I just received my first order of seeds from Onalee yesterday in Washington State! They shipped (free) 4 days ago from her Florida location! Nice! I found Onalee's like so many others it would appear. I Googled & Binged my way around looking for Castor seeds and maybe something else large and tropical/showy for my zone 5b super short growing season. I was shunted to amazon and many many seed and nursery vendors from huge to tiny,all with a common denominator. *If they have what you want, and the right ( smaller for me ) quantities per pack, either the seed price or the shipping--------------- or Both just didn't " feel good ". Back to Bing and Onalee's. My oh My! This felt better! My 1st search showed me all 3 of my Castor choices with great info and actual "in the dirt" pics of same. Done and Done !! Now,how about something else Odd to my zip code perhaps? Under Odd I found Coral Bush seeds that I believe will be exactly what I need for some truly tragic growing spots closer to the house than the Castor plants will be.So now I have 4 packs of seeds in my order,and at checkout I find that the shipping is Free ------ and since I have more than 3 packs ordered--------1 of those is free also! I won't expand on the great packaging, pics, & planting info as everybody notes this right away,so to those points and getting several more seeds per package than guaranteed(all perfect in my case),I'll just say I absolutely agree with the masses here. I'm not someone that normally buys seeds online,but I do buy many other things online and what Onalee's has managed to do is make my experience FEEL GOOD. That's not an easy thing. Onalee now has one more devoted fan for her particular style of selling me what I want for less than I expected to pay! That is a winning business model that is serving her and her customers very well IMHO. 'nuf said!
On May 11, 2013, Onalee's Seeds, LLC responded with:
On May 3, 2013, vitrsna Colima Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:
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The people at this company grow their own seeds and plants so they know their products very well. I am impressed with the customer service and do not know how it could be better. My recent order was shipped two days after the order and arrived (from FLA to MX) in good shape and good time. I was truly delighted with the thorough information on the seed packaging. The most wonderful feature of the seed packaging is a clear image of a seedling and they are the only seed company i've done business with who includes this feature. Always my first question is "what does the seedling look like"? I don't know how many times i have nurtured new growth only to find out it was not the plant i thought it was so i am just crazy about this feature. All together this was a very positive experience and i recommend this company highly.
On January 28th, 2012, vitrsna added the following:
When I'm looking for seeds, Onalee is the first site I visit. I've just received my 3rd order from this site. The information on the website and seed packets is exceptional and because Onalee grows and harvests her own plants/seeds, she is very knowledgeable. The seeds have always been sent within two days of order and received in good condition and good time. Also, Onalee's dedication to customer service goes way beyond the norm. It is clear she wants her customers to be happy with their purchases. Always a positive experience.On May 30th, 2012, vitrsna added the following:
I received another order today from Onalee and this remains one of my favorite seed companies. The company appears to be growing but the quality of the seeds and personal services is still excellent. I appreciate the reliability. There are many more seeds on offer by this company so if you haven't checked in for awhile you might want to take a look at what has been added to the inventory. Also, there is a new "search" service available for a small fee. If you are having difficulties finding the seeds you want, Onalee will do a search for you using her contacts. This could be especially helpful when looking for rare or exotic seeds.On August 2nd, 2012, vitrsna added the following:
I order seeds regularly from all parts of the world and one important thing that i've learned is what a big difference ordering seeds from the grower (as opposed to a company who receives their seeds from outside sources) makes. Onalee grows the seeds she sells and shares her growing experiences with her clients. She knows all the quirky habits of the various seeds she sells and i've found this saves me from making any number of mistakes and also increases my chances of having germination successes. I always have confidence in the freshness of her seeds and that's why i continue to order from Onalee. I am one happy customer! On May 3rd, 2013, vitrsna added the following:
Onalee continues to be one of my favorite vendors and has maintained a high level of customer service (unsurpassed, really) products, and reliability. I can't think of any way she could do what she does any better. I wish more vendors would add seedling photos to their seed packets. This is something that gives Onalee an edge over the others. I've found most of the seedling photos posted on the internet unreliable and just spent a month at least raising and tending a seedling only to find out it is not what I thought it was. This never happens with the seeds i purchase from Onalee.On May 3, 2013, Onalee's Seeds, LLC responded with:
Hey there, vitrsna! I want to make sure you know that I had to go up on the fees for international shipping. The Post Office increased it by nearly 100%. I know you've commented on how low the shipping to MEX was, so I just wanted to let you know it's now a $3.00 flat fee to intl destinations on top of the $6 minimum order. Thanks so much for your continued support! -Onalee"
We had this particular vine but didn't know the name. (Cypress Vine) I found it by googling and then found that Onalee had the seeds. I was so happy to find that it came in other colors also. I waited until planting season and I ordered for the first time, rec'd the seeds sooner than I expected. They were exactly what I ordered and I even rec'd a bonus. I will be ordering from Onalee again.
On Apr 25, 2013, virginiarose Southeast, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on December 31, 2010, updated April 25, 2013
I Heard about Onalee's from Daves plant files , I was looking for yellow hibiscus and I found two real pretty ones and I ordered seeds, very reasonable price and free shipping! I was very pleased with the service. The seeds arrived fast ! Packing was really good too. I will shop again !
