At Bee Kissed Seeds, our species are grown in, and harvested from, ecologically-focused Ontario pollinator gardens. Many of the gardens have grown in size quite quickly over the past decade as we have sheet-mulched turf lawn areas, replacing them with productive, biodiverse, nature gardens. We have been able to do this by growing our own little native plant nursery, each year, from our own seeds. Great care is taken to ensure that all the plants we grow originate from ethical seed sources and organically grown, neonicotinoid-free, parent plants.
With considerable experience in restoring and naturalizing degraded landscapes, we believe that all neighbourhoods have lots of space for pollinator gardens and nature-friendly sanctuaries. Front yards, backyards, boulevards and public parks all offer incredible potential for: supporting local food systems, rebuilding biodiversity, repairing our climate, and cleansing and conserving our soils and water. We cannot overstate the value of planting Ontario native seeds, from locally adapted plants, for rebuilding our depleted ecosystems.
Sow some seeds and fall in love with all the precious little creatures that will visit as you grow your gardens. We hope you will find peace and joy in your gardens - they will be vital and beautiful advocates for the healing of our earth.
Together, we can be the change: one pollinator garden at a time!
We currently harvest seeds from three types of milkweed. However, we are growing five different native milkweed species. We hope to add Sullivant's/Prairie and Whorled Milkweed seeds to our inventory soon. Monarchs NEED milkweed!
All of our packaging is as nature-friendly as possible. We use lots of recycled paper and limit our use of plastics. We fold our own envelopes and either stamp them, or print on recycled paper to provide you with information about your seeds.
All of our Ontario native seeds have been lovingly harvested by hand and carefully packaged in small batches. From harvesting, to cleaning to growing, we use paper bags and lots of reusable plastic tubs, bins and pots!
At Bee Kissed Seeds, we are also committed to supporting local initiatives. We work to promote urban and community farming and also help maintain Ontario pollinator gardens in public spaces. Many volunteer hours are also spent removing invasive species in our few remaining woodlots and wetlands. We help to replace them with native species from our own home-grown plant nursery. Each year, we donate hundreds of seedlings and sow seeds from our gardens in these public spaces, as part of our mission to restore local biodiversity.
Yes, we talk to plants. However, we would also love to talk to you! We offer free advice and support to human gardeners at any stage of your garden growing. Explore our site to learn more about germinating Ontario native seeds and sheet mulching. Reach out through email at any point for tips about species selection, seed germination, insect life, food webs in your Ontario pollinator gardens, organic gardening and landscape design. Our horticultural experience is meant to help you grow!
Most of our seeds are sold in individual seed packs (larger seeds like milkweed contain 50-80 seeds, smaller seeds like Penstemon spp. contain hundreds of seeds). These packs are suitable for sowing directly outdoors in a smaller space, or for growing in seed trays (your own little native plant nursery) and transplanting to the garden when they are about 10 cm tall. However, in some years we see bumper crops of certain species. If you are in need of seed to cover a larger area, please reach out to us and we will do our best to support your project in any way we can!
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A butterfly and bee haven - Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Currently, orders may take up to one week to be packaged before they are shipped.
Almost all native species require cold, moist stratification (winter) before they will germinate. As of Feb. 11, it is recommended that stratification processes take place in a refrigerator and not outdoors. Refer to individual species' instructions for details.
Thank you for planting for nature :)