In the last two years I have placed several orders with Victory Seeds. They have an impressive selection and some of the harder to find varieties I was looking for. Each time their shipping was fast and their germination rates were good. Thank you Victory seeds.
On Jan 17, 2012, DavesGarden0302 State College, PA wrote:
Posted on December 26, 2010, updated January 17, 2012
Shipping and handling costs are extremely high. Includes cost I would normally expect in the porduct itself. Not for the small orderer to try.
On January 17th, 2012, DavesGarden0302 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I noticed Victory has adjusted there shipping costs so that small orders are not so expensive and rates are adjusted by size. Changing rating to neutral for the change and will consider placing an order.On Jan 17, 2012, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Dec 26, 2010 5:39 PM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
Shipping and handling is a tough issue in the mail-order industry as a whole right now. Postage prices continue to rise and the quality of the carrier's services continue to decline. But I do not believe our costs to be high - extremely or otherwise. Perhaps you read the shipping estimate incorrectly. There are US Priority Mail options available for those folks that choose.
A couple of years ago as the economy began to sour, we weighed all of the options and with the input of our loyal customers and supporters, decided against raising the packet prices or setting a minimum order amount as most companies chose to do. We ended up going with a minimum postage and handling cost of $6.45. I would point out that this price has now been lowered in our new cart system as First Class Mail is now an available option. Starting at about $4.00, shipping depends on the weight of your order and the distance to the destination.
We feel that it is not fair to hide shipping costs in the packet prices. There is no reason why a serious gardener ordering a garden's worth of seeds, local customers, or even a customer in a close postal mail zone should be penalized with higher packet prices just to hide shipping costs. So unlike you, we do not believe in hiding prices in our seed packets.
As you mentioned in your email, these are tough economic times and in order to continue our seed preservation work, we need to make sure that we are around for decades to come. That is the bottom line. Yes we sell seeds to pay the bills. But our primary reason for existing is to keep old seed varieties available for home gardeners. We would not be able to do this if we lost money on orders. Thankfully the supporters of our work, who have helped to build this company and evolve these policies over the past decade plus, understand.
On Jan 9, 2012, melody Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I'm very pleased at how fast my order was processed and shipped. Victory Seed offers some unique and hard to find vegetable seed and I appreciate their mission to supply a quality product at a fair price.
On Jul 23, 2011, knotweedkiller Port Carbon, PA wrote:
For various and sundry reasons I have mixed results with germinating my own tomato plants. I buy tomato plants from garden centers as backups. I tend to select heirlooms, either by seed or by purchased plant. I also buy tomato seed packs from garden centers. Therefore I get a fair idea of how well plants do from various sources. Victory Seed tomato seeds germinate as well as, if not slightly better than, tomato seeds from other sources. Generally, once planted, the Victory Seed tomato plants grow as well as the best garden center tomato plants that I have found. Furthermore, again generally, the Victory Seed plants out perform most other plants started from seed, or bought at other garden centers. In other words, I've found only one other place that matches the plants I can start with Victory Seed seed. A tomato plant grown from Victory Seed seeds will generally be very vigorous in terms of growth and fruit production. While you may, or may not, pay more for Victory Seed seeds, the yields from their seeds will make up for any slightly higher initial cost.
I ordered plants, bugs, microbes and seeds from Victory Seed and was very happy. Despite the heat in Las Vegas in July, the ladybugs arrived alive and well. All the living plants have survived. Great company, great people. God bless.
I received the order so quickly that I thought I'd made a mistake and had checked off for the most expensive shipping option. I hadn't. Also, information was included on storage of seeds that I'd never seen before. Sure wish I'd have known about this company earlier -- I like the packaging and service but I LOVE the idea of seed preservation. Victory Seeds is now my first choice.
Just received the March 3rd order. I'm pleased everything I requested was in stock. I was worried I might have to hunt down the varieties of tomato I wanted else where. The Victory Seed Co. prices are better than most I've looked at; 10 cents per seed compared to 12 cents. The shipping was also on par with most others, perhaps a little lower than some. (Shipping costs have greatly reduced the number of companies I order from. Victory Seed had enough OP vegetable varieties to satisfy me this season and the saved shipping costs allowed me to purchase seeds I'd have had to skip otherwise.)
The seed packets provide "days to" maturity/harvest, as well as basic cultural instructions and a variety's release date if it is known.
The company also included suggestions for saving/storing seeds, as well as testing for germination. Good to know if you're new to seed saving.
