Shipping & Policy Questions
Inventory & My Order Questions
ARE YOUR SEEDS NON-GMO?
Yes, all of are seeds are non-GMO and have been since our inception in 1856. For more information on our philosophy please see our Safe Seed Pledge.
WHAT DOES GMO MEAN?
Genetically modified crops (GMOs, GMCs, GM crops, or biotech crops) are plants whose DNA has been modified using genetic engineering methods in a laboratory. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species. Ferry-Morse does not carry GMO seeds.
DOES HYBRID MEAN THE SEEDS ARE GMO?
No. A hybrid means that two different varieties of a plant have been cross-pollinated to produce an offspring, or hybrid, that contains the traits of each of the parents. Cross-pollination is a natural process that occurs within members of the same plant species. As a comparative example in the dog species, when a Labrador breed mates with a Poodle the offspring is a cross-breed Labradoodle.
DOES FERRY-MORSE USE NEONICOTINOIDS?
Ferry-Morse Seeds does not sell, nor have we ever sold any seed treated with neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. The impact of this class of chemical on pollinating insects such as honey bees and native bees is a cause of concern. This is why Ferry-Morse Seeds has not and will not use neonicotinoid chemicals at any time.
WHAT ARE ORGANIC SEEDS?
100% certified organic seeds are harvested from plants grown without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. They harbor no residues from these chemicals. Organically grown seed produces hearty, robust plants already adapted to organic growing conditions.
WHAT IS AN OPEN-POLLINATED VARIETY?
An open-pollinated variety relies on natural pollination from wind and insects, and holds on to the parent’s characteristics generation after generation. This is important as it allows saved seed to produce identically if used again. Seed from an open-pollinated plant can be saved to be used again, while seed from a hybrid variety should not be saved.
WHAT IS AN HEIRLOOM VARIETY?
Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated seeds that have been saved from generation to generation. Usually varieties referred to as heirloom have been around for more than 50 years and offer a wonderful history in the names and flavors that continually provide dependable quality season after season. The seed from heirloom plants can be saved at the end of the season to be used again the next year.
WHAT IS CROP ROTATION?
Crop rotation is one of the oldest and most effective strategies of controlling potential gardening problems. It is as simple as planning to plant a selected crop in the east end of the garden one year, and then the next season plant it in the west side of the garden. Plants that follow should be from a different family than the previous one. It is ideal for most crops to wait 3 years before planting in the original area. Moving crops to different areas of the garden each year provides many advantages such as maintaining soil fertility, reducing soil erosion, prevents diseases and pests, helps to control weeds and reduces reliance of synthetic chemicals.
WHAT IS HARDENING OFF?
Hardening off is the process of gradually transplanting a plant from a warm, comfortable indoor environment to the cool, windy outdoors. This process generally takes about 7-10 days. Place plants in the sun for an hour the first day, gradually increasing the exposure for about a week until plants can accept a full day of direct sunlight. After a couple of full days outside, the plants should be left out overnight, unless there is a danger of frost. Make sure the transplants are well watered during the process.
WHAT IS DEADHEADING?
Deadheading is the process of extending the flowering period of a plant by removing dead flowers once they have finished blooming. Check your plants while watering to see what ‘maintenance’ is required – usually taking a few minutes before or after watering to remove faded flowers or seed pods can help keep plants looking beautiful!
HOW DO I START SEED INDOORS?
Starting seed indoors is an excellent way to save money and work on a very fulfilling project.
- Using Jiffy peat pellets or a combination of peat pots and starting mix is the perfect start to a successful gardening experience.
- Be sure to follow packet directions for sowing depth and spacing, and don’t forget to label what you have planted.
- Cover your tray or flat of newly planted seeds with a plastic dome and remove once the seedling has fully emerged.
- Grow lights can help with germination and growth.
- Place your flat or tray somewhere warm (heat mat or on top of refrigerator) to warm the soil and promote germination.
- Be sure to remove from heat once seedlings start to emerge to keep roots safe.
- Keep your growing medium consistently moist – seedlings cannot tolerate dry conditions.
WHY AND HOW SHOULD I USE PLANT NUTRIENTS?
SUPERthrive plant nutrients are beneficial to nearly every aspect of a plant's life. A high-quality vitamin solution will help root development and build plant vigor. Ideal for starting, transplanting, and maintenance of plants, houseplants, trees, and more.
Mix and pour:
- 1 drop per 4 oz cup of water
- 1/4 tsp per gallon
- 3 oz per 100 gallons
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DETERMINATE AND INDETERMINATE TOMATOES?
