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Seeds ordered from a different country

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I live in Canada and recently I ordered seed from a US site and they refunded my order because of two things:
1. They had never shipped to Canada before and were shocked at the cost of shipping that came in as higher than the cost of the seeds
2. They thought my seeds would get radiated at the US/Canada border.

I have ordered from other US seed companies before and had no problems with germination. However, I did not receive seeds from US seed companies since 2002 or so, until this year. Perhaps things have changed?

I ordered some seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds www.rareseeds.com in September/October and I now have to do some germination tests so I can let Mystic Prairie LLC know if they sprout or not, as it's the best test for if their seeds will sprout or not if they ship them to me.

ALSO - I ordered seeds from Europe (Hungary) via Etsy and just received them in the mail today. I will try to germinate a few of each of those as well. It's difficult when there are not many seeds to start with, yet important - I don't want to order from international seed sellers if I can't use the seeds!

Such lovely seeds from Hungary: - Black mulberry, Noni - Indian Mulberry, White Mulberry, Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), Besztercei Plum/Szilva, Egyptian Walking Onion, and the bonus seeds: Chia - Aztek Zsalya
And from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: Daikon Radish, Baby bok choi, Chijimisai (Japanese Greens), Napa Cabbage, Blue Hubbard Squash, A Ukrainian mix of 4 colourful tomatoes, Chestnut Chocolate Tomatoes, and two lettuce mixes - Cosmic Crimson and Rocky Top.

ALL of the seeds I ordered from NOT Canada is because I couldn't find them on websites in Canada.

I really hope they all sprout. Fingers crossed.


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I know many commercial growers in Canada that use US companies they don't have any issues with the border crossing, so I doubt you have anything to worry about.

I have only heard of the US irradiating things I don't think it is common practice elsewhere.
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