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mamajuice Walkersville, MD (6 reviews) January 4, 2010
I placed an order from Value Seeds ONCE and it was a waste of money - not a great deal of money, true, but considering that only two packets grew out of 13 ordered, and one of them didn't amount to a hill of beans, I was not pleased! I wasted a whole growing season. It won't happen again. There's no value in seeds that don't germinate!
I placed an order with Value Seeds for the flowering pouches and some seeds. Order arrived approximately two weeks after order was placed. My account wasn't charged until shipment was processed which was two days prior to delivery. I only placed a small order for 6 pack of flower seeds and 10 flowering pouches that ranged from $.79 to $.99 with a flat shipping rate of $1.99. The seeds came in foil packs and were clearly label by their names. I am overall happy with my purchase which was mainly the flower pouches. I haven't sow the seeds and can't comment on the germination.
cyclops101 Wakefield, RI (2 reviews) December 29, 2008
Sent an order to Valueseed December 4, 2008. Seeds arrived December 29, 2008. Feel this is a reasonable amount of time to process an order. This is my first order from this supplier and hope germination is satisfactory. The seeds are packaged in sealed foil which is a positive. I am very optomistic.There is no question the price is right.
cjparker Kennewick, WA (Zone 7a) (11 reviews) December 13, 2008
The seeds I planted last spring came up true to seed and with good germination.
I just got another 20 packets of seeds (under $20 including shipping) and hope to see the same for next spring. Shipping on this order was reasonable, tho not as good as stated on their website...11 days from order to delivery. For the price I paid, I'm willing to accept less than stellar germination rates, but if last spring was an indication of what to expect, these seeds will do just fine.
WNYwillieB Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) (3 reviews) September 26, 2008
I am happy to report ValueSeeds has come through for me in a timely fashion.
Ordered 35 varieties 9/19/08; received 9/26/08. Complete, no substitutions. Thank you, Kay!
Germination rate to be determined anon. Can't wait for spring, already.
I have never recieved my seed order. I sent two e-mails to them.
The first one I sent as a reply to their acknowledgement of my order. It had the acknowledgement of my order and payment so there was no excuse for them not to send my seeds.
The second was an e- mail through the contact info on their web site.
I have recieved neither my seeds nor a reply.
bears15 Platte Center, NE (Zone 5b) (10 reviews) January 14, 2008
I placed 2 large orders with valueseeds last year.
I am a master gardener-have my own green house-I know what I'm doing. The germination from these seeds were horrible-I learned my lesson-not to order again & I didnt. The concern I have is I place many orders with T&M I just hope they dont fall into the valueseed mode.
art_n_garden Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) (7 reviews) January 14, 2008
I'm not sure I would've ordered from Valueseeds if I had known that these were cast offs/extras/last year's stock from T&M. I think they or the Watchdog should advertise that they are affiliated, if in fact they are.
I ordered 12 packets of seeds for under 11$ with shipping which I think is fantastic. However, I received them in 10 days (which I think is extremely slow) and I agree they could be packed with better descriptions or even a common name and a date (common courtesy?).
Their website has some good selection but seems random at best and their "growing guide" leaves a lot to be desired.
I will readdress when I know germination rates.
I've ordered from value seeds a couple times and have received all orders in a timely fashion. I've had good luck with germination, even with things like catnip that I haven't been able to grow previously. I will order from them again.
rebecca101 Madison, WI (Zone 5a) (25 reviews) May 14, 2007
I was very unhappy with the germination of the seeds from this company. I believe they sell old seeds. Here's why:
I ordered various seeds from them, including sweet peas and chives. Some of the seeds have had fair to decent germination (50-70%), although still lower than seed from other companies. But the sweet peas and chives have had extremely poor germination (0-5%). (For comparison, sweet pea seeds I sowed at the same time and in the same place from two other companies germinated at 80% or higher.) Sweet pea and chive seeds, of course, are well-known for not storing well. VS seeds come in small foil packets with no date on them whatsoever. Their packaging is identical to the inside foil packets from the Thompson & Morgan company, and the varieties offered are from T&M as well. As far as I can tell, T&M uses "Value Seeds" to sell its old merchandise from previous years, which it can no longer sell as T&M because it is not fresh.
