I have ordered some 4 dozen varieties of (primarily tree) seeds from Seedman over the past 2 years at three different times. Overall, I have had some species provide 80% to 95% germination rates while other varieties have been 0%.
While I don't know much about testing seeds for viability (other than looking at them with an experienced eye), I have worked in forestry in the tropics for 5 years and have collected and planted thousands of pounds of tree seeds. On occasion, entire batches from a single tree that looked healthy would fail. Therefore, I have not yet been disappointed by SeedMan due to my own experiences. However, I debated posting a 'neutral' since the failure rate has been slightly higher than I would have liked.
Having been involved with farming, greenhouses, and commercial growing for more than 35 years I would like to say that seedman has been true to their advertising. Tobacco seeds that I have purchased from them have done well and had a better than average germination rate for raw seeds. It has been my experience in the past that many times things are just as they are said to be. I plan to deal with Jim at seedman in the future.
On May 27, 2006, ocimum_nate American Fork, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:
At first I was impressed with the promptness and neatness of the packaging. I started my seeds in January as soon as I got them. I have still not seen any germination from my bananas, bird of paradise, kiwi, pygmy date palm, and tree tomato (cyphomandra).
I wrote to the company about a month ago and expressed my concerns. I detailed over several lengthy paragraphs what methods I had used and queried whether there was anything I had over looked. In my processes. All I received was the following response...."Both the kiwi and banana seeds take on average between 3-8 months to
Gee thanks for nothing..... I know that this is in part true but with as much as I started I would have expected to have seen something by now. What I would really like to see is documentation that the seeds that I received were actually tested by an independent lab that would estabilish the stated viability purported by the company.
I have been growing stuff from seeds sucessfully for years and also have a bachelors degree in horticulture. I have never had this bad of luck with any other company.
On July 30th, 2006, ocimum_nate changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Money was refunded and taken care of in timely and professional manner.
I just received my seeds and (after being VERY nervous after reading negative feedback on numerous different seed companies) was surprised at how healthy and promising the seeds looked! And a MAJOR MAJOR plus is that the palm seeds DID NOT FLOAT! Woohoo....that right there is half the battle! I expect germination to be great and will be doing business with them again! (since I am SUPER picky, that's really saying something!) :0)
On May 27th, 2006, dixie_angel changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Well, like the previous comment I have had 0 % germination....most noticeably my morning glory seeds.....I had soaked and planted morning glory seeds from 4 different sites at the same time (literally within a 20 minute time span) and everything came up but the seeds I got from him. I checked the other seeds and nothing has germinated. Im leaving this as a negative until I hear from them about a refund. I guess that I learned my lesson.....looks can be deceiving....:0((
On May 10, 2006, tyler70006 New Orleans, LA wrote:
I ordered from them and received my order in about a week. The seeds were labeled and included instructions. They have a huge selection to choose from, stuff nobody else has. I'm placing another order now.
On Aug 22, 2005, olddog Colfax, LA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I HAVE BEEN STARTING TROPICAL SEEDS FOR MANY YEARS AND DO NOT EXPECT MORE THAN 60 TO 70 %GERMINATION OF THE NUMBER OF SPECIES I BUY FROM DEALERS. I PURCHASED A DEAL ON BANANA SEEDS, 6 VARIETIES FOR $14.95; 10 SEEDS OF EACH. THE ORDER WAS SHORT ON THE SEED COUNT OF TWO VARIETIES. ALL THE SEEDS OF ONE VARIETY GERMINATED, 0 GERMATED ON THE OTHER 5. I WILL NEVER ORDER FROM THIS DEALER AGAIN!
On Feb 2, 2005, mlm01 St. Louis, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have made two orders from this company for tree seeds. The order arrived very quickly with well labeled instructions.
The germination rates were not very good from many of the seeds. However, almost all my eucalyptus seeds germinated. I have yet to see if my other seeds grow as their suggested time for germination isn't up.
Although the germination rate is not super high they offer seeds that I haven't found any place else. I will use this company again.
I like Seedman very much, as well, but am relieved to read that others have had low germination rates with their seeds. I've ordered from them twice now. Both times, many of the seeds I ordered never germinated or germination rate was pretty low. And some of these were for plants I've always had booming success with, including basil, echinacea and sage.
That said, I will likely order from them again --- but for the next year or so, do my most *important* ordering from other companies, and save the Seedman ordering for those wonderful exotics they offer.
we ordered calif. poppy seeds and about 10 different garden vegetable seeds. they arrived very fast with good labeling and plant markers included. BUT, after planting our seeds in early september, in sc, we had no germination for lettuce (usually very easy), broccoli, cauliflower,kale, etc. our mustard had very good germination. we tried again with the lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. still no success. we are waiting for spring for the verdict on the calif. poppies (please germinate and flower!!). i don't think we'd deal with them again
so far so good. less than a week from order to delivery, and the order was placed late on a friday. everything is here including the name stakes. I will update if anything noteworthy happens during germination.
On Feb 5, 2002, Copperbaron Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
Very pleased with what I received. Here is what I ordered and the quantity of each so that you can be the judge of the value:
White Chinese Pine - 6 seeds
Scotch laburnum - 4 seeds
Cedar of Lebanon - 5 seeds
Monterey cypress - 20 seeds
Japanese pink dogwood - 5 seeds
Sweet bay laurel - 3 seeds
Japanese maple - 20 seeds
White flowering dogwood - 11 seeds
Spindle tree - 16 seeds
Japanese pagoda tree - 4 seeds
Himalayan cigar box cedar - 15 seeds
Giant sequiouia - 20 seeds
The total was $26.30 plus $3.50 shipping. I received them within 5 days of ordering and they were shipped in a padded mailer. I will give the germination rate in a future update.
On February 5th, 2002, Copperbaron added the following:
I forgot to mention that they also shipped me 12 plastic plant identifier stakes - nice touch!
I have ordered from this company twice and have had nothing but good luck. These shipped faster than any company I've ever orderd from; I've always received my seeds within a week of ordering and everything was exactly as I ordered.
I ordered several seeds from them in early 2001. The order was shipped very promptly and nicely packed. However my germination rates have been nonexistent for pomegranates and very poor for strawberry spinach, and very poor for red sunflowers. Red okra had very good germination. Yellow watermelon had 100% germination, but some of the seeds were infected with worms.
I ordered from them in 1998 or so when I first discovered seed shopping on the web and before I knew anything about the various companies out there. I was impressed with the big variety of seeds offered. However, in retrospect, prices were high. Quantities were small and germination rates were low to nonexistent, but some of that may have been due to my relative inexperience at the time. There are too many good companies out there for me to order from them again.
I ordered various seeds from seedman.com & none have germinated in 2 months since I ordered them. I know it is not how I care for them because I have been given seeds from friend's plants & these have done well & I have also grown plants from fruits I have purchased, etc. Has anyone else had this type of problem, that all of the seeds purchased failed to grow? I bought palm tree seeds, cactuses, flowers & houseplants.