Pumpkin Seed Importing Update May 2020

This time of the year may be quiet for us in the Southern Hemisphere growing wise, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about growing giants.

We get to see all the amazing plants starting to be grown overseas and the excited comments and posts from growers is always a joy to look at.

One thing that growers around here especially in NZ might be wondering about is how to get seeds from overseas.

The Process of Getting Seeds

There is a process which I’ve covered before, but I’m going through it again for anyone new around here. I even made an image for it, look at me go.

Seed Import Flowchart into NZ for Pumpkin Seeds

Hopefully that all makes sense, if you have any questions hit me up and I can clarify any of it.

This process has worked in the past, and we are very lucky we can get seeds in at all, and are very grateful from the help we receive from other growers and especially Eddy for helping make this happen.

I was expecting to be bombarding you with messages, emails and whatever else I could think of to make sure you were getting your seeds sorted right now, so there was no delay.

What’s Changed this Year

But… The Corona virus changed a lot of things.

One of those things is what businesses are open and closed, and for some they may have re prioritised what they were doing.

One such business is the labs that do testing, especially the one that does testing for seeds.

So the latest update is that they are thinking they will be told near the end of the month if they are up and running.

This means:

  • The time frame to sort all of this out is going to be much shorter
  • There could be delays in getting the testing done due to backlogs and prioritising what they do first
  • Shipping has been super slow for anything, and I’m not sure even if they are sent well ahead of time if the package would turn up when we needed it

So there we go.

We are sort of in limbo, waiting to see what happens.

For the 2021 season, I would definitely plan with what you either have on hand, or can get your hands on here in NZ for the time being.

I’ll let you know of any changes, so make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or sign up for the blog post notifications below.

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