On April 25th, 2013, virginiarose added the following:
Very nice tubers at a great price! Fast shipping too. Thank you Onalee!
On Apr 15, 2013, Lemmee Indian Harbour Beach, FL wrote:
I inquired about blood lily bulbs and received a helpful and prompt reply. My order came surprisingly quickly and the bulbs looked healthy and happy. I am excitedly awaiting for their green shoots to appear!
I have been searching for the blue pea flowers for making natural blue food coloring. Found it with Onalee's. The communication was great at every step. The packet arrived very quickly and well packed. I hope the seeds sprout! Thanks.
On Mar 17, 2013, jstducky02 Bolingbrook, IL wrote:
My order was sent in a timely manner. I love the personal touches of Onalee's Seeds. I was able to find seeds for plants here that I could not locate anywhere else. I love the packaging with pictures of the seedlings so I could easily identify my plants! The free shipping is fantastic as well- and what a selection of seeds! Even though only one of my packages has sprouted so far, I know the other isn't far behind! I would order from this company again in a heartbeat! Thank you!!
On Mar 8, 2013, angiedsgarden Holt, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I recently purchased flower seeds from Onalee and had an all around great online retail experience. From the ease of navigating her website to simple checkout process and fast shipping. Seeds are packaged nicely with easy to understand growing instructions and pictures of the seedling on the package itself. Overall a very nice easy experience.
On Feb 22, 2013, pearberry Warner Robins, GA wrote:
This is the first time I have ever ordered from Onalee's seeds. Just happened to find them. What a fantastic experience! Received my seeds today and they are packaged just beautifully. There is a picture of the seedling or the flower or both with a detailed description & how to plant & grow. Opened a couple packages & the seeds look healthy & good. Can't wait to get them going. Have some plants on a waiting list & hope that when her stock is back up & it warms up I will be able to get them too. I highly recommend this site for shopping & purchasing. You will not be disappointed. Great to deal with & your emails are answered fast. Love, love, love them!!!!
On Feb 2, 2013, secretgardens New Holland, PA wrote:
Posted on January 21, 2011, updated February 2, 2013
I was seraching the web for White Hyacinth Bean seeds and came accross Onalee's website. My order arrived in two days! Excellent Service! Thank You Very Much!
On February 2nd, 2013, secretgardens added the following:
I ordered from Onalee's again this year. Happy to report the same exceptional service! Keep Up The Great Work!
Several years ago, probably about five years ago, I ordered some seeds from Onalee. I never planted them, then got involved in moving from one state to another, and so on. Life got in the way, as life has a habit of doing! :)
I finally planted them last summer, and I had 100% germination. I do mean 100% - every single seed that I planted sprouted and grew! They were all, as it happened, varieties of morning glories from Japan. I will order again, for sure.
Seeds arrived way before they were expected via USPS... go figure at this busy time of the year (Christmas - New Year holiday period).
Can't wait to get these seeds started, a month or so to go here in Pensacola. Used to have a greenhouse that I would've started them in already, but one of the hurricanes spread it thru the neighborhood... so now they get started in the house.
On Dec 20, 2012, DRH2 Brunswick, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
First time I've tried this company. Excellent service - received the seeds within days of placing the order. Prices are reasonable specially when compared to the big name companies such as Burpee, Parks, etc. If they have the seeds I want I will definitely be back.
Posted on October 24, 2009, updated December 3, 2012
I have been completely pleased with my seed purchase from Onalee's. The ordering process is a snap. My seed packets arrived within days and have easy-to-understand planting directions printed on them. I look forward to a good experience in my garden.
On December 3rd, 2012, gogetter added the following:
OnaLee's is my go-to seed source for exciting seeds. The planting and growing instructions are clear and the plant outcomes have been news-worthy in my neighborhood. I come back year after year for favorites and to try something new, too. Service is super fast and emails are answered quickly.
On Nov 5, 2012, FL_Southpaw West Palm Beach, FL wrote:
Posted on November 1, 2010, updated November 5, 2012
I ordered a number of seeds and some bulbs from Onalee based upon what I had seen on Dave's Garden. Onalee was quick to respond, sent excellent quality bulbs and nicely packaged seeds. I am eager to see my seedlings come up! What impressed me most was that she balanced her professionalism with an old-fashioned warmth that is so welcome in this fast-paced, McDonaldized world. Thank you, Onalee, and thank you Dave's Garden.
On November 5th, 2012, FL_Southpaw added the following:
I have ordered more seeds and continue to be very satisfied with the speed and quality of Onalee's service. She's a pleasure to buy from and very professional.
On Nov 3, 2012, mishasini Redondo Beach, CA wrote:
I am very satisfied with how fast I received my order from Onalee's Seeds. I placed my order on Monday 10/29/12 and got my package on Friday 11/2/12. I was impressed with how my order was carefully packaged so that my Basket Plant (Callisia Fragrans) survived their long journey to California. It's my first time dealing with Onalee's Seeds. Even before I ordered, Onalee explained me everything. I also want to thank you, Onalee, for the healthy looking plants you sent me as well as the extra one you included in my order. Thank you, from Order #78095.
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 Washago, ON (Zone 5b) 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.