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|On Feb 10, 2012, Terry Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on February 20, 2002, updated February 10, 2012
On February 10th, 2012, Terry added the following:
New order this year, placed late last week, arrived in just a few days. A great treat on a cold day to open this packet stuffed with a rainbow of colored seed packets. Can't wait to get them started. Thanks Pinetree!
|On Jan 28, 2012, Roefam95 Perry, KS wrote:
I ordered 52 packets of seeds on January 12, 2012 and received all of them five days later, no errors. I started some of my cabbage seeds indoors already and am very pleased with the germination rate. If the rest of my seed does this well, I will definately be ordering from Pinetree again next year.
|On Jan 22, 2012, EloiseH South Hero, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on February 11, 2005, updated January 22, 2012
On January 22nd, 2012, EloiseH added the following:
Pinetree really never disappoints. Placed our order for our vegetable garden last sunday and it arrived via priority mail on Thursday. Have always enjoyed good germination, both for those seeds that need to be started indoor and for those placed directly in the garden. Their seed mixes (lettuce, peppers, broccoli, etc.) are great when you can't make up your mind on varieties. I highly recommend this company!
|On Jan 7, 2012, oakley240 Hazlehurst, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
About 3 years ago I received Pinetree Garden Seed's Spring Catalog and ordered from the company because of the extremely low prices on a lot of their items. It took me 6 and a half weeks to receive my order and by that time most of the seeds I had ordered was well past time to start. The few seeds that I had bought that could still be started had terrible germination rates. I told myself I would never deal with them again. This year though I stumbled upon some reviews by other members of Dave's Garden and decided I would try again so I went to their site and ordered my seeds on the 28th of December and received my seeds the 6th of January; I was very pleased and decided they just must have had a bad year the first time I ordered from them, but when I opened my pack and looked at all of the seed packets I discovered that 2 seed packets was missing. I immediately called the company and told them the problem. I was told sorry and that the two packets would be mailed the next day. Personally I think I should have received a complementary pack of seeds for my trouble or either credit on my next purchase. I think I might give pinetree another chance next year but I'll need to see how the germination rates are on the seeds that actually come in.
|On Dec 22, 2011, kbjanet2003 mid-Michigan, MI wrote:
Fabulous service as always. I have ordered from Pinetree (using the internet) off and on for years, for my job. This year I ordered on December 19th and received my seed order on the 22nd via US Priority Mail. I almost always order in December and it always works this way, year after year. Thanks!
|On Nov 14, 2011, paradacrades Hilliard, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on November 14, 2011
|On Jul 8, 2011, AreaWoman Athens-Clarke, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
This is the first time I've used this company. I actually found it through this website. I am a novice plant-grower (I hesitate to say 'gardener' as what I have can hardly be called a garden, and I definitely don't put the kind of time into it that most others do! Haha!), and like that I can get smaller quantities here. I don't need 50 tomato seeds, you know? As of yet I can't comment on germination or plant success, but one common thing I saw mentioned was that it took a few weeks to get orders. I ordered on the evening of 7/3 (a Sunday), with Monday being a holiday. I received my order in the mail on Thursday 7/7. Super-fast! I was very surprised, and I'm looking forward to getting something started this weekend! I will definitely use Pinetree again.
|On Jun 17, 2011, veggie93 Au Sable Forks, NY wrote:
Posted on June 15, 2011, updated June 17, 2011
On June 17th, 2011, veggie93 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Today I received a gift certificate in the mail for $25 to compensate for the potatoes. Obviously, this site is well-monitored by Pinetree. I really was shocked! as I did NOT notify the company of my displeasure with the products.
My face is RED, knowing that I should have contacted them to allow them to make it right first, before posting my comments here.
SO, this is to thank them publicly, and to say that I will give them another try.
|On May 22, 2011, bim141 Sault Sainte Marie, MI wrote:
Pinetree Garden Seeds corrected a shipping errors within a
|On May 22, 2011, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:
Late in 2010 I ordered ten different flower seeds. This was shortly after I received their catalog. Some of the seeds I used for winter sowing and perhaps being new to winter sowing, the results were mixed, some germinated, some didn't. But even when I resowed the seeds, the germination was poor. Several of the packets held a skimpy amount of seed. The hibiscus seeds, all five, produced one weak seedling that died. The laurentia, Blue Star, did very well, and some seeds did germinate when I resowed them later. But I won't order from Pinetree again. Even though their prices are moderate as well as the shipping, I want seeds that I know will germinate.
|On Apr 9, 2011, Reversemidas Vienna, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on March 27, 2010, updated April 9, 2011
On February 10th, 2004, Reversemidas added the following:
Just order seeds from Pinetree this time, got them in the mail very fast. Getting ready to start seedlings with them. Again great prices and fast service. I'm confident that the seed germination will be just as well.
