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|On Dec 5, 2014, paulobessa Porto
Portugal (Zone 9a) wrote:
Mostly positive. Always got my seeds and most of them germinated. They also have quite rare stuff and usually good quality seeds. Haven't tried communication with them.
|On Dec 27, 2012, ineedacupoftea Denver, CO wrote:
|On Dec 27, 2012, johneddy Cos Cob, CT wrote:
Fast response and shipping even though across the pond.
|On Dec 24, 2012, sunnybritefarm Naalehu, HI wrote:
I recently placed a seed order, and being that I am in Hawaii, I had little hope that it would be processed. Well, I am truly impressed that they were able to send the seed order! Plus it arrived in a rather timely fashion. Marvelous! I now have vegetable varieties that I have not been able to get from any other source.
|On May 21, 2012, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on July 18, 2004, updated May 21, 2012
On May 21st, 2012, psychloman added the following:
I placed two separate orders for the following this year:
Alonsoa meridionalis,Adonis aestivalis,Aubrieta deltoidea 'Cascade' Mixed,Agrostemma githago 'Milas',
Cerinthe major var. purpurascens,Crepis rubra,Didiscus caeruleus,Iberis umbellata Giant Hyacinth-Flowered, Florist Type, 'Iceberg',Nolana paradoxa 'Blue Bird',
Stylomecon heterophyllum 'Copper Queen',Malope trifida 'Vulcan',Emilia sonchifolia 'Scarlet Magic',
Salpiglossis sinuata 'Little Friends',Abronia wootonii,
Alonsoa warscewiczii,Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Bouquet',Argemone mexicana, Cotula 'Yellow Marbles',Cladranthus arabicus 'Criss-Cross',
Anthemis sancti-johannis,Viscaria oculata Formula Mixed Colours and Malcolmia maritima.
Excellent germination for all except for the Adonis,Cerinthe,Argemone and Abronia. Not bad, considering the excellent performance of everything else.In fact, I ordered the cerinthe from another source and also had no germination
|On Apr 26, 2012, bristolclare Bristol
United Kingdom wrote:
This is a good company, selling low cost seed in very basic packaging. They sell many unusual varieties not obtainable elsewhere in UK. Try their 'slow bolt' coriander (cilantro) it is excellent.
|On Apr 16, 2012, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
One of my absolute favorite seed sources. I have had incredible results with their seeds and I would never hesitate to order from them.
|On Mar 16, 2011, EastBend East Bend, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Amazing variety of seeds, very pleasing to read their well-written, witty catalog. Orders arrive promptly and are well packaged. (There is just something that tickles me about ordering seeds from England) I grew the most beautiful Valerian from some of their seeds. I think their prices are reasonable, especially for rare & unusual varieties. If you're growing something common then by all means go buy a cheap packet from your local retailer, but come here for something you won't find anywhere else. You won't be disappointed. When I got my new catalog it came with a free packet of seeds! : ) These folks are great.
|On Mar 15, 2011, yukons_mom Boise, ID wrote:
Delightful company to do business with. The seeds are fresh and the emails friendly. I check every year and order seeds that are unavailable in the US. I can't complain about anything including the fact that I receive seeds faster than I do from some US companies.
|On Jan 3, 2011, uomo gent
Belgium (Zone 8b) wrote:
This has got to be THE or one of the best seed companies I ordered from (and I've ordered from many around the world).
|On Mar 22, 2010, Hagakure Pilis
Wonderful seed and super fast delivery / Hungary/
|On Feb 12, 2010, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
2/11/10....Ordered seeds out of their 2009 catalogs sometime in December....Sent order with a postal money
|On Oct 28, 2009, sillybug5 Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on October 26, 2009, updated October 28, 2009
On October 28th, 2009, sandnsea2 added the following:
For a great read and an education, read their catalog.
|On Feb 15, 2009, botanikk sassari
Italy (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have ordered from them many times. Great website, quick service, awesome descriptive catalog. Germination rates have not always been up to my liking, but with certain exotics, it's hard to say whose fault it is. All and all, a great company, based on my experiences. Chiltern and JL Hudson are the first places I check if I want something. Great companies.
