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Positive warrennj
(9 reviews)
On Mar 6, 2007, warrennj Great Meadows, NJ wrote:

Stokes has always provided me with some of the best quality (and often hardest to find) seeds, always quick shipping, and reliable germination. Have been dealing with them for over 15 years and I see no reason I won't be dealing with them in the future.

Positive rebecca101
(25 reviews)
On Feb 22, 2007, rebecca101 Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I made my first order with Stokes this winter. I took advantage of their shipping special - free shipping if you order early. Otherwise they have somewhat pricey shipping for a seeds-only order - somewhat high flat rate. But if you order supplies from them as well it turns out to be a good deal.

The reason I ordered from them is their selection - they have several single-color flower seeds that I couldn't find anywhere else, as well as a few hard-to-find Asian and other vegetable seeds. Their catalog is extensive and contains a lot of useful cultural information. The order arrived very quickly. I will definitely order from them again.

Positive PhlowrsInPhilly
(1 review)
On Feb 21, 2007, PhlowrsInPhilly Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was my first time ordering from Stokes- they had a Cosmos I was looking for that others were out of. Also ordered some seed starting supplies to take advantage of that shipping fee so it didn't seem so high. And wow- I am impressed. There was excellent communication via email as to the status of my order, and I was given a UPS tracking number. It was well packed, has great information on the seed packets, AND I got my order in like a week- a great turnaround. I will definitely be back.

Positive cbh720d70
(3 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2007, cbh720d70 Portland, OR wrote:

I have been purchasing seed from Stokes for thirty five years during which time I have been gardening in various parts of the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. They have excellent variety at excellent prices as far as I am concerned and their specific germination information is as good and better than material in published books.You can depend on their seed. Anyone who considers their shipping and handling charges to be expensive has not compared them enough or considered their relative seed prices.

Neutral bestgardener
(8 reviews)
On Feb 10, 2007, bestgardener Cincinnati, OH wrote:

Stokes has a great selection and great seeds. The only problem I have had in the past is slow service. Shipping costs don't necessarily bother me since I buy a lot seeds. Also I have had problems ordering on line, so I usually have to call in my order.

Negative hart
(10 reviews)
On Feb 9, 2007, hart Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw on their website that shipping and handling of $6.95 is charged on any orders under $200. This is ridiculous. That was the end of any plans I had for placing a seed order.

Positive Helios
(6 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2007, Helios Louisville, KY wrote:

My seeds were promptly shipped and I received several emails concerning the progress of my order. The planting information on the foil packs is very specific and worth saving for future reference. It is also nice that they identify the country of origin. Well done.

Neutral ilithiya
(4 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2007, ilithiya Salem, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I haven't grown out my seeds yet, so my comments are just about the service and ordering process.

Frankly, I'm unhappy. I ordered five packs of seeds and the shipping was $6.95. The only way I could justify it is that they had seeds I wanted that I couldn't get elsewhere. The shipping was slow as well - simultaneous orders from Pinetree and Baker arrived a full week before Stokes' did.

The packaging is good - foil lined packets - and has good growing info on the back, and does cite country of origin.

My only complaint is the shipping costs. I'm satisfied enough with the rest of the process that should their shipping prices drop, I would probably order again.

Positive declfi
(30 reviews)
On Sep 9, 2006, declfi Fenton, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great. Quick Shipping.

Positive willmetge
(7 reviews)
On Jul 15, 2006, willmetge Spokane, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Stokes has good delivery time & great germination rates. They have a nice selection with reasonable prices. I would like to see variety-specific germination instructions. They often use the same instructions for a genus rather than instructions specific to an individual species or variety, but I plan to do business with them again.

Positive yentzn1
(12 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2006, yentzn1 East Orleans, MA wrote:

very good prices on seeds and culture info,
very honest about diseases and crop limitation,
(i.e. F1 hybrids need more fertilizer in order to
deliver promised results),no flashy languages.
Kinda opposite of burpee.

Positive veges2
(2 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2006, veges2 Jamestown, ND wrote:

My all time favorite seed catalog. My husband and I have had tremendous success with their products. He grows a 13 acre vege garden and I grow flowers/plants/vines. We sell at the local Farmers Market and to area grocery stores. Our customers are impressed by the quality of our produce and plants. The majority of our seeds come from Stokes.

Catalogs containing flowers only or vegetables and flowers together are available. There are clear instructions for growing that include germination temperature, transplant advice and growing advice. This is included in the catalog and on the seed packet. Germination rates are excellent (probably because of the clear instructions for growing). Easy to order on-line or via mail.

