While I've ordered seeds from Select Seeds in the past, I've avoided ordering plants because of the distance involved. But the sale pricing for Lewisia "Elise" was irresistible, and the local nurseries didn't have it in stock. The plants arrived in excellent shape - and in full bloom - two days after shipping date. I've never had better luck even with nearby growers. I'll definitely order more from Select in the future.
On May 12, 2013, Marty_pal South Farmingdale, NY wrote:
This is our third year ordering from Select Seeds. Our garden, mainly planted to attract butterflies, continues to flourish and dazzle with beautiful Echinaceas,(Hot Papaya, Tomato Soup, and Flame Thrower), Rudbeckia (Golden Glow), and Eryngium (Big Blue). This year we're adding Rudbeckia Brown Eyed Susan. As in the past, the plants arrived healthy and beautiful.
We also added two annuals, Asarina Creeping Gloxinia Wine and Evolvulu 'Blue Daze'. Anticipating hummingbirds with the Asarina.
On Apr 19, 2013, Ludwigsfriend Tobaccoville, NC wrote:
I am so pleased with my first experience ordering from this company! The Moon Garden Plant Collection arrived in record time and in perfect condition. The plants are larger than I expected and healthy and ready to grow. I will add to my comment once I see how well they do in my garden.
On Apr 17, 2013, Scarborshannon Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered a Black eye Susan vine. It arrived health and strong. I love this vine, its is a real twining vine. Even after my cat tried to eat half of this plant its still growing and healthy. Love it! I will order from this company again :)
I received my Salvia Indigo Spires &
they arrived in perfect condition! I've never seen such great packing
for plants! Plus the plants are absolutely BEAUTIFUL & healthy & bigger
than I expected! I love them! Thanks so
much! They will be happy in our garden!
( these get big & be sure to pinch back now & then while they are growing (as hard to do as that is) & they will branch out & have lots of purple shoots that butterfies love & flowers can be dried too like lavender . Nicely scented)
On Apr 4, 2013, karetzkyj San Francisco, CA wrote:
The seeds I ordered arrived quickly and the company included a package of free seeds--much appreciated in the current economy. The company contacted me via email and phone regarding a plant that was unavailable so they try very hard to keep in contact. I would recommend this company.
I was looking for seed that was in their 2012 catalog but not in their 2013. The person taking my order said she would check to see if any were left and include them in my order if I still wanted them. What a nice surprise to find them when my order came in. Great customer service!
On Mar 27, 2013, shauna1219 Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on March 25, 2013, updated March 27, 2013
This was my first time ever ordering plants/seeds online. I ordered four packs of seeds that I was unable to find locally and received my order one week after placing the order. Included were detailed germination instructions on each packet of seeds. To top it off, they threw in a freebie pack of seeds for me. Ironically, it was a packet of seeds I was looking at on their site, just didnít place on the order. Everything has been planted and I am just waiting for the germination to start and the seedlings to start popping up.
On March 27th, 2013, shauna1219 added the following:
As an additional note...the seeds have been in the ground less than 1 week and are already sprouting! :-D
On Mar 19, 2013, vommarlowe Overland Park, KS wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Select Seeds Antique Flowers. I fell in love with some of the plants in their catalog and splurged a bit, including many varieties and flower-types I had never grown before.
I received my packets quickly. The packets have detailed and very useful growing advice, unlike some of the very generic seed starting tips other growers give.
My germination rates have been outstanding so far. All the seeds I've sown indoors have already come up and are doing well.
I'll also add that, considering the huge increase in USPS costs and seed costs everywhere else, I was very pleasantly surprised at the reasonable costs here!
On Mar 14, 2013, GeorgiaRusso Castleton-on-Hudson, NY wrote:
Select Seeds can always be depended upon to ship out awesome plants. In particular, they are the only ones I know of to ship out plants of Spanish Flag (Love Vine), which in Zone 4 or 5 does not really give seeds the time for flowers to enjoy. And they are spectacular. Select Seeds has the special and unique plants!
