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Positive danng
(2 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2017, danng Santa Ana, CA wrote:

I Have ordered seeds from STOKES USA for past 10 years or so.My experience and rating is this.ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT.The seeds I have ordered over the years have had outstanding germination rates.
Just last week I was checking my old seed packets and I was about to throw away some old seeds from STOKES- ZINNIA new seed pack 2008 and SWEET SULTAN new seed pack 2012. and SALPIGLOSSIS also new 2012.
Even though they were 5 years old and almost 10 years for ZINNIA I decided to give them a try and this week after some soft rain they surprised me totally by germinating.
Even some of my old STOKES seeds that I have opened a few years back seem to germinate for at least a couple of years.
What does this tell me that STOKES uses only fresh seeds and when they seal the seeds in their seed packs they do an outstanding job and that there is no moisture or infections such as fungus or other.
SO my final rating is out of 100 points and compared to other seed companies STOKES is the probably the best of all.
For example compared to BURPEE and companies that dont seal their seeds in ALUMINUM foil their seeds rarely make it past a year.
My only 2 disappointments is that I never see their seeds on sale which may be a good thing as they probably just get rid of their old seeds.
Second disappointment is they dont have wider variety of seeds but STOKES covers most of the popular seeds.
I can only rave about STOKES SEEDS.In my opinion they are the best.MAYBE a little bit pricey but germinating years later it is worth the extra cost.
I also like their growing tips on the seed packets as they are very helpful in getting the seeds to germinate.
DANIEL [email protected]

Positive kozzak01
(1 review)
On Jan 2, 2016, kozzak01 Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I have been purchasing Stokes seeds for several years. the service is always fast, accurate & the products are superlative...! I will continue to buy from them as time goes on!

Positive SharonSix
(3 reviews)
On May 23, 2015, SharonSix Huron County, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have ordered seeds and garden supplies from Stokes for several years. My 2015 order was shipped very fast even though my order was made in February and most of it wouldn't be planted until May (The poor UPS driver had to park at the road and wade through the snowbanks in my long farm laneway). Good email notices. I like how their catalogue gives detailed information about disease resistance. I have a terrible time with powdery mildew - so my luck with cucumbers has really improved by buying more resistant varieties.

Positive DonnaMack
(66 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2015, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered from this company for several years but have never mentioned the great service, very reasonable prices and high germination rates. I realized it when I recommended them to a friend on Dave's. I have been very happy with them.

Positive Farmerdill
(24 reviews)
On Mar 6, 2015, Farmerdill Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was my first order from Stokes. They had vegetable varieties that were not available from my regular suppliers. Service was excellent. Prompt shipping and excellent packaging.

Positive madge4500
(1 review)
On May 10, 2013, madge4500 belleville,
Canada wrote:

I have no idea why anyone would think $6.95 is a high rate for a shipping fee, they haven't raised that rate in years, I have dealt with Stokes Seeds over 25 years, they are still the freshest more reliable seeds, I used to grow over 5 acres of pumpkins for market, never had a problem with their seeds, service or fees, awesome company to deal with.

Positive plantsandboats
(3 reviews)
On May 26, 2012, plantsandboats New Westminster,
Canada wrote:

I love of the huge variety of flower seeds they offer.

Been ordering form Stokes year after year. Never had a bad order....touch......dirt : )

Positive sandgarden
(11 reviews)
On May 23, 2012, sandgarden Millsboro, DE wrote:

They offer such a vast variety of unusual seeds. Fulfillment very, very prompt. Will continue to be a customer.

Positive psychloman
(50 reviews)
On May 21, 2012, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This company has been around for years but I don't recall ever having ordered from them before.This year I gave them a try after visiting their website and reading the meticulous information given for almost all the seed they sell.I ordered seed of brachycome,ursinia and catananche and received large,generous packets of each.Germination was excellent. Their website makes fascinating reading and they have a great selection.I'm sorry I didn't order more than I did.

