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Positive laurieeirual
(12 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2019, laurieeirual Boston, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am very impressed with this company! They have an interesting selection of seeds, and virtually all the seeds I ordered had extremely high germination rates! WTG!

Positive lilaclily
(34 reviews)
On Jul 11, 2018, lilaclily Lombard, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on May 22, 2014, updated July 11, 2018
I\'ve ordered twice from Swallowtail, both large enough orders to get the free shipping special.

Shipping was fast and the seeds were packaged beautifully.

I had some poor germination on a few seed varieties from the first order, that they replaced as soon I emailed them to let them know. The germination on the replacements were much, much better and those seedlings are definitely thriving.

On the second order I placed, I had no trouble whatsoever with any of the seeds. They grew like gangbusters.

I would not hesitate to order from them again.

On July 11th, 2018, lilaclily added the following:

It's time I update my review of Swallowtail Garden Seeds!

I order from them every year- their selection can't be beat! I even follow them on Facebook and enjoy posting pictures of the beautiful plants that I've grown from their seeds.

I've only dealt with Mary and Ben, but their communications with me have always been courteous and helpful.

They stand behind their seeds, and will replace any with poor germination.

There are very few companies in the online/mail order world that I have 110% confidence in, and Swallowtail Garden Seeds is one of them!
Positive gigi1000
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2018, gigi1000 Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This is my second year ordering from Swallowtail Gardens. They carry a wide selection of seeds and provide clear instructions for starting seeds. They will also respond promptly and courteously to any additional questions. I order my seeds around mid-January and they arrive within a week. They do run out of popular annual seeds, I would recommend ordering late December or early January to make sure what you want is available. My first year growing seeds was something of a disaster due to my inexperience. The annuals/perennials seeds that did survive my negligence performed extremely well once planted. They even outperformed the annuals/perennials I purchased from a popular local nursery. This year I made several changes to my seed starting methods. Out of the this years 200+ seeds (several varieties of annuals) only 2 failed to sprout. Looking forward to another beautiful garden thanks to Swallowtail Gardens quality seeds.

Positive pfrutescens
(6 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2018, pfrutescens Havertown, PA wrote:

Have been ordering for a couple of years from Swallowtail, both for ornamentals and edibles. Fast shipping, no complaints about germination, responsive customer service.

Positive wcsoccerfan
(1 review)
On Dec 16, 2017, wcsoccerfan Winterville, GA wrote:

Very satisfied thus far. Ordered 3x varieties of snapdragons, 4x echinacea, russian sage, joe pye weed, and butterfly weed. Order was processed and shipped quickly. Sad that I only get 10-25 of many seeds...but... Started snapdragons, echinacea, and sage in promix with 12/12 light dark cycle around 65-70 degrees. Snapdragons near 100% germination. Echinacea around 60%, and sage around 75%. No stratefication required. Plus, its still early. Hopefully will get a few more in next week or so. Joe pye and butterfly weed might be harder, but we will see. Very happy thus far. Will order again without hesitation.

Positive planterino
(3 reviews)
On Dec 7, 2017, planterino Riga,
Latvia wrote:

As pensive as I can be, this company provides the best service yet. Easy to navigate website, quick shipping, generous quantities, simple but thorough instructions, relatively low prices and most importantly high germination rates for almost all seeds ordered so far. Hollyhocks, foxgloves, lupines, carnations, gaillardias, anemones, astilbes, delphiniums, hibiscus, lavender, asparagus fern, flax all showed great results.

Overall a company to stick by.

Positive mare55
(3 reviews)
On Aug 7, 2017, mare55 Abbeville, LA wrote:

Swallowtail seed company is the best! I order lots of annual seeds from them and the germination rate is excellent! Also fast service! My favorite seed company out of five that I order from!

Positive MDepicci
(5 reviews)
On Aug 5, 2017, MDepicci Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is my single favorite place to get seeds. I order dozens of varieties from them every year. Importantly, they have one of the best selections of perennial seeds I've seen anywhere. They also note the perennials that bloom the first year, which is nice. I always get them in a reasonable amount of time, seeds are always fresh. I do wish they had more detailed gemination instructions and more detailed information on days to maturity, etc.

Positive NativeGarden86
(1 review)
On Mar 15, 2017, NativeGarden86 Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I ordered seeds in January 2017 and received them within 2 weeks. I was emailed a confirmation of my order within 24 hours and also a confirmation with shipping information when that became available. My order was filled correctly as well. I love Swallowtail Garden Seeds selection for specialty cut flowers and unique offerings all around. I have sown about half of my order now and everything has germinated. I will definitely be ordering again!

