Why are growing numbers of people choosing to buy seeds from Irish seed savers?

The ethos here at Irish Seed Savers Association, is to conserve and distribute wonderful rare and heritage varieties, as well as to encourage the skills of saving your own seed and empowering people to do this in their own gardens, small holdings or farms.

All of our seeds are grown and saved in Ireland and are Open Pollinated which allows you to save your own seeds from them, keeping the variety true to type. By choosing Irish Seed Savers’ Open Pollinated Seeds you contribute to keeping food security in your own hands and Irish agricultural biodiversity alive and vibrant.

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    A lovely mix of four vegetable seed packs perfect for July and August sowing. Great for overwintering! Included in the package are: Gil Gil Coriander, De Vit's Corn Salad, Land Cress and Ruby Streaks Mustard
  • ‘Ruby Regis’ Lavatera

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A stunning upright bushy annual with masses of deep veined funnel shaped bright pink blooms. Our seed came from ‘Bôite de Graines’ seed company in France via former staff member Flora Barteau.
  • Purple Poppy

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A very handsome and cheery large poppy species with lilac petals and dark patches at the base. The leaves are lobed and wrinkled, stems bluish green. They produce large seed capsules. Super easy to save the seeds.
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    McAnallen’ Sunflower

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A remarkably large and robust sunflower. With food or oil crops in mind for the future this has serious potential not to mention it is hugely attractive and striking. Certified Organic
  • Electric Daisy ‘Yellow’

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A completely yellow version of the previous ‘Bulls eye’ cultivar. See ‘Electric Daisy Bulls eye’ for description.
  • Electric Daisy ‘Bulls Eye’

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A very interesting addition to the garden. Also known as ‘toothache plant’ and ‘Tingflower’ owing to the numbing-buzzing sensation delivered to the mouth if leaves or flowers are chewed. Traditionally used in Brazil where they originate as a herbal remedy for tooth pain. The flowers are petal- less and cone shaped predominantly yellow but having a dark ‘bulls eye’ in the centre. Certified Organic
  • Woad

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    Woad has been used for centuries to obtain a blue dye, it is said a hundred weight of leaves yields 10 lbs of dye and is quite an elaborate process to extract. However, it is easy to grow this ancient plant and, as Richard Mabey describes in one of his books, ‘worth having in the garden’. An attractive plant with 1m high stems, long succulent leaves which shine like stained glass, with inner blue; foamy clusters and brilliant-yellow flowers. Pendant fiddle shaped seeds which may also turn blue/purple in wet weather. Certified Organic
  • Oelliet Gem Tagetes-Marigold

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    This is an edible variety of marigold, very pungent reminiscent of tangerines. Both leaves and flowers can be eaten in salads or made into tea. The plants are compact so can be grown under tomatoes etc. to help deter pests and to give a bright, vibrant, colourful display of golden-yellow to orange flowers all through the growing season. Not frost hardy. Certified Organic
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    Love in a Mist

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    Dates to English gardens since 1570. An easy to grow border flower with lovely, wispy, feathery foliage and attractive flowers in mauve/blue/white shades. Interesting seed heads that can be dried and the plentiful seeds can be used as a spice, sometimes as a replacement for black cumin. Self-seeds easily. Certified Organic
  • Hopi Red Dye Amaranthus

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    This one came from the Hopi people of Arizona and New Mexico, so called because they used the stems to make a food colouring for their bread ‘Piki’. The leaves can be used like a spinach, and are an excellent source of many vitamins, proteins and trace elements. The plants can grow up to 1.4 m, the flowers a vibrant, rich deep red make a stunning display, hanging in cascades 30-60cm long.  Needs some staking. Certified Organic
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    Wildflower Mix

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A mix of brightly coloured annual and biennial flowers which attract butterflies, bees and other insects. Flowers from April to September. Included in the mix are red campion, foxgloves, oxeye daisy, poppies, ragged robin, mullein, woad, linseed. Always sow in bare cultivated soil with fine tilth to get established.
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    Tagetes Marigold Pinwheel Metamorph

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    These make an absolutely stunning display of dark red,orange and yellow concentric, striped flowers, blooming in vivid profusion from May – October. Tall plants up to 1m high with the pungent smell of the tagetes marigolds that can also help to confuse pests. Given to us by Peace Seeds in Oregon. Certified Organic
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    Russian Sunflowers