(4 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2012, LCROCKERC Florence, MT wrote:

Seed order arrived very quickly. Good variety of seeds to pick from but I feel their shipping costs are a little pricey. Other than that I have no complaints.

Positive PinetopPlanter
(24 reviews)
On May 17, 2011, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I think the seeds are somewhat pricey -- probably, in part, due to the size of the packets they offer. Their packets, in general, contain many more seeds than those from other catalogues. A small nursery could manage on the amount of plants one can grow from a packet of Stokes' seeds. So perhaps their offerings are not for the 'micro' or very small home gardener. That said, their offerings are excellent -- they have a huge selection of petunia seed, as well as marigolds and impatiens. Same with the vegetables. I ordered Durango mixed marigold seeds about 4 years ago. I'm still planting that seed these years later with excellent germination results. I think every seed from Stokes germinates -- the rates are amazing. The catalogue is very nice as well. They have become a regular supplier for me.

Positive voyagergreg
(8 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2010, voyagergreg Lakeside Marblehead, OH wrote:

Ordered carnation seeds & they arrived in 5 days..Confirmation of order was received via email when order was received as well as when it was shipped..
Will be starting the carnations indoors after seeds harden in freezer for 5 -7 days as instructed...

Positive PamelaQ
(22 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2010, PamelaQ Navarre, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I ordered and received seeds from Stokes in a very timely manner. They have such a large choice of petunias with all the new varieties out. I will order again for other categories also.

Positive trc65
(8 reviews)
On Feb 6, 2010, trc65 Galesburg, IL wrote:

Stokes has the most comprehensive information on growing their seeds/plants anywhere. Excellent information in their catalog and even greater detail on the individual seed packets. They have one of if not the largest selections of seed varieties available including many commercial varieties that are not always available to home gardeners through other companies.

I would also rate their customer service as excellent. I ordered seed online, received confirmation e-mails as the order progressed through their company and confirmation of shipment. My seeds were waiting for me exactly 7 calendar days after ordering. I ordered seed from three other companies the same day and none of those orders have even been shipped yet (reviews for those companies will follow).

I have used Stokes' catalog for years as a reference, but this was my first order and will probably be the only company I order my vegetables from in the future.

Positive juliabears
(7 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2010, juliabears Harrisburg, PA wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from Stokes for close to twenty years. I have NEVER had a problem. The detailed growing instuctions on the packet are very informative. There may be seed houses as good as Stokes but none better.

Positive go_cats
(7 reviews)
On Aug 5, 2009, go_cats Wilmette, IL wrote:

I ordered salvia and lobelia seeds and a few supplies this past winter. Delivery was prompt and I had extremely good germination rates. I like the wide selection and would definitely order from this company again.

Positive mstasney
(1 review)
On Jul 19, 2009, mstasney Buda, TX wrote:

I pulled several herb seed packets out of the refrigerator that were well past due. I just tossed them in garden boxes to see what would happen and it was unbelievable! It looked like every seed germinated within a short period of time and the herbs were beautiful until the Texas heat got to them. Definitely recommend Stokes seeds!

Positive ratlover1
(8 reviews)
On May 6, 2009, ratlover1 Rising Sun, IN wrote:

Absolutely love this company. Have ordered a variety of flower seeds from them over the past few years and have never been disappointed. The large packet size is nice, and the option to purchase grower-quantity sizes is great, for example being able to order ounces of different sunflower seeds for a sunflower garden.
Germination is always excellent and the plants have always been outstanding.
I particularly appreciate the very detailed sowing/growing instructions. It allows me to try new and unusual flowers from seed, that I would not have had success with, without the helpful directions!

Positive cherokeeleprechaun
(2 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2009, cherokeeleprechaun Alvarado, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I searched several seed companies to find gourd seeds. I finally came across Stokes and they had the most variety!
I could finally order the bulk of the specialty gourd seeds from one place and at a reasonable price. (Some of the seeds I was searching for seemed only available thru the National Gourd Society and their members.)

Thank you Stokes!

