Contact us to send seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants. They can be sent to our general mail address here in Ecuador, or they can be sent to people who are flying down here from the US or Europe. Note that while we do need seeds, what we need even more are cuttings (including scions, layers, suckers, and so forth) and/or grafted plants of superior cultivars and species that are slow-growing from seed. Please also check the “Seeds Not To Bring“, “Recommended Nurseries“, and “Recommended Seed Sources” lists at the bottom.

Cultivars listed below are in preferential order for trees/palms/papayas/bananas and in alphabetical order for other plants.

Most Important

  1. Mangifera casturi (Kasturi / Kastooree) ~~ fruits, seeds, or seedling plants
  2. Citrus spp. ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Minneola tangelo; Gold Nugget, Setoka, Ortanique, or Temple tangor; Dancy tangerine; Maltese or Tarocco blood orange; Cara-Cara navel orange; Lemonade sweet lemon; Banpeiyu or Liang Ping Yau pomelo
  3. Persea americana (Avocado) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Choquette, Holiday, Jan Boyce, Mexicola Grande, Russell, or Secondo AND Hellen, Kampong, Malama, Nimlioh, Nishikawa, Oro Negro, Sharwil, Sheppard, or Yamagata
  4. Pouteria viridis (Green Sapote) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Makawao, Fairchild
  5. Pouteria campechiana (Canistel / Egg Fruit) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Ross, Fairchild, Trompo, Oro, Aurea, Lyndall
  6. Annona cherimola X squamosa (Atemoya) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Gefner, African Pride
  7. Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Alano
  8. Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Lara, Flores, Abuelo, Pace
  9. Ficus spp. (Figs) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: green-fruited cultivars that don’t need a dry climate
  10. Macadamia spp. ~~ layers or grafted plants: A16, 816, Dana White, Arkin, Vista, James
  11. Mauritia flexuosa (Muriti/Moriche/Aguaje)
  12. Oenocarpus bataua (Ungurahua / Patauá / Komboe) ~~ fruits or plants
  13. Carica papaya (Papaya) ~~ heirloom/non-GMO Khak Dam, Coorg Honey Dew, Mexican
  14. Tagetes lucida (Sweetscented Marigold)

