than 320 heirloom varieties of plants offered in 2012!
How We Grow our Heirloom
seed-planting in January. Untreated seeds are sown into a mixture of
compost and peat moss. The seeds are incubated in a very warm
environment and moved into the greenhouse when sprouting has occured.
There they are grown in warm days and comparatively cool nights.
The only fertilizer used is fish emulsion. In time the plants are
shifted into four-packs and eventually into their individual 2.5 inch
pots, where they establish themselves prior to shipping.
We like to give
the plants two weeks or
so in their final pots. This gives them time to establish
becoming too large to ship. (Our protective packaging allows a maximum
height of about 11 inches.) We ship only actively growing plants with
root systems that have just filled their pot; we never ship root-bound
specimens that may have slowed their growth.
are usually shipped
directly from our greenhouse, with no
"hardening-off" period prior to shipping. It is the customer's
responsibilty to acclimatize the plants prior to setting out in the
For pest control if
necessary we rely on
insecticidal soaps, neem oil or other non-chemical alternatives. We
find that attentive maintenance and good sanitation practices keep
pests to a minimum. But
since we use no "hard-pesticides," occasional greenhouse pests, such as
aphids, could very rarely appear. It is a good practice for you to
inspect each plant fully upon receipt, and quarantine them temporarily
to protect your other plants. Naturally we never knowingly ship
pests with our plants, and would replace or refund if such an event
were to occur.