The Forest Products Commission’s (FPC) West Manjimup Nursery and Seed Centre is located on Burnside Road, West Manjimup.
The seed centre produces superior seed and seedlings for the FPC’s regeneration of native forest and the establishment of plantations, as well as supply Western Australian native and softwood seed to the general public.
With its fully containerised production system, the West Manjimup Nursery and Seed Centre has the capacity to deliver millions of seedlings annually.
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The Forest Products Commission’s (FPC) nursery and seed centre is situated on a 266-hectare site in West Manjimup.
Originally opened by the then Agricultural Department as a tobacco research centre, the site was transferred in 1968 to the Forests Department, where bare root tree seedlings were grown. As the needs of forestry evolved and progressed, the West Manjimup centre was transferred to the FPC in October 2000.
The West Manjimup Nursery and Seed Centre operates under the NGIA Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme and is independently audited and certified under:
- the Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708);
- the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC); and
- the international standard ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS).
We are a back-to-back winner of the Western Australian NGIA Award for Best Large Production Nursery.
Our high standards of nursery hygiene and management practices ensure seedlings leave our nursery with the greatest opportunity for success following planting.
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Rigorous controls are in place at every step of the process - from collection, sowing, germination, transplanting, irrigation and fertilisation to dispatch - ensuring a reliable, superior quality product is delivered.
Our core seedling products include:
- Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster)
- Radiata pine (Pinus radiata)
- Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor)
Seed products and services
The seed centre supplies Western Australian native seed for land rehabilitation and tree seed for plantation establishment.
We also offer seed cleaning and treatment services to increase seed viability. These services include:
- Scarification - the mechanical abrasion of the seed coat to remove dormancy.
- Heat treatment - the exposure of seed to high temperatures with or without water to break seed dormancy.
- Stratification - cold treatment of seed over a period of weeks once the seed is fully imbibed. This treatment can improve the evenness of seed germination.
- Viability testing - Seed testing to determine the number of viable seeds per gram is now available. This is a standard assessment made on all seed sold by the seed centre.
- Seed extraction - The extraction of seed from a raw material such as capsules, pods, follicles and cones.
- Seed cleaning (purifying) - The cleaning of seed to a high level of purity for machine precision sowing. Two levels of purity are offered:
- A class seed = >98% clean (for precision single seed sowing)
- B class seed= >90% clean (for precision multiple sowing)
- Seed sizing - Seed sized for more uniform germination in the nursery.
- Seed orders may be received by the seed centre at any time of the year.
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Please note the following requirements:
- There is a minimum amount of seed that can be purchased per species and this ranges from 1, 5, 10, 20 and 100 grams based on the value of the seed.
- A handling fee of $15 will be subjected to orders of less than $25 (not inclusive of postage).
- Orders of $500 or less must include payment before dispatch.
- Payment may be made by personal cheque, credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Bankcard) or money order.
- Cheques and money orders are to made payable to the 'Forest Products Commission'.
- Personal visitors may pay in cash.