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Positive tfallen
(2 reviews)
On Jul 15, 2021, tfallen Naylor, MO wrote:

I've been ordering from Pinetree for many years. Like others, I was attracted at first by the ability to order smaller amounts of seed, but I have stayed with them because of their customer service and the quality of their product.

This year I expected there might be difficulties, not only because of factors related directly to covid, but because so many new gardeners were getting involved. For that reason I ordered a bit earlier than usual even for my area (7a). My order was accurate and quickly delivered. Thank you Pinetree!

(12 reviews)
On Mar 23, 2021, SPORTSMAN1 Hawley, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Ordered seeds from Pinetree. All were sent to me. I like the small sixed packets so I can order fresh seed every year.

Positive quietone613662
(3 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2021, quietone613662 Massena, NY wrote:

Unlike others that were shutting down orders because of covid buying this site did not. On the advice of a gardening group friend I tried them out. They had a large selection of flowers. They warned of slower then normal send out times and it only took two weeks. I ordered way early so very pleased how fast they did come. I started many of them a week ago and so far I have dahlias and millet. After soaking the globe amaranth as suggested it literally sprouted the next day. Very happy with my purchase and will purchasing again.

Positive DonnaMack
(66 reviews)
On Dec 18, 2020, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on March 27, 2017, updated December 18, 2020
Posted on August 30, 2004, updated March 27, 2017
Last fall I placed my first order with Pinetree. I ordered crocus vernus VERY late in the season so the results were only so-so, but that is to be expected. I also ordered oxalis, which were very good, but I was blown away by the gladiolus. I ordered 60, since at the price of $2.98 for groups of ten they were very inexpensive. Then I delayed terribly planting them, did not store them well in the meantime, and did not plant them deeply enough, requiring dislodging them in partial bloom to replant them, but the results are spectacular. Other in my area have glads but none of the size and vigor of mine. What would they look like if they were not abused? I intend to find out, when I place my next, and much larger order this fall.

On March 27th, 2017, DonnaMack added the following:

After many years, I just ordered some very hard to find seeds from Pinetree. I was wowed by some of the selections, a number of which are very unusual and relatively rare.

I got the loveliest email from them asking whether I had any issues. And they thought that they took a long time to fill my order (not so!) I received an email when they shipped. I received an email when they were delivered. I received a thank you.

And I just received an email that mentioned what they felt was too long a delay offering me 20% off my next order.

On December 18th, 2020, DonnaMack added the following:

I just ordered unusual seeds from this great company. I really like them because the seeds are not only unusual but they are very affordable. And customer service is very attentive.
Positive beets4all
(1 review)
On Dec 17, 2020, beets4all Wheatland, CA wrote:

Placed first order from the latest catalog on 12/12/20 - received the order on 12/17/20, just 5 days from one end of the country to the other - very satisfied with their Customer Service. I will be reporting additional information re: germination %, plant performance, etc. as it happens.

Positive gweigel
(4 reviews)
On Nov 25, 2020, gweigel Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just ordered my 2021 seeds last week, and in less than a week, I got my order -- all correct and in stock. The shipping communication was excellent.
I've ordered from Pinetree for years and suspect the recent negative reviews were at least in part due to COVID issues.
I can't speak to current seed-germination rates yet (will know that next year), but I haven't had problems with poor rates in the past.

Positive Ams329
(3 reviews)
On Dec 9, 2019, Ams329 Sebastian, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is the second year I have ordered from PineTree through their web address: I have been very pleased with my seeds. They have filled my orders correctly, mailed them promptly and communicated via email when the shipping occurred.
I live in Florida but look at their seeds for short season crops that will survive a frost (although we haven't had one for the last five years) and for unusual, new or ethnic seeds. They are also one of the few companies that offer mushrooms although I haven't been brave enough to attempt them yet.
The seeds I have planted have grown well despite my relative inexperience and our hot & humid weather.
I expect to continue as a regular customer. I expect to continue as a regular & happy customer. Their mail order catalog is FREE.

