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They have a HUGE list. Unfortunately much of it is unavailable. Or when available the quantity to be supplied and/or price will take your breath away. I have never found anything there that I truly want and can afford that is available.
Another gripe is that when a seed becomes available, they do not seem to email you. You need to go check your Wants List.
I have been looking all over for Madder (Rubia cordifolia) [among about a dozen other seeds.]. I checked out my Wants List and it was available! Yippee!!
Smallest available quantity is 1,000 grams for 185 Euros. WTF!?
At ~ 130 seeds per gram - I really only want 50 seeds - not 130,000. Good Grief. ~ $ 250.
There are about a dozen firms that offer truly rare seeds that you might consider checking before you search B&T.
On Feb 20, 2014, B & T World Seeds responded with:
"On Feb 20, 2014 6:33 PM, B & T World Seeds responded with:
Thank you for leaving a comment about B and T World Seeds.
eMails are supposed to be sent when seeds from our wants list become available, I will check to see if there is a problem. It is likely that some eMail agents will regard the notification as spam, as it is short and includes a link.
Every available species has 2 links from it's shopping cart page, and 2 links from it's information page, to a page where you can tell us if you want a quantity of seeds that is not listed, here is the link for Rubia cordifolia: http://b-and-t-world-seeds.com/wantsmoreorless.asp?wanted=Ru...
All the best, Matthew Sleigh"
On Oct 2, 2012, FlaFlower Miami Dade, FL (Zone 11) wrote:
Actually I see they have a long list of stuff and MOST of it is not available EVER...you can put it on your "want list" but you never seem to hear back from them, have had 6 types of seed on the so called want list for 3 years now...haven't heard a peep about them...don't suspect I ever will!
Not a single photo...who wants to go back and forth all over hither and beyond looking for plant pics? Besides you never really know on the web if those pics are what your looking for! Did the person posting them have the name right? I think if your selling something you should have a photo of it so we can make a real decission if that is what we want or if we should just guess? Come to think of it how do we know they actually know what they are selling if they don't have a photo? Maybe they are guessing?? After all it can take a few years to know if what you are growing is actually what you ordered.
Not to mention there prices are huge...holy smokes
On Oct 2, 2012, B & T World Seeds responded with:
"On Oct 4, 2012 10:39 AM, B & T World Seeds responded with:
You only seem to have one type of seed on our wants list, I was collecting seeds from that species today. You can review and edit your wants list on your B and T account pages at any time.
Yes, our database includes over 100,000 species, varieties, subspecies, cultivars etc. regretfully quite a few of these plants are illegal in international trade, do not produce seed, do not come true from seed or are not grown or collected by our collectors or growers. We have reduced the number of items in our price lists over the last few years. For example, we no longer sell plants, and are now concentrating almost entirely on seeds - those plants are still listed on our database, even if they do not produce seeds that come true to form.
We publish several hundred different specialist seed price lists, with prices for seeds that are either seasonally available or currently available. Some seeds have very short viability, so may only be available for a couple of weeks a year. To avoid seeing unavailable seeds, it is possible to just browse price lists - each price list also has a page with links to plants with photographs.
1,594 of the plants in our lists have photographs or illustrations, some have several.
Some of our seed prices are crazy, some are crazy cheap (probably the cheapest on the web) others are outrageously expensive, where we are still purchasing seeds at rarity prices from specialist growers and collectors, when they are commonly available much cheaper elsewhere.
We have been acquiring seeds from many of our suppliers for 20 or 30 years, probably adding one or two new suppliers a year. And, if we find that a supplier is supplying poor quality seeds, or misidentified seeds, we cease sourcing from them. Some suppliers are idiosyncratic in their naming, but experts in their speciality. We use the current botanical names for all seeds, where possible.
I am sorry that you don't like our catalogue, if you have suggestions for improving it we are always pleased to hear them, and we do try to improve our service where possible.
Ordered 3 species of Thysanotus. It took rather long time before I got the seeds, but I was informed about that in my confirmation e-mail. I only got 2 of the species I ordered, but I'm fairly happy anyway, since I haven't been able to find these seeds anywhere else.
On Apr 7, 2004, paracelsus Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have ordered from this company twice. Both times I called them in France to make sure that they actually had the seeds I wanted in stock because I needed them right away. Both times they said they did indeed have the seeds in stock--not as much as I wanted to buy, but enough. Both times they said they would send out my order right away but did not actually send it until literally three months later, by which time I had forgotten about it and gotten the seeds elsewhere. There was nothing wrong with the seed itself, just that it took them three months to send them. I have had this exact same experience with another French seed company not listed here, so maybe it is the way they do things there. If you order from them, keep the lag time in mind.