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Raifu
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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.

  • 45th Parallel Seeds—I haven’t shopped here. I’m not sure what varieties they sell, but they mention a lot of rare ones. They seem to be located in Onaway, Michigan.
  • A. P. Whaley Seed Company—I haven’t shopped here, but it seems an interesting place. They seem to be based out of a farm just south of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
  • Adaptive Seeds—They’ve got some cool varieties. My seeds arrived in a timely fashion. They seem to be based out of Sweet Home, Oregon.
  • Amazon—Depending on the vendor, there may be a high risk of crossed, illegal or fake seeds; some vendors may not be licensed; some vendors are outside the USA. There are a few vendors that seem to be quite good, however (but they generally have another website, too). Hirt’s Garden, which sells on Amazon and elsewhere, seems legitimate. Amazon gets bonus points for its question/answer system where customers can interact (somewhat, at least).
  • Amishland Heirloom Seeds—My seeds arrived in a timely fashion, and they all germinated well, and faired decently. However, my Red Trifele Russian and Pink Trifele Russian were not true to type (Yellow Trifele was); my Ammon Martin’s ground cherry did not look like pictures of Physalis heterophylla (although it was a fine ground cherry breed with regard to taste, productivity and fruit size; it is probably the same species as Aunt Molly’s, however). They seem to be based out of central Pennsylvania.
  • Artisan Seeds—They have some interesting varieties. I get the feeling they breed them themselves. I haven’t shopped here, yet, but people seem to like them. They seem to be based out of Sunol, California.
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (rareseeds)—They have a lot of varieties, and a focus on heirlooms. I believe their corn has been tested to make sure it hasn’t been crossed with GMO corn. They have more reviews than any other seed site, I believe. They have nice pictures on their shiny paper seed packets. They give free seeds (granted, only a few kinds of free seeds per year—not just random ones from the whole catalog). They accept PayPal and have a wishlist feature. They have cool catalogs. There is a sense of community with this website. It seems to be based out of Mansfield, Missouri.
  • Botanical Interests—I haven’t shopped here, but they sell Orange California Wonder pepper seeds, which is why I know about them. They seem to be based out of Broomfield, Colorado.
  • Bountiful Gardens—I haven’t shopped here, yet. They seem to be based out of Willits, California.
  • Buckeye Pepper Company—They seem to be based out of Lima, Ohio.
  • Burgess Seed and Plant Co—I haven’t shopped with them, but someone gave me some of their seed packets once (really old ones). They seem to be based out of Bloomington, Illinois.
  • Burpee Seeds and Plants—I grew their Jalapeno Gigante F1 pepper and Carolina Cross #183 watermelon in 2016 with decent results. The peppers weren’t enormous (I had two plants in one tote), but they were fat and great for stuffing, as well as productive. The watermelon seeds took a really long time to germinate, but the plants did well for first-year watermelons. The seeds arrived in an reasonable amount of time. Walmart carries their seeds, too. They seem to be based out of Warminster, Pennsylvania.
  • Cold Hardy Cactus—They sell plants (not seeds), but they have an astounding selection of cold hardy cacti. So, even northern gardeners can have some awesome cacti! They seem to be based out of Lakewood, Colorado.
  • Diane’s Flower Seeds—They sell vegetables, too (not just flowers). I’ve purchased from them twice and grown their stuff with reasonable results. They seem to be based out of Utah (maybe Kamas).
  • DollarSeed—The seeds are very inexpensive. They gave me a free letter-opener with my order (which I like to use), and a refrigerator magnet. I haven’t attempted to grow anything of theirs yet, except some onions in less-than-ideal growing conditions (so, I can’t evaluate them fully, yet). They seem to be based out of Courtland, New York.
  • Double Helix Farms—They have some nice varieties. I’ve shopped with them more than once. The plant breeds seem to be good kinds. They seem to be based out of Conway, Arkansas.
