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Shipping Questions

When was my order shipped?

Estimated time until shipping is usually 3 to 5 business days, though it is our goal to ship orders within 48 hours.  

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How will you ship my order to me?

All orders are shipped by the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx.

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How long until I receive my order?

Average time to receive your order in the U.S. is between 7 to 10 days after receipt of your order with payment.

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What do I do if there was something wrong in my order received?

If you are missing a packet, received the wrong packet, or got an empty packet, just give us a call at (417)924-8917 or email us at seeds@rareseeds.com and we will get the correct packet out to you.

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Do you ship internationally? I am in South Africa.

Yes, we do ship Internationally.  Orders of any size are welcome, but those shipped outside of the U.S., Canada or Mexico will be broken into $50 packages to improve shipping success.  Shipping cost for international order is 20% of the order total with a $5.00 minimum charge.

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I have friends in the Czech Republic that I would like to send Heirloom seeds to. Do you ship to Eastern Europe and what would it cost.

Yes, we do ship Internationally.  Orders of any size are welcome, but those shipped outside of the U.S., Canada or Mexico will be broken into $50 packages to improve shipping success.  Shipping cost for international order is 20% of the order total with a $5.00 minimum charge.

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When does your Whole Seed Catalog ship and how long does it normally take for the free 2014 catalog to ship?

The pre-ordered Whole Seed Books are mailed directly from the printer around the first week of November by bulk mail, and can take up to two weeks to arrive.  

The free edition is mailed directly from the printer around the end of November by bulk mail.  Requests made after that time will be shipped in about 2 week intervals beginning the middle of December, directly from the printer by bulk mail.  Requests made for the free catalog after the middle of December should usually take 4-6 weeks to receive.

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I would like to order a magazine subscription as a gift. How do I go about doing that?

Place an order for HG1121 for a one year gift subscription.  When you check out, the first address it will ask you for is the shipping address.  Put the recipient's name and address there and continue.  It will then ask you for the billing address, put your information there.

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When going through the ordering process, the site first gives me the option to standard shipping but then when I enter my address in Nashville TN the site says priority shipping is the only option. Can you tell me why?

Sorry about that!  There seems to be a glitch in the system that we are working on resolving.  Click to go back into your cart by either clicking the "edit" at the top right of the checkout screen, or click the image of the shopping cart.  Then begin checkout again, and the standard shipping option should show up.

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Festivals

Are you still accepting booth/vendors for your spring festival? Do you have an application? We make brooms by hand and also could bring some rabbits and poultry if allowed. Thanks. Please let me know of any fees and deadlines.

Just send an email to seeds@rareseeds.com and put ATTN: Festival in the subject line, and she can help you out.

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I am interested in becoming a vendor at your monthly festivals. I would like more information.

Just send an email to seeds@rareseeds.com and put ATTN: Festival in the subject line, and she can help you out.

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Do you have RV camping at the festival? Can you suggest a local camp ground.

We do offer RV and tent camping here at our place for the festival at no charge.  Spaces are first come first serve, and we do not have electric or water hookups, or a dump site.  We do have bathroom and some shower facilities available, and a water spigot you can fill jugs at.  You are welcome to come in anytime on the Friday before the festival, and stay until the day after!

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We are planning on attending the festival on May 5-6. We are planning on staying in our tent. Do you have restroom/shower facilities for guests?

Yes we do!  We have 5 bathroom/shower rooms set up down by the camping area, as well as bathrooms at the restaraunt and seed store.  We will also have portable toilets scattered around the property.

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if i attend your spring festival, what is the name of the closest town that would have motel accomodations?