If I had known that this company was selling year (or more??) old seed, I would not have purchased them. It is no value to pay money for seeds which do not germinate.
Of course, some types of seed do store relatively well, although germination rates always decline. However, I think it is simply unconscionable for a company to sell old seeds without letting the consumer know. They should either advertise what they are doing clearly on their website, or at a minimum they should not sell seed for poor keepers like sweet peas, the onion family, and parsnips. In any case, the packing date should *always* be marked on the seeds. All other seed companies I'm familiar with indicate the packed for date on the packet, and usually a germination rate from their trials as well. (Aren't there federal minimum germination rates that companies have to comply with?)
In sum: buyer beware - don't expect fresh seed or good germination from VS seeds.
bagel_k Central, NJ (Zone 6b) (11 reviews) April 3, 2007
I placed one order in Jan. Shipping was reasonably fast, and germination rate is very good so far. Good selection and prices are very low!!! They have a lot of information on their website about seed starting and etc of different plants.
JanLynn (Jan) So Milw, WI (Zone 5b) (2 reviews) March 15, 2007
I've ordered in the past and was happy with the prices and "quick" delivery, BUT...I placed a small order on Thursday, March 1st, and have not heard anything from the company. I did send them an email several days ago (March 13th) inquiring as the status of my order and the email was returned to me today (March 15th) as "undeliverable"... On March 19th, 2007, JanLynn changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Changing my rating, from "negative" to "positive" as I rec'd my order Monday, March 19th. This is about the time that I, and a lot of other gardeners, are ordering/starting our seeds for the upcoming gardening season.
I REALLY DO LIKE VS, perhaps I was being a "bit" impatient...
twitser Dawsonville, GA (14 reviews) March 7, 2007
Placed an order online on the 15th of February. Have not received anything as of today (March 7th). I have left three emails over the course of a week and have not had a response.On March 20th, 2007, twitser added the following:
I recieved my seeds today about a month after ordering them. All three email I left went unreturned. I got the seeds finally, but would've appreciated the common courtesy of a reply email.
jasmyne Lindenwold, NJ (Zone 7a) (3 reviews) February 16, 2007
I initially placed an order with this company because of their low prices and low shipping costs. It took about 8 days to receive my order, which might not be too bad, but considering that I am less than 20 miles from them, in the same state, that might be considered a little slow. Upon receiving my order, to my dismay, I discovered that one of my seeds packet was empty, not even a speckle of dust and another only contained three seeds, it was suppose to have 50. I only had to contact the company twice to correct this matter. It took about three weeks to received the replacement seeds. So far the seeds that I have sowed have decent germination rates, 70-90%, but I don't think I will be ordering from them again.
hipchickie Amesbury, MA (1 review) February 12, 2007
I went to this company based on reviews here, and I am happy to report that all the good hype is true.
Order shipped in 6 business days, everything accounted for (thanks lisa!) and the price is fantastic!
Only one small thing I was less than estatic- they have some security thing installed on the website browing guides, so you can't c&p only certain areas of the growing instructions, you either have to print the entire page, or use a right click "select all" and edit it yourself in word (time consuming!). I don't need 7 complete sets of sweet pea growing instructions, I just want the info on the particular variety. I wish they would get rid of that.
rebeccae Mapleton, OR (1 review) December 31, 2006
I was pleased wih the seeds I received last year and reordered this year, prices are great and seeds arrived quickly.I like the foil packets.On April 16th, 2008, rebeccae added the following:
2008-ordered several times since my 1st posting,still have viable seeds left over from 2006! Took 14 days to get my order this year but I ordered at height of busy season-expected slower service.I cross reference seeds with T&M catalog.Love the savings!!Reordered Siberian Blue Dianthus x3 packs this year,so glad it was available.Sent them an email last year about how they should notify people when they put new seeds on-got notified this year.My portulaca seeds didn't germinate so I emptied the soil into the garden and I had portulaca's growing with the tomato's last year.I set aside 15-20 dollars each year just for ordering from this company.
