Welcome to Lazy Ox Farm, Home of Amazing Heirloom and Open Pollinated Vegetable and Herb Plants!
Your gardening source for top quality, organically grown vegetable and herb plants. Providing you, our valued customer and fellow gardener, with vigorous, fun, beautiful, flavorful, and unique varieties is our goal. Doing this in a responsible manner that improves the earth for future generations is our mission.
We carry no GMO's, and only sell open pollinated varieties, (except for our Achilles Heal, Sungold F1 tomato. It's just too good...)
We do not knowingly sell any variety that is owned or produced by a Monsanto owned company. Please browse our offerings and find those perfect plants that will enhance your gardening and culinary experience! x
Updated December 30, 2016
We are now accepting orders for the 2017 season.
We will begin shipping in late March, weather permitting. Within 24 hours of receiving your order we will e-mail you with your scheduled shipping date, which we base on the last frost date for your area. You are welcome to change the shipping date to whenever you want from late March through May. We ship every week. Please click on the Shipping tab on the top of the page for more information about shipping.
We have 28 new varieties for 2017:
Tomatoes: Green Sausage, Cream Sausage, Sunrise Bumblebee, Indigo Gold Berries, Striped Stuffer, Virginia Sweets is back, Pink Furry Boar, Lucid Gem, Golden Dwarf Champion, Boronia Dwarf, and Italian Heirloom.
Sweet Peppers: Alma Paprika
Hot Peppers: 7 Pot Yellow and Chocolate Bhutlah Super Hots, and Picante Calabrese (Cherry Bomb type)
Eggplant: Little Fingers, Antigua
Cucumber:Lemon, Bush Pickle
Squash: Early Golden Summer Crookneck, Cocozelle Zucchini
Herbs:Bronze Fennel, Fernleaf Dill, Stevia is back, Spearmint, Mojito Mint, Doone Valley Lemon Thyme, Purple Sage, and Chocolate Mint
Also New for 2017: Plant Samplers!
Get 6 plants for the price of less than 5 by ordering a sampler, where we choose the varieties for you.
Choose from: Tomato Sampler, Hot Pepper Sampler, Garden Sampler, Herb Sampler, etc.
You will find these under "Sampler" in "Categories", above left.
We have a 6 plant minimum order size for shipping purposes. You can mix and match varieties to meet the minimum.
About Our Tomato Selections
So, what's with all the crazy new tomato varieties? Well, I guess we are drawn to the new and different. However, we also appreciate the better known, reliable standards. We try to have a mix available for you so that you have plenty of choices.
What's happening in the heirloom tomato industry is this:
Most of the heirlooms have been discovered already, so there are only a few new ones coming on the scene every year. This does not keep those of us that like to try new things happy. At the same time, there are several talented tomato breeders using heirlooms to breed new varieties. We are now carrying quite a few of these new varieties with old genetics because they have some superior qualities, including amazing appearance, fantastic flavor, vigor, productivity, etc. These are not hybrids. Rather, they are a stabilized, open pollinated, cross of heirloom tomato varieties. They will grow true to type from properly saved seed.
Some of these new varieties are the Bumblebees, the Indigo series, Lucid Gem, Pink Furry Boar, Blush, etc.
Stupid Hot Peppers
There are amazing things happening in the Super Hot Pepper world. Fantastic, new, stupid hot (over 1,000,000 scoville units) varieties are being discovered and created with purposeful cross breeding. We are now carrying 5 of the hottest peppers on the planet, including the current Guinness Book of World Records holder, Smokin' Ed's Carolina reaper, a patented variety for which we purchase seeds from one of the 2 licensed seed sellers. You can count on our plants to be the real thing!
We also carry the second hottest, Trinidad Scorpian Butch T strain, and the third hottest, the Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia). This year we have also added 7 Pot Yellow and Chocolate Bhutlah. Check them out!
Use extreme caution when handling these varieties. They hurt!
Super Hot Peppers
Not quite ready for the Stupid Hots, but want Habanero type heat? We carry, in descending order of heat levels:
Chocolate Habanero, Caribbean Red, Fatali, White Habanero.
There, that should keep our Pepper Heads happy!
Container and Small Space Growing
Growing in containers is becoming more popular every year. We have grown in containers in and out of the greenhouse for years, so we do have a couple of tips. The most important thing to remember when container growing is that you must provide much more water and fertilizer for container grown plants than for in-ground plants. This is because the roots are confined and cannot range out to find what the plant needs. You have to provide it all in the container. You really must fertilize weekly and stay on top of the watering. A large plant in a pot needs water daily in hot weather.
We have been actively searching out varieties that do well in containers and take up less room. Here are our recommendations:
Excellent for containers:
Baronia Dwarf, New Big Dwarf, Red Robin, Golden Dwarf Champion
I grow these in 5 gallon containers, except for the Red Robin, which is extremely dwarf and only requires a 2 gallon pot.
Good for containers:
Grow these in a ten gallon or larger container:
All determinates and compact indeterminates, including Bush Beefsteak, Green Grape, Koralik, Cream Sausage, Glacier, Legend, Martino's Roma, San Marzano, and Stupice.
Peppers and Eggplant
Pretty much all peppers and eggplant are suited for containers. They naturally do not have deep root systems and stay compact. The largest peppers are the super hots and the habanero relatives, so they need at least a 5 gallon pot, and bigger would be better. Eggplant also require at least a 5 gallon pot and lots of fertilizer and water.
All herbs have done well in pots for us, and we definitely recommend only growing the mints and lemon balm in pots unless you want them to take over the garden. The best Basil for pots is Globe basil.