Places to stay when visiting:   Bakersville at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
 
Mansfield (6miles)
Little House Inn 417-924-3531
Mansfield Woods Cottages 417-924-1345
Weaver Inn Bed and Breakfast 417-924-2600
 
Seymour (17 miles west on Hwy 60)
Seymour Country Inn 417-935-9888
Value Inn in Seymour has a great buffet next door! Here is web-site!
417-935-9888
 
Ava (19 miles south on Hwy 5)
Super 8 417-683-1343
 
Mountain Grove (23 miles east on Hwy 60)
Travelodge 417-926-3152
Days Inn 417-926-5555
Mountain Grove Motel 417-924-6101
Missouri Park Campground 417- 259-4050 or 417-926-4105 (store)
 
The Farm BarnLoft Inn
B&B, hunting, camping, full apartment with equipped kitchen and full bath, queen and double size beds.
417-683-1040

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Growing Questions

What can I grow in my area?

We suggest you talk with your local county extension agent, or master gardener's club to see what does well in your area.  You can also send us an email at seeds@rareseeds.com and we can make some suggestions.

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I am new to heirloom seeds, so I have a few questions. Will I be able to save seeds for the next year from all of your vegetables that you have for sale? I live in Thailand, do you have any recomendations? Thank you! Your website is awesome!!!

Yes, our seeds are open-pollinated heirloom seeds, so as long as you follow guidelines to prevent cross-pollination, you can save the seeds from the vegetables you get from our seeds.  For specific recomendations for what will grow in your area, email us at seeds@rareseeds.com and one of our expert gardeners will help you out.

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Just in general, planting instructions, best time of year, depth, spacing, watering and sunlight

You can find our planting guide at http://www.rareseeds.com/resources/planting-guide/

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How long will seeds store before they will not grow when planted?

Depending on the type of seed, and the environment in which it is stored, seeds can last anywhere from 1-10 years or more before the germination rates will decline.  Tomato and cucumber seeds typically can last up to 10 years, while parsnip seeds will start to decline after only a year.  To help your seeds hold their viability for as long as possible, make sure you store your seeds in an airtight container.  Put that container in a cool, dry, dark spot, or put it in your freezer.  If you do freeze your seeds, just make sure you let them come to room temperature before you open the seed packets, to help prevent condensation inside of the packet.

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is there an experation date for using these seeds. we want to grow all year in a greenhouse and will not plant them all at once. Thanks , Audrey

Depending on the type of seed, and the environment in which it is stored, seeds can last anywhere from 1-10 years or more before the germination rates will decline.  Tomato and cucumber seeds typically can last up to 10 years, while parsnip seeds will start to decline after only a year.  To help your seeds hold their viability for as long as possible, make sure you store your seeds in an airtight container.  Put that container in a cool, dry, dark spot, or put it in your freezer.  If you do freeze your seeds, just make sure you let them come to room temperature before you open the seed packets, to help prevent condensation inside of the packet.

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On the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin , was told to get them to grow up to 800 to 1500 lbs. you must leave only 1 pumpkin on the vine & snip off the others. Is that true?

That is correct!  By the end of July, you should have the "favorite" chosen, and remove all of the other pumpkins from that vine.

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I planted cauliflower and brussel sprouts over 120 days ago. I had not had any sign of produce. Just today I did find 1 small start to a cauliflower and may see an indication of sprouts. Is this normal?

These are crops that require cooler weather to produce.  The seeds for these vegetables need to be started indoors a good 6 weeks before your last frost, and set out as soon as the chance of frost has past.  We have a general planting guide located at http://www.rareseeds.com/resources/planting-guide/ that might help you, and a good tool to have is the Clyde's Garden planner at: http://www.rareseeds.com/clydes-garden-planner/?F_Sort=1

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I am growing golden giant amaranth and wanted to know if you have any advice on when to harvest the grain? Thanks

When the seed head starts to turn brown and you start to see some of the grain falling off of the head is the time to harvest.

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Any suggestion on best way to irradicate Squash Bugs or Beetles comingon my Squash Plants?

Pyganic is probably the best organic spray out there for squash bugs. It's pyrethrum-based and is supposed to have quick knock-down effect on them.
 
