Procedure to order dormant grape cuttings from Foundation Plant Services
Step 1 – Understand Products and Eligibility
Foundation Plant Services provides virus tested dormant grape cuttings. We do not provide rooted plants; these cuttings must either be grafted to rootstock or induced to form their own roots. This requires some horticultural expertise. The customer accepts responsibility for being able to propagate dormant cuttings into live plants. FPS cannot provide horticultural advice. Due to the breadth of our collection, we do not have large amounts of all varieties. Many varieties only have 2 vines and our available material will reflect this.
Minimum Order and Costs The minimum material fee at FPS is $100. (Prices here) Shipping is an additional 15%. Orders shipped outside of California require an additional phytosanitary certificate costing ~$50. Some states (Oregon and Washington) require additional testing and/or pesticide dip treatments; in these cases additional charges will be added to the order. The minimum total cost (material, certificates, shipping) for an order outside of California is $165.
FPS ships throughout the United States, but we cannot distribute material internationally.
Step 2- Identify the Varieties and Selections
At FPS, grapes are organized by variety (Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir) and by selection. (Merlot 08, Chardonnay 27, Pinot Noir 123). The selection number represents different sources for the variety. You can see all of our available grape selections here: https://fps.ucdavis.edu/fgrselections.cfm
If you need help choosing a variety or selection, we recommend that you consult with your County Cooperative Extension Advisor. In California you can find your local office here: https://ucanr.edu/About/Locations/. Your local advisor specializes in understanding the growing conditions in your local area. FPS is not able to provide any horticultural advice.
Many selections are listed as 'proprietary'. This means the intellectual property for these selections is managed by another university, breeder, winery, etc. Permission will need to be granted by the proprietary rights holder before we can distribute the material. Many times, this proprietary material will not be available to the public.
Step 3 – The Order Process
Most of our customers print the order form, add their signature, scan the form and then email it back to [email protected] . You may also mail or fax to us. Orders are not considered to be received unless we have the signed form. After the order has been reviewed by FPS and entered into our system, you will receive a Cost Estimate via email. This will give you an opportunity to review the order and make changes or corrections as necessary. The cost estimate is not a guarantee of availability, it is verification of the selections and quantities ordered.
Step 4 – Deadlines and Allocation
Orders must be received by November 15th to be considered for material distribution in February/March.
All orders received by November 15th will be considered for allocation the following February/March. If multiple requests are made for the same limited material, the available cuttings will be divided amongst the orders received by the deadline. This is very important in that an order may receive a much smaller amount depending upon what is available. California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Registered and Certified nurseries receive priority on this allocation.
All material is held in cold storage while waiting for distribution. Material is stored and handled carefully to ensure top quality material leaves FPS.
Step 5 – Payment and Delivery
After collection of the material from our vineyard, your order will be assembled and exact cost determined. Payment is required before the order is packed and shipped. The preferred method of payment is credit card. An electronic invoice will be sent after notification. Once payment is made the order can be shipped.
Orders are typically shipped out Monday and Tuesday. We avoid shipping on days where the receiver may not be able to properly store the material in a timely manner upon arrival.
Also, please review the Terms below: