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Seed Needs

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 401
Allen Park, Michigan 48209 (United States)


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Positive cheesypoof
Woodbury, NJ
(1 review)
March 20, 2018
Great place to order seeds from. I’m particularly happy with the peaches & cream corn and butter & sugar corn seeds. These sprouted in days. Its been a week and most sprouts are over 3 inches tall. No seeds planted appear to have failed. Again, I am very pleased and will be ordering more.
Positive KDHickman
Pasco, WA,
United States
(1 review)
March 9, 2018
After purchasing a mixed variety packet (11) of herb seeds from Seed Needs via Amazon, and with the successful germination of almost all I started, I decided to visit their website and make some purchases. Unfortunately, after spending considerable time putting together a rather large order their system would not let me checkout. Of course, I sent them a disgruntled email, which was immediately responded to by the owner.
It took a day to bring in the IT company needed to find resolve the issue with the shopping cart during which, we exchange several emails to keep me informed of their progress. Eventually I was able to re-enter my order as a test to verify that the shopping cart now worked. For my troubles and the delay in placing my original order, he graciously and significantly discounted my subsequent order, twice!
I very promptly received my order of over 20 seed packets, very well packaged in a small, sturdy, cardboard box.
Overall, I was very pleased and surprised by the owner’s friendly and positive attitude to resolve this issue.
My only real complaint is they don’t as yet carry some tomato and carrot varieties I want. Regardless, in the future if I want to buy seeds, I intend to visit Seed Needs first to see if they have what I need. If not, only then will I look elsewhere. Company representative comment on March 9, 2018:
On Mar 9, 2018 10:46 AM, Seed Needs responded with:

Thank you so much for your review and your order! We truly appreciate the fact that you were willing to work with us on the issues that were presented that week. We do plan to get some new varieties in for 2019, or 2020!

Also—My order arrived super fast AND the packaging is just perfect!! I love the way the milkweed is presented AND I received a free package of sunflower collection that I was excited to give to my neighbor. They’re teaching their son about gardening!! Company representative comment on March 7, 2018:
On Mar 7, 2018 7:13 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

Got the herbal seeds I ordered and am thankful to keep the milkweed seeds that were sent to me by mistake. My catmint and catnip are coming up fine! Company representative comment on February 25, 2018:
On Feb 25, 2018 7:16 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

Thank you so much for your order and my apologies that you received an incorrect seed collection. The two items sit next to each other on the shelf, so it was a mis-pick for sure.

Please note from our email exchanges that you have been sent the correct seed collection, and for the troubles, you won’t be required to return the 6 individual Milkweed packets that you had received. This is a bonus for the inconvenience.

Thank you so much, and we are hoping that once this is resolved you would willingly and gladly change this rating to a positive one. =]

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately!

Planted the Texas Wild Flower Mix (half of seed packet) 9 days ago and have sprouts throughout my flower bed. You can see the sprouts are very thick in this photo:

Will order again without hesitation and so happy I found them! Company representative comment on March 1, 2018:
On Mar 1, 2018 4:08 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

This is part of a promotional offer and it is for 100% REAL and HONEST reviews only. We accept any and all neutral, negative and positive ratings through this promotion. We are not specifically requesting positive ratings, and this can be seen as a customer of ours has in fact provided a neutral rating, which we accept as an honest review.

We take negative and neutral ratings as a form of constructive criticism and are always looking to better our products and services.

If you are not a customer of ours, please check us out and leave your review as well! New customers get 30% off their orders with the coupon code NEW30

Not only did they Holy Basil seed available, the packet had 500 seeds! Along with free shipping
because our order was over $12! One site I used to order from required a $200 order for free shipping! A+ Company representative comment on February 23, 2018:
On Feb 23, 2018 8:59 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

I also ordered some Rococo pansies from the same company and am looking forward to using them this fall. I will be a repeat customer of Seed Needs! Company representative comment on February 24, 2018:
On Feb 24, 2018 9:42 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

To those with germination issues, please, consider buying a seedling heat mat. My seedling heat mat raised my germination rate to 100%. Company representative comment on February 26, 2018:
On Feb 26, 2018 3:36 PM, Seed Needs responded with:

We constantly carry the freshest of seed stock available. We are replenishing our inventory weekly to bi-weekly and never store seeds for an extended period of time.

All of our packets are filled when the demand is high and all seeds are guaranteed to grow for up to 180 days.

If a sowing error is made, the seeds will not grow. There are several factors that can affect germination, such as too much or too little sunlight or water. Sowing depth is very important, as well as temperatures as well.