Positive bjf826
(3 reviews)
On Nov 8, 2016, bjf826 Huntsville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I checked Garden Watchdog for ratings on this company prior to ordering and felt like it would be a positive experience. My order was for 12 packs of seeds placed on Nov. 1. I received a confirmation email that same day. My order shipped and I was emailed. The order arrived on Nov. 6, well packaged and filled correctly. Shipping charges were very low. This was an excellent experience and I will definitely be a return customer.

Neutral FoolishFiq
(1 review)
On Sep 19, 2016, FoolishFiq 510532,
Singapore wrote:

Posted on September 7, 2016, updated September 19, 2016
Posted on September 1, 2016, updated September 7, 2016
Posted on August 22, 2016, updated September 1, 2016
I have ordered some seeds and so far I have not received it. It has been 3 weeks after purchase and I understand that the region is from Canada. I also appreciate the good pricing on these seeds. However, I was planning on growing this for my cousin but I didn\\\\\\\'t expect the long delivery to distrupt my plan. I just check with other reviews and the customers received a few days later.

As far as I know, the seeds I ordered is not illegal in Singapore. Is it possible to track the items ordered?

On September 1st, 2016, FoolishFiq added the following:

The shipping this company use is extremely slow. One month after purchase and the package still hasn\\\'t arrive. This is outrageous and the timing is truly unreasonable. I think I rather stick with the usual company.
On September 7th, 2016, FoolishFiq added the following:

I feel incredibly stupid. Anyway, I hope the for the best when my package arrive.
On September 19th, 2016, FoolishFiq added the following:

I have already sent in an e-mail regarding the agreement, though I am not sure how to agree as this is my first time doing so. Thanks
On Sep 19, 2016, Swallowtail Garden Seeds responded with:

"On Aug 22, 2016 11:06 AM, Swallowtail Garden Seeds responded with:

Thank you for letting us know that you have not yet received your seeds. We want to make sure you receive them as soon as possible.

Shipping time via USPS First Class International is usually 1 to 2 weeks for most international locations but can take as long as 3 weeks.

Tracking information is available for shipments but is limited for some international destinations.

We would like to check on your order and give you a complete update on its status.

Please contact us at:
[email protected] or 1-707-538-3585

We\\\'re available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Pacific Time.

On Sep 4, 2016 8:06 AM, Swallowtail Garden Seeds added:

We\'re still hoping for an opportunity to speak with you by email or phone about this. We want to make sure you receive your seeds.

Please contact us at:
[email protected] or 1-707-538-3585

I believe I have found record of your order based on the zip code listed for you on Dave\'s Garden and the time when your order was placed. The order I located was not charged or shipped. We sent an email to the customer for this order and are waiting for a response prior to shipping the order.

We hope to hear from you soon.

On Sep 7, 2016 2:53 PM, Swallowtail Garden Seeds added:

We sent another email on September 1st are still waiting for a reply. Please call us 1-707-538-3585. We're available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Pacific Time. It is possible that our emails have gone into your spam folder. We are sending emails from '[email protected]'.

We still need to speak with you prior to charging and shipping this order."

Positive rddjgarden
(14 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2016, rddjgarden Bristol, FL wrote:

I ordered 3 packs of seeds, was notified when they were shipped, and received them a few days later. They were well-packed, and I await their germination. Great service!

Positive kawand33
(7 reviews)
On May 5, 2016, kawand33 Lansing, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Swallowtail Garden Seeds both last year and this year and have been very satisfied with everything I received. They have quite an extensive selection of varieties to choose from. I would definitely recommend this company.

Negative Apple88
(2 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2016, Apple88 Singapore,
Singapore wrote:

Posted on March 30, 2016, updated April 28, 2016
Seed quality is great but postage for international orders has been increasing rapidly over the years. What used to be $6.95 increased to $9.95 and the current ongoing rate on their website is $13.95 usd. $13.95 for postage alone is really crazy. Not sure if that\'s what is charged by the postal service in United States or that Swallowtail Seeds is becoming a company that charges exorbitant prices for postage. What I\'m sure is that they do not guarantee delivery of the seeds hence its unlikely that there\'s an insurance charge covered within the postage. After an order is placed, I will always receive an email requesting for acknowledgement that I will not hold them liable as the seeds are \"shipped at your own risk. Thus, we cannot be held responsible for any lost or confiscated merchandise. Prior to shipping your package, it is required that we receive confirmation from you agreeing to these terms.\"

