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Positive Iniondia
(2 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2003, Iniondia Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Pinetree is my favorite seed catalogue. Their seed is inexpensive and high quality, good variety, good germination, and their growing instructions are easy to understand. Their delivery is prompt, and packaging is appropriate. I especially like that they offer smaller packets of seeds for a reduced price--I have no need for the larger quantities offered by so many seed companies.

I have been ordering the bulk of my vegetable and annual flower seeds from this company for years, and will continue to do so. (I have already received my order for 2003.)

This year, I also bought some "last chance" bulbs at a greatly reduced price, several were not viable, but most are thriving.

I am impressed with Pinetree, overall.

Positive lantanaland
(3 reviews)
On Jan 9, 2003, lantanaland wrote:

Out of all the many mail-order plant & seed companies that I have dealt with over the past ten years, Pine Tree Seeds is the best! I've only had one back order and it arrived five days later. I normally send my orders in January and receive them back in 5-7 business days. The seeds have a high-germination rate and in general, the price is wonderful. I love the concept of smaller amounts of seed (I don't need to archive extra seed!) at a smaller price.

Positive autremike
(20 reviews)
On Jan 3, 2003, autremike Ludlow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Over the past 14 years, this company has allowed me to experiment with more different types of vegetables than any other. The lower prices helped greatly when I was going to college and could not otherwise afford to spend alot on gardening. In the beginning, I could only afford around $7 which still bought 12 packets of seed - don't forget prices were less back then...

Now, their selection allows me to try 2 packets of vegetables for the price of 1 huge packet from their competitors. The price per seed is about the same as other companies, but I get to try twice as many varities. This is especially valuable when you want to try something new.

Most importantly, Pintree Garden seeds spawned my interest in growing different vegetables, learning that rack packs are not all that there is in the world. It is this that eventually led me to explore Seed Savers Exchange, perhaps the most important organization in the country for the general public. (The germplasm repositories around the country also do an excellent job)

Positive PeggyM
(1 review)
On Jan 3, 2003, PeggyM wrote:

I had germination problems with a seed packet and asked to have them replaced-this company was perfect-replaced the seeds with NO QUESTIONS asked and I had good luck with the new order.

It is also much easier to experiment with funky varieties because the cost is so reasonable!!

Positive Latricia130
(2 reviews)
On Dec 9, 2002, Latricia130 wrote:

Pinetree is my favorite seed company. I have been very happy with the many orders I have placed.

Positive beboc
(2 reviews)
On Dec 7, 2002, beboc wrote:

I absolutely love this company. I like the fact that the seed packets are of smaller size so that I can affordably try out different varieties. They are always prompt with their shipping and I ordered easily from their website. They have a large variety of both vegetable and flower seeds. This is the second year I have ordered from them and I am very pleased!

Positive k3001lars74
(1 review)
On Dec 3, 2002, k3001lars74 Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is currently my favorite seed catalog. I have been using them for the past five or six and have had only positive experiences. I did receive the wrong packet of seeds in an order one year, but the error was quickly corrected with a single email. Pinetree offers a broad variety of seeds and prices are always the lowest around. The packets are smaller than many other companies, but I still usually end up with a lot of seed left over each year.

I have noticed that Pinetree tends to stick with "tried and true" varieties of seed, so I occasionally need to go to other sources for newer cultivars.

Positive tomatodon
(5 reviews)
On Nov 20, 2002, tomatodon wrote:

I've ordered from these folks for about the last 15 years. They offer some unique varieties, though their selection isn't quite as great as some other categories. The catalog is also a good read, written by an owner who isn't afraid of his opinions and refreshingly devoid of exclamation points. Mostly, their prices are the best around, not only on seeds but on supplies as well. They also have an interesting collection of books and kitchen supplies as well, sometimes at fire sale prices.

One word of caution: as others have noted, order early. This spring an order I placed in January was received in days, while a late February order took over a month. I've had this problem in past years as well.

