Open-pollinated seed suppliers

Organic gardeners use untreated open-pollinated seed. Open-pollinated seed varieties are selected for consistent vigour, nutrient levels and flavour. You can save mature seeds from these varieties because they reproduce true to type. The benefit of saving seed from your own crops is that the seed will have come from plants that have adapted to your local growing conditions.

Sometimes you will see ‘F1’ after the name of a seed variety. This is hybrid seed where two parent plants have been self-pollinated under controlled conditions for up to 10 generations before the parents are cross-pollinated to produce their first filial (offspring) seed – known as F1 seed. So-called hybrid vigour only exists for one generation, as seed collected from plants grown from hybrid seed is either sterile or reverts to the characteristics of one parent. Consequently, it is not worthwhile trying to save seed from hybrid plants.

You can find more about different types of seed, including GM seed, in my book Easy organic Gardening and Moon Planting, pp 138–140.

Open-pollinated vegetable, herb, flowering annual and green manure seeds are available from a range of suppliers, including those listed below. Seed packets are approximately $3.00-$3.80 each. Seeds from some suppliers can be purchased at retail outlets and some have on-line catalogues for easy browsing. The eastern mainland states of Australia can order seed by mail from other states if there are no local suppliers, but Tasmania and Western Australia have restrictions on some species of seed. Suppliers for Tasmania and Western Australia are listed separately.

Greenpatch Organic Seeds (NSW) – www.greenpatchseeds.com.au
A wide range including bulk seed and a green manure mix. Seed is also available from some retail nurseries.
Ph: (02) 6551 4240 email: enquiries@greenpatchseeds.com.au

Green Harvest Organic Gardening Supplies (Qld) – www.greenharvest.com.au
A wide range including green manure mixes (inoculants included), and organic gardening products.
Ph: (07) 5435 2699 email: inquiries@greenharvest.com.au

Eden Seeds (Qld) – www.edenseeds.com.au
A wide range including bulk seed and green manure mixes (inoculants included if available). Seed is also available from some retail nurseries.
Eden Seeds also have a certified organic range of seed (some imported) at – www.selectorganic.com.au
Eden Seeds and Select Organic Ph/Fax: (07) 5533 1108

Heirloom Harvest (SA) www.heirloomharvest.com.au
A good range of traditional, heirloom, open-pollinated vegetable and herb seeds.
E-mail: info@heirloomharvest.com.au

Fair Dinkum Seeds (QLD) http://fairdinkumseeds.com/
An interesting range of open-pollinated vegetable, herb and ornamental seeds, including some unusual varieties.
Email form on website.

Mr Fothergills Seeds (NSW) – www.mrfothergills.com.au/
A limited range of certified organic seed, but mostly hybrid seed.
Available from some retail nurseries.
Ph: (02) 45775457 e-mail: sales@fothergills.com.au.

Diggers Seeds (Vic) – www.diggers.com.au
A limited range of certified organic seed, but mostly open-pollinated seed and some hybrid seed. Seeds are cheaper for members of Diggers Club.
Ph: 03 5987 1877 email: info@diggers.com.au

The Seed Savers Network www.seedsavers.net
This network saves and shares open-pollinated seeds. Phone/fax: 02 66856624

Cornucopia Seeds (Vic) www.cornucopiaseeds.com.au
Open-pollinated and heirloom seed, and organic gardening supplies.
Ph: (03) 5457 1230 Send email from web site.

Tasmania

Phoenix Seeds
Open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seed, and some hybrid seed.
Voice mail: (03) 6267 9663 email: phnxseed@ozemail.com.au

Four Seasons Herbswww.fourseasonherbs.com.au/shop/
Organically grown open-pollinated vegetable and herb seed.
Ph: 0412 721 268 email: sales@fourseasonsherbs.com.au

Western Australia

Bay Seed Garden
Organic seed producers of non-hybrid and heritage vegetable, herb and flower seed. List available – send 1x55c stamp.
Ph: (08) 9752 2513 Mail: PO Box 1164 Busselton WA 6280

The Greenhousewww.thegreenhouseorganic.com
Organic vegetable and herb seed. Seed is also available from some retail outlets.
Ph: 0400 239 258 email: sales@thegreenhouseorganic.com

Eden Seeds (Qld) – www.edenseeds.com.au
Has green manure mixes (inoculants included if available) that can be shipped to WA.
Eden Seeds Ph/Fax: (07) 5533 1108

9 thoughts on “Open-pollinated seed suppliers

  1. Diggers have mostly open pollinated seeds, not mostly hybrid…
    Thanks for that, Barry. I’ve updated the post with the correct information. – Lyn

  2. Hi Lyn, thanks for the post. I’m holding off sowing for a few days because of this awful heat we are having here, so gives me some time to have a look at these great links. Thanks again!

  3. Hi, We too leave some of our vegetables to go to seed and allow them to seed naturally in the vege gardens. We also plant the vege plant scattered throughout the garden so the bugs can’t identify them, we find this works really well.
    Scattering plants can confuse the bugs but it plays havoc with crop rotation that prevents soil-borne diseases, Sue. – Lyn

  4. Hi Lyn, Great information here for gardeners! I thought you should also add Seed Savers Network http://www.seedsavers.net/ where people can source seeds at no cost if they are happy to save and share them. They are not necessarily organic but definitely open pollinated. Lisa.
    Thanks, Lisa. They are included in my book, but I forgot to add them here. – Lyn

  5. Hi Lyn,
    Our apple trees have leaves that have turned very pale and not looking very healthy. Is it powdery mildew and how can I treat it? thanks Miranda

    Hi Miranda,
    The problem with your apple trees is difficult to diagnose without a photo. As the name suggests, if your trees have powdery mildew, they will look as though they have been dusted with a whitish powder. Plants low in potassium are susceptible to this fungal disease. Water in some seaweed extract tea at the recommended strength around the base of the trees ( not close to the trunk). Seaweed is high in potassium and trace elements necessary for plant health. Also, give them an application of a complete organic fertiliser, if you have not already done so in late winter.
    Chamomile is a useful organic fungicide. You can make up a spray from cold chamomile tea – one cup of tea to one litre of water. Allow the tea to steep in boiling water for 15 minutes before diluting it with cold water. If the fungus is very severe, use one cup of tea to 500 mls of water. Try to spray both sides of the leaves and spray early in the day so that leaves are not wet overnight. – Lyn

  6. Hi, I have a variety of fruit trees which I must confess have been neglected for a few years, actually there are about 30 of them. Such as citrus, stone fruits, mango, apple, avocado etc. My problem is that the ground around them has now become quite hard, I want to dig up and loosen the soil around them but not sure if I would do too much root damage or how deep I can go. Are you able to offer any advice ? Thanks

    Keith, I’ve answered your question in this post – Lyn Avoid digging near fruit trees

  7. “The Greenhouse” needs to lose the “.au” from the EMail address.
    Thanks for that, Leon. – Lyn

  8. Hello,

    My wife and I have started a business, Heirloom Harvest, selling open-pollinated vegetable and herb seeds, could you please add our website to your list?

    We are an Australian business based in South Australia. Our web address is http://www.heirloomharvest.com.au.

    If you would like any more information please let me know.

    Cheers,

    John Butler

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