My take on Trade Winds Fruit: the company offers an amazing collection of interesting plants to choose from, makes ordering easy, and then delivers in a timely fashion.
I just received my order. It shipped the day after I placed it and arrived two days after that. I've planted ten of the fourteen species I ordered and will plant the others when the time is right. All the seed packets contained more than the specified minimum of seeds. Many of the plants are destined for inclusion as specimens in the university greenhouse I manage.
On Jun 19, 2014, plantlover13 new york United States wrote:
I have placed two orders so far with this company. I have been very satisfied with their product. Some items had low germination but that is expected. For the price, they provided a really good product. Would definitely buy again.
On Jun 19, 2014, Sanddollarmoon Smithville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Over the past few years I have ordered several hundred dollars worth of seeds from this company, and I have yet to be dissapointed. They have a very wide selection of fruit and vegetable seeds from around the globe. This year much of our garden grew from their seeds, including uncommon crops such as Salsola komarovii and Salvia tiliifolia.
I also purchased Durio zebithinus seeds from them, which can be very expensive and difficult to locate in the US.
Last year our package shipped to the wrong adress (my fault), and was returned to sender. Matt from customer service was very kind, and helped us to fix the problem. When we offered to pay any extra shipping expenses (orders above USD 15 have free shipping), he refused.
All in all, this company is among my very favorite sources for seeds.
On Mar 6, 2014, lkpinette Deerfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Initially, I was a little wary of ordering vegetable seeds from a company that seems to specialize in tropical plants, but the awesome selection of reasonably-priced seeds combined with free shipping got to me. And man am I glad it did.
Their selection of most vegetables are impressive. Their collection of hot peppers is the best I've seen, and their ground cherry/tomatillo selections are a close second.
Oh, and the corn. I like to grow small quantities of a largish variety of popcorns, and of colored dent and flint corns for colored cornmeal. I thus appreciate that they have a wide selection in small, cheap packets of every variety I was looking for, as well as one I hadn't heard of: Strubbe's Orange. (The per-seed price for corn is considerably higher than other sites, and I wouldn't go with them if I were planting a lot of corn, but I probably won't go through the seeds they did give me in two years, so the cheaper packet price compared to other sources is a plus.)
Their shipping is fast. Of the three companies I ordered from this year, while all shipped relatively quickly, Trade Winds Fruit shipped the same day I ordered (despite being after normal business hours on my coast, and near the end of business hours on theirs), and despite being the most distant from me, their seeds got to me first.
What else can I say? Reasonable prices and bewildering selection usually lead to me agonizing over an order, but free and speedy shipping eliminates that. I'm already considering a second order, since I regret not ordering two pepper varieties and a couple cucumbers. If I do, I'm sure I'll have no trouble finding enough else to get my order over $15.
I am thinking that this may now be the first seed site I visit every winter for the foreseeable future.
I've ordered from here three times. Shipped very promptly. Love the huge selection of herbs, tropicals and not-so-ordinary seeds and for only $2-3/packet! Only planted tomatoes so far and those germinated nicely. Will definitely return when I need more interesting seeds. Wish the descriptions were longer, esp regarding planting conditions.
Yes. Yes. Yes. This place is amazing! I ordered 11 species the first time I ordered from them 7/31/2013 and I was incredibly satisfied; I ordered 19 species on 8/7/2013.
Products come properly labeled with germination instructions (though I failed to follow one or two on accident, but my seeds are still germinating). Shipping was free & fast with reliable tracking.
I was absolutely impressed. Some of the packages say that the seeds may take several weeks/months (basically a long time) to germinate but it's been less than a month since my first order and only 2 weeks since my second order. Seriously, some of my coffee plants are 3 inches tall with quarter sized shiny green leaves! Yay! I have about a 30% germination rate so far (not bad, considering the time)! I'm excited to graduate my seedlings to bigger pots and order more seeds from them.
I've had such a good experience here that I'm almost afraid to order seeds from anyone else (like that rareexoticseeds place?!)