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    They grow up to 1.5m tall, with huge brilliant yellow flower heads and dark centers. Despite the size, they are multi-flowering, so make a good show over a long period. They need some support. The seeds are large, so may provide a good food crop too. Certified Organic
  • Poppy Mix

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    This is a mix of various shades of poppy, pink, magenta, mauve purple and some with frilly petals or double blooms! Easy to grow, direct sow, self seeds easily. Certified Organic
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    Morning Glory

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    Twining climber with heart-shaped lobed bright green leaves. Big funnel shaped flowers of an intense, vibrant purple that keep opening all summer into autumn. Can grow to over 4m high and flowers best with some protection.   Certified Organic
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    French Honeysuckle

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    A hardy perennial, once seen never forgotten! 1m high open bush with silver rimmed leaves and fantastic, fragrant, dense spikes of crimson red flowers, rich in nectar and exotic in appearance. Best grown in a sunny position but likes moist soil and is also nitrogen fixing.   Certified Organic
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    Elephant Amaranth

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    This is a plant with character and striking beauty. A Heirloom that went to the USA with German immigrants in 1880, but is in fact an ancient grain of both the far East and the Aztecs. The name Amaranth actually comes from the Greek for ‘everlasting’.It can grow up to 1.5 m tall, thick maroon red flower stalk that looks like an upraised elephant trunk, from whence the name comes. As well as a stunning flower display , the young leaves are edible and late in the season will give a plentiful amount of nutritious high protein seeds. Certified Organic
  • Calendula Marigold