The seed packs are expensive for the small number of seeds they contain, and the shipping is a little on the high side, however, that being said, if you do not want Franken food, this is one of the few places to get it. The seeds are expensive, because farming in Molalla is more expensive then farming in China. There are enough seeds for a year, for the serious amateur gardener, not many leftover, but would you ever use those anyway? The shipping is priority mail, which is pricey, but again, priority mail is what a small family buisness is going to use. The seeds arrive quickly after being ordered, they send what they say they are going to send, and they send the packs wrapped in bubble wrap so they arrive undamaged. They even include a little blurb on seed storage. Now, Molalla Oregon is the freaking garden spot of the United States, everything grows in Molalla, however I recognise some of the breeds they offer as what Oregonians used to be able to get from Sow Organic, and much of what they offered looks pretty promising for the Darkside (West side of the Cascades). We will see how they grow, but hoping to replace Abundant Life, Seeds of Change and Cooks, with Bountiful, Seeds from Italy, and this little company. Put your money where your mouth is if you truly want to support American family farms and don't want to eat Monsanto corn that, I am not making this up, kills the field mice that chew on it. Yum!
I have been pleased with with both the seed and the service. That said, I'd like to see some changes in the packaging. Several years ago I ordered a half-dozen or more varieties of beans. I was disappointed that the descriptions on-line weren't provided on the package. I appreciate the cost aspect of this, but all of the bean packages said exactly the same thing except for the variety name.
One further comment. I placed a small order today and received confirmation via email. Yesterday I had placed an order with New Hope Seed Company. The two emails look remarkably similar. The content is different, but the format is identical. This concerned me because I had researched several so-called small companies years ago only to discover that all were part of a much larger consortium. As it's my intent to support *small* farming operations, I stopped purchasing seed from those companies. It could well be that Victory & New Hope simply share an order/payment company. Or it could be a coincidence. Either way, I'm curious as to why the order confirmations are so similar.
On Feb 9, 2011, Victory Seed Company responded with:
"On Feb 9, 2011 9:50 AM, Victory Seed Company responded with:
I can assure you that we are a small, family owned and operated, farm-based organization. We are not associated with any other company. You can read more about us and our mission at:
As far as the New Hope Seed Company, yes, they too are a small farm-based company. Although they are in Tennessee and we are across the country in Oregon, the owner and I are very close friends. We collaborate on researching and growing out rare, old seed varieties, share information, and do cooperative grow outs to see how things do in our respective neck of the woods.
As small businesses, David and I wear many, many hats. One of which is webmaster. Since we also have to do things like filling seed packets, sending out orders and farming, we commonly are up late at night figuring out different web site related issues. When one of us finds an answer, we share the solution. And although we use the same technology platform, our sites and our businesses are in no way connected. We are, by business school definition, friendly competitors.
I hope that this helps explain things and clears up your concerns about us being part of some greater empire. :)
P.S. - Regarding the packaging, we do in fact, try to place descriptive or historical information on the packet. Leaving this off is not a cost related issue. It is a physical space related issue and growing instructions will always win out since the descriptions are available on the pages where the packets are ordered. That said, most, if not all, of our packets now include both cultural (planting) and descriptive information. We started moving in that direction quite a few years ago. Thank you again for your recent order!"
On Jan 25, 2011, summergardenbug Gibson, GA wrote:
I recently ordered from this company for the first time and was very pleased with their on-line ordering process. Shipment was fast and all of the seeds I ordered were included in the package. The information included on each seed packet is thorough and helpful. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Great company!
I have ordered from Victory for the past two years and have been very pleased with the service and selection. In particular, the germination on their seeds has generally been much better than what I've found from other more well-known seed companies. Their packaging (including putting the seeds into ziplock bags before putting them in the paper packet) is better than any other seed source I've dealt with.
Plus, they have lots of the old well-known open-pollinated commercial varieties, which I find strike a nice balance between the productivity and hardiness necessary for commercial production but offer much, much better taste than the modern hybrid rubbish you find in most supermarkets.
I would advise potential customers to consider the overwhelmingly positive reviews from the many people who actually have dealt with this company and used their products, rather than people who seem to have enough spare time to post negative comments about a company from which they have never even bought anything.
On Dec 30, 2010, Spuddiesel Lake Zurich, IL wrote:
Started my first garden this past year with Victory's seeds and had much success. Speedy service, great web site, reasonable prices, and high germination rates all provided by a small family company with a philosophy I can agree with.
This was my first time ordering from Victory Seeds. I bought 21 packets and had them on my doorstep in 3 days despite living on the other side of the country!
The packets look great and provide detailed planting instructions. Victory Seeds promptly replies to emails and is very professional. I highly recommend this company for those looking for high quality, non-GMO seeds the way God intended.