The customer service people are very helpful. Their on-linsite is improving. I would like to see them include zone information with their perennials...we North Dakotans are a bit limited. Happy gardening!

Positive chunx
(35 reviews)
On May 27, 2006, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:

Stokes came through for me once again. I was looking for a cheap mini-greenhouse to replace the one I had. They had it on clearance much cheaper than anyone else. I also needed some fairly rare seeds and they had those also. They give very detailed planting instructions on each packet and on their website plus germination rates. Stokes sells a lot of seeds to commercial growers, so you can buy in packets and bulk.

One of the real benefits is their shipping charges. $4.95 for orders under $100 regardless of weight. My order was filled quickly, I received email confirmations on processing and when it was shipped.

I hadn't ordered from Stokes in probably 10 years. All of my previous experiences with them were positive, but I pretty much forgot about them. I'm glad they came to mind again since they have very reasonable prices and a large selection to choose from.

Positive Bec_No_Va
(39 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2006, Bec_No_Va Sequim, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ordering was easy, follow up great and delivery right on time!!! Happy customer!

Positive ownedbycats
(31 reviews)
On Feb 7, 2006, ownedbycats Southern, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've ordered from Stokes for a couple years now. I've found the web site easy to use and it has a lot of information. I wish that all the different varieties had a picture on the web site, and that seed counts were given for all varieties, but these are minor nitpicks. I love being able to get packs of individual colors as well as mixtures. They also have one of the largest pansy/viola selections of any company.

I will continue to order in the future.

Positive towers
(16 reviews)
On Jan 26, 2006, towers (Zone 6a) wrote:

just got my seeds
well buy some more soon A+

Neutral oswald
(19 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2006, oswald Wausaukee, WI wrote:

Suggestion: pack small/dust size seeds in double packets. In my order minute seeds of Clarkia, Chamomile, Xeranthemum, Silene all stuck in corners and eges of large packet, difficult to extract. Only Gypsophila was in double packet. Ordered some extra packets as gifts, but their appearance is dreadful -- might discourage the recipient. Could packages be of the same quality as the visually excellent catalogue?

(13 reviews)
On Jan 5, 2006, DONBROWN Halifax,
Canada wrote:

Great selection of fresh seeds and prices are reasonable. Service is prompt.

Positive hoosac
(1 review)
On Feb 21, 2005, hoosac North Adams, MA wrote:

I have been buying mail order for about about 40 years and about 25 years from Stokes. I have always been happy with this companies seed quality,quantity,germination rate and huge selection.The service is great and the employees always honest. Best of all they treat the homegardener with total respect. Their catalog is a must written by real gardeners. It is the Bible of home seed starting. Every new gardener should read this book. It is better than a set of how-to-do seed books. I think this company is the best of all seed companies and am thankful that it is there.

On August 23rd, 2008, hoosac added the following:

I have tried buying seeds from other companies over the years. I am usually let down by the great photos of seeds growing into great and colorful plants and then go back to Stokes and am pleased by quantity and quality of their seed purchase.I think they are an honest business to buy from. The best of all seed companies----Stokes.
Positive theplantmgr
(2 reviews)
On Feb 13, 2005, theplantmgr Schenectady, NY wrote:

Best catalogue on the market. Phone order process efficient. Seeds arrived in a couple weeks. I appreciate their catalogue being alphabetical and divided into vegetables and flowers. Catalogue arrives in December, I order in early January

Their seed packages are most detailed about planting instructions including needs light for germination, temperature, freeze seed 1 week before using, etc. Seed packages also contain % germination so you have a reasonible understanding of the quality of the seed and what to expect.

They are beginning to mix pricing by weight and seed count more and more each year and do not necessarily price by both methods which makes ordering difficult if you don't understand the seed weight vs. quantity.

Positive JDWHIT
(6 reviews)
On Feb 11, 2005, JDWHIT Andrews, TX wrote:

Order was received promptly. Good source of quality hybrid seeds for both flowers and vegetables.

Positive frstbrn24
(12 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2005, frstbrn24 Warwick, RI wrote:

Today marked my third order with Stokes this season... Their service has been impeccable each and every time (hence the reason for repeated business), they have everything I have needed to do my "stuff" this season, the selection of seeds is quite impressive, and delivery has been near immediate on all three occasions.

I encourage you to at least try this company~ I am positive that you will not be disappointed.

