On Jan 22, 2014, marc_schuyler Saratoga, CA wrote:
I have ordered on at least three occasions from this company, primarily palm seeds. None of the palm seeds (not one) have ever germinated, I suspect because they are not fresh or have improperly been stored; to be clear, out of perhaps 15 species I have ordered from them (probably 100+ seeds overall) and notwithstanding the "85% germination labels" they have on the seeds packets, only 1 species has ever successfully germinated, that is, one specific passiflora species. I emphasize I have successfully been growing palms and other plants from seed for decades, both fresh collected and ordered over the internet. What I have received from this company has been consistently the worst germination results I have had from any source by a huge stretch, i.e., I typically get 60% or better germination from everyone/everywhere else. Whatever happened to Ortanique? I had great results from them but they are no longer around.
On Nov 30, 2012, synandrospadix Granada Spain wrote:
I came across this company online while searching for new sources of seed and thought that some of their products looked interesting. However, their information says that they sell throughout the States and also to Germany, the UK (EU countries), Norway (a non-EU country) and a few other countries. I live in Spain and thought it was a bit strange that they send seeds to the UK and Germany but not to other European Union countries, including Spain which have exactly the same international postage charges and legislation regarding shipping seeds. I contacted the company and they confirmed that no, they donīt mail seeds to Spain. I find this completely bizarre. What have the UK and Germany got that we donīt have? They are denying themselves a much larger market for absolutely no reason that I can think of.
I ordered the following 5 poppies and only the Laurens Springer Grape Poppy bothered coming up.
The Lilac Pompom Poppy,Victoria Louise Poppy, Pizzicato Poppy, Carneum Poppy, Coral Reef Peony did not germinate.
On May 4, 2012, Larrys_Gardens Castle Rock, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered quite a variety of seeds from Seedman this year. I had extremely poor results all across the board from their seeds.
I have been growing seeds for years, using Park Biodome system, this year growing hundreds of seed varieties. I used Territorial Seed, Hume, Livingston, and personally collected seed, in addition to the Seedman seed.
It was almost universal that none of the Seedman seeds germinated, and those that did, did not thrive. Same variety seed from other sources, including my own collected seeds germinated to a high degree and have thrived. The order process, packaging, and timely shipping deserve a well done. But failure to germinate far outweigh those well dones.
On Mar 3, 2010, gardenswithdogs El Paso, TX wrote:
I had ordered over 25 different varieties of seeds from this company... two months after starting the plants, only the borage has germinated. At the same time I started these seeds indoors under grow lights and plenty of warmth, I started seeds from several other companies. All the seeds that I planted from the other companies have sprouted (90% at the least). I pulled aside the cups with the duds and did my research to make sure that they had proper growing conditions. Most of my plants were pretty basic (I.E. the easy to grow varieties such as borage, forget-me-not, etc). Everything was perfect so I pulled out the packets that I had saved. Wouldn't you know, all the seeds that refused to sprout were from the same company! I am absolutely furious. Had I attempted to grow plants for the first time and only ordered from this company, I would have no plants to landscape my yard with this spring and probably would never try starting my own seeds again. Luckily, I know now that it was the company and not me so I'll continue to grow little plants for years to come and sometime in the future, I'll finally have the garden of my dreams that I planted completely from seed!
On Jun 30, 2009, wsearcher Stoutsville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I will not be ordering from this seller again.
I am involved with "The Great Sunflower Project" growing Lemon Queen Sunflowers to record the number of bees that visit the flowerheads.
The free seeds sent to me by the sunflower project arrived broken and mashed by the postal machines. I thought I should go ahead and get more seeds in case the ones I received were to damaged to germinate. So I ordered from This seller in MS.
I went ahead and sow the seeds sent to me by the sunflower project while waiting for my order to arrive from MS, in hopes that some would grow.
Six seeds arrived from the MS. seller in a resonable amount of time and looked to be in good condition. I sowed them in my other garden as soon as they arrived.
Most of the broken seeds from the sunflower project germinated. (at least 75%) and none of the MS. seeds germinated. (0 %)
It left me wondering why my first batch of seeds from the sunflower project germinated and are now 6-7 ft. tall and the seeds from this MS. seller did not germinate at all.
After reading the other reviews, I now believe it was the poor quality seeds and not me. It looks as if it is pretty much hit or miss with this seller.
I have ordered from them twice now and am very dissapointed with the low germination rates (some 0%). I ordered Japanese Maple seed (0% germination), a variety of bananna seed (20% germination), sago palm seed (30% germination) and bird of paradise (10% germination). I sent an Email (4 months after planting) asking that the Japanese Maple seeds be replaced as none germinated (they were supposed to be pre-stratified and ready for planting). I received a one sentence reply stating that they can take 2 years to germinate. That was all that was said... Very dissapointed overall...
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 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!