Positive brahmabantam
(8 reviews)
On Nov 12, 2019, brahmabantam Rimrock, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I was hesitant to order seeds from Pinetree because of some recent negative reviews. I ordered my first seeds from them last fall/winter. Now that the growing season is over I'm confident placing my review. I had a great experience. I did reduce my original plans to order ~50 items from Pinetree because of the poor reviews here (got those seeds from Johnnys and The Sample Seed Shop instead - both favorites of mine). But I still got a fair number (~25 items) of seeds from Pinetree including all our seed potatoes and a number of flower seeds. Everything performed top-notch, and the wave petunias were phenomenal. I've gotten petunias from a local big box store in the past sometimes and thought I'd try starting them from seed this year. They way outperformed the purchased seedlings I've gotten in the past, probably because mine started from seed were treated well and not root-bound in those crazy six-packs you get at big box stores (I know, I know, I shouldn't be shopping for plants at those stores but sometimes I get a few annuals just to fill in a spot in the garden.....).

Thanks Pinetree, for great seeds. I'll be ordering from Pinetree again this year.

Positive BostonBeans
(2 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2018, BostonBeans Hanover, MA wrote:

I have had good germination rates with their seeds, and their live plants have been healthy. No complaints.

Positive sunflowerbob
(2 reviews)
On Feb 24, 2018, sunflowerbob Irwin, PA wrote:

I placed my order on feb.15 and had it on feb.22.great company I really like the small size packs and the prices are great too.thanks pinetree

Positive gregislost
(9 reviews)
On Jan 29, 2018, gregislost Delhi, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Posted on January 13, 2018, updated January 29, 2018
I will be continually updating this review. I will also be writing a comprehensive article this spring reviewing many seed companies and will post information online for everyone. I will cover prices, seed quantities, shipping costs, time from order to delivery, germination rates, cost per seed vs cost per plant (based on seed cost, and germination), customer service, and more.

This first review is regarding shipping.

Shipping is VERY QUICK.

From 8 seed companies I ordered from Pinetree was the first to arrive. 1 suggestion would be to improve packaging as the packets are plain paper and the seeds are loose in them. Simply by putting the seeds in small zip lock bags first and then placing the zip lock bags in the packets would be the best quick fix as it will improve viability of the seeds greatly.

Love their website and original photos.

On January 29th, 2018, gregislost added the following:

Excellent germination on all seeds
Positive hairyjo
(21 reviews)
On Dec 10, 2017, hairyjo Danville, CA wrote:

I have had great luck with their seeds. They are reasonable and come in the right size packets. (I can't deal with 2000 foxglove seeds!) No problems with germination at all.

Positive faerygardener
(12 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2017, faerygardener Murphys, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on January 2, 2017, updated June 30, 2017
I order from them every year - great pricing, best shipping prices around, their selection meets most of my needs and I've had fantastic germination from their seed. I'm in the process of placing orders and just reviewed a spreadsheet I keep of seeds, have to say when I look over what I've grown and tried to grow over the past years - their seed has consistently given me healthy plants (whereas some on the Watchdog 30 have consistently not germinated). I'm so glad I reviewed my list (it was surprising as I hadn't sorted or tracked it by vendor in awhile). I trashed a few other orders - may place a second at Pinetree. The first one shipped almost immediately. I'm a fan of this company.

On June 30th, 2017, faerygardener added the following:

Editing to add - it's June and I have growing plants for every packet of seed I ordered. I grew Rudbeckias, cucumbers, peppers and pumpkins from this order. Happy with the germination and strength of the seedlings.
Positive purplethorns
(7 reviews)
On Mar 20, 2017, purplethorns Streetsboro, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Have ordered from this company for years. Don't trust ordering online because my computer skills are not great. Mail ordering works well for me. Have had no problems with germination of seeds, but I have my own potting mix that never fails...First order sent in message they would be late due to Maines bad weather events...If I had problems with this company, I would not reorder from them...problems haven,t happened yet.

Positive carolmo
(23 reviews)
On Dec 17, 2016, carolmo Olathe, KS (Zone 5a) wrote:

They always have items I really want - they ship fast - the seeds are inexpensive - what is not to like? I am also gettin fancy strawberry plants in the spring - 3 pineberry, 10 june bearing, 10 everbearing - I do not want 25 plants of each - happy I spotted these. I like this company.

Positive DonShirer
(16 reviews)
On Nov 25, 2016, DonShirer Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on December 29, 2006, updated November 25, 2016
I have ordered vegetable seed from Pinetree for several years. Their packets have smaller amounts of seed suitable for home gardens (and cost less) so I find it easier to order new every year instead of trying to reuse old seed. Most of their seeds germinate and perform well in our New England climate. I experimented one year with Jicama, Okra and a few other hot weather plants which did not do well, but then I didn't expect them to here. Their flower and plant selections don't look too exciting, but they have a good selection of vegatable and salad seeds and I recommend them.