I take it you already tried hand-picking the bugs and their eggs?

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How do you store tomato seeds after tHey Have been dried out.

After any seed has been dried well, put them in an airtight container, and store that in a cool, dry dark spot, or put them in your freezer.  Just make sure, if you freeze them, to let them come completely to room temperature before opening them, to prevent condensation in the package.

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Do you guys sell any Genetically Modified seeds?

We do not!  All of our seeds are non-treated, open-pollinated NON-GMO seeds.

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I would like to grow several types of peppers. Do I need to seperate pepper types to prevent cross pollination? If so, how much spacing between pepper types? Thanks.

Yes, peppers cross pretty freely, and the bees carry the pollen up to about 500 feet. Even though peppers come in 4 different main species, experts say that sometimes crossing can even occur between species as well. Separate them by 500 feet, or cage your seed-producing plants, or bag a few seed-producing bloom before they open, to assure purity.

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I live in western New York and I was wondering how your seeds will do in my area. I'm zoned for level 5. One other thing is I'm totally switching over to open pollinated seeds , little nervous. Want to make sure the germination is high. Thanks

Hello, our germination rates should be good as we test our seed lots periodically. As to what you could grow, no not all our varieties are going to be good everywhere--heirlooms tend toward regional adaptation. So you'll need to identify varieties that come from similar environments to your own. I'm assuming that your climate tends toward shorter, cooler summers. So focus on varieties that originated in the northern portion of the country, Canada, or eastern Europe/former USSR. Many others may grow well for you as well, but this is a safe place to start! Also, if you need uninterrupted production from your garden, it might be wise to transition a bit gradually, and consider holding onto a few of your current star performers--you will experience some trial-and-error in your selection of heirloom types. Finally, we're happy to offer specific recommendations. Please email further questions to seeds@rareseeds.com

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Hello,Is there a brand/type/features that you would recommend when buying a freezer specifically for freezing seeds?Thank you for your time,Vallerie

Not really. It might be best to get a self-defrosting type, both for conveninece and because, in a non-frostfree type, should the power go out for a prolonged period of time, there is going to be a LOT of moisture surrounding your seeds. (Yes, I've heard of this on several occasions--tragic!!) Otherwise, it just needs to be a reliable freezer that isn't going to be a constant worry. I'm thinking most new freezers are going to be suitable.

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I am new to growing heirloom varieties. My question is: can I mix heirloom and GMO/hybrids plants in the same garden? I want to start off with some heirloom tomatoes, but still have lots of GMO/hybrids from last year. If so, what is the spacing? Thx!

Hello! First of all, in tomatoes, you probably don't have any GMO, even if you do have hybrids. So it's simply a matter of how the plants cross. And the mechanincs are going to be the same, whether they are hybrid, heirloom or GMO. Tomatoes are almost entirely self-pollinating, but a distance of 25-50 feet between varieties virtually assures purity. (The exception is potato-leaf varieties, which need 500 feet to be safe.) Crossing is only of concern if you plan to save seeds and grow them in future. If you are only interested in the fruit, crossing isn't going to affect this year's fruit quality.

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Are your seeds organic?

Hello. All our seed is untreated, and we sell only non-GMO, open-pollinated varieties. Some of the seeds we offer are grown organically (whether Certified or on un-certified farms) and some are grown conventionally. However we are not a Certified Organic seed packing operation. So none of the seed we offer can be labeled or described as Organic. Certified Organic growers may often use untreated, non-certified or conventional seed if they document to their Certifier that they were unable to obtain the variety as Certified Organic. Local regulations may vary so it's wise to check with your certifying agency before proceeding.

