How to Buy Organic Plants


As the natural food movement grows, more people are choosing to grow their own food from organic seeds or plants. Organic methods include strategies to conserve soil and water. The use of conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers is prohibited. Additionally, many people are choosing to grow organic shrubs and flowers because they don't want to handle chemically treated plants or have them in their garden where they might contaminate the soil and other plants.

Step 1

Research your options online and in gardening books and magazines. Determine which organic plants are available, their cost and recommended organic growing methods A simple web search will bring up numerous sites that offer organic seeds and plants. You can also search for local sources via the web. Websites even offer databases for listings of companies producing organic plants and seeds.

Step 2

Ensure that your source is certified organic. To be called certified organic, growers must meet stringent guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Growers must demonstrate to a certified inspector that they have followed all organic growing guidelines for the previous three years.

Step 3

Check with local growers. Many small growers are gaining certification to sell organic plants and seeds. Tell growers that you're interested in organic plants. The process of becoming certified organic is expensive, but growers are more willing to invest the expense if they know a demand exists.

Step 4

Look for plants at local health food stores or farmers' markets. Sometimes you'll find organic overstock from farmers.

Step 5

Shop on the Internet. Several reputable websites sell organic seeds and plants. You'll probably have the most success finding organic seed, over plants, but experimenting with heirloom varieties is half the fun.

Step 6

Visit an organic farm. The farmer may be willing to sell plants and seeds to you.


  • Organic Guide: Buying Organic Fruit Plants
  • Seeds of Change: Why Organic?
  • Food News: Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides
  • United States Department of Agriculture: National Organic Program

Who Can Help

  • Natural Gardening: Oldest Certified Organic Nursery
  • Omri: Organic Seeds Database
  • Organic Consumers: Organic Gardening Businesses
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About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.