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Shipping, Instructions & Guarantees


Flat Rate means one price no matter what the quantity or if the order is split to accommodate the scions being shipped when they are dormant in winter.

No International and Canada. No international PO boxes. All orders are blocked for international including those shipped to U.S. address’s. The reason for this is due to phytosanitary restrictions and shipping requirements of which Oikos Tree Crops does not have the ability to fulfill even on a small scale.

  •  SEEDS -SCIONS               FLAT RATE                      USPS               $14.20
  • NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS including Canada (The website filters and blocks all international shipments automatically.)

All seeds are sent as soon as the order is received.  Although early in the season when seeds are being processed it make take up to a month before shipment. By December most seeds are fully processed, stable and ready to be shipped immediately. Your order is fulfilled within 1-5 days of receiving your order. An email notification is sent the day of shipment via USPS.

The woody plant seeds can withstand freezing in shipment. They will not be damaged by the small amount of freezing in shipping. To be safe, I take the parcels to the post office to avoid prolonged freezing to prevent outside storage even for a short period. I try to pick times where extreme cold weather is not showing up in weather maps within  the U.S. Freezing in shipping doesn’t lower germination rates because of the short period of time they are exposed.

Germination for Seeds:  Each planting description has the germination instructions for the seeds I produce. This is tried and true recommendations from over 40 years of growing seedlings from seeds I produced at my farm. Keep in mind a seed that does not sprout is not a bad seed, but one that may need additional dormancy for germination to begin. This is most true with Prunus seeds. Also keep in mind float tests are unreliable. Do not use the float test on hazelnuts and other seeds as many seeds have seed cavities larger than the seed which makes them naturally float. This is normal for hazelnuts in particular.

Not everything you might read is true. I have noticed a lot of bad advice with seeds in various Facebook groups. But of course there is good advice as well but limited due to someone copying it from somewhere else.  Freezing seeds in the freezer is not the same as planting outdoors and the seeds freeze in the soil.

It is of best interest to you to manage seeds like you would plants providing them with the right temperature, moisture conditions and location to prevent failure and optimize germination percentage. I constantly do cut tests on the seeds I collect and include extra seeds in each order to insure the number of seeds purchased equals all good seeds just in case of blanks or immature embryos. This is normal for all seeds to show some variation in germination. I try to minimize this for you. No other seed company does this. They buy and resell. I grow and directly make seeds available to you. Your purchase directly helps me maintain my farm and the costs associated with having a piece of property that I have worked on for more than forty years.

Not what you wanted or changed your mind: If you do not want the seeds you ordered, return them within three days of receiving them for a full refund minus shipping.  All the seeds of a single variety or species have to be returned for the refund, not a portion. Once opened and tampered with, we will not accept it as a return. Keep in mind this is a perishable item.  Once processed or handled by you in some way means the seeds cannot be returned and you have accepted them as your own. For this there will be no refunds or exchanges for other seeds. They are now yours to do with what you want and how you grow them is up to you. See guarantee for specifics. Any order placed  can be refused and refunded by us due to website errors or inability to fulfill the order. We do not reserve inventory and hold seeds in coolers for sale later in the season.


Our seeds do not carry a warranty of any type. The buyer assumes all risks. For quality issues please contact us when you receive the seeds. Returns are accepted if you feel the seeds are unacceptable in some way. If you think they are not what you wanted, then they can be returned if not tampered with after opening. Our seeds are harvested and packed fresh. They are stored in conditions to preserve their embryo as well as moisture level. They are not allowed to dry out other than normal processing to bring down the moisture levels enough so they do not rot in packaging and make them stable for storage.  But not enough drying to damage the embryo. Do not soak the seeds. They are not dried to the point of desiccation. Soaking our seeds could make them rot. Be careful if you do this.

The seeds by Oikos Tree Crops are offered as is without a warranty. Everything is in your hands to make them grow using my methods of over coming dormancy as described in the plant description under each product. If you use other methods, then that is your experimental method not ours.  Our seeds are guaranteed fresh but not guaranteed to grow. For that you have to supply both the knowledge of woody plant seed propagation as well as the means to make that happen without interruption by pests and diseases. Variation is natural in all seed grown plants. That natural variation is found within our Ecos seed strain. How that translates to your climate is left up to you. We do not guarantee the success or lack of success to your climate and environmental situation.  The plant may be weedy or invasive in your location based on local laws of your state which is not necessarily a scientific definition.  For that you are responsible and are in full control of the destiny of your crop plant. I cannot predict the effects of the plant in your location but can provide you with cultural information to make it successful for your climate. You accept this guarantee once you check out in terms and conditions.

The nursery is closed. This is forever! No more plants will be produced. Please see changes to our  guarantee this year.  My farm will continue but the nursery will not. Seeds will be harvested in the fall for shipping but no more plants will be produced at the farm. The phone has been discontinued. Use the contact form on the front of the website to contact us.

Damaged in Shipping
Email customerservice@oikostreecrops.com for quickest response. If you decide to plant the damaged plants, it is fine but doing so means you have accepted them as good plants. These would not fall under our warranty. Seeds are sent fully insured with signature confirmation.

All  plant guarantees are null and void as of May 24,2021. The nursery is permanently closed and is no longer shipping plants. We refunded everything that was not filled in case there was a short crop on something. No 90 day guarantee as we had no means to fill orders once the nursery was closed.

Guarantee-Agreed to under terms and conditions when you check out or place an order from us

We guarantee our seeds to be healthy and true to catalog description including grade and count. Upon receiving your seeds, if there is a question concerning seed quality, please bring this to our attention within one day of receipt. We do not cover losses due to experimentation, neglect, heat, drought, cold or other extreme environmental conditions including insects and disease.  Due to natural variation, not all plants respond the same and may be different in your climate. Not what you expected? Return the whole seed order within 3 days for a refund. We do not cover the losses due to extreme winter weather, animal, fungal or insect damage. Once planted you have accepted them as good and refunds or credit will not be given.

Not Guaranteed
On plant identification: Belief of mis-identification or actual mis-identification: either way-we will not cover a removal or loss type of time scenario including the purchase price of the seeds. Because we work with open pollinated plants including hybrids, many things do not look like the ‘books’ including images found on the internet-other websites which may or may not be accurate. We are not going to dispute or corroborate your claim.

Any order can be refused and refunded by us due to website errors or inability to fulfill the order. We do not reserve inventory or allow pre-orders.

Seeds: Our seeds do not carry a warranty of any type other than weight and=or count. The buyer assumes all risks. For quality issues please contact us when you receive the seeds. Returns are accepted if you feel the seeds are unacceptable in some way. Seeds are fresh when packed for the year of sale as marked on each packet. Our seeds are harvested and packed annually. Do not soak the seeds. They are not dried to the point of desiccation. Soaking our seeds may make them rot.

International Orders: no more seeds are sent internationally. 

Substitution:  We do not substitute seeds.

GUARANTEE:   Seeds are harvested fresh,  stored properly including refrigeration and shipped as soon as possible. Seeds are labeled properly. Records are kept of the source of our seeds on our farm and how they were developed. I guarantee the seeds are fresh and not dry stored for long periods of time. Seed labels include year of harvest.

All seeds are cut tested and float tested to remove all blanks as much as possible. Seeds are not held over from year to year and are stored in refrigeration from 34Fto 44F. This slows the metabolism of many seeds and  preserves their freshness but is not dormancy. For that you have to apply it yourself within the directions found under that plants description. Let me know if you need further help.