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What countries do you obtain your seeds from?Which seeds are from the United States?Thank you,Kelly

Our seeds are from all over the world. Most are grown in the US by us or our contract growers, and most of the companies from whom we purchase are in this country. However, these companies may have growers anywhere in the world. So I am unable to answer this question as there is no list of which varieties are grown in which country. Thanks for your interest ino ur seeds

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Do you have any tips for keeping weeds down in large garden plots? DO you use any sort of over crop to shade out weeds?

We use a lot of mulch. Cover crops can be great between ros or beds whicle your crop plants are in place, and of course cover crops can smother weed competition if you can work them in between crop planting times. Hope this helps. Feel free to email us directly at seeds@rareseeds.com if this raises more questions.

 

Randel

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I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. Many of your seed packets say, "perennial to 2 ft." Others say "perennial to 4 ft." What does that mean? I know what a tender and a hardy perennial is, but what does the "to 2 ft." or whatever mean? Thanks.

These figures refer to height. The information is useful when you're trying to decide how to position your plants. hope this helps, feel free to write back if it raises further question!

 

Randel

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Camelina...When grown as a cover crop does it fix nitrogen the way legumes do? Do I need to till the entire plant in or can I use the tops for livestock feed? Days to harvest are? I got this in a Large Southern Garden bucket. Thank you!

Camelina is not a nitrogen-fixing crop, but it will hold nitrogen already present in the soil, and keep it from leaching away. It is about 60-90 days from planting to seed maturity, unless you overwinter it, in which case, it will take much longer. You can feed the tops to livestock, or let them graze, but then you have less organic matter to incorporate into your soil. 
 
It grows best in cool, fairly dry conditions.

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I am wondering if there is a particular sunflower that the birds seem to like over the others.

Not really--they like them all! However, the sunflowers with many smaller flowers make smaller seeds, so if you want to encourage smaller birds, you might try growing any of these multi-flowered types.

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My mother has diverticulitis what are some varieties of tomatoes and cucumbers that have very small to no seeds or any suggestions of some other vegetables

Well we're not experts on diveticultis, but I think in general if you pick the cucumbers younger, the seeds will be less developed and therefore less of a problem. Cucumbers are always used in an immature state anyway, so you don't need to let them get "ripe." You can actually use them even a couple of days after they bloom. They'll be small, yes, but they'll still taste right and they'll be very tender.

Tomatoes is more problematic. There are no seedless heirlooms. some varieties that are reputed to be very low in seeds are: Orange, and Pink Icicle, German Red Strawberry, Jersey Devil, Martino's roma, and San Marzano Lungo no. 2. 

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Please provide Northern Ruby Tomato description Lot#111DB. Indeterminate? Shape? Size? Plant height? Harvest time? Origin, etc.

Here's the description we had when we carried it:

65 days, indeterminate--Selected out of Heinz 2653 over a period of 20 years by the Baty family of Montana, this variety takes cool conditions that stop most others! All-purpose fruits are juicy enough for fresh use, yet meaty enough for canning. Very full tomato taste, few seeds. A Baker Creek exclusive!

We most likely stopped carrying it due to a supply issue: as our sales increase we are sometimes left high and dry on supply, with no way to get more until after growing the variety.

Hope this helps.

Randel

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My garden never really got off the ground. I have rareseeds packed for last year. What is the likelihood for anything to grow? I may not have room with all I bought this year. Just checking.

Most garden seeds will germinate very well if stored for a year, provided storage is relatively cool and dry. (Keep your seedbank away from heaters, sunny windows, etc, and don't store in a damp basement, bathroom closet, etc.) 

The few which are not likely to be much good the second year would be onion family, including leeks, chives and shallot seeds, parsnips, possibly peppers and lettuce. Sow plenty of extra seed to compensate for relatively low germination.

Actually, most garden seeds will keep longer than just one year. If stored as mentioned above, Most types are worth planting even after 2-3 years of storage, and many types, including squash, beans and tomatoes, can give surprisingly good results even at 5 years. Just remember, germination drops off gradually with most types, so as seed ages, plants correcspondingly greater amounts of seed to compensate for reduced germination.

