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Hi, I am new at this, I am looking for a good site to buy seeds. I am not very lucky with seeds so I don't want to spend a lot of money... and I am looking for easy things to plant more like low maintenance because I am pretty busy with my roses...
Here's a source of inexpensive seed that might be an outlet for Thompson & Morgan's more expensive seed: http://www.valueseeds.com/
This one has generous packets of seed that actually turn out to be less expensive per seed than others. It's very educational in that you learn so much about the contexts of the seed in terms of its native habitat, ethnic botany, and seed viability, germination, etc. - http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/
Pinetree Seeds has a large selection of vegies - "common" or ethnic" plus flowers and herbs and garden doodads and books. Seed packets have very low prices, but the hitch is that you are actually spending more per seed than a more expensive packet with more seed in many cases. Still, if you want to try a large variety of seed for less money, you can't go wrong here - http://www.superseeds.com/home.htm
Many unusual plants, along with heirlooms - many of them fragrant - can be found at: http://www.fragrantpathseeds.com/ Unless otherwise noted, I thought the seed packs were pretty generous.
I've purchased a lot of seeds from Value Seed. They have no frills packaging, and their shipping is only $1 no matter how many packets of seeds you buy. Seed range in price starting at 9 cents up to, I think 79 cents or so.
I've been very happy with the seeds, and any time I've had a question, I've gotten an email reply almost immediately
Kassia - I grew Sweet Cream Marigold this summer and have lotz of seed. It's an ivory colored one and gets about 12 to 15" tall. The flowers are about 2 inches. If you'd like some for postage, let me know.
Beaker, thanks... I would love some seeds... I will d-mail you and you let me know what to send you... I have white datura seeds in case you would like some...
I really appreciate...
this is the only ones I got from 2 big jars of mixed seeds... I heard that cosmos reseed and they should be put on bare ground... I hope it works for me... So far the only thing I had luck with seeds are morning glory...oh well, I need to get better at this...
ENABLERS...All of you are enablers!! I was watching this thread and HAD to go and check out these sites...Guess who bought $20.00 in seeds from value seeds? You know how many seeds that is? You are all enablers!! LOL
haha, I have you both beat at $30.00!
This site I should have mentioned earlier: http://www.hardyplants.com/seeds/index.html
It's awesome... has new varieties of all kinds of seeds, especially Salvias (which is what I mainly bought, along with alot of Agastache too).
I had to Google some varieties they had, then I entered them into the PlantFiles :) Score!
...well, still at minus 30!
The information is good however the one seed company is not available at this time. When I checked this is what I found.
Seed from Valueseeds.com is no longer available, but you will find some great bargains in the new Thompson & Morgan Sale.
Growing Guides for your previous purchases are still available.
Thank you to all our past customers at the home of no-frills gardening.
Wow! This thread is almost 5 years old, but good info is priceless. Let's keep this going. Another thing is to participate in seed exchanges. Many times you come away with much more than you bring to it for some reason. There are many generous traders, and at times, if you just ask for a type of seed, you may get more than one response and they ship it to you with no thought of compensation, even postage, though I think it is polite to offer a sasbe for them.
Any more ideas?
Yes, I noticed that valueseeds.com still has the germination info for their seeds so even if we can no longer buy from them, there is handy info for free. I am always amazed when a large company does anything for free, as it is rare these days. T&M has been purchased by a larger corp. unfortunately. I do not recall which one...
bobtodd1-he is only vendor not in US
these are just the ones i have bought from with good results, decent shipping, fast service, nice looking seeds, bobtodd1 has a lot of hard to find seeds. some of the others have a lot of native seeds. i am sure there are way more good ones, i saw a few in australia that have some really cool looking things. georgiavines is a little higher than the rest but has some really beautiful flowering vines seeds i could not afford to buy as plants. now i just have to get them all planted !!! you sort of have to be really careful the way you pay for things, so you get the best shipping rate, and you really have to check the number of seeds you are getting. some vendors sell packets of 5 or 10 seeds, others sell packets of 50, or 100 or more and the price can be the same for 5 seeds from one person as it is for 50 from someone else. also have to watch the shipping costs. (you can tell i spend a lot of time looking and comparing before i purchase anything) I find their "watch list" fuction very useful, put everything i am interested in in my watch list, then compare, then buy. but hey, i am retired and it's winter, so i have lots of time. hope this helps
I have never bought seeds from Diane, but I have purchased Daylilies from her, and the plants were amazing! Every one of them were the correct plant, and they were huge! I can't imagine that her seeds would be any less perfect than her plants are!
Awesome list, Karen. Thanks nhuntley and outlawheart81.
Karen ~ Have you sown or traded all of your seeds? I tend to have leftovers and some are good and others not so good. I try to wintersow at least a dozen or more each year, as I cannot do 100 as some people have. Then I can tell which seeds are good. Some of the older ones germinate better, like basil, I noticed. I like to sow basil every year. I did not collect the seeds since I had so many left in packets, but maybe I will this year at the end of the season. I am letting the parsley go to seed now.
evelyn-due to major health issues my garden has gone to heck. my cousin has stepped in and is trying to reclaim it and help me get my seeds orgranized and will probably be living here in the next month or so. i have lots and lots of seeds for next year that i didnt get planted this year. also traded a bunch (for more seeds that didnt get planted)
Try Crosman's seeds in Rochester, NY. They sell the old reliable standbys for 1950 prices. They are very prompt at mailing the seeds to you. I have ordered 3 times last year from them and they seem to give you a good quanity in the pkgs.
Diane's seeds is another source. I have ordered from her several times, as well as Remy in NY but I can't think of Remy's website now. I ordered from both of them last year and was very pleased. Both are very knowledgable and willing to answer gardening questions.
Check Dollar Tree or Dollar General stores. K-Mart..
Our K-Mart sells Burpee seeds, as does our Giant grocery stores, starting in January or Februry. As soon as the holidays stuff is all sold out, they stores start putting flower and vegetable seeds on their racks to sell.
I bought seeds at dollar general this year and had a lot of nothing come up. Weird, i never really had problems before, or with their more expensive (nk brand seeds) but i didn't get a single bean to sprout, no gourds, and no sunflower... I wonder if something happened in shipping, maybe mold? They looked fine, but they didn't grow fine.