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, etc) 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/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; Banpeiyu or Liang Ping Yau pomelo
  3. Pouteria viridis (Green Sapote) — cuttings or grafted plants: Makawao, Fairchild
  4. Pouteria campechiana (Canistel / Egg Fruit) — layers or grafted plants: Ross, Fairchild, Trompo, Oro, Aurea, Lyndall
  5. Atemoya — scions or grafted plants: Gefner, African Pride
  6. Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla) — layers or grafted plants: Alano
  7. Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) — scions or grafted plants: Lara, Flores, Abuelo, Pace, Magaña
  8. Ficus spp. (Figs) — cuttings or grafted plants: green-fruited cultivars that don’t need a dry climate
  9. Macadamia spp. — layers or grafted plants: A16, 816, Dana White, Arkin, Vista, James
  10. Carica papaya — heirloom/non-GMO Khak Dam, Coorg Honey Dew, Mexican
  11. Cajanus cajan (Pigeon Pea)
  12. Tagetes lucida (Sweetscented Marigold)

Also Helpful

  • Anonidium mannii (Junglesop)
  • Annona scleroderma
  • Annona cacans
  • Annona salzmannii
  • Annona jamaicensis
  • Annona squamosa — scions or grafted plants
  • Annona purpurea
  • Annona reticulata
  • Coccinia grandis
  • Flemingia macrophylla
  • Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver)
  • Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon Grass)
  • Tithonia spp. (Mexican Sunflower)
  • Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
  • Corymbia citriodora
  • Persicaria odorata (Vietnamese Mint)
  • Ocimum campechianum (Amazonian Basil)
  • Tanacetum vulgare (Common Tansy)
  • Achillea spp. (Yarrow)
  • Maclura pomifera
  • Bunchosia glandulifera (from tradewindsfruit.com)
  • Morus macroura — cuttings or grafted plants
  • Durio graveolens — fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio dulcis — fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio isu — fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio testudinarium — fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Garcinia mangostana — scions or grafted plants
  • Garcinia humilis (Achacha)
  • Garcinia prainiana (Cherapu)
  • Platonia insignis (Bacuri) — root cuttings or grafted plants
  • Spondias dulcis
  • Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)
  • Hemp (viable)
  • Portulaca oleracea
  • Basella alba — preferably red
  • Sauropus androgynus
  • Corchorus olitorius
  • Ipomoea aquatica — preferably fresh/moist cuttings as from Asian markets
  • Lettuce — only open-pollinated heat-tolerant; Mignonette Bronze, etc
  • Moringa oleifera
  • Solanum betaceum (Tree Tomato / Tamarillo) — preferably cuttings or plants: only yellow-/gold-fruited cultivars such as Goldmine, Bold Gold, Kaitaia Yellow
  • Tomato — only heirloom; Beefsteak, Roma, San Marzano, cherry/paste/plum cultivars
  • Mangifera indica (Common Mango) — scions or grafted plants: Nam Doc Mai
  • 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
  • Canarium ovatum (Pili Nut)
  • Terminalia kaernbachii (Okari Nut)
  • Musa spp. (Banana) — sword suckers: Pisang Ceylon, Ice Cream / Blue Java, Gros Michel, Guineo Norte, Namwah, Caben
  • Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) — only cultivars with red or orange arils
  • Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) — only root cuttings or plants of seedless cultivars
  • Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum)
  • White Bangkok Giant Guava — grafted plants
  • Blighia sapida (Akee)
  • Casimiroa edulis (White Sapote)
  • Diospyros digyna (Black Sapote)
  • Camu-Camu
  • Litchi chinensis subsp. chinensis (Lychee) — air-layers or grafted plants: Mauritius, Emperor, Hak Ip
  • Litchi chinensis subsp. philippinensis (Alupag) — air-layers or grafted plants
  • Dimocarpus longan (Longan) — air-layers or grafted plants
  • Myrciaria vexator (Blue Jaboticaba) — grafted plants
  • Dysoxylum parasiticum (Langsat) — cuttings or grafted plants
  • Passiflora quadrangularis
  • Solanum cajanumense (Casana)
  • Pachyrhizus erosus (Jicama)
  • Polymnia sonchifolia (Yacón)
  • Dioscorea spp. (Yam) — tubers
  • Cilantro/Coriander — Caribe, other open-pollinated slow-bolting
  • Celery — Chinese, Golden Leaf, other open-pollinated heat-tolerant
  • Cucumber — Long China, Suyo Long, Tokiwa, other open-pollinated Asian
  • Okra — tender and spineless/near-spineless open-pollinated cultivars
  • 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
  • Radish — only Chinese Green/Red Meat, Early Scarlet Globe, Shogoin Globe
  • Allium tuberosum — bulbs or plants
  • Eleocharis dulcis (Water Chestnut)
  • Rungia klossii
  • Edible Hibiscus
  • Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (Winged Bean)
  • Lima Bean — Guatemalan Black, Henderson, other open-pollinated bush cultivars
  • Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli)
  • Eugenia brasiliensis (Grumichama)
  • Mauritia flexuosa (Muriti/Moriche/Aguaje)
  • Azadirachta indica (Neem)
  • Henna
  • Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm)
  • Rubus niveus (Mysore Raspberry)
  • Chrysophyllum cainito — preferably purple
  • 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
  • Rosenbergiodendron Formosum (Blackberry Jam Fruit)
  • Manilkara hexandra (rootstock for M. zapota)
  • Theobroma bicolor
  • Theobroma grandiflorum
  • Salacca zalacca — suckers from non-astringent cultivars
  • …or useful/delicious wet-tropical plants that are yet unknown to us, maybe!
  • Seeds Not To Bring

  • Cherimoya
  • Kiwifruit
  • Olive
  • Walnut
  • Pomegranate
  • Apple, Pear, Peach, etc
  • 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, jackfruit, red durian, buah dabai, etc.

    Recommended Nurseries

  • 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)
  • 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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