At American Meadows, we care deeply about what we do, and consider gardening’s connection to the environment a critical element of our work. Like many of our customers, we’ve become more and more aware of and concerned about the potential link between neonicotinoids and the loss of pollinators, especially bees and pollinating birds that rely on insects for food.
We have worked with all of our growers and suppliers to better understand if, how, and why neonicotinoids are used in the production of our plants and bulbs.
We can happily say that ALL of our wildflower seeds are neonicotinoid-free, and the vast majority of our perennials and bulbs are neonicotinoid-free.
To confirm if your plant or bulb is neonicotinoid-free: go to the product page, scroll down to the Plant Information table, and look for the row labeled "Neonicotinoid-Free," which will read Yes or No.
For those products that are not neonicotinoid-free, neonicotinoids have historically been used reactively to combat pests. For instance, mealybugs have proven to be particularly difficult to eradicate. At times, our cactus growers have used spot application of neonicotinoids in their greenhouses (a controlled environment) to eliminate this pest.