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Positive cathyb53
(14 reviews)
On May 13, 2003, cathyb53 Newfield, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

As an experienced gardener who has ordered from a number of mail-order sources, I have to say that I am quite pleased with the plants I ordered this year from Select Seeds. This is the first time I've ordered from them, so I can't yet address the hardiness of the plants, but I am very impressed with the size and vigor of the plants I received - mostly annuals, they are comparable to those available from my favorite local grower, Graceful Gardens (whose superb plants I am lucky enough to be able to buy at my local Farmers' Market, but check out their website - http://www.gracefulgardens.com - for mail-order).

I was very pleased with the older "heirloom" varieties of plants & seeds available from Select Seeds; they offer a great range of fragrant sweet peas and nasturtiums, and specialize in flowers that smell good. The plants were excellently packed & shipped, arrived exactly when they said they would and in perfect condition, with clear and thorough planting & care instructions. My non-plant items were shipped separately & immediately, and were also packed with care. While their shipping charges are on the high side (and they did have a bit of confusion getting my order properly added up & billed), I am happy enough to pay their rates for such healthy & and well-started plants, and I have every reason to be optimistic about their performance in my garden. I especially look forward to growing some of the antique varieties of nasturtiums they offer that I haven't seen elsewhere!


On August 11th, 2003, cathyb53 added the following:

Addendum: As of Aug. 2003, I can add that most of these plants have grown & flowered very well for me this summer. Their Moon Garden collection has been blooming beside my front porch non-stop for months, and is keeping the night air perfumed very sweetly. Nasturtiums aren't blooming yet, but I gave the seeds a late start; they'll catch up and be going strong well into the fall, I can tell.
Positive changspa
(3 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2003, changspa wrote:

I discoverd this company a few years ago because I'm always looking for old fashioned plants for my cottage garden. I was so impressed with the way the plants were packed that I suggested to other companies that they contact Select Seeds to find out how to do it right! In the past I had a lot of trouble with my UPS deliveries, but with this company, it didn't matter what the UPS man did to the boxes!! Not only were they packed well, but the plants were gorgeous and thrived. I just can't say enough good things about this outfit.

Positive Cedarworm
(4 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2003, Cedarworm wrote:

I did not order this year,but used up packets that I ordered last year and the year before. The seed packets are very generous. The germination rate was still very good. I especially like the old varieties that are most likely open pollinated. The Balcony Petunias climbed and were fragrant just as described in the catalog. Will order from them again.

Positive nevadagdn
(117 reviews)
On Mar 24, 2003, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I placed an order for several varieties of annual flower seeds, and they arrived within a week. I can't really speak to germination rates, because I tend to use the broadcast method of sowing, choosing varieties known to seed and grow generously. If something doesn't come up, it's probably my fault for being so lackadaisical about it.

Overall, I'm very pleased with their selection and service.


On January 21st, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

Select Seeds was equally prompt this year in sending my seed order, along with confirmation for the plants I ordered and projected shipping dates.
On April 22nd, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

The plants I received yesterday were all stocky, healthy plants in good condition, well-packed.
On April 26th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

I was a little underwhelmed with the dahlia tubers I received. They ARE healthy, and each has a little sprout on it, so I know they will grow. I also am new to mail-order dahlias and nearly new to dahlias in general, so I don't really have anything to compare with yet.

As for seed germination, Select Seeds has been good so far. I wasn't so lackadaisical this year.
On April 27th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

The dahlia tubers (now that I've received some from other sources to compare with) are of normal size, and good value for the price.
On August 2nd, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

The irises I ordered (they offered a handful of historic varieties this year) are nice, healthy rhizomes.
On April 11th, 2008, nevadagdn added the following:

Plants this year were healthy, a tiny bit smaller than I prefer, but not that much smaller (2.5" pots). Overall good.
Positive robacameron
(19 reviews)
On Mar 7, 2003, robacameron wrote:

I especially like the unique selection of seeds from this company. I like the design on their packets too. Their seeds sprout well. Their plants "arrive alive" at your doorstep. They send you your order quickly. What more could you ask for? Select Seeds is a great company.

Positive cowgardener
(30 reviews)
On Feb 3, 2003, cowgardener Southport, ME wrote:

We love this company. Their plants are of excellent quality, arrive healthy & of good planting size and their seed prices are competitive. My only wish is for a more systematic use of Latin names. They have a nice selection of white flowered plants for creating white gardens.

Positive schultz
(3 reviews)
On Jan 23, 2003, schultz wrote:

Amazing shipping time. 11 days snail mail from time order was mailed until seeds arrived. Everything I ordered was enclosed. Last time I used this company I had a high germination rate from seeds. Looking forward to sowing these.

Positive hillfarm
(35 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2002, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Writing from Canada. I have ordered a number of times, seeds & books. This company has consistently given me speedy & courteous service. Very nice selection, good quantities in seed packets, reasonable (though not cheap) prices. Bonus seeds with orders are a nice touch. Highly recommend this company.

