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Online seed and plant vendors
This is meant to be a semi-comprehensive list for vendors of fruit/vegetable seed and edible plants. This is not a recommendation list. I invite you to read about each vendor on the Garden Watchdog, but keep in mind, there’s more to know than can be found there.
Plant descriptions also may or may not be accurate. I don’t recommend relying solely on a seed store for descriptions anyway, though (although it should be noted that sometimes the descriptions are accurate for what they sell, but not accurate for known descriptions of the original variety, and this may or may not be 100% the vendor’s fault, since descriptions may vary a lot depending on the growing conditions; also mutations, random selection and such do happen—differences in description are not always the result of crossed or mixed up seeds, or intentional false advertising). Nevertheless, false descriptions and false variety names may be an issue; so, again, do your research (don’t rely on vendors for everything). However, it should be noted that nobody’s perfect, and if you go to a vendor looking for flaws generally (as opposed to specific flaws), you’ll probably find some. Even well-respected vendors have flaws.
Companies in the USA
Note that some vendors that sell through some of these sites (e.g. Amazon, eBay, eCRATER, and Etsy) may ship from outside the USA.
Vendors from outside the USA
Where it is legal to order the desired kinds of seeds from a foreign country, the USA consumer is supposed to have a Small Lots of Seed permit in order to import them. The permits are free to obtain, however. There are also regulations regarding seed counts and labeling for imported items. You may also be interested in learning about phytosanitary certificates.
Vendors of unknown locality
If you know where any of these vendors are located, feel free to let me know!
Brands sold by third-parties, that may or may not be listed above.
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Since the above is not a recommendation list, I thought I would include a recommendation list in this comment. There are great seed stores that I'm not listing. However, the following (in this comment) are the ones I feel the most comfortable about recommending. Keep in mind that variety and price factor in a lot on my recommendations, but as you can see, they're not the only things.
• Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (This is my favorite seed store; there's not another one quite like them; I like most things about them. They often have free shipping.)
• Trade Winds Fruit (This is another favorite; has a lot of stuff, including vegetables and seeds for many rare and/or tropical plants; their selection is vast. Great prices.)
• Sand Hill Preservation Center (This is another favorite seed store; you get a lot of seeds with them, in my experience; you must order by mail. Lots of kinds of seeds for sale.)
• Native Seeds/SEARCH (It's a favorite for their mission and their unique selection of plant breeds.)
• Victory Seeds (It's a favorite for prices and reputation; they've got a decent selection of some crops, too, such as tomatoes.)
• Double Helix Farms (It's a favorite for unique selection and nice breeds, although I very much don't agree with what the site says about F2 hybrid seed being worthless. They do use translated names on some items. Some of my favorite tomatoes they sell are listed as Ovita, Pink Cheeks, Raspberry Miracle, and Honey Drop)
• Timeless-Tomatoes (Lots of tomatoes and a fair amount of peppers, at great prices, with free shipping.)
• DollarSeed (Great seed counts. Better quality than expected for a dollar. They gave me a cool letter opener, too.)
• Pine Tree Garden Seeds (Good prices and great selection.)
• If you're in Canada, you should definitely check out Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seed Shop—They have a lot of awesome, hard-to-find tomato breeds. They also have an awesome wiki on Tatiana’s (which is a separate entity from the seed store; not everything in the database is in the store, even though the store has a *lot* of varieties). They’re based out of British Columbia, Canada (and they ship from there, too). They have an excellent reputation, and a very large variety of tomatoes.
Here are some sites that highly interest me, for the unique tomato varieties they put out (although I may or may not recommend them on other merits):
• Adaptive Seeds
• Restoration Seeds
• Artisan Seeds
• Johnny's Selected Seeds
• Osborne Quality Seeds
• Wild Boar Farms
• If you're in Italy, Tokita Seed
Here are some stores that I know other people quite recommend:
• Tomato Growers Supply
• Southern Exposure
• Seed Savers Exchange
• Fedco Seeds
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