Can we pick up our seeds rather than having it mailed?
We are strictly a mail-order company, and there is no direct outlet for pickup of plants or seeds.
Do you carry seeds for Tindora (ivy gourd), parval (pointed gourd) or Kantola?
No, we do not carry seeds for any of the above, because they are best propagated by cuttings. We are constantly trying to import and prepare the above varieties for the US market, but with limited success thus far.
Do you carry seeds for Curry Leaf plants?
Unfortunately, seeds for Curry-leaf plants need to be be planted soon after harvest, and do not store well, so we do not usually carry seeds for curry leaf plants.
What are the shipping and handling charges for seeds and or plants?
We charge a flat $4.75 for any number of packets of seeds. Seeds are shipped USPS 1st Class. You will receive tracking information from Stamps.com.
For plants, the shipping costs vary depending on the number of plants. The rates are $10.45 for the first plant, then it is $5.45 per additional plant. If you order seeds at the same time, they will be enclosed with your plant(s), and there is no further charge. Plants are shipped by USPS priority mail.
All shipping and handling charges are added automatically when you place your order.
How quickly will I get my seed/plant order?
We pride ourselves in our quick turnaround. Once we receive your order, it is often mailed out the following working postal day. Plants are sent out all year round, except in January through April due to cold weather. They are shipped 2nd day Priority Mail.
Do you ship outside the US?
We can ship small seed orders outside the USA. However we cannot ship plants or bulk seed orders without the appropriate USDA certificates.
When is the best time to start our seeds?
In North America, it is best to start certain seeds 6-8 weeks before transplanting them to their permanent locations in the garden. These seeds include eggplants, hot and sweet peppers, gourds, tulsi, and tomatoes among others. When starting seeds indoors, place the seedlings directly under intense grow lights. The lights should be bright but cool (fluorescent lamps). They should be moved outdoors gradually and well after the last spring frost. Initially move them to a shaded part of your garden or on your deck. Only after the seedlings have acclimated to the outside conditions should they be moved into the direct sunlight of your garden.
For other varieties it is best to plant directly in the garden. Peas and spinach can be planted in very early spring. Radishes, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander and carrots can be planted next in early spring. Finally beans, corn, okra, gongura, Malabar spinach, melons, herbs, cucumbers, and squash should be planted well after the last spring frost.
Crops such as bush beans, you may be planted as late as late summer.
Cabbage, cauliflower and spinach can be planted twice, once in the spring and once again as a fall crop (started in late summer)
The following is a guide for the first and last frost dates in the United States (courtesy of the Old Farmers Almanac). Use it only as a guide:
*Frosts do not occur every year.