On November 25th, 2016, DonShirer added the following:

(added in 2016)I did have some recent germination problems with Armenian Cucumbers, Beets, etc., but in general I am still satisfied with their products.
Positive swede620
(1 review)
On Mar 25, 2015, swede620 Marquette, MI wrote:

I've been ordering from Pinetree for seveal years and have been very pleased with their service. This year I ordered via internet and did not receive my seeds. When I called to find out what was going on, I was told that they had received my order but were unable to locate a tracking number so they would resend my order tomorrow rather than spend time trying to figure out what happened to my order.

Things I like most about Pinetree are:
1. The quality of their seeds; I always have good germination rates.
2. The seed packets themselves are plain with pertinent information plainly visible - no searching necessary amongst the glitter.
3. Seed numbers are reasonable; as a small gardener I have no need for 40 or 50 seeds per pack as they end up getting too old to use before I can finish the pack.
4. The cost of their seeds is about the lowest I've been able to find (perhaps in part due to low-cost packaging). All my seed packs were under two bucks.
5. Reasonable shipping. On a couple of my orders from other companies, the cost of shipping was equal to the cost of the seeds.

I highly recommend Pinetree Seeds.

Positive Lysie
(3 reviews)
On Feb 2, 2015, Lysie Waldron, IN wrote:

I placed an order on the phone on 1-26-15 for seeds. The person on the phone was very nice. I received an email when the seeds were shipped and they gave me a tracking number so I could see where my package was. I received the seeds Feb. 2, 2015. I have one item on back order. If they had told me that on the telephone I would have ordered it else where. I really liked the prices in their catalog and I think the order shipped very quickly.

Positive chadinlg
(5 reviews)
On Jan 12, 2015, chadinlg Los Gatos, CA wrote:

I have ordered from PineTree many times over the last 20 years and never been disappointed. Their selection has even improved over the years. Small quantities of seed at a fair price, and quick service.

Positive lakenvelder
(10 reviews)
On May 21, 2014, lakenvelder Chapman, KS wrote:

I used to order from Pinetree for many years when I had a small company. I had good germination rates and very good service. If you are looking for smaller package sizes this is a great company.

Positive ggardens
(2 reviews)
On May 5, 2014, ggardens Mason, MI wrote:

Made my seed and tuber order on-line in December, had a little difficulty with the website so had to call but my problem was solved promptly and courteously. Seeds arrived in a week or so, the one pkt that was no longer available credited back to my card. Potatoes and ramps arrived this spring at perfect planting time. No fuss, no muss - just good product and service. Thank you Pinetree!

Positive mac24
(5 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2014, mac24 Litchfield Park, AZ wrote:

I've ordered from Pinetree multiple time over the years and the seeds have always performed well, in a variety of different climates.

The orders were always filled and shipped quickly without any problems.

Great prices, especially in an era where seed costs have gone up rapidly. Shipping is inexpensive as well.

An excellent choice for someone who wants small, inexpensive seed packets, like a small home gardener. Pinetree gives you a very good value proposition.

Interesting catalog.

I will buy from Pinetree again.

Positive Lauraleigh
(1 review)
On Feb 19, 2014, Lauraleigh Rutledge, MO wrote:

I have ordered from this company for the past 5 years, and been pleased with what I got. This year, there was a problem with items getting lost in the mail, so I had the opportunity to experience their customer service, which was excellent. They are shipping replacement items, and dealing with the postal service. This is very much better treatment than I have received under similar circumstances from other companies. Thanks, Pinetree!

Positive src84
(5 reviews)
On Jan 30, 2014, src84 Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great prices decent shipping prices
sent me conformation of seeds being sent
sent my seeds super fast! Cute seeds packets I was very happy with my order and will order from them again

Positive rrho
(5 reviews)
On Dec 13, 2013, rrho Batavia, NY wrote:

have been a repeat customer for years. germination rate is great. prices are reasonable. happy with their selection of seeds.

Positive RJG
(4 reviews)
On Nov 18, 2013, RJG Calgary,
Canada wrote:

I had a very positive first experience with Pinetree. I found their prices & postage very reasonable, and their service level is first rate. Packaging & the necessary Canadian customs declarations were completed perfectly.