  • Earl May Seed and Nursery, L.C.—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
  • eBay—Depending on the vendor, there may be a high risk of crossed, illegal or fake seeds; some vendors may not be licensed; some vendors are outside the USA. There are a few vendors that seem to be quite good, however. I’ve actually purchased seeds on eBay before, but it’s generally not the best place to look for seeds. A high percentage of them are crossed. I only recommend buying stuff that is its own species and likely not to be crossed with anything (and only if it they’re licensed, where required).
  • eCRATER—Regular people can set up a webstore and sell seeds. I would research them a lot before buying, personally, unless you know them. You may find some reliable stores, though. They’re likely similar to eBay and Amazon as to what kind of results you’ll get.
  • Eden Brothers—I don’t know anything about them except that they seem to be the most advertised seed store on Google, as I write this. It looks like a decent store. I haven’t checked out the Garden Watchdog on them, yet. They seem to be based out of Arden, North Carolina.
  • Etsy—Regular people can set up a webstore and sell seeds. I would research them a lot before buying, personally, unless you know them. You may find some reliable stores, though. They’re likely similar to eBay and Amazon as to what kind of results you’ll get.
  • Everwilde Farms Pleasant Peasant—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Sand Creek, Wisconsin.
  • Farmer Seed and Nursery—They seem to be based out of Bloomington, Illinois.
  • Fedco Seeds—I’ve met some people that like this place a lot. It’s a cooperative, I believe. It looks like it has great prices and a lot of products. They seem to be based out of Clinton, Maine.
  • Giant Watermelons—They specialize in giant watermelons and giant muskmelons (for competitions). They seem to be based out of Hope, Arkansas.
  • Good Mind Seeds—They sell seeds for a number of unique plants (e.g. Yantar ground cherry, Gargamel tomato), including for at least tomatoes and other Solanaceae plants. They seem to be based out of Pennsylvania.
  • Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co.—Gurney’s seems like a good company, but they’re super expensive for vegetable seeds, these days. We used to get fruiting perennials from them. They have nice catalogs. They have some of their own plant breeds. They seem to be based out of Greendale, Indiana.
  • Harris Seeds—I haven’t shopped with them, yet, but we get their catalogs. They’re similar to Gurney’s, Burpee, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Park Seed and such. They seem to be based out of Rochester, New York.
  • Healing Harvest Farm—I haven’t shopped here. They accept PayPal. They are located in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Heirloom Seeds—I ordered from them. They have some cool varieties I hadn’t seen elsewhere. The seeds arrived in a timely fashion. They seem to be based out of West Finley, Pennsylvania.
  • High Mowing Organic Seeds—I really like their free shipping. I’ve ordered a few things with them. No problems. They seem to be based out of Wolcott, Vermont.
  • Hirt’s Gardens—They have a decent variety. They have artwork for their seeds. They seem to be based out of Granger Township (Medina), Ohio.
  • The Home Depot—You can buy seeds and plants (with bonnieplants.com tags) in the store. They sell a surprising array of seeds online, too. We’ve had good results with most of the plants we’ve had from them.
  • Hudson Valley Seed Co—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Accord, New York.
  • Joseph Lofthouse’s website—I haven’t shopped here (yet), but Joseph Lofthouse has some really cool landrace projects going on. He farms in Paradise, Utah.
  • J.W. Jung Seed Company—I ordered from them once, but I seem to have heard of them a fair amount. They seem to be located in Randolph, Wisconsin (perhaps owned by the same people as Totally Tomatoes).
  • J&L Gardens—They seem to have a lot of cool new tomato varieties. I haven’t ordered from them, yet. They seem to be located near Espanola, New Mexico.
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds—I haven’t shopped here, but it seems similar to Park Seed, Gurney’s, Burpee and Harris Seed. Their Brandywine Suddoth Strain tomato is said to be quite pure. They seem to be located in Winslow, Maine.
  • Knapp’s Fresh Vegies—They have a very large number of tomato breed seeds, as well as a number of their own OP versions of hybrids. The seeds appear to be inexpensive. I think they’re based out of Wisconsin, but I’m not sure.