Positive lmelling
(13 reviews)
On Jan 8, 2005, lmelling Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've been a solid customer of another well-known seed company, but have been unhappy over the last year or two with germination %'s of their seed. After reading all the positive comments about Stokes Seeds here in the Garden Watchdog, I decided to purchase my 2005 seed from them.

I ordered my seed (about $50 worth) on the 3rd of January, 05 and received it yesterday - January 7th! Not only was the service speedy, the company kept me abreast via email on the status of my order. I'm very pleased with the service so far. I'll report on the viability of the seed later on in the year when I've had a chance to evaluate it.

Positive EskieLeia
(6 reviews)
On Jan 5, 2005, EskieLeia Leesville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Received order in a timely manner - even though Christmas and New Year's holiday was involved. Order came complete - no backorders. They had a different variety of seed I was looking for. Now, if they just germinate ok.....but so far, I'm pleased with their service and products.

Positive orange_knickers
(2 reviews)
On Dec 31, 2004, orange_knickers Joseph, OR (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a copy of an email I sent to Stokes five minutes ago. I felt this needed to be added here. I changed the names invloved, just in case. Thanks!

"Hi Deb,
My name is Mike. I placed an order on the 16th of December. I was hoping to have the seeds in time for Christmas (though it was my fault for ordering so late!) I called today, December 31st, to inquire as to where my order was and I had the utmost privilege of working with Jolynn. Not sure if I spelled that correctly! Anyhow, you have a great employee here! One that knows how to treat people and one that truly cares about her job and the well being of the company she works for. This will be my first year of gardening, as we just bought a new house. I have never touched a plant before and so I have spent hours browsing the web reading as much as I can. I have found the Garden Watchdog site to be very useful in reading reviews of seed companies and nurseries. I found that Stokes had one of the highest ratings of service anywhere! And now I can see why! My order had apparently gotten stuck somewhere in fulfillment. Jolynn was very concerned about my order, so much that when she said she would call me right back after investigating, she called back within FIVE minutes! That is unheard of! She was so apologetic that she offered my free shipping on a second order I placed on the phone with her today. And I'll tell you what, that won't be my last order either! Your catalog is beautiful, your selection is tops without a doubt and the service is tops in my book. It is very rare today to find someone working in a customer service job that has the right attitude such as Jolynn. Hang onto her! I am 24, I have worked in retail for six years now, a supervisor for three, and I wish I had employees just like Jolynn. Please be sure that she receives a copy of this email. And please let me know that you have received it as well. If you would like to call, my number is below. I will follow up with her to make sure she has received a copy as well. Jolynn and Deb, thank you and you have a GREAT New Year! I look forward to adding my review of Stokes to the Garden Watchdog!

Most Sincerely,

Positive nevadagdn
(118 reviews)
On Dec 30, 2004, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

My internet order was confirmed and shipped in a timely manner. The shipment was complete. I like Stokes' low prices and wide selection of annual, perennial and vegetable seeds. I don't care whether the seeds are organic or not, because I bought mostly flower seeds, don't plan to sell anything, and even with vegetable seed, the potential amount of pesticide residue per plant would be very minimal. (I don't USE any additional pesticides other than insecticidal soap, and that only rarely because I'm lazy).

On March 14th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

germination rates are good.
On December 21st, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

This year's order arrived in a timely fashion, and was complete. I'll continue to use Stokes for a portion of my garden budget.
Positive purplepinkpolka
(14 reviews)
On May 2, 2004, purplepinkpolka Leesburg, VA wrote:

I really like Stoke's selection, which is tilted towards the demands of nurseries and thus quite different from catalogues that focus on home gardeners alone. The prices are pretty good, shipping is reasonable, and I've never had no problems in the two times I ordered from them. The catalogue has some devastatingly elaborate and dire instructions on some plants.

Positive KDePetrillo
(15 reviews)
On Apr 8, 2004, KDePetrillo North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Have only ordered by mail with Stokes, and have never had a negative experience. Seeds were always viable, and their catalogue has more cultural information than many others.

Positive twitser
(15 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2004, twitser Dawsonville, GA wrote:

Seeds delivered quickly. Smooth transaction. No complaints :-)

Positive Electric_Bob
(2 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2004, Electric_Bob California, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is not the same company as the Stokes listed in Iowa.

