I needed many plants this year, ordered from Totally Tomato, Bluestone perennials, NH hostas, American Meadows, Classy Groundcovers,
& Dans Dahlias. I will comment on each site as the orders come in.
Totally Tomato got my smallest order this year. 3 packs of tomato seeds. using Jiffy pots and Jiffy starting mix all gerinated in 7 to 10 days (no heat mat, room temp. at 72) all is going well
Posted on February 25, 2010, updated January 24, 2013
Posted on June 8, 2007, updated February 24, 2010
Have been ordering seeds from this company for several years. I always order early to be sure I have my seeds before the ordering rush occurs. The germination rate has been fantastic. The selection is great.
On March 19th, 2008, Buddy44 added the following:
Another wonderful ordering experience with quick shipping.On April 20th, 2009, Buddy44 added the following:
Thanks for another flawless ordering and delivery experience.On February 25th, 2010, Buddy44 added the following:
Another year and another order filled and shipped in a timely manner.On January 24th, 2013, Buddy44 added the following:
Another successful and quickly shipped transaction. Thanks for the free seeds.
I have ordered from this company off & on for 20 years. No
other company seems to fill the small gardener nitch quite as well including the Big Guys & the obscure (I love them all equally till they burn me).They offer many "heirlooms" as well as the latest hybrids that are often only available in larger quantity & higher cost elsewhere. They do do sell treated seed so be aware of that. Service, shipping time & cost were AOK.
Posted on May 14, 2012, updated October 9, 2012
I used to start all of my tomatoes from seed but have run out of room under my grow lights. So, this year I ordered some Big Zac, Mortgage Lifter and Bush Goliath plants from Totally Tomatoes. Also ordered some Gourmet pepper plants and other seeds. They sent me some free seeds, a collection of Heirloom tomato varieties. Started the free tomato seeds and grew a bunch of odd looking tomato plants. I've never grown heirloom tomatoes before and they definitely look different. But, all nice strong healthy plants.
The plants I ordered were priced great. $5.50 for 4 plants each plus shipping. They arrived and I was a bit surprised at how small they were. They looked a little beaten up by the shipping time in the box, but they had good root structures for such small plants. I replanted them all into 4" pots with Miracle Gro and within a week they perked up nicely. Two weeks later they were strong enough to go into the ground (last weekend) and are looking strong-healthy green with strong stems. Will update as the season gets underway, but all looks well thus far.
On October 9th, 2012, Haviland1970 added the following:
Harvested about 250 tomatoes this year between the plants and seeds ordered from TT. I consider that a solid harvest! The Heirloom Tomato seeds were interesting. Some varieties were huge and tasty, and some were strange shapes and colors. Not sure what was what, but we had some delicious tomatoes out of the free seeds. The mortgage lifter tomatoes were my favorite, they grew nicely all through September. The Big Zacs were massive in size, but not as tasty as the ML's. The Bush Goliath were OK, nothing special but they did produce well. I will definitely order a bunch of plants from this company next year and try some more varieties of their tomatoes.
I have ordered from Totally Tomatoes twice, in 2011 and this year. In both cases I had communication with the staff via phone and email. The company was responsive and its representatives made a good effort to address my concerns. Last year I had some difficulty germinating two of the 18 varieties I purchased. I am happy with prices, selection, seed quality (on average), and specially customer service.
I recently ordered from these folks for the second time. They were out of stock on an items and promptly refunded my money. The planting garlic I ordered was in beautiful condition. The seeds I've gotten in the past were good. Their service is very prompt.
On Mar 20, 2011, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:
Ordered three kinds of tomatoes, two came plus a acceptable substitute. Recently planted them and 4 days later, they have sprouted. I'm satisfied with the price of the seeds and viability, although shipping could be a little cheaper. Now I need Mother Nature to do her part.
On Jan 19, 2011, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Posted on January 11, 2011, updated January 19, 2011
I ordered some tomato seeds today. Wow! What a selection. Varieties I couldn't find elsewhere. Lots of choices. Great prices. I am excited to see how it turns out. I have ordered from HPS (a sister company) for the past several years and have had terrific luck, so I am confident that these seeds will work out well, too. My only criticism is that the catalog is poorly organized. Difficult to sort out the hot vs. hotter peppers, or the different types of tomatoes, etc. Seems they could do a better job of categorizing things to make them easier to find.
