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!
Posted on August 20, 2011, updated April 16, 2012
Posted on August 7, 2011, updated August 20, 2011
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.
On Feb 6, 2012, wedad Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates wrote:
Onalee's stated clearly that she is after 100% customer satisfaction.
That shows how much customer satisfaction is important to her more than selling. she is a very professional and an expert person to deal with. all my seeds have grown perfectly. an OXALIS bulbs was sent to me and travelled thousands of miles it was wrapped in a way that would tell you a love story between Onalee and her plants and seeds.
Although there are many people selling seeds around where i live. i still prefer to order from her. and on the top of this she doesn’t mind answering any question about any other plant that was not purchased from her. she has achieved the 100000 % satisfaction
Thank you from my heart and your site Is my number one destination for seeds
On Jan 31, 2012, drummer49 Haines City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered my seeds on a weekend and had a problem with the payment screen, so I emailed Onalee with my dilemma. I recieved an answer within HOURS apologizing for the delay and saying the problem was fixed. I ordered my seeds with no problem. They arrived in two days! The planting instructions are very detailed, including how to control any specific pest the plant may be prone to. If everybody ran their business like Onalee, there would be peace in the consumer community.
Once again, I've gotten great product from Onalee! Her seeds always perform for me, and she ships fast and free! I ordered cucuzzi seeds (Italian snake squash) and her website is one of the only places I can find these seeds. I can't wait to see what the Tommy Toe Tomatoes do! Thanks so much!
On Jan 7, 2012, bashfulblonde Santa Anna, TX wrote:
Onalees seeds is a really great place to order seeds from ,placed my order on 1/3/2012 and got my seeds on 1/7/2012 which was very quick and she even paid the postage on them, which is unheard now days , plus got a free pack of seeds with my order , And she is the only person that even had the seeds I have been looking for , so I really like the over all service she provided , Keep it up , I will order from her again , it is great to know such a small company has seeds that the big ones dont even try or want to carry Thank you !!!!
Placed my order on Dec. 30, 2011 and received it on Jan. 3 2012. Fast and quick. You even paid postage. Unheard of this day and time. Seeds unfortunatelly will have to wait a few months since it is only 14 degrees here this morning. If they are as good as your service you will see more orders from me. Parris Gregory Smith, Falmouth, Va.
ONALEE'S PLANTS WERE EVERYTHING I EXPECTED THEM TO BE AND MORE, FROM READING HER SITE.
IF YOU HAVE DEALT WITH MAIL ORDER NURSERIES AND SOLD PLANTS, YOU GET TO KNOW HOW TO 'READ BETWEEN THE LINES' AND APPRECIATE SOMEONE WHO HAS A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PLANTS, GROWING THEM, MENTIONING POSSIBLE PROBLEMS AND HINTS. I KNOW SOME OF THE PLANTS SHE HAS AND HAVE HAD SOME FROM OTHER PEOPLE FOR YEARS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT NATIVE TO MY DRY AREA. SOME OF THEM HAVE SURVIVED FOR OVER A DECADE EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN'T GET WATERED FOR 6 MONTHS A YEAR. ONALEE IS GOOD AT POINTING OUT SUCH THINGS!!1
SIZE OF BULBS WAS DESCRIBED VERY ACCURATELY AND THE ONES I GOT WERE SOMETIMES EVEN BIGGER. GENEROUS BONUSES FOR MY BIG ORDER.
I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT MY SATISFACTION WITH DISCOVERING HER SITE
On Nov 27, 2011, TruNorth7 Walnut Creek, CA wrote:
Posted on May 20, 2011, updated November 27, 2011
I ordered Vigna caracalla (Corkscrew Vine) seeds from Onalee, and am very happy with the seeds. I got them quickly, they were well packed (with bubble wrap) and look good. She even threw in an extra. The seeds came with great starting/planting instructions with helpful tips. Communication with Onlaee was pleasant, she was very helpful.
The seeds were pretty pricey (over $2/seed), but after I ordered some on ebay a few weeks ago and the seller sent me Vigna phaseolus caracalla, I thought it best I spring for Corkscrew vine seeds from a reputable source.
I just started them today, so I can't comment on germination yet, but will follow up with another post.
On November 27th, 2011, TruNorth7 changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Of the 6 seeds I received, only 2 sprouted. One shriveled up and died a week later, the other grew to be only 8" before it too died. Needless to say I'm not thrilled,,,On Nov 27, 2011, Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants responded with:
Hi - I'm sorry that you had poor luck with the seeds. If you would contact me directly, I will be happy to refund your purchase price or replace the seeds with something else. Just email me ... firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to work this out. I haven't received any emails from you about this issue ... I am sorry you didn't have better luck with the seeds."
On Oct 5, 2011, Mima56 Thayer, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on April 16, 2011, updated October 5, 2011
I am starting my first Monarch butterfly garden, and based on DG ratings, I placed my first order with Onalee. I certainly wasn't disappointed! Timely emails re my order and USPS got my order here quickly (you never know!). I am so impressed with the seed envelopes that Onalee has printed. What great info! I have gardened for 30 years and still I picked up a few tips! Considering the expense of packing, shipping, and the free seeds, my total cost was extremely reasonable. For the record, I ordered Asclepias curassavica (2), Tithonis rotundifolia, and an heirloom Cucumber.
On October 5th, 2011, Mima56 added the following:
I had terrific luck with Onalee's seeds this spring and summer! I just received my second order.....with thoughts of winter sowing for the first time. All of Onalee's seed packs have wonderful sowing instructions and detailed growing advice. Go to her website and you will find terrific suggestions! Free shipping + bonus seed pack of your choice. Gotta love her!!
I believe that when an order was shipped and then reshipped that the vendor wants to make good on the mishap, then the customer should also make good on their comment as well.
This is the best company!!! Onalee was very generous with her seeds, and I have already started to propagate them and am going to baby them until spring! Shipping was awesome along with the packaging as well.
On Sep 14, 2011, Spoilldrotn Battle Creek, MI wrote:
Very fast shipping and outstanding planting instructions. I had looked everywhere for these seeds and was excited to finally find them with a very good description of the plant which told me they were what I had been after.