Positive kallesti
(1 review)
On Nov 14, 2002, kallesti wrote:

Based on the Garden Watch Dog top rating for Pinetree, I decided to order my seeds online less than one week ago. They arrived today in a padded envelope via regular U.S. Postal service. The directions are printed on the seed packets, and every packet has the company sastifaction guarantee on back. The prices seemed extremely reasonable, and I especially like the bargains.

Positive gardeningsd
(5 reviews)
On Oct 3, 2002, gardeningsd wrote:

I ordered softneck garlic, egyptian onions, and a variety of seeds from them. I have placed at least 6 orders and I have been happy with every single one. The garlic was huge, beautiful and the best quality. They are on the top of my list for any future orders.

Positive sillyfilly
(1 review)
On Oct 1, 2002, sillyfilly wrote:

I've been ordering from Pinetree for four years, and have always had great germination rates, reliable delivery, and prompt and curtious customer service. They're prices are great, I love the qty of seed -- I'm not innundated with tons of extra seed every year. My only hope is that they will someday offer a greater variety of heirloom veggies.

Positive DeeBlackburn
(7 reviews)
On Sep 14, 2002, DeeBlackburn wrote:

I have never had good luck starting plants from seeds. However, almost all of the seeds I ordered from Pinetree Gardens sprouted and flourished. I love to grow a lot of different varieties, so the small packets at reasonable prices was a great draw. I highly recommend this company.

Positive dotkins
(5 reviews)
On Sep 2, 2002, dotkins wrote:

I love this company! I rarely need large quantities of a single seed, so I appreciate their smaller packet sizes (and smaller prices). Their seeds are excellent quality with fabulous germination rates ( even after I misplaced a packet for 2 years they all came up). I have also ordered seed starting materials and prices and selection is great. I don't miss the glossy catalog - I already get too many of those - I do appreciate their sense of humor. A great "internet find". They have a customer for life!

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

I've been ordering seeds from Pine tree for about 6 years. Last year I ordered in February and had a TERRIBLE time getting them to fill my order. I finally told them to ship overnight and I paid dearly for that option but at least I got the seeds before summer. I recommend ordering ASAP after the first of year to get seeds on time. This year I had a problem with their kohlrabi (white vienna) going to seed before it formed bulbs. I also planted Territorial Seed at the same time and didn't have that problem. Now I question if it was the seed since all were planted in the same area and same conditions. I have highest praise for their quality of seed, prices but I now realize that I need to order very early or pay the consequences.

Positive greenhart
(1 review)
On Jun 22, 2002, greenhart Hodgenville, KY wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Pinetree for 3 years, each time I got what I ordered and it arrived when they said it would. But the best thing is 1. low prices and 2. very good selection of seeds. I will continue to order from them each year.

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

I had only ordered seeds from this company, and was satisfied in the past. This year, I didn't have time for much seed-starting, but ordered plants of a new coreopsis that I had seen elsewhere at a much higher price. The order came on time, well packed, and the plants were small but are growing strongly.

Positive plantguru
(1 review)
On May 15, 2002, plantguru wrote:

Wow! Only $1.50 to ship 1 or 100 packets (or more) of seeds how can you go wrong?? and $2.95 for gardening product shipping, how can they do it? I've been buying seeds here for years and Pinetree is number one in my book. Great germination and great selection. I always check out the competition, but Pinetree always gets my order.

Positive Zorro
(6 reviews)
On May 7, 2002, Zorro Kelowna,
Canada wrote:

Excellent mail order company for vegetable seeds. Top notch customer service, excellent germination rates, low prices. I have found that you have to ask for the catalogue yearly, but I imagine that this helps them keep their costs in check, and prices low. The catalogue is a treat to read, not least because it dispenses with the gaudy photos and Hollywood descriptions that other, more expensive seed companies tend to employ. I hope they realize that they have a winning formula.

Positive lupinelover
(15 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2002, lupinelover Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Out of all the mail-order companies, Pinetree is simply the best I have ever gotten seeds from. I order early in January and have always gotten my seeds within a week. I have never had to take a "substitute" Germination rates are the highest I have ever had for all their vegetables, including carrots.