Cucumbers, Squash, and Melons
We have not had much success growing these large, rampant, fertilizer loving plants in pots, but some people do. I'm guessing that they feed them dead bodies or something. Anyway, if you want to try it, stick to the compact varieties like Bush Pickle, Cocozelle zucchini, and Sugar Baby watermelon. And feed and water like crazy.
Tomatillos, Ground Cherries, Garden Huckleberry
These all do well in larger containers. In fact, I prefer to grow ground cherries in pots for ease of harvesting.
How We Ship Your Plants
Our plants are produced by us in our greenhouse using our own organic soil mix. We pull orders and ship only on Mondays and Tuesdays so your plants arrive via Priority Mail before the weekend.
We package them with extreme care. Each plant has a soil cover taped over the pot so the soil doesn't spill out.
Then it is packed into it's own padded sleeve. A scewer is inserted through the packaging and just over the pot so that when (not if!) the box goes upside down during shipping the plants won't crush themselves.
We include directions on how to care for your plants with every order. The plants are then boxed, padded, weighed, and labeled. All of the materials we use are either recyclable or already recycled, including the pots and bubble wrap, which are both made from recycled plastic.
The packed boxes are taken to the Post Office immediately so they arrive on your doorstep as quickly as possible.
We are an inspected and licensed nursery by the State of Missouri (License #1931). We use only organic products in the growing and maintaining of our plants. For more information, click on the "About our Plants" tab up above.
Your success is our success, so we do our absolute best to ship you the highest quality plants and seeds of varieties that have proven themselves superior for home garden production and enjoyment.
We accept major credit cards and bank cards through PayPal and Stripe. You do not need a PayPal account. We also accept checks and money orders.
OUR GUARANTEE: We guarantee that your plants will arrive in good condition and be true to type. If you have any problem with your order, PLEASE let us know! You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (417)778-1677. We cannot make it right if we don't know about it. We will replace, refund, or issue a credit, whichever you prefer. Remember that our e-mails to you might end up in your junk mail file. If you have corresponded with us and have not heard back within 2 days, please check your junk mail or call us.
IMPORTANT: Please read "Shipping" and "About Our Plants" before you order. It explains quite a lot about what you need to know about how we do things and what you can expect. If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/complaints (constructive criticism??), please e-mail us email@example.com, or call us at(417)778-16779am to 5pm Central Standard Time.
"Just wanted to let you know thetomato plantsarrived safe and sound and looking really good. I must say I’ve ordered lots of plants by mail, but your packing far exceeds any other. Thank you for taking such good care of them."
"Thanks so much for your great service and products! And special thanks for the freetomato plant. I am so pleased with your prompt service and the quality, not to mention receiving plants so carefully packaged they survived the journey all the way out here to California with flying colors. I just placed another order for myself and one to be shipped to my sister Karen who is on a seriously tight budget (as many folks are these days). I will be giving you all of my vegetable plant business from now on."
On Thursday afternoon, I received my 1'st ever order from your company.
Six "GOLIATH" 'mater plants. And I'm here to tell ya Margie, the plants look great,
ANDthe packing was outstanding!
Your printed planting/growing instructions, that were included with my order,
Broughtmorethan a single smile, to this ol' mater grower's face!
Seems that I've been doing ityour way,
For several decades now."
"Thanks so much for the quick shipping and beautiful plants! Much nicer than anything I hvae gotten from Burpee!!!"
"We have received our plants and they are beautiful. We will enjoy our veggies this year and order from you again next year.
God's peace be yours"
"Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for my beautiful plants, and for your thoughtfulness to include the two extras. I especially like the Koralik, since my grandparents emigrated here from Russia :)
Thanks again, and have a happy summer,
PS See you next year!"
"I received myAmishPastetomato plantson Wedand got them planted that evening. Thank you for shipping them out so quickly. They're beautiful, sturdy plants and I was delighted to find someone that sold them. This was the third year I started tomatoes from seed (Amish Paste tomato plants are not to be found locally), but I just don't seem to have the knack for seed starting, and this year's batch was exceptionally dismal. Now that I know about Lazy Ox Farm, I won't have to worry with all that next spring! Thank you also for the extra plant you sent along. I've never even heard of an Orange Banana (sounds like a knock-knock joke) tomato variety -- I'm looking forward to trying it."
"Everything came in a timely manner. Thanks for the extra plant. I am so happy to have found your site. "
"Received very healthy, well-packed plants, delivered on time. They have a great selection, including some unusual varieties, and their customer service is excellent. Will definitely order again."
"This was my first time ordering from Lazy Ox Farm, but it won't be my last. My plants arrived in excellent condition, and they seem to be very healthy."
* What does "sustainable" mean to us? We grow organically, but choose not to be certified, so we cannot claim to be organic, even though we are. We believe that our methods are "beyond organic" because we produce almost all of our soil's fertility and tilth right here on our farm. We believe that a healthy, vigorous soil teaming with life produces healthy, vigorous plants that promote healthy, vigorous people and a healthy planet. Therefore, we concentrate on improving our soil through a program of cover cropping, crop rotation, applying our own compost, mulching with straw, (earthworms love it), and occasionally applying rock powders if called for on a soil test. We apply no poisons to our soil, organic or otherwise. If pests appear in numbers that are too damaging, we use cultural controls as a first choice for defense (floating row covers, hand picking, etc.) If stronger methods are called for we use the mildest, organic sprays available (insecticidal soap, diatomaceous earth, BT, Spinosad.) For disease control we use a copper soap product. We love our beneficial insects, and often forego spraying to spare them. They reward us by often controlling the pest. When we do spray, we do so very carefully to avoid harming the native bees and the honeybees that a neighbor keeps on our farm. If you have any questions about our methods or are looking for specific advice, we would love to hear from you. Our phone number and e-mail address are above.
Gold Medal Tomatoes - one of our new favorites. That is a full sized dinner plate those babies are resting on!