Rare Seeds from around the world

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I decided to start importing seeds that are considered rare in NZ. I have a horticultural and zoology background and thought seeds would go well along side my mushroom spawn. The seeds are the cheapest I can make them with most packets containing many seeds, I have already paid all MAF inspection fees, fumigation and GST so you have no hastles at the border and importantly the seed is actually in NZ and ready for delivery. Due to seed damage in the past I only use courier. Great for growing Christmas and birthday presents for friends and family with a unique twist.

If your looking for commercial quantities send me an email for a quote, because there is less time involved with bulk amounts I can make the prices much better for you. With bulk amounts time of deliveries can vary between 1-3 weeks depending on suppliers.

If you have ideas of what seed you would like to see in NZ send me an email and I will check to see if they can be imported, I would especially like to hear from the ethnic comunity.

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Rare and endangered seed from around the world.
  • Anise Pimpinella anisum X 10 Seeds
    Anise was used in the past for commercial oil production before being ousted by star anise which now dominates the anise oil market. Seedlings do not transplant well so sowing seed where it is to grow or in large enough containers is recommended. Collect your own seed for next season or use the seed or plant for flavoring your own unique dishes.
  • Asclepias curassavica X 200 Seeds
    Blood flower milkweed is used by Monarch butterflies as a food source for their caterpillars. There are plenty of seeds, ideal for children or adults to grow and sell for some pocket money later in the summer when in the last few years food has been very scarce. It's quite upsetting seeing people come into a garden center desperate for food for their caterpillars.

    Plants are slow to mature doing best in their second year. Seeds are tropical and do not need to be cold stratified .
  • Asclepias incarnata X 200 seeds
    Swamp Milkweed is used by Monarch butterflies as a food source for their caterpillars. There are plenty of seeds, ideal for children or adults to grow and sell for some pocket money later in the summer when in the last few years food has been very scarce. It's quite upsetting seeing people come into a garden center desperate for food for their caterpillars.
    Swamp Milkweed is a herbaceous perennial so will get larger each year with new and larger stems, similar habit to penstemon.

    Seeds must be cold stratified to get the best germination. An enzyme in the seed that prevents germination until winter has passed must be broken down, all instructions will be supplied.
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  • Banana Musa Acuminata X 5 seeds
    Dwarf Cavendish Banana
    This banana can be grown out doors in a sheltered areas. Can withstand a light frost but frost free would be better. Also makes a good indoor plant if given the right attention.
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  • Banana Musa velutina X 5 seeds
    Pink Velvet banana
    This species is tolerant of cold weather and will survive outside even with frost conditions if in a sheltered place in the garden. Also makes a good container specimen. Fruit is about 3 inches long, pink and very sweet but is also a very prolific seed producer so you will have plenty of seed to give away.
  • Blood Banana (musa zebrina) X 5 seeds
    Musa zebrina, or Blood Banana, or , Red Banana Tree is a tender evergreen perennial native to Indonesia. It can grow to 10 feet or more in height. In containers, plants only reach about 4 feet in height. It is known by its colorful leaves. The leaves are dark green with red splotches on the topside and wine red on the underside with a brownish midrib. The orange yellow to red flowers can appear at anytime of the year as long as the plant is mature enough.
  • Banana Musa Paradisiaca X 5 seeds
    Plantain banana
    This variety is very tolerant of the cold. It will handle temperature below -5 degrees C. At these temperatures foliage will be affected but the banana will grow back from the rhizome. Plants can withstand some wind but the leaves will also tear easily and can look somewhat scruffy. The banana family evolved leaves that tear because of environmental conditions in the tropics, looks bad but dos not cause too many problems for the banana plant.
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  • White Mulberry Morus Alba X 40 seeds
    Morus alba or white mulberry is a very fast growing tree reaching 10-20 metres in just 15 years. It is also the primary food for the silk moth caterpillars. these trees thrive in very cold climates and the seeds will only germinate after being subjected to freezing or cold stratifying.
  • Red Mulberry (Morus Rubra) X 50 seeds
    Morus Rubra is better known as Red mulberry and belongs to the Moraceae -Mulberry family. Red mulberry, called moral in Spanish, is widespread in Eastern United States. This species attains its largest size in the Ohio River Valley and reaches its highest elevation (600 m or 2,000 ft) in the southern Appalachian foothills. The tree's value is derived from its abundant fruits, which are eaten by people, birds.

