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Neutral Menk
(9 reviews)
On Aug 9, 2008, Menk Darling Downs,
Australia wrote:

Won't ship to Australia, not even small packets of seed that are permitted entry by ICON. Their reasons are pretty vague. They say they haven't got the required paperwork for Customs. What paperwork??? They are shipping small packets of seed, not plants, nor shipping container loads of grain.
Other seed suppliers in the US ship small packets of seed to Australian customers regularly and they fill out nothing more than the small green Customs label at their post office counter. Only large orders over 100 grams weight may require a phytosanitary certificate depending on species.
The only times a company may have problems with Australian Customs/AQIS is through wrongly labelled or contaminated seed. And in such a case it is the customer who will cop the wrath of Australian Quarantine, not the supplier. It seems unfair that this company has decided to exclude Australia altogether when their website states "Worldwide Shipping". I suspect they do not ship to NZ either.

Positive olivebranch_17
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2008, olivebranch_17 Gig Harbor, WA wrote:

Ordered a bunch of seeds, followed directions some of the seeds are starting to sprout, the Cana and Camelia. Recommend using the special products the seed man offers for hard to sprout plants: smoke and the seed sprout packets. Excellent service, fast, packaged great and there are notes on the hard to start seeds. Rare and unusual seeds need extra care.

Valaree W

Positive dmdula
(5 reviews)
On Mar 28, 2008, dmdula Morganton, NC wrote:

I ordered a pcket of seeds on 3-20-08 thru the mail as I worry about giving info, over the net. I received seeds today! They were very well packed and included good directions. I'm a little worried about germ. rate after what I've read, but really, even if you buy seeds at the store your not gauranteed 100% germ. Hopefully, these will grow. If they DO germ, I will definitly order from them again as they have very good customer service and the seeds arrived VERY fast!

Neutral bloomheaven
(14 reviews)
On Jan 6, 2008, bloomheaven Southern,
United States wrote:

I have puchased from this company on several different occasions. My concern with them is the wrong information on their website and on seed packs. I noticed that the varities are not labelled acurately. Shipping was fast and prices reasonable, but I probably won't purchase here again.

Neutral twohawk
(3 reviews)
On Sep 20, 2007, twohawk Blanco, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am pleased with this company's timely delivery. I am also
pleased with packaging and germination info.
I have had no germination on 2 of the zinnia seed I ordered.
I have no germination of caulifower, and 1 variety of spinach.
1 out of 6 bird of paradise has germinated after 1 month.

Negative william3590
(2 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2007, william3590 Dundee, OH wrote:

I have ordered from them twice now and am very dissapointed with the low germination rates (some 0%). I ordered Japanese Maple seed (0% germination), a variety of bananna seed (20% germination), sago palm seed (30% germination) and bird of paradise (10% germination). I sent an Email (4 months after planting) asking that the Japanese Maple seeds be replaced as none germinated (they were supposed to be pre-stratified and ready for planting). I received a one sentence reply stating that they can take 2 years to germinate. That was all that was said... Very dissapointed overall...

Positive Allison_FL
(16 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2006, Allison_FL Dunedin, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I order seeds and puff :)) they were here lightening fast ! Great packaging, bonus name tags, nice instructions. Great prices and service ! I will shop again and highly recommend shopping here with Seedman !

Positive pamela_isley
(3 reviews)
On Dec 19, 2006, pamela_isley Nashville, TN wrote:

Fast shipping and excellent customer service. When I e-mailed to ask about a low germination rate, I received a personal, informative reply, with an immediate offer to replace the seeds.

Positive Audrey
(16 reviews)
On Dec 6, 2006, Audrey Hadley, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered about a dozen different varieties from the half-price sale. The seeds arrived promptly--in 10 days--and were neatly labelled with planting instructions. The company was out of one variety, but I rather expect that during a sale, and a cash refund was enclosed. (That's always much nicer than a credit slip!) Also enclosed were enough blank plant labels for all the seeds, so I was quite impressed.

Positive green_sunny
(2 reviews)
On Sep 26, 2006, green_sunny beijing,
China wrote:

The company is very kind to customers and provide various rare seeds.