adina72 Pennellville, NY (Zone 5a) (14 reviews) December 19, 2006
Great place to get seeds cheap, but beware that packaging does not contain any type of info, but you can go to the website for that info. One seed I ordered, wasn't available, so they automatically refunded it instead of putting it on backorder. Shipping was quick. I'd suggest ordering early for best selection, as with any seed company. I will report back on germination rates in the spring.
cjolene Emporia, KS (Zone 5b) (6 reviews) November 22, 2006
Great place to get seeds for cheap. Planting instructions on web site instead of on package. Have been told that these seeds are a year old but have not had a problem with a single package not germinating well (and I ordered MANY, MANY seeds)!! haha Already placing orders for next year. ; )
Hyblaean Niles, IL (Zone 5b) (17 reviews) October 23, 2006
Got my seeds today, and it's been a great experience so far. I'll follow up next spring with germination rates. Would definately buy from them again!On May 24th, 2007, Hyblaean added the following:
Have had very good luck with germination, with over 20 different kinds of seeds. My sweetpeas didn't come up, but I direct planted them, so it was a toss up even if they were perfect. I'm very pleased with the results so far and will order from them again next year ....Already have had a full crop of radishes- the cherry belles- they were WONDERFUL. I'm a novice and I swear every single seed took, direct sown- that might be common, but it was amazing to me :) The peas I ordered (from another company) only one kind came up with any consistancy- so the radishes were a real confidence booster.
I'm extremely positive. Vegetable seeds are the best and fastest germinating I've ever found and are carefully packed in foil. Prices are very low. Value Seeds is Thompson & Morgan without the outside second packaging. Service (by Kim) is excellent, far better than most full-cost seed companies. Is there a similar outlet for discounted T&M seeds in Great Britain, where I also buy seeds? I haven't been able to find one.
xenya North East, MD (9 reviews) September 4, 2006
Great prices and fast shipping. I'll definitely order from them again. :)
seedking Toms River, NJ (1 review) August 24, 2006
A great choice of products at fantastic low prices, cheap shipping and good delievery times. No problems with germination either. How do they do it?
I've ordered from valueseeds.com on two occasions. Both times, shipping was quite quick. The majority of their seeds have displayed at least some germination, without sowing the entire packet. There are a few that haven't germinated for me, but that's a problem which isn't exclusive to valueseeds.com - actually, their seeds have given me better germination rates than seeds from some other sources. The main downside is that they don't give refunds or replacements for seeds that don't grow. Also, as others have mentioned, their seed labeling could be better, and you'll probably want to re-label them yourself using the names on the packing slip. Their low prices make up for these downfalls, however. I'll be ordering from them again!
Gina_Rose Hollywood, FL (Zone 10b) (4 reviews) August 1, 2006
I bought quite a few packets of seeds from them, and (although I did have to refer to the website for germination info) the individual packets were great as well as being shipped quickly.
Best of all, the seeds are incredibly hardy! After accidentally letting some of the seed germ. mixtures dry out, the seeds are still sprouting; I've never had that happen before.
Now I have lots of great seedlings to watch grow - I definitely recommend ValueSeeds. :)
I received my seeds yesterday and while I can't say anything about germination since....well, they ARE seeds and have to be planted first **giggle** they were shipped quiuckly and in very good shape! and the prices...WOW...GREAT!! Thanks so much Value Seeds! :0p
zville123 Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) (18 reviews) May 18, 2006
Excellent discount seed site. Heard it was the discount site for Thompson & Morgan and the seeds on the VS website due tend to match the T&M catalog. If you see something you like, BUY IT! Because it might not be there when you go back. The seeds come in little foil packets with the item number and a brief seed name. Sometimes you do have to refer to the packing slip to figure out which seeds are which. The growing info is on the website and is not included with the seeds. I've had excellent germ rates. Seed packets can range from 10 cents and up. For the price, it's definitely worth a try. Speedy delivery in a bubble envelope. I've purchased from them several times and will definitely buy from them again.
jmorth Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) (13 reviews) March 25, 2006
The response time from placing order to reception was excellent. Of the ten packs ordered, 8 were started inside and all but 1 had very good germination rates, the one that lagged had a fair germination.
alicewho North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) (50 reviews) March 7, 2006
I've ordered a couple of times from them and the seeds do arrive quickly, great prices and good germination rate.