My only wish is that they provided their tiny seed in smaller envelopes has anyone ever tried to find (much less separate) lobelia seed in a regular packet?

Positive frozensunflowers
(2 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2002, frozensunflowers Marshall, MN wrote:

Good products and good seeds , slow in shipping...

Positive rockinghorse
(3 reviews)
On Apr 12, 2002, rockinghorse wrote:

Absolutely the best seed dealer around. Excellent assortments, honest descriptions. You'll find what few bulbs they sell are just as choice as their seeds. A+ all the way!

Positive Art
(8 reviews)
On Apr 10, 2002, Art Mountain Dale, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've ordered from many suppliers over the years, and have
to say that Pinetree is the best. Their prices can't be
beat, they always ship within a week, and the seed quality
is near perfect - I've never had a poor germination rate
for anything. Their catalogue is my favorite, too. While
it doesn't contain thousands of full-color pictures, it's
charming, informative, and in itself a fun read. I would
recommend Pinetree to anyone.


On June 14th, 2002, Art added the following:

In May of this year, for the first time ever, I
ordered plants rather than seeds - raspberry canes,
asparagus roots, and some horseradish roots. Every
single one is growing nicely. I can't say enough good
things about this company. I won't bother even
rading other catalogs anymore.
Positive kc4cajt
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2002, kc4cajt wrote:

I have ordered from many seed companies (Parks, White Flower Farm, etc. and I must say that Pinetree is far most the best. I started seedlings inside being I live in the Northeast and had a 100% germination. Not only on one packet of seeds but whatever I received from them is absolutely growing beautifully. The price, customer service, germination rates, selection, etc.. you cannot go wrong. I truly recommend them and I have also told them how happy I have been with their seeds.

Positive RobertGorski
(3 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2002, RobertGorski Waukesha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have ordered from Pinetree by catalog for many years and have been very pleased. Ordered from their website this year and struggled getting the order in and correct. I think this is a contract ordering program and it is among the least user friendly. Conclusion: great seeds, good prices, order from the catalog or by phone.

Positive Cameo68
(1 review)
On Mar 15, 2002, Cameo68 Mount Morris, MI wrote:

Wonderful company. Have ordered from them frequently since 1982 and have never had a problem. They've substituted a couple of times when seed I ordered was no longer available, using a similar product, and I've always been pleased with their shipping practices/times, packaging (both of products and for shipment), and basically everything. I get a ton of catalogs every year from various companies, and I can honestly say I make my list of what I want/need, and check into Pinetree first for the actual purchases. 99% of my annual seed money goes to them, and they are well worth it. Packets are sized just right for the home gardener, with more seeds of things you grow lots and lots of (like beans and peas) and less for things that produce abundantly with few plants (like squash and tomatoes). Excellent company, friendly service.

Positive shellytichy
(1 review)
On Mar 1, 2002, shellytichy wrote:

I start planning my gardens (vegetable and flower) each winter. Gives me plenty to look forward to come Spring. I have had phenomenal luck with Pinetree Gardens' seeds (great germination rates, interesting varieties, SAMPLE-SIZE PACKETS! -how many places do THAT??) and I've ordered many of their books as gifts for friends as well. They're courteous, prompt and accurate. What more can I ask for?

Positive AnitaHuffman
(6 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2002, AnitaHuffman Mouth Of Wilson, VA wrote:

We have had good success with seeds from Pinetree.

Positive Sullivan
(4 reviews)
On Feb 27, 2002, Sullivan Watertown, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

If there is a seed company out there, I've bought from them and this place is the very best.
The prices are low and, in many cases, so are the numbers of seeds, which is fine. They are simply the best source I've found for northern-grown anything.
By mistake a couple years ago I ordered two packs of seeds for echinacea(purple coneflower). One was from Pinetree, one from somewhere else at a couple dollars more.
Guess what? Pinetree did fine. It's never done anything else for us here in northern New York.

