KPR - Gardeners Club > Become our seeds collector

We are searching for new seeds suppliers and seeds collectors. Join the KPR network of seeds suppliers and seeds collectors!

1. How to become our seeds supplier

If you are already a seeds supplier or local seeds producer, we would like to co-operate with you. We assume that you already know how to harvest seeds, and how to clean and store it, therefore we do not need to explain to you how to do it. However, if you have any questions or doubts, we will gladly assist you.

We work according to the following schedule:

Send us your seed pricelist in Euro or USD (or in any other currency). See example. Prices for seeds are usually stated without shipping costs. Shipping costs are charged extra when shipping off the seeds.

We are interested in any plants from your region – ornamental plants, edible plants (fruits and vegetables), medicinal plants, mystic plants, technical plants (for producing material for cloth, building houses etc.), and wild plants.

Testing a new seeds supplier

When we start a new business relationship with a new seed supplier, we request of him/her to send us a test shipment first. If we find something interesting in your seed list, we will place a test order. To avoid fraud we do not pay for the first shipment prior to receiving it and before the seeds are tested. The requirements of our members and customers are very high; therefore, we need to be very sure that the seeds you offer are of top quality. Once we receive a test shipment from you, we test the seeds you have supplied (germination tests, checking if the seeds that was sent, was correctly determinated species).

This first shipment is very important, because if your seeds pass our tests, you can enjoy a long business relationship with us. However, if your seeds fail our tests, we will not pay for that shipment and we will not be able to do any business with you. However, if your seeds pass our tests, we will pay for both the seeds and the shipping costs, whereas, we will not pay anything if it did not pass our tests

Please only send fresh and viable seeds. To avoid damage of seeds by moisture, we recommend that you do NOT pack your seeds in a plastic bag. The best way is to pack it in a paper bag. Phytosanitary certificate is usually not required (we will inform you when placing an order with you). We will agree on a shipping method when placing an order with you.

We would like to inform you, that the vegetation season in Europe (where most of the members and customers of the KPR reside) starts in April-May and finishes September-October. Most of the seeds in Europe are harvested until the end of September. In October-November, we publish our new seeds offer catalogue. Most of our customers buy seeds from us from October to January (and sometimes to March), seeing that they want to have the seeds in their hand before the new vegetation season starts, which means that seeds need to be planted in March at the latest, so that non-frost tolerant plants can grow during summer when the best conditions are present. The European winter is from November to March and in the European countries, tropical plants need to be kept in greenhouses or in the house, as it will be killed by frost when kept outside.

2. How to become our seeds collector

You do not need to be a botanist to work with us. Scientists around the globe are often searching seeds of easy determinated plants, which can be recognized by everyone without any difficulty. These plants do not need to be rare, and they often occur widely in the area, but scientists need for these plants for further research (more samples of the same species from as many different countries as possible and from as many different places (populations) in one country as possible). Sometimes some of these plants, needed by someone around the world, grow in your garden as weeds. It could also be that somewhere in your city, or near your house, many species of needed plants are growing!

Due to the fact, that the demand for (mostly in the wild) collected plants species is very high, and nobody has such a comprehensive offer as the KPR, we are unable to serve all requests. Therefore, we are looking new co-operators in Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Oceania. Thanks to the fact that we reduce our travel costs, we can also keep the price very low. Your travel expenses surely will be much lower than if we would do the same trip from Slovakia. Sometimes travel expenses are not even required, as some of the seeds that is needed, can be collected from within walking distance from your home, your workplace or another place nearby. You can also collect seeds while you are on holiday in your own country (maybe at the coast or in the countryside, or the mountains – the possibilities are endless!

How to become a seeds collector of the KPR?

If you wish to participate as one of our seeds collectors, you are more than welcome! Your profession is not important at all. The only thing that is important is that you know the plants from which you will be harvesting seeds. On the other hand, if you are a botanist or someone with very good knowledge about plants, this is obviously an advantage. Always collect only the seeds of which you know the Latin names and of which you are 100% sure. When you are not 100% sure, of the correct name, you can also take a photo of the plant, before sending it to us.

Once you join our network, we will send you our current “Wanted List” on a regular basis, but you are not obligated to supply anything at all. You are welcome to supply the species easy reachable to you, however, if you are unable to supply anything it is no problem.

Because we do not know the laws of your country, as we are not settled in your country, we ask of you NOT to collect any seeds of plants that are protected by law in your own country. Please do NOT break the local laws of your country! Please do NOT collect any protected species, even if they are stated on our “Wanted List”. In some countries, some species could be common and not protected by law, while in other countries; the same species could be extremely rare or even extinct. We cannot modify our “Wanted List” for every country, thus we rely on you to be responsible in this matter!

Do not collect seeds from any plant from the orchids (Orchidaceae), as we do not deal in orchids at all!

You can either collect only seeds from plants mentioned in our “Wanted List” or you can send us a list of plants from which you can collect seeds. After receiving your list, we will e-mail you with a list of seeds we are interested in.

