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Ornamental seeds & plants

The seed and propagating material of ornamental plants can only be marketed if it:

  • Substantially free from harmful organisms that may affect its quality as propagating material;
  • For propagating material - has satisfactory vigour and dimensions;
  • For seed - has satisfactory germination.

Suppliers are responsible for the quality of their products.

Before marketed in the EU, the material has to meet legal criteria such as:

  • Batch separation & marking;
  • Accurate identification of varieties if needed;
  • Labelling.

The Commission adopts measures related to the Directive together with national experts in the Standing Committee on Propagating Material of Ornamental Plants.