Posted on May 30, 2012, updated March 31, 2013
Posted on May 29, 2012, updated May 30, 2012
Posted on March 28, 2011, updated May 29, 2012
I placed my order and within a few days my seeds arrived - wow that was fast! I love the unusual varieties of seeds they have to offer and the amount of seeds are great. I got Jacaranda to give bonsai a go, dragonfruit, and some anti-inflammatory herbs that are harder to find. Shipping was free on my $16 order which was very very appreciated. :)
On May 29th, 2012, judyinmound changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Last year went great - was very happy with my order. This year I had questions I sent to them on facebook and through e-mail still awaiting some answers. Saskatoon Serviceberry, after cold strat, produced no seedlings, nor did Schisandra chinensis, Golden Trumpet Tree, and had almost full germ on all my peppers except for Shishito Pepper which produced only 1 weak looking seedling (75-80 f temp under nursery grow lights).The rest of the seeds I purchased germinated nicely. On May 30th, 2012, judyinmound changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Matt from customer service very nicely offered alternative replacements. I did get some tips and was told that some of the seeds may take a long time to germinate. Overall, I'm happy with how they responded to my questions and offerings. I was reminded it was a holiday weekend, which is fair as it did escape me at the time of updating my reviews. =) On March 31st, 2013, judyinmound added the following:
I ordered from Tradewind Fruit again this year. I enjoy the huge selections of seeds to choose from, prices, and the fast shipping time. Thanks!
On Mar 2, 2013, VineWorld Syracuse, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on January 31, 2013, updated March 2, 2013
I love this company, they offer a fantastic selection (albiet I want even more Solanaceae items for sale!) and they offer a lot I can't find anywhere else, and for prices you can't find anywhere else!
My order went exceedingly smooth and it had tracking (which I was not expecting) to boot! The shipping was incredibly fast and the seeds were very well packaged. I loved the sleeves they came in, although you will need something to clamp them closed if you don't want to roll them up. Nice summary of the plants and how to grow them printed on them to. I got generous amounts of seeds for each plant as well.
Overall I am very, very pleased with this company, and you bet I'll be recommending them to friends and family!
On March 2nd, 2013, VineWorld added the following:
Just got another shipment. Fast, high quality seeds at a price that can't be beat! Just love this company!!
On Feb 23, 2013, blumenlieber vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on September 23, 2012, updated February 23, 2013
My experience with Trade Winds Fruit was fabulous. Seed order got to me in a couple days from computer to door! Germination was excellent, even for the items I was novice to. There are many many items to choose from; coupled with the fair pricing, I could order extras and still remain within budgetary limits. I will order again, no hesitation. Thanks, Trade Winds!
On February 23rd, 2013, blumenlieber added the following:
once again, superior service, pricing and product. The amount of seed in each packet very generous. unusual varieties. They offer precise information on each variety. I am so thankful for this company!
I've shopped with this company for the last four years and my most favorite aspect of this company is that they offer a large selection of unusual and interesting plant seed. Late last year I purchased onion seed from them and have found the Jaune Paille des Vertus and Flat of Italy varieties to be growing quite well. I also more recently purchased a whole bunch of seeds in one of my late night seed binge purchasing. Again, I made sure I bought seeds for unusual varieties and different kinds of peppers and tomatoes. I was also excited that they had scarlet runner beans and malabar spinach seeds. Again, if you haven't ordered from this place, you should at least check out their inventory and find what you like. Seriously browse their inventory rather than look for something. You may find something that peaks your interest (as did the dragon fruit, orange apple pear cactus, mountain papaya, maize morado, red pearl bean, etc.)
Shipping is also lightening quick (maybe even faster than lightening). And as I received my bulky package of seed I wondered if I ordered more than I could grow. The answer is probably yes, but hey, I'm happy!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Trade Winds Fruit, you guys are awesome, muah muah! Love ya!
On Jan 27, 2013, yielder Hastings Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:
Posted on March 27, 2010, updated January 27, 2013
I ordered a single packet. Then about an hour later, I found two other items that I wanted. I emailed them asking if they could add to the order and amend the bill accordingly. Not only did they add the two items to the order but they subtracted the cost from the $7.50 minimum shipping charge. Not what I expected but pretty impressive.
What a great start to a relationship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you very much.
On January 27th, 2013, yielder added the following:
On 2/21/2010, I purchased Elaeagnus multiflora - Goumi seeds from Trade Winds Fruit. I managed to get one of the seeds to germinate. Two years later an early warm March followed by snow in April which destroyed most of its flowers, a few survived and produced fruit.
The fruit was not goumi but rather Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata. Seed mix-ups happen.
In October 2012, I emailed them and two days later they replied saying that I was welcome to a credit or refund for the order. On Jan 19 2013, I took them up their offer. A week later they said the seed packet that I requested was in the mail to me.
Posted on September 17, 2012, updated September 19, 2012
Ive ordered from trade winds a couple of times and most of the orders have been good, but as you know there are times were goofs take place. I purchased alot of different seeds from them but i have had problems with the following, and have contacted them about this but its been a month of no response .The pomegranate seeds came with flesh on them causing them to mold before germinating, carob 1 out 8 germinated, soapberry. none of the 3 germinated, purple passion fruit none of them germinated..... not sure where to go from here :) hopefully there will be a resolution..
