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Positive wildPigPS
(2 reviews)
On Dec 19, 2004, wildPigPS Banning, CA wrote:

I've ordered seed twice from Pinetree, and have been exceptionally happy both times. Buyers do, however, need to read carefully the quantity of seed offered for the price. If you buy expecting a "standard" packet of everything you willsometimes be dissappointed. I have found most all of their seeds to be exceptional values, and I suspect only those shoppers expecting a deal too good to be true are dissappointed. I also find germination rates to be consistently good, and sometimes excellent. The only real disssappointment I have had out of about forty varieties tried was the Creme de Cassis hollyhock, which logged in at about 50% -- very low for a typically easy species. On the other hand, I got about an 85% germination rate on Codonopsis, which is typically one I get very little luck with. So I am a happy customer and will continue to be so.

Positive rebecca101
(25 reviews)
On Dec 12, 2004, rebecca101 Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've ordered vegetable seed from this company for two seasons now. They have become my favorite seed company for several reasons:
- the smaller size of their packets is perfect for my family garden. I'd rather buy a reasonable amount of a lot of different vegetables than a huge amount of just a few things. I'd also rather buy fresh seed every year than use old seed left over from last year. So the small inexpensive packet is perfect.
- being a Northern gardener, it's important to me to know whether a variety is suitable for my climate or not. Pinetree's trial gardens are also in a short-season area, and if a variety can be grown only in a greenhouse or something up north, they always tell you that up front. No trying to pull the wool over your eyes and sell you something that will never grow in your area.
- their catalogue seems to have more detailed and useful information than some other companies. They let you know which varieties can be grown with direct-seeding, from transplants, under cover, or have other special needs. They list the pros and cons of each type clearly, so you know what you're getting. I've always found their descriptions and recommendations to be accurate.
- I also really like the selection of vegetables in their catalog. There are some unusual and unique varieties, including lots of European and some Asian vegetables. They seem to go for a balance between flavor and growability. I want veggies with superb gourmet eating quality, but nothing so tender and finicky that you need to spend every waking moment trying to keep the plants alive. On the other hand, if something is super easy to grow but the taste is dull and bland, then what's the point? Pinetree's whole catalogue seems to consist of varieties that approach this ideal yummy/easy balance.
- finally, everything I've ordered from them so far has had superior germination rate, has done well and tasted great!

Positive RoseyQ
(8 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2004, RoseyQ Pueblo West, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from Pinetree for years and have always been happy with their service and products. This spring I placed an order for a fairly large amount and after a month or so my seeds had still not arrived. I finally called the company and told them. They sent a duplicate order to me quickly and asked me if I would mail back the first order if it should arrive, which was a fair request. I appreciated the friendly way they handled the problem. Mistakes can and do happen both with the seed company and the postal service. Pinetree is definitely a great company to do business from my experience.


On May 1st, 2009, RoseyQ added the following:

I have been a customer of Pinetree for years. This year, like many of you, waited over 5 weeks for my orders to arrive. I emailed the company to find out why. They emailed me back the next day saying the orders had mailed out. I received them shortly after. One of the orders for seed starting supplies was missing half the items. I emailed them again and they responded right away, apologizing and explaining to me that they had hired many new employees to keep up with the increase in business. Both email replies to me were helpful and polite. I received the missing items from my order fairly quickly. I like Pinetree Seeds. They sell seeds with fine germination rates and many other very reasonably priced products. Iím hoping that they are able to solve the problems that are causing so much negative feedback from both new and old customers and will continue on in the seed business for many years to come.
Positive 02bsous
(1 review)
On Nov 29, 2004, 02bsous Pownal, ME wrote:

I have dealt with Pinetree for years and am thoroughly pleased with the service and the products. Over the years I have not had one problem with this company and have always found them to be prompt and the items true to the descriptions. The germination rate of the seeds is excellent, and the packets contain more seeds than the minimum promised. I will certainly continue doing business with them.