Sure, you could find cheaper seeds but you'll be sacrificing quality and why not support a company focused on seed preservation?
I can't wait to plant in the spring/summer 2011. I will return to Victory Seeds again!
I just love this company. Love all the info I brought some tomatoe seeds saved them( with the help from your site on how to do this) and I had great success!!! All your seeds had excellent germination. Just all around good experience. Thanks!!!!!
Ordered close to 20 packs of seeds a few weeks ago. Received an email confirmation immediately. Found their site wonderfully information and was quite impressed with all the hard research they put into their seeds AND their philosophy.
Received seeds within a few weeks, in great shape. Packets include planting instructions (always welcome) and professional looking.
Wonderful company. Encourage others to buy through them. Their selection is incredible! So much so see. Just wish I had more gardening space and hands to plant them all.
A wonderful, dedicated small company! I planted an heirloom veggie garden with their seeds and was so pleased with the results! They are a great source of important information for us gardeners.
I learned a lot from them about saving seeds and caring for my veggies and flowers. I highly recommend them. They were simply terrific and easy to deal with. I'll continue to order my heirloom seeds from them for a long time to come. A+++++
On Jul 12, 2010, rdjsgirl Saint Augustine, FL wrote:
I was a little wary of ordering from an unknown internet company, but for the chance at getting such wonderful heirloom seeds I decided to take the chance. I have just started planting seeds to transplant later (after it cools off a little here in FL) into the school garden my elementary students and I grow. If the seeds are anything like the company that sells them I'll be very happy. The descriptions provided for each variety made selecting seeds that would do well in my area, would be suited for our fall planting, and would produce the type of produce suited for our potential use. I love that you can order the "sampler size", the perfect size for the home garden and the price was great (especially for heirloom seeds). I unfortunately didn't get to use the USPS tracking code but only because my order shipped SO quickly. I was incredibly impressed with the entire process and my seeds arrived fresh and well packaged. I am looking forward to watching our garden grow and I will be placing my spring planting order in a few months! Thanks for offering such great seeds!
I was a 1st time customer this spring. Received my order in a speedy manner. I planted heavily to allow for spotty germination but to my amazement, it looks as if ALL the seeds came up! It seems I must be less generous in the future. Both your product and your service are tip top and greatly appreciated. I'll spread that around.
I ordered my seeds from this company. The selection and explanations of seeds were excellent. Not only did the seeds come in a timely manner, but the sprouting rate has been first class. I am tremendously pleased and intend to use them next year.
Love this company. Just received my second seed order of the year from them. When I placed the order I saw a message that there would be a two week delay like another reviewer but my order came sooner than I was expecting. They have great customer service and are very helpful answering questions. A customer for life.
On Apr 13, 2010, VAgardener2 Richmond , VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered from Victory Seeds for the first time this year. Their selection is great. Got the seeds in a reasonable amount of time (there was a note about a 15-day backlog). The 3 types of seeds that I planted already have good germination.
I recommend this company and their seeds.
I support their mission of non-GMO, non-hybrid seed.
On Apr 5, 2010, GreatBazunka Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
Decided to start into the wonderful world of seed saving. did a quick search and found victoryseeds.com. They are great. Even though they said that they were backed up with orders they still shipped fast. I don't have alot of gardening space so i only ordered a few types of seeds but i have already started the seeds indoors and they are all sprouting allready. The germination ratio is great with their seeds. I look forward to huge juicy beefsteak tomatoes and delicious peppers. I will deffinitly save some of these seeds for more planting next year. Deffinitly the seed supplier to go with when you are in the need of some non hybrid pure seed.
I am new to Dave's Garden and the Watchdog. I used the positive reviews for Victory Garden Seeds when I found they had the herb seeds I wanted. That is how I got to DG. I was looking for Anise (pimpenella anisum) and was over-goggled with lists of therapeutic and flavoring sites. I just wanted some seeds to grow, nothing fancy, I need as "weedish" survival traits as I can get for my area. I placed a small order and received notification of receipt, and that it would 10-15 business days to ship. However, it only took the 10 biz days, and received the seeds 2 days later, order complete. Whether these will grow will really be my own personal challenge, as there are many hungry critters to eat sprouts which are delayed by variable weather and cold soil. These are for personal use, so I'm not going to sweat a $6. investment if not much comes up. However, I feel lucky! If I get some of all varities, I will use that seed next year, since no F1 problems, and they will have survived this environment.