On January 19th, 2011, taufgardner added the following:
Seeds arrived promptly and in the condition I have grown to expect from its Totally Tomatoes' sister company, HPS (in other words, excellent).
A great company to deal with. We order a wide variety of tomato seeds every year and the order always arrives as it did again this year quickly. The selection is first rate and some seeds can not be found anywhere else.
My order arrived exactly 2 weeks after I mailed it. Not bad considering I paid by check. They offer a wide variety of tomato and pepper seeds that I have never seen elsewhere so I found their selection to be impressive. ALL of the seed packets had more seeds in them than the number stated. Out of the 10 vegetables that I have already started, 9 of them had a nearly 100% germination rate. (Habanero 'chocolate' was the exception but still germainated at about 70%.) I am very satisfied with Totally Tomatoes and will order again in the future.
Posted on January 29, 2009, updated February 8, 2010
I ordered seeds (online) from several companies Jan 10. I received the material from other companies within a week. When I emailed TT (Jan 26) to see if they had received my order, they said they shipped Jan 15 and I had to wait 5-14 business days for delivery - that means I need to wait until Feb 4 (nearly a month after ordering). I guess if you know they will be this slow in filling orders it's not a big deal. I'd hate to wait until late winter or early spring to place an order and expect it in a reasonable amount of time.
On February 8th, 2010, kjd changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
This year I ordered seed again (Dec 29). I received the order within a week. One variety was back-ordered and I received it 11 days later. Much better processing (makes me wonder if last year's order had really shipped when they said - or maybe USPS misplaced it). To be fair, this year's order was handled quickly and efficiently. Good germination on all seed last year - I will order from them again.
On Jan 19, 2010, toughgardengeek Bethpage, NY wrote:
I order from them regularly for most of my tomato and pepper seed. It's all about the price and variety. Every order has been on time, and great gemination rates. Sure, there are the other companies that have their exclusives, and when interested that's when I go elsewhere.
I ordered several types of tomato seeds. The seeds arrived in about a week and a half. I planted a few seeds from one of the tomato types and they started to come up within a week. The germination rate was good. I planted roughly 15 tomato seeds and have had 12 come up so far. I did not order any plants but would certainly order seeds again.
2009 is my second time ordering from this company. Fast delivery and complete, correct order. Will add to this review later regarding germination / seed quality. Last time had excellent germination and unused seeds kept for two more years of successful tomato and pepper starts. Nice catalog, great variety, but packet prices are the highest I pay anywhere. I wouldn't hesitate to make larger seed orders from this company if prices were more competitive. Free trial packets are nice and fun to try.
I ordered from Totally Tomato last year and was pleased, so I ordered again this year. The order came promptly. It is too early here to plant the totmatoes. I will do that in about two weeks. I am starting the pepper seeds now. I will post again later to list germination rate.
If you want the best selection of tomoates or peppers anywhere, this is the company for you!! I have ordered from them before and there seeds are always the best!!! I placed several orders for seeds from different companies via the internet one snowy day and recieved them all within a day or two of each other. This company also included free packs of trial seeds which is always a great thing in my opinion!!
I started to wait on leaving feedback until I was sure seeds would germinate, but since we're smack dab in the middle of winter, I suspect if I were to wait the almost two months it would take to see if the seeds do right then unless germination rates were horrible I might completely forget to leave feedback.
Anyway, I received my order in just under two weeks, which I find to be fairly fast. The one downside was that the box arrived with the top part completely cut off, still everything I ordered was in the box and undamaged, so no big.
I also counted the number of seeds in each pack (I'm anal that way) and I wasn't short-changed. I bought four packs of Tom seeds, and one of those even had a few more seeds than stated.
The tomato spirals (4) look to be of good quailty, and were much cheaper than I would have been able to get locally. No scuff marks on them from the damaged box either.
I also got two packs of free seeds - I checked the website, they are "new" from the company. One was tomato seeds and the other pepper - I'm always willing to try tomatoes, but I'm not much of a pepper person, even the so-called mildly hot peppers (I usually find even them to hot). On the other hand, at least two people have all ready requested that when the time comes I plant at least a couple plants each for them, so even those free pepper seeds won't go to waste.
So, I'm very pleased, and like I say unless the germination rates aren't up to snuff then I'll have no complaints.