I ordered a number of hybrid tomato seed packages after discovering they have Moreton (F1) sourced from Harris at very reasonable prices. Moreton F1 availability is the result of the Rutgers/Harris project to bring back the most flavourful Jersey tomatoes. // The seed counts are more than sufficient for a home gardener.

I have bookmarked Pinecraft and will place another order once the winter passes.

Positive Toni05
(61 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2013, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:

Posted on August 31, 2006, updated July 9, 2013
I know it's late in the season, but while browsing through GWD, I decided to add my two-cents in now.
I've been ordering from Pinetree about eight years now and never had any problems. SEeds all germinated on schedule and seeds were delivered promptly.
When it's time to order seeds, Pinetree is the place to order from.

On July 9th, 2013, Toni05 added the following:

Placed an order for annual seeds. Seeds are fresh, and each packet, securely wrapped. Fast shipping. Thanks.
Positive Honolulumonkey
(1 review)
On May 7, 2013, Honolulumonkey Honolulu, HI wrote:

When I was a kid I requested my first catalog from Pinetree after seeing a tiny advertisement they had in one of my grandmother's organic gardening magazines. Reading their catalog was always exciting for me. I remember giving my mom my allowance money to write checks for my orders. One of the first things I grew was "Connecticut Field" pumpkin. That was 20 years ago.

Since then, I have moved to the city and haven't always had the opportunity (land or space) to grow things. But when I do I always remember to check their current offerings. They have a good variety and offer very affordable prices. I appreciate that they are not a pretentious company- their website is simple and so are their packets.

I especially like their flower selection; the "Kong" sunflower being one of my favorites, and different varieties of marigolds, zinnias, calendulas, etc.

It's funny that they are in Maine and I'm in Hawaii, 1/4 of the world away (6 time zones). However, they always process my order quickly and it only takes a few days even with USPS.

Positive ChrisAnne
(9 reviews)
On Mar 23, 2013, ChrisAnne Newtown, PA wrote:

I have been ordering seeds and supplies from Pinetree for many years. There have been occasional germination issues, but no more so than from much more expensive vendors. Service, selection and pricing have always brought me back.

Positive ransom3
(9 reviews)
On Mar 7, 2013, ransom3 Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

I love doing business with Pinetree. The seeds are high quality, very affordable, germinate well and produce the results Pinetree says they will. The service is also the fastest I have ever experienced.

Positive Buddy44
(24 reviews)
On Jan 24, 2013, Buddy44 Eagle Rock, VA wrote:

Posted on January 15, 2011, updated January 24, 2013
Posted on February 25, 2010, updated January 15, 2011
Posted on June 8, 2007, updated February 24, 2010
I have been a coutomer for at least 10 years. They have a good selection at a very good price. I have never had any trouble with germination unless I did something wrong. Will continue to be a faithful customer.

On March 19th, 2008, Buddy44 added the following:

Great selection and prices. Quick to ship your order.
On April 20th, 2009, Buddy44 added the following:

I don't understand the negative comments. I made two orders this year, one large and one small. Both arrived in a timely manner with no problems. I will continue to give them my custom.
On February 25th, 2010, Buddy44 added the following:

This year's order came within 3 weeks. Everything was shipped. Another great experience!
On January 15th, 2011, Buddy44 added the following:

Ordered online on January 11, 2011 and had my seeds on January 14, 2011. Fastest turnaround I have had. The seeds always germinate well for me, either in my greenhouse or directly sown.
On January 24th, 2013, Buddy44 added the following:

Seed order mailed out the day I ordered. Ordered the forgotten seeds the next day and asked that they be added to the first order to save shipping costs. That's when I found out how efficient they had been. They shipped my second order free. What a great company.
Positive grannieannie2
(3 reviews)
On Jan 12, 2013, grannieannie2 Newark,
United States wrote:

Have used Pinetree for a couple years and liked the small packets, their quick shipping, their accuracy, the whole shebang was grand.

Then there was one kind of seed they didn't carry so last year I ordered from another company and had a very bad experience with them (Millington), so now I'm back to Pinetree who have been completely reliable and trustworthy and will keep getting my business til death us do part.

Positive miles2go
(2 reviews)
On Jan 4, 2013, miles2go Saginaw, MI wrote:

Placed an internet order for a book and several packets of seed on a Sunday afternoon and received the order on Thursday (even though there was a holiday in between). I am looking through the catalog again to see what else I might need for the spring!