There are two basic groups of tomato plants: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate:
- Also known as “bush types”
- Set all their fruit in a shorter period of time
- Do not need to be pruned
- Grow well in a cage
- Do not require staking
- Also known as "staking tomatoes"
- Continue to grow and produce fruit all season
- Should be pruned
- Requires staking to keep tomatoes off the ground
WHAT IS SUCCESSION GARDENING?
Succession gardening means planting a second or third crop where another crop has finished. This way you can always be using your garden space for more fresh produce. Once early maturing plants have finished, plant a second crop in their place (to get ahead try starting plants in Jiffy peat pots). After your second planting has been harvested you can usually plant a cool weather crop for late season enjoyment. To allow enough time for planting to mature, add the days to germination and maturity on the back of the seed packet and be sure to plant at least that many days before a likely first frost date for your region. Most greens (lettuce, kale, endive, spinach), radishes, bush beans, and peas can be planted mid summer and harvested in the fall for regions with a September/October first frost date.
WHAT IS A GARDEN INOCULANT?
Garden inoculant is a fine powder applied to seeds at time of planting. Inoculant is living bacteria that enables garden bean and pea plants to produce nitrogen fixing nodules along the roots which act to gather nitrogen (which is vital for plant growth) from the air and soil. This process results in better growth and production. In addition, the nitrogen gathered stays in the soil at the end of the season for the next season’s crops to profit from.
NOTE: Store it in a cool place. It is best to use inoculant in the year it was purchased. Excess inoculant can be worked into the soil.
WHAT IS YOUR SHIPPING POLICY?
All seed orders are shipped within 2 business days of purchase via first class mail. Seed orders will arrive within 7-10 business days from purchase. Garden tools and Home Decor items are shipped separately and will arrive between 20-30 days from purchase.
DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
At this time, we only ship orders to the United States. We cannot process international orders.
WHAT IS FERRY-MORSE’S RETURN POLICY?
We have a 30-day return policy. If you are not satisfied, please return your order along with your contact information and order number to:
202 S Washington St
Norton, MA 02766
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
In keeping with the custom of the seed trade, Ferry-Morse shall not be liable for more than the purchase price of the item. Ferry Morse does not cover return shipping costs.
CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT CARD FOR FERRY-MORSE?
Yes, gift cards can be purchased here. Gift cards are delivered via email immediately upon purchase. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees and never expire.
WILL OUT OF STOCK ITEMS COME BACK IN STOCK?
Once an item goes out of stock, it is not likely to come back in stock until the next growing season. Our website is the best place to check for the most up-to-date information about available stock.
I RECEIVED THE WRONG PRODUCT. HOW CAN I GET MY ORDER CORRECTED?
Your satisfaction is important to us, so we want to hear from you when we make mistakes. If you have received an order in error, please let us know by calling 508-285-5800 and we will do our best to correct it.
WHAT ARE PLANTLINGS?
PLANTINGS™ are baby plants delivered straight from our nursery to your home. Ready to plant, easy to grow, strong and healthy.
WHEN WILL YOU SHIP MY PLANTLINGS™?
We will ship your Plantlings™ based upon your ship to address so they arrive at the right time for planting. Please see our shipping schedule
WILL MY CREDIT CARD BE CHARGED BEFORE MY PLANTLINGS™ ARE SHIPPED?
Yes. Working with our grower we want to provide the best possible information and forecasting so we have healthy, nurtured Plantlings™ on hand when it is time to ship.
WHAT IS MY GROWING ZONE?
A Growing Zone or a “Hardiness Zone” is a USDA system developed to aid gardeners with an understanding of when to plant to give fruits, flowers, vegetables, flowers and plants their best chance of survival. To find your growing zone see the USDA map
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN MY PLANTLINGS™ ARRIVE?
Please see our Plantlings™ Instructions
HOW WILL MY PLANTLINGS™ SHIP?
Your Plantlings™ will ship in our custom clamshell designed to protect your baby plant so it is delivered in perfect condition. We will ship using the most appropriate shipping method for your area.
ARE THERE PLANTLINGS™ SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS?
We do and please see our complete list below:
- AK/HI/APO/FPO/PR:Vegetable Plants, Herb Plants, Perennial Plants, Bulbs, Annual Flower Plants, Potatoes, Fruit Plants, Onions, Shallots, Garlic, Vegetable Roots, Tea Plants
- AZ:Cilantro Plants, Vinca Plants
- CA:Geranium Plants, Zinnia Plants
- GA: Broccoli Plants, Tomato Plants, Eggplant Plants, Pepper Plants
- NV: Mint Plants
- WA: Broccoli Plants, Cauliflower Plants, Marigold Plants
- WY: Mint Plants