20160116A.jpgBringing in plants from outside of your country requires an import permit and a phytosanitary certificate (a paper certifying that the plants are insect and disease free), making the purchase of growing plants from abroad quite laborious and expensive (you have to pay for your permits and certificates). However, there are few to no restrictions on importing seeds from other countries. Just place an order online and pay by credit card or Paypal or go the old-fashioned way and send in your order and payment by mail. The seeds will be delivered to you wherever you live, even if that is at the other end of the world.

There are a few exceptions, of course. It may be forbidden to import the seeds of specific plants locally considered weeds into some countries or states. Australia, for example, has severe restrictions on what seeds you can import. California also has many restrictions. Most readers of this blog will however find there are no restrictions on seed imports to their locality.

Click here for one quite extensive list of catalogs offering seeds and plants. Note though that there are many, many more sources of seeds all over the world.

Have fun ordering seeds this year!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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