I stumbled on the Swallowtail seeds website after doing a web search for a particular type of California poppy seed I couldn't find. I was very happy with the speed of their delivery and their germination rates. the flowers were just gorgeous. This year I wanted to order more, but I was unsure whether they had their 2008 seeds ready, so I emailed them and got a very prompt reply. Once again, my order was sent very quickly! I expanded my order this year beyond California Poppies, and I expect good results, based on last year's performance. Their web site is beautiful, the descriptions and pictures are accurate, and it is very easy to navigate, load, and order. They have varieties I can't find anywhere else. They are one of my favorite companies!
I ordered several packets of seeds from this company and received my order within a few days. I won't have any idea of the germination rate until next spring, but the website, ordering and order fulfillment were all great. I will do business with them again.
On Jan 19, 2008, bmuller Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:
Excellent company! I've ordered from them in the past (one or two years ago) with good service, as well as good germination rates. Recently ordered again--and received the seeds in an incredibly short time. They also have a good selection of seeds.
On Jan 12, 2008, tepelus Fremont, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Ordered from them for the first time and was very pleased. All the seeds I had ordered had come and had arrived within a few days of ordering. They have a great selection, good prices and wouldn't hesitate to order from them again. Sowing instructions are easy to follow, now I just have to see how well I can germinate and grow them! I will recommend them to my friends.
I'm not sure why this company isn't still in the top 30. I really like Swallowtail Seeds. I've never done any formal calculation of germination rates on their seed, but I've been pleased with pretty much everything I've ordered from them over the last few years. They're quick and fairly inexpensive, especially their bulk seed. They have a wonderful selection of things. Their website could be a little easier to navigate, and their seed packets do sometimes leave off the oddest, important information (e.g., planting depth or light requirements for adult plants), but their seed packets are usually very clear and straightforward about what the seeds need to germinate -- much clearer than some other companies in my estimation. Rather than say, "Sow seed in early spring," Swallowtail Seed tells you what temperature the seeds need for germination, so you can plant them whenever you want (if you can control the temperature), or you can plant them at the appropriate time of spring or summer (based on the temperature outside). I also really like their seed packaging. They always have an outer envelope of paper with instructions and information printed on it, and then they have an inner plastic envelope for the seeds. I like this arrangement, because I can open the paper envelope and check out how big the seeds are and how many there are without disturbing the airtight seal on the clear plastic envelope inside. And the packet usually has quite a few seeds. Their packets of Dame's Rocket and Foxglove, for example, are essentially bulk amounts at regular seed packet prices.
Great source for rare seeds. I was looking for alpine strawberries and they were the only place i could find the seeds. Good shipping, seeds arrived the same day as a seed order of similar size placed with a competetor two days earlier. I've yet to see how the germination rate goes, but I'll edit later if it isn't good.
Placed an order online on Monday the 21st, received my seeds on Friday the 25th. Everything was packaged nicely and arrived safely. Now I've got to see if I can them to grow (I'm notoriously bad starting with seeds)! :-)
On Apr 14, 2007, maye20 San Francisco, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered five vegetable/herb seeds and one type of flower seeds. The germination rate was impressive (probably >90%). Communication was fast, and they answered a question via email clearly and thoroughly. Although it took almost two weeks to get to me (which was surprising, since they are a local company), I was pleased with my experience and would order again.
On Mar 30, 2007, cycloyd Muskogee, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is my 3rd year of ordering from Swallowtail Gardens. I found their website while searching for cypress vine seeds and I've expanded my order each year. This year, I placed my order last Sat night and rec'd it today. The seeds have always germinated well, their packaging and instructions are great. In my experience, they have been great and offer a wonderful selection.
On Mar 30, 2007, Aimee_ Walnut Creek, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered seeds, they arrived quick, and the germination rate of the seeds was fantastic! I had a question regarding some information on some seeds and the customer service is superb. I will definately be ordering again from them.
