Click on a question or scroll down for the answers.
Where is the address for my seed order?
All Seed Bank orders need to be placed at the ICPS Store on the ICPS members web site. If you want to pay with a check you can print out an invoice after placing your order. The invoice will include a postal address to send the payment.
How up to date is the information on the Seed Bank web site?
Inventory for the Seed Bank is maintained on the ICPS members web site. It is always up to date. Occasionally there are discrepancies between reality and the database.
How accurate is the seed listing?
The seeds are listed according to what the donor says they are. There
is no attempt to verify accuracy unless there is an obvious problem.
Typos or misclassifications occur and corrections are welcomed.
How many packets can I order?
The official rules are members may order up to 40 packets in any 12
month period and may only order one packet of each item listed
per month. Don't bother asking for two packets of something unless
you have a very good reason. Seed orders are recorded in a database
so we know your order history. The reasons for these rules are to allow
all members to benefit from the Seed Bank and to assure the Seed Bank
can continue as a total volunteer operation.
Can I place an order via e-mail or phone?
E-mail orders are accepted only from members who donate seed
and have credit with the Seed Bank. The Seed Bank does not accept phone orders.
Does the Seed Bank ship internationally?
Yes. This is an international organization! If your country
requires import permits for seeds, you will need to provide the
permits with your seed order. The only country I know to have issues is New Zealand where seeds for import must be listed on the MAF web site.
How long does it take to get my order?
Expect seed orders in the USA to arrive 2 weeks
after you place your order. If I am out of town or otherwise busy,
orders may take an extra week or two.
Will I get a packing slip?
Do you test germinate seed?
The seed is generally listed on the web site as soon as it is
received. It is impractical to test germinate it--especially for species
that require stratification or other special treatment. We have to rely
on members donating viable seed. Reports of problems are welcome so bad
seed can pulled. The seeds are not guaranteed.
How much seed is included in a packet?
There are a number of factors that determine how much seed is included
in a packet.
- Just enough. I try to give you just enough to get a start.
For most things this is enough to plant some and save some for a second
attempt if something bad happens to the first try.
- Supply and demand. There is an attempt to balance the amount
of seed with how much seed is in the Seed Bank and how popular it
is. If a member sends in a small amount of something very popular,
the packets will tend to have fewer seeds than something similar
in good supply.
- Age of the seed. The older the seed, the more gets put in
packets to assure you get something for your effort.
Is all the seed in the Seed Bank listed on the
Rare seeds in small quantity are held back and offered first to members
who donate seed. This is one of the perks for donating seed to the Seed Bank. If you donate seed, indicate what your wish list is. It may already
be in stock!
Can I resell Seed Bank seeds?
No, members may not resell Seed Bank seeds. First of all it is a breach
of trust with other members who have donated seed and volunteered their
time to further the education, research, and conservation goals of the
International Carnivorous Plant Society. There is also a legal reason.
The ICPS operates as a tax exempt public charity under the USA federal
tax code. This prohibits the ICPS from acting as a wholesale distributor
to a for-profit enterprise. Members are encouraged to give away or share
any excess seeds with friends.