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|On Jan 18, 2016, MadCheshireGrin Guyton, GA wrote:
Posted on October 24, 2015, updated January 18, 2016
On January 18th, 2016, MadCheshireGrin added the following:
UPDATE: The Ice Cream Bean seeds (Inga Feuillei) had about 80% germination rate, many of the seeds that sprouted had multiple seedlings. After less than 3 months some are almost 10" tall and growing well under a grow light until I can transplant outside in the spring. The Black Goji Berry seeds (Lycium Ruthenicum) had about 30% germination and for me I had 0% germination with the Carob (Ceratonia Siliqua) but they are notorious for being difficult to germinate. Overall I'm thrilled with Trade Winds Fruit and have since made 2 additional orders from them and have yet to be disappointed. :)
|On Oct 21, 2015, chicomorales st maarten,
Netherlands Antilles wrote:
A great company with excellent selection and service,
|On Jan 23, 2015, paully37 Ann Arbor, MI wrote:
I have ordered from trade winds fruit a few times. They always ship very quickly -- and for free for orders above $15. They offer and AMAZING selection of seeds! I have had very good germination results with tradewinds. I order seeds from many companies and this one is a favorite. Really great company with a GREAT selection:)
|On Dec 12, 2014, Don_in_CT W Hartford, CT wrote:
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.
|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.
|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.
|On Feb 6, 2014, krissypoo Long Beach, CA wrote:
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.
|On Aug 20, 2013, Schumann wrote:
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.
|On Mar 31, 2013, judyinmound Mound, MN wrote:
Posted on May 30, 2012, updated March 31, 2013
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
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
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!
|On Feb 19, 2013, wmpeebles Spring, TX wrote:
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.)
|On Jan 27, 2013, yielder Hastings,
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:
Posted on March 27, 2010, updated January 27, 2013
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.
These guys are a pleasure to deal with.
|On Jan 7, 2013, alexscott0705 Sterling Heights, MI wrote:
100% Reccomended company, I had a 100% germination rate with arabica coffee seeds, which normally have a very low germination rate. Please shop there!
|On Sep 19, 2012, Maschil Beauregard, MS wrote:
Posted on September 17, 2012, updated September 19, 2012
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:
"On Sep 18, 2012 7:16 PM, 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.
|On Jun 23, 2012, CeliaHiggs Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
Posted on June 11, 2012, updated June 23, 2012
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."
|On May 23, 2012, bushy1 Revere, MA wrote:
Posted on May 23, 2012, updated May 23, 2012
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.
|On Feb 29, 2012, zjhackett Glendale, AZ wrote:
Have ordered a wide variety of seeds from them and always been pleased. Heirloom tomato, unique vegetable, and tropical seeds I've ordered from them have always proved reliable and a great value.
|On Jan 12, 2012, AZPHATMAN Mesa, AZ wrote:
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.
|On Jan 4, 2012, kowari Rottweil,
Posted on December 31, 2011, updated January 4, 2012
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 !!
|On Dec 13, 2011, RichardRT San Diego, CA wrote:
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 16, 2011, aji59 Mcminnville, OR wrote:
they have a huge variety of seed,ordered all my pepper seeds through them,great germination,price is great and shipping is really fast.love this company. oh and i've used them more than once.
|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.
|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.
|On Feb 12, 2011, GreenGardener86 Provo, UT wrote:
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.
|On Jan 30, 2011, Lascap Nord,
|On Nov 27, 2010, Passionflowerz Punta Gorda, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on November 27, 2010, updated November 27, 2010
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! :)
|On Oct 29, 2010, ColinDavis Davis, CA wrote:
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).
|On Jun 1, 2010, powderkeg Corcoran, CA wrote:
ordered and immediately the seeds were shipped not only in a timely manner but exactly what and how i ordered will purchase more products from this company.
|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.