Positive CrowMeris
(4 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2013, CrowMeris Greene, NY wrote:

I've always been pleased with Pinetree. I've had a germination failure here and there over the many years I've done business with them, but I count a whole lot more successes than failures.

I really like the small seed counts - and the corresponding low prices - this lets me do some experimenting without busting my budget.

Positive livinonfaith
(5 reviews)
On Dec 28, 2012, livinonfaith Fuquay Varina, NC wrote:

Ordered from this company last year. Had a very good transaction and the seeds grew well. The prices were also very good. I would definitely order from them again.

Positive midvalleydad
(7 reviews)
On Dec 27, 2012, midvalleydad Dickson City, PA wrote:

Ordered 30 different types of seeds from Pinetree for my summer 2012 garden, and this garden was my best so far. I LOVE Pinetree seeds. I've ordered from them in the past, and they definately deserve a "Top 5" rating for all-around value, and the germination and performance are both top shelf. I'll be ordering from them again for my 2013 garden.

Positive suzy_qu3
(8 reviews)
On Nov 26, 2012, suzy_qu3 East Chatham, NY wrote:

Posted on January 5, 2011, updated November 26, 2012
Posted on January 1, 2011, updated January 5, 2011
Posted on October 5, 2004, updated January 1, 2011
I ordered pumpkin and gourd seeds for our 4H club. The seeds arrived promptly and I got more per packet than I expected. They sprouted well and the kids got a very good crop. The gourds were especially cute and colorful.

On January 1st, 2011, suzy_qu3 changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

Spring of 2009 was apparently very busy for them as it took forever to get my seeds. I called and they were very friendly. I did get my seeds in time - no damage done.

This past year 2010 is a deal breaker. I had come to suspect that there were germination issues, but always passed it off as my poor soil or technique or better yet - blame it on the kids. IN 2010 I got NOT ONE stinking pumpkin or gourd to grow. One cucumber vine sprouted and this is the second year in a row. In the past, with Pinetree seeds, I have grown more cukes than I know what to do with, Tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse were OK, but I think by now I should get better results that what I got. The cabbage tribe did fine, flowers, not so much. Greens are always good. Any time I get a "mix" of something, it's not much a mix as it's mostly one variety, with one or two others in there somewhere. Other products I received promptly and in good condition.

I may come back to this company, but this year I'm going to try something else after 5 or 6 years spending $75 - $100 with Pinetree.
On January 5th, 2011, suzy_qu3 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I upgraded my rating for now because of the nice little surprise I found in my mailbox. Pinetree sent me 5 new seed packets to replace the ones I complained about in my previous comment. It had a nice personal note included from the owner. I have to give them credit. To be perfectly honest, they have always been good to me and I have enjoyed their products in the past. I just can't ignore some possible germination issues.

I will try some seeds from different suppliers this year and see if I notice a difference. Also, I will give these free seeds a chance and see what happens. If I have better luck, I will upgrade my rating.
On November 26th, 2012, suzy_qu3 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I have ordered various seeds since my last rating and have not any any further issues. Must have been a bad year.
Positive greenbrain
(10 reviews)
On Oct 30, 2012, greenbrain Madison, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

Posted on November 12, 2010, updated October 30, 2012
I've ordered seeds from this company for the past few years. Always a positive experience. Some OP veggies, I've saved seeds & have been re-planting for 3 years or more. Order always received timely & accurately with no back orders.

On October 30th, 2012, greenbrain added the following:

This year (2012) again was very positive. A reliable company that has never let me down. My seed source for trombone squash & unusual veggie varieties.
Positive nh248
(3 reviews)
On Jul 28, 2012, nh248 Strafford, NH wrote:

This was the first year I have ever ordered anything from this company. I was a little leery because their prices were low,
compared to the bigger companies. I was delighted when my order came a couple of weeks after I placed it. I was also happy to find out that there weren't as many seeds in each packet as the big guy usually give you...What a great idea. I don't need 300 tomato plant seeds in each envelope, and I'm sure all other backyard gardeners don't either. I'm grateful for the lower prices.
Yesterday I harvested my first tendersweet carrots and was pleasantly surprised. I have been gardening for over 40 years, and these were the nicest looking, best tasting carrots I have ever grown. Everything else has flourished too. I'm now into my second planting of radishes, spinach and lettuce.
I am planning on planting some more carrots soon and allow them to over winter. From now on, I will be ordering all my seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds.

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