On September 19th, 2012, Maschil changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
as mentioned above refund was made.... and i am happy... some of the carob seeds did turn into mush before germinating though ....
but anyways thanks guys......... :)On Sep 19, 2012, Trade Winds Fruit responded with:
We quickly answered this customers concerns regarding a small number of seeds that were ordered. Very regrettably, we did not see the customers original e-mail sent to us. We take great pride in our customer service and respond to all queries received as soon as we can. In addition, once we were aware of the issue, the customer received a refund or replacement for each of the seed packages in questions, as is our policy, without any questions asked. The refund was given though proper germination procedures were not carried out in their entirety, see below. Issue was with 4 seed types out of a total of 35 types ordered.
With regards to the specific seeds in question, estimated germination times were listed on the seed packets. Tropical fruit seeds can have widely varying germination times and not enough time was allowed for proper germination of the passion fruit, carob or soapberry seeds. The pomegranate seeds were reported to have had a small amount of dried flesh on them, which in our trials did not interfere with germination. Given proper germination time and procedures, all seeds should germinate readily, as they have in our germination tests.
We take any issues reported with our seeds very seriously and are most interested in complete customer satisfaction with our seeds. We never store or send out old seeds and only offer seeds from the most recent harvest season. This issue has to our knowledge been fully resolved to the customers satisfaction."
On Jun 23, 2012, CeliaHiggs Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
Posted on June 11, 2012, updated June 23, 2012
I was a bit conflicted, but ultimately decided to give TWF a positive rating. My Maypop seeds arrived crushed, but all my seed packets were sent in bubble mailer. Unless they were crushed before they left TWF, it's all down to rough handling in transit.
I didn't think it would be fair to blame TWF for something that most likely happened in transit. I'll probably order from them again.
On June 23rd, 2012, CeliaHiggs added the following:
I have to say that I'm very impressed- I had already given TWF a positive rating, but they still offered to send a new packet of Maypop seeds which I have received. I don't think many companies would go to the trouble of shipping a new packet of seeds even *after* they'd received a positive rating.
I really appreciate it- shows a great level of pride in one's own company. :)On Jun 23, 2012, Trade Winds Fruit responded with:
"On Jun 11, 2012 3:02 PM, Trade Winds Fruit responded with:
Yes, all of our seeds are shipped in bubble envelopes or small boxes. Unfortunately, even with careful packaging, shipping services do sometimes damage or ruin shipments in transit. The buyer is encouraged to contact us with their name and order information as we are more than happy to send out a replacement pack."
Posted on May 23, 2012, updated May 23, 2012
Posted on May 22, 2012, updated May 23, 2012
The most disappointing seed I have ever purchased. I bought half a dozen each various tomato and pepper varieties. The seeds came quickly enough but the germination rates were horrible. 25% or less. Many failed to germinate at all. Those that did germinate produced weak, dwarf seedlings. All signs of old seed. Ruined my home-started tomato and pepper crop for the season. Had to throw it all away and buy seedlings from a local garden center. Will never buy from them again under any circumstance. I'm going to write requesting a refund. I'll post how that goes.
On May 23rd, 2012, bushy1 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Was contacted by the vendor about working out a resolution. Changing my review to Neutral pending.On May 23rd, 2012, bushy1 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Corresponded with the vendor and he offered replacement seed or a refund. Where I live it's too late in the growing season to take up the offer of replacement seed, so he issued a refund. Based on the quick response and quality of the customer service, I am changing my rating to Positive. On May 23, 2012, Trade Winds Fruit responded with:
"On May 22, 2012 5:46 PM, Trade Winds Fruit responded with:
Buyer did not contact us so we have no way of knowing who they are or what they ordered. All our seeds, without exception are from the most recent harvest season. The assertion that seeds are old is completely false as we take great pride in offering fresh seeds that are not stored for extended periods of time. Additionally, we use our own seeds--the same as those we send to customers for own plantings and would never offer seeds that produce "weak, dwarf seedlings." Once the season is over, the seeds are donated or discarded and a new batch is offered the following season. You will never receive two/three/etc. year old seeds from us. If the buyer had difficulty with germination they should have contacted us directly. We are more than happy to work with any buyer regarding their purchase to figure out what may have gone wrong, be it with the seeds themselves, or due to some difficulty with the planting process. It would be appreciated if the buyer would contact us.
