No. Our plants are not certified organic. But you also cannot purchase organic plants — shipped by mail — anywhere in the United States. The USDA requires that all shipped plants be dipped in a pesticide that is non-organic to help keep insects from being shipped around the country. If the plant was organic before, it now no longer is. If an online seller is touting the sale of organic live plants, their claim is either inaccurate or they're noncompliant with the USDA.
Yes, our plants are GMO-free. All of our plants either exist in nature or were created via cross-pollinating, a process that occurs naturally in the wild also. None of our plants have had genes spliced, injected or were otherwise lab-invented.
We grow our plants through a variety of methods including by seed, tissue culture, cuttings and grafting.
Expect your plant to measure 3-8-inches tall upon arrival. If it's bigger than that, consider it a bonus.
We are the baby plant, AKA starter plant, company. We sell small plants so you can raise them to maturity under your green thumb.
99% of plants we send come in a 3-inch-deep, 2-inch-wide pot that holds 4.90 fl oz/145.0 mL of soil.
Contrary to popular belief, those white flecks are not plastic. Perlite is actually a form of obsidian, which comes from volcanic glass. It's used in soil to create spacing to allow water to enter and exit freely, allowing roots to capture just the right amount of moisture.
Your order actually does include care info. The plastic bag and any included fliers have general planting information that applies to all plants. Specific care info can be found on our online knowledge base.
We carefully inspect and treat each individual plant before shipping.
Insects can come from anywhere, anytime. But luckily it's not the end of the world for your plant. Just temporarily put your plant outside away from your other collection and then take a cotton swab with a little neem oil — a safe and organic oil that helps combat pests — and touch each insect with it; this will help remove and kill the bug as well. If you don't have any neem oil on hand, you can even use a little vegetable oil mixed with water.
Once you know the insects are all gone, it’s safe to bring it back together with your other plants.
Springtime is usually the most ideal time for planting. The warmth of the season and the longer daylight hours will help your plants thrive.
Repot first. Because your plant is a baby (AKA starter plant), we recommend first growing out in a slightly larger pot (1 to 2 inches in diameter greater than your plant's current size) to increase your chances of success. Then transplant to the ground or the next pot size up once the roots fill to the bottom.
Choosing the correct pot size for your plant can be tricky because it’s not a science and differing opinions abound, but we hope you find the following guidelines helpful:
Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches in diameter greater than your plant currently is. Transplant to the ground or the next pot size up once the roots fill to the bottom. Be sure to size up gradually, instead of using a pot that’s way too big, to ensure your plant’s roots get the right amount of moisture and nutrients.
If you’re planning ahead to see what the ultimate pot size will be once your plant reaches full maturity, one rule of thumb is to plan a half gallon per foot of height. For example, if you’re growing a tree that can grow up to 10 feet, plan for around a 5-gallon pot eventually.
We encourage you to do some research to find what will work best for your specific plant, goals, and space.
All plants have leaves that turn yellow or brown, but they also grow new ones. It's what makes them non-artificial, living organisms.
Luckily browning/yellowing are communication signs from the plant that it needs something: time to recover from being in a dark box with no light, a little more water, a little less water, some nutrients found in fertilizer, etc.
So pay attention and listen to your plant's needs. Our online knowledge base can help you pinpoint what your plant is asking for.
And don't stress about a couple lost leaves. It's part of the life cycle. If desired, trim off whole or partial leaves to get rid of unsightly foliage, but don't forget to address your plant's needs, too.
Yes. You can grow any plant indoors as long as you can provide the proper light, water, etc.
If you plan to grow outside, check the USDA hardiness zone for the plant (included in each of our plant's descriptions). Then find out your zone by Googling, "Your city + USDA hardiness zone." If the plant's zone and your zone match, growing outdoors will be a breeze.
If the plant grows outside your zone, you're still in luck: You can grow it in a pot and bring it indoors during cold weather or provide other winter protection, such as mulching and covering.
Our main five fertilizers include components that are mined in Chile and factory-manufactured in the United States.
AZOMITE, our one organic fertilizer, is literal volcanic ash that is mined in southern Utah by the company known as AZOMITE.
No. They are synthetic. With one exception: AZOMITE.
No. All our plants ship in a very lightweight plastic pot, which is necessary to keep your plant intact and to reduce shipping fees. Shipping in a renewable pot would increase the weight of the shipment and actually have a greater environmental impact.
We also include a very thin plastic sleeve with each plant, which holds the soil in place, protects the foliage and helps maintain soil moisture. Paper bags simply cannot do what plastic bags can. Yes, we could use paper with a wax coating, but they can't be recycled, while plastic bags can.
As needed in the winter, we may also insulate your plant with plastic material to ensure it arrives alive.
We ship the majority of our plant packages via the United States Postal Service.
We do not accept requests to ship through a specified carrier.
Be quick about it! We can change order addresses, but we can't update it after a shipping label is produced.
We are proud to say that our order accuracy hovers at right about 99.5%. Mistakes are rare due to our careful and thorough processes and double-checking. However, if we made a mistake, please send a picture of what you received so we can send you the correct order.
If you think you might have received the wrong variety, please check the pot label to ensure it says the correct plant name. Each plant at Wellspring Gardens is individually labeled immediately upon receipt at our facility because correct species labeling is of utmost importance to us and our customers. Because of our fastidious dedication to correct labeling, we can assure you that the variety is as labeled.
