packets will only have the code on them, not the name (unless this is required by your country’s import regulations)
…do not email to ask when you will receive your seeds. We will invoice you as soon as we can and we will despatch your seeds as soon as we can after payment has been received.
…If you have not received an invoice by 30 November, please do email email@example.com.