Dollar store seed

runningtrailsFebruary 26, 2009

Has anyone used seed from the dollar store before? Our Dollarama has lots of packets really cheap. I think they're 2/$1.00. Do you think I should get my carrot seed there or buy it from a reputable garden place?

They do have peat pots too, 25 for $1.00 and small bags of good quality potting soil, 2/$1.00. I don't think it matters where I buy those.

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marlingardener

I have purchased seed from the local Family Dollar, and had good luck with it. They have the standard varieties, nothing "heirloom" but that's fine with me since the packets are 5/$1.
One thing I do check, is to see if the package of seed is marked for the current year, and not last year.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 7:41AM
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runningtrails

Ok then. I'll buy some carrot seeds and a few others today! Great! I think these are 4/$1.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:15AM
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seramas

I'm a big fan of $1 stores. My wife and I have the most fun in the $ stores. Love to look for the poorly translated packaging errors, they are hilarious.

Yes we will get flower seeds there, but we save our own vegie seeds from year to year, but are always looking for types/verities to add to our heritage collection.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:27AM
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msjay2u(7)

They just put out a lot of things for the spring and I got a cute sign (don't count your chickens before they hatch), a couple of small baskets perfect for giving eggs away in, garden markers and other things I can not remember right now. I somehow missed the seeds though. My question would be if you buy seeds from them is there any concern they will also have weed seeds in the packet?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2009 at 9:28AM
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runningtrails

I'm going to try several varieties this year. I will let you know how they do. I love the dollar store too!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 6:23AM
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fancifowl(5Pa)

seeds have to be current to be legaklly sold, and tested for germination and weed seed and foreign material conmtent. Those seeds are almost always an old variety of open pollinated stock and the germination may test lower than what it should for premium seed. I cant say about dollar store seed, i dont often go there, but a lot of those cheap seeds are from a spin off company of a more well known seed seller..

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 12:13PM
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gardengalrn(5KS)

I've had excellent results with dollar store seeds, discounted seeds or end-of-the-season sale seeds. The dollar stores usually carry pretty standard (tried and true)OP varieties. I buy seeds from many different maii order sources as well but have had equal results with the discount stuff (if not the variety). I snatch them up when I see them on sale for 10-20 cents a pack. Lori

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 3:37PM
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lady_6(z6 KY)

Oh, I just love getting seeds from the dollar stores here. They have a great deal of seeds every spring, I get and plant them every year. Hettie

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 6:36PM
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posy_pet(z6Mo.)

I have bought seeds from the dollar store and they are fine.I planted turnips for the first time last year(too late!) and I think every seed germinated.Also squash and zuchini and flowers.All did well.Posy Pet

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 7:52PM
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runningtrails

They are 3/$1.00 and I bought 11.00 worth of seeds yesterday and some peat pots. I bought all of our corn, carrots and beans, as well as broccoli, peppers, zucchini. They look like good seed.

The only seed I still have to buy are the sugar snap peas. They didn't have any of those :-(

I have everything else I'm going to plant bought or traded for now. I'll start some indoor soon.

This is so exciting! Spring is just around the corner! I'm going to start the broccoli first, since I can put it out at the first of May.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 6:43AM
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crownpc

I decided that I too like to buy my seeds for a dollar. One problem with the dollar store seeds though, is that they may be very old. So I created Dollarseed.com where you can buy seeds for just a dollar, they are garaunteed fresh, and you will get a whole lot more. Best yet, is that we use the industry's lowest shipping rates. Stop by and check us out.

Here is a link that might be useful: DollarSeed

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 6:14AM
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pamghatten(wny5)

crownpc ... read the guiidelines ... you are not allowed to advertise your business.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 12:20PM
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