|On Dec 7, 2008, blazingstar7 Roscommon
I have been dealing with Chiltern Seeds for quite a number of years and I have always found them to be very good and their catalogue is very imformative and in describing some seeds very witty,I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good catalogue.
|On Aug 10, 2008, Menk Darling Downs
One of my favourite seed companies. They have many rare and unusual plants on offer and are always helpful and fast to ship. Sadly, I've noticed that the "personal touch" has fallen away from their communication in recent times, perhaps because the company has become so popular that they no longer have the time.
|On May 6, 2008, kathp wexford
I have ordered for 3 years from Chiltern seeds. They have always been helpful, accurate and prompt. The germination rates of the seeds have also been excellent. I particularly liked their miscellaneous seed collections. These are very good value for money and I have populated large sections of my new garden with their tree and shrub, tall perennial, and short perennial mixes. There is also great fun in trying to identify the plants that sprout. I can not rate this company highly enough.
|On Apr 14, 2008, immigrant_punk Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
I have used Chiltern for years. I love their catalogue, full of witty, erudite little asides and explanations of the Latin names. If the seeds need special care they tell you, but they send very thorough general instructions. When I recently moved to USa, they sent comprehensive/exhaustive information about the legal side of buying seeds abroad. Ordinary plant seeds are cheaper elsewhere, but for fun or unusual plants, they're great. Lottery mixes are fun too.
|On May 24, 2007, balsamfir Jay, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:
They have terrific seeds, ordering is easy online, and the shipping is amazingly quick coming from England. Because they sell more single color selections, I've been able to get effects not achievable through American seed companys. People have asked me to add onto my orders because they love the colors. Germination rates have been excellent. I hope the new regulations don't end this.
|On Jan 17, 2007, Audrey Hadley, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've ordered from Chiltern for several years now, and have always been impressed by the quality of their seeds, the wide selection, and the speed of service. Although I live in the U.S., my most recent order arrived within 10 days, which is better than some of the American companies do! Highly recommended.
|On Oct 20, 2006, geoffhandley Shropshire
United Kingdom wrote:
I have dealt with this company for a long period of time and found the products and service excellent. I don't want too much information in the catalogue, I want them to concentrate on getting the rarities and can research growing conditions myself.
|On Jun 5, 2006, msbernard Prineville, OR wrote:
I have placed 3 separate seed orders with Chiltern's this year. I was a 1st time customer who was a little nervous ordering from them but it was a wonderful experience. My seeds were dispatched quickly and received safely. I was able to use my Debit Card on-line and was only charged a small amount each time for the currency conversion fee. What a selection they have. I give this business five Gold Stars.
|On May 23, 2006, treborsllim tokyo
i was ordering seeds from chiltern for years before i came to japan five years ago. no idea how i discovered them, friends probably.
|On Mar 24, 2006, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed my first order this year and am very pleased with the entire experience. They were very helpful with answering any questions I had. Their response time was good and all my questions were answered. I was very happy with the seed count and the variety. I recieved everything in a relatively fast turnaround considering they are in England.
|On Dec 20, 2005, Marilena Chicago, IL wrote:
This a wonderful company in all respects. Outstanding service, choice and quality. I grow many varieties of seed each year and have always been pleased with Chiltern Seed.
|On Feb 19, 2005, folieske Olen
Great care, very friendly, swift despatching, great quality. Pitty the catalogue has no pictures. Beside that: thumbs up!
|On Dec 6, 2004, slubberdegulion Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I've ordered from Chiltern Seeds several times and have enjoyed success with most of their seeds. I would maybe think twice about ordering stratified seeds (no fault of theirs...it simply takes too long to get through customs, and maybe more skill on my part). Also, with my limited budget, I try to only order seeds I simply can't get anywhere else. Although, I have been "forced" to give away plants I've grown that would have cost me much more from nurseries here in the States. The catalogue (no pics, no "how to's") reads like a Who's Who of seeds and mine gets well-thumbed long before planting time. What an amazing selection! Definitely a company I would recommend
|On Nov 26, 2004, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed an order through Chiltern Seed's website. The order was confirmed promptly, and shipped equally promptly. I won't be able to provide any sensible information on germination unless everything sprouts, though. I don't have much experience with growing from seed, and I tend to just pitch everything out in the garden and hope for the best.