We are interested in any plants from your region – ornamental plants, edible plants (fruits and vegetable), medicinal plants, mystic plants, technical plants (for producing material for cloth, building houses etc.), and wild plants.

What quantity shall I collect and how?

It is difficult to tell, because sometimes you will be able to harvest 50-1000 or even more seeds in a few seconds just by dropping out the seeds from the fruits. In other cases however, it could take hours just to collect 100 seeds. Collect at least 100 seeds per place, but if it is possible, please collect more (500-1000). If there are only one plant available at a certain place for instance, only collect 10, 20, 50… seeds - we are thankful for any quantity you are able to supply. It is usually enough to collect up to 100-200 seeds of bigger seeds (bigger than 3cm). If you have any doubts, please feel free to contact us at anytime and consult with us.

Please remember to always leave some seeds when you collect seeds, to avoid extinction of the plant there.

If more plants are available in one area, collect seeds from as many individual plants as possible in order that your seeds sample represents the genetic variability (biodiversity) of the plants in the specific area.

If you are able to collect the same species from more than one locality, collect it from as many different localities as possible. To determine different localities, is not that easy – consider an area as a place where plants from another area are not in direct contact with these plants. (E.g., they are unable to be pollen by insects or by wind; they are unable to meet each other by vegetative propagation (e.g. Sedum, Sempervivum, or any other clonally plants) or animals are unable to spread seeds. For common species, consider 2 different localities at least 10 to 50 km part from each other. In the case of rare species occurring in special habitats in your country, localities could be 1 to 5 km apart from each other.

If you are on a place where you can collect more species, even if they are not mentioned on our “Wanted List” please still collect them (we will keep them in our seed bank and sooner or later somebody will surely want it). You can also send us a list of species which you are able to collect and which are not in our “Wanted List” or in our seeds collections in our “Seeds and Plants Bank” or species not mentioned in our “Seeds and Plants Bank” from your country. We will e-mail you with information on which species we are interested in. We would appreciate very much if you can collect it.

When collecting seeds in the wild (not seeds collected from plants with an unknown origin in culture (=in a garden)), Please clearly write the following information on the paper bag in which your seeds are shipped to us:

Strongly required:

- The Latin name of the plant
- Exact place of collection, as well as a short description of the habitat (meadow, sandy, sea coasts, cliffs, rocks, mountains, etc.) – Please ensure that this data is as detailed as possible in order for anyone to find these seeds, even in the event of never being to your country before. (see sample)
- Name of your country
- Date of collection (in the format day-month-year)
- Your identification code which will be provided to you, or your full name

Additional information is welcome, but not obligated:

- GPS position (if you have a GPS)
- Any other additional notes

We strongly recommend the use of paper bags rather than plastic bags to ship seeds, for the reason that the moisture inside of a plastic bag can seriously harm the seeds. Keep the seeds in paper bags in a dry place away from the sun light (e.g. in a cardboard box).

How about the seeds of wet fruits like berries?

Sometimes it is better to let the fruits dry out, so that you can remove the seeds from the dry fruit easier. In other cases, it is better to press the fruits by putting it in water for an hour to one day and regularly washing the damaged fruit, until the seeds could be taken from the bottom of the fruit. Then let it dry out and pack into a paper bag.

For some species (e.g. traditional cultivars of edible trees, seeds-not-producing Allium) it is not suitable to propagate them by seeds, but better to provide them as bulbs, winter cuttings or any other part of the plant body. In this case please contact us and we will discuss the details first.

Once you have some seeds you wish to supply to us, please send us an e-mail with a list of available species (download a formula here). You are welcome to send us a list once a year after a specific season, or every time you collect new seeds. The best time to send us a list is however before September of each year. If you however harvest seeds after September, please still send us a list. On the other hand, all seeds harvested before September, could be placed on a list and sent to us. As soon as we receive your list, we will inform you whether you should send anything immediately or later.

I wish to join a KPR network as a seeds supplier / seeds collector

Please provide a short description in English about you and your knowledge of plants as well as your experiences:

Important information for partners outside of Europe (European Union)

There are several restrictions in trading with plants in the world as well as in Europe. Most countries of the world signed a CITES agreement. This is a list of plants (and animals) in which trading is forbidden or restricted.

The European Union signed this agreement too, but it also has its own laws, which are stricter, than CITES (e.g. Commission Regulation (EC) No 338/1997). The laws of the European Union are binding for all countries of the European Union. There are 4 appendixes (A, B, C, and D) similar to CITES.

The list of species in each appendix is similar to the CITES appendix, but it is not always the same. Some species are listed in another appendix and there are many species not mentioned in the CITES appendixes. Additionally to this, the European Union very often issues special laws in which the import of some species are temporarily forbidden into the European Union.

We understand that you are unable to know all the import restrictions of the European Union, and therefore we have prepared a list of plants for your convenience, of which we are not interested in at all. Download it here.

Do not offer us any protected species from your country please!