Also Helpful

  • Durio dulcis (Lahong) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio kutejensis (Durian Pulu / Lai) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Belimbing, Mahakam, Merah, Bara, Kuning, Besar
  • Durio graveolens (Durian Burung / Red Durian) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio oxleyanus (Durian Isu / Kerantungan) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio testudinarius (Durian Kura-Kura) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio zibethinus (Durian / King of Fruits) ~~ scions or grafted plants: D163 / Hor Lor, D164 / Ang Bak, D197 / Mao Shan Wang / Kunyit / Musang King, D99 / Kop / Gob, D174 / Haji Sani, D160 / Buluh Bawah / Teka, D162 / Tawa, Tub Tim, Tool-tha-wai, D168 / Mas Hajah Hasmah / Mas Muar, Puyat, Kob White, Duyaya, D175 / Udang Merah / Red Prawn, Puangmanee, Sithong, D146 Lumpur Mas, Kra Dum Thong, D150 / Emping Mas, Thongsuk, Nanam
  • Anonidium mannii (Junglesop)
  • Annona scleroderma (Posh-te / Cawésh) ~~ preferably grafted Fasho
  • Annona cacans (Araticum Cagao)
  • Annona salzmannii (Beach Araticum)
  • Annona jamaicensis
  • Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Thai Lessard, Na Di
  • Annona purpurea (Soncoya)
  • Annona reticulata (Custard Apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Sartenaya, Tikal, San Pablo, Benque
  • Mangifera indica (Common Mango) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Nam Doc Mai
  • Mangifera quadrifida (Betong / Asam Kumbang) ~~ scions or grafted plants
  • Mangifera odorata (Kuini / Saipan Mango) ~~ grafted plants: Kaweni, Gandarassa
  • Dacryodes edulis (Safou) ~~ preferably male and female air-layers
  • Dacryodes klaineana (Monkey Plum) ~~ preferably male and female air-layers
  • Canarium odontophyllum (Buah Dabai) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Laja AND Lulong
  • Artocarpus integer (Chempedak) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Champion, Brunei, Sri Temoh, Chin, Kapa
  • Artocarpus lanceifolius (Keledang)
  • Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) ~~ only cultivars with red or orange arils
  • Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) ~~ root cuttings, root shoots, or plants: Afara, Pucro, Havana, seedless Temaipo
  • Artocarpus lacucha (Lakoocha)
  • Musa spp. (Banana) ~~ sword suckers: Pisang Ceylon, Ice Cream / Blue Java, Guineo Cuadrado, FHIA-18 / Apple / Bananza, Philippine Lakatan, Gros Michel, Guineo Norte, Pisang Awak / Dwarf Namwah, Guineo Caben, Dwarf Red
  • Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen) ~~ scions or grafted plants
  • Garcinia humilis (Achacha)
  • Garcinia prainiana (Cherapu)
  • Garcinia intermedia (Lemon Mangosteen) ~~ fruits or plants
  • Garcinia livingstonei (Imbe)
  • Platonia esculenta (Bacuri) ~~ root cuttings or grafted plants
  • Casimiroa edulis (White Sapote) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Wilson, McDill, Chris, Cuccio, Denzler
  • Blighia sapida (Akee / Ackee)
  • Myrciaria vexator (Blue Jaboticaba) ~~ grafted plants
  • Plinia cauliflora (Jaboticaba) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants
  • Solanum cajanumense (Casana)
  • Solanum betaceum (Tree Tomato / Tamarillo) ~~ preferably cuttings or plants: only yellow-/gold-fruited cultivars such as Goldmine, Bold Gold, Kaitaia Yellow
  • Dysoxylum parasiticum (Duku) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Du 1
  • Chrysophyllum cainito (Star Apple) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Haitian Star
  • Euterpe oleracea (Açaí Palm) ~~ fresh fruits, moist seeds, or suckers: Pará Dwarf / Super Berry
  • Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm)
  • Litchi chinensis subsp. philippinensis (Alupag) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants
  • Dimocarpus longan (Longan) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants
  • Morus macroura (Long Mulberry) ~~ layers or grafted plants
  • Spondias dulcis ~~ grafted plants: Dwarf Ambarella
  • Averrhoa carambola (Star Fruit) ~~ grafted plants
  • Clausena lansium (Wampee) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Chi Hsin, Yeem Pay, Guy Sam
  • Canarium ovatum (Pili Nut)
  • Terminalia kaernbachii (Okari Nut)
  • Couepia polyandra (Olosapo)
  • Sandoricum koetjape (Santol) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants
  • Pouteria glomerata (Cinnamon Apple)
  • Salacca affinis (Ridan Fruit)
  • Eleiodoxa conferta (Asam Paya)
  • Passiflora laurifolia (Water Lemon) — fruits, or fresh/moist seeds, or softwood cuttings
  • Eugenia brasiliensis (Grumichama)
  • Genipa americana (Huito / Jagua)
  • Rosenbergiodendron formosum (Blackberry Jam Fruit)
  • Manilkara hexandra (Palu / Khirni) (rootstock for M. zapota) ~~ seeds
  • Cannabis sativa (Hemp) ~~ viable seeds
  • Ipomoea aquatica ~~ preferably fresh/moist cuttings as from Asian markets
  • Coccinia grandis (Ivy Gourd / Tindora)
  • Sicana odorifera (Cassabanana)
  • Luffa acutangula (Angled Luffa)
  • Cucurbita ficifolia (Figleaf Gourd / Zambo
  • Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Muskmallow) ~~ seeds or fresh cuttings
  • Stellaria recurvata (Starwort)
  • Parkia speciosa (Petai / Stink Bean)
  • Archidendron pauciflorum (Djenkol)
  • Erythrina edulis (Basul / Guato) ~~ fresh seeds or pods
  • Canavalia ensiformis (Wonder Bean)
  • Cajanus cajan (Pigeon Pea)
  • Symphytum officinale (Common Comfrey) — seeds or root cuttings
  • Cornutia pyramidata (Tropical Lilac / Azulejo)
  • Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican Sunflower)
  • Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
  • Corymbia citriodora (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
  • Elsholtzia ciliata (Crested Latesummer Mint / Kinh Giới
  • Persicaria odorata (Rau Ram / Laksa Leaf)
  • Allium tuberosum (Chinese Chives) ~~ bulbs or plants
  • Ocimum campechianum (Amazonian Basil)
  • Tanacetum vulgare (Common Tansy)
  • Achillea spp. (Yarrow)
  • Maclura pomifera (Osage Orange)
  • Pachyrhizus erosus (Jicama)
  • Polymnia sonchifolia (Yacón)
  • Coriandrum sativum (Cilantro / Coriander) ~~ Caribe, other open-pollinated slow-bolting
  • Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra) ~~ tender and spineless/near-spineless open-pollinated cultivars
  • Eleocharis dulcis (Water Chestnut)
  • Rungia klossii (Mushroom Plant)
  • Phaseolus lunatus (Lima Bean) ~~ Guatemalan Black, Henderson, other open-pollinated bush cultivars
  • Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli)
  • …or useful/delicious wet-tropical plants that are yet unknown to us, maybe!
  • Lower Priority

