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Special Order Plants
Special Order Plants

Special Order plants are those that Flowers by the Sea Farm grows specially for you when you place an order for them. We maintain parent stock for their propagation, which takes some six weeks for most varieties. These are attractive & rare Salvias and other plants for which demand isn't constant or seasonal. For many of these, FBTS is the only source in the United States.

Order Placement
To place an order for one of these plants, simply place it in your shopping cart and indicate the quantity. The quantity that displays as Available is the total number that can be ordered at this time for delivery in some six weeks. After clicking Checkout and arriving at our secure, one-page checkout, review your billing and mailing information. Then select a shipping method based on your location and choose your desired shipping week. Special Order shipping times are at least six weeks away from the date on which you place the order. Please remember that the minimum FBTS order is $25.
Special Delivery Shipping Schedule
We'll display a few shipping weeks from which you can choose. If you choose a Special Order plant that takes longer than six weeks to be garden ready, we'll contact you immediately to provide an estimated shipping date. Packing and shipping occurs on Mondays and Tuesdays. Shipping early in the week ensures that your order avoids weekend delivery delays and arrives fresh.

Schedule Changes
If extreme weather is predicted for your area during the scheduled shipping time, we may hold your order for later delivery. In that case, we'll contact you promptly. Also, if necessary, we can briefly extend the delivery date for a Special Order. Please let us know immediately if you need a change of schedule.
Combining Shipping of Special Orders & In-Stock Plants
If you want to include an order of in-stock plants with your Special Order plants, delivery for the entire order will be based on the Special Order schedule. To have an in-stock order delivered at a different time than the one scheduled for your Special Order -- whether earlier or later -- you'll need to place two separate orders and pay two separate delivery charges.

Order Confirmation
Whether you place an order for a Special Order plant, an in-stock plant or a combination of the two, we send you an automated order confirmation. If we believe your Special Order plants will not be ready for shipping for the week you have selected, we'll send you an additional email detailing the anticipated shipping date.
No Special Order Item Changes
Our apologies upfront, but we can't make changes to orders with Special Orders plants. We begin propagation immediately after you place the order, and we grow these for you alone.
Contact Information
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about Special Orders.
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