I love this company. The products are superior and the choice is great. I live where gardening time is short, so I rely on their excellent seeds and plants. The plants are so beautiful when they arrive, unlike a lot of other companies' plants and I love the choice of seeds. I can find the relatively rare Lauren's Grape Poppy seeds here which I have to treat as an annual in my zone.
On Feb 9, 2013, silkroad Lady's Island, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:
What a treasure!!
I found seeds that I had been longing for and had been unable to find. Unlike many small seed companies, they send an ample quantity of seeds....not just five or 10...so your chances for successful germination are much better. Prices are reasonable, and so is the shipping
Planting instructions are clear and specific,--not just generic, a much appreciated feature..
On Jan 18, 2013, floradora Astoria, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:
Was very pleased with the performance of the annuals seeds directly sowed into my garden last year. They had a great germination rate, which resulted in so many beautiful poppies, so of course I ordered seeds from them again this year. I received my order once again in a timely manner. I was so glad to see that they offer Wall Flower seeds which after having seen the blooms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden looked high and low for.
This company specializes in Antique Flower seeds.
My order came with each packet as described in their online catalogue. There were no back orders or "sold out" items.
The prices for the packets were all under $2, and contained
acceptable numbers of seeds depending on the rarity.
I was especially happy to get seeds for California Giant petunias which I had been looking for sometime.
On Jul 18, 2012, flowers4birds Chilton, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:
I was happy to find this company recommended at Dave's Garden, and ordered a catalogue.
There I found just the seeds I was looking for: Hard to find antique and fragrant plants. I ordered seeds immediately and they were shipped quickly in excellent condition. I planted indoors many of the seeds that require a head-start in our Zone 5 climate. Most of the seeds did very well, but only one feverfew (virgo) germinated from the entire packet, and only one Datura (evening fragrance) germinated. The rest of the seeds were dead as if they were old outdated seeds. This may be the fault of their suppliers, but apparently they do not test the seeds for viability. Only Half of the white Heliotrope seeds germinated. All the other indoor planted seeds did fine.
When I planted seeds outdoors, the weather was already too hot and dry to expect total success because we had a spring that came two months too soon, and May weather was more like July. However I watered diligiently. About half of the Fairy trumpet Four o' clocks came up, but very few Snowpuff cosmos germinated. Snow on the mountain is doing very poorly, but maybe it was too hot when planted them. Coincendentally the seeds I bought at Walmart did just fine. Some seed I never planted because it was already too hot e.g. sweet peas et. al.. Everything else germinated well and I'm surprised how fast the stocks are growing in spite of being planted in hot weather, which they do not like.
I was very disappointed by the dead seeds, especially the feverfew, because I could find no other source for the double variety.
Will I order again? Probably; because there are so many wonderful choices I cannot resist; but of course I won't re-order the varieties that didn't germinate.
I cannot comment on their plants as I don't order perennial plants by mail. We live in a rural location where the people who deliver always set the package on the porch where it bakes in the sun until someone comes home. It's too risky.
On Jul 18, 2012, Select Seeds Antique Flowers responded with:
Select Seeds is committed to helping you have a beautiful garden, this year and every year! If you would like to contact us via email, we will put a credit on your account to use towards any future order. This summer has been extremely hot, I agree.
We have just finished our germination tests to ready us for fall seed orders. Virgo feverfew IS a problem and we are working to fix this. Our supplier indicated it was within our standards when it came in in January. We do not test when we receive stock.
Our standard for seeds is 80% or more for annuals, 70% or more for perennials, with a very few exceptions. Marine heliotrope, for example, has never, in the over 20 years we have carried it, germinated above 56%.
We grow some of our seeds and purchase the rest from well-regarded European seed houses.
As to the datura, it too has not passed our June testing, and is withdrawn from sale. We are growing it ourselves this year and hope to have a bumper crop of good seed for 2013.