On March 29th, 2009, ConGar added the following:
Okay, I've started the tomato seeds purchased from TT, and while I did not even come close to planting all the seeds, I can say that every seed I did plant from the TT packets have sprouted. Good thing I only tried to start what I needed and not add a few extra in case of failure cause if I had I'd have WAY to many tomato plants coming up now.
(The one lone freebie tomato seed I planted has sprouted, as well. Yes, they sent me more than one, but I'm all ready worried that I'll have more tomatoes than even three of me could eat so I decided to only plant one of the freebies.)
I haven't tried to start any of the free pepper seeds yet, but because of the smashing success with the tomato seeds I truly believe the pepper seeds will come up fine, as well. And if they don't, well, they were freebies.
On Jan 15, 2009, whitie Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have ordered my tomato and pepper seeds from Totally Tomatoes for several years now. This year is no exception. I placed an order in Dec. 2008 and had my order within 2 weeks. As usual they included free seeds. I usually have my garden planned out before ordering but I always find room to plant a few of the freebies they send me and never have a problem giving away plants from the seed I have sown. Last year I had a combined germination rate of 99%+. All the seeds I received this year are packed for 2009. They also offer a large selection of pepper and tomato varieties at prices cheaper than other specialty catalogs that I have seen.
I had a really good experience with them. No problems whatsoever.
Both varieties of tomatoes I ordered germinated very well. Between my fat hands and my tremor, I'm very clumsy, so I usually end up with five seeds per peat pot or more, and I swear every one came up. Lots of thinning to do! But I'm used to that, always order extra seed cause I'm such a klutz when it comes to starting seeds.
The pepper seeds were also great! Both varieties I ordered came up nicely, but due to a ridiculously late snowstorm (ok, more like sleet, enough to kill the plants but not enough to stick) only one survived to maturity. The one that did survive was very vigorous, not only lived through the sleet but also through a very hungry tomato hornworm. Still got loads of Sweet Banana peppers.
I was ecstatic to find my fave tomato there at such a good price. Usually Pineapple tomato seeds are quite costly, but they had them very affordably. I also loved the huge selection.
The cilantro, well, I never got around to planting it, so I'll be putting it in pots this year. The lettuce mix I used as a science project for a friend's kids. (I occasionally spend time with friend's kids since I don't have any of my own) We did "indoor salad gardens" in old oatmeal tubs like my mom used to do with me. One kid grew carrots and the other two did the lettuce mix from Totally Tomatoes--the kids loved it! And the lettuce was sooooo good!
The only things from them that didn't do well for me were the Ground Cherries and the freebie pepper seeds they sent me. Poor germination rate on the ground cherries, only one came up, and it was sickly. I didn't like the fact that the freebie peppers were treated seed, but planted a few anyway. Decent germination rate, had three good plants. Gave two away to friends cause I only wanted one, the third died in the previously mentioned snowstorm. But I can't complain too much about them cause they were free.
Loved getting the bonus seeds with my order! The kids I gave the pink tree tomatoes to (didn't have room for a twelve foot tall tomato plant!) were really excited!
Not sure if I'll order from them this year, maybe just two or three things if I do. Trying to keep my garden "small", which for me just means fewer things I have to start indoors. So mostly squash and beans, but I am planning on a few tomatoes and peppers. I definitley want to order from them in the future, but don't know if it'll be this season or next.
Recently ordered several varieties of tomato seeds and they arrived in just about a week of the ordering. Have just finished testing the germination rates and am extremely satisfied. Yes, I will order again in the future.
Have been ordering seeds from TT for 5 years. Never had a problem. They are cheaper than Johnny's who I order most of my seeds from. I believe it's unwise and wasteful to order plants from any company. One gets much better plants when planting seed yourself.
This is my first year ordering from TT. I am giving a neutral rating right now. Here is why. I ordered several tomato and pepper seeds from TT along with other seeds that can not be planted yet (hence the rating). The germination rate on the peppers was outstanding. Not so with the tomatoes save one.. I planted Big Zac had great germination. The rest Abe Lincoln, Country Taste, and Italian Giant Beefsteak had very poor germination (about 10% but not more than 15%) I am not saying I will not oder again out of fairness cuz all seeds are not planted. But would like the ones in question to be replaced.
