About Mistletoe — Carter Seeds

We Are Here to Serve You

With over 145 years of industry experience, our unique climate, and our quality control from collection to distribution, we at Mistletoe Carter Seeds, have been pleased to consistently provide the highest quality and best value seeds to the nursery industry. In recent years, we have increased production, streamlined processes, and added new technologies to further improve quality and year-round availability.

Located in California, Mistletoe Carter Seeds take full advantage of the extraordinary climate and diverse species around us. We are able to collect seeds from established and reliable locations ranging from the arid southern border to the dense forests of Northern California. Additionally, our ideal coastal climate with over 60 acres of frost free growing lands are the perfect combination for the production of superior seed. This results in our ability to provide a diverse and comprehensive product line with utmost consistency from year to year.

Mistletoe Carter Seeds Collection

In order to meet the demands of our customer base, Mistletoe Carter Seeds has also developed a reputable, worldwide network of seed suppliers and growers. We use our same stringent quality control standards and processes when obtaining seed from our suppliers and growers. This allows us to offer viable varieties to our customers at economical prices that were traditionally unavailable or too expensive.

After the seed has been acquired, Mistletoe Carter Seeds use our extensive knowledge of cleaning and storage to produce and maintain the highest germination possible. We retain state of the art cleaning, processing, and counting machines to efficiently produce pure, viable seed. After the seeds are refined, almost all of our seeds are dried and sealed in foil bags with inert gases and then stored in temperature/humidity-controlled environments. Germination testing is done prior to storage by an independent germination laboratory and then periodically tested for the duration of the life of the product. These processes allow us to consistently provide our clients a high quality product throughout the year.

Mistletoe Carter Seeds Sorting

Mistletoe Carter Seeds strive to satisfy our customers every time. As we guarantee our products, we utilize sophisticated lot control software which allows us to track germination records, vendors, and GPS locations of our entire inventory. Our software also identifies what lots are sold to each customer. If a problem arises, we have the ability to quickly determine the cause and make the necessary changes to remedy to situation in a timely fashion. The lessons learned from this corrective action process, enable us to supply the best product available on a consistent basis.

Mistletoe Carter Seeds has always been a family based business and that tradition continues today. We strive to build on what we have learned over many years in order to best support our wonderful industry. We plan to provide the best price, quality, and availability for many years to come


Our Valuable Team Members

Harold Schaff

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Harold grew up in North Dakota on a farm/ranch. He graduated in engineering in 1972 and worked as a plant engineer and industrial engineer until 1976. He then went back to graduate school and got a MS in Agriculture Economics and a MBA. In 1978, he moved to Santa Barbara, California and devoted 25 years in the General Motors Defense business. In his spare time, he grew and supplied seeds for S&S Seeds. In 1989, Harold with his wife Cheryl acquired Mistletoe Carter Seeds. Cheryl and Harold managed the business ever since. In 1999, they bought Carter Seeds until merged the two companies into today’s Mistletoe Carter Seeds (MCS). In 2002, Harold retired from GM and took over the day to day management from Cheryl of MCS.

Blake Schaff

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Blake grew up working at MCS part time during the school year and full time during the summers. He began working full time in 2014 after studying Botany at Humboldt State University. His love of plants and growing brought him back to the business. He is now in process of transitioning to the overall management of MCS.

Cindy Vercota
Office Manager

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Cindy came from a 24 year career in General Motors and has worked for Mistletoe Carter since 2004. She has always had an interest in plants and is known for her excellent customer service, she leads our sales department and our shipping/receiving functions. She is the voice on the phone when placing orders and answering questions.

Steve Koop
Production Manager

Steve began work for MCS part time during high school, for the original owners. After graduating in 1971, he has been working full time for the company ever since. He has over 40 years of industry experience and an immense knowledge of collecting and processing seed. Steve oversees production and seed collection at MCS.