Seeds For Newbies - Can Anybody Else Help?

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

This thread lists seeds that members are willing to donate.

These seeds are available to anybody who doesn't have anything to trade. Don't be shy - that's why they're here.

The person donating the seeds might ask you to send them a self-addresses stamped envelope (SASE), a self-addressed stamped bubble envelope (SASBE), or the postage needed to mail the seeds. Ask the donor for details on how to do this.

Please contact the person donating to make arrangements, either through this thread, or through D-mail.

It's my hope that others who can share seeds will do so.

I have 2 kinds of seeds - Russian Red Canna and Red Castor Bean.


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Athens, OH

I have to share:

nepeta racemosa 'mussini' -

ratibida columnaris-

digitalis ?- this appears to be a hybrid or unknown. I have sent seed to Baa, a digitalis expert who could not ID it. It is perennial and blooms in Fall. The leaves are evergreen and form rosettes. The flowers are pale yellow and sort of look like D. lutea.

Allium schubertii -
aster oblongifolius -

asclepias incarnata (white)-

aster tataricus -


Central, ME(Zone 5a)

Hi! I am pretty much a newbie myself, which means I have a lot of extras of some things. ;) If someone would like some of these let me know. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope or bubble envelope and i will set you up. Also, I have some veggies so if you want to try something new I can probably supply a few of those too.
Alaska Shasta Daisy
Russell's Strain mixed Lupine
Red Lupine
Chinese forget me not
summer sun heliopsis
pink poppy- (came up in sedum from garden club purchase)
lambs ears
orange calendula
marigolds marigolds marigolds ;)
lemon mint

Isn't this fun?!!

LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA(Zone 10a)

send me a sase small envelope and I will give seeds to the first 8 people.

put a reminder note with your envelope.

sheran cohen
10201 Lindley Ave d59
Northridge ca 91325

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Steve, I'd be happy to help. All the seeds on my tradelist are SASE, and I can just send you some to disburse or use yourself, if you'd like. Otherwise, folks can contact me by D-mail.

Madison, WI

I have some for postage:
Desmanthus illinoensis
Cosmos salphureus
Calendula mix of single and doubles
Mexican giant amaranth

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Madison, WI

Also found
Dianthus basbatus (Sweet Williams)
Helianthus annuus 'Autumn Beauty'

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)


Thanks to all for chipping in. I'm not surprised that you're all willing to donate seeds - I've found that DGers are extremely generous people.

I am a little surprised, though, that there haven't been any takers, especially at this time of year.

If anybody can think of another way to reach newbies, to let them know that seeds are available, I think we should give it a try.

I'd rather not have seeds sent to me - I think this will work best if the donors send them directly to the donees.


Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Hi I'm new and have already contacted some by D-mail. Thought that was how it was done? If wrong please educate . THANKS to all willing to share .I will try to do the same next year.

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)


That's how it's done.

Keep an eye on the Plant Trading forum. As we get closer to nice weather, I'll be posting some free plants up there. You're welcome to any you can use.


Coaling, AL(Zone 7b)

I think the name of the thread might not alert newbies to the fact that the seeds are available for them for SASE. Until I read it, I thought you were trying to gather seeds yourself and then you would distribute them to newbies. Maybe you could repost with a title like "Seeds to Newbies for SASBE" with a hyperlink to this thread, and then give some simple directions about contacting any of the willing donors by d-mail... Just a thought! :-)

Coaling, AL(Zone 7b)

You might also consider posting something in the beginners forums that have been started recently. :-)

San Jose, CA(Zone 9b)

I'm putting up some available seeds, little by little, and am happy to make them available for an SASBE (where B means either bubblewrap/padding or room for me to tuck some around the seeds and in the envelope).

Orlando, FL

I still have some for postage also..
Pink Confederate Rose.
pink Shower trees
Candle trees
lots of others I have too many of from trading. Send the sabe and I will send some of whatever i have too many of ..
Sunflowers Fran

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

I've got a Basil offer underway now in the herb forum, and I'm hoping to post some more SASBE offers soon...

Just wanted to add a couple reminders for people sending SASBE... Reading the trading primer is a great idea for anybody new to seed trading, but I know the TP needs some updating, so...

Bubble envelopes need an extra 13 cents postage for the "nonmachinable surcharge." Using bubble envelopes or padding around the seeds is definitely a good idea, and it's also a good idea not to send envelopes with seeds through the machines... it's no fun when packets arrive damaged with seeds mangled or lost.

Some people have different ways of doing it, but generally sending a SASBE means this... Send a bubble envelope (which will need 52 cents postage) containing the following:

Your DG name and a reminder note of what you were requesting

A return address label (the same bubble envelope will be used to return your seeds)

52 cents or 63 cents in loose postage (no prepaid metered labels, USPS won't accept them). If you're asking for larger seeds such as pumpkin or beans, or if you're asking for more than a few packets, include the larger amount of postage, which is enough for up to 2 oz.

If the other person has offered to supply the BE, it's nice to add a little extra postage to cover their cost.

Here's a recent thread with some other good tips...


Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks, critter. I learned something here today.


Painesville, OH(Zone 5b)

I have some seeds as well. To see most of my seeds, go to my 2007 journal and look under "waiting to sow" and "waiting to germinate". Happy gardening! Tamara

Buffalo, NY

I have tons of parsley seeds, this variety -

for trade, sasbe, fresh baked cookies, mmmm.... cookies.....