 

 

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It took yrs to find Cockscombs Amish white and red best way to start these seeds I am new to doing seeds my mother had these when I was small I don't want anything to happen to these please help thank u

They start well enough seeded directly into the garden at the time of last spring frost. However, the seeds are tiny, so therefore so are the young seedlings, and so they are apt to be overrun by weeds.

They can also be started indoors. Sow them in flats or pots a few weeks before last frost date, setting out sturdy young transplants after frost. The seedlings aren't fussy about being transplanted.This method uses less seed and results in earlier bloom.

In either case sow seeds into fine-textured medium, and do not bury the tiny seeds too deeply--no more than a quarter of an inch. Or simply sprinkle the seeds onto the surface and water very well--the water, as it pools and then drains, will work most of the seeds into tiny crevices where they can stay damp but still have ready access to light when they sprout. Keep seedbed uniformly moist until the seedlings appear.

After sprouting the plants just need ordinary garden soil, not too rich, adequate moisture (but established plants can tolerate some drought), and full sun. They're very easy to grow in warm conditions.

 

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I live in zone 5, the Finger Lakes Region of NYS. I know I probably will get better results if I use a grow light. I have looked at different lights and I would like to know what wattage is enough as there are so many choices out there.

Dear Tina,

     Yes there are many choices, and it depends on many factors. Could you help me help you by answering some questions? 

1 - Are you going to grow your plants indoors or outdoors? 

2 - I assume indoors and if that's the case will sunlight be able to supplement your plants lighting needs? If not have you seen the solatube? http://www.solatube.com/

3 - Do you have a preference in the following types of lights? LED, High Pressure Sodium, Metal Halide, Incandescent, CFL or T8 tube florescent lights.

A brief explanation on the types of lights: 

LED - Expensive but energy saving and longest life. Create little to no heat.

High Pressure Sodium - Used for the flowering state of plants in a Special type of fixture with a ballast. The same one could be used for a Metal Halide light bulb. Typical wattages run from 200 watts to 4000 watts and create a lot of heat and need a cooling system installed with the light fixture.

Metal Halide - Used for the vegetative state of plants in a Special type of fixture with a ballast. The same one could be used for a High Pressure Sodium light bulb. Typical wattages run from 200 watts to 4000 watts and create a lot of heat and need a cooling system installed with the light fixture.

Incandescent - Does not work so well from my experiments, I recommend not using Incandescent light bulbs to grow.

CFL or T8 tube florescent lights - CFL (Compact Florescent Lights) and T8 tube florescent lights in a grow light spectrum can work well and are cheap but if they break you can be exposed to Mercury and its toxic effects. They create little heat.

Keep in mind that all of these systems need a ceiling suspension system.

4 – What type of plant(s) do you want to grow?

5 – How much area do you want covered by the lighting system?

Thanks for asking :)

- David

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Will N. Georgia Candy Roaster squash cross pollinate with lemon squash?? ANd can these squash be grown vertically on a trellis?? Thanks.

They are two different species so they won't likely cross with each other, and the two can be safely grown in close proximity to each other (assuming there are no OTHER squashes nearby!).Neither in my opinion is a great candidate for trellis growing, however. Lemon Squash is a bush type and won't be climbing anything. Candy Roaster will climb, but the fruits are rather large. The stems may be sturdy enough to support the fruits, or they may not. If you do try it, watch their development carefully, as you may need to improvise some sort of a sling or support to help the fruits stay attached until they have matured. Hope this helps!

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Are all your calendula seeds the edible/medicinal types? Thank you.

All our calendulas are Calendula officinalis, which is the edible/medicinal species. We do offer the variety called Resina, which is said to be of higher potency as far as the medicinal constituents are concerned. However, I do not know what impact, if any, this higher concentration has on the flavor if you are just wanting it for a pot herb.