You can go ahead and check out our feedback on Amazon. we have a 97% rating, and for good reason. You can see that the large majority of comments show that our seeds are extremely viable.

You might also be interested to read the reviews for our products as well.

Seed Needs has 51 reviews (4 negative, 45 positive and 2 neutral) at the Garden Watchdog.

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Importing Seeds into the US

Small Lots of Seed Program

For some years, it has been necessary to send a Phytosanitary Certificate with all seeds imported into the USA. This regulation was put in place because of fears that species of plants not native to the United States might spread and displace native species.

This has meant that it has been almost impossible for people in the United States to obtain seeds from other countries legally, which has been a serious difficulty for small seedhouses and specialist nurseries, as well as an inconvenience for ordinary gardeners who wished to exchange seeds with gardeners in other countries.

APHIS (the US Department responsible for Plant Health) have now relaxed these rules for the importation of small quantities of seed. It is no longer necessary to have such seed inspected and to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate from the exporting country. Instead, the person in the US who wishes to import seeds on a small scale may now apply for an Import Permit which will allow them to bring seeds into the United States, subject to certain conditions. Details of how to obtain a Permit are on the APHIS website: .

The Permit is free, and is valid for three years. During that time, a resident in the US may import any number of lots of up to 50 packets of seed (each packet containing not more than 50 seeds), provided they are packed and labelled in accordance with the rules. Obviously, seeds of species which are normally prohibited are not allowed into the US under the new Small Lots of Seed Program. Seeds must be completely cleaned of soil, chaff, husks, etc., and complete fruits and berries are not allowed in under the new rules. More details are on the APHIS website.

The new procedure will therefore be as follows:

  • (a) The importer (in the US) will obtain a Small Lots of Seed Permit;
  • (b) The importer will send a copy of the Permit, plus a special label addressed to an Inspection Station in the US, plus a self-addressed label, to the exporter (outside the US), whether it is a company, a society or an individual;
  • (c) The exporter (outside the US) will send the seeds, packed and labelled as required, to the Inspection Station, using the label supplied, together with the copy of the Permit, a list of the seeds enclosed, and the label addressed to the importer (in the US);
  • (d) The seeds will be checked at the Inspection Station and forwarded to the intended recipient.

Many international gardening societies are already aware of the procedure they need to follow to get seeds from their Distributions to their members in the US (the new system was worked out in conjunction with NARGS). As the Small Lots of Seed Program has only just been put into effect, it is likely that people in the US who wish to import seeds by buying from a foreign seedhouse or by exchanging seed with someone in another country will need to provide details of the new scheme to the exporter.

The following seem the questions most likely to arise about the new Small Lots of Seed Program. Click on a question to go to the answer, or click here to go to the FAQ page. 1. Do I need a Permit?
2. How do I get a Permit?
3. How much does it cost?
4. How long does it last?
5. How many seeds can I import with a Permit?
6. Do I need a separate Permit for each packet of seeds I import to the US?
7. Do I need a separate Permit for each type of seeds I import?
8. Can I import more than one lot of seeds with a Permit?
9. Do I need a separate Permit for each country I want to import seeds from?
10. How do I know which seeds are not allowed into the US?
11. Why do I get special mailing labels with my Permit?
12. What happens to my seeds at the Inspection Station?
13. Will I have to pay for the seeds to be inspected?
14. How many labels will I get?
15. What do I do with the labels?
16. What do I do with the Permit?
17. What do I have to send to the person outside the US when I am exchanging seeds?
18. What does the person sending seeds to the US have to do?
19. Can someone send me seeds still in berries or fruit?
20. Do the seeds have to be packed in any particular way?
21. Can the sender put the label inside the packet with the seeds?
22. Does the sender have to use a sticky label, or can they write the name directly on the packet?
23. Can the sender just list the seeds and give the packets a number, to save writing the names and other details on every packet?
24. Will the new system cost me more?
25. Can the person outside the US send extra packets of seeds?
26. Can I use the Permit to bring back seeds from another country myself?
27. Can I use the Permit to order seeds from seed suppliers outside the US?
28. What happens if I don’t get a Permit?
29. What happens if I try and import seeds that are not allowed under the Small Lots of Seed Program?

Remember that the new Program only applies to the import of small quantities of eligible seed. If you want to import large quantities of seed, or types which are subject to special requirements, you will still need to get a Phytosanitary Certificate. All the rules about importing seed and other parts of plants into the US are on the APHIS website .

Seed needs usa Importing Seeds into the US Small Lots of Seed Program For some years, it has been necessary to send a Phytosanitary Certificate with all seeds imported into the USA. This