  • LocalHarvest—Various seed vendors from various locations sell with them. I’ve used them once or twice.
  • Lo’s Plants for Home & Garden—This is the only place I know where you can get hybrid vanilla orchids (as of 29 March 2017). They sell a lot of cool plants. They seem to be located in Danielson, Connecticut.
  • Marianna’s Heirloom Seeds—I’ve ordered from them once. I had good results from their seeds (e.g. Randy Sine’s Evil Jalapeno, Yellow Ruffled tomato, and probably other stuff). I believe they were once based out of Tennessee, but their current mailing address is in Copemish, Michigan.
  • Mary’s Heirloom Seeds—I haven’t ordered here. They seem to be located in Ramona, California.
  • Michigan Heirlooms—I haven’t shopped here, yet. They use greenhouses. They seem to be based out of Highland, Michigan.
  • Native Seeds/SEARCH—This is a cool store. I’ve ordered from them a few times (I loved their Dark Star Zucchini, Santo Domingo Winter watermelon, Santo Domingo Dark Green watermelon, and Santo Domingo Brown Seeded watermelon). They seem to specialize in seeds for the southwestern United States. They seem to be based out of Tuscon, Arizona.
  • NE Seed—I haven’t shopped here, yet, but I’ve seen them around. You can checkout with PayPal. They seem to be based out of East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • New Hope Seed—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Bon Aqua, Tennessee.
  • Ohio Heirloom Seeds—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Osborne Seed Company, LLC.—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Mount Vernon, Washington.
  • Park Seed—I haven’t shopped with them. They have some of unique plant breeds (their ProEasy Chives interest me). Their site seems similar to those of companies like Burpee, Harris Seed, Gurney’s and Johnny’s Selected Seeds. They seem to be based out of Hodges, South Carolina.
  • Peaceful Valley—I ordered a free catalog from them and they sent me some free Beefsteak tomato seeds. They seem to be based out of Grass Valley, California.
  • Pepper Lover—I haven’t ordered here. I’ve heard good things about this site, and it has a nice selection of hot peppers (including some interesting ones you may not find anywhere else). They seem to be located in Tennessee.
  • Pinetree Garden Seeds—They’re probably the least expensive place to buy F1 hybrids (they have open-pollinated seeds, too). They seem pretty great to me. I haven’t shopped here, yet, but I’ve been tempted to order a number of times. They seem to be based out of Gloucester, Maine.
  • Prairie Road Organic Seed—They began the Sweet Dakota Rose watermelon, I read. They seem to be located in Fullerton, North Dakota.
  • Reimer Seeds—They have an extremely large amount of plant breeds (both open-pollinated and hybrids). They don’t have the best Garden Watchdog reviews from some people (at least older ones), but I’ve found them to be quite good, personally. Although there aren’t loads of product reviews on their site, they have more than most seed sites (Baker Creek is the only one I know with lots of reviews). They seem to be based out of Saint Leonard, Maryland.
  • Restoration Seeds—I haven’t shopped here, yet, but they come up every once in a while in my searches. They seem to be based out of Ashland, Oregon.
  • Refining Fire Chiles—This seems like a philanthropic chile pepper company. I believe I’ve heard great things about them, if I remember right. I haven’t shopped here, yet. They seem to be based out of Lakeside, California and/or San Diego, California.
  • The Sample Seed Shop—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Tonawanda, New York.
  • Sand Hill Preservation Center (seed catalog link, if you’ve already read the required reading first)—They have a good selection of hard-to-find breeds (including, but not limited to, tomatoes, peppers and watermelons). As you might notice, you don’t other and pay for your goods online. You must mail your order. I believe they were once based out of northern Idaho, but now they seem to be based out of Calamus, Iowa.
  • Seed Savers Exchange—I haven’t shopped here yet, but this is one of the more talked about places in the home gardening world (not for buying seeds, per se). They are dedicated to saving and sharing seeds. I’m not very clear on what happens at this site, although I’ve read people dicussing it a lot on forums. They are based out of Decorah, Iowa.