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

Cookies!!! Why hadn't I thouht of that? All those plants I gave away for postage...

Dothan, AL(Zone 8b)

Thank you everyone for your gracious offer to share some seeds with us newbies...I will be sending everyone a bubble envelope with a dollar inside for that okay with everyone??? I can't wait to start growing again....The weather is almost good enough for outside planting here, but I enjoy inside starting just as much....Its so relaxing to plant and transplant. I just love it. Thank you everyone, hopefully I will be able to share some great pictures with you of my new gardens. And next year contribute to newbies like me.
Thanks again,

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Just goes to show ya... even if you don't think you have anything to trade as a new gardener, you might have something that another person would be delighted to have in return for plants... cookies, handcrafts, notecards, scented soaps, books, CDs or DVDs...

A lot of people on DG do generously share their extras for postage, but if they're just posting an offer for trades, be creative and see if you don't have something they'd like even if you don't have extra plants to share in return.

And if you do respond do an offer for postage, please be gracious. Remember that even with "unwanted" plants and "extra" seeds, somebody is still going out of their way to pack and send them to you... it's not like placing a catalog order, and "please & thank you" are good words to use.

Please do read the trading primer. It may need some updating, but the information in there will get you off to a good start. You'll also feel more confident about making requests once you get a feel for the etiquitte, and the trading primer has some good advice.

(I should just add... these are general comments, meant to be helpful to newcomers... I'm don't want any of the wonderful folks I've traded or shared with to think I'm directing some sort of pointed remark at them!)

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

Cookies? Did somebody mention cookies?

(Zone 1)

Hey, I love baking home made cookies .... but how do you package them for mailing so they don't get crushed in transit?!


Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)


I'm joking.I don't really want anyone to mail cookies.


(Zone 1)

:) LOL Steve ... I realize you aren't asking to have cookies mailed! Just thought I would throw that in since Critter made the comment about cookies for trade! I would trade cookies for plants any day!

I have mailed cookies over the years .... always packed then in cookie tins or plastic containers and then with a lot of bubble wrap too. Sometimes they've made it to their destination fine, other times, all crumbs!
A friend suggested I put them in popped popcorn to cushion them, but haven't tried that yet!


Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

We get coffee from Trader Joe's in these airlight lined cardboard cannisters (like oatmeat comes in, only maybe even a little sturdier)... they make great cookie containers! A stack of big chocolate chip cookies fits in perfectly, and as far as I know, they've never arrived in crumbs as long as I packed enough in that they didn't rattle (add a little paper at the top of the container if you can hear the cookies shifting around).

Sorry, I don't mean to take this thread too far O/T... just trying to encourage people to be creative when they see something they want for trade... it never hurts to ask, as long as you're polite with your offer and are prepared to take "no thanks" as a reasonable answer. I've traded seeds for handmade notecards and african violet plantlets for knitting needles!

(Zone 1)

Thank You Critter! I appreciate this info!

Au Gres, MI(Zone 5a)

plantlady........popcorn works great too to pack your cookies in.......I do that during the holidays when I send out my christmas cookies.....


Lenexa, KS(Zone 5b)

Hello to everyone and thanks for the oppurtunity to share in your knowledge and advice. I am the newbie you speak of and would love an oppurtunity to try new seeds.

The question I have is how do you know which ones will work in your particular zone? I see that people are eager and willing to share but would hate to take seeds that would be of better use to someone in the right zone for that seed.

I am in zone 5b in Lenexa, Kansas. And would greatly appreciate any help with seeds and advice on the right choices for me.

Thank you again for sharing. :)

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Looking up the names in PlantFiles can be really helpful with zone info and so much more! It's a good idea to check as you suggested before asking for a seed... If it turns out to be something you can't grow in your area, somebody else will probably be able to put it to better use.

I'm really big on using latin names.... once you start, you get used to it... it makes it so much easier to be certain which plant you're talking about, so you can learn what you need to know about growing it.

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)

Critter - I agree. Once I started using PlantFiles, I found it to be invaluable. I'm in it all the time now.


North Ipswich, Qld, Australia

Hi All, I have some "pregnant onions" seeds that I don't mind sharing to anyone that would like some. I dont have a lot but you are welcome to some. I live in Australia, so it probably can only be Australian's?????


's-Gravenhage, Netherlands(Zone 8b)

I have lots of seeds to trade! In fact too many to mention...

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(Cathy), MO

I'm also a newbie and interested in several. I've already dmailed a few.

Deer Park, TX(Zone 9a)

Newbie also. I will dmail those I'm interested in.
Thanks you all.

Glenford, OH(Zone 5a)

i have tons of zinnia multiple vairities including tons of peppermint stick
blazing star liatris purple
blanket flower
bush morning glory ensign blue
bright lights cosmos
bachelor button mix

will happily do sase just ask, I was a newbie too once and I would not have the gardens I have today without the generous people here!


Mount Vernon, MO(Zone 6b)

I have lots of seed to give away also.

False Sunflower
Gallardia - Arizona Sun & Goblin
Blackberry Lily
Yarrow - Mini Pink that is red to me. Paprika & Cerise
Snow on the Mountain-Euphorbia
Sedum - Several

SASBE will be fine.
I am the address exchange.

Tulsa, OK(Zone 7a)

let me now what your looking for be glad to..

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