Buying bulbs, seeds, seedlings, and other plants from nurseries in 5783
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Rosh Hashanah is almost here and we gardeners want to know how we can buy plants from nurseries. After the New Year, may we buy bulbs from a bulb nursery, or must we wait a whole another year because they were promulgated during shemitah?
What about roses (bare rooted)? Vegetable seeds? Trees? Bushes? Seedlings?
Buy such items from shemitah-observant nurseries until:
Annual flowers and seedlings - Middle of Tevet 5783.
Perennial flowers - You can be lenient (roses included) and buy them right after Rosh Hashanah 5783.
Vegetable seeds - Has a long shelf-life and many are imported, so we can be lenient and buy them immediately after RH.
Grass Turf rolls - Buy after Sivan 5783.
If the trunk diameter is 0–5 cm, the tree is less than 1 year old.
So if you come just after shemitah and the trunk is greater than 5 cm, you may buy it
If the trunk diameter is less than 5 cm, avoid buying it because it was planted during shemitah.
Fruit trees - Buy only from nurseries supervised for kilei Ilan (forbidden tree grafts) and supervised for orlah if you want the nursery years to count for orlah years.