Positive alicewho
(50 reviews)
On Nov 11, 2004, alicewho North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great prices, quick service but where's the seeds? I had my order in just a few days, but was disappointed in the very small number of seeds in each packet.
Alice


On May 27th, 2005, alicewho changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

After watching my garden grow this spring, I had to change my rating for Pinetree from Neutral to Positive. Almost 100% germination from their seeds.
Positive dienst
(1 review)
On Nov 2, 2004, dienst Pulaski, TN wrote:

We have ordered from Pintree Seeds for many years. The two times our seeds have been delayed were during a bad ice storm (we received a $1 coupon as a thanks-for-waiting) and last year when we ordered late during the late-spring rush. The prices are good and the number of seeds are listed in the catalogue. The lettuce seed mixture (1 oz) is the best and always gets compliments. I used to hate throwing away good seed because the packages were too large (who needs 30 zuchinni plants?) but find that 4 hills are much more manageable.

Except for some specialty seeds (Thai eggplant), they are my one-stop garden seed source.

http://www.superseeds.com

Positive dtpforu
(7 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2004, dtpforu Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered bulbs. Lots of lily bulbs. The bulbs came last fall as promised. Every single one of these bulbs I ordered came up, and really showed their little blooms off! They were absolutely gorgeous. Anyone that has planted lilies, knows that the first year is rarely the best year for lilies. But these performed as if they had been in the ground for several years with many, many blooms! I would reccomend this company to anyone for their bulbs!

Positive Equilibrium
(32 reviews)
On Sep 20, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

I've purchased from Pinetree a few times. The order was shipped promptly, well packed, and arrived as described. Once I had a question about choosing one product over another and they spent time with me and helped me make my selection. I would be more than happy to place an order with Pinetree again.

Positive katherine88
(8 reviews)
On Aug 23, 2004, katherine88 New Tripoli, PA wrote:

Excellent customer service, good prices and 80% or higher germination rates for all the seeds I bought...I will order again!!

Positive plants4meUc
(3 reviews)
On Aug 11, 2004, plants4meUc Suwanee, GA wrote:

Great experience. I ordered some seeds last week. They arrived Yesterday and they all looked good.
I would do buisness with them again.

Positive ncgardenaddict
(2 reviews)
On Aug 4, 2004, ncgardenaddict Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Ordered a large variety of seeds from Pinetree this year. All were of good quality - my corn did not come up but I think that was my fault! I did notice the small amount of seed you receive but for the price (average .80 per pack) you cannot beat them! They tell you how many seeds you are getting in their catalog so you will not be surprised. I like to grow many things and don't need 2 yrs worth of seeds so it worked out perfectly for me.

Positive LooneyLinda
(36 reviews)
On Jul 30, 2004, LooneyLinda Mantua, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:

Pinetree has a great selection of seeds at prices that can't be beat. The order was correct and arrived quickly.
I will order again.

Positive drasaid
(5 reviews)
On Jul 6, 2004, drasaid New Orleans, LA wrote:

I ordered some raspberries and some begonias from Pinetree (also known as Superseeds. Bareroot, they did not look great, but I waited. They did not leaf up. I waited awhile, then I emailed them. I got replacements for all the stuff. The raspberries HAD leaves on them by now, so I stuck them in the pots and they look good. The begonias had sprouts forming.
So, I had a bad then a good experiance. I'm Ok with that.

Positive JulieU
(12 reviews)
On Jul 2, 2004, JulieU wrote:

I never need a ton of seed of any one thing. So their package size is perfect for me. It is a great way to get what I want and not have to pay a lot for it. The packages of seed that I have ordered have always had the amount of seed listed or more.

The customer service is great. I got an email response the next day after sending my email. They were so easy and nice to work with.

Positive Ramnyc
(31 reviews)
On May 18, 2004, Ramnyc New York, NY wrote:

Over 80% germination rates on the seeds from Pinetree. Excellent!

Positive Carol7
(3 reviews)
On May 5, 2004, Carol7 Surry, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This was my first time ordering vegetable seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds. I had procrastinated until February to place my order, so I paid the extra $4.50 processing fee and I received my seeds three days later. In fact, the seeds were here before my credit card was billed. I didn't notice any obvious discrepancies in the seed count per packet and everything we have planted has had a great germination rate.

Positive purplepinkpolka
(14 reviews)
On May 2, 2004, purplepinkpolka Leesburg, VA wrote:

Very inexpensive and sensible selection of seeds. I've ordered from them for 6 or 7 years and have always been happy with the results. I enjoy the simple layout of the catalogue and the seed packages are resealable and good for saving year to year. They're not quite as rigorous about their selection as Johnny's, but they're only 1/3 the price.

Positive smohler
(3 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2004, smohler West Chester, PA wrote:

This was my first year ordering from Pinetree and I was very impressed with the quality of the seeds. All of the vegetable seeds germinated extemely well and the plants are doing great.

I did have a little problem with the poppy seeds, but the company addressed this issue to my satisfication. In the future I will only use this company to purchase seeds for my veggie garden


On March 2nd, 2007, smohler added the following:

I ordered from Pinetree in the past and was impressed with the quality of their seeds. The packets had good seed counts and even seeds that have been on the shelf for a couple of years had a good germination rate. Overall one of the better seed companies I have ordered from and one of the few I would go back to as well.
Positive lmworks
(1 review)
On Apr 26, 2004, lmworks Ann Arbor, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have used Pinetree for years and have received excellent quality seeds and service throughout. The one time I had less than stellar germination on some spinach seeds, I sent them an email asking if there had been any problems with the batch, and they responded promptly AND send me replacements (more than I had ordered originally) at no charge. The prices are excellent also, and they discount many of the gardening books they sell.

Positive tamarava
(13 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2004, tamarava Chesapeake, VA wrote:

I have over the last few years placed orders with this company.I find when you order early in the season,your order is shipped out quickly.As they state on their website and catalog,the longer in the season you order the longer it takes to reach you.My order in Jan took 3 days while my order in March took 3 weeks.So, I keep that in mind when I order.I'm not thrilled with their website. No email confirmation so I wonder sometimes if my order went through.The products I received from them,books,bulbs,and seeds have been healthy and true to advertising.I can't attest for their phone customer service.I would order from them again.Tamarava

Positive GardenMouse
(14 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2004, GardenMouse Mahomet, IL wrote:

I'm not a seed-starting kind of gal, so I can't attest to the quality of their seeds. But I can definitely say that their bulbs are wonderful, even though they're not bulb specialists. I ordered a number of lily, crocus, and dwarf iris bulbs late in the season during their end-of-season sale, and everything I planted has come up strongly--including the things I just shoved into a poorly-prepared corner somewhere because it was getting into December and I'd ordered way too many bulbs and was running out of room. In fact, the crocus I ordered from them was the only patch that the squirrels left alone (of course, I probably can't attribute this to Pinetree, but you never know). Also, the lily bulbs I got from them are coming up so strongly that even my gardening-expert neighbors commented that I had obviously gotten some really high-quality bulbs. Pinetree also answered my e-mails in a reasonable amount of time.

Positive Rain
(6 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2004, Rain Louisville, KY wrote:

One of my very favorite seed companies. I save a ton with these folks, and get good reliable seed.

Positive sarrahbirrd
(4 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2004, sarrahbirrd Caldwell, ID wrote:

I ordered my seeds from PineTree only because they were one of the top 20 companies on this site, and I was glad I did. Their prices are very good. I like that they don't waste money on extra frills like glossy catalog pages or elaborate seed packets, but there are still plenty of color pictures in the catalog. I wouldn't mind a little more planting info on the seed packets though. I also ordered some books-- they have some really neat ones on less common topics. Anyway, I ordered off their website and though I didn't get a shipping notice my order arrived right when they said it would. Everything was well-packed and nothing was missing. I will definitely order from them next year.

