Wow! I am not a seed guy. In a year and a half I will be 60 years old. Why in the hell would I want to start seeds now? Well, these tridents grow like weeds. I figure if I plant them now and get them into the ground and do quarter as clumps, quarter thru tiles, a quarter as single trunks to chop later and the last quarter as brooms, I will have material to last me until I die. In spending some time with George Muranaka just this last Thanksgiving, I could see the fast growth he has in the ground. In three years has has trunks already at the 1 to 1.5 inch point. Five years should get me some pretty good trunks and brooms and clumps can be styled much sooner.
Many will be grown together to build trunks faster than a single trunk could. My main goal is to build flared trunks with nice bases. I plan on doing about a hundred a year. That will give me a two year stagger on starting seeds. Start a hundred this year and start the next hundred in 2015 and so on.
Man this is exciting and I want to grow some great tridents. Maybe in a couple years I will have some stuff to sell.
I can highly reccomend Whatcom Seed Company. They are in Eugene, Oregon, not too far from my son, and they package their seeds very nice in 3 x 3 poly bags with a face card and poly foam insert to keep it rigid. Very reasonable, 100 seeds at $3.29 per bag. 600 seeds under $20.00. Thats a steal.
You can contact them at WWW.seedrack.com