On April 28th, 2016, Apple88 added the following:

Great! Now international shipping is back to $6.95 USD!
On Apr 28, 2016, Swallowtail Garden Seeds responded with:

"On Mar 31, 2016 8:52 AM, Swallowtail Garden Seeds responded with:

We can understand the frustration Apple88 feels about the raising prices of international shipping costs. We ship via the US Postal Service International First Class. The current cost of postage to Singapore is $13.25 for a 3 ounce package. No insurance is available for this shipping class. To include shipping insurance, the package would need to be shipped via Priority Mail, which starts at $31.95. "

Positive Schwager
(8 reviews)
On Apr 12, 2016, Schwager Pueblo, CO wrote:

Impressive, quick shipping and well packaged. Most of my seeds germinated and are doing beautifully. I was disappointed in the vinca as only three of these germinated.

Positive dlaurence
(11 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2016, dlaurence Richmond, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Good company with pretty extensive selection of annual seeds.

Paid January 19; package delivered January 25.

Positive grannieannie2
(3 reviews)
On Aug 14, 2015, grannieannie2 Newark,
United States wrote:

Have ordered two years from Swallowtail Seeds, and all orders have been fine, received swiftly, well packaged.
I had a question about correct growing conditions for Anchusa and rec'd a quick and complete email response from their office which was appreciated.

Positive saradus
(20 reviews)
On May 11, 2015, saradus Maple Park, IL wrote:

I placed a small order with Swallowtail for a couple types of ornamental grasses and coneflowers that I planted outside over the winter in winter sowing greenhouses. I've had excellent germination with the seeds that I purchased.

Positive Moonmist1
(4 reviews)
On May 9, 2015, Moonmist1 Danville, CA wrote:

Placed an order for 36 packets of seeds on May 6 @ 6pm. I had all that I ordered by 2pm May 8. True both company and customer are in CA, but still fast IMO. I have not used any seeds yet, so I can not speak as to germination rates. But I am happy with their shipping times and loved their selection of seeds.

Positive MommaCat88
(2 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2015, MommaCat88 Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I am always hoping they have what I'm looking for. I have ordered from them for several years. Always fast shipping and great prices. Excellent germination. Excellent packaging. I buy many pelleted seeds. They are always in plastic vials so they don't get crushed. I order early every year. The website is easy to navigate, and ordering is easy.

Positive esanita
(16 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2015, esanita Tyaskin, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered 4 types of flower seeds. Have had almost 100% germination. Great seeds.

Positive Jgordo02
(4 reviews)
On Mar 26, 2015, Jgordo02 Blairstown, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love Benary's Giant Zinnias but they are expensive. Swallowtail Garden Seed has them for a better price. I've had excellent germination for them and the others I ordered.

Positive Blackbelt_Lizzy
(29 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2015, Blackbelt_Lizzy La Grange Park, IL wrote:

Ordered from Swallowtail in 2014 and again last month. Very large selection of seeds I had excellent germination rates last year with large healthy plants in my garden all summer. Wonderful customer service! Seeds arrived quickly after ordering. Looking forward to starting this years seeds. I will update as these seeds grow.

Positive BarbArnoldini
(4 reviews)
On Mar 3, 2015, BarbArnoldini Tunkhannock, PA wrote:

Placed a fairly large order late in 2014 for 2015 seeds and have been happy with all but two items that germinated poorly. When I notified Swallowtail they quickly replied and new seeds are on the way. Who could ask for anything more? I especially appreciate the replacement of the expensive pelleted petunia seeds that germinated at 40%. I did not ask for replacement of these seeds but Swallowtail is sending replacements on their own because of the low germ. It was only Black Cherry tomatoes that I asked to be replaced. They went beyond what I asked for and have earned my continued loyalty. So happy for this outcome because they have a few items that I cannot find elsewhere, and they are as customer-friendly as any company I have ever dealt with, both on the phone and via email.

Positive LanfrancoLeo
(8 reviews)
On Feb 9, 2015, LanfrancoLeo Harrisburg, PA wrote:

Posted on November 13, 2013, updated February 9, 2015
I ordered 3 times last year from this company, in all the three cases I was very very happy. I had a bit of delay in one of my order...problem promptly solved once I called the company (it was during the busiest period...totally understandable).
I ordered Lisianthus, Morning glory (carnival), peony poppy, Stock , Pansy, Purple bell vine, and many many other items...all the germination rate was excellent (80-95 percent range in my case). The time of germination the same of the one indicated in the instruction. I just ordered some more items for 2014, I am a happy returning customer, and by the three separate experience of last year I have great expectation from this new batch of seeds!!

