The Plant Patent Act was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1930. It was introduced primarily to benefit the horticulture industry by encouraging plant breeding and increasing plant genetic diversity. They needed a mechanism to ensure that breeders could make a return on their sizable research and development costs. The two most common types of plant patent are:
Clear Creek is a small, family-owned business specializing exclusively in open-pollinated, heirloom seed varieties, including flowers, herbs and vegetables. They also offer several variety packs for even more value, like the Pollinator Pack and the Salsa Pack.
What About Patented Seeds?
MIgardener is a small, Michigan seed company that has over 700 rare and unique vegetable, fruit, and flower seeds. All of their stock is heirloom and organic grown by small family farms—and most seed packets cost only $2! Both the MIGardener website and their storefronts in the U.S. provide free workshops and information on everything from gardening to drying herbs to beekeeping!
So if you don’t shop online (like my mom), or you’re new to gardening and don’t know where to start, you can easily pick up Seeds of Change organic, open-pollinated seeds for your garden while you are out running errands.
When it becomes illegal to trade ANY seed of ANY kind, then we have a real problem.
Although you might think that it’s risky to order cannabis seeds online and receive them in the mail, the truth is that there’s minimal risk involved even when placing an order with a seed bank overseas. Don’t worry about customs laws either. Some people think that, if their seeds are intercepted, they’ll end up on a list and somebody will come knocking on their door (kind of like in the movies).
One of the best things about this company is the “five-crown” rating system. It’s quite similar to a “five-star” rating system and is controlled by a variety of user reviews that are unbiased, making it an excellent way for trying new strains with recommendations from other Crop King customers.
Standard delivery is currently around $6.25 but if you buy in bulk, you get free delivery. Their deliveries generally arrive in the US in approximately 6 to 12 days, but sometimes end up taking a few weeks. Multiple payment methods are available, including cash, credit/debit cards, checks, bank wires, or bitcoin. Buying with bitcoin gets you a 15 percent discount. Here are the basic pros and cons:
We have verified that the following seed banks provide:
However, if you’re having seeds shipped from a foreign country to the US and worry about the possibility of interception, many of the best seed banks online are offering what is called “stealth shipping”. This is basically just a very discreet shipping method where the weed seeds are hidden within some other objects, like DVD cases, prior to shipping. This can help keep your package from being flagged as suspicious.
This US seller’s site offers a nice simple layout with many large sections featuring choices like auto flower, feminized, and high-CBD, as well as regular weed seed types, which gives you a fair amount of choices. One thing that’s especially helpful is their “Germination” section. It provides step-by-step directions on how you can guarantee that 80 percent of the seeds from them will end up reaching germination. That seems a bit low when you compare it to some other seed banks, but perhaps Crop King is just being realistic.
So far I love MiGardener seeds like Ronda posted. They have a great selection, responsive to the customer and the price is great. Will respond more after I have planted and see their results.
Pinetree Garden Seeds is a family-owned and operated business that offers more than 1300 varieties of seeds at low prices for the home gardener. Their seeds are sold in smaller packets so that you can try a larger variety of flowers or vegetables. All seeds are Non-GMO.
Started my wood chip garden 7 years ago and I believe it’s the best method for the best results. It takes time and learning but the results are amazing. Thank you for carrying on the movement Paul G. started so many years ago. Love you, Paul. 😄✝🐞❤
✔ Organic ✔ Heirloom ✔ Non-GMO
San Diego Seed Company mission is to provide Southern California with organic local seeds that have been acclimated to the range of microclimates in our region so that growers can be as successful as possible. This woman-owned and operated company believes in sustainable growing practices, seed saving, and healthy local food systems. San Diego Seed Company works with a wide range of non-profit organizations and community gardens to encourage these sustainable practices.
It would be wrong to not list several other seed companies that we have heard wonderful things about but have not personally tried.
It is important for us to recommend companies that are leading the movement to preserve heirloom seed varieties. However, it is important to note that even though they may practice some organic growing principles, they are not certified organic and do not offer organic seeds.