I've ordered seeds and bulbs from Veseys many times, and have been happy with what I received. They gave me free shipping instead of "bonus bulbs" when I asked for it. The bulbs arrive in plenty of time for fall planting.
On Jun 22, 2004, digwell Shelburne, NS (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have no complaint with the seeds. However, the live plants have been less than satisfactory. Although the three bare root roses that I received from Vesey's were in good condition and are now growing fairly well, a butterfly bush has failed to show any signs of life at all in over six weeks. I was also very disappointed with the size of many other of the bare root plants they sent. A clematis, advertised as a "heavy two-year plant" was a scrawny four-inch long root with the tiniest bud of top growth that has yet to appear above ground. Six siberian iris were each smaller than my little finger, and two purple coneflowers had only single leaves with a small fringe of roots. For the price I paid, I could have bought larger and sturdier plants from local garden centres. Friends had highly recommended Vesey's, and my disappointment is greater because of it.
On Jun 22, 2004, Veseys responded with:
"We were able to contact "Digwell", and were happy to be able to resolve this issue to their satisfaction.
I ordered two bare root roses from Vesey's in the early spring of 2003. I waited and waited for them. They finally came in late June, pretty late for planting bare root. They enclosed an apology with the roses, and sent a free rose bush as a consolation gift. Because it was so late, I had a hard time keeping the roses moist until they sprouted, but all three did survive and blossom. I ordered seeds from Vesey's this spring, and they have sprouted well, although they took quite a while to be delivered. If you're not in a hurry to receive something, than Vesey's is a fine choice, but I doubt I'll order roses from them again.
On Feb 16, 2004, binoche Dartmouth Canada (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have always found Vesey orders to be prompt in past years...and so I ordered live shrubs in 2003.
However after receiving such small specimens......I'm afraid this WILL keep me from ordering live plants in the future. Even though my shrubs were planted as soon as they arrived, they were that small that it was impossible for them to attain much height by winter. Their small sizes have me concerned for their welfare, even though I have taken great pains to provide winter protection. I believe i could have taken my own cuttings from neighbours and ended up with larger specimens on my own.
On Feb 6, 2004, JenniferRuth San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
I was pleased with what I got from them, but judging by my experience last year (first time I'd ordered from them), be forewarned that if you order roses, they will arrive in the U.S. much later than roses you order from nurseries in the U.S. The seeds came promptly.
On Aug 23, 2003, Emaewest Timberlea, NS (Zone 6a) wrote:
My family has a long history of dealing with Vesey's. My grandfather and mother always got seeds there. I, myself, have only been ordering from them for two years, but have found their products to be top-notch.
I ordered bulbs late last year (November) and received them within a few days. They were all half price because it was so late in the season. I didn't think they'd do very well because of how late it was when I planted them, but the pink daffodils and hyacinths all came up. I had some trouble with the checkered lilies, but that was my fault because I planted them in the wrong spot and some of them got trampled.
I have ordered seeds from them as well. The germination rates are fantastic--practically every seed I planted sprouted.
A note about customer service: when the daffodils came up, they were a pale yellow and I thought "Dang, they sent me the wrong bulbs!" so I called them up to complain and they graciously offered to replace them. A couple days later they changed to the peachy-pink colour they were supposed to be so I sheepishly told them that, no, they hadn't made a mistake--it was just me being impatient. The fact that they were willing to replace them, sight unseen, shows they really know how to provide good customer service. A real class act!
I ordered almost 100 iris' from Vesey 3 years ago. I planted them in the fall and in the spring less than 1/2 of them came up. I called Vesey and was very impressed when their customer service rep offered to send me 50 iris bulbs free of charge. However last year less than 1/2 of the replacement bulbs came up and of the whole crop (many in the ground now for more than 2 yrs)only a handful are stong enough to have buds this year. Several of the tubors also had borers and had I not realized it before I planted them I could have infested my entire garden. I have not been impressed and will not order iris' from them in the future.
This is the first year I have ordered from Vesseys and I am very impressed indeed! I am a fairly new gardener and botched when I planted my hostas(which by the way arrived swiftly and in great shape)so I re-ordered them. The wonderful person I spoke with at Vesseys listened as I explained about trying hostas for the first time and showed empathy when I revealed they had died on me...she took my order and ten days later, a fresh shipment arrived...at no extra charge! There was a handwritten note stating that all gardeners experience problems at one time or another and they hoped I would enjoy my new plants....will definately buy from them again!!
In my experience Vesey's has been first rate. I have ordered spring and summer flowering bulbs, shrubs and other perennial roots over the last 8 years. I have had timely response to customer service inquiries and the staff I dealt with was very knowledgeable. I recently received a Hydrangea which arrived in less than pristine condition and it was cheerfully and speedily replaced without my having to return the old one.