On September 20th, 2005, Reversemidas added the following:
I've continue to have good success with Pinetree garden seeds and sale book items. Order seeds several more times and each packet had very good germination rate. Will continue to order from them.
On April 19th, 2008, Reversemidas added the following:
I continue to have success with Pinetree Garden. I ordered more seeds, etc and they came promptly. Will continue to order from them again.
On March 27th, 2010, Reversemidas added the following:
I have been ordering from Pinetree Gardens for some time now and never had any problems with their shipping what I ordered. Yes I notice that in the past two years they had trouble turning around orders for other folks but I've learned to order from them prior to the rush period. Hopefully they will figure out how to staff up when they spike in orders to fulfilll. Other than that I continue to enjoy the small quantity of seeds I can order and try out, and have had good germination rate as well.
On April 9th, 2011, Reversemidas added the following:
Put in another order and received it within the week. I was delighted at how fast I received my order. Sure it was a small order combination of gardening supplies and seeds, but it was fast processed and received. I always like the quantity of seeds and germination has always been good. I even have some seeds back in 2008 packets that sprouted. So I am a repeat customer again.
|On Apr 9, 2011, RabbitSoup Fort Wayne, IN wrote:
They're not the fastest shipper around, but their seed is reasonably priced (often downright inexpensive) and I've found their germination rate to be good. I received a confirmation email immediately upon placing the order, and received seed within 2 - 3 weeks. Great choice if you're on a budget.
|On Mar 21, 2011, moudk Seattle, WA wrote:
First order with Pinetree, was concerned when seeds came in packages with no instructions, I have been starting seeds in my greenhouse for many years, had never seen seed packages with no information to speak of. Germination has been very poor, maybe 40%, very disappointing considering I enjoy mass plantings of annuals such as Asters (powder puffs) germination in that case has been 0% I have not contacted company yet, but am not sure that I want replacements, as I have gone up to my local nursery and bought replacement seeds and started them already. Just wanted to put in my 2 seeds.
|On Mar 17, 2011, Kestrel_3 Finlayson, MN wrote:
This is the first year I've ordered from Pinetree Seeds. They are a little bit slower than the other companies I have ordered from because it took almost 3 weeks to receive my order---but their prices are awesome. I will order from them again as long as these seeds germinate well.
|On Feb 26, 2011, rht2007 Granger, IA wrote:
I have ordered from Pine Tree for a number of years. Sometimes if the order is late they can be alittle slow. This has been stated in the catalogue though I think they have made an effort to improve.
|On Feb 20, 2011, Dempsey Big Lake, MN wrote:
I continue to order from PT year after year. They are a lot like Fedco being a small company with their own way of doing things and not so great customer service to rely on. But when you know that ahead of time, both companies are ok.
|On Feb 8, 2011, haywirenhayfork Hayfork, CA wrote:
Awesome company. Been ordering for a decade from them, never any problems. My order this year was placed online at night last Monday, and received the package on Thursday of the same week (ME to CA!). I appreciate that they have kept their prices down, while everyone else's prices have become ridiculous. I used to mainly order from Territorial, a fine company for northern growers, but they've priced themselves out of my garden. For most items, I use Pinetree now. As for all the internet order screw-up complainers out there - grow up and read the directions! They plainly state that the order is only held for 30 minutes in their system. I used excel to make a list before I used my dial-up connection - no problems! As for germination - I think this is a personal problem. I use a heating pad, the best organic potting soil, and proper sanitation and never have a problem - no matter what company the seeds come from. Thank you Pinetree - I can afford to garden because of your company!!!!
|On Feb 7, 2011, treesmoocher Spencer, WV wrote:
Posted on February 16, 2010, updated February 7, 2011
On February 7th, 2011, treesmoocher added the following:
Ordered again this year. (Last year i received a packet of cinnamon basil seeds in the mail after making that comment--ended up being glad of that as I really like that variety. ordered again this year, got my seeds in 2 or 3 weeks--at this point I expect it to take that long with this company, and not to receive any kind of order confirmation. As before, no errors, although the parsnips are backordered. The remarks about germination are alarming, but i don't recall having problems last year. Too soon to tell this year, I am jusrt about to start the earliest items, none of which came from Pinetree.
