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The Spore Exchange

We are in need of fresh spores. If you are interested in donating spores please visit our spore collecting page

"The life of the Exchange depends on your spore contributions."

Neill Hall

Spore Exchange curator serving from 1962 to 1988.


One of the goals of the American Fern Society is to promote the cultivation of ferns. The AFS Spore Exchange makes hundreds of ferns available that would otherwise be unobtainable for most members.  Members can share spores from rare or endangered ferns thereby safeguarding the species so that our grandchildren may also enjoy these beautiful plants.

The spores from the ferns listed in the exchange have been donated by members of the AFS. If you are an AFS member, spore packets may be ordered from the list for 50 cents each.  Please send a completed Member Order Form, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and payment to:

Brian Aikins,
AFS Spore Exchange,
3523 Federal Ave.,
Everett, WA 98201-4647

Members may pay for spores in advance by combining payment with their membership renewal.  Please contact the membership secretary for more information.

If you are not a member and would like to join the American Fern Society you may Print the Membership Form.

By donating spores, non-members are eligible to purchase from the AFS Spore Exchange. Spore requests are $1 each, limited to three per donation, and only of those species with 10 or more packets available. Please send a completed Non-Member Order Form, a self-addressed stamped envelope, spore donation(s), and payment to the address above.


Please direct any questions, corrections, or comments regarding the spore list to Brian Aikins,