Positive petes
(2 reviews)
On Apr 3, 2004, petes wrote:

This was my first order to Pinetree Seeds and I can say that I'm quite pleased! Their prices are very, very good, even though you aren't getting the same quantity of seeds that you might get elsewhere. But my garden isn't huge, and the extra seeds would just get discarded. I received my order very quickly, but paid the extra $4.95 for 24 hour processing. IMHO, their "checkout" on the website needs to offer the option there. I had to email them to request them to add the 4.95, but they answered within 24 hours, and told me that the order was on its way! The tomato seeds sprouted in 4 days, and the petunias in 5! Good seed!

I'll definitely order from them again, just earlier next year, to avoid the extra shipping charge.

Positive sjlanus
(1 review)
On Mar 30, 2004, sjlanus wrote:

I submitted a relatively small order on March 27th using their online service which was very organised and easy to use. After submitting the order, though, I read, in their policy section of the site, that orders between February and April would take about 2-3 weeks to ship. After reading this I became a bit panicked because I needed the seeds quickly so I sent an e-mail to them asking if I could add the $4.50 charge to send it 24hr. They e-mailed me back in less than a day and said they did it and already shipped it. I will definitely be buying from here again.

Positive mwestgardener
(4 reviews)
On Mar 23, 2004, mwestgardener Tulsa, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

In February I placed a very large seed order and ordered a book from pinetree. I had been sent a catalogue by them.
This was my first experience with them and am very happy to say it was one of the best I've had.
I knew up front that it would take a 2-3 weeks to get my order because I had waited until February to order. I read this information on their website before I ordered.
Have already planted most of the seeds and germination is quite well. I was also very pleased with the book I ordered. I already plan on ordering from them next year as well. I recommend this company.

Positive leaflady
(3 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2004, leaflady Hughesville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've only ordered from PineTree once personally as I just add my order to my daughter's or a friend's. This way we each get 4-10 seeds which is all any of us wants or needs. My experience was very good and they have always been pleased with both service and quality/viability of the seeds. You might say I'm adding 3 positive reports in 1 here.

Positive sadie_mae
(42 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2004, sadie_mae Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've ordered online from them twice and never had any problems, although I do not like the fact that you don't get any confirmation. Ordered once in Oct. '03, rec'd seeds within a week. Ordered again mid Feb '04, rec'd seeds within their stated time of 2-3 weeks for Feb-May orders. Have only started the lobelia and the germ. rate for those has been great.


On July 7th, 2004, sadiemaewebb added the following:

I just received my 3rd order from Pinetree, placed on 6-29. I counted the seeds in 3 of 6 packs and all were well over the amount of seeds indicated in the catalog ie.. 25 listed, 34 rec'd, 50 listed 93 rec'd, 100 listed 132 rec'd. I've always ordered flower seeds, never veggies, but have never rec'd fewer seeds that listed in catalog. Good germ. rates too.
On April 22nd, 2005, sadiemaewebb added the following:

This past fall, placed an order for their end of season Lilie bulbs and some crocus. I received nice healthy bulbs all of which have come up this spring.
Positive Liquesce
(2 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2004, Liquesce Mohnton, PA wrote:

I was concerned that the seeds from this company were of poor quality after very low germination rates last year but, as it was possible it was the weather and not the seeds themselves, I decided to try a few packets again this year ... and am incredibly glad that I did. Of those started indoors germination has been excellent, and the young plants appear stronger than even those from my other favorite companies. And I discovered I still had some seed from last year's packets, started them, and they're coming up beautifully as well. I was admittedly biased against this company because of their low prices ("you get what you pay for") and assumed the worst, but my experiences with the company itself -- and now its seed -- have been nothing but positive.

Positive Stan62
(2 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2004, Stan62 Latham, NY wrote:

This is about the 5th year I have purchased from Pine Tree Seeds. Each year my experience has been extremely positive from the pleasant phone operators who take my order to quick delivery. Seed germination has been excellent and the number of seeds received in a packet equals or exceeds the number listed in the catalogue. I like the fact that they charge less per packet by providing fewer seeds in a pack. This way I have fewer leftovers and can order fresh seeds each year. When the number of seeds in a packet is similar to other companies they almost always beat the price. I have made them my first choice in ordering seeds and supplies.

