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Neutral containergarden
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On Oct 7, 2006, containergarden Los Angeles, CA wrote:

My first experience was mixed. I put in a large order and many of the packets I received had been packed for previous seasons, some for two seasons earlier. Yes, they were well packaged, better packaged than most American seeds, but their useful life was limited by their packing dates. I e-mailed the owner and his e-mail response was defensive and off-point.

Nevertheless, I liked the seeds and reordered the following year (spring, 2006) specifying that I wanted only seeds packed for that year or the previous year. My order was filled accordingly.

I expect that one explanation of the relatively low prices is the owner's practice of filling orders with seeds packed in a previous season. I would not have minded if the catalog had explained this practice, which is highly unusual in the U.S., giving me the opportunity to weigh the costs and benefits of ordering. But, as is, it was a rude surprise. I'm surprised that no one else has mentioned it.

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On Oct 8, 2006 7:06 AM, Seeds From Italy added:

Italian seed companies package their seeds in hermetically sealed packages designed to prevent air and water infiltration. Because of that, they have much longer 'use by" dates than American seeds which are packaged in paper packs. This type of packaging is recognized by USDA which allows a three year 'use by" date as opposed to one year for paper packets. In fact, my seeds would always have a longer 'use by" date than any packet from an American seed company. I guarantee the germination rate on the packet.

While the vast majority of my seeds are normally from the current year, sometimes that is not the case. It has nothing to do with economics (selling old seeds); sometimes, especially with varieties which do not sell in large quantity, I either have seed from the previous year or I receive previous year seed from my Italian supplier.

I am sure I would have explained that to the commentator. If not, I apologize.

Bill McKay"

Neutral GardenGuru5
(2 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2004, GardenGuru5 wrote:

Orderd seed from them as Ive heard they were good. Nice selection but they had alot of stuff on backorder. Couldnt get a response to my emails. Finally arrived, No Agretti, got what I needed elswhere at Harvest Moon Farms Seed and Johnny's Seed but will order again.

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