Swallowtail Garden Seeds offers a great selection with their online catalog and the seeds I ordered arrived in just a few days. Everything is packaged very nicely. I like the fact that seeds are enclosed in a sealed plastic bag within the paper packet with instructions. Also, the prices are very reasonable. I can't wait to get started with this year's garden.
All of the seeds I ordered were in stock (I checked the online status before ordering), and the seed packets have contained at least the amount of seed specified, usually a little more. Germination has been excellent on geraniums (100%) and pansies (80% or better) I'll update if germination is poor on any varieties I start later. The germination instructions were OK - germination temps for non-direct seeded plants, seed depth, light needed for germination were available on most packets. Minor quibbles: It would be nice if they included the time to start indoors before the last frost. I did have to look this up. And noting the outdoor soil temps for sowing (cool or warm) would be a plus for novice gardeners. The instructions on the sweet pea seeds and sunflower seeds are vague enough that a beginner might start the sweet peas far too late in our climate, and the sunflowers a little too early.
Shipping was a week or two slower than Parks and Pinetree Garden Seeds, even considering the distance, but it was acceptable.
Rec'd seeds quickly, and packages have the description and germinating instructions. I don't know about germination rates yet, but I would not hesitate to order again. Good prices and generous seed amounts.
On Feb 16, 2007, jasmyne Lindenwold, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed an order with this company and received it less than a week to the east coast. I found that they have great prices, good information, excellent shipping costs, and so far the germination rates have been 90-100%. Highly recommended.
On Feb 6, 2007, ZZsBabiez Lodi, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I found this website online and I LOVED the selection! I bought several different snapdragons and a few others I can't remember right now.. I'm so happy! It was just what I wanted.. and at a great price to boot! Great Germination rate! I will be back, no doubt!
On Feb 2, 2007, Windy Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:
I searched the web high and low for some seeds and a good price. I finally found the seeds I wanted and a chance to buy large quantity "bulk" items.
I am all set for my favorites and can't wait to sow these seeds in the spring.
I have a very long driveway that I like to line with some favorites every year. I am sure with the seeds I purchased I will have more than enough to make my entrance lovely , plus many leftover to add to other areas as well.
The seeds were sent in a padded envelope which is a deal breaker with me. If a company does not pad my seeds, they won't hear from me again.
I will definitely be ordering from this company many seasons to come. The price was also very competitive as well.
I ordered three varieties of foxglove online. Their site was easy to use, with great pics and planting instructions. Seeds were well priced and arrived extremely well packed. Shipping was amazingly fast, as they are West coast, I am East coast. Will definitely order again, Thanks
On Aug 12, 2006, Debbie_OK Lawton, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered several packs of seeds last year that were perennials so this is my first season of blooms. I had excellent germination rates & they have all flowered true to color. I'm already making a list for my next order from this wonderful company.
I have ordered seeds from Swallowtail many times. The seeds have excellent germination and are generously packaged. They are also DOUBLE packaged in sealed plastic and then a paper identifying bag.
Please keep up the good work Swallowtail!
On Jul 1, 2006, LissyJ Stansbury Park, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:
I was very impressed with the seeds that I purchased from Swallowtail. I bought some tidal wave petunias and they are just blooming so great right now. They were well packed and shipped in a timely manner. Most of the seeds germinated without fail. I will definatly purchase from them in the future.
On Jun 3, 2006, boominggarden Bloomingdale, MI wrote:
This is great seed with good selection. I had trouble with germination of a couple last year, and received prompt and personal help with the particular seed types. I also received a credit for one type, and a replacement for the other. That is a nice company!
On March 8th, 2007, boominggarden added the following:
I have started my spring seeds, and I am still amazed at the quality, quantity, and value I received from this company. I would say--look at the positives, not the one negative, when considering seed and this company.
