After over 35 years of collecting wildland seeds, S&S Seeds
is familiar with the seed characteristics of an extensive number of
species including native wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs. We
have learned how to ascertain the ripeness and potential viability
of seeds from natural growing plant stands and know how to
determine the best method and most favorable time to collect these
seeds. Collected field material is dried, assigned unique lot
numbers and delivered to our state-of-the-art seed conditioning
plant located at Rancho de las Flores in Los Alamos,California.
Our experience in wildland collection has provided useful
information for seed production in our fields at Rancho de las
Flores for over 20 years. We have been growing native and
non-native species for seed production. We have over 450
acres of farming land which enables us to isolate fields to prevent
cross pollination and to match soil types for higher quality
We have specialized seeding equipment that can plant a wide
variety of native species seed and have unique harvesting equipment
which allows us to obtain the optimal amount of ripe, viable seed.
Field material of species harvested is allowed to dry and after
ripen on tarps. Each harvested lot is given a unique lot
Field material from the tarps is mechanically threshed and then
re-conditioned at our seed mill. S&S Seeds' skilled mill
operators determine the best method of conditioning the seed from
our wide assortment of cleaning machines including scalpers, air
screeners, indents, gravity & debearders.
After cleaning, the seed is inspected for uniformity and
sampled. The seed samples are sent to independent certified
seed testing labs to test for purity, germination and pure live
seed (PLS) and the clean, dry seed is delivered to our Carpinteria
warehouse storage facility.
Fields at Rancho de las Flores
For more information, contact our friendly staff of
Phone: (805) 684-0436
Fax: (805) 684-2798
S&S Seeds, Inc.
P.O. Box 1275