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I live in coastal Mass and I've never had luck with tomatoes due to blight and leaf spot. Do you have a guide regarding certain varieties that are disease resistant and successful in this climate? I'm new to this site and I'm hooked!

We don't have a guide or list. We do offer some varieties that carry some disease resistance but, unfortunately, disease resistance is not well documented for the majority of heirloom varieties.

 

If you will email your inquiry to seeds@rareseeds.com, and put ATTN ART in the subject line, our horticulturist will share what he knows and hopefully get you onto the right track. 

 

Thanks!

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Last year, I planted 3 Fordhook zucchini plants. The plants grew large and healthy with plenty of blooms, however, only one zucchini developed from all of my plants! I'm trying again this year, any advice to avoid the disappointing harvest?

First thing is to be sure the bees are working the blooms. No bees equals no squash. Check for them between sunrise and noon. You should see a number of them going from blossom to blossom. If you don't see them, you'll need to hand pollinate. The only other cause I can think of for poor fruit set would be marginal growing conditions--too hot, too cool ,to dry, too wet, or not enough light. I'm betting it's a lack of pollination, though.

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Store Questions

What days are you open?

We are open Sunday through Friday.  Hours Monday through Friday are 8am until 4pm.  Hours on Sunday are 9am until 5pm during the rest of the year, and 8am until 4pm during the winter.  We are closed on Saturday

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What holidays are you closed on?

We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

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Why are you closed on Saturday?

The owners keep the Sabbath on the 7th day of the week, which is Saturday.

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Will you get that item back in stock?

Some items we have an available supply all season, while others are limited.  If we are not planning on getting something back in.  You can email us at seeds@rareseeds.com and we can let you know if we are expecting any more seed stock for any variety.

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You carried something last year but I don't see it now?

If we are not able to secure a source for a particular seed, we will not have it listed in the catalog.  

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I received a $20 gift certificate but could not figure out how to use it with my order. Can you please assist

We apologize for the confusion!  Our new system is not accepting the gift certificate numbers from the old system, so we have to issue you a new number.  Just give us a call at (417)924-8917 or email us at seeds@rareseeds.com and we will get you a new number.

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Are your seeds organic?

We get our seeds from many different sources, but since we do not have our organic certification, we cannot sell any seed as organic.  All of our seeds are untreated, open pollinated seeds.

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We have 4 acres in eastern Ok. Can we grow seed for you?

We are always looking for growers!  Just email us at seeds@rareseeds.com and someone will get back with you.

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How many tomato seeds are in the 1/8 oz packs?

Typically, there are about 10,000 tomato seeds in an ounce of tomato seed.  That means there is about 1,250 seeds in 1/8 oz.

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How can we find out if employment opportunities arise with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds? Thank you! :)

You can email seeds@rareseeds.com or come by and fill out an application.

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Just wondering if you keep a list of people or stores that sell your seed. I check with the nurseries in my area, but have not seen yours yet. I live in southern California. Thank you.

You can send an email to seeds@rareseeds.com with your city and state, and we can tell you if we have someone in your area.

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I work for a non-profit that services refugees. Each year we have a community garden for our clients. This is very important program as many of them are displaced farmers. I was wondering if you do seed donations for such programs? Thank you.

We do have a donation program! Please submit a letter of inquiry (a copy-and-paste of the text you submitted here would be sufficient). Send it to: seeds@rareseeds.com. Write "ATTN DONATION" in the subject line.

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If I buy 2 cans) of the large heirloom packages will they be identical seeds?

We cannot guarantee that, as our collections are picked ahead of time, and what goes in them depends on what is available at the time they were picked, and you might receive packages that were picked on different days, but most of the seeds would likely be the same.

