Fantastic service as usual (I'm a returning customer), got my seeds in France within one week from my order. Very good quality seeds (they are already sprouting after four days !).
Once again THANKS Onalee, and keep the good work.
I' am very satisfied with how fast I received my order from Onalee's Seeds. I placed my order Saturday 9/29/12 and got my package on Thursday 10/4/12. I was impressed with how my order was carefully packaged so that my Elephant Ear " Black Runner " Plants survived their long journey to California. I would be comfortable ordering from this company again, even though it's my first time dealing with them, to me First Impression is always important. I also want to thank you Onalee for the healthy looking plants you sent me as well as the extra you included in my order. Thank You, from ( Order #78000 )
Fast shipping, seed planting instructions included and in a friendly personalized way. Seeds germinated in a couple of days (October Rose and Texas Star Hibiscus, Yellow Elder and Caribbean Papaya) and not weeks. However I do not seem to be lucky with the lily seeds as I do not see any sign of life yet since sowing in July 20. I am happy with this company and hope that they will have more seed varieties to offer in the future. I look forward to ordering again soon.
On Aug 30, 2012, fernman23 HENDERSON, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:
The quickeness and accuracy of the order impressed me most. I was looking for nothing particular, but, something out of the ordinary, and~ voila! In a couple days the seeds were at my door! now they can be winterized, and I can plant them as early as needed for my Zone, EXCELLENT communication in regards to questions if you need a helping hint~She will be there for ya. It is why I went back and am GLAD I did.
On Jul 25, 2012, AlizaInFlorida Cypress Lake, FL wrote:
Super fast shipping. The seeds came with great instructions. As of yet I haven't been able to plant them since unlike the rest of the country we've had so much rain they would wash away. I enjoyed getting the free gift too!
On Jul 20, 2012, 815Lucky Brownsville, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:
Ordered on 7/10/12 at 10:30 at night, order processed and shipped on 7/11/12. Arrived on 7/14/12, good packaging, liked the bubble wrap, and seedling id. and information on seed packs. Quick delivery from Florida to Brownsville,Tx in 3 1/2 days, and a free seed pack of your choice along with free shipping is almost impossible to beat. Seeds planted on 7/17/12 emerged on the morning of 7/20/12, 2 days is great germination rate. To everyone wondering where in hell is Reid Hope King, Tx join the club, I have lived in Brownsville, Tx 78521 for 38 yrs. and had never heard of it till today on Dave's Garden, looked it up and it is an empty field with a neighborhood consisting of 2 small streets with about 802 people, I live in the Morningside Estates and our elementary has more people than that. I hope that Dave's Garden makes the correction, it greatly misrepresents my location and is totally incorrect. Brownsville is the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley area and 16th largest in the state of Tx with a population of over 175,000 people not an empty lot with a couple of streets.
On Jul 16, 2012, vanillaman Monte de la Cruz Costa Rica (Zone 11) wrote:
First of all, I want to recommend "Onalee's" wholeheartedly and will not hesitate telling all my friends who buy seeds online. Even though she's a small grower/retailer now, she does have some very unique offerings.
I recently tried her out and was very pleased how quickly my order arrived here in Costa Rica, in only 10 days! No problem whatsover with Customs or inspections, etc. I get seeds from several international sites and have never had a problem with that, thank goodness.
Anyway, I wanted a selection of Japanese Morning Glories and 2 were still in the original Japanese pkgs. Obviously that is why those varieties are a little "pricey", but they are imported, so this is understandable. I still got to select a free selection, even though I am not in the U.S., which I was very grateful for. In addition, Onalee included another free gift, which surprised me. Talk about generosity! It was not my choice, but was actually something that I wanted, so that was a bonus.
Unfortunately, there was a slight problem, which has been totally resolved and Onalee will be re-mailing one item free of charge. The problem was not her fault whatsoever and rather a mysterious cultural one. I purchases both the white and the lavender "Moonflowers" and treated them identically. I had grown the white ones before after a presoaking of about 2 hrs. I did the same with the lavender species and planted both varieties at the same time in the same potting mix in the same container I like to use. Naturally the whites sprouted in a few days and now there are 11 ready to be planted in the garden. I patiently waited for the lavenders to germinate, but they didn't. Finally, after waiting an appropriate time, I investigated the seeds carefully and discovered they had all rotted. This of course is not Onalee's fault and she assured me that she had tested seeds from the same batch earlier in the Spring with excellent results. Possibly the lavender variety is more susceptible to rot that the whites or has a thinner, softer seed coat, but it still remains more of a "cultural" problem to me, ie: my fault. Onalee considered this situation "strange" as well and suggested scarifying or nicking the hard seed coat first. I had never done this before with white moonflowers, but I think this time I will with my the new lavender seeds or I may just avoid the pre-soaking.
