Frequently Asked Questions

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How are my plants shipped?

We ship plant through United Parcel Service 3-Day delivery.  They are well hydrated and then carefully wrapped to keep the soil where soil belongs (in the pot!) and the plant from unnecessary movement.  Each wrapped plant is then cocooned in the shipping box.  We do are very best to make sure that the plants arrive in good condition.  When you receive the box, please immediately open it and remove the plants.

What is the value of growing medicinal plants?

There are so many answers to this question.  Plants have been, and still are, used medicinally as part of our current and past medical traditions.  You may be interested in growing plants to use for your own and family care.  Or these may be plants you grew up knowing as part of your family health traditions.  Maybe, like me, you are fascinated with the plants for their own sake and want to grow them to learn more about them.  Many medicinal plants are threatened through over harvesting in the wild or climate changes to their native ecosystems.  That alone in my book is plenty reason to cultivate them.  And, of course, they are lovely plants to just sit back and enjoy in your garden.

Where do the plants come from?

The Blooming Artichoke Herbary propagates all our own plants.  Most of the plants are raised from seed, but some are propagated vegetatively when it makes more sense.  For instance, woody perennials like rosemary or rapidly spreading plants like mint are grown from cuttings or layering.  Seed for the plants is either gathered from plants in our propagating gardens or purchased from reliable dealers.  We are always on the lookout for reputable sources of unusual herbs that we can grow for you.

What kinds of conditions do these plants need to grow?

All of our plants will grow happily in our own grow zone of 7 (or 8, depending on who you ask).  They vary in the range of zones they will grow in.  We tried to include this information in our plant descriptions, but if you have a question about the suitability of a plant please send us an email and we are happy to help.

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