On February 9th, 2015, LanfrancoLeo added the following:

It is my thord gardening season with swallowtail Garden seeds, the germinability from this company is the BEST in my experience. I tried a lots of different plants, from herbs to difficult ornamental flower...NO ONE ever disappointed me 9of course by using the right germination setting).
Every year I try new variety since the very nice selection, and every year the company keep its promise of very high quality of seeds..
Definitively come back next growing season!!
Positive DonnaMack
(62 reviews)
On Jan 11, 2015, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on February 17, 2014, updated January 11, 2015
I am shocked to find that I have never submitted any reviews, which would have noted my great satisfaction with this company over the years. I have placed half a dozen orders with this company, and the seed selection, germination rates and packaging are outstanding. I do refrigerate my seeds, but I think that it is superb when 8 year old seed has a 90% germination rate. I highly recommend them.

On January 11th, 2015, DonnaMack added the following:

My excellent germination rates continue both with old and new seed. Swallowtail has great selections - I recognized seed for a nepeta I have been ordering as a plant, expensively year after year. One of the great things about this company is that there are unusual and highly desirable seeds in the mix. And the prices for them are standard.
Positive cherrycea
(1 review)
On Oct 21, 2014, cherrycea Laguna,
Philippines wrote:

I have a very good experience with Swallowtail in terms of their service.

I live in the Philippines and had my order sent at Virginia. It so happened someone was coming home from VA and gave the seeds to me.

The delivery was fast. I was expecting it to be around 3 to 5 working days. It arrived only 2 days after the order.

The seeds were neatly packed. I ordered 17 seeds comprising of Zinnias, Portulacas, Vinca and Marigold. So far, everything has been germinating well. The Marigold Alumia Vanilla Cream I ordered is now flowering. It did much better than the Crackerjack Marigold Seeds I bought locally. The Zinnias are also germinating well. But since it is the wet season, the Uproar Rose Zinnia's flower were not that spectacular. I will observe some more since the wet season will be over soon. But nevertheless, it always has a bud of flowers. As for the Portulacas, I will do more experimentation and see if the young plants will live more. I am germinating my vinca right now and I will wait for the results.

I like their customer service people especially Mary. She is very accommodating. I always ask for tips for germination and what plants are suitable in our climate (tropical, very humid). And she answers on-time. Lately, I have been communicating with Ben and he is very accommodating just like Mary.

Their website id very friendly. The products are presented well, the pictures are big enough and there are tips on how to germinate the seeds.

I will order again from them in the future.

Positive prairieAB
(1 review)
On Oct 7, 2014, prairieAB Alberta,
Canada wrote:

Fantastic selection, great price and fast service. Highly recommended!

Positive valal
(7 reviews)
On Sep 12, 2014, valal Natick, MA wrote:

I ordered from Swallowtail Seeds for winter sowing this winter. I love their website which is easy to navigate, has great pix. Each page at the end of seed selectionfor that species has how to plant/grow which I think is a great reference for those who need this. They had a great selectionand it was hard for me to limit myself ;0)

The home page indicates "Order today, seeds will ship (date)" which ithought was great! True totheir word, seeds shipped next day and I had them in 2 days. Can't ask for faster/ more efficient than that!

Was very happy with my experience and will definitely order again!

Positive Gallivanting1
(8 reviews)
On Aug 5, 2014, Gallivanting1 Edmonton, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I ordered a number of garden seeds and the germination rate was great! Looks like a bumper crop this year! The seeds arrived very quickly and they were easy to deal with.

Positive Gyraphe
(1 review)
On Jul 16, 2014, Gyraphe Bang Kruai,
Thailand wrote:

