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COVID-19 Notice: As more people than ever before are discovering the many benefits of gardening, we want to thank you for your support as we do our part to keep our staff, customers, and community safe during COVID-19. Some shipping and carrier delays are to be expected at this time.
Do you have a retail store? Can I pick up my order to reduce S&H cost?Unfortunately, we do not have any retail locations that are open to the public. We do, however, offer order pick up. Please let us know if you would prefer to pick up your seed or plant order and we can arrange a time for you to come by.
Do I need to pay sales tax on my order? Please add sales tax to order total for orders shipped to CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NC, OH, PA, VT, VA. Due to recent changes in sales tax collection law, we may begin to collect sales tax within your state at any time. We will contact you if additional payment is needed. Sales tax is calculated on goods and shipping and handling fees.
How do I make sure my organization is sales tax exempt?Please submit by email a pdf copy of your tax exemption form to customerservice AT selectseeds.com. Submit a tax exempt form only if the order is shipping to a state in the list above.
Do you offer garden design services?We can help you choose plants that you may enjoy and that will do well in your garden conditions, but we do not offer full garden design services. Planting companions for each variety can be found on the Product Details pages.
My password doesn’t work.If you are trying to access your account and your password isn’t working, please click the ‘Forgot Password’ button and a temporary password will be sent to your email. Please copy and paste or type in the new password exactly as it appears, making sure that you use capital and lower case letters as necessary and making sure there are no spaces before or after the password in the field. Please make sure your browser’s auto-fill feature or password keeper is turned off, or it may try to overwrite this new password.
My tracking number doesn’t work.If you received a shipment confirmation email with a tracking number beginning with 00004, the package was sent First Class Mail with a confirmation number without step-by-step tracking. If you are worried about your package and think it may have been lost in the mail, please contact us and let us know you will need your order reshipped. We reship lost orders at no cost to you!
When should I order plants?Generally, our plant sales season is between January and early June. Occasionally we sell perennial plants in August for shipment in September. When you place your order for plants, you can choose a future ship date that is best for your planting time. We do not ship plants earlier than the last week of March.
When will I be charged for my plant order?You will be charged for your plants and the plant shipping & handling when the order ships from our greenhouse.
What size are the plants? Are they bare root or in pots?All plants are grown in pots with organic inputs and are guaranteed bee-friendly! Our plants are all grown right here in our CT greenhouse in a minimum pot size of 3.5" h x 2.63" w pot (9.5 fl oz). Premium Pots 3.5" h x 3.5" w (1.05 pt/496.8 mL). We are also now offering select varieties as 3-packs of Premium Seedling Plugs (each plug 4 1/3" h x 1 3/8" w).
Can I add plants to my order that is shipping later?Please Contact Us directly to add plants to your order! You can do so any time up until a week before your scheduled ship date. Please do not place additional online orders to combine with a previous order, as we cannot guarantee that they will be shipped together.
How can I change my plant ship date?Please Contact Us directly to change your plant shipment date.
How can I recycle the plant shippers?Our plastic plant shippers are made from certified 100% post-consumer recycled-bottle content (#1 plastic). Please recycle or return clean shippers to us and we will gladly reuse them. Please Contact Us for more information. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
A Note about Native PerennialsPlants are shipped at varying stages in their growth depending upon the time of year and how far along they are in their growing cycle. Sometimes perennial and native plants are shipped in a dormant or resting (winter) state and may appear lifeless. However, the roots are alive and the tops will soon grow when planted. During spring you may receive dormant native perennial plants or plants just showing a sprig of new growth. These will establish and wakeup after planting, so are suitable for planting as soon as you receive them- some will begin growth in mid spring after most other perennials have begun growth.
How many seeds in a packet?Most seed packets are packed by weight and seed counts are approximate. Seed count information can be found on the Product Details page of a seed item, underneath the product SKU.
My packet has too few seeds or is empty.Seed packets are packed by our staff either by hand or on a small scale packing machine. Packets are packed by weight and seed counts are approximate. If you think that your packet may be underpacked, please Contact Us! We’d be more than happy to send a replacement packet, free of charge.
If I only want one packet of seeds, do I need to pay the shipping fee?Yes, the seed shipping and handling fee is determined by the total seed merchandise on your order. We do, however, offer the option of sending in a check for the amount of the seed along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We will put the seed packet in the envelope and send it directly back to you! Most seeds except for extra large or fragile seeds (i.e. Nasturtiums, Castor Oil Beans, Sweet Peas, Beans, etc.) are eligible. Only one seed packet per self addressed stamped envelope. Please give us a call at (800) 684-0395 if you have any questions.
My seeds will ship in freezing weather. Will they still germinate?We have a humidity and temperature controlled seed room that keeps our seed cool and dry before packing into our packets. Most seeds can be stored for several years in cool, dry conditions, such as a glass canning jar in the refrigerator. Dry seeds can be frozen without cracking the seed and damaging it and can be stored frozen for 3-5 years. A trip in the mail in winter will not harm them, and our seeds are dry. Some seeds are not harmed by being moist and below freezing, think self-sowers that drop seeds in fall to overwinter below 32F and occasionally below 0F and sprout the next year. Long term storage, 10 years or more, of seeds in zero to subzero conditions start with a seed that is dry to about 8% humidity. Seed Banks store seeds in this way.
In the Seed Sowing Guide, it mentions using soil-less seed starting mix. Can I use regular garden soil to start my seedlings indoors?No. Regular garden soil may contain insects or diseases that can harm germinating seeds, plus garden soil is often too heavy (less pore space for air) for optimum growth. A soil-less germinating mix, by contrast, is finely milled peat mixed with vermiculite and contains just the right amount of pore space for air and water and it drains freely, avoiding the overly wet conditions that allow diseases to flourish. It is the perfect medium for successful seed starting.
HA -- Hardy Annual.
Hardy annuals can stand some frost, so sow in the open ground well before the last spring frost date, or, in warm winter areas, sow in fall.
HHA -- Half-hardy Annual.
Half-hardy annuals will survive a very light frost but are planted in the open at the last spring frost date or a little later. They can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
TA -- Tender Annuals.
Tender annuals are warm weather plants that cannot withstand any frost and prefer warm nights. Tender annuals with long weeks to bloom (16-18+) should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
We use several symbols and abbreviations in our catalog:
: Especially fragrant flowers
: Scented leaves
: Great for containers
: Great cut flower
: Heat and/or drought tolerant
: Attracts butterflies
: Attracts hummingbirds
: Attracts bees
: Attracts beneficial insects
: Native or Native Cultivar