|On Jan 27, 2011, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Posted on March 23, 2004, updated January 27, 2011
On April 18th, 2004, taufgardner changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Not only did my order come late, but the germination was deplorable (less than 50% for the tomato and worse for the jicama). Additionally, the plants that did sprout have extremely poor vigor. They look sick. I'd chalk it up to poor technique on my part except that I have started seeds since the Nixon administration and had MUCH better results this year with similar varieties from other companies' seeds planted at the same time, in the same medium and under the same conditions. I'm disappointed to the level that I am looking at other suppliers to replace seeds I have not already planted, so I don't find out the hard way that they do not thrive, either.
On May 18th, 2004, taufgardner added the following:
Two months later, I have only two plants to show for all the starting I attempted. That compares with nearly 100% success with Gurney and Burpee seeds. My kids call the tomato plant a "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree" sort of plant, and we're nursing it carefully, as it is a harder to find variety. I didn't even bother planting the cucumber (Diva) because I could get seeds from a local, reliable supplier and start over. I will NEVER order from Pinetree again and am amazed that they have such a positive rating on Garden Watchdog (though I notice their halo has slipped some this year).
On January 27th, 2011, taufgardner added the following:
The two most recent postings echo my experiences from before. This company was a "Watchdog Top 30" company when I ordered in 2004, a reason I chose them. In the years before and since, I have only had such poor results twice, one from some 20 year old bean seeds that were found on a back shelf in the family construction business and the other time with Reimer. Other than that, I can get seeds to start and can expect reasonable germination rates, even from companies that are well known, but have iffy ratings. The shipping was also longer than I have ever experienced with anyone. And I have to agree that the company response left a lot to be desired. The lack of clarity and accuracy in the message is indicative of the service I experienced.
|On Jan 26, 2011, TheFluffyOne Aurora, IL wrote:
Posted on December 4, 2010, updated January 26, 2011
On February 3rd, 2010, TheFluffyOne changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Okay as stated last year, I gave PineTree another try. Placed my order on 01/23 and the seeds arrived on 02/01. Disappointed there were no "shipped" notifications or a way to tell if the order was fulfilled but I can't complain with the end result : great service. I have obviously not tried out the seeds or even inspected the packaging much, all I can say so far is the seed packets are unusual. Very strange looking.
On February 21st, 2010, TheFluffyOne added the following:
Okay now I have had time to look at my order. I really like the fact they print how many plants to the squarefoot on the packages, I wish all companies did this. But I have to wonder, given the simplicity of their packages why the don't simply use smaller packages. Oh well...great service, good overall prices.
On April 23rd, 2010, TheFluffyOne changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Well. now that I have had time to use the seeds purchased I'll make this observation - from my viewpoint the germination rate is not acceptable. Additionally the quantity of some of the seeds is very low, not normally a concern, but given the poor germination rate, I was a little surprised at the variance in the packages.
I am a seed conservator and buy a pack of seeds and keep them refrigerated for years. So I tend to expect a bit of decline. But I expect a good germination rate in the first year and these seeds are disappointing me. The germination rate from these Pinetree seeds make me think I will have to purchase seeds far more often than I wish and they really are not suitable for my purpose. I generally receive far better germination rates from any of the off the rack seed sources, of course the reason for mail order is to get the varieties you want.
For example I bought 6 varieties of lettuce and the germination rate is around 60%, which is about the same as my 4 year old lettuce seeds from my refrigerator. The 5 varieties of tomatoes germination rate was about 70%, which is lower than my 3 year old seeds. And I tried out 2 types of peppers and could not get single seed to germinate, but my 3 year old California Wonder peppers had no problems.
So in the end, great service, good prices, meager quantities, and a relatively low to poor germination rate.
At this point I don't know if I'll be ordering again and rather doubt it.
(in case anyone wonders how I keep seeds for so long, they are only out of the refrigerator for moments when I plant. I literally grab the bag I need and put all the others back under refrigeration, and then I try and get the seeds back under refrigeration in under 2 minutes. I think too many people take their seeds out, let them warm up too much and then put them back.)
On August 6th, 2010, TheFluffyOne added the following:
Well I have now started my fall crops so I have now attempted to use all the seeds I ordered. I remain beyond disappointed. the germination rate was between dismal to almost non-existent. I am truly disappointed and have never had a worse grouping of seeds. Not much more needs to be said here. I will be taking my business elsewhere.
