How do you pack your plants?
We have perfected a way that has worked very well for the plants we ship! We wrap the root ball in moist paper towel & contain it in a plastic bag. We then tape each root ball right to the inside of the box, so that there is no chance of it moving around inside. We rarely use any packing material so that it does not break the branches or wilt the leaves. Plus, it saves a lot of money, a cost that ultimately other sellers would pass onto the customer.
Why do your listings not state if the plant is a perennial or an annual?
There are many reason as to why...We have found that some 'annuals' can be perennials in some parts of the country. Then there are some perennials that just can not take different temperatures of cold, making then an annual in colder zones. Some plants that are known to be an annual, can be cut down & the base be protected during the winter, and come back in the Spring to bloom another season. For the most part, there is an abundance of information on the internet pertaining to the different experiences people have had with the plants we carry. We recommend that you do research according to your zone and temperatures to see what additional care is required.
Why are some of your plants not named? Why do some have botanical names & some have street names?
Due to so many plants in our collection, we do our best to properly name all of our plants. With so many hybridizers, & mutation sports, it some times hard for us to properly identify all of them. Some may not even have botanical names at all, and people have got to know them by their 'street name'. If you have properly identified one of our unknown plants, please let us know. Thank you!
Why did my plant arrive with no blooms, like the pictured showed?
Like all plant catalogs, they show a picture of the bloom so you know what to expect when it does bloom. If we do say a particular plant is blooming or of reproducing size, it is so that you know that the plant itself is that mature. Plants change from day to day, some blooms last a day and other may last months, we cannot control if your plant has buds/blooms when it arrives.
What do you use as a good bug preventer?
We use NEEM OIL on all our plants! A spray bottle filled with water, a teaspoon of NEEM OIL, and a teaspoon of regular anti-bacterial liquid dish soap will do the trick. The dish soap is to help keep the Neem oil stick to the leaves. Bugs and pests that can quickly suck the life out of your plants, do not like the taste of Neem oil, plus it coats them making it hard to fly etc. It is used as a PREVENTER only though. Works for white fly, mealy bugs, scale and so on. Don't be affraid to use plenty, spray under the leaves and in the crackes, where bugs mostly take over. The bonus of using this receipe, is that the Neem oil will make your plants look fantastic, clean and shiney!!! Once you use it, you will always use it.......
What do you use as a good bug killer?
first, use our receipe from our 'bug preventer' question listed here on our FAQ. While making your spray bottle, add a garden safe bug killer in with your preventer. We find that common organic bug killers are not as harsh on ornamental plants, but still do a good job. Your 'name brand' bug killlers may burn your plants, because people tend to put just a little bit more then recommended to make sure the bugs are dead, but end up burning or doing more damage to the plants. With organic, you may have to repeat treatments but its better then burning the plant that took you so long to grow!!
What are your germinating instructions for seeds with a hard shell?
Our basic instructions for our rare Mucuna and Strongylodon seeds are as follows:
It will be necessary to nick the coat (outer shell of the seeds) with a file, sandpaper, or dremel tool. Do this on the most flat part of the seed, not the edge. Sand until you see a small white spot in order to let water in, so it will enable the embryo to break through the coat.
All this is not to say that the seeds will not germinate if these measurements are not taken; it will only take much longer to germinate. So it is clear that these extreme hard seeds have a long shelf life!
Use warm water covering the seed and soak over night or if done in morning, the seed can be planted as soon as you see the coat puff up or swell. Use a good mixed soil such as…some perlite with peat moss and regular soil. Plant the seed about an inch, no more, below the soil. Keep the soil very warm (above 75), and give it plenty of light. Keep the soil moist, but not wet or the seed will rot. Give it 2+ weeks to germinate, if done right.
Do you ship worldwide?
We do ship our seeds worldwide, and on some occasions we will ship live plants. Please email us for ALL international inquires & orders, we are here to help. We can also provide you with a Phytosanitary Certificate for an addition $50 charge for plants, if you shall choose to purchase one.
We have gained a lot of respect and repeat business from customers from South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
**International buyers will not be able to purchase straight from our website due to variance in shipping charges. Just email us, we will discuss your order, and manually send you a Paypal invoice.