This Stokes is Stokes Seeds and are in Canada, with offices in Buffalo, New York. I have ordered online with them 2 years in a row, now, and have received absolutely NO disappointments. I hope any of you who will consider ordering from them receive the same courtesies extended to me. Order over $30... FREE shipping, too, as well as FAST service. Hey, we're talking 2-4 days, here!

Take care and Happy Gardening to all.

Positive abrowe
(17 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2004, abrowe wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Stokes for the last two years and I have been very happy with the service and quality of the seeds. They have a wide variety of seeds, although the catalog and web site don't show pictures of a lot of the varieties they offer. I think they cater to wholesalers and retailers more than to the home gardener. The catalog and website and the seed packets give very good instructions for planting. They keep you informed of the status of your order by email on a regular basis. Shipping is quick and inexpensive. I would recommend this company to anyone!

Positive Eric_OH
(55 reviews)
On Feb 15, 2004, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This company's offerings are especially interesting if you're looking for older, tall varieties of annuals suitable for cutting or mid to back of border interest (most other seed houses concentrate on compact/mini varieties). Stokes also has the latest intros. Prices are mid-range.

In my limited ordering experience shipment has been prompt and germination good. Online ordering this year went quickly and smoothly.

Negative sreed
(1 review)
On Nov 24, 2003, sreed wrote:

Stokes cares very little about the needs of organic growers. They carry NO organic seeds and are careless about indicating whether seeds have been treated with fungicide or not. We usually have to return a portion of our order when it turns out to be treated. In discussions with their representatives over the years they appear to feel their market is conventional growers and have little attention for organic growers. If you want to grow organic vegetables, I'd recommend Fedco or Johnnys Seeds. Harris and Seedway also do a much better job than Stokes.

Positive Marturo
(3 reviews)
On Aug 19, 2003, Marturo wrote:

Many times we tend to get mad & write about the Bad experiences we have, & stay quiet when we are happy.

We have delt with Stokes for so long, I have forgoten when we first bought from them. I want to pass this along just to show our trust in this Company. When they first offered seeds online they got Flowers up first, then after some trouble with timing, the Vegetables came online for sale. We Farm & time is critical but the trust we had in Stokes caused us to wait, so we could order online.

Then that day came, & we placed our order online from their new web site. We cut it close but as always they had our seeds on our Farm in 3 days. Stokes has more of the Heirlooms & Untreated seeds we grow as well as a great Asian selection.

When you buy your seed in 5# bags & have to know that what you order is what you will get. There's one seed company we will always order from first & we know they understand what a Comercial Grower goes through & must have. The name Stokes is who the Lucky Horseshoe Farms will trust & spend our hard earned money with first. Thank you, Stokes

Your Friends @ The Lucky Horseshoe Farms

Positive bigfatslob
(4 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2003, bigfatslob Milwaukee, WI wrote:

Good seed selection of both vegetables & flowers including hard-to-find oriental vegetables. Good germination rates. Speedy delivery. Email order-tracking, and "spam" with worthwhile information.

On June 18th, 2003, bigfatslob added the following:

How could I forget to mention the excellent germination / cultural information in the Stokes catalog?
Positive WaWild1
(2 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2003, WaWild1 Bremerton, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I ordered seeds via Email 4 days ago...they arrived today! The site was easy to use, quick to place order and prices very resonable. They also had several of the hard to find seeds I was looking for (Edelweis & Dandilion) The seed packing was nice and great directions for planting!

Positive chickenman
(19 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2003, chickenman Somerset, PA wrote:

I ordered online. They have a nice webite, with easy to follow ordering instructions. They keep you updated by e-mail of the status of your order. The seeds arrived promptly and are doing fine in the garden. They also have good prices for bulk seeds.

Positive Orchidnut
(4 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2003, Orchidnut wrote:

I've been ordering from Stokes for more than 25 years. I've always had great success with their seeds, they provide valuable germination and growing information right on the seed packets (and in their catalog). The only problem is for organic growers as some seed is treated with fungicide and you don't find out until you receive it (they don't list every time the seeds are treated in their catalog - all packets are properly labeled).

Positive robacameron
(19 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2003, robacameron wrote:

I have ordered from Stokes for a few years now. They have a good slection of seed. When you order petunias, for example, you can choose exactly what color. A lot of their seed is lightly treated, but you can also order untreated seeds. All their seeds I have grown germinate and grow very well. I particularly like their precise growing instructions on the packets, as this helps me know what I can do to get excellent germination and results. They also tell you when to expect sizeable plants from sowing time. They always ship my order promptly, and in a durable envelope. I will be ordering again!

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