    Seeds must be cold stratified.
  • Black Mulberry (Morus Nigra) X 50 seeds
    Black mulberry ( Morus nigra ) is a species of mulberry . It is native to southwestern Asia , where it has been cultivated for so long that its precise natural range is unknown. EDIBILITY: Fruit - raw, cooked or used in preserves. A delicious slightly acid flavour, it makes an excellent dessert fruit and can be eaten in quantity. The fruit is juicy and refreshing, though it must be used as soon as it is ripe otherwise it will start to rot. The fruit falls from the tree as soon as it is fully ripe. It is best, therefore, to grow the tree in short grass to cushion the fall of the fruit but to still make it possible to find and harvest. The fruit can also be dried and ground into a powder. The fruit is up to 25mm in diameter.
  • American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana) X 100 seeds
    American Beautyberry is an outstanding deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 8 feet. It is valued for its vibrant colored, beadlike fall berries. Berries may be violet, lilac, white, or dusky purple and are most abundant after a long, hot summer. Flowers in summer. This shrub is found throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • custard-apple (Annona Squamosa) X 5 seeds
    Annona squamosa, the Sugar-apple, is a tropical shrub from South America, Asia and Africa. This shrub will grow to a height of 5 meters high and 4 meters large. It gives delicious fruits. Annona squamosa can even be grown in pot. Annona squamosa has a cylindrical trunk and wears big oblong leaves. The flowers are pale green or yellow and have a strong sweet smell. The fruits are called sugar apples.
  • SOURSOP (Annona muricata) X 5 seeds
    Annona muricata, the Corossol or Soursop, is a tropical shrub from South America, Asia and Africa. This shrub will grow to a height of 4 to 6 meters high and 3 to 4 meters large. It gives delicious fruits. Annona muricata can even be grown in pot. Annona muricata has a cylindrical trunk. The foliage is made of shiny green oblong leaves. A sweet smell emerges from the leaves when they are crushed.
  • Burdock (Arctium Lappa) X 20 seeds
    The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. While generally out of favor in modern European cuisine, it is popular in East Asia. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; their taste resembles that of artichoke.
  • Achiote (Bixa Orellana) X 5 seeds
    The tree is best known as the source of annatto, a natural orange-red condiment (also called achiote or bijol) obtained from the waxy arils that cover its seeds. Before synthetic dyes revolutionized industry, Bixa orellana was planted commercially for its pigment, extracted from the pericarp of the seeds.
  • Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) X 50 seeds
    Aronia is a genus of deciduous shrubs, the choke-berries, in the family Rosaceae native to eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps. The name choke-berry comes from the high vitamin C content of the fruit, another words very sour. Very nutritional and full of antioxidants.

    The seed should be cold stratified for the best germination.
  • Caper bush (Capparis spinosa) X 10 seeds
    The caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The salted and pickled caper bud (called simply a caper) is often used as a seasoning or garnish. Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Cypriot, Italian, Aeolian and Maltese. The mature fruit of the caper shrub are prepared similarly and marketed as caper berries.
  • Common Papaya (Carica papaya) X 10 seeds
    This is a common papaya. Seems to do well in coastal areas with little to no frost. There are many people growing barbacoa and papaya in Wellington and I will en devour to have more varieties available soon.
  • KAPOK TREE (Ceiba pentandra) X 10 seeds
    Suitable only for areas of NZ that don't get temperatures below -5 degrees C. Seeds need to be kept at 20 degrees for germination.

