We are not offering free seeds at this time.
Available seeds will be presented in yellow in the seed catalogue starting in October.
If you intend to keep your seeds in storage for more than a few months, we recommend that you let them air dry without any packaging for three months before storing them in your freezer in an airtight container.
Most seeds require some form of cold moist stratification (CMS), which is a process of making seeds go through temperature fluctuations in a damp environment to simulate springtime.
CMS is necessary for some seeds that have protective shells that can only be broken through a succession of cold and warm weather.
Plants that require stratification cannot be simply sown directly outdoors either in the soil or in pots in the spring.
Not all species require CMS and the number of required days vary. Consult the Prairie Moon Nursery website (planting tab) to get specific detailed instructions.
Seeds can be sown in regular potting mix, after sudden the risk of sudden heat waves has passed. You can use 2 methods:
Recycled fruit, juice and milk containers to create mini greenhouse. (See Grow it Build it )
Regular gardening pots that you can cover with window screens, burlap, wood, etc.
No watering or maintenance is necessary until the seedlings sprout.
(Image by American Meadows)
Consult the Prairie Moon Nursery website to confirm whether CMS is needed and if so, the number of required days
When CMS is required, you cannot simply put the seed envelope in the fridge; you need some other form of material (soil, paper towel or paper coffee filter) to ensure sufficient moisture level
After CMS or after germination has started (can see roots growing), seeds can be sown outdoors in pots or indoors (but will require to be hardened before being brought outside).
During the summer, sow seeds directly in the soil at the end of after the blooming time. A rule of thumb is to lightly cover the seeds with soil Specific blooming timeframe are available on the Prairie Moon Nursery website. Seeds will typically germinate the following spring.