I purchased a number of flower seeds a few months ago from Swallowtail – pelargoniums (aka geraniums) and dianthus/carnations, among others – but because of a protracted outrageous heat wave (hot even for here near Bangkok, Thailand) I stored the seeds in the crisper section of the fridge until the onset of monsoon… but even that was a month late in arriving. Planted the seeds in starter pots 3 days ago (July 5, 2014) & was checking on the web earlier today about germination times, only to discover that you’re supposed to abrade the geranium seed hulls before planting them. I was about to write Swallowtail to see if the seeds were pre-scuffed; but when I went out to mist the starter pots, I discovered nearly all the geranium seeds had already germinated and were poking their starter leaves above the soil; plus, the carnation seeds are also already germinating! As you probably know, pelargoniums usually take 2-3 weeks to sprout, never in a mere 3 days – and the carnations weren’t due to begin showing for at least another 4 days. Needless to say, I’m overjoyed and very excited. There’s only one, tiny negative – but it isn’t Swallowtail’s fault; Thailand will not allow packages from them into the country, even though they allow seeds from other firms (I think it’s because of the swallowtail butterfly on their logo which is a dead ringer for a native butterfly which feeds on citrus tree leaves). I had the seeds mailed to a friend of mine, which arrived at his home very quickly, and he forwarded them to me; I was worried that the time lag & possible adverse weather might negatively affect the seeds, but I guess not. I’ll keep you posted as to how the plants turn out. I also purchased begonia seeds from Swallowtail & planted the hanging-planter varieties yesterday, but (needless to say) they haven’t sprouted as yet. I’ll fill you in on their progress as well.

Positive Cellsum
(2 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2014, Cellsum New York City, NY wrote:

I ordered an array of sunflower seeds. The service was superb- they seemed to arrive practically overnight, and my order was correct and perfectly packaged. They didn't all germinate as I expected, but given that this was the first time I planted such an array and in these particular areas, I suspect the issue was with my soil preparation and planting some in a less than ideal spot. It's early in the season, but we're beginning to see some very promising results. I just wanted to note how happy I was with the incredibly prompt delivery and service.

Positive dicentra63
(2 reviews)
On Jun 7, 2014, dicentra63 West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

This year I ordered no fewer than 12 varieties of Impatiens seeds (including I. x hawkeri) and I've had the most wonderful success!

The germination rate was around 97% and the plants are healthy and productive.

The selection of Impatiens seeds was also superb. It was hard to choose!

Positive barelilly
(2 reviews)
On Jun 4, 2014, barelilly wrote:

I'm rating this positive because I just put in my order today but I found the website itself to be easy to use and understand with the information needed included in the description along with helpful hints and suggestions. Although I'm an experianced gardener including as much information as possible is extremely helpful to those who aren't. Plus everywhere else I looked was out of monarda seeds, i was thrilled to find this place. Wish me luck with the seeds!

Positive bryana
(70 reviews)
On May 17, 2014, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

I ordered several varieties of seed - the ones I started inside had good germination, some I planted directly outside - don't know about them yet.

Positive rnbee
(2 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2014, rnbee Warwick, RI wrote:

I ordered about $45 worth of seeds from Swallowtail this week. My shipment was in the mail the next business day and I received a shipping confirmation via email. The padded envelope arrived two days later via USPS.

I am very satisfied. I will be ordering from Swallowtail again.

My only suggestion is to lower the free shipping minimum (it was only for orders over $40 when I ordered) and/or release promo codes for free shipping. While I am happy with my shopping experience, it's rare that I need that many seeds and I really don't want to pay $4.95 for shipping if I am only purchasing a packet or two. In that case I would shop around for the retailer with the best shipping deal, and will go out of my way to order from somebody with free shipping.

Positive agastachegrl
(5 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2014, agastachegrl Eden Prairie, MN wrote:

I love Swallowtail Gardens!! Been ordering from them for about 3 years..petunia seeds, vine seeds & others. They always arrive quickly, packaged well & germinate when they are supposed to! Props to you, Swallowtail!! Sending a big thanks from MN!!

Positive exfed
(5 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2014, exfed Germantown, TN wrote:

Having ordered from this company for 4 years, their website is very helpful and user-friendly. Fast service, good range of seed products and fair prices. Excellent germinations. Always courteous and prompt customer service. A real winner all around.

Positive Shorty_CA
(3 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2014, Shorty_CA Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Last spring I placed an order for several packets of seeds, both annuals and perennials. In spite of a tracking number that stated the order was delivered it never arrived. I contacted Swallowtail and they reshipped the order. Again I did not receive it. I had been having problems with mail delivery such that I had filed a formal complaint with my local postmaster. Swallowtail shipped the order a third time and I received it finally. The re-shipments were at no additional charge.

As a newbie I planted these seeds and none of the, germinated. The customer service rep was extremely helpful in pointing me to resources to determine what my problems might have been.

Three weeks ago, I planted the remainder of the seeds I received during 2013 and I'm extremely pleased that they have all germinated and are well on the way to becoming thriving plants as long as I don't screw something up.

Swallowtail went the extra mile to help me out and I will continue to order from them.

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