    3.25 (3.25 incl VAT)
    What garden would be complete without these brilliant, cheerful orange and yellow-gold flowers? Flower petals can be eaten.  Good for companion planting and lots of medicinal uses. Self-seeds with abundance. Certified Organic
  • A prolific producer of succulent broccoli spears when sown late Spring/early Summer for harvest from February the following year.
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    A red coloured Irish heritage variety dating back to the early 1900’s. Stout plants producing early yielding, juicy & sweet, medium-sized fruit. Cropped very well even in very wet, cool conditions. Certified Organic
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    This tomato variety comes from Siberia. It germinates at low temperatures and grows well in cool conditions. The large, slightly flattened fruits are red, juicy and ripen early. The bushes are quite large and so benefit from some sort of support. We trialled some plants outside in addition to those we grew under cover and they performed extremely well ripening sooner than those indoors. Certified Organic
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    Also known as bird’s beak chilli and Chile de árbol (Tree Chilli, in Spanish). Plants grow quite tall so need some space but they reward the gardener with a great crop of medium hot chillies, 10,000 to 30,000 on the Scoville scale. The peppers start out green and turn a bright red color as they mature. Certified Organic
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    Both plants and fruits are mini. With this variety the fruits could almost be mistaken for an unusual tomato. The chocolate refers to the colour of the peppers which is a rich, dark brown/red, rather than the flavour, which is mild and sweet when cooked. The texture and flesh are firm and crisp so this little pepper would be ideal for stuffing with cream cheese and roasting whole. Certified Organic
  • A wonderful mange-tout found in a market in Laos, coming to us via Liam Gaffney from Adam Alexander. A wonderful productive crop of green pods from bi-coloured purple and mauve flowers. Pods (7-9cm) can be allowed to swell and shelled as peas which dry to a stunning brown and speckled purple pea. Average 7 peas to a pod. Plants grow to approx. 2m so they need good supports. Certified Organic
  • A prolific dwarf variety. Uniform plants with yellow pods and golden/brown beans when mature. We trialled them in 2020 at Capparoe and then our very reliable seed guardian Colm O Driscoll grew them on at Airfield Estate to bulk up our supplies.
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    Introduced in 1845, this wonderful cucumber does as it suggests and starts fruiting very quickly giving lots of short- medium dark green fruit. They have an excellent flavour, mild and sweet and crisp in texture. Keeps cropping over a long season. This variety is reputed to be quite hardy so may be worth trying outdoors in our short summers. Certified Organic
  • A German heritage variety of champion size, originally from Schmeltz. It remains tender and buttery even when it grows very big. Rich soil and of plenty space is required for this mammoth vegetable. Certified Organic
  • Grown originally by Sean Flynn of Killucan or Cloughan, Co. Westmeath, we trialled this cut and come variety in 2020 and found it worthy to save the seed in 2021. A mild flavored medium sized cabbage green with a lightly crinkled semi-flat leaf.
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    We are delighted to be able to re-offer this lovely calabrese of Italian origin. We had some unsuccessful attempts at seed harvests over the past few years, but with the tender and diligent care of Head Gardener Tristan Leinhard we harvested a bumper crop this year. This variety can be grown through summer or in a cool tunnel from an August sowing for winter/spring harvest. It produces a decent-sized head, is tender and delicious and will continue to grow side shoots for several weeks after harvest of the main head. Certified Organic
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    A great maincrop carrot, dark orange in colour with a wonderful sweet taste. Vigorous growth and strong foliage. This variety is often chosen in Europe to produce carrot juice due to its high brix value (number of grams of sucrose per 100grams of liquid). Certified Organic
  • These (Seeds) shallots are a superb French heirloom variety. Deliciously sweet and mild and easy to slice. Often called Banana-type shallots for their torpedo shaped bulbs. They have wonderful pink-brown skins and are very productive. They produce good-sized bulbs which are useful for storing.
  • This seed will produce a diverse range of onion shapes, sizes and colours. Expect to obtain a healthy crop of round to slightly flattened light golden-umber to brownish purple onions. Stamme was originally a Norwegian onion which we obtained from the Wellsbourne gene- bank, selected for its short production time i.e. early maturity in a long day environment.
  • An old landrace variety originally from Switzerland and being selected and bred by a Swiss farmer. We shared this variety with our friends at Adaptive Seeds in the pacific northwest of the USA where they have undertaken leek trials. This leek has good large stalks, dark green leaves and is hardy through winter. Certified Organic
  • A very old French heirloom variety going back to the 19th Century. Very hardy, holding well over the winter, medium long shafts, sweet flavour and the blue/green leaves turn a beautiful eye catching violet colour in very cold weather. Certified Organic
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    This is a Florence bulb fennel, a wonderfully ornamental vegetable grown for its swollen leaf bases or 'bulbs' and edible leaves. Ideal for cool climes. Very reliable, high yielding, quick maturing and bolt resistant producing crisp bulbs with a strong liquorice flavour. The stalks can be eaten raw or cooked like celery and the seeds have a lovely anise flavour. Certified Organic
  • A unique variety with fine, feathery foliage giving all the distinctive taste and aroma of coriander with an extra sweetness and fragrance. Certified Organic
  • A cordon tomato bearing lovely yellow fruits of varying sizes some up to beefsteak-size.  They ripen to a deep glowing orange with a pleasant flavour, great for making sauces as well as sliced fresh. Certified Organic
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    A cordon-variety that gives masses of trusses of rosy pink/purple cherry tomatoes with a smoky blush. A superb flavour with a lovely balance of sweetness and tanginess. It won the RHS award in 2017 as a ‘high yielding nice-sized cherry tomato with good taste’.
  • A cordon-type, of small salad tomatoes, glossy red globes produced in attractive cascades. The fruit are quite uniform and delicious. A reliable cropper starting early and going on for a long season.
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    This very early variety, is a compact bush- type with cherry red, juicy fruit, ripening long before the end of June. The flavour a dense, delicious tangy sweetness. Certified Organic
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    A Russian heirloom. This bush tomato is incredibly bountiful, giving large amounts of sweet medium sized tomatoes from each plant. Certified Organic
  • These seeds came originally from Hopi Elders, the history of this corn goes back to the Anasazi people some 500 years ago. The seed corn was found in clay pots, hence the name. It grows very tall in the tunnel and gives large cobs of varying stunning colours from violet and black to shades of red, yellow, gold and cream truly as beautiful as jewels. This corn is a maize type, more for grinding into flour than eating as a sweet ‘corn on the cob’.
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  • Named after the famous pea breeder, going back to the 1800’s. Quite an early maturing variety with a long harvest season. Particularly suitable to a maritime climate such as ours. 7-9 peas per pod, delicious tasting. Certified Organic
  • Stenu Pea