I placed a huge order with ValueSeeds and everything that has already been said is accurate. I'm just thrilled to be able to try so many varieties at such a reduced rate and if that means I don't get fancy packaging, that's just fine with me. They are a sister company to Thompson & Morgan and even if they are last years seeds..... germinations rates are still good for most all seeds.
Here's a tip for you when ordering: every time you put something in your cart, go to the growing information page and copy the information about the plant and the picture and paste it in a document you can save. That way, you will have a quick reference if you need to know about the seeds you ordered. I will post after the growing season and tell you how they did. Susan On February 27th, 2007, soulgardenlove added the following:
I placed another huge order this year. Love the variety for the low price.
You better have good knowledge of seeds purchased with valueseeds. No planting instructions, no packaging date (who knows how old they are) and the packages are not marked very well at all. Yes the seeds are very low cost. "You get what you pay for" is the perfect description.
kqcrna Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) (8 reviews) February 13, 2006
I have placed and received several orders from valueseeds and have been happy with them. Packaging is plain foil envelope but I like them. Sometimes I have had difficulty removing small seeds from foil packs as the seeds seem to be stuck as through static electricity, but I have not experienced that with valueseeds packs. A botanical name on the envelope would be nice but I just check and mark the packs when they arrive. Since there are no planting instructions (the website says to download these from the site), I just keep the Thompson and Morgan catalogue nearby when sowing, and look up the information in there. I have so far found all seeds listed in T&M. It did take several weeks for the order to arrive from the time placed until I received them.
I am winter sowing the seeds in containers outside. I sowed 2 bottles each of poppy and achillea during a warm spell and those all germinated withing a week, around January 25, so the seed is indeed viable. I am contemplating yet another order...valueseed is great.
Only tried Value Seeds because of what I read on here. So far it's been very good. I got several packages of seeds within a week, placed another order just this week. Of the first seed batch, the ones needing to be started early have germinated very well, some maybe 100%. I doubt if you can find anyplace with these low prices and dirt cheap shipping. I'm happy! On January 15th, 2008, chunx changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
How things have changed since my original rating. On my 2007 order, many of the seeds did not germinate, the shipping time was slow, but worse yet was that 3 of the different packets of seeds were not what they were advertised to be or labeled. The double petunias were just plain old regular mixed petunias, the coreopsis sunrise was dark red instead of bright orange, and the cascading petunias were just a plain single upright red. When I brought this to their attention and informed them they should change the description, I heard nothing. Guess what? Still the same description and so it's now even a year older seed.
I've waited to leave feedback until I saw what germination would be. I've started several flower seeds and so far the germination rate has been excellent. The prices are great. Shipping prices are the best out there and the seeds arrived very quickly, three days. This is a great place to try some new plants without having to spend a ton of money.
RainGazer Southeast, TN (Zone 7a) (1 review) December 16, 2005
I am very pleased with this company! I placed an order of about $12. It arrived within a week and a half, securely packaged.
One type of seed I wanted to purchase would not add to my cart. I emailed the company about the problem and they replied that there was a problem in the system with those seeds. They stated I should email them as soon as I completed the order to tell them to add those to my order. I did this, and received an email back that they could not add it to the order, but would send those seeds to me and not charge shipping on them. They also asked permission to place the charge for the extra pack of seeds on my credit card, which I appreciated. I replied that I would like for them to do this.
Two days after the arrival of the main order, the extra pack of seeds arrived, packaged just as securely as the large order had been. Those seeds cost 49c, and it cost valueseeds.com 49c to send them to me, so they made no money on that pack of seeds. I know it is a small amount, but it shows me they were willing to go the extra mile to ensure that I was a happy customer. It worked! I'll certainly be ordering more from this company.
dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) (39 reviews) December 14, 2005
I placed an order for about 45 seed packs and have received all of them with no missing or incorrect packets.