    kapok tree has many uses for humans. Its wood is lightweight and porous; good for making carvings, coffins and dugout canoes. The silky fibers that disperse the seeds are too small for weaving but make great stuffing for bedding and life preservers. Soaps can be made from the oils in the seeds.
  • Chinese mulberry (CUDRANIA tricuspidata) X 5 seeds
    Maclura tricuspidata is a tree native to East Asia , occasionally grown for its fruit , somewhat similar to that of the related mulberry ( Morus spp.). It is also known by common names including cudrang , mandarin melon berry , silkworm thorn , zhe or che, and Chinese mulberry (but not to be confused with Morus australis also known by that name). It grows up to 6 m high.
  • CAMPHOR TREE (Cinnamomum camphora) X 5 seeds
    Cinnamomum camphora, the camphor tree, is an evergreen tree cultivated for camphor and timber production.
  • Venus fly trap (Dionaea Muscipula) X 10 seeds
    Venus Flytrap is the most well known species of carnivorous plants. It is a low growing perennial herb native to coastal bogs of North and South Carolina. The trap of the Venus Flytrap is one of Nature's most amazing marvels. The outer edges of the two clamshell-like halves are lined with nectar glands and stout bristles.
  • JAPANESE PERSIMMON (Diospyros kaki) X 5 seeds
    The persimmon (kaki)(common persimmon) is a sweet, slightly tangy fruit with a soft to occasionally fibrous texture. The high content of tannin in the still-immature kaki provides a bitter component reminiscent of pear and apricot flavors, which becomes weaker with progressive maturation. The furry taste, caused by the tannin's, is often reduced during the ripening process or by frost. The high content of the carotenoids beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin, along with some lutein and alpha-carotene makes the kaki fruit nutritionally valuable
  • Common Fig (Ficus carica) X 100
    Ficus Carica is also called Ficus Caprificus or common fig and belongs to the Moraceae - Mulberry Family. The Common Fig is native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia region where it grows wild and has been in cultivation for centuries. The cultivated Fig forms a shrub or low-spreading tree. The fig is a picturesque tropical looking tree or shrub with a dramatic spreading habit. The breadth is often wider than the height of 15 to 30 ft (4.6-9 m) with equal spread. This deciduous, low-branching tree is usually single trunked, with pale, silvery gray smooth bark. In colder regions, figs are grown as bushes with multiple stems and branches close to the ground that are laid down and buried before winter.
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  • Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) X 10 seeds
    Liquorice, or licorice, is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume native to southern Europe, India, and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compound.
  • Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) X 20 seeds
    Sea Buck-thorn is dioecious which means the shrubs are male and female separate. Male and female plants can most easily be distinguished by the female plants having darker leaves than the males. They are great for areas that suffer from drought and can also be used as sand dune plants helping to stop erosion. Not only can this shrub cope with hot dry conditions but also handles temperatures down to -43 degrees C.
    Berries and leaves are manufactured into various human and animal food and skincare products.
  • June Berry (Amelanchier lamarckii) X 10 seeds
    Amelanchier lamarckii, also called juneberry, serviceberry or shadbush, is a large deciduous flowering shrub or small tree. It has white flowers that are star-shaped. Its young berry-like pome fruits are dark red when young, but become dark purple when ripe. The fruits are edible and have an apple and sweet flavor. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
  • MOUNTAIN-LAUREL (Kalmia latifolia) X approx 100 seeds
    Kalmia is related to rhododendrons and the seeds are equally very small. The way best way to germinate them is on live moss. Like rhododendron, pohutukawa, manuka and kanuka the moss provides moisture and humidity without holding too much water and drowning the seed.

    Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain-laurel, is a species of flowering plant that is native to the eastern United States. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3–9 m tall. The leaves are 3–12 cm long and 1–4 cm wide. Its flowers are round, ranging from light pink to white, and occur in clusters.
  • Spice Bush (Lindera Benzoin) X 5 seeds
    Lindera benzoin ( Wild Allspice , Spicebush , Common Spicebush , Northern Spicebush or Benjamin Bush ) is a flowering plant in the family Lauraceae , native to eastern North America , ranging from Maine to Ontario in the north, and to Kansas , Texas and northern Florida in the south.
  • Sensitive Briar or  Sensitive plant (Mimosa Pudica) X 100 seeds
    Mimosa Quadravalvis is better known as Sensitive Briar, Mimosa Quadravalvis var. Nutallii, Mimosa Nutallii or Catclaw Brier and belongs to the Fabaceae family and is native of the Central USA. This is an herbaceous perennial legume in the subfamily Mimosoideae. This plant is a trailing semi-woody vine covered with small re-curved prickles that can be painful to bare skin! This perennial plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. This trailing or creeping vine will only grow up 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) but will spread to 4 feet long. Although very attractive and neat to play with, I wouldn't recommend getting too friendly with the Mimosa Nutallii. The prickles grab on to most anything and are hesitant to ever let go.
  • Myrica rubra X 5 seeds
    Myrica Rubra is a subtropical tree grown for its sweet, crimson to dark purple-red, edible fruit. It is native to eastern Asia, mainly in China, where it has been grown for at least 2000 years. Chinese cultivation is concentrated south of the Yangtze River, where it is of considerable economic importance. Its niche is forests on mountain slopes and valleys at altitudes of 100-1500 m. It is native to Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Zhejiang. Also naturalized in Taiwan, Japan, Nepal, Korea, and the Philippines. It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree growing up to 10–20 m (33–66 ft) high, with smooth gray bark and a uniform spherical to hemispherical crown. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. It tolerates poor acidic soils.
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum) X 20 seeds
    Punica granatum is native to the area from Iran to the Himalayas. It grows up to 5-6 meters high. It has a marvelous naturally-twisting style trunk that very easily adopts a gnarled, ancient appearance. The deciduous leaves start out the year bronzy, develop to a brightly shimmering green and end the year an attractive shade of yellow. The leaves cling to the shrub until quite late in the year, returning slowly in Spring. In subtropical areas, it is semi-evergreen, unlike the species generally, but entirely deciduous in North areas. Sweetly scented flowers and edible fruit in one. This showy, dense tree displays, at an early age, attractive orange-red "trumpet style" flowers from late Summer-Fall. Small fruits follow the flowers. The rounded fruit of the Pomegranate is about 2-5 inches wide and red when ripe. Each fruit is divided into about half a dozen compartment.
  • TRAVELER'S PALM (Ravenala madagascariensis) X 5 seed
    Ravenala madagascariensis, the Traveler's Palm, is part of the Streliziaceae, Bird of Paradise family. Originally from Madagascar, it grows abundantly in Suriname. Although this plant is called a palm; it is not a true palm. It grows up to 40' tall. The leaves are arranged in a fan-shaped manner; it has a rather short, palm like trunk and take coloration's of yellow and orange. The leaves are up to four meters in length. The small white flowers are held in bracts. The tree will bloom all year. The fruits are brown while the seeds are blue. Hardiness (-5°C/25°F, 4°C/40°F) in Winter.

    In the wild travelers's palm is pollinated by lemurs. The flowers grow between the base of the leaves and lemurs are the only animal strong enough to get to the flowers and the rich nectar and pollen and transfer the pollen on their noses to another palm.
  • Rhubarb Glaskins X 25 seeds
    This is a late season Rhubarb, at the moment it is the only late season Rhubarb. Takes less than a year to reach maturity, other varieties can take 2-3 years.
  • Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album) X 5 seeds
    Santalum album, Indian sandalwood, is a small tropical tree native to India. The height of the evergreen tree is between 4 and 9 metres. They may live to one hundred years of age.

    Northern and coastal regions in NZ only.
  • NARANJILLA (Solanum quitoense) X 10 seeds
    Solanum quitoense, known as naranjilla in Ecuador and as lulo in Colombia, is a subtropical perennial plant from northwestern South America. The specific name for this species of nightshade means "from Quito." The naranjilla plant is attractive, with large heart-shaped leaves up to 45 cm in length. The leaves and stems of the plant are covered in short purple hairs. Naranjilla are delicate plants and must be protected from strong winds and direct sunlight. They grow best in partial shade. The fruit has a citrus flavour, sometimes described as a combination of rhubarb and lime. The juice of the naranjilla is green and is often used as a drink.
  • GIANT WHITE BIRD OF PARADISE SEEDS (Strelitzia Nicolai) X 5 seeds
    Strelitzia nicolai, the Giant White Bird of Paradise is related to the Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia reginae, this close cousin is a much larger plant forming huge clumps of stems to 18 feet. Strelitzia nicolai is from South Africa. You can grow the plant indoors. Sizes normally found are 10" pots 3-4 feet, and 14" pots 5-7 feet in height. The uniquely shaped flower of this exotic tropical perennial resembles a bird's head.

