The BSF maintains a seed stock 40-50 forest species, selected for their importance in ecological restoration programs, ornamentation and commercial reforestation. Internally we maintain strict quality control to ensure the physical quality of our seeds. Teak and melina species are also certified by the Government of Costa Rica’s National Seed Office.
Our seeds have been used successfully by reforesters and independent companies as well as government reforestation programs in several countries of tropical America, Asia and Africa.
Annually we distribute 15 to 20 tons of seeds to more than 15 countries worldwide, with CATIE’s backing and guarantee.
Attached to each delivery of seeds is technical information regarding the proper handling of the seeds, production in the nursery and the establishment of plantations. Our specialists can also advise you to ensure the success of your project, by telephone, in writing, or by visiting your project.
The BSF provides training for groups of producers, technicians and professionals in the places and countries where requested, usually through short courses of three to four days, on topics such as the establishment and management of sources of improved seed production, nursery management and silviculture.
In Costa Rica the BSF provides plant production services for any of the species on the list, paying 50% of the cost at the time of the order and the other 50% when the plants are picked up.
Depending on the species, delivery time varies between two and three months. Plants are grown in “Jiffy” pots, 8.5 cm tall by 5 cm in diameter, and they are delivered when they reach a height of about 15 cm. For easier transport and to protect the material, the plants are delivered packed in cardboard boxes containing 54 closed units. The delivery point is the BSF in Turrialba; in certain cases home deliveries can be coordinated at a cost that depends on the distance and road conditions.