On December 4th, 2010, TheFluffyOne added the following:
Add to Pinetree's list of transgressions mislabeled varieties. I made a sorry mistake. I was anxiously awaiting what as suppose to be my Big Red peppers to ripen, but they never sized up. Finally as they became a deep red I pulled them. Noting they were not stuffer sized but a little larger than golf balls. Unfortunately I made a mistake of sampling by cutting it with a knife and popping it into my mouth. Mother of gosh it was hot, so very hot. Mislabeled.
And the Kellogg's Breakfast tomato I ordered turned out ot be an old standby, the much meeker Golden Ponderosa despite the labeling on the package. I would know Golden Ponderosa anywhere.
So in the end, small quantities or mislabeled seeds with poor germination rates.
On January 26th, 2011, TheFluffyOne added the following:
After reading "bevgar" excellent observations and analysis regarding germination and what PineTree should do verses what they indicate they actually do, what I experienced makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the insight Bevgar.
|On Jan 24, 2011, gwelymernans Shelocta, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
mailed order on jan 15th
|On Jan 19, 2011, jessewoodson2 Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
To address the shipping concerns-I placed my order last Sat. evening and received my seeds today (Wed). Considering that Mon. was a mail holiday-I'm impressed! Two working days, WOW! It IS mid Jan and I guess it's still early, but so far so good. I can't speak about the germ rate because I've only had the seeds about 3 hours (I'm such a slacker!) but I've never had a problem in the past. I'll update later if there is anything more to report.
|On Jan 11, 2011, flowers4birds Chilton, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on December 24, 2009, updated January 11, 2011
On January 11th, 2011, flowers4birds added the following:
I ordered from them again in early 2010. I got all my seeds in time to plant, but several types didn't germinate at all. By the time I found out, it was too late to ask for replacemnts. Our growing season is too short here in Zone 5a. Two other varieties were NOT what I had ordered. My Hero Marigolds were nothing like the Hero Marigolds I'd grown the year before. They were nice, but not the same kind. Which kind is the real Hero Marigold? I do not know. I also don't know what the Hero Mix I bought the year before was supposed to be like, because only one seed germinateed. The Cactus Zinnias I had enjoyed so much in 2009 were NOT Cactus Zinnias in 2010. They were a mixture of very ordinary single and double types that bloomed nicely but were not especially pretty and there were no Cactus types among them. I am not a fan of single zinnias. So this winter I am not ordering anything from Pinetree and probably never will again. There seems to be no quality control there. I do reccomend their book department though. I've gotten some wonderful books from them in the past.
|On Jan 10, 2011, ricebeagle Sunbury, OH wrote:
I ordered my 2011 seeds from Pinetree on 1/03/11, and received them in the mail 1/07/11. I ordered 45 different seed packets, plus a book, for a grand total of $82. 44 of the 45 seed packets were correct. The one mistake: they sent me a winter squash mix instead of plum radish. Ironically, I had the squash mix in my shopping cart, waffled on it, and finally removed it right before check out. And then it shows up anyhow. I'm just taking it as some karmic sign :0)
|On Nov 6, 2010, DorisG wrote:
I ordered some products for soil amendment and some of their books. Am very pleased with my order.
|On Jul 22, 2010, Judy321 Ann Arbor, MI wrote:
I have ordered from Pinetree many times, and have always been happy with their products. They have great descriptions of their seed varieties, and their prices can't be beat. They also have a lot of nice hard-to-find gardening products. And, I like that they are in a cool climate (Maine), because I am, too (MIchigan.)
|On Apr 6, 2010, tlong West Orange, NJ wrote:
Posted on April 29, 2009, updated April 6, 2010
On April 6th, 2010, tlong changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Learn from my experience: order early. I placed my order right around New Year's and received everything within a week. They also honored the coupon they gave me for last year's delayed shipment.
|On Mar 27, 2010, sallyjf Vashon, WA wrote:
I placed an order on the Web March 16th. I received no email confirmation - and no warning about how long my order could take. I called to find out about my order March 27th - and was told that the seeds should be shipped out by the END of this week. That means over two weeks before they even go out. I was also told curtly that this information was clearly presented on the website. The information is presented under policies (I just checked) -- which talks of backlogs during peak times of two to three weeks. But who reads policies when you are ordering!!! I should have paid extra for immediate handling. I could end up waiting 4 weeks for seeds at the start of growing season!!!! AGGGH. I am spoiled by Territorial Seed where I would have had the seeds in a week.