I'm pleased with the selection, price, S&H and shipping packaging. I'm very familiar with the regular T&M seed catalog and have had no problems figuring out which seed is which. I was very pleased to be able to purchase some of my favorite seed at such a great savings. I'll try to follow up in the spring after I see how they perform.On February 10th, 2007, dmac085 added the following:
Second order from this company. I know that I'm getting a great value on some seeds originally sold by Thompson & Morgan (I order from them too). These seem to be overstock from the full price catalog. All are still in the great foil packets that are the same as you'd get from T&M minus the pretty outer pack with the photo and planting info.
Very please with the easy to use site and fast shipping. On February 10th, 2007, dmac085 added the following:
On January 17th, 2009, dmac085 added the following:
I placed another order in Dec. and hadn't received it by Jan 12 so I emailed through the link here on the GW page. I received and email within 2 days informing me my order didn't go through (my fault--used my med. insurance cc by accident!). I called the 800 number in the email and the phone was answered Thompson & Morgan. It was after 5 pm eastern so I left my work number for a call back and Cassandra (who emailed me) called on Friday and processed my order (only 1 item was sold out). I asked that she email me a copy of my order which was waiting for me when I got home. I'm happy with the customer service and haven't had any worse germination results than with seed I've purchased from any other seller or stuff I've saved fresh myself.
ZZsBabiez Lodi, CA (Zone 9b) (8 reviews) December 6, 2005
I ordered 11 packets on Nov 30th... and got my order on the 5th of Dec!! Super fast.
I don't mind writing the names on the packets from the packing slip.. small price to pay for the great service and price! (I spent under $11 for 11 packs of seeds) How great is that to build up a seed collection!
I hope the germination rate is as good as their service and prices!
Highly recommend valueseeds.com
renwings Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) (8 reviews) December 5, 2005
I liked the fact that I could get a nice price on seeds and they had a flat shipping rate.
There was problem with my order info and they referred me to a 1 800 number to resolve it. The lady who aswered the phone told me this was T&M, the cast offs from the previous year.
I like the little sealed packages, but I didn't care for the way they were labeled. For example: Moss rose, as it was listed on their website, came labeled as "bellis rose" I had to take some to time to figure out what that meant.
I'll give them a postive if these seed do well next year. On June 1st, 2006, renwings changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Changed my rating to a positive. I averaged a 50% germination rate on their seeds. Plants look healthy and strong.
My only beef is the allysum. Not a single one of those decided to germ., but that could have been my error.
Good Deal! I'll be back for wintersowing!
nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) (117 reviews) December 2, 2005
I placed an order for 18 packets of seeds, ranging from $0.49 to $0.99 per packet plus a flat shipping rate of $0.99. In other words, the seeds were a bargain. I received email confirmation promptly, and my seeds arrived 14 days later in the mail. This company may be affiliated with Thompson and Morgan, because both the text/photos on the website and the foil packets look like T&M (inner) packets. Even if germination proves to be only mediocre, the price is right.On December 5th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
renwings is completely correct about the packets' sparse labeling. However, the numbers on the packets match the numbers with more extensive descriptions on the packing slip, so I sat down, Sharpie pen in hand, and wrote the full description on each packet as I checked it against my packing slip.On January 18th, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:
another tip: if you are dealing with a small quantity of fine seed in one of valueseeds' foil packets, cut off the top (very carefully--just the top), then peel the packet open down the seams, holding the packet over your seed-starting soil or a piece of paper. Use your finger or a paint brush to liberate seeds that stick to the foil.On November 23rd, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:
Germination rates were fine on everything I ordered. Since this is an "outlet" for T&M seeds, I thought that germination might be poor-to-none, but I couldn't resist the prices. After a couple years of raising all kinds of things from seeds, I've come to the conclusion that experience and the correct equipment/supplies/conditions are the most important factors in getting good germination. Not everything grows like a tomato or a marigold (no offense meant to either tomatoes or marigolds--I love them all).
moretz hickory, NC (Zone 7a) (5 reviews) November 7, 2005
i placed an order with them and got my order with in 6 days, i love this company so far and i hope the seeds are good as their service is. no complaints as of yet and if the seeds germinate well,then i will be ordering from them again .
i hope they get some more new veriaties too.