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"They've been a staple in the seed market since 1881."
"You can earn rewards points on every order."
"All plants ship out according to your zone’s growing season to eliminate any guesswork."
"They're known for their non-GMO, heirloom, and open-pollinated garden seeds."
"They also offer a wide selection of tools and supplies, including fertilizer and soil testing kits."
"If any item you purchased does not live, the company will replace it at no cost to you."
"Their garden planning service is especially helpful for beginners."
"All of the proceeds go towards preserving native agriculture in the Southwest."
As America's oldest supplier of vegetable and flower seeds, Burpee has been a staple in the seed market since 1881—long before the advent of the Internet. Still, Burpee remains one of the best places to buy seeds, especially online. The retailer has a vast selection of seeds (and plants) available for all growing zones and for all seasons. Choose from hundreds of vegetable, herb, and fruit seeds—staples like tomatoes and parsley, as well as heirloom varieties like rainbow carrots and gold watermelon. Alternatively, you can purchase a wide array of flower seeds, from fast-growing zinnias to perennial tulip bulbs. Additionally, all seeds are non-GMO (not genetically modified) to ensure purity and quality. And, perhaps, the best part of it all? Each and every product Burpee sells is guaranteed, so you can feel confident in your purchase.
When it comes to shipping, the company takes the guesswork out of the equation, especially for beginners—they ship all plant orders so they arrive at the right time for planting, depending on what zone you live in.
True Leaf Market
True Leaf Market’s claim to fame is its expansive selection of seeds: garden, microgreens, sprouts, flower, grain, cover crop, and more. They also have a number of kits to make shopping easier—plus make gifting possible. And all of the products are non-GMO, plus the retailer has a more comprehensive selection of organic seeds than the competition.
Shipping is incredibly fast—they boast that over 96 percent of orders ship out within one business day and over half ship the same day. Even beginners can feel good about their purchase once it arrives since everything True Leaf Market sells comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
Another major perk? The company has a rewards program for loyal customers. Through the program, you earn points on every order and for doing things like sharing on social media. You can then use your rewards points to get discounts on future orders or even save up enough for a free order.
If you’re looking for value, Dutch Gardens is a great option. The retailer offers a wide range of quality gardening products—from seeds, plants, and bulbs to supplies like fertilizer and pest control—at low prices. Plant selection is vast—from edibles like fruit and vegetables to perennials and bulbs, to trees and shrubs, to vines and climbers—this distributor really does have it all.
Shipping is fuss-free and quick, too. All plants ship out according to your zone’s growing season to eliminate any guesswork. (Typically, they begin shipping to the Southern states in March, then progress to the Northern states as weather allows.) Dutch Gardens also offers a very generous one-year warranty. If for any reason, your merchandise does not live, the company will replace the product one time at no charge.
Hudson Valley Seed Co.
A relative newcomer on the scene—started in 2004 as a local seed library; later going online in 2008—but a popular choice nonetheless. The company is known for heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds that are never GMO. Despite their young age, they boast a wide range of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, as well as tools like plant markers, planters, and fertilizer. Hudson Valley Seed Co. also has a decent selection of what they call “art packs,” which are heirloom seeds in beautifully illustrated packets (the company puts out a call for artists each year!)—perfect for gifting to the avid gardener or art lover in your life.
A family-owned company for over 30 years, Territorial Seed Company is another favored place to buy seeds online. They have a wide array of seeds for vegetables, flowers and herbs, and fruit and vines. As the company is based in Oregon, they’re varieties and crops are best optimized to grow in the Northwest, but they do offer a large selection of plants that fare well in climates across the country. The company also sells a larger selection of tools and supplies than other online seed companies. You’ll find things like fertilizer, pest control, irrigation equipment, trellising, labeling, and even soil testing kits.
All of the company’s products are also backed by a full guarantee, so you can experiment to your heart’s content.
As one of the largest distributors of gardening products online, Direct Growing offers a wide range of quality gardening plants, seeds, bulbs, and supplies. You can get just about anything you want, including a vast selection of edibles—even exotic fruits like kiwi, heirloom vegetables, and nut trees—as well gorgeous flowering plants and shrubs like roses and azalea.
Because of their size and direct-to-consumer model, Direct Growing is able to offer all of these high-quality products at some of the most competitive and affordable prices around. Still, they offer a generous warranty: If any item you purchased does not live, the company will replace it at no cost to you for an entire year from the date of your initial investment.
Michigan Bulb Co.
Like other seed distributors, Michigan Bulb Co. offers a very wide selection of products for your gardening needs. From houseplants and edibles to vines and shrubs, and—yes—flower bulbs, they really do cover all of the bases. But what sets this company apart is their garden planning service. It’s an especially helpful feature for beginners—the experts at Michigan Bulb Co. have created a variety of pre-planned garden kits that come with a PDF planting diagram to help you plot out the perfect design with crops that will thrive based on your specific conditions. Still, they offer a no-risk guarantee that entitles you to a credit, should something happen to you grow.
This seed distributor varies from others on the list, since it is actually a non-profit seed conservation. While there is a wide range of seeds to shop from 50 Native American communities—from fruits and vegetables to wildflowers, to cotton and tobacco—all of the proceeds go towards preserving native agriculture in the Southwest. There’s also a sustainable community component since Native Americans can order up to 10 free seed packets per year to continue growing. Native Seeds is also a member of the Safe Seed Initiative, which means they do not buy, sell, or use genetically modified seeds, thus ensuring you’re getting a premium product.