Seed Collection


Seed Collection  

Ecosourcing is the propagation of native plants from a representative
sample of the local wild population for ecological restoration.

Ecosourcing ensures that your planting reflects the diversity characteristic
of the local population and so preserves biodiversity.

If you would like a regular update on the local native plants producing seed and
a bit of information about the plants contact

Remember whenever collecting seed; first ask for permission from the land owner,
whether it is privately owned, DOC estate or a local council reserve.

Ecosourcing requires the collection of seed from plants known to be naturally
occurring where they are growing and preferably from a range of the specimens available.

The following info has been supplied by Wayne Bennett.

There is a good lot of seed available from the Kaniwhaniwha reserve and Nikau walkway. Concentration on those areas will provide the appropriate species.

Kaniwhaniwha Reserve

Species and Month to collect seed

Titoki Nov-Dec

Porokaiwhiri Oct- Nov

Tawa Feb

Matai Feb-March

Kahikatea March-April

Lacebark March

Totora March

Toetoe March

Karamu Reserve

Manatu/Ribbonwood March



Kahikatea March

Kowhai March

Pokaka March

Pukatea March-April


Karamu Feb-May

Mahoe March-May

Kanuka March

Harakeke March

Pate/Patete March-June

Mangeo April

Mapou March-August (quite variable)

Wineberry/makomako April

Hangehange March

Heketara November

Rangiora November

Nikau Walkway

Putaputaweta March-May

Rewarewa June

Ramarama April

Kamahi March April

Koromiko March-June


Karamu Feb-May

Carex geminata March

Tutu April May (good for erosion control but poisonous)