Positive MadGecko13
(5 reviews)
On Feb 27, 2004, MadGecko13 Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is the second time I've ordered from Pinetree. The first time, I was actually living in Jamaica and they shipped my order well packaged and quick considering mail on a mountain on an island!
This spring, I'm living in Washington state and am happy to have had the same experience.
The seeds are inexpensive, which means I can afford to order lots more varieties than I could otherwise. Germination has been great so far, and I've gotten up some plants I'd never even thought to grow before!
I did have one repeat in my stack and one omited, but for the price and the size of my order, I can't complain!

Positive fwfarm
(18 reviews)
On Feb 16, 2004, fwfarm Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've just ordered seeds - amazing selection, amazing
prices, last year's phone order and this years mail-in
order have been perfect.

Positive WabbbitAcres
(2 reviews)
On Feb 11, 2004, WabbbitAcres wrote:

I really like this company, great selection, nice catalog, wonderful sized seed packages for the smaller family or if you just want to trial some thing and dont need a ounce of seed. I do wish they had a bulk section or a buy two and save program. I will definatly order again from pine tree:)

Positive PaisleyRioux
(8 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2004, PaisleyRioux Manhattan, London, NY wrote:

Pinetree, how I love thee. Where else will you find a capped shipping fee -- just $1.95 -- for seed packets? Where else will you find such reasonable prices -- .85 a packet isn't unusual -- for high-quality seed? Germination rates are fantastic. Orders arrive quickly. Catalog makes a great read in the tub!

This supplier really, truly gets it right.

Positive dirtfarmer
(1 review)
On Jan 27, 2004, dirtfarmer Columbia, NJ wrote:

ordered online and received my seeds in one week (jan.2004)...love this place, and thanks to garden watchdog , where i found this company! last years seeds were very productive...

Positive karenhane
(15 reviews)
On Jan 18, 2004, karenhane Manchester, CT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just found this company last October and ordered from them in January. The seeds came in a week, and out of curiosity, I planted a few of each kind I ordered. I have a germination rate of 99%, not counting the one my cat ate, and I know I'll have a great garden this year! (I'll also have squash in February!) Thanks Pinetree..great seeds, great catalog, excellent service!


On January 23rd, 2005, karenhane added the following:

I again ordered seeds from Pinetree in January 05. I waited two weeks for them before I emailed Pinetree. Any other company I would not have emailed so soon, except that I know that PInetree ships very fast and I should have had them before that two weeks time.

They emailed my back asking to wait a couple more days. After another 5 days, I again emailed them and they reshipped my order.

I got the second order in about 3 days. I dont know what happened with the first order, I still do not have it.

Even though it was no fault of Pinetrees, they reshipped my order with out any hassle or faultering on their part.

Pinetree is a first-class, first-rate company. I had a great garden last year, I expect this one to be even better.

Thanks again Pinetree!
Positive b3
(1 review)
On Dec 18, 2003, b3 wrote:

I've ordered from Pinetree for 3-4 years now and I think they are the BEST! Very affordable, high quality, and great service! I've ordered seeds, plants, and other merchandise and all of it has arrived promptly and in great condition. I personally like the smaller packets of seeds (i.e. about 20 seeds for tomatoes and peppers). Not only is it cheaper, but it lets me have a greater variety in my garden without having to have a bunch of unused seeds laying around.

Positive noxiousweed
(5 reviews)
On Dec 3, 2003, noxiousweed El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've bought seeds from them and been quite happy - both with selection and delivery. No complaints.

:o) Judith

Positive becky3086
(9 reviews)
On Dec 3, 2003, becky3086 Thomson, GA wrote:

I got my seeds in 7 days. They seem to be germinating pretty well. I also bought garlic and egyptian onions. These are growing great too!


On February 6th, 2006, becky3086 added the following:

Ordered again this year. Ordered online on the 1st go them today on the 6th! I love this company!

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