  • Seed Treasures—I haven’t tried them yet, but their Bill Bean tomato and other things look pretty nice. They seem to be based out of Angora, Minnesota.
  • Seedman.com—They have lots of stuff. I haven’t shopped here, yet. They seem to be located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (southern Mississippi).
  • Seeds of Change—I haven’t shopped here, yet. They seem to be based out of Rancho Dominguez, California.
  • Seeds ’n Such—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be based out of Graniteville, South Carolina.
  • SeedsNow.com—I ordered from them and the seeds arrived in good time. They appear nice, but I haven’t grown them yet. The seeds are inexpensive (but you don’t get a lot for the inexpensive prices, as they’re sample packets; you can buy larger amounts, though). I found some new things to buy there. They gave me a free Rutger’s tomato kit with my order. My seeds shipped from Thousand Oaks, California.
  • Sherck Seeds—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Bristol, Indiana.
  • Snake River Seeds (AKA Snake River Seed Cooperative)—I purchased their Scary Larry tomato. The seed packet was very good-quality (a lot like Baker Creek’s, with shiny paper and a photograph). They have a cooperative of seed growers. Their farmers are from all over Idaho (one is from Twisp, Washington).
  • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange—Although this site seems to specialize in things for the south, they have things for northern growers, too. They have a decent selection and cool stuff (e.g. potato onions and peanuts). They seem to be based out of Mineral, Virginia.
  • Sow True Seed—I don’t know much about them. I haven’t ordered from them, yet. They seem to be located in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Stark Bro’s Nurseries—They have divisions for both the USA and Canada. They sell hybrids and open-pollinated stuff. They remind me a bit of Burpee, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Park Seed, Gurney’s and such. I haven’t shopped with them yet, but I have been tempted to order. They seem to be based out of Louisiana, Missouri.
  • Stokes—I haven’t ordered here. USA and Canadian divisions. They seem to be located in Buffalo, New York, and Ontario, Canada.
  • Sustainable Seed Company—I shopped with them once and had good results with the plants I grew. They seem to be based out of Chico, California.
  • Territorial Seed Company—They have a nice selection and some parthenocarpic plant breeds. I’ve ordered from them and grown some stuff, but the plants seemed to be used to a different climate than mine. They did grow and fruit, however. They seem to be based out of Cottage Grove, Oregon.
  • Terroir Seeds (Home of Underwood Gardens)—I don’t know much about them, yet. They seem to be located in Chino Valley, Arizona.
  • Timeless Tomatoes (all products on one page)—The seeds are very inexpensive (with free shipping), and most of them seem to grow well in my climate. I especially liked their Matina and Thessaloniki tomatoes. Their site map is very useful if you want to see links (without pictures) to all of their products on one page. They have quite a few tomatoes and peppers (especially tomatoes). They have unusual and rare breeds, too. The owner is nice; we’ve chatted. They accept PayPal. They seem to be based out of Wilber, Nebraska.
  • Tomato ks—I don’t know much about the site, and I’ve never shopped there, but it shows up in my Google tomato search results (I do a lot of tomato research) every once in a great while. They seem to be located in Schoolcraft, Mississippi.
  • Tomato Growers Supply Company—I ordered here. They were very prompt at shipping exactly what I ordered. I haven’t grown the seeds, yet. They seem to be based out of Fort Myers, Florida.
  • TomatoFest—I’ve ordered here once. I haven’t grown the seeds, yet. They seem pretty cool and have a lot of tomato breeds (some of which are hard to find elsewhere); however, I don’t know if their Taos tomato really exists (I tried to order it, but they substituted it with a couple other breeds). The site acts as if it’s in stock (so, I would ask them if Taos really is in stock before ordering it). They seem to be based out of Little River, California.
