Happy Holidays from Applewood Seed Co.

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As we head into the New Year, we want to thank all our customers, vendors, and their families for their continued support. We can’t flourish without your support, and we look forward to fulfilling your wildflower requests in 2021. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and stay safe and healthy in the New Year.

The Gifts of Conservation

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In a recent post by Farmers.gov, they brought needed attention to the gifts given to us through conservation, and how our protection of the environment has lasting benefits on our planet and for future generations. At Applewood Seed Co., we share a similar drive to incorporate conservation into all aspects of our business. From our […]

Stuck on Milkweed

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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

There are more than 100 species of Milkweed (Asclepias species) in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, and they get their name from the sticky white sap that seeps from leaves and stems when damaged.  They occur in many types of environments, from moist sites in the Northeast to deserts of the Southwest. Milkweeds are an […]

Dormant Seeding and Cold Stratification

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Dormant hand seeding

Dormant seeding is a technique for sowing seed in late fall in cool climates when temperatures are too cool for seed germination. Typically this is done after several freezes but before there is permanent snow cover.  Once seed is sown and lightly raked into the soil, it will lie “dormant” through the winter and be […]

Biodiversity Series on Natives Bees | Native Bee Group: Bumblebees

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This blog marks the beginning of our series on biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to all of the living organisms on earth, which include plants, animals, bacteria and fungi.  Many species are being threatened with extinction due to the activities of humans.  Pollution, habitat loss, climate change, and population growth have put many species at risk of […]

Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

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For the last decade, Applewood Seed Co. has proudly supported Denver-based AfricAid in providing robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. The programs they support are run by their Arusha-based sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), an organization led by two remarkable Tanzanian […]

September is National Honey Month!

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The beekeeping season is winding down, and many beekeepers are busy with their honey business making September the official National Honey Month.  Generally, honey is ready to harvest in late summer when a colony has built up surplus honey.  The honey is cured and capped in the honeycomb cells. A single bee can visit up […]

Flowers for Honey Bees and Wild Bees in the Prairie Pothole Region

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The following factsheet is a result of work done by Clint Otto and colleagues at the USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota. Clint’s team developed the factsheet in part with information gathered through the Bee Integrated project that is coordinated by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. It highlights forbs that are preferred […]