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Hello, I am planning to order the 'Southern Large Package' collection, as well as some other seeds. Is there a current list of what is contained in this collection? I live in South-Eastern Oklahoma currently and would love your recommendations.Thanks

Home Gardener's collection

This collection is perfect for the home gardener or container gardener. It contains 20 full-sized packets of seeds and a Clyde's Garden Planner—all packaged in an attractive burlap bag with a drawstring closure. Varieties in this package are chosen to be productive in both Northern and Southern climates. This collection may include: 1-melon, 1-bean, 1-beet, 1-carrot, 1-cucumber, 1-eggplant, 1-green pea, 2-herbs, 1-hot pepper, 1-kale, 1-lettuce, 1-onion, 1-sweet pepper, 1-radish, 1-salad blend, 1-snow or snap pea, 1-spinach, 1-summer squash, 2-tomatoes.

 

Large Northern collection

The perfect way to a secure food supply. Most of the seeds in this package will last 4-10 years, if kept cool and dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties. Selections based on availability. This collection may include: 1 asparagus, 2 beans, 1 broccoli, 1 beet, 1 cauliflower, 1 cabbage, 1 celery, 1 carrot, 1 corn, 1 cucumber, 1 oriental green, 1 other green, 1 kale, 1 lettuce, 1 European melon, 1 American Melon, 1 okra, 2 onion, 1 garden pea, 1 sweet or snap pea, 1 hot pepper, 1 sweet pepper, 1 parsnip, 2 radish, 1 rutabaga, 1 spinach, 2 summer squash, 2 winter squash, 1 swiss chard, 1 pink tomato, 2 red tomato, 1 green tomato, 1 yellow tomato, 1 purple tomato, 2 watermelon, 1 turnip, 1 herb, 1 flower, 1 eggplant, 1 endive, and 1 leek! We will also include a "Clyde's Garden Planner" which will help in deciding when to plant your seeds.

 

Large Southern collection

The perfect way to a secure food supply. Most of the seeds in this package will last 4-10 years, if kept cool and dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties. Selections based on availability. This collection may include: 2 beans, 1 beet, 1 brussels sprouts, 1 broccoli, 1 cabbage, 1 carrot, 1 corn, 1 cowpea, 1 cucumber, 1 eggplant, 1 endive, 1 kohlrabi, 1 lima bean, 1 leek, 1 grain, 2 oriental greens, 1 lettuce, 1 american melon, 1 okra, 1 onion, 1 garden pea, 1 snap pea, 1 hot pepper, 1 sweet pepper, 1 radish, 1 rutabaga, 1 spinach, 1 summer squash, 1 winter squash, 1 swiss chard, 1 sorghum, 1 parsnip, 1 red tomato, 1 pink tomato, 1 purple tomato, 1 tomatillo, 1 green tomato, 1 orange tomato, 1 striped tomato, 1 turnip, 1 watermelon, 1 herb, 1 flower, and 2 additional packets... to round it up to 50 packets total. It also contains a "Clyde's Garden Planner" which is used to evaluate the best time to plant each of these in your area.

 

Jumbo Northern collection

The perfect way to a secure food supply. Most of the seeds in this package will last 4-10 years, if kept cool and dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties. Included are most of the following types of seeds: corn, beans, peas, cowpeas, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, watermelons, cucumbers, lettuce, greens, okra, winter squash, summer squash, radishes, turnips, huckleberries, sunflowers, leeks, amaranth, broccoli, ground cherries & kohlrabi, etc. Selections based on availability.

 

Jumbo Southern collection

The perfect way to a secure food supply. Most of the seeds in this package will last 4-10 years, if kept cool and dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties. Included are most of the following types of seeds: corn, beans, peas, cowpeas, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, watermelons, cucumbers, lettuce, greens, okra, winter squash, summer squash, radishes, turnips, huckleberries, sunflowers, leeks, amaranth, broccoli, ground cherries & kohlrabi, etc. Selections based on availability.

 

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Hi, can you prove that Monsanto do not own your seed's? are you with "safe seeds". thanks.

