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The Cost of Conservation: Understanding Native Seed Prices


Have you ever wondered why buying native seeds can be so expensive? It's not just about the price tag per pound; it's about the invaluable environmental benefits and the meticulous process behind each seed. There are several factors that contribute to a seed’s value, and today we'd like to explore a few.

 

Most of the native species we carry, particularly shrubs and wildflowers, undergo a painstaking process before they're ready for sale. This includes scouting suitable collection areas, hand-collecting seeds in diverse climates and conditions, and meticulously drying and cleaning each seed collection. Before reaching customers, seeds undergo rigorous testing to ensure purity and viability.

 

Another crucial factor in seed pricing is the quantity of seeds per pound, which varies greatly among species—from just a few thousand into the multi-millions. Here are some examples illustrating how many seeds you can get for just one penny:

 






Consider Indian Paintbrush, one of our priciest offerings. Despite its cost, you can purchase 264 hand-harvested seeds—all potential wildflower plants—for just one penny.

 

When you invest in native seeds, you're investing in the future of our ecosystems. Each seed planted contributes to restoring landscapes, reducing water usage, enhancing soil health, and supporting local wildlife habitats. Whether you're a gardener or a conservationist, each seed represents a small promise toward a greener, more resilient world.

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