How your seed will arrive.
All orchid seed is shipped via the mail service. We ship internationally, year-round.
The Orchid Seedbank Project believes in maximizing the viability of seed we ship by packing it in rigid mailing containers; work by others has revealed that orchid seed is damaged by crushing
via the postal service (Dr. Warren Stoutamire's paper in the June 1992 American Orchid Society Bulletin, for example).
As such, the OSP ships in recyclable, corrugated cardboard shipping containers. These are normally used to ship cassette tapes, and we purchase them in large volumes. We will sell these to
those that wish to purchase them, and benefit from our bulk discount. Please e-mail for prices (under $.30 each). Occasionally we ship in sturdy aluminum containers, designed to take immense abuse;
these are recycled by shipping back to the OSP, and are generally reserved for those with whom we have a regular shipping regimen.
We also ship seed so that it is protected from moisture; generally, seed is packaged in a small, re-sealable plastic bag. This protects seed from water damage (i.e., if the box is dropped
in a puddle) as well as condensation, etc. that might be experienced during shipping.
We strongly recommend the use of Global Priority Mail for international shipments. We charge an additional $8 for this.
The Orchid Seedbank Project is centered in Chandler, AZ which
has a spectacularly dry climate that is particularly well-suited to storage, handling and shipping of seed.