Hope this helps explain our standards and policies. "
Select Seeds went above and beyond this year for me; when I submitted my order, I mentioned that I had hoped to order some seeds from the previous year's catalog, which were not listed in the 2012 catalog. They sent me all the seeds I had hoped to buy as bonus packets! Granted, they were last year's seeds, but I appreciate their efforts. Most of the following seeds that I ordered are blooming now in my garden; the rest are growing fine and will bloom later: "ruby moon" hyacinth bean, "Dawn Chorus" shirley poppy, "mother of pearl" shirley poppy, "magic roundabout" sunflower, "spring sparkle" Virginia stock, "Super Yoga Rose" zinnia, and "appleblossom chiffon" CA poppy.
I searched the entire State of Minnesota for Big Blue Sea Holly plants but not to be found. Select Seeds had the plants and shipped them right away. They arrived two days later packed beautifully with soil still damp. Plants are thriving. Plus the price was reasonable.
On May 21, 2012, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I've ordered from Select Seeds several times in the past and have always been happy with them.This year I ordered four violet plants a nine packets of seed.Plants arrived in great shape and I had excellent germination from all the seed.They have a nice selection of plants you wont find in the stores,especially fragrant,old fashioned annuals and their prices are very reasonable.A great value!
On Apr 20, 2012, sunshine196 Marshfield, MO wrote:
Emails about this order and the timingN of arrival were prompt and informative. The plants arrived as requested and were in very health robust condition. Packing is the best I have seen and I order frequently from nurseries. Carefully packed in holders to they would not move in the box or get broken each plant was topped with spagnum moss to keep it moist during shipment.
All plants arrived not only safe but healthy and ready to grow. Most were on bloom and all have full foot balls.
Directions came with each as well as labels for each. I ordered perrenials ..two which I have looked long and hard. Delighted to find this source and to be reminded of Dave d garden as a resource. Thank you select seeds.
On Apr 19, 2012, dwc47 Chattanooga, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have not yet ordered seeds from them, but the plants I ordered were very healthy and packed so smartly that it looked like the work of an engineer. They have plants that you won't find anywhere else, and they are particularly strong in Salvias, which are my favorites. The Rudbeckia laciniata 'Golden Glow' is an old, old plant that I have not seen offered by any other vendor. This is a five star company. *****.
I started ordering from Select Seeds a few years ago because of the unusual selection of seeds and plants that they offer. I now look forward to the arrival of their catalogue every year in the dead of winter here in Washington, D.C. I make my selections, place my order with the preferred and appropriate delivery dates worked out with them. My order has just arrived (mid-April) and I'm thrilled with the quality and condition of the merchandise once again. I've ordered live plants from them and each time it's wonderful to see the care and effort made to pack everything so as to avoid as much damage as possible. They make sure that the plants are given enough moisture for their trip and this year someone took the time to wet newspaper, ball it up, and pack it so gently and carefully around the base of the stems that the plants all arrived well watered. And even with the damage that can be expected with mail deliveries, it's always a pleasant surprise to see the plants with only 1 or 2 bruised or crushed leaves which aren't detrimental to the plants at all. Our local garden centers could learn a lesson from Select Seeds and their customer service. I'm hooked.
We were very pleased with our tomato plants this year.The plants were huge and were very hardy, producing so many it was hard to keep up.. We had 4 different varieties and they were so tasty, we will definitively be back again this year! highly recommend this company.
I had a tremendous experience with Select Seeds. They just donated 500 seed packets to a children's Farm Day. My initial request had gotten misplaced but a rep called my house, asked if our need had been met and then personally ensured that free seeds had been delivered on a rush notice.
I certainly appreciate their involvement in community efforts - especially since we are located in San Rafael, California.
Great job Select Seeds and thank you for your efforts.
On Feb 24, 2012, Greenmidget Stafford Springs, CT wrote:
Last spring, I bought several potted flowering annuals that Select Seeds had donated to the Union Free Public Library for a fundraising event. I can unequivocally say that those plants were the healthiest I have bought to date. They all thrived in my garden and flowered through the first frost. The ones I kept in pots and brought inside the house - as recommended by the Select Seeds friendly staff - were flowering all through the Christmas Holidays: what a bonus! They are now overwintering in the basement and I eagerly look forward to taking them outside in the spring for another flower-filled year. Thank you, Select Seeds!