    You would think the giant bird of paradise would be more expensive than the common bird of paradise but the plant is a very prolific seed producer hence the lower price.
  • Bird of paradise (Strelitzia Reginae) X 5 seeds
    This must be one of the most well-known plants in the world. The fascinating blooms are sold as cut flowers by the million. Strelitzia reginae is indigenous to South Africa where it grows wild in the Eastern Cape. This beautiful and adaptable beauty is perfect for home and commercial interiors. Grows up to 3 feet tall. The uniquely shaped flower of this exotic tropical perennial resembles a bird's head, and due to it's brilliant orange and blue colors and unique form, it resembles not just any bird but a bird-of-paradise! So not surprisely Strelitzia Reginae is know as the Bird-of-Paradise flower. Its flowers are orange or yellow in colour with dark blue tongues emerging from green boat-shaped bracts. They have no scent. They flower mostly in Winter and Spring, but they can bloom all year. Growing them outdoors during the Summer will increase the likelihood of the plant blooming. From seeds, plants given ideal conditions will flower within 3 years. Fantastically handsome flowers aside, this is also a very attractive foliage plant. The paddle-shaped leathery leaves are about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. Hardiness, (5°C/40°F, -5°C/25°F) in Winter.
  • Chinese Date (Ziziphus jujuba spinosa) X 3 seeds
    The freshly harvested, as well as the candied dried fruit, are often eaten as a snack, or with coffee. Smoked jujubes are consumed in Vietnam and are referred to as black jujubes.[16] Both China and Korea produce a sweetened tea syrup containing jujube fruit in glass jars, and canned jujube tea or jujube tea in the form of teabags.
  • Pineapple ornamental (ananas comosus) X 20 seeds
    This is an ornamental type variety. The fruit is still just as delicious.
    Pineapples are in the same family as bromiliads. If you have grown bromiliads outside before in your area, preferably coastal you should be able to grow pineapple. If not keep them in a large pot indoors near a north facing window. You can acclimatize the plant in the spring and gradually get the pot outside for the summer.
    Seeds are tropical and germinate easily with seed raising mix. Do not cover the seed just press the seed into the soil. Keep warm and do not let the seed dry out.
  • Pineapple Full Sized (Ananas comosus) X 5 seeds
    This is the full sized commercial pineapple. Full sized pinapple seed is very hard to come by, no where near as cheap or common as the ornamental type.
    Pineapples are in the same family as bromiliads. If you have grown bromiliads outside before in your area, preferably coastal you should be able to grow pineapple. If not keep them in a large pot indoors near a north facing window. You can acclimatize the plant in the spring and gradually get the pot outside for the summer.
    Seeds are tropical and germinate easily with seed raising mix. Do not cover the seed just press the seed into the soil. Keep warm and do not let the seed dry out.
  • Common medlar (mespilus germanica) X 5 seeds
    Mespilus germanica, known as the medlar or common medlar, is a large shrub or small tree, and the name of the fruit of this tree. The fruit has been cultivated since Roman times, and is unusual in being available in winter, and in being eaten when bletted. It is eaten raw and in a range of dishes.

    Medlar can be grafted onto quince or pear root stock to improve the plans ability to survive in different conditions.

    Seeds must be cold stratified to improve germination.
  • Indian Plum / Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) X 5 seeds
    Native to the Pacific coast and ranges of North America, from British Columbia, Canada to Santa Barbara County, California, U.S.A., it is among the first plants to leaf out and flowers early in the spring. It reaches a height of 1.5–5 m and has lance-shaped leaves 5–12 cm long.
  • Five flavor fruit or Chinese magnolia vine (schisandra chinensis) At least 5 seeds
    salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy) and bitter all in one. Suits cold winters down to -30 degrees C. It is a vine that will grow to around 15 feet and easy to take root cuttings to make new plants. Male and female plants so this is another dioecious plant. Again male and female plants can be differentiated by the females having darker foliage.

    Seeds must be cold stratified to improve germination. The seed comes with some of the flesh still attached. Keep the flesh on the seed until cold stratifying is finished as this will aid germination.
  • CHOCOLATE VINE (AKEBIA TRIFOLIATA) X 5 seeds
    Easily grown. Plant at 1/2" depth in well draining soil. Keep warm, lightly moist and in bright light. This plant can multiply. Since it may need space consider using over fencing or in an area where it can be pruned and confined.
  • Cycad Coontie (ZAMIA FURFURACEA) X 5 seeds
    A decorative cycad with a short 6" trunk with 4" pinnate leaves on stiff upright stems that are spirally arranged. Pinnae are thin and leathery in 13 pairs. For warm regions.
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  • MEXICAN CYCAD (DIOON EDULE) X 5 seeds
    Palm-like plant from hot desert regions. Stiff upright pinnate leaves to 3' with spiny tips, the young petioles are covered with a white wool. Slow growing.
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