Positive babajawo
(1 review)
On Sep 25, 2006, babajawo Healdsburg, CA wrote:

I have ordered some 4 dozen varieties of (primarily tree) seeds from Seedman over the past 2 years at three different times. Overall, I have had some species provide 80% to 95% germination rates while other varieties have been 0%.

While I don't know much about testing seeds for viability (other than looking at them with an experienced eye), I have worked in forestry in the tropics for 5 years and have collected and planted thousands of pounds of tree seeds. On occasion, entire batches from a single tree that looked healthy would fail. Therefore, I have not yet been disappointed by SeedMan due to my own experiences. However, I debated posting a 'neutral' since the failure rate has been slightly higher than I would have liked.

Positive dixcreek
(1 review)
On Aug 22, 2006, dixcreek Summersville, KY wrote:

Having been involved with farming, greenhouses, and commercial growing for more than 35 years I would like to say that seedman has been true to their advertising. Tobacco seeds that I have purchased from them have done well and had a better than average germination rate for raw seeds. It has been my experience in the past that many times things are just as they are said to be. I plan to deal with Jim at seedman in the future.

Neutral ocimum_nate
(8 reviews)
On May 27, 2006, ocimum_nate American Fork, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

At first I was impressed with the promptness and neatness of the packaging. I started my seeds in January as soon as I got them. I have still not seen any germination from my bananas, bird of paradise, kiwi, pygmy date palm, and tree tomato (cyphomandra).

I wrote to the company about a month ago and expressed my concerns. I detailed over several lengthy paragraphs what methods I had used and queried whether there was anything I had over looked. In my processes. All I received was the following response...."Both the kiwi and banana seeds take on average between 3-8 months to

Gee thanks for nothing..... I know that this is in part true but with as much as I started I would have expected to have seen something by now. What I would really like to see is documentation that the seeds that I received were actually tested by an independent lab that would estabilish the stated viability purported by the company.

I have been growing stuff from seeds sucessfully for years and also have a bachelors degree in horticulture. I have never had this bad of luck with any other company.

On July 30th, 2006, ocimum_nate changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Money was refunded and taken care of in timely and professional manner.
Negative dixie_angel
(23 reviews)
On May 18, 2006, dixie_angel Trenton, TN wrote:

I just received my seeds and (after being VERY nervous after reading negative feedback on numerous different seed companies) was surprised at how healthy and promising the seeds looked! And a MAJOR MAJOR plus is that the palm seeds DID NOT FLOAT! Woohoo....that right there is half the battle! I expect germination to be great and will be doing business with them again! (since I am SUPER picky, that's really saying something!) :0)

On May 27th, 2006, dixie_angel changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

Well, like the previous comment I have had 0 % germination....most noticeably my morning glory seeds.....I had soaked and planted morning glory seeds from 4 different sites at the same time (literally within a 20 minute time span) and everything came up but the seeds I got from him. I checked the other seeds and nothing has germinated. Im leaving this as a negative until I hear from them about a refund. I guess that I learned my lesson.....looks can be deceiving....:0((
Positive tyler70006
(3 reviews)
On May 10, 2006, tyler70006 New Orleans, LA wrote:

I ordered from them and received my order in about a week. The seeds were labeled and included instructions. They have a huge selection to choose from, stuff nobody else has. I'm placing another order now.

Positive ikigar
(3 reviews)
On Jan 4, 2006, ikigar Maribor,
Slovenia wrote:

Seed were delivered in 10 days. Packing OK. Service great!

Waiting to see germination results. (Garantie for germination was included).

Negative olddog
(11 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2005, olddog Colfax, LA (Zone 7a) wrote:



Positive mlm01
(16 reviews)
On Feb 2, 2005, mlm01 St. Louis, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have made two orders from this company for tree seeds. The order arrived very quickly with well labeled instructions.

The germination rates were not very good from many of the seeds. However, almost all my eucalyptus seeds germinated. I have yet to see if my other seeds grow as their suggested time for germination isn't up.