|On Mar 23, 2010, bg2000sap Saint Charles, MO wrote:
I originally placed my order on March 3rd. Last week, on March 17, I placed an email asking about the status of my seeds. They responded the next day that my seed had been mailed the 17th. Today, it is March 23rd. I have not received my seeds. I decided to call because there is no way it should take 6 days even counting the weekend for me to receive my seeds. When I got through, I was told they had been mail the 19th. At this time, I won't believe they actually sent my seeds till I receive them.
|On Mar 16, 2010, imafactotumtoo Saint Joseph, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:
Placed an e-mail order the 2nd of March. Today is the16th and still no seeds?
|On Mar 9, 2010, RosyWood Lawrence, KS wrote:
I just wanted to say, though I was weary reading last year's comments, I decided to go ahead and place an order. The online ordering functioned perfectly for me and I received my seeds in five days. Everything was there and everything was correct. I think whatever might have been going on for them last year has been resolved.
|On Mar 9, 2010, blueeyeskms Waverly, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered for the 1st time last year. Not the quickest shipper but did receive all items accurately. Have started last years seeds and germination is still great. Will buy from again.
|On Mar 1, 2010, Drahkk Valley Park, MS wrote:
This is my third year ordering from Pinetree. They have a wide selection, including many hard to find items, and I always find something fun to experiment with that I've never heard of before (this year it's the toothache plant). Thus far I've received every order in less than 10 days, and germination rates have been outstanding. Keep up the great work!
|On Mar 1, 2010, carpenterlady Cloquet, MN wrote:
Pinetree Garden Seeds has a very large variety of seeds. I like how they categorize varieties in their catalog by how you use them, in what cuisine, whether it is a container plant, etc. The prices are very reasonable. The shipping is fast and their customer service is helpful.
|On Feb 28, 2010, wincot Worcester, NY wrote:
I have ordered seeds from Pine Tree for several years and have been satisfied with doing business with them >Only one "mistake", just this season, they sent me the wrong bean seed variety. I called them and they replaced it as soon as it was available and I didn't have to return the 2 "wrong" packets sent previously. Also, I always look forward to their catalog. Wonderful selection and I appreciate the personal comments on different varieties.
|On Feb 22, 2010, kwhitney Los Alamos, NM wrote:
Posted on December 9, 2008, updated February 22, 2010
On February 22nd, 2010, kwhitney added the following:
All the seeds I orderd for my 2009 garden germinated well. The two Sungold cherry tomato plants that I put out thrived (we must've gotten hundreds of fruit off of each, which is a really good yield for my climate), and only one of the summer squash seeds failed to germinate. Granted, I didn't get much squash because some sort of bug ate most of my seedlings; only the hill of Benning's Green Tint made it past the bugs. But all but one of the seeds I planted came up. The herbs did well also.
The only thing that failed to thrive were the pole beans, and I think that it's just a soil issue because I've never had success with pole beans from any company. They came up beautifully, they just didn't thrive, just like the pole beans I've ordered from other companies. I found the packets to be very generous, usually my bean patch needs 3 packets of seed so that's what I ordered....boy was I wrong....one packet was more than enough so I gave one spare packet to the kids across the street and saved the other for a future garden.
I am very pleased with my 2009 order.
Placed my order with them this year as well. Very affordable, got everything I wanted for under $20 including shipping. This time, I'm trying the community garden thing because I'm living in a different locale than I was last year, so I'm going with more compact varieties and fewer of them b/c I'll have limited space. Love how they have a lot of compact varieties.
|On Feb 21, 2010, obscurity2 Glenmont, NY wrote:
Seeds ordered January 30th, all except one received February 2nd.
|On Feb 16, 2010, ribbonso Corning, CA wrote:
This was my first time ordering and am very satisfied. Everything arrived in a timely fashion, including the backorder. I ordered online and was impressed with the selection and the ease of ordering. I would highly recommend Pinetree Garden Seeds.
|On Feb 9, 2010, hlebear Yukon, OK wrote:
Posted on May 19, 2006, updated February 9, 2010
On February 9th, 2010, hlebear added the following:
I recently placed an order January 30, 2010. I ordered a mixture of seeds, books, and gardening items. I received my order Feb. 8. I am very happy with my purchase. They have great deals on new gardening books and have some of the best prices on labels, row cover, and red tomato plastic film that I have seen. Good seed prices also especially if you have a smaller garden.