I have a good feeling about Onalee and what she is trying to do and will most definitely order from her again. The other seeds I ordered are now in my hands and it is my responsibility to provide the right conditions to germinate them.
Keep up the great work Onalee and I hope your business expands and continues being successful!
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I purchased items from Onaleei on e-bay before I knew she was rated so highly here. I have had extremely excellent results from her products. I have ordered from her many times. (My local rabbits have contributed to repeat purchases) I love her detailed instructions, the photo of the seedling, plus she always adds a bonus. You never know what it is, but it is related to your order. She promptly answers any questions. She is just wonderful to deal with. I HIGHLY recommend her.
On August 4th, 2010, 082014 added the following:
I have ordered again from Onalee. Nothing has changed. She is still the best vendor. Excellent service. I still highly recommend her.On June 10th, 2011, 082014 added the following:
This is the third year I have ordered from Onalee. I am a repeat customer because of her quality seeds, excellent service,quick shipping. Oh, the bonus seeds are a delightful gift. She also has beautiful photos. Check her out on facebook.On July 6th, 2012, 082014 added the following:
I have placed another order with Onalee. This time I purchased live cuttings. I am very pleased. My order arrived very quickly. The cuttings were well packed and healthy. I am very pleased with her service.
I ordered datil pepper seeds on 6/10; they were shipped on 6/11, received on 6/14 and some were planted on 6/18. In one week, 9 of 12 seeds have already sprouted. Amazing! Everything I've read says these peppers take at least two weeks to sprout.
On Jun 22, 2012, ginger1952 Lake Charles, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Just received my pulmeria cutting and it was so large!! I had no idea how big the cutting was going to be. Plus Onalee provides you with growing guides which were excellent! Definitely a top rated plant vendor!
On Jun 13, 2012, kelj32 Des Moines, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I received my 5 "medium" black runner elephant ears. They were about 10 times larger than I had expected and in great shape. The growing guide for their care for what to do upon arrival, the next week and continue care was very helpful and very easy to follow. I found Onalee when I was searching for black magic elephant ears. No one was selling them or they were outrageously expensive. I ordered them being a little hesitant about buying from a random search online. The paypal option was great to give me a little more assurance I would get my money back if it was a scam. As it turns out, Onalee provided fast service and I got my plants for a steal for the size and quality I received. I highly recommend this seller and I will be buying from Onalee in the future. Thanks.
I received the bulbs two days after I ordered! The page had multiple pictures of the plant I ordered so it was easy for me to verify. The bulbs arrived in excellent shape. I had to contact Onalee regarding a payment problem and she responded quickly (less than a day). Excellent service- I would definitely order from them again!
On May 25, 2012, Old_Gardener Calabasas, CA wrote:
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I recently placed an order for 4 packs of seed on 2/25 and received them on 2/29. I had a problem receiving a confirmation from paypal but Onalee was fantastic about communicating with me directly. She is also extremely generous with the seed counts. I ordered a pack of 10 seeds White Texas Star Hibiscus and received 17, 15 seeds of Red Hibiscus and received 28 and 24 Golden Rain Tree seeds (received 54). I have yet to sow the Latex Vine but I am sure there are at least twice the number of seeds in the pack than is listed (24). I would definitely place an order again - there are many reasons why she has such a high rating!
On March 16th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I had placed a request for Onalee to notify me when neomarica was available for shipping a month or so ago (prior to placing the order for seed). Well, she did not forget and I received notification yesterday (thank you) and I just placed an order for them. I highly recommend Onalee.On March 19th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
Okay, Onalee, how do you do it? I received your ship notice yesterday and had the package this morning. Best of all, the neomarica weren't even a bit wilted after the cross country trip!! They truly looked like they had just been dug up moments before (seriously - they are that pristine)!!! Thank you so much for the excellent service, the best quality and for the generous size and quantity. I could not possibly be any happier!On March 26th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed an additional order for 5 Crinum asiaticum starts, 1 set Ledebouria (Silver Squill), 4 large Epiphyllum hookeri cuttings, and a package of each Hibisus mutablis and Gloriosa superba seeds. I received my order today and, once again, everything looks absolutely fantastic!! Thank you, Onalee, for your very generous portions and all of the extras that you added - I truly am most appreciative. There should be a new "super category" for companies such as yours!