Even if your plant doesn't look like you expected, please note that baby plants' looks change as they mature with their distinctive characteristics developing more prominently with age. For example, elephant ears may start out with green leaves that darken into a rich black as they mature. Another example is how fig leaves start out rounded and develop their characteristic lobes a little later.
If in doubt, email us a picture of your plant and the pot label so we can verify.
We ship to all 48 contiguous states + Puerto Rico (sorry Alaska and Hawaii).
There are stringent regulations with shipping live plants and fertilizers outside of the country, therefore we do not ship internationally.
100% of our plants ship from our greenhouse in Central Florida.
Fertilizer orders can come from our greenhouse or any number of our third-party logistics partner's warehouses throughout the United States.
Sure! Whether it's for cold weather or you're going to be out of town for a few days, just leave us a note at checkout with your desired hold date, and we'll ship it later.
Orders ship every 1-3 days except on the weekends, national holidays or when there's a hurricane.
We ship all throughout the year. We check temperatures and decide on methods to increase chances that your plants will arrive happy and healthy, such as heat packs and insulation. There is no extra charge--it's part of our Arrive Alive guarantee. If your order doesn't reach you alive and well due to our best efforts to work with Mother Nature, email us a photo of your entire plant, from top to bottom, and please include the original pot and packaging in the photo if possible. Our support team will review to assess your plant’s needs (recovery time, hydration, fertilization, replacement, etc.)
The most common delivery spot is straight to your mailbox. (Yes, your mailbox is large enough to receive most orders from us. We're the baby plant company after all with plants ranging from 3 to 8 inches.)
Other common places to check are your front door, garage, etc. And don't forget to check with other individuals at your residence who may have received the package but forgot to tell you.
Careful tracking can help you locate your package quickly so you can begin caring for your plant promptly when it arrives.
First, don't forget to check the mailbox. (Yes, most orders are small enough to fit in your mailbox--We're the baby plant company after all.)
If it's not in your mailbox, please give it a couple days. The way USPS does tracking sometimes confirms delivery a day or two in advance. 9 times out of 10, you will receive your package within a couple of days.
No. Please note that addresses are auto-populated in our system from what is provided by our customers at checkout. We don't type any addresses manually, so the address provided is the address shipped to. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee delivery for incorrect addresses.
Returns & Refunds
We guarantee your plants for 30 days after arrival. If you have questions or concerns, email us a photo of your entire plant, from top to bottom, and please include the original pot and packaging in the photo. Our support team will review to assess your plant’s needs (recovery time, hydration, fertilization, replacement, etc.)
You may be eligible for a free one-time replacement if the plant you purchased is designated for your USDA hardiness zone & you have provided proper care, nutrients, & water.
To receive a full refund/replacement, you may be asked to return and will need to send back these original components:
- The plant itself
- Its original pot
- The packaging
If you’re considering returning your plant, DO NOT repot it or plant it in the ground. Failure to include the original components will result in a restocking fee of 50-100% of the order value.
Sometimes plants need a little time to recover from their long treks across the country.
If you have questions or concerns, email us a photo of your entire plant, from top to bottom, and please include the original pot and packaging in the photo. Our support team will review to assess your plant’s needs (recovery time, hydration, fertilization, replacement, etc.)
Our support team may determine your plant will survive but may need an extended period to recover. If so, they will respond with an extended warranty of an additional 30 days (60 days total) warranty from the date your package was delivered.
If your plant doesn't seem to recover within the extended 60-day warranty period, even after you have cared for it, send us an updated picture. If it’s within your 60-day extended warranty, you may be eligible for a replacement.
If you choose to return without giving your plant recovery time, then return shipping is at the buyer's expense.
Yes. We are confident you will be happy with your order though if you review all the advertised images and description. And we hope you do because two trips through the mail significantly stress a plant, decreasing its chances of survival. However, if you need to return, please note how to receive a full refund/replacement:
To receive a full refund/replacement, you must send back these original components:
- The plant itself
- Its original pot
- The packaging
If you’re considering returning your plant, DO NOT repot it or plant it in the ground. Failure to include the original components will result in a restocking fee of 25-100% of the order value.
No. We refund based on the health of the plant, not on the size upon arrival. We purposefully ship plants when they're small, and we make every effort to let customers know during the purchasing process that they can expect their plants to be 3–8-inches tall. If you feel your plant is under the range, please contact us with a picture of your full plant in the original pot and with the packaging pictured. Each plant is carefully and individually selected, but we will review your image to double check.
Yes. We are confident you will be happy with your fertilizer order, especially as you watch your plants grow over time. However, if you need to return it for some reason, return it unused in the original packaging for a refund.
Yes. Wellspring Gardens is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or FDACS. FDACS regularly inspects our greenhouses and fulfillment center to certify it free from noxious weeds and invasive pests. You can verify our Nursery Registration Number, 47234100, on the FDACS website.
Donovan and Dana Baltich of Lakeland, FL founded Wellspring Gardens in 2004. It continues to this day as a family-owned and -operated business.
No! If you're a reputable dropshipper who is honest in your dealings with your fellow man, please excuse our emphatic answer, but the answer is still no.
Unscrupulous dropshippers have caused every legitimate plant seller major headaches.
To sell plants online in the United States of America, you are legally required to include your nursery registration number in the listing (you can't use ours). If you don't have a registered nursery, you have no business selling plants online.
Unfortunately, no. We are an online-exclusive operation.