We have been a signer to the Safe Seed Pledge since before I began with the company in 2005. I'm not sure how we'd go about "proving" that our seeds don't belong to Monsanto. But we don't buy seeds from them, or from their subsidiaries, so far as we know, and none of our seeds is subject to any royalties or licenses. I'm not sure if that answers your question but feel free to write me directly at seeds@rareseeds.com if you wish to ask follow-up questions. Thanks!--Randel

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Hi, will you have the 2015 free catalog available in the Petaluma store? Is so, do you sell gift certificate that someone can use online . I wanted to send the catalog and certificate for a Xmas gift....Thankyou

Yes, that should all be workable in early December. Thanks for your interest!

 

Randel

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How is the Jere Gettle collection packaged?

Hello, it is basically just packed into a shipping carton. If the customer plans on very long-term storage (say, more than 3 years) it may be advisable to re-package the seeds in some form of long-term seed bank arrangement.

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Website Questions

I was registered with your site, but now it doesn't recognize my username and password

We apologize, but when we switched over to the new website, we were not able to transfer the user accounts over from the old site.  Everyone will have to register again.

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I've been buying from you in bulk for some time (not packets). Where is that section now?

Our bulk is now listed as the last item in each category (Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs) or you can click on these links:

Vegetables:

http://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/bulk-vegetables/

Flowers:

http://www.rareseeds.com/store/flowers/bulk-flowers/

Herbs:

http://www.rareseeds.com/store/herbs/bulk-herbs/

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Hi there I was trying to place an order and when I submit my billing info by clicking continue the screen turns blank. Is there something I'm doing wrong or is it the page itself? Thank you.

During our checkout procedure, the first screen will ask you for your shipping address, and ask you to choose a shipping method.  When you click continue, it then takes you to another screen that asks you for your billing address.  There is a box you can check on the shipping address page that says "use as billing address".  If you check that, it will populate the second page with your information.

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I just tried to place an order...I put in all my info and clicked submit order and an error screen popped up. Said it couldn't process my order... but my shopping cart is empty now. I'm not sure if it worked or not, I don't want a duplicate order.

If this happens, please send an email to seeds@rareseeds.com and include the name the order was placed under, and we can check to see if the order came through.

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I am trying to place an order online. After I fill out my info and click continue I get an error message saying undefined, select state. The state is selected but I still get this message.

We apologize for the trouble you are having with our system!  Several of the popular browsers have recently updated, and the new versions are not working well with our system.  We are waiting for a patch from them, but in the meantime, if you will switch to compatibility mode on your browser, you should be able to edit your cart and check out.  If this does not work, please let us know.

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I'm having trouble removing items from my shopping cart and wishlist, and when I try to check out, I get a blank page or it won't do anything when I click continue

We apologize for the trouble you are having with our system!  Several of the popular browsers have recently updated, and the new versions are not working well with our system.  We are waiting for a patch from them, but in the meantime, if you will switch to compatibility mode on your browser, you should be able to edit your cart and check out.  If this does not work, please let us know.

 

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How do I save my shopping cart to come back to later?

To save your shopping cart in our system, go to the shopping cart, and in the upper left corner of the cart, click the "save your order" link.  If you are registered and logged in, it will automatically take you to the saved orders page of your account.  If you are not registered, or not logged in, it will ask you for your email address, and then take you to the saved orders page.  To continue shopping with a saved cart, in the shopping cart, click the "view saved order" link, enter your email address if requested, and click the "view" link next to the cart you want to continue with.  A new page will pop up with your saved cart.  To continue shopping with that cart, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "continue shopping".  A warning will pop up telling you that to continue, it will delete your cart.  This means it will replace anything you have in your local browser cart with the items in your saved cart.  If you are wanting to add to your saved cart, pull up the cart first, and then add items to it.

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What is a SKU#

That is the item code we have listed for each item.  Example: TP106 is the SKU for Black Cherry Tomato.

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