I offer three classes of product: seeds, roots and tubers, and in vitro plantlets. Each is available and ships on a different schedule. One of the most common questions that I get regards when everything will be in the catalog for the year. Unfortunately, there is no such time. I grow and harvest year round. The month of peak availability is usually January, but if you wait for January, some things will have already sold out. My advice is to order what you want when it is in stock and let me figure out the rest. For perishable products (roots and tubers), I ship when your weather is safe. If you place more than one order, I will usually ship them together. Shipping is included in prices, so you don’t pay more for multiple orders. You can sign up for a wait list if a product that you want is out of stock and you will receive an email when it is available again.
With seeds, the amount shown in stock is always true (allowing for the occasional mistake). Seeds typically ship within two weeks.
In Vitro Plantlets
Plantlets are shipped three times per year, in March, June, and October. There is an ordering deadline for each batch:
- The ordering deadline for the March batch is Jan 15 (so, orders placed between August 1st and Jan 15 will ship in the March batch)
- The ordering deadline for the June batch is March 15.
- The ordering deadline for the October batch is July 15.
Orders will ship on Mondays throughout the target month.
These dates reflect the times of year when I am best able to manage the workload and when the plantlets can be shipped with the greatest rate of success. The larger batches are more efficient with time and materials and make planning easier. Plantlets are restricted to one set per variety per order. I am a small supplier and the goal is to provide varieties to the widest possible number of customers, not farm scale quantities to a few. The idea is that you will use a small number of in vitro plantlets to produce your own foundation seed tubers and then multiply up from there. I have a limited amount of time to spend in the lab and it is not in my interest to produce hundreds of plantlets for wholesale nurseries.
Roots and Tubers
Roots and tubers are offered on a best effort basis. You should not expect all or even most varieties to be offered as tubers in any given year. For one thing, I don’t grow every variety in the field every year. For another, the quality of roots and tubers is subject to many factors, like weather, pests, and diseases. Since I have introduced in vitro plantlets as an alternative, I grow smaller quantities and I no longer offer roots and tubers if I feel anything less than totally confident in their quality, because you would just be better off buying plantlets in that case. When offered, they will be available between harvest and the end of their dormancy, which usually means from about December to April. The amount shown in stock is true during this period. Quantities are small. The timing of shipping is complicated, but spring is the usual target.