Will update when seeds arrive and as they germinate and grow.


On April 10th, 2009, cherokeeleprechaun added the following:

My seeds and other items arrived 2 days ago and I they are all planted and in the greenhouse. I had received emails that let me know the progress of my order in their warehouse and when it was shipped out.
I have raised a few gourds in my time, but this year I am aiming at raising a few specialty varieties for fun and crafts. Have done my homework and research and am grateful that STOKES had the wide variety for me to purchase all at one time, from one place. However, I forgot to order the snake gourds! Oh well I think the other nine will keep me plenty busy!
More to come as the little rascals germinate. May spring burst forth in a glorious blaze of color and greenery!
On April 28th, 2009, cherokeeleprechaun added the following:

Update on my gourds.
Nearly all of the seeds germinated even though my barn cats decided to investigate the newly potted seed trays. I suspect that has something to do with the few that did not germinate.
The germinated plants are healthy and growing very well. I have hardened them all off and they are ready to be placed outside.
Those that have already gone forward to the mound beds are thriving.
The bushel gourds were the last to germinate but they are catching up fast!

I will definately order again from STOKES.

Side note: As nearly all of the seeds that I planted germinated, I had extra plants. A church group came to get manure for their community garden (I have a continuous renewable resource of it with my horses!) and I offered them the extras. They were impressed with the size of the plants and their healthiness for the short time that I had had been growing them. They are looking forward to doing some youth group crafts with them this fall. They are going to go in a special section for the kids to grow.
Seems they have not been able to germinate gourds in their garden plot so THANKS AGAIN STOKES !!!
Positive hemlockhaunts
(4 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2009, hemlockhaunts Dover, PA wrote:


Positive lissa22
(6 reviews)
On Feb 6, 2009, lissa22 wrote:

I wanted to take a few moments out of my busy seed starting day to praise Stokes on the customer service I received. I placed an order with them, and granted it wasn't huge, but I had my seeds within a week. With the exception of one packet that was on back big deal really, but now we are getting down to it, and I needed to know if I should order something different for my yard.

I sent an e-mail asking about the backorder, and got a really fast response telling me what was going on with my order....and this morning, 3 different e-mails, all about the progress of my order.

Gardeners on a whole are a pretty forgiving bunch I think, but when customers service goes above and beyond, the company earns our business. Thank you Stokes for a job well done!

Positive gafbuffalo
(6 reviews)
On May 12, 2008, gafbuffalo Orchard Park, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Stokes is a semi-local company for me, with their US warehouse about ten miles away and their headquarters in Canada within easy reach. They have excellent seeds with great germination and are to be recommended in every way -- fast service, decent and comprehensive selection and amazing cultural information, both in their catalog and on the seed packets. Mystery seeds are unlikely from them. I highly recommend their products. The one time I had an issue, I got a letter of explanation from their CEO and a no-questions-asked refund (even though the seeds were not really defective). I've bought from them for over 20 years.
Buy from them with confidence.

Positive pagardener61
(4 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2008, pagardener61 (Zone 6a) wrote:

Super fast, had order in 5 days. Good selection, they were the only ones who had my special painted daisies. Very happy, seed is germinating well.

Positive cattican
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2008, cattican Vancouver,
Canada wrote:

One of the best things is the comprehensive list of instructions on the back of the packages. I've followed them closely, with what I consider 100% success. All seeds had a high germination rate, and performed in the garden as illustrated. I always recommend Stokes if asked about my beautiful flower beds.

Positive debbymck
(7 reviews)
On Feb 15, 2008, debbymck Racine, OH wrote:

Sent an order in on January 21, 2008, recieved February 2, 2008. In that order there were 2 packages of pelargonium, (geraniums) that I planted on February 11. Out of 41 seeds, I already have 36 that have germinated. I think that's pretty good. I will be ordering from them again in the future.