    2.95
    This is a tall pea, up to 2m so needs good support, the word ‘Stenu’ itself means wall or rock in several Eastern European languages - something to grow on perhaps! Gorgeous pink-purple flowers produce pods of up to 8 peas. Lovely eaten young and raw and they sweeten up even more when cooked. Certified Organic
  • Coral Pea

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    A reliable garden green pea, not too tall with good yields producing early with many  delicious peas (up to 8 per pod). They hold their sweetness well. Certified Organic
  • This pea came from Patrick Carruthers in Co. Down and has been grown and saved there for 25 years. Grows up to 1.6m, lovely magnenta-purple flowers which produce the colourful purple pods. The peas are lovely to eat fresh when young but are also great to allow to mature and dry for a winter storage pea. Certified Organic
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    This gracious lady was catalogued in the R.H.S. dictionary of plants as far back as 1633. Incredible bi-coloured blossoms of scarlet-orange and creamy white, continuing for most of the season. They develop into long fine flavoured green beans. May also be used dried. Certified Organic
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    A landrace from Guatemala. These are mixed beans with three distinct coloured beans…white/cream, speckled brown, or speckled black and pink. The flowers also have beautiful different colours; red, white and peach. Strong, healthy plants produce enormous numbers of very sweet and tender runner beans, both long and short, which are delicious if left to ripen and then shelled. They also grow well outdoors and have been one of our most consistently popular crops. Certified Organic
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    This is a selection from ‘Scarlet’ runner, so the plants have the same attributes. However, this variety produces beautiful dark lustrous beans which can be dried and used in soups and stews. Occasionally a plant may revert back to its origin giving you the more common mauve/black beans! Certified Organic
  • Soissons is one of the most ancient towns in the North East of France beside the Aisine River. This is a rich agricultural valley from which this traditional bush-bean hails. An upright plant 40cm tall, white cream flowers. Flat oval pods can be eaten fresh or allow the beans to mature, the white seeds can be kept for a dried bean. Certified Organic
  • This bush bean came from one the European seed shares and is a traditional variety for 'drying beans' the plants are healthy and uniform. Leave pods on the vine for as long as possible until they have dried to a parchment. The lovely amber-brown beans inside will need further drying indoors to store for winter to use in soup, stew, casseroles, risotto, etc. Once dried they will need soaking for a few hours before cooking. Certified Organic
  • A Japanese pumpkin also known as 'Kabocha' squash, that grows several small fruit per plant with mottled green skin. The flesh is deep yellow to orange with a firm, fine texture, quite dry with sweet, delicate flavour, not unlike a sweet potato. The skin itself becomes quite tender when cooked so does not need peeling. Excellent keeping qualities. Ebisu is the name for one of the Gods' of Luck, so must be good to have in the garden! Certified Organic
  • Popular, Italian heirloom courgette.  The dark green fruit are long (can reach up to 60cm and remain tender) and are distinctively ridged. They taste great and look very decorative when sliced and cooked. The plants are vigorous so give them plenty of space, they will produce well through the whole season, outdoors as well as under cover. Certified Organic
  • An heirloom from Italy going back to the early 1900's. It is a productive bush type with cylindrical fruit, dark green striped with pale green/cream skin and lovely tender yet firm flesh. Best picked for eating approx. 20 cm long. Certified Organic
  • This is a rare old landrace variety. It was maintained by a family in the mountains of the Swabinalb Region in Germany. This swede is a lovely uniform, very sweet medium-sized root with great flavour. It has good resistance to boron deficiency. Certified Organic
  • First listed in a catalogue in 1885, this winter storage radish is still going strong. The long, cylindrical roots have the most beautiful purple skin and mild sweet white flesh. Certified Organic
  • The seed for this cabbage came from a project in the 1980's, collecting 'on-farm saved’ seed crop varieties. This particular 'common’ or large headed Dutch-type came from farms in Knocknakillew, near Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Sown late-spring it produces mighty heads, light green in colour. Over-wintered well and in fact some heads were still compact and harvestable well into the following season, even as we were harvesting seed from neighbouring plants. Very useful genetic diversity! Certified Organic
  • Beautiful medium-sized solid heads of red cabbage with mild flavour and intense colour. Stands well over winter with little loss to frost. Certified Organic
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