On May 25th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed another order (this time for Colocasia and Setaria palmifolia) and, as before, everything shipped quickly and arrived in wonderful condition. Thank you, Onalee, for consistently great service and for the extra seeds.
I ordered 2 pkts of surinam cherry seeds and they arrived two days later. More seeds in pkts than advertised. I now have 35 seeds propagating and anxiously waiting to see how many break the soil. Thanx so much for these long sought seeds and with luck I will have me a hedge in a couple of years. Very prompt service and will order again from this company.
Onalee's website was easy and pleasurable to navigate through. Of special appreciation was her easygoing, friendly style of writing, the ability to enlarge photos, and extensive info about the plant and what to expect during the germination process. She included all this info on the seed package as well as a photo of the seedling.
Posted on April 29, 2008, updated April 30, 2012
I ordered white Butterfly Pea seeds.Onalee treated me like Royalty, promptly answering my emails, letting me know when the seeds were shipped although i never expected her to do so!!!!!!!. FABULOUS customer service!!!!!!!!!.
You won't be disappointed with http://www.Onaleeseeds.com
I won't hesitate to order again.
On April 30th, 2012, Ammu added the following:
I ordered seeds this year. Onalee is a wonderful person and provides excellent customer service, good packaging and is very courteous. Thanks again Onalee. Best wishes,
On Apr 23, 2012, kimberlykb University City, MO wrote:
Professional, personalized service with wonderful plants. I ordered the Crinum Lilies as a gift, and my friend received the bulbs in excellent shape with very specific planting instructions, complete with ribbon showing planting depth. Onalee's even sent an extra bulb for good measure. Plus, I received an immediate reply from Onalee when I emailed a question. I definitely would order from Onalee's again!
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I am very happy with the service and prompt shipping. I will be ordering again and again. More than generous with the seeds and the cuttings. Instructions for planting are very detailed. Also provides e-mail if you have any questions.
Thank you Onalee!
On August 20th, 2011, forc05 added the following:
Once again great service and products. These seeds jump up within days of planting. Thank you again Onalee!On April 16th, 2012, forc05 added the following:
I can not say enough about how wonderful it is to do business with this company. Free shipping, great packaging, detailed instructions and quick response time. I will continue to order from Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants. Thank you so very much!
On Apr 11, 2012, ContrarianReefr Serenada, TX wrote:
I've been searching high and low for a new red leaf (false roselle) hibiscus since I got bad advice from a local garden center last winter. Mine didn't survive the winter, and nobody in town had one (most hadn't even heard of it). Then I came across the link to Onalee's Seeds on PlantScout. I ordered three different hibiscus varieties. After my order the seeds came quickly, were well packed (the seedling ID photos and planting tips were a great help). I planted the seeds this past weekend and am already seeing signs of life. I'll definitely order from Onalee again.
Ordered two hard to find yellow walking iris plants. Received them yesterday and was very pleased with the plants. Plant roots were still moist and ready to plant and as described were budded and ready to bloom, in fact one small bloom had already appeared. I will definitely keep this site in my bookmarks and am looking at some other plants I would like to order. A great find.
On Mar 26, 2012, DioscoreaAJM CANTONMENT, FL wrote:
Love this site. Onalee understands not only the nature of the plants from pure observation and experience but also the botany of her product. As a trained botanist and plant taxonomist, it was easy to find what I wanted and needed here. I purchased some rhizomes and seeds and shipping was fast and packaging was clean. The items were packaged with care and the seeds have extremely detailed and accurate growing instructions. I absolutely will revisit the site and will purchase from Onalee's seeds again soon. Thanks!
onalee is amazing I ordered passion flowers and guinea bean seeds they arrived MUCH sooner that I expected Ive never received anything that fast my seeds were packaged perfect and they arrived with instructions the seeds were also in great condition will be buying from onalee again
On Mar 20, 2012, yishnir West Hattiesburg, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:
After a lot of research looking into the best plants to supply hummingbirds with year-round nectar, I came up with a list of must-have perennials, one of which was the 'Indian Shot' Canna Lily. Looking for suppliers, I found that I could pay from $5 to $10 for a single plant or corm, or I could order seeds from Onalee (paying $2 for 10+ seeds). Actually, I planned to order seeds a year earlier, but they were already sold out when I had finally decided on everything I wanted. This year, they were sold out again, even earlier! However, since the website mentioned that I should email queries and questions, I emailed Onalee, asking when Canna seeds would be available again. She promptly found (or packaged) more Canna seeds and let me know that she had made them available on her website. I ordered the Canna seeds and seeds for several other hummingbird plants. A few days later I received the seeds I requested, along with a few thoughtful extras. Additionally, Onalee promised to inform me when she next had available crocosmia corms.