Although the germination rate is not super high they offer seeds that I haven't found any place else. I will use this company again.

Positive PudgyMudpies
(7 reviews)
On Dec 4, 2004, PudgyMudpies Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just recieved my third order from this company. Very pleased and would highly recommend.

Positive biscuit
(7 reviews)
On Sep 21, 2004, biscuit Welling, OK wrote:

I like Seedman very much, as well, but am relieved to read that others have had low germination rates with their seeds. I've ordered from them twice now. Both times, many of the seeds I ordered never germinated or germination rate was pretty low. And some of these were for plants I've always had booming success with, including basil, echinacea and sage.

That said, I will likely order from them again --- but for the next year or so, do my most *important* ordering from other companies, and save the Seedman ordering for those wonderful exotics they offer.

Neutral pale_saint
(9 reviews)
On Jan 2, 2004, pale_saint raleigh, NC wrote:

we ordered calif. poppy seeds and about 10 different garden vegetable seeds. they arrived very fast with good labeling and plant markers included. BUT, after planting our seeds in early september, in sc, we had no germination for lettuce (usually very easy), broccoli, cauliflower,kale, etc. our mustard had very good germination. we tried again with the lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. still no success. we are waiting for spring for the verdict on the calif. poppies (please germinate and flower!!). i don't think we'd deal with them again

Positive M1stab
(3 reviews)
On May 17, 2003, M1stab wrote:

so far so good. less than a week from order to delivery, and the order was placed late on a friday. everything is here including the name stakes. I will update if anything noteworthy happens during germination.

Positive Copperbaron
(29 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2002, Copperbaron Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very pleased with what I received. Here is what I ordered and the quantity of each so that you can be the judge of the value:

White Chinese Pine - 6 seeds
Scotch laburnum - 4 seeds
Cedar of Lebanon - 5 seeds
Monterey cypress - 20 seeds
Japanese pink dogwood - 5 seeds
Sweet bay laurel - 3 seeds
Japanese maple - 20 seeds
White flowering dogwood - 11 seeds
Spindle tree - 16 seeds
Japanese pagoda tree - 4 seeds
Himalayan cigar box cedar - 15 seeds
Giant sequiouia - 20 seeds

The total was $26.30 plus $3.50 shipping. I received them within 5 days of ordering and they were shipped in a padded mailer. I will give the germination rate in a future update.

On February 5th, 2002, Copperbaron added the following:

I forgot to mention that they also shipped me 12 plastic plant identifier stakes - nice touch!
Positive neferisis
(3 reviews)
On Jan 25, 2002, neferisis Quakertown, PA wrote:

I have ordered from this company twice and have had nothing but good luck. These shipped faster than any company I've ever orderd from; I've always received my seeds within a week of ordering and everything was exactly as I ordered.

Neutral josephineval
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2001, josephineval wrote:

I ordered several seeds from them in early 2001. The order was shipped very promptly and nicely packed. However my germination rates have been nonexistent for pomegranates and very poor for strawberry spinach, and very poor for red sunflowers. Red okra had very good germination. Yellow watermelon had 100% germination, but some of the seeds were infected with worms.

Positive cravercomputer
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2001, cravercomputer wrote:

Great people to do business with! They even called me over the phone to ensure I got my seeds! Now that is great public relations. Highly recommended.

Neutral davidsilvers
(2 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2001, davidsilvers wrote:

I ordered from them in 1998 or so when I first discovered seed shopping on the web and before I knew anything about the various companies out there. I was impressed with the big variety of seeds offered. However, in retrospect, prices were high. Quantities were small and germination rates were low to nonexistent, but some of that may have been due to my relative inexperience at the time. There are too many good companies out there for me to order from them again.

Neutral janegalantini
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2000, janegalantini wrote:

I ordered various seeds from & none have germinated in 2 months since I ordered them. I know it is not how I care for them because I have been given seeds from friend's plants & these have done well & I have also grown plants from fruits I have purchased, etc. Has anyone else had this type of problem, that all of the seeds purchased failed to grow? I bought palm tree seeds, cactuses, flowers & houseplants.

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