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!
On Dec 27, 2011, qterhrs Friedens, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered for the first time from this company 2011. The seeds germinated quickly and grew beautifully. While friends has issues with their flowers because of weather mine stayed strong and everyone who saw them asked where I got them. Excited to order from them again in 2012!
On Jul 12, 2011, sindis Stafford Springs, CT wrote:
Received 5 heirloom tomato plants from Select Seeds. The plants arrived in perfect condition - they were large and healthy. Planted them in the garden and they are doing beautifully. Am expecting a wonderful tomato harvest this year. Thank you Select Seeds - you never disappoint me.
On May 16, 2011, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on June 9, 2010, updated May 16, 2011
I like this company. Out of the blue I received a catalogue about three years ago, and placed a small order. I've done so every year since. They have a unique selection of seeds and plants, some varieties which I've not found anywhere else. Their offerings are grouped in helpful ways in their catalogue (fragrant varieties, varieties for nighttime blooms, etc.).
This year I ordered plants as well as seeds. The seeds arrived very quickly, and the plants were delivered in perfect accordance with the date I requested. The delphinium plant was on the small side though very healthy looking, but the brugmansia, pansy-faced geranium, and tuberrose were all of a good size, and extremely well packed. No breakage, no sick leaves, just perfect specimens. The seeds I ordered from them had great germination rates as well.
A very pleasant experience all around.
On May 16th, 2011, PinetopPlanter added the following:
Ordered again from this fine nursery -- both seeds and plants. I'm very pleased with all. Seeds germinated with no issues and the plants that arrived recently look great.
On May 13, 2011, wodesorel Columbiana County, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Select Seeds, and it was out of desperation as the normal companies I order from were out of the annuals and herbs I had been wanting very much. Even though I ordered later into the growing season (after my early Jan. orders had already been shipped) they still had everything in stock and it was processed and mailed in just over a week. Germination rates have been excellent, and the seedlings look beautiful and are now just waiting for the danger of frost to pass. There are a few more varieties that are waiting to be direct-sown and I'm looking forward to seeing how they fare, though I honestly have no worries.
I will be going to them first next year, rather than last! They have an amazing selection and I'm hoping to experiment with even more of the varieties they carry. It was very hard this year to stick to a small list since all the other shopping had been done and there was very little room left in both my seed room and the garden - next year I'm making my grow list from their seed offerings first!
Posted on May 6, 2011, updated May 6, 2011
Received my first order from Select Seeds and I'm completely thrilled. The plants were packed perfectly so that the soil and plant remained in the pot. Each plant was protected and even though one plant lost two leaves, it and the others were so large those leaves won't be missed. I'll definitely be ordering again!
On May 6th, 2011, Greytluv added the following:
Just want to add that I think it's foolish of someone, (badger1), to place a negative comment for this company based on missed catalogues. I love getting my catalogues, (although the multiples from one company are crazy), but I certainly wouldn't knock a company if they forgot to send one.
On Apr 10, 2011, cooleybufo Bakersfield, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Ordered plants in January to be delivered in April. They arrived right on time. The plants are all healthy, well rooted and undamaged -- they even sent along quite a good bit of planting information. Excellent!
I have ordered seeds from them for many years and been very happy. This is the first year I ordered plants. These are fabulous. They arrived very quickly (mailed 4/3 arrived 4/6) and are so healthy and beautiful. very good communication. Great website. This is a very good company to do business with.
On Mar 29, 2011, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:
Placed a small order in February for flower seeds, including Rainmaster petunia, because I understand it is still one of the last fragrant petunias. Planted the seeds right away and have had excellent germination. To me, germination is the best test of a seed company. Will order from Select Seeds again.
On Feb 28, 2011, marianshabitat Sun Valley, NV wrote:
Boohoo for badger1.I literally receive 2-8 catalogs a day.Some gardening co.'s send weekly.With the shortage of paper,the throw-away society we live in causing untold damage to come,I would think that just once you could use your computer to order.I really think the intermet-webpages-webmasters, etc.,has a much larger learning curve than we think.I can't even keep up with the newest downloads required for my laptop. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for a huge nursery to keep up.They want
to send beauty to the public.I worked w/ the public for 30 yrs., and in the last 5 I saw people that just literally want the impossible.People expect more than they are willing to give in a lot of cases.The internet is the biggest thing man has built that mankind does not understand, it is the most far reaching experiment in anarchy the world has ever seen.
