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mungbean
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hi all

I'm new to Bangalore and just visited Indo-American's garden centre off KR Road today… great place with very knowledgeable staff.  I could have bought a ton of stuff, but I had to get it home in the auto… 🙂

I was looking for small varieties of tomato but it seems they didn't have any.  Back in the UK I used to grow a cherry tom variety that grew with a tumbling habit which was great for small spaces and hanging baskets…. I think it might have been called Tom Thumb?

Anyway, does anyone know if it's available in India?  There must be places I can order online?

If not, is it legal to ask my green-fingered mum back in the UK to send me some, or are there restrictions on importing seeds for personal use?

thanks

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Hi Mungbean:

I recently received some seeds from Viet Nam by courrier. A phyto certificate was enclosed and the contents of the packet were properly declared. I therefore presume it should be fine for you to get seeds from the UK but you might need a phyto certificate. One of the good courier companies should be able to advise you correctly. Regards

Satish

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geekgardener
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Hi Mungbean,

I agree with Satish. Phytosanitary certificate is mandatory. Though I haven't ordered myself, I have had friends order seeds from abroad. I think smaller quantities are ok i feel.

Guess what! I am growing a tomato variety called "Tumbler" that I am putting up for sale in next week. I have around 40 seedlings for sale. If you are interested you can buy. A plant costs 10 bucks. This is patio tomato.

GG

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Srikanth
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GG,

 

I wish you could courier the seedlings.

 

Mungbean,

 

I buy a lot of seeds online though Ebay.com from US and Malaysia. So far I have not had even one packet not reach me. All the packs were inspected by the Indian Customs. Getting it by normal post is the cheapest and safest based on my experience.

 

Thanks,

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i recently got my seeds from USA, no problems at all. seeds reached in 2 weeks time Smile

 

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Manu

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February 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Really? How do you guys do it? I mean order seeds from US?

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geekgardener
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Nice to hear that many of the members here (excluding me) order seeds from abroad and get it too :).
May be I will try it sometime this year.

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Srikanth said:

GG,

 

I wish you could courier the seedlings.

 


I too wish I could send few to you.

Hey, how is your setup coming along? post some pics.. I am very curious to see the whole setup.

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Dont tell me GG, you really don't know??Confused

You can buy from any of the ebay.com stores who ships worldwide....

Rons seeds store can be a good start- http://stores.ebay.com/Rons-Se.....4340.l2563

he supplies free seeds of other plants with each shipment.Smile

I ordered Zuccs & got radish complementaty.Surprised

Even ppl from Thailand seems to be shipping seeds to India, but they are charging too much for shipping that pisses me offYell..

 

regards,

Manu

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geekgardener
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Ofcourse I know ;)...
It is just that I am always skeptical to try shipping seeds from abroad. Usually I get it through my friends who come to India. With my friends, I can order many seed packets and that's been no issue so far.. but with shipping i am not sure..

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geekgardener said:

Hi Mungbean,

I agree with Satish. Phytosanitary certificate is mandatory. Though I haven't ordered myself, I have had friends order seeds from abroad. I think smaller quantities are ok i feel.

Guess what! I am growing a tomato variety called "Tumbler" that I am putting up for sale in next week. I have around 40 seedlings for sale. If you are interested you can buy. A plant costs 10 bucks. This is patio tomato.

GG

 

HI GG

You have sent me seeds for Tumbler variety. Since your post is dated 26th Feb and you already have seedlings - will this be the wrong time for me to sow the seeds in Pune ? Please let me know.

Enthumaali

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I've contacted someone (from the USA), and the person will send them to me from there.

regarding a phytosanitary certificate, will it be easy for the person in the usa to procure this ?

Srikant wrote. .

I buy a lot of seeds online though Ebay.com from US and Malaysia. So

far I have not had even one packet not reach me. All the packs were

inspected by the Indian Customs. Getting it by normal post is the

cheapest and safest based on my experience.

THanks for that info & sharing your personal experience, – am

thinking of getting them by normal mail, any other tips or info

regarding this, would be much appreciated !

