Seeds forum: Any experience with Willhite Seed Inc?

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 4, 2013 5:06 PM CST
I got a catalog out of the blue from "Willhite Seed Inc." in Poolville Texas. Their prices for bulk seeds were excellent and shipping was reasonable, so I started looking them up;

I saw mixed reviews, with many complaints that they fell way behind during the rush season, and became too busy to answer the phone or answer email. Several people complained about their attitude if you had a problem with an order, like substituting unwanted seeds for something that was "out". And one person complained about low viability.

Has anyone had good or bad experiences with them? Some of the prices for an ounce or quarter pound of seed were really excellent.

I see they've been family owned and specialze in watermelon seeds. What I was interested in was very generic and ordinary (lettuce and snap peas) but I saw huge variety in the "watermelon" pages.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 5, 2013 10:15 PM CST

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sorry never heard of them
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 6, 2013 4:24 PM CST

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I never heard of them either. But 2 of 7 reviews on Watchdog in the past year are negative, one for slow service, one for poor performance of seeds. I think I'd be reluctant...

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 6, 2013 7:07 PM CST
Off topic, but I've been getting a LOT of seed catalogs from companies I've never heard of this year. Anyone else noticed that? Not that I'm complaining. Big Grin
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 6, 2013 8:36 PM CST

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quite a few have different names.. different catalogs .. always do some research
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 7, 2013 3:48 AM CST

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I don't think I've noticed. Just the usuals.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Jan 7, 2013 4:58 PM CST
I decided for once to skip on the "bargains" offered by Wilhite. I might get lucky and save a few bucks, buit half my reason for buying big pkts is to share the seed. Why risk sharing seed that won't germinate?

Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 7, 2013 6:11 PM CST

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Good point.

I always try to get some reviews before buying from online companies. Though I don't belong to Dave's old garden anymore, I do still use the Garden Watchdog. It's my "go to" place for reviews, and I still add an occasional review too. It can be used by non-members. I think it's a good resource.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 7, 2013 6:23 PM CST
I agree that "Garden Watchdog" is valuable.

However, last time I tried, I c ould not add an eBay vendor to it.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 8, 2013 4:15 AM CST

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Huh, maybe the rules have changed? Maybe you have to be a member to add a review? I haven't tried this year, I don't think.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Jan 8, 2013 12:07 PM CST
No, I was able to add a review for Tainong Seeds. I just couldn't add one for an eBay vendor.

Some field like "postal address" was giving me trouble and I aksed an admin. I was told that they didn't support eBay vendors.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 9, 2013 6:48 AM CST

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maybe need to get with the times
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 9, 2013 6:53 AM CST

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I didn't know that. But I don't generally buy ebay seeds.

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 9, 2013 7:13 AM CST

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I bought a ton of them on ebay last year
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Lavanda
Mar 1, 2014 1:35 PM CST
I know this is late, but I just got here Hurray!

I have purchased from Wilhite for many years.

I always order my Jffy supplies from them. Each year I compare prices and they always come up as the lowest prices

Then, since I am ordering anyway, I throw in seeds. They have a fantastic selection of watermelons !

The orders always arrive promptly, no errors,

A few years ago I ordered some type of herb seed, mebbe summer savory, and they sent me a refund check before the package even arrived

They are a small Mon-and_Pop business, my favorite kind, so yes sorta obscure and without a big advertising budget. But he look at how big names such as Thompson & Morgan, Burpee, and Park have gone downhill ! Rolling my eyes.
At our ranchiito we do NOT keep bees.
They and other critters grace us with their presence, and we provide for their need to the best of our abilities.

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