Purchased a lot of morning glory and columbine seeds in early May. Great prices and received seeds in less than a week. Seed packets were very nicely labeled with planting/germination instructiions and seeds were double-packaged (a plastic bag inside the paper packet) in each case. Almost everything has sprouted already. Only quibble I have is that the writing on the outside of their seed packets appears to be water-soluble (especially the green printing of the varietal names -- less so for the black planting/germination instructions) so be careful -- I soaked the morning glory seeds overnight, putting each seed packet under the glass holding those seeds and the next morning I couldn't read the names on the packets!
A high-quality source for true-to-name seeds, including many rare varieties. I obtained a 93% (!!!) germination rate with their Meconopsis seeds, while Meconopsis seed I've acquired from other sources never had a germination rate above 40%. Generous seed packets, fair prices, and quick, inexpensive shipping are also halmarks of this company. Highly recommended.
On May 15, 2006, zville123 Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've placed several orders for seeds and have always been satisfied. They have a great variety of seeds, generous seed packets with essential info and an easy to navigate web site. Will definitely order from again and recommend them highly.
On May 10, 2006, mimiy Boulder, Co United States wrote:
I've ordered seeds from Swallowtail Garden seeds for a few years now, and I'm very happy with the seeds, the service and the selection. The seeds germinate well, the directions are good, and I'm happy with the plants. Swallowtail carriers seeds I can't find anywhere else. Next year I'm going to order a few of their remarkable selection of tomato seeds.
On Apr 10, 2006, Gourdlady2006 Rienzi, MS (Zone 7a) wrote:
My order arrived in exactly one week, much sooner than expected. Every thing was in excellent conditon and packaged in a bubble enevelope. They have earned a return customer. Shiptment fees are cheaper than other companines.
On Apr 7, 2006, tripplestone Preston Hollow, NY wrote:
I can't believe people are complaining about the 2.95 shipping charge! The postage on my order was over 4 dollars. Though that probably means I'm buying too many seeds. I found this company late this season, but they will definitely be one of my sources next year. The shipment arrived earlier than I expected, and was very well packed. One of the items I ordered was out of stock, and they replaced it (free) with a new cultivar that I can't wait to grow.
On Mar 25, 2006, goatster Pine Mt, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
This was my first order. I was also upset by the message the shipment would be delayed but I also got them much faster than expected. Very well packaged and they had the very hard to find Alpine Strawberry seed I was looking for. I would buy from again.
Ordered a fairly large number of seeds. They are very well packed - triple enveloped. Large paper envelope, small plastic ziplock and inside that the seeds are in a glassine envelope. Seeds I ordered last year ('05) and that I planted over the past two weeks and are germinating now (03/06) at close to 100%. It is a bummer about the delay in processing and shipping as I'll have to go to another vendor to get seeds that I am ordering today.
I have to give this company credit - their customer service is impressive.
I placed a small seed order - geraniums and gaillardia - and received my seeds within a week (a complete order - no back orders). I did not have good germination rates with the geraniums seeds and left a voicemail for customer service on Sunday.
They called me back on Monday - let me say that again - They called me back on Monday!
That alone gives them high marks in my book. Gail was very pleasant and concerned with the poor germination rates and confirmed that I should have gotten an 85 to 90% rate. After we talked, I realized that it was likely my error that caused the poor germination. I offered to repurchase the seeds - I really like the variety - but Gail was more concerned with my satisfaction as a customer and is sending replacement seeds.
The entire experience with Swallowtail has been a pleasure. I will definitely order more seeds from them again.
On Mar 12, 2006, pooklette Janesville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I placed a small seed order on Feb. 25th and it arrived on March 9th. All of the packets came with very detailed instructions. Their website was quite easy to navigate, had great product photos and offered a wide variety of seeds.
The website says that they send email order confirmations, but I never received one. That did make me a little nervous. Despite the lack of confirmation, I did get my order and it was shipped by the date given during the checkout process. Overall, I would definitely order from Swallowtail again.
On April 21st, 2006, pooklette added the following:
Now that I've had a chance to sow the seeds, I just wanted to add that all of my Swallowtail seeds have shown excellent germination. Without a doubt, Swallowtail is getting an order from me again next year.