But, I will order more seeds from Victory after this positive experience. They have a nice variety of "heirloom" seeds--gosh I am old enough to remember some of those being introduced as new!
Posted on March 31, 2009, updated March 30, 2010
I placed my first order with Victory in December for a large amount of my seed needs this year. Very reasonable prices for seed. Shipping was pretty fast and reasonably priced. I like how the seeds are in a small ziplock bag inside the seed packet. Number of seeds in the packet is higher than expected as well. For example, expected about 20 seeds in a packet of Roma tomatoes, there are around 40. So far, my germination rate has been near 100% for 2 types of Lettuce and 4 types of tomatoes. I'm very impressed with Victory and will plan to order the bulk of my seeds from them in the future as well.
On March 30th, 2010, gfm added the following:
Another year, another order from Victory. Hot Peppers, Eggplant and Tomatoes I ordered this year have had the same excellent germination rates I expected. Lettuce and Cilantro leftover from last year have performed very well also. I'm fairly certain I'll use Victory as my primary seed supplier from now on.
On Feb 20, 2010, dlbailey Central Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This is one of my main seed sources every year. This year I ordered the bulk of my seeds from them with no problems. There was suppose to be a 10-15 business day delay. What a suprise it was when they shipped it out after one and half weeks. I revieved my order 2 weeks to the day of order. They even gave me an e-mail notification of when it was shipped. So, I didn't have to worry if it was sent out. All the seeds have an excellent germination rate and develop a good stand. Every plant has been very productive. There prices are still very reasonable. What a great seed company.
I am extremely pleased with the seeds I received from Victory seeds. I ordered Cardoon and Borage and the seeds became seedlings in less than a week. I picked Victory because they appeared to be a smaller, friendly company with heirloom seeds. When in need, I will definately order from Victory again. They shipped my order fast and the seeds were packaged properly. Cardoon is not something you can buy seeds for in any stores that I have seen so I was happy to find it at Victory Seeds.
Victory Seed Company sure is a winner, recommended by friends here at Dave's Garden and Tomatoville.
Victory Seed Company has extensive collection of heirloom seeds not offered elsewhere.
Ordering Online - A BREEZE!
Shipping - USPS TRACKING!
Seed Arrival - SUPER FAST!
Packaging - PROTECTED!
Customer Service - SUPERB! (I had to add another variety to my order, and received a response confirming order was updated).
I will be a returning customer for sure. Thank you, Victory Seed Company.
I am 100% happy with this company! The seeds arrived super fast and very well packed! I'm trying to get my husband to plow up a bigger area for next years garden and all of the seeds will be bought from Victory! They are terrific!
Terrific experience with this company. Quick customer response and great germination rate on everything I ordered. Despite the possible three-week backlog in orders (which they posted on their website), everything arrived much faster than that. Will definitely buy from them again next year.
On Mar 29, 2009, megansarah South Central, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've ordered from Victory Seed Co. for a few years now and based on recent experience, will continue to do so. I placed my order on a Saturday night, Jan. 24th. I received an email confirmation that night and another confirmation when my order shippped. All told, my order arrived within two weeks.
Since many suppliers are being inundated with new customers and increased demand, I expected a shipping delay on my orders this year. I think it's perfectly reasonable that my order arrived within two weeks.
The shipment was packed well and arrived in full. It looks like the seed packet counts are as advertised. I haven't sown these seeds yet but in the past, I've always had great germination with their seeds.
I love this company. They are all about preservation and heritage and history, and they obviously put great effort into all of the above. Some of the seeds they have, one can't get anywhere else, and I think this is because they get some of them directly from Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier, who are well known experts in the heirloom tomato field.
My seeds took a little longer to get to me than usual this year - BUT, and this is an important but, they noted prominently on their website that they were running behind due to this year's volume of orders. And then I got follow up emails about my order, again explaining and apologizing for the delay. So I knew exactly what was happening with my order at all times, which to me is a critical part of customer service.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this company. They practice what they preach in every respect, and they have a wonderful selection of seeds of top quality. And they treat their customers right! I'll definitely continue ordering from them in the future.
On Jan 23, 2009, ArmyOfFive4God Rawlins, WY wrote:
YAY for Victory Seed!!!
I ordered a pound of redworms on a Tuesday afternoon. Keeping note that they only ship worm orders on Mondays & Tuesdays, my worms were here on a Friday a week and a half later. I also want to note that they had messages on their homepage that they were anywhere from 3-5 or 10 days behind (2 different messages that changed about a week apart). I wasn't expecting them until a week or so later, so even though I was hoping, I wasn't expecting!
Worms are alive & appear healthy. Very happy with my order.