Meader Persimmon Seed

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Meader Persimmon Seed

25.00

50 Seeds.

These beautiful trees are seedlings of the Meader Persimmon. They are growing very well in Burlington VT, at the University of Vermont. While they are in a protected microclimate, they have seen -25F with no damage.

Elwyn Meader was a plant breeder from University of New Hampshire who developed many plants for cold cold areas…From a Fedco Seeds article- “At least half his introductions came after he “retired” from a distinguished 18-year career as plant breeder at the University of New Hampshire. He could have gotten rich from royalties on all his releases, but instead he gave them away “as payment for his space on the planet.” “I was working for the taxpayers,” he would say in his broad Yankee accent, “and the results of my work belonged to them.”

A deeply religious Quaker, Meader was always modest about his creations, but not shy about his opinions. He disdained plant patenting. “Plants shouldn’t be patented if there has been one dollar of federal or state money used to fund development.” At one point in the 1950s he refused to serve on university committees (except one to abolish all committees) maintaining he had been hired to do breeding work only. He offered inspiring advice to the wave of homesteaders who arrived in the sixties, “Try all things. Hold on to that which is good,” but added curtly, “If you can’t make it without bringing along your TV, you’d better forget the whole thing.”


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