  • Microcitrus australasica (Australian Finger Lime) ~~ grafted plants: Alstonville, Emma, Judy’s Everbearing
  • Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum / Noem-Noem)
  • Psidium cattleianum (Strawberry Guava)
  • Psidium guajava (Common Guava) ~~ only grafted plants of White Bangkok Giant
  • Canarium album (Gan Lan / White Chinese Olive) ~~ male and female air-layers or grafted plants: Maken22, Huangzhuang Wulan, Liqiu Wulan, Chashulan, Tanxiang
  • Stelechocarpus burahol (Burahol / Kepel)
  • Chrysophyllum oliviforme (Satinleaf) (rootstock for C. cainito) ~~ seeds
  • Raphanus sativus (Radish) ~~ only Chinese Green/Red Meat, Early Scarlet Globe, Shogoin Globe
  • Daucus carota (Carrot) ~~ open-pollinated Chantenay Red Core, Coeur de Rouge, Danvers Half-Long, Early Scarlet Horn, Kuroda Long 8, Muscade, Nantes Scarlet, New Kuroda, Oxheart, Parisienne, Purple Dragon, Shin Kuroda
  • Apium graveolens (Celery) ~~ Chinese, Golden Leaf, other open-pollinated heat-tolerant
  • Dialium indum (Tamarind Plum)
  • Manilkara bidentata (Ausubo)
  • Syagrus coronata (Ouricury / Licuri)
  • Canna indica (Achira / Indian Shot) ~~ tubers
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Bird’s Eye’ (Thai Bird’s Eye Chilli)
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Cayenne’ (Cayenne)
  • Seeds Not To Bring

  • Cherimoya
  • Kiwifruit
  • Olive
  • Walnut
  • Pomegranate
  • Apple, Pear, Plum, et cetera
  • Temperate climate fruits or fruits that have a chill requirement
  • F1 hybrid cultivars (explained here with more information here.)
  • Please don’t just bring a bag full of temperate-climate vegetable seeds. We need those (certain open-pollinated ones, anyway), but even more importantly, we need exotic wet-tropical fruits. Let us know if you need further suggestions of which species/cultivars to order or from where, and you can also check your local Asian market for cherapu, lahong, red durian, keledang, lakoocha, et cetera.

    Recommended Nurseries

  • Lara Farms (Miami, FL, USA)
  • Pine Island Nursery (Miami, FL, USA)
  • Excalibur Fruit Trees (Lake Worth, FL, USA)
  • Just Fruits and Exotics (Crawfordville, FL, USA)
  • Bender’s Grove (Davie, FL, USA)
  • Plant-O-Gram (Windermere, FL, USA)
  • Top Tropicals (Ft Myers, FL, USA)
  • Champa Nursery (El Monte, CA, USA)
  • Ong Nursery (San Diego, CA, USA)
  • Zill’s Nursery (Orotina, Alajuela, Costa Rica)
  • Canarius (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
  • Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery (Kyogle, NSW, Australia)
  • [MORE COMING SOON]

    Recommended Seed Sources

  • http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/
  • http://www.fruitlovers.com/
  • http://guaycuyacu.net/
  • http://www.seedman.com/
  • http://www.rarexoticseeds.com/
  • http://www.rarepalmseeds.com/
  • http://www.organicfarm.net/seeds.htm
  • http://www.montosogardens.com/
  • http://banana-tree.com/
  • http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/
  • http://sowtrueseed.com/
  • http://www.seedsavers.org/how-to-save-seeds
  • http://www.fedcoseeds.com/
  • http://www.seedlibrary.org/
  • http://sustainableseedco.com/
  • http://www.rareseeds.com/
  • http://www.highmowingseeds.com/
  • http://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com/
  • https://botanicalinterests.com/
  • https://www.bountifulgardens.org/departments/1
  • https://www.humeseeds.com/
  • https://www.adaptiveseeds.com/
  • http://www.kitazawaseed.com/
  • http://www.seedsnow.com/
  • http://www.southernexposure.com/
  • https://www.plantgoodseed.com/pages/shop
  • …or your own plants, maybe!
  • Some seeds have a short shelf life, so you should either obtain them right before you leave or sprout them in a pot and bring the baby plants bare-rooted. Contact us for instructions on packing whichever seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants you’ll be bringing.

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