On March 14th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
So far I haven't had any luck with germination rates, but I chose really difficult, slow-to-germinate varieties (I realized that AFTER I'd ordered). I'm starting the "easier" varieties from my selection now, so I'll report back as the season goes on.
On April 8th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
About 75% of the varieties I purchased have germinated so far. Considering it's my first time seriously growing from seed, I'd say that's outstanding.
On December 19th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:
I placed an order about two weeks ago. The seed packets have a decent number of seeds, and they appear to be in good condition. I also ordered the "Bargain Basement" 10-packet surprise assortment. If you like growing things from seed, I recommend you try it. In the assortment I received one variety I specifically planned to grow (but hadn't bought yet), several varieties I'd have eventually tried, and absolutely nothing I wouldn't take the effort to plant and grow on, if only to share with friends.
|On Oct 29, 2004, kirsitn (Zone 6b) wrote:
Amazing range of unusual seeds, reasonable prices and swift delivery :-)
|On Apr 25, 2004, cinemike CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is the only seed company that I like to use. Their range is extraordinary (over 4,000 species and cultivars); their service generally excellent. They respond well to complaints and are more reliable as to viability of seeds that most other companies.
|On Oct 22, 2003, eje San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Astounding selection of seeds. Incredibly prompt shipping. I received my seeds faster than many domestic suppliers. Great website with decent search function. Amazing catalog! My only quibbles would be very few pictures of plants on website or in catalog and use of some "out of date" Linnean classifications for some Genus/Species. All in all an amazing resource for any gardener interested in raising plants from seed.
|On Feb 3, 2003, Marzydoats Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!! I'm a medievalist and these are the people to go to for hard to find seeds. Years ago they hunted up Skirret seeds for me, and the Secretary there even sent me a family recipe to cook them with. I love reading there catalogue and look forward to it yearly. Great service!! Great product!! They even have the wild forms of some plants listed along with the modern forms. I just simply love these people.
|On Jan 16, 2003, ohgrowup wrote:
My favorite catalog, the one I look forward to more than Christmas, which is about when it arrives. A fantastic source and a great read, too. Surprisingly attentive customer service, considering how big their catalog is. No zone info. Northern US gardeners need to keep a reference book handy or keep in mind that "hardy perennial" in Great Britain doesn't always translate to a Midwestern or New England winter.
|On Jan 4, 2003, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Very extensive selection (the best I've seen for any general-purpose seed company), good descriptions, prompt shipping, average to good germination.
|On Dec 29, 2002, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
One of my most reliable seed sources. Shipping to Canada very fast. A few times some varieties were unavailable but were credited immediately and shipping etc. was adjusted. I highly recommend this company. Prices can be a bit high, but seed quantities are usually generous so it balances out.
|On Sep 23, 2002, nairobi London
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:
Very quick to help if you have questions; very quick to ship. Seed packets are generous, although the white packets take a bit of getting used to if you're a gardening newbie (like me) - no specific sowing or germination instructions are given on the packets [what I do is go to another website, e.g. T&M, to get the instructions!]
|On Sep 17, 2002, welshherblady Isle of Anglesey,North Wales
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
Have ordered seeds from this company for many years.If you know the latin name of the plant you are seeking -things could not be easier! The only failure I have had was trying to grow "monkey puzzle tree" - araucaria araucana.But I have managed to grow sequoia trees.The book makes winter evenings a pleasure planning what to grow (or trying to)the coming year.
|On Aug 10, 2002, canoehead wrote:
I have been buying seeds from Chiltern for a few years now, and other than the lack of info on the packages already mentioned, I have had good luck. Germination rates are in line with other seed sources. The only suggestion for them would be (on the more obscure plants - I am thinking of Polylepis australis as this year's example) to provide USDA zone ranges. They are very pleasant to speak with on the phone, deliveries are prompt, and shipping is free for orders in excess of L 35 on international orders.
On August 10th, 2002, canoehead added the following:
Shipping is free for orders over L 30 to Canada and the US.
|On Jun 8, 2002, Andy_SthAus wrote:
I ordered some seeds, firstly via a relative in the UK, then directly from my Australian address. Both times the seeds were despatched promptly, and were good quality with sufficient packaging to survive airmail.