OK....I would highly recommend looking for bulbs/plants elsewhere.
Theirs seem VERY small for a higher price.
I have complained about their clematis's that I paid a fortune for, but they were happy to give me a refund, while I still got to keep the plant.
BUT their seeds are great. I have had some varieties that didn't sprout & they'll always send a new package FREE of charge.
I always buy seeds from this company.
I ordered a wasp trap and tomato seed from their Canadian site. The order arrived promptly and the seeds germinated without problem. What more could one ask? Oh, one could ask for good price. Veseys have this too!
Also be sure to check out their sale section where you might find additional bargains.
I bought a book from Veseys this summer and it arrived within two weeks of my order, in good condition, and I was not charged until well after the book arrived. I really liked them and will order from them in the future.
Ordered about 6 different kinds of seeds from them and received them all promptly with instructions and nice resealable packets. I got a large quantity of seeds for the price and shipping was very cheap, I don't think they added any extra shipping charges since it was so low. I'll let everyone know in a few months how the plants turn out but so far so good.
I have run the Vesey's flower bulb fundraiser at our school (both spring and fall campaigns) for the last 4 years. The product is always fresh, the bonuses generous (extra bulbs to plant at the school, garden books), and have only had one customer tell me their plants did not come up in those 4 years (I suspect she didn't wait long enough for her caladiums to come up). Vesey's have requested feedback from their fundraising customers and they acutally listened and made improvements to their campaign last year. I also order from them for my own personal use.
I have been ordering seeds from Vessey's for about 4 years..Great selection and they grow well.
Last year I tried perennials in the spring (2001)..They didn't look very good so I notified them and they credited me immediately..I decide this year to give them another try with the perennials..A friend and I went in together on an order and everything arrived fresh and alive..Growing great now!!!!
I've dealt with Vesey's twice and both times have had less than satisfactory results. While the run of the mill bulbs have performed well, I've had absolutley no luck with their lily stock -- a handful of plants bloomed from well over 100 bulbs planted. I've had much better success from Valley K's stock whose bulbs are sizably larger and therefore thrive better.
Also ordered lentin roses from them (on a whim) and the plant stock arrived moldy and Vesey's was basically unresponsive to customer service call.
A great company to deal with. Excellent catalogue with abundant varieties, excellent, fast service, no problem with money back in rare situations where plants don't thrive.
We've dealt with many over the years and always have stuck with Vesey.
On Dec 26, 2001, trailingon dobie, ON (Zone 3a) wrote:
I deal with this company on a yearly basis and have always gotten top quality product. They also have fundraising offers where you make half on the bulbs that you sell, so if you are looking to raise money for a non profit organization check them out.
Quality product. Usually thought of as for northern gardens. However, we in the Southwest are "short season" gardeners also; opposites of the North. Excellent varieties available for all short season gardeners. Nice catalog that has substantially grown & developed over the years (due to obvious success) and improved offerings. Good service, prompt.
As an Islander I can say that any of the seeds which I have purchased from Vesey's, has always done well in our region. I followed the footsteps of my father when he was growing his gardens in the Gaspe region with Vesey's Seeds (no easy task considering the weather and such) and he always had very good luck and now I have the same luck only better because the growing season is much more favourable in P.E.I. A loyal and happy customer.
I have been very pleased with Vesey's. All the seed, both vegetable and flower have germinated very well and is thriving quite nicely in my garden. As I live only a couple of hours from their main office I visited there recently. What I found was a helpful staff, impressive trial gardens which you could tour at your leisure and a very informed assistant manager who cheerfully answered my many questions. I'd recommend to anyone to get a hold of this company's mail order catalogue, and if you're visiting Prince Edward Island to stop by their store in York.
My family has always ordered from Vesey's for vegetable seeds. Now that I have my own garden, I've started ordering from them. The vegetable seeds germinate in no time, and the flowers all came up just like the pictures promised. This year, with their splashy new catalogue, I ordered three times as much stuff. Not just for Canada's Maritime provinces: anyone in Canada and northern US should take a look!
I am a Maritime Canadian gardener, and have ordered from Vesey's for 16 years. My experience has been consistently good with their product, and when there has been a glitch in the order, they responded positively.
I have wasted my money on seeds from my region. They haven't matched Vesey's seeds yet. For short seasons like the ones we have in New Brunswick, I think their seeds are what we need. They grow wild. I am buying from them again this year.
At the suggestion of a satisfied neighbor, whose judgment I put great stock in, I ordered both flower and vegetable seeds from Vesey's. The germination rate was 100%, and the quality of the resulting blossoms and veggies top quality.The only problem? The trailing nasturtiums weren't! I will order from them again next year.