If you are planning a project that requires plant material not available in our regular stock, please contact us about the possibility of contract propagation. We may be able to provide plant quantities, genetics, sizes, and/or species specially grown to meet your project’s needs.
Most species and sizes require at least one growing season to produce, so contact us as far in advance of installation as possible. If we have the growing space, technical capability, and sufficient time to produce the plants, we will build your request into our propagation plan. Due to the potential for crop failures and other acts beyond our control, we cannot guarantee success of contracted plants, but we will knock ourselves out trying.
Collecting seed for custom-grown plants with site-specific genetics for a US Forest Service restoration project:
Plant quantities and sizes
The simplest form of custom propagation we do is growing species already found in our regular stock, but in numbers and sizes specifically to match your project’s needs.
Standard sizes available are 5.5 cu. in. and 10 cu.in. plugs, and 1, 2, and 5 gallon pots. If you are looking for plants in a pot size that we don’t normally stock, we may ask you to purchase the containers up front.
Some restoration projects require plants with site-specific genetics, a goal that we strongly support (see Why local genetics?). Once again, if we have the capability, we would be pleased to grow plants from your desired genetic stock. We would keep these plants clearly marked and separated from our general inventory.
The customer usually provides us with the seeds or other propagation material from the desired site, but if needed we may include seed or cuttings collection in the contract.
Contract grown Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) in site-specific batches:
Our ability to grow a species not found in our standard stock depends very much on what species it is. We avoid species that are very difficult to propagate or maintain; the cost of production is usually prohibitive. For difficult plants, we may be willing to do custom propagation, but we would ask to share with you the extra risk of the endeavor.
There are many other species not found in our general stock only because there is insufficient demand. If you provide the demand, we may be able to add these species to our propagation plan.
Early blue violet (Viola adunca) contract grown from seed in the customer’s containers:
Seed and cutting collection
Sound Native Plants has years of experience collecting seed and cuttings for our own propagation. We use techniques that allow for high yields without damaging host plants or taking too much away from the local wildlife’s food source. If you have a collection project in the south Sound, please contact us for a bid. We may also consider larger projects elsewhere in western Washington.