Manu wrote. .

i recently got my seeds from USA, no problems at all. seeds reached in 2 weeks time

how did you get your seeds, by normal mail ?

is it better not to label the parcel as containing seeds ?

 

 Thanks.

 

=[Edit]= Also is it legal to get seeds by the usual mail, especially since its for just personal use & home gardening, ? OR is it not legal but a liittle is okay & not too serious

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Hi,

 

The basic point of import restrictions is to avoid introduction of alien pathogens/virus etc that have no natural enemy or remedy in our country.

 

Even though I have imported lots of seeds I haven't had any great success compared to the local F1 variety. I guess it is horses for courses. The imported varieties might be great in those foreign weather conditions but not necessarily here in India.

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May 17, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Just for your information:

 

The Parthenuim weed: One of the world’s seven most devastating and hazardous weeds, entered India in 1965 when India had imported wheat from America. They had sent Red Wheat. The container carried the pollens / flowers of Parthenium Weed.

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STS
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mungbean said:

hi all

I'm new to Bangalore and just visited Indo-American's garden centre off KR Road today… great place with very knowledgeable staff.  I could have bought a ton of stuff, but I had to get it home in the auto… 🙂

I was looking for small varieties of tomato but it seems they didn't have any.  Back in the UK I used to grow a cherry tom variety that grew with a tumbling habit which was great for small spaces and hanging baskets…. I think it might have been called Tom Thumb?

Anyway, does anyone know if it's available in India?  There must be places I can order online?

If not, is it legal to ask my green-fingered mum back in the UK to send me some, or are there restrictions on importing seeds for personal use?

thanks


Indo-American does not have cherry tomoto variety and they have only few indeterminate type tomatos which keeps growing and fruits tumble, unfortunately these are not available in small packets. Namdhari do have cherry tomatoes but I was told its slow moving and is not available or not in production and was very costly. 

I finally managed to get cherry tomato seeds from DoH Hulimavu, its called Washinton Cherry and Broad Ripple. Neither of these are indeterminate and tumbling types. Broad Ripple did not germinate probably it was old stock. 

I am looking for indeterminate and tumbling type tomato seeds. Any info or pointers are appreciated. 

 

Cheers... STS

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Correction: Broad Ripple is indeterminate and will tumble but unfortunately it did not germinate 🙁

 

Cheers... STS

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anyone have any knowledge on the proper legal way to get seeds from abroad just for personal/home gardening use? -  permit ? phytosanitary certificate ?, & the the way to procure these.

 

many thanks.

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why don't ypu guys try stoons seeds? they sell the seeds of suttons uk. and they have a nice collection. the uk seed packs cost 75 each. but i think it'll be cheaper than importing. 

here is the contact details. I think they will courier the seeds if u pay in advance and pay for the postage.

 

SUTTON
& SONS (I) Pvt. Ltd.

13-D Russel
Street, Calcutta-700071.
Phone:-
(91)-(33)-22260475,
22264930.
Fax:- (91)-(33)-22260475.
E-mail:-
sutton@vsnl.net

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sorry to post again. but i just found it. they also have offices in delhi, bangalore and nasik. here are the contact details

 

Branches & Sale Offices
    
      Delhi :-     
      
A-1/29 1st Floor
Sector -15 Rohini
Delhi-110085
Ph. : 91-11-27851094,32963626
Fax : 91-11-27855712
Email : suttind@vsnl.com
             suttind@suttind.com
    
            
      Bangalore :-     
      
#203 Srinivas Nigaya Opp. B.B.P Kodigehalli
Shankara Nagar Bangalore -560092
Mobile: 9343144237
Email : ramnath@suttind.com
    
            
      Nasik :-     
      K Bagal No.-6 Roopeshri Aptts.
Dindori Naka Panchvati Nasik (MH)
Ph. : 9422259398
Email : bagal@suttind.com

 

and here is the website.

http://suttindseeds.com/

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Thanks for website link. We need more online stores.

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