Shipping Restrictions

Countries and US states each have their own restrictions on what plants we can send.  We do our best to know and follow the rules, but the ultimate responsibility rests with you to understand your local laws.

International Restrictions

I do not ship roots and tubers outside the USA.

After a hiatus of several years, I have resumed sending seeds internationally as of October 2020.  You can read more about that here.

There are a few things that are important for you to understand before placing an international order:

  • It is probably illegal for you to import any of the seeds that I sell.
  • Even if they make it through customs, it may still be illegal for you to grow them.
  • There is no tracking, no guarantee of delivery, and no refund.
  • The probability that you will receive your order is very low in Australia, China (PRC), Japan, and South Korea.

Standard seed packets will be sent in letter envelopes.  If you order more packets than can comfortably fit in an envelope, then your order will be shipped in more than one envelope.  There is no additional cost for this.  There is no tracking for this kind of package, so I can only tell you if it has shipped.  Bulk seed packets (those measured by weight rather than seed count) must be sent in padded envelopes, which requires a customs declaration and everything that goes along with it.  I don’t recommend ordering bulk seed packets when placing international orders.  You are spending more money and have a lower chance of receiving your order.  There is no refund if your order does not arrive, as that is out of my control.  Most countries are getting more and more restrictive about seeds and there will probably come a point where it is simply not possible to ship them internationally anymore.  Orders have a reasonably high probability of arrival in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and India, at least relative to the normal reliability of the mail in those countries.  Orders have a low probability of arrival in Oceania, most of Asia, and Africa, where either customs are very aggressive or mail just disappears.  I recommend that you do not place orders to Australia, China (PRC), Japan, or South Korea, because the odds of receiving your order are less than 50%.

I cannot supply a phytosanitary certificate.  This is not likely to ever change.  Many of you will ask me anyway, but the answer will be no.  Not even if you tell me it is really important or offer to pay more.  I have no interest in inviting more government into my life beyond the already excessive minimums required to do business.

State Restrictions

Some states have restrictions on import of plant materials, as listed below.  There may be other restrictions that I am not aware of and I recommend that you check your state regulations before ordering, because I don’t spend my free time reading the agricultural regulations for all the states and territories of the USA.  Some states even have local/regional regulations and I can pretty much guarantee that I am ignorant of those.  If you live in a state with agricultural inspections, your order may be stopped and inspected and potentially confiscated if the inspectors don’t like the condition of the materials.  Usually the inspectors will contact me if there is a problem, but if they contact you first, please get in touch.  The condition of our products is guaranteed, so I will be happy to work with state inspectors to resolve any problems, and I would also like to know if they have spotted something that is a legitimate concern.

I cannot ship the following products to the states or territories indicated.  Because our software does not allow ordering restrictions by state, I will cancel and refund these items if you order them with a shipping address in a restricted state.

For states with agricultural inspections, we add a label to the outside of the package that lists the contents by species.

Alaska: Potato tubers (seeds OK)

California: Onion bulbs.  (Because people ask all the time: yes, potatoes from WA are OK for import to California.  Some wild potato species are classified as noxious weeds regionally, but they are allowed at the state level.  You can check your county noxious weed list to determine if any wild potatoes are listed.)

Florida: Potato tubers (seeds OK)

Hawaii: Sea kale and related Crambe species

Idaho: Onion bulbs and potato tubers (seeds OK)

Maine: Potato tubers (seeds OK)

Montana: Potato tubers (seeds OK)

Nebraska: Potato tubers (seeds OK)

Puerto Rico: No roots/tubers/vegetative material (seeds only)