On April 6th, 2008, klorentz changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Changing my rating.to positive. The seeds in question have been replaced and will be replanted.On Apr 1, 2008, Totally Tomatoes responded with:
On Apr 2, 2008 9:31 AM, Totally Tomatoes added:
We are sorry to hear you had germination problems with some of our seeds. I checked our germination rates on the three in questions and none of them were under 80%, all packets were also overfilled by 10%-20% to compensate our customers.
I have requested replacement seeds be sent out today for you. You should have them soon.
Thanks for including your name so I could find the correct order information for the replacements. It really helps us take care of any problems quicker.
Please, feel free to contact our company by phone or email if you experience any problems at all.
On Apr 1, 2008, cfarres Deering, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:
I ordered seeds a couple of months ago and they arived in decent time (around 10 days).
I put them in the fridge until I planted them on March 22-23. All of the tomatoes came up within 5 days and almost all of the peppers have sprouted as of today (4/1/08). Peppers can take up to a couple of weeks, so I am not concerned and am sure the rest of the peppers will sprout soon.
The order arrived in decent time, the order was correct when I recieved it and the germination rate was good (obviously fresh seed) - I'm happy with my dealings with Totally Tomatoes.
I order from TT for the first time about two weeks ago. Even though I ordered during the 'rush' season, my order arrived within two weeks of my order date. The seeds look great - I've already started planting some of them.
Have used TT for two years now and the orders have all been complete and shipped quickly. They have a large selection and the information on each selection is very helpful in choosing what I am looking for. The germination rate is excellent on what I have received.
I have used TT for the bulk of my seed ordering of a number of years. They have a great selection of pepper and tomato seeds. I do order early so I get what I want. The seeds germinate great. Better than other brands of seeds that I have started.
Like others have said, I don't order seedlings because they have to come in the mail and how knows how long they are going to sit in some hot truck. To get the plants here in a hurry, the shipping would blow my budget. It's just not worth it to me. I use my local garden center for my seedling needs.
On Feb 14, 2008, shamrock_farms Abbeville, SC wrote:
I have used TT for several years well over 20 orders and NEVER had any problems. they have always shipped in a reasonable fashion, however as with most any seed company there are busy times so if ordering in "peak season" most companies will have a delay.. NOT THAT I HAVE EVER HAD THIS WITH TT.
Either way the most important thing is this one fact out of all the seed companies I have used for our organic farm (I won't bother listing them all but enough to say its mostly the big guys you all know)
TT seeds have a much higher germination rate than the others in my case I use their heirloom seeds and I get 95-100% germination consistantly
The other seed suppliers at best I see 70% but they avg under 50%
This says one thing to me, if I need 500 plants I can buy that amount of seeds not twice that much this saves me money, space neeeded for trays of "bad"seeds,nutrients and my time... With that in mind even if I had a minor problem with delays I would still use them I would just order earlier..
Overall I highly reccomend them and would say try it my way order your seeds in nov-jan the slow season.
hope this helps other growers like us
This was my first order from Totally Tomatoes. I've been ordering from Jung for years and have never been disappointed so I thought I'd give TT a try. I especially appreciate the fact that TT provides information regarding tomato disease resistance and tolerance. I'm new to gardening in the mid South and find that diseases and pests are far more of an issue here than they were in my previous location.
My order was filled accurately and quickly. If seed germination rates are satisfactory I will deffinately order again.
On Jan 29, 2008, bsetiawan Corryton, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have already placed 4 orders with TT this winter...spending a nice sum of money in total. I try to order all my seeds in Nov, Dec and Jan when the order houses are not so busy. Then I know I'll have what I want by planting time. However I had two packs of seeds on back order and one pack arrived by itself when they got it in. I am waiting on several packages of seeds from TT now. I'm sure they'll arrive in the next day or so because when I click on my account with them it tells me that my order has been processed a few days ago. I am a little concerned that I still haven't seen my pepperocini seeds that are back ordered and charged for according to my receipts...from my first order a while back. I don't know how they keep up with their back orders. We'll have to wait and see. It'll be simple. If by some chance I don't recieve my orders I'll let my credit card company deal with it and...I'll find another company to spend my money with next year. So far I am very pleased with TT and have no reason to complain.
On Jan 8, 2008, Farmerdill Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I was a long time and happy customer of Totally Tomatoes before the Jung acquisition. This is my first order since. Arrived promptly with no problems whatsover. I miss the huge selections of the old company, but apparently the new owners have shaken out the moving bugs and are now paying attention to business.