Regarding Onalee's Seed Packages:
Onalee has written long and thorough germination instructions, included on each seed packet, explaining step-by-step, in great detail, how to best start and care for each type of seed. The packets also include photographs of newly sprouted seedlings of each plant, which I find to be incredibly useful. Though I have never started 'complicated' seeds before, such as seeds requiring 'chipping', 'nicking', 'sanding', 'pre-soaking' for specific times in water of specific temperatures, or seeds which prefer 'bottom-heat', with Onalee's instructions (and a heat mat, digital thermostat, and grow-light), I feel confident that I can succeed with these seeds. I plan to scan the seed packages and save them for my own future reference.
In conclusion, Onalee's customer service is excellent. She clearly loves plants and knows how to grow them. Her seed packets show uncommon thoughtfulness and care, both for her customers and for the seeds she propagates and sends out into the world.
I expect I will successfully sprout dozens of 'Indian Shot' Canna Lilies, as well as many other hummingbird favorites. I'll post again or edit this at a later date, to report my sprouting/growing outcomes.
On Mar 8, 2012, gloriag Floyd, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
OnaLee's had seeds I have been looking for a long, long
time. The order arrived promptly, and there was even a bonus
pack. The seed order even included a tropical flowering
shrub which can grow and bloom as an annual. Her
catalog is outstanding with very good prices. I really can't
say enough about this quality operation. The variety offered
and prices are real eye-openers!
On Mar 5, 2012, kaigarden Beverly Hills, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Onalee is my favorite source for flower seeds. She has the best selection of native and unusual plants. You can't beat the free shipping and personal customer service. Recently I had a problem with a particular seed and I wrote for advice. She answered right away and was very helpful. She offered to send more seeds so I could try again. Today she sent 2 more packs. I've ordered seed for years from many companies and never experienced such a helpful and caring vendor.
I ordered the seeds, received an email the next day and the seeds on the fourth day. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. The seeds are well wrapped; love the seedling identification photo on the package as well. Thanks for a great experience.
On Mar 1, 2012, CarolinaGrower Fuquay-Varina, NC wrote:
I just received my first order of seeds today, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and details of the packaging of the seeds. The seeds were packaged in the nicest envelopes with VERY detailed instructions on sowing, which I appreciate greatly! Onalee has very interesting seeds and choices. The seeds arrived quickly, and the e-mail correspondence with Onalee was prompt and courteous. I can't wait to order more seeds when they come back in season. As I understand she only ships seeds when they are at optimal quality and freshness for germination, which is a practice I could not agree more with; I would be happy to wait for certain seeds knowing they will be at their best when they arrive. I'm excited to see the results after planting, and will update! I would recommend Onalee for seeds any day!
I ordered Castor Bean Seeds that are impossible to find in my area. There was a good selection to choose from and my order came very prompt along with a bonus package of seeds of my choice. This was very much a positive buying experience !
On Feb 27, 2012, texasbelle Mid Gulf Coast, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on January 5, 2006, updated February 27, 2012
Onalee is the best.....she went above and beyond to help me with a recent order.....and is trying to find a "tuber" for me that she doesn't carry.....as many others have said her responsiveness to questions and keeping me up-to-date on the status of my order made for a very pleasant experience....can't wait 'til spring so I can plant all the seed!!! Onalee, thank you and keep up the excellent work.
On May 26th, 2006, texasbelle added the following:
Onalee has done it again.....she went out of her way to make my second order even better than the first.....I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe her customer service and products....she is, simply put, the BEST!!! Thanks, Onalee, for all your help.On February 27th, 2012, texasbelle added the following:
I have ordered from Onalee several times and she never fails to provide OUTSTANDING products and service. She could give many companies lessons on how to treat customers!!!!
On Feb 25, 2012, sparky32811 Lake Wales, FL wrote:
I have ordered seeds from many different companies as well as individuals over the years and I have never been as impressed with any of them as I am with Onalee's Seeds. The seeds I ordered look great and they came in the nicest seed packs I have ever seen. I love all of the sowing and growing details that are included right on the pack. My order also arrived very quickly and the prices were very reasonable. By the way, Onalee's Seeds was the only source for a small quantity of Indigofera hirsuta I could find anywhere. I will definitely be ordering from this company again.
On Feb 21, 2012, dbkmd Saint Paul, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
Great Service!! Prompt shipping and well-packed orders. I especially liked the inclusion of an extra pack of seeds as a bonus for my order. Email responses are also timely and complete. I can't say enough about such good customer service. I will definitely be placing more orders.