This is the kind of gardening business I love: flowers, scented flowers, heirloom flowers. My primary go-to when I start shopping for seeds. Or it was. For the last 2 years, I haven't got a catalog. Last year I had to go to them and request a catalog. My understanding is that when you order from a company, you are added to their mailing list and kept on if you continue to order. If you lapse, they give you at least one season of catalog before they drop you. Anyway, I have ordered from them but couldn't last year because...? Well, if you're starting seeds, you need to get them before March or April. My 2010 catalog which I had to ask for is post marked April 27th. So I couldn't buy seeds from them (in my zone, 4, you need to start early). This year I'm rummaging about looking at all my catalogs and realize that once again, I have no current Select Seeds catalog. I go to their website to request one and see that they've already mailed out their 2011 catalogs. They are now "taking orders" for their 2012 one. Well, sorry, but I'm not about to "order" their catalog every year. I figure it's a courtesy to the customer to send them the catalog, especially if it's a customer who's ordered before!
I love their flowers, I love their catalog, I love how they describe their merchandise but I will no longer order from them. This is just too bothersome. And there are lots of other companies out there who carry nice scented heirloom flowers who don't require a yearly request of their catalog.
On Feb 13, 2011, Select Seeds Antique Flowers responded with:
We are happy to hear from our customers and send out catalogs From December through spring to everyone who loves thumbing through the pages rather than clicking the links. All of our customers are mailed the following year's catalog. More than one thing went wrong here and we will investigate with badjer1's help to correct this.
Thanks for your feedback.
On Feb 4, 2011, ladyschweig Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 24, 2007, updated February 4, 2011
I ordered plants from Select Seeds this year. Wow! The plants arrived hale and hearty and by far they utilized the most secure packaging I have ever seen. There was nary a leaf out of place, not even a leaf buffeted or broken. The plants were good sized without being pot-bound. I am very happy and will feel secure ordering plants again. I had success with their seeds last year, so I feel all around this is a good company to deal with.
On February 4th, 2011, ladyschweig added the following:
Ordered again after a couple of years... The service is still fast. I received my seeds and a nice free seed that complimented the selections I had made. I cannot wait for my plants to arrive later this Spring.
On Nov 20, 2010, VtRoots6440 Montpelier, VT wrote:
Random cat. came in 2008; photo & price perfect. (Along w/scores of other cats. that all gardeners rec.) I was #1 grateful that they were from NE where I'm some north of them. So a tidy order came well pkged right date; all plants growing like "weeds". 09, a bigger order, same in 2010. More for 2011; I'm so excited. No wonder they are listed 5th in Dave's Garden. '09, got 6 of the most healthy but tiny yellow hollyhocks, that bloomed as 6 ft. queens for wks. in 2010, guaranteed no rusty bottoms; and they don't have. (2 planted in the wrong place & knowing they have tap roots to China, I'm in a fit about what to do. (Select seeds for all is the way to go!!) ckl from VT.
Ordered first time in 2009. Loved the selections and great shipping price. Fast, excellent service. Had problem with nicotiana seeds (about 300/per packet as opposed to 1K listed in catalog) and received another packet of seeds promptly. This seems to be an industry-wide problem, mostly with very tiny seeds; either it is a problem in Holland or the estimated seed counts by weight are off. Have planted leftover seeds this spring; great germination rates, especially on sweet peas. Highly recommend Select Seeds..
Had a really hard time finding a plant I wanted and Select Seeds had it listed on Dave's Garden. This was my first order with them and I was totally impressed. Plants were delivered exactly when I wanted and they were packed so well. Will definately buy from them again.
On Apr 10, 2010, krista_co123 Littleton, CO wrote:
Wow - just did first order with this company - mix of seeds and live plants. Rec'd the seeds within days and packets contain very detailed planting instructions. For the plants, was asked to pick the week I wanted them shipped. I selected Apr 5th and rec'd plants on Friday of that week. Just like clockwork.
And the packaging on the plants was terrific - each in an individual cardboard holder with another piece of cardboard keeping the dirt intact. The plants are beautiful with many already flowering. No damage in transit - no damage period - these are terrific, healthy, and robust plants.