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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Monrovia plants

Why the Prop 65 warning on plants in California?

California’s Proposition 65, also called the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was enacted in 1986. It is intended to help Californians make informed decisions about protecting themselves from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The content and requirements for the warning label have been revised and specify that the safe harbor warning for consumer products states that the product ‘can expose you to’ a Proposition 65 chemical.

Monrovia has complied with the new requirements in listing the warning primarily due to two materials, wood dust and crystalline silica from perlite, both of which could be in the soil and those two materials are the most common in our plants. While we believe that the amounts present would be far below the level that would require a Prop 65 warning, we’ve included the warning label in order to comply with the updated regulations.

Can I Tour Your Nursery?

Unfortunately, we do not give tours to the general public. Due to safety and trade regulations, we can only give tours to people in the nursery industry. However, our Dayton, Oregon, nursery does offer self-guided tours of the Display Garden. If you are interested, please call 800-666-9321 to schedule an appointment.

Can I Buy Seeds or Plant Liners from Monrovia?

No. Monrovia does not sell seeds or plant liners.

Can You Ship Plants Directly to Me?

No. Monrovia is a wholesale grower and sells only to independent garden centers and Lowe’s throughout the United States and Canada, but you can custom order plants that are hard to find on Shop.Monrovia.com and have them delivered to your local garden center.

May I Have a Print Catalog or Price List?

We appreciate your interest in Monrovia plants. However, because we are a wholesale grower, we do not produce a consumer catalog or price list. Our online plant catalog is the best and most current source for plant information. We invite you to search its more than 3,600 plant varieties and add your favorites to your wish list.

Can You Tell Me The Cost of a Particular Plant?

Individual garden centers determine the retail prices in their stores, and therefore, you will not find pricing on our website. To find a retailer near you where you may purchase our plants, please use our our garden center locator.

Can You Tell Me Where I can Find a Specific Plant?

When conducting a plant search in our catalog, you may search for that plant at a local retailer. The search will look at any retailer in a 75-mile radius from the zip code or city/state you enter, who has ordered that particular plant within the past 90 days. If you are unable to locate a retailer using our database, we encourage you to contact a local garden center directly to inquire about their special order policy.

Can I Special Order Monrovia Plants at my Local Independent Garden Center?

Many of our retailers take special orders. To find your nearest retailer, use our garden center locator.

Can I Buy Direct from Monrovia?

Yes! Through our shop.monrovia.com site you may now purchase select varieties of Monrovia plants.  Order your plants online and have them shipped to the participating garden center of your choice. Looking for more information on how it works? Visit us at How it Works.

You can still find Monrovia plants at your local garden centers as well. To find your nearest retailer, use our garden center locator, located at the top of every page. Simply click on find a garden center, enter your zip and hit enter, and independent garden centers in your area will be listed.

Can You Tell Me How Large a Plant Will Grow?

Yes. Our plant catalog lists landscape size, which is the plant’s size at maturity.

I am Seeking a Plant for a Certain Area in my Landscape. Can You Give Me Recommendations?

Yes. The plant catalog search feature lets you find plants based on basic needs such as cold hardiness zone, sun exposure and water needs; beyond that, design styles and special situations are discussed.

What Makes Monrovia Soil so Special?

Plants grown in nutrient-rich soils are healthier, with stronger root systems; therefore, a critical component of the Monrovia growing process is our soil. Monrovia is the only grower of premium ornamentals in the world that custom blends 42 different soil mixes, including slow-release fertilizer and organic matter such as compost..

Seven different types of mycorrhizae are added to our soil mix to create an environment that dramatically increases the life of our plants. Mycorrhiza is a beneficial fungus that develops in and around a plant’s roots, stimulating its nutrient and water uptake, increasing fruit and flower yield, and reducing transplant shock and other environmental stresses.

Once you begin adding Monrovia plants to your garden, the mycorrhizae in our soil will begin to spread, benefiting your entire garden’s eco-system. You’ll see for yourself that quality soil ensures that plants flourish, making them far more resistant to pests and disease.

What is Monrovia Doing to Reduce the Impact of Plastic in the Waste Stream?

We are actively allocating resources to work on a viable solution to this problem. One such program is the Missouri Botanical Gardens Pots to Planks initiative, of which Monrovia has been a proud sponsor. This program turns recycled garden containers into usable landscape lumber. In 2008, the program kept more than 158,000 pounds of plastic garden containers from entering the waste stream.

In addition, there are several solutions currently under trial in our research department; one that we are currently testing is the use of biodegradable pots. We hope that the current testing will provide us with an alternative to plastic in the near future.

If I Bring My Used Monrovia Plant Pots back to my Local Garden Center, can you use them?

Although many garden centers collect used containers, we could not reuse these for both logistic and sanitary reasons. Due to pest and disease issues such as the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, the Glassy-Wing Sharpshooter, Fire Ants and Sudden Oak Death, it is not viable to bring the containers back on to the nursery grounds; the resources and chemicals needed to disinfect the pots would offset the potential benefits.

Can I Recycle My Monrovia Pot?

We are working to make our green Monrovia pots easily recyclable in local municipal recycling programs throughout the United States. Presently about 70 percent of our pots can be recycled at curbside.

If you’re not familiar with what can or cannot be recycled, simply turn the pot over and look for a number surrounded by a recycling symbol (known as a resin identification code). Our curbside recyclable pots are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and are designated #2 HDPE. Most municipal recycling facilities accept these plant pots, as #2 HDPE is the most-often recycled plastic in the United States – the same plastic used to make milk jugs and household laundry and dishwashing detergent bottles.

High-density polyethylene is commonly recycled into plastic lumber, tables, benches, truck cargo liners, trash receptacles and other durable plastic products. Monrovia highly encourages recycling our plant containers and all household recyclables. To find out which plastics are accepted in your local area, contact your community’s solid waste department.

The remaining 30 percent of our pots are #5 Polypropylene and can be recycled in some municipalities’ curbside recycling programs. To determine the best recycling method in your community, please check with your local city or at Earth911.com.

I Lost the InfoLabel That Came with My Monrovia Plant. How Can I Get the Information Included in It?

The Monrovia plant catalog is designed to give you all the information in the InfoLabel – and then some! Use the online plant catalog to locate key information about your garden’s plants and add it to your wish list to save it.

I Have a Plant That Isn’t Thriving. Can You Tell Me What Went Wrong?

It is difficult to diagnose a sick plant without seeing firsthand the plant or the conditions in which it was grown. Your local garden center can be a wonderful resource and provide insights and advice. Often, when you bring them a leaf or branch, they can help diagnose the problem and find ways to resolve it. They will appreciate if you carry any diseased foliage in a zip lock bag to avoid spreading it in the nursery. Find your nearest garden center through our retailer search.

You can also email us at [email protected].

Several Years Ago, I Bought a Monrovia Plant But I No Longer See It on Your Website. I Have Questions on Its Care. Can You Help?

If you need information on a Monrovia plant we no longer grow, please email us at: [email protected].

Can I Link to This Website from My Website or Blog?

Yes. You may link to Monrovia.com from your website or blog. If you would like to use a graphic element instead of a text link, please use the banners found here.

I Noticed an Error on Your Plant Information Page. Who can I contact?

We try hard to provide accurate, up-to-date information, so we value your input. Please fill our the form on our Contact Us page to provide feedback.