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You may notice while browsing this category that many of our usual pepper varieties are currently out of stock or not visible on our website at all.

In late 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture abruptly imposed a ban on the import of tomato and pepper seeds until they are tested and found free of a new virus that is afflicting commercial tomato and pepper crops around the world. The new regulation has thrown the seed industry in Europe into disarray as seed companies rush to complete the required tests on thousands of seed lots of hundreds of varieties. To read more about what's happening, click here.

At this time, Franchi is having seeds tested for the virus and, as soon as testing is completed, will package and ship them to us. Unfortunately, at the moment we are not optimistic that we will receive them in time for most of our customers to start them indoors. We apologize for the disappointment this has caused; we're disappointed too. Thank you so much for ordering our other wonderful vegetable, herb, and flower varieties for your garden this year.