Seed Laboratory offers a comprehensive set of services for
native species. These include tests for standard purity,
all-states noxious weed examination, germination and dormant
live seed, P.L.S. (pure live seed) and live seed per pound.
Because of the variable nature of native seeds being
collected and sold, we have developed this complete test
package to help pave the way towards the establishment of
uniform standards for the fair marketing practice of native
During the last 40 years, the Ransom Seed Laboratory has
collected testing data and pioneered many of the testing
protocols for over 900 species, representing 500 genera of
woody and herbaceaeous plants, including grasses, wild
flowers and wetland species.
Over the years, the market for this specialized and
fascinating industry has expanded.
Growing interests in specialized habitats and new uses of
endemic species steadily increase the need for the
collecting and testing of native seeds.