Shipping Information

When should I expect my plants?

Tomatoes and other warm season plants begin shipping in March and will continue weekly through June. Because our weather patterns have become so variable in recent years we no longer schedule shipping dates when you place your order. We will plan your ship date to be within two weeks of the planting dates for your region and confirm with you prior to shipping (see planting zone map here). You can request your approximate ship date in the Comments section of your order, especially if you have a home greenhouse and want to receive them earlier than outdoor planting dates for your zone. We want to be sure your plants will arrive in good condition and ready to plant!


When is the right time for me to plant?

Over the last several years we have seen changes in weather patterns so be aware that your plant date may be different from what is “normal” in your area! Many people wait up to two weeks past their average last frost date to plant to be on the safe side. If needed, you can hold our plants for up to two weeks after receiving them before you plant. Just give them full sun daily outdoors and move them inside at night if necessary until you are ready to plant. Read more about choosing the best planting time.

How do live plants get delivered to me safely?

Each plant comes in a 4.5″ square nursery pot and is wrapped individually to retain its soil and moisture. Unlike our competition, we ship in these large pots to keep the stress of transport to a minimum. Our interior cartons are specially designed to fit our plants and utilize “green” recyclable cardboard that can even be used for mulch! Each year, we ship over 100,000 plants, so we know how to pack them so they arrive safely. We always hand-pack your plants, inspecting them at each stage of handling to ensure the highest quality plant is put into the shipping box for you. Our many years of experience in shipping plants gives us the knowledge and expertise to get them to you in good condition.

What is your minimum order?

You can order any quantity you want – we don’t require you to order by the dozen! Keep in mind, however, that we have to charge about the same to ship one plant as to ship three or four plants, and the addition of 2-3 more plants may not cost more than a dollar or two more in charges…so the minimum order is really up to you.

How much is shipping?

Shipping for 1-3 plants typically costs $11.95, a box of six plants is $14.50 and goes up based on weight for additional plants. Please note: we will calculate Minimum estimated Shipping Fees for your order at Checkout. If there is a change in our shipping costs we will confirm with you prior to sending your plants if there is any balance due or if the estimate you paid is higher than the amount we are charged we will refund you the difference or offer you a Gift Card if you prefer. We never add any additional charges to shipping costs, what we pay is what you pay. Other companies may offer “free” shipping however we believe it is best to show you those costs instead of hiding them in higher overall prices. Keep in mind that these are not tiny seedlings but actual plants 4-6″ tall in 4.5″ square pots, which take up a lot of space in our boxes.

What size are your plants?

Our Herbs are shipped in 4 1/2 inch pots. Our Tomato and Vegetable plants are in 4 1/2 inch pots and most are 4-6 inches tall, depending upon which type of vegetable or herb they are.

Other nurseries ship considerably smaller plants than ours, often they need several more weeks to grow before planting in your garden. We guarantee that plants from The Tasteful Garden will arrive safely and that they will be ready to plant when you receive them. We do, however, recommend 2-3 days of “travel rest” to acclimate them to your garden before planting. If your plants do not arrive safely: email us within 48 hours of receiving with description and pictures of the damage and we will ship you a replacement or credit your account.

What else do I need to know?

If you do not receive a confirmation email from us immediately after ordering, you may have mis-typed your email address. Please call us as soon as possible. We use email exclusively to notify you of any delays or changes to your shipping date.

Click this link to read more about changing your order’s shipping date or revising your order before it ships.

Not going to be home for a delivery? You can always have your packages delivered to a Fed Ex store to be held for pickup.

For any other problems or questions, call us at 678-818-9154 or email us anytime at [email protected]

How do you ship?

We offer shipping through both FedEx and UPS and your method will be chosen based upon who will get the plants to you soonest. Please be aware that Fed Ex Home delivery may deliver to you on a Saturday so if you are having your plants shipped to a business, make sure to check off “Commercial” at checkout so we will ship via Ground service.

You will be asked to choose from the following options at checkout:

Economy Shipping: 2-4 days from shipping day

All economy shipping orders will ship the week the week we have confirmed with you and orders may ship as late as Wednesday. We always ship so that your plants will arrive before Saturday. An email will be sent immediately after we ship with tracking information. Non plant orders will be shipped using the most economical method and may or may not be sent with your plants. Choose Expedited or Express for faster delivery.

Expedited Shipping: ships on next available date, arrives within 2 days (3 days to West coast )

The Expedited Shipping option applies to all states except the West Coast (California, Oregon, & Washington). We will notify you of the carrier we will use when your ship date is confirmed and an email will be sent immediately after we ship with tracking information.

Express Overnight Shipping: 1 day delivery from ship day (2 days to California):

Our fastest service ships next day and delivers your plants overnight in most cases (except West Coast). We will notify you of the carrier we will use when your order shipping is confirmed and an email will be sent immediately after we ship with tracking information. (sorry this service is not available to all states)

What if I live outside the continental US?

U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas (Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada)

We are sorry but live plants shipped to these areas require special inspection and certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and we are unable to ship to these areas.

FedEx Ground Service Transit Map

FedEx shipping time in transit from the day your order is shipped. Please be aware that Home delivery may deliver to you on Saturday so if you are having your plants shipped to a business, make sure to check off “Commercial” at checkout so we will ship via Ground service