Positive ncpepper
(21 reviews)
On Sep 15, 2002, ncpepper Pilot Mountain, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Large healthy plants (much larger than other companies) that have grown well even under drought conditions. Great packing of plants. Great old-timey selection. Definitely will order again.

Positive Lenjo
(1 review)
On Aug 6, 2002, Lenjo Mount Angel, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered two vines from SS and one died within a week, they quickly replaced it, no questions asked.

Positive dancer
(1 review)
On Aug 5, 2002, dancer wrote:

Very good service. Plants arrived well packed and in good condition. I love their selections....I liked finding interesting annuals.

Positive AngelaDuckert
(10 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2002, AngelaDuckert wrote:

This is the third year I've used this company. Their mix of seeds and plants is very interesting, and they always seem to find something new and different. The plants were not as large or well-packed as the previous 2 companies, but at least one of the items was something I couldn't find elsewhere; one of the seed varieties I ordered was sold out, but a refund check came right with the seed order

Positive wingding
(3 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2002, wingding wrote:

FABULOUS! Best website of any seed/plant catalogue I've yet to find. Beautiful big photographs and very easy to search and navigate. Good prices, very interesting selection, and the plants I just received (spring 2002) were beautiful and packed with great care. I will be ordering much more from them in the future.

Positive Kelly333
(16 reviews)
On Dec 8, 2001, Kelly333 Longview, TX wrote:

I loved their selections. The seeds were delivered right away. I am happy with my experience.

Positive Debby
(8 reviews)
On Dec 4, 2001, Debby Milo, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very good Heirloom Flower Seeds and Cottage Garden type seeds. Will certainly order from them again.

Positive poppysue
(37 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2001, poppysue Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Thumbs Up!

Positive mikepiper
(20 reviews)
On Nov 29, 2001, mikepiper Circleville, OH (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have ordered from this company and was very pleased with my order.Had good service,with quick shipping. A little pricey, But had seeds I couldn't find elsewhere.

Positive talinum
(7 reviews)
On Nov 29, 2001, talinum Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered from this company several years. It sells seed from antique flowers that are open pollinated. The catalog has good descriptive information and pictures. I like this company because it has different seeds and plants. The service has been good and the prices are average. I have had good germination from the seeds. The catalog uses common names and it is difficult to locate the seeds and plants within the catalog

Positive Suzannecovon
(2 reviews)
On Jul 1, 2001, Suzannecovon wrote:

I have purchased plants from many companies; many bad. Select Seeds plants are like no others. I ordered $300 worth in Spring 2001, many hard to find. They were shipped in the best contains I've seen. It's now August and I have not lost a one, shipping was prompt to the day and they answer e-mail next day. They were great.

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

I ordered 5 plants from Select Seeds in April 2000. They all arrived promptly, carefully packaged, in excellent shape and super healthy. I was very impressed with the quality of the plants. They will be my first choice when ordering future plants.

Positive DavidSilvers
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2000, DavidSilvers wrote:

I also have had really positive experiences with them. Not only do they have some unique varieties and cultivars, they give you a decent portion of seeds in a pack. This has allowed an inexperienced gardener like myself to make a few mistakes and still end up with nice healthy stands of flowers. Their attitude is also quite good. I recently ordered 3 varieties of heirloom sweet peas from their excellent collection of same. When I started to experience problems with my seedlings, I sent them an e-mail describing how I was growing and describing the problem. They responded by giving me some specific recommendations and sending me three new packs of seeds. This in spite of the fact that I clearly stated in my e-mail that the seed quality did not seem to be at fault.

Positive SusanDavis
(6 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2000, SusanDavis wrote:

Excellent mail order source for seeds of heirloom flowers. Beautiful seed packets contain cultural instructions (inside) and the catalog is very well done. This company has grown dramatically in the six years I have ordered from them and expect more in the future.

Positive patkendell
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 1999, patkendell wrote:

Just received my first shipment from this company. I have NEVER seen such healthy plants - really outstanding quality and the prices are great. A gem of a company with a helpful staff. I would recommend them highly.

Positive cynthiathoma
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 1997, cynthiathoma wrote:

Select Seeds is also one of my top ten mail order companies! Wonderful catalog, wonderful seed selection, pleasant to do business with on the phone, and good business/good earth values: saving heirloom seeds!

Positive RandBLee
(4 reviews)
On Sep 1, 1996, RandBLee wrote:

Simply marvelous selection of cottage garden seeds: annuals, perennials, and biennials. Some unusual and hard to find cultivars. One of my top 10.

Positive Croton2
(2 reviews)
On Aug 1, 1995, Croton2 wrote:

If you are growing perennials from seed, you can't do better than the Select Seed Antique Flowers catalog. Their seeds come up true and strong.

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