Seeds forum: Favorite Supplier

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Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
daylilly99
Dec 29, 2019 6:34 PM CST
I want to order a small number of vegetable and annual flower seeds and am wondering which sources you all like best ... good prices and seeds that germinate well.
Name: Lisa
Boston, MA. (Zone 6a)
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ishareflowers
Jan 4, 2020 11:53 AM CST
Baker's Creek, select seeds, pinetree garden, burpee, botanical interests, Renee's, Annie's annuals. 5he list could go on forever depending on what you looking for.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jan 7, 2020 4:50 PM CST
I like to find southern seed companies and here are a couple I have used.

Sow True Seed in Asheville, NC https://sowtrueseed.com/
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Mineral VA https://www.southernexposure.c...

Out of my area but I ordered and have been happy with The Natural Gardening Company https://www.naturalgardening.c...
Territorial Seed catalog https://territorialseed.com/co...
and of course Pinetree has an excellent selection and service. https://www.superseeds.com/

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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Jan 8, 2020 5:43 AM CST
Very happy with Swallowtail, Eden Brothers, and Baker Creek. Baker Creek has no shipping charges and yet its prices are comparable to competitors. I enjoy ordering from family-owned companies and reading their histories.
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Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
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ZenMan
Jan 8, 2020 8:22 AM CST
If you prefer southern seed companies, Twilley Seeds is another one that I use from time to time.

https://twilleyseed.com/

I understand they are now, in effect, the "vegetable branch" of GeoSeed.

https://geoseed.com/catalog.ht...

GeoSeed caters to commercial growers, but also sells to home gardeners like myself. GeoSeed has a wide variety of ornamental seeds. I have relied on them for some hard-to-find zinnia varieties. Both GeoSeed and Twilley are now owned by the Park family. I am of the opinion that the ParkSeed company used to be owned by the Park family.

https://parkseed.com/view-e-ca...

I think the Park family sold their interests in Park Seed for some reason. I still like the Park Seed company and think their catalog has some of the best descriptions of seed varieties and other products. In my opinion ParkSeed's current writing staff are some of the most competent in the industry, and that has been the case for a number of years.

ZM (not associated with any product or vendor mentioned or linked)
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jan 8, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Yes. I forgot Twilleys. I have their catalogue but their selection seems better suited to commercial growers.

I also have the Gurneys catalogue. Love their artwork but have not ordered from them.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 9, 2020 6:05 PM CST

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Pinetree, Swallowtail, Harris seeds, tomatogrowers.com...

Karen

I forgot the garliic store!
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jan 12, 2020 8:10 PM CST

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For small amounts of seeds at a reasonable price (and the packs almost always have more seeds than stated) is Sampleseeds.Com
Remy has a great variety of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, veggies and flowers. Shipping is very reasonable also. Most packs of seeds run $1.50 - $2.50
Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
Monetwwqi
Jan 14, 2020 9:52 PM CST
artisticgardens.com is another place I have found helpful to get seeds. Sample packets are $.40. Larger packets are $1.05. They also have special 50 sample packets of vegetables or herb seeds for $22 and $20 respectively, including shipping (no choice of plants). Or, you can buy your choice of 50 sample packs and pay the flat rate $4.50 shipping and handling for seed only orders. They have a fairly good selection of herb and flower seeds and some vegetable seeds.

I usually buy the sample packets and find the number of seeds fine for my purposes.
Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Jan 15, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Sometimes I go the opposite of sample packets, and buy seeds in bulk.
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One of my hobbies is breeding zinnias, and in order to find useful zinnia mutations I grow a lot of zinnias. Occasionally that "pays off" with a new flower form in zinnias.
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I enjoy breeding zinnias as a hobby.

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 16, 2020 2:00 PM CST

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Very cool ZenMan Thumbs up

Karen
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Feb 10, 2020 2:39 PM CST
I really like park seed. They have an interesting variety of seeds and even put the effort to place inspection labels on their packages.

flowerdays
Feb 11, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Swallowtail, Park, Harris and Stokes.

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Apr 7, 2020 5:23 PM CST
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
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thommesM
Jun 11, 2020 11:50 AM CST
Late to the game, but I like Baker Creek, aka rareseed.com and up to this year, Johnny's select seeds. I've found Park Seeds to short the number of seeds in a packet. If they are going to charge premium for 25 seeds, I want my freaking 25 seeds! Often I would get less than 20 in the packet. Happened with a few packets from every order and I just got tired of calling and dickering around with customer support. Actually it was that reason that caused me to find Baker Creek.

I also started getting into asian vegetables and asian garden 2 table was a great experience. Very reasonable and quick turn around. https://asiangarden2table.com/

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jun 11, 2020 2:26 PM CST
Like Baker Creek, checked yesterday and they seem to sold out of most of their products
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jun 11, 2020 5:42 PM CST

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crawgarden said:Like Baker Creek, checked yesterday and they seem to sold out of most of their products


I think many of the seed companies, including Baker Creek, had record sales this year. I know Baker Creek paused taking orders at least twice this season to get caught up.

Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
Jun 12, 2020 11:45 AM CST
Yeah Baker Creek did pause accepting new orders several times to get caught up. I sent email to them asking it they expected any of the out of stock items to return to inventory. I received a nice reply stating they still had inventory and were restocking as fast as they could. For a little while after that I did see some things in my wish list come in and out of stock but I haven't seen anything lately come in stock. I sent a follow up asking if they were anticipating things coming into stock and received a less friendly, rushed response saying they were working a fast as they could to restock. Sounded like a brush off answer. So at this point, I'm thinking not a lot is going to come back in stock until they receive the 2021 inventory.
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Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Sep 15, 2020 8:39 PM CST
I find that if I can get locally grown seed it does best, especially for Veggies, so I use Adaptive Seed or Wild Garden Seed or Territorial or Uprising Seed. (All NW zone 6-8) But for smaller amounts Pinetree. I even like GroCo on ebay for flowers cheaply. Floret is amazing for cut flowers, but she sold out really fast this year (in 2 hours) I used Park Seed and Seed Savers, but neither did well here. Baker Creek is amazing, but still have trouble with many of their seeds in my area.

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