Positive tiG
(7 reviews)
On Feb 8, 2002, tiG Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Finally found a seed company I'm happy with. Great selection, easy ordering online, fast shipping and great prices. Just placed my second order this season.

Positive Legit
(5 reviews)
On Feb 7, 2002, Legit Porterfield, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is my second year to order seeds from Pinetree. I ordered on the internet, and got them within a week. I think thre prices are the best I've found, and selection is very good. I ordered seeds, plants, and reading material from them. I will let you know how they do on the plants and bulbs. The only thing that surprised me was that I ordered from all three of their catagories, on line, and am being charged shipping individually for all three catagories, and I was unaware of this online. I still think they are the best, however, they've got to cover costs somehow.

Positive Isabella689
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2002, Isabella689 wrote:

I ordered a bunch of different seeds this winter, and the germination rating is being excellent. They came packed in small envelopes, and some of them in tiny tubes, very handy. I ordered through the web page without problems, it was working.

Positive backstrom
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2002, backstrom wrote:

Very satisfied with seed, service, and catalog descriptions. I like the prices too, and the chance to buy smaller packets.

Positive donrichardson
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2002, donrichardson wrote:

I bought many different seeds, both vegetable and flower seeds. I also bought gardening supplies from Pinetree. I was very satisfied with what I received and saved money - the same seeds were usually more expensive at other mail order companies. I will use Pinetree again.

Positive Nannette
(6 reviews)
On Jan 24, 2002, Nannette Signal Mountain, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This has become the catalog that I look forward to every winter. The prices are great! making it easy to experiment. I have had a very good rate of return from their seeds.

Positive Jaan
(4 reviews)
On Jan 21, 2002, Jaan wrote:

Having been a loyal customer for the past eleven years, I recommend them to every gardener I know. Seed quality and selection are tops and they are one of the very few companies with realistic shipping prices. Other merchants want up to $4.00 to ship an ounce of seed packets, Pinetree does it for a get real price of $1.95. Their shipping on garden supplies is an absolute bargain. Don't know how they do it, but I love these guys! One of the best seed outfits around.

Positive WitchHazel
(2 reviews)
On Jan 21, 2002, WitchHazel Waterbury, CT wrote:

Great company with excellent service and prices. Healthy seeds that have always germinated for me. Highly recommened.

Positive good2grow
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2002, good2grow New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great prices. Per seed price almost always beats Parks, with pack sizes appropriate for the home gardener. (Parks does beat them on packaging-I do like that foil pack)

Positive BakerCreekSeed
(70 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2002, BakerCreekSeed Mansfield, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

A good company with a great selection,
Good Quality, Dick's company has really grown over
the years.

Jere Gettle

Positive Zonker_Dog
(7 reviews)
On Jan 14, 2002, Zonker_Dog Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great Company and Great packaging! Last year I sent seed orders out to 4 companies on the same day. Pinetree beat the next earliest company by about a week, and the latest by several weeks. I love the design of the seed packages, which they change a little every year. Everything aspect about this company has been positive. Seed quality and variety is consistently high.


On April 27th, 2003, Zonker_Dog added the following:

I had another positive experience with Pine Tree Seeds this year. After ordering on-line this year, I had a problem with my credit card acceptance. I called the number provided on a Saturday morning and resolved the problem with a very sympathic customer representative. After resolving the problem, I added to the order. Instead of running my credit card through the acceptance process again, she added the item to be paid for on the next order. I definitely will order from them again, probably for my fall garden!
On March 25th, 2004, Zonker_Dog added the following:

This is a semi-positive post for Pinetree. I sent in an order in mid-February. After a month I sent an e-mail through the DavesGarden link. The e-mail was promptly answered the next day, that my order would be filled the next day. I received the order about a week and half later. I don't know how much to attribute to snail-mail and how much to attribute to maybe their busy season.

Overall I am still pleased with the quality and response from Pintree.

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