Plant Collections & Accessions Policy

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Accessions Policy


Learn more about the policy that guides the Seed Savers Exchange Plant Collection, and find out if you can donate your family heirloom to the Collection.

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Seed Collection


Forty-five plant types are regenerated from seed. Most are annuals that will produce seed each year, while some are biennials that require two growing seasons to reproduce…

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 Vegetative Collection


Some plant types are stored as bulbs or tubers rather than as seed. Each of the four vegetative plant types we maintain requires its own method of storage and regeneration

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In Vitro Vegetative Collection


Potatoes and sweet potatoes are maintained in a tissue culture laboratory rather than in the field. Established in 1994, the tissue culture laboratory minimizes the amount of time, space, and labor required to maintain these plant types. Over…

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Apple Collection


Established in 1990, the Historic Orchard contains hundreds of 19th century apple varieties on twelve scenic acres. The orchard is open to the public from March through December…

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Grape Collection


In addition to apples, 360 grape varieties are maintained in the orchard. These varieties were graciously donated to Seed Savers Exchange by the late Elmer Swenson, accomplished grape breeder from Osceola, Wisconsin. Swenson dedicated his life to breeding hardy grape…

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