On Jun 11, 2012 2:57 PM, Trade Winds Fruit added:
A follow up on this comment, we take any claims of germination failure on vegetable seeds seriously so we retested each of the varieties from this customers order. Seeds were planted in standard potting mix on 5/23, in small containers atop a heating mat set at 85F. All varieties showed +90% germination by 6/6, with most sprouting within 7 days, consistent with prior germination tests. The customer did relay that the original seeds were sprouted at 68F in a wet paper towel, a method that is not recommended for these types of seed. The customer wanted a refund for the original purchase, not replacement seeds, and we did oblige the customers request with a full refund."
On Mar 2, 2012, Sherilou Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Seeds from Trade Winds Fruit are healthy, with an excellent germination rate and they have produce strong, healthy plants. Shipping was free (for a $10.00 order) and fast! Packet prices are very reasonable for their unique, hard-to-find varieties.
I placed an order for two packs of seeds from Trade Winds Fruit 1/5/12. The seeds arrived quickly and packaged well. I can't say anything yet about germination rates because I just planted them last night. Shipping was $ 4.00 but it could have been $ 0.00 if I had only read their policy before placing my order. The seeds plus shipping was $ 9.00 and they ship free if an order is $ 10.00 or more. Man am I a dummy or what?lol One of the nice things is that their seed packs are in even dollar amounts. They don't end in .95 or .99 cents which makes it easier to hit that $ 10.00 amount without having to buy an extra pack because you are a few cents short of the $ 10.00 need for free shipping. A+++
On Jan 9, 2012, hatchingbunnies Gilbert, AZ wrote:
Very good customer service. Seeds were shipped very quickly, e-mails were returned quickly. I had germination issues with a few varieties, but seeds were promptly replaced. New seeds germinated great, so must have gotten the rare bad batch. Very satisfied with customer service and products.
Posted on December 31, 2011, updated January 4, 2012
Posted on December 31, 2011, updated December 31, 2011
Pretty well one month ago (2nd Dec.2011) I ordered seeds (from Germany) through the mail from TradeWindsFruit in California. I enclosed the correct amount of money (30US$). In my time (67 years) I NEVER had it happen, that money sent through the mail, disappeard - not even to countries like the Philippines. I am still waiting for either:
1.)confirmation of my order
2.)receipt of letter OR money
3.)reply to my EMAIL (which certainly doesn't get lost in the "postal system" - the excuse won't work here!
5.)any shipping advice
During ONE month of time I could and should expect any one of the above.
I ordered CDs and DVDs from the US to Germany before (with money enclosed) and they arrived within a fortnight!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to warn others.
On December 31st, 2011, kowari changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Now, would you believe, 2 hours after posting the original (negative) message, I received an email from TradeWindsFruit that money and order were received, processed and I should expect the shipment of seeds soon. The reason behind it all - Christmas Holidays. I am quite willing to accept the explanation and change my rating to positive. I shall therefore retract my warnings about the supplier. Should the goods not arrive within 14 days of this posting, I shall change it back to negative. Please stay posted... On January 4th, 2012, kowari added the following:
Well, miracles do happen! Today I received my seeds from TradeWindsFruit, nicely packaged and wonderfully labelled - with love, one might almost say. I am very happy now and I can only recommend the company to everybody. My rating now is definitely POSITIVE !!
I have placed a few orders from this company and in all cases the material was received promptly and in good condition. They have a large selection of tropical fruit seeds and I will be using them in the future.
On May 23, 2011, adamthompson06 Bluefield, WV wrote:
I ordered 5 packs of hot pepper seeds in 2010 for last years harvest and 16 packs for this years season. Seeds from both years have all had a good germination rate. this year i have 40+ 1 foot to 2 feet tall plants that i put in the ground on May 23, 2011! they have super rare varieties of Bhut Jolokia seeds and even Trinidad Scorpion seeds! As well as the feared Fatalii and the dreaded Datil, all at VERY reasonable prices! Most other places charge 7 bucks or more for those varieties and that's only if they have them! The shipping is still free if you order $7.50 or over so that is an added plus. It is a great company and i WILL be buying even more from them this coming winter to get a jump on things!
On Apr 2, 2011, Pitcom Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first time ordering with this company. I ordered Sun Gold and Black Cherry, cherry tomatoes. The seeds count was exactly as advertised, between 15-25 for sun gold (i got 19) and 25-50 for the black cherry, (i got 50+). Prices were fair and it took about 1 week for delivery from the west coast to the east coast.
On Mar 7, 2011, zanna D, Central Florida, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I came here to Dave's Garden to see the ratings of Trade Winds Fruit for my decision to order. With all the positive ratings, I decided to order.
I placed my order on the 3rd (thursday) and I recieved my order on the 7th(monday)! Wow I live on the other coast: that's fast shipping, and I got all the seeds I ordered! It's too early to see the germination now, but I am sure they will be fine.