  • Totally Tomatoes—I’ve ordered from them once, and they seemed like a good company, as far as I could tell. I liked their Big Bertha F1 pepper and Giant Belgium tomato. They seem to be based out of Randolph, Wisconsin.
  • Trade Winds Fruit—This place has a very wide and ever-growing selection of rare seeds to offer. The prices are good. I’ve ordered from them (three times) and grown some of their stuff. They have paper seed packets with good images printed on them (paper is nice because it allows for water to escape). This site seems to be progressing fairly quickly. One cool thing they do is offer to pay you for plant photos they need. So, if you need to make some extra money, that’s one way to do it online. They seem to be based out of Santa Rosa, California.
  • Turtle Tree Seed—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Copake, New York.
  • Two Seeds in a Pod—I haven’t shopped here, yet, but they have some varieties I hadn’t seen before. It seems to be located in Tampa, Florida.
  • Victory Seeds—They have a wide variety of open-pollinated seeds (especially tomatoes). I’ve ordered from them before. I love the taste of their Mc tomatoes. They have several parthenocarpic tomaotes. They have some reviews on the site. They seem to be based out of Molalla, Oregon.
  • Weeks Seed Company—This is where you go to get Weeks NC Giant watermelon/cantaloupe/pumpkin (some of the largest of their sorts). I’ve ordered from them (for the giant varieties, and I’ve grown them—they weren’t giant for me, but they probably need more acclimatization to our soil and air). Weeks NC Giant watermelon seems to be one of the parents of Carolina Cross (the world’s largest watermelon breed), and it is said to get almost as big. They seem to be based out of Greenville, North Carolina.
  • Wild Boar Farms—I ordered their Napa Giant tomato. I think it needed more acclimatization to our soil and air, but I did get one or two large fruits (I’ve heard of someone getting 60lbs of tomatoes from one plant, though). Wild Boar Farms is known for fancy tomatoes (many of them striped) that people often want to grow. You can get many of their varieties from other stores, too (e.g. Trade Winds Fruit, Baker Creek, etc.) They seem to be based out of Napa, California.
  • Wood Prairie Family Farm—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Bridgewater, Maine.
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.

  • Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Palmerston, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hope Seeds—I haven’t shopped here. They seem to be located in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Nikitovka Seeds—I haven’t shopped here, but after seeing their large selection of extremely early watermelons, I really, really want to get a small lots of seed permit! They have inexpensive prices, they accept PayPal, and they sell both F1 hybrids and OP varieties / heirlooms (although the heading of the site says Heirloom Seeds)—most of each are ones new to me before I saw them at this store’s site. The hybrid seed is inexpensive, too.
  • Salt Spring Seeds—I’ve never shopped here. They seem to be located in Salt Springs Island, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Secret Seed Cartel—I haven’t shopped here, but this vendor looks pretty cool. They have lots of uncommon, but promising-looking tomato breeds. They have a number of peppers and a few other things (beans, cucumbers, flowers and squash). The company is located in Magland, Rhone-Alpes, France.
  • Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seed Shop—They do, however, have a lot of awesome, hard-to-find tomato breeds. They also have an awesome wiki on Tatiana’s. They’re based out of British Columbia, Canada (and they ship from there, too).
Vendors of unknown locality

If you know where any of these vendors are located, feel free to let me know!

Brands

Brands that are also online vendors are in the list(s) above.

  • Bonnie Plants—The Home Depot sells their plants. We grew some in 2014, mostly with good results (Early Girl F1, Roma, Lemon Boy F1, and Husky Cherry Red F1 did very well, but Bush Goliath F1 and Park’s Whopper F1, not so much). The Roma tomatoes were nippled.
  • Ferry Morse—You can usually find inexpensive seeds from them in stores.
  • Lilly Miller—I’ve grown at least one or two things from them; I’m not sure what they were offhand. They seem to be connected with Ferry Morse.
  • Seeds by Design Inc.—They seem to be based out of Maxwell, California.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Seed vendors

Raifu
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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 (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.)
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.)

I recommend getting seeds locally, too.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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