Positive arachide
(12 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2008, arachide Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have ordered from Stokes for three years in a row because they have a good product and excellent customer service. They offer a large selection of seeds sold in individual color packets so I can order the exact colors I want and not just a pack of mixed. In addition, most seeds can be ordered in quantities ranging from small up to bulk. Their seeds have excellent germination and are shipped promptly with email notification of order status. All in all a great company.

Positive glendalekid
(17 reviews)
On Jan 7, 2008, glendalekid Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great service from this company. Seeds were shipped quickly and arrived quickly. Prices and shipping costs are very reasonable. They had several varieties I was having trouble finding, so I was very happy to find them here.

Positive paracelsus
(18 reviews)
On Nov 26, 2007, paracelsus Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've been ordering seeds from this company since the eighties. I like them primarily because they offer some unusual varieties (at very reasonable prices), and they have a very informative catalog, especially if you are growing in the north. For years they were one of the only companies that had unusual sweet peppers, esp. pimento types, which I favor. Pretty much every color of pansy and petunia as well.

Yes, their website used to be wiggy, but they seem to have resolved that.

Positive machiasacres
(7 reviews)
On Sep 25, 2007, machiasacres Everett, WA wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from stokes for several years. Service and shipping is excellent. They have many seeds in larger quanties at very reasonable prices. The pelleted seed makes planting a breeze. The information in Stokes catolog makes it a great reference source. I highly reccomend this company.

Positive crazy_gardener
(42 reviews)
On Aug 27, 2007, crazy_gardener Wainwright, AB (Zone 2b) wrote:

in Thorold, Ontario, Canada.
+ Positive, 2 greenthumbs up for this seed company!

Iíve been ordering seeds from this company for many years now and Iíve never had a problem with their products.

Good selection, always something new, reasonable prices, good quality, informative growing instructions, always great germination, wonderful customer service, fast delivery, easy to navigate website, free colourful catalogue, what else can I say!

Positive 14milecreek
(2 reviews)
On Jul 27, 2007, 14milecreek Tahlequah, OK wrote:

Positive Feedback - This year was the first time I had ever heard of this company, but I will definitely be a repeat customer!

I ordered Brocade sweet corn from Stokes in the Spring of 2007 and had it in hand within the week! I don't know how they did it! Their catalog was a wealth of information. I was able to compare growth and production charts of seeds; even those seeds advertised by other companies whose catalogs had no comparison information available.

The Brocade Sweet Corn was the best I've ever eaten! Definitely the best I've ever grown! Brocade produced consistant 2 inch diameter ears, 8 inches long, pollinated to the the tip, in tight husks, on strong upright stalks 7 and 8 feet tall.

People that I gave corn to asked, "How did you do it?"

"Easy, I planted Brocade Sweet Corn - God grew it - I picked it."

I have ordered from a lot of mail order seed catalogs over the last 35 years, but I have by far been most impressed by Stokes Seed and service. Now I am a local gardening success. My neighbors, my horse, and my family have some how put away about 1400 ears of corn this summer. We are very happy.

I will be ordering my corn from them again next Spring!

Positive goatmama22
(1 review)
On Jun 21, 2007, goatmama22 Fort Plain, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I called in an order on a Tuesday afternoon and had it in hand on Friday. The people on the telephone were very friendly and professional. This was my first order, but certainly will not be my last. I also love the catalog, there is a wealth of information, I am still reading and learning. The only problem that I have is that the print is very small.

Positive calstateworker
(4 reviews)
On May 17, 2007, calstateworker Sacramento, CA wrote:

I have placed a couple of orders with Stokes this spring and both were delivered promptly. There was a wealth of information included on their seed packets. They had the best prices I could find for Jiffy pots, too. I'll certainly be placing more substantial orders with this company next year!

Positive Philleagle
(2 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2007, Philleagle Sterling, VA wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Stokes for many years and did so again this year. I trust their catalog and their very prompt delivery. Although I do not order large quantities of seeds, I find that whatever premium I may pay (not large, if any) is offset by the wide variety of choices I get and the reliability of their seeds.

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.

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.

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