Thank you Trade Winds Fruit!
isa from Florida
On Mar 4, 2011, lemurianne Ida Grove, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered from this company for the first time this year. They have a huge selection (including non-tropicals), and I ordered quite a few chile pepper seeds. The prices are great, the germination has been 100%, and they ship very fast.
On Feb 24, 2011, Doug9345 Durhamville, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered seed at noon on Sunday 2/13. The site sent me an email confirming the order. That evening I got an email stating that they had shipped my order. I assume it went in the mail the next day since this was Sunday. I got it later that week. All the seed was there in the quantities promised. Unless the germination is very low I'll order from them again.
Had a great experience with this company. Ordered Sunday night, got an email Monday that my seeds had shipped and my seeds came that Saturday. I don't know the germination rates yet as I haven't planted them, but so far a great experience. They had an awesome selection especially on some of the more exotic stuff I wanted to grow like Aji Amarillo, Aji Lemon Drop, Tomatillos, etc. Plus you can't beat free shipping! Unless I have a major problem with germination rates I plan to order here again. All seeds came packaged in little plastic zip-lock baggies with planting and care instructions. The only thing I would change is to put more of the planting and care info on their website.
I just ordered few tropical fruits seeds from Trade Winds Fruit, for my friends in Buddhist monastary near Laos.
-Seeds was fast shipped.
-Seeds was very clean, in small plastic packets, clearly labelled with names species, and how to planting.
It's too early to say what is the sprouting rate of seeds (most important) but this compagny is very serious, very good !!
On Nov 27, 2010, Passionflowerz Punta Gorda, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on November 27, 2010, updated November 27, 2010
Posted on November 27, 2010, updated November 27, 2010
I ordered seeds of brugmansia and several varieties of passion fruit from Tradewindsfruitstore.com in October. Within a week, brugmansia was up, and within 2 weeks, all but one species of passion flower was up as well. (The latter known for being notoriously slow to germinate)
I have prepared a new order, and expect the same great service as before. I highly recommend this company to any and all who like to start from seed.
On November 27th, 2010, Passionflowerz changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I apologize for the above post. I meant http://www.tradewindsfruitstore.com, which is another company. I have just requested it be listed so I can place appropriate comment to proper company. On November 27th, 2010, Passionflowerz changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Well, sorry once again. Seems they must have linked to old page, and when I visited the website link shown above on this page, it took me to another website, named tradewindsfruit. After clicking a link on that page, I found it is the same company. My original review stands! :)
I have had a great experience with TWF. They shipped the same day, the package arrived very fast, and the seeds were well padded and kept moist. Communication has been great thus far - I would highly recommend this company!
On Jul 20, 2010, shohinken Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
I have ordered from Trade Winds Fruit three times this year already. My seeds have all arrived within a week's time and have had excellent germination. Even now I am germinating seeds from the company. Very pleased with my experience with this company.
On Jun 15, 2010, biro Friendship, OH (Zone 7b) wrote:
I LOVE Trade Winds! I have ordered from this company four times this year (each order about 5-6 seed packets) and each time the shipping has been incredibly fast (recieved the packaged within less than a week of placing the order).
They also must've been feeling generous or something because I ordered some blue corn seeds with a stated limit of 10 seeds/pack and I received 14 seeds! Same thing happened with purple passionfruit - had a 10 seed limit and they gave me 12!
Germination has been very good with almost everything, I was especially impressed with the Passiflora actinia which started to pop up after only 19 days and had 100% germination rate by day 30. The only seeds I ordered that I couldn't get to germinate at all were tendersweet orange watermelon, but no big deal, it might have been my error anyway.
On May 19, 2010, Overmind1632 Huntington, NY wrote:
Ordered the seeds and got them two days later with free shipping. I mean wow, talk about great service. In addition to their fantastic service, they also have quite the diverse collection of seeds to choose from. I highly recommend ordering from this company.
On Mar 11, 2010, astcgirl Brandon, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have ordered "many" times with this company. All my seeds have been quickly mailed and packaged perfectly. I've gotten some great hard to find fresh seeds also....right now I have a clove growing after 1 year....great company and I can't recommend enough. Will always buy first from them.
I ordered from Trade Winds back in December. Despite it being about a week before Christmas, I received my order in just a few days. I love the free shipping on orders over $7.50. I started my seeds a couple of weeks ago and so far germination rates have been great. I will definitely be ordering from them in the future.
On Jan 6, 2010, brandie21 Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have ordered from Tradewinds numerous times over the last 3 years or so. I have always received my orders quickly and correct. The seed germination rates are great, much better than other well known companies. I will continue to order from this company.