General INFO, SHIPPING, Etc.

This page contains A LOT of info, but
PLEASE READ it if you can before ordering.
Thank you.

When we get into the very busy season (Jan.-March,) please do not wait until the last second to order if possible. We are a growing company, and I know we are going to be crushed with orders. We work our tails off during that time. We want to keep everyone as happy!


We are OPEN YEAR ROUND. There may be brief periods where orders are not processed, but they will be clearly posted on this site.

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We are set up to accept payments through PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use a credit card through PayPal.
If you are having trouble with your Shopping Cart and/or Payment pages.  iPads (definitely)and iMacs (maybe, give it a try) seem to be loosing orders i.e. you put 10 things in your cart, and then your cart goes poof! We can not fix the problem :(
It is due to a glitch with PayPal and/or your server. We can NOT fix these problems. The cart pages are controlled by PayPal and not us. We have contacted PayPal. They so far have not figured out the problem. Don’t keep trying to make an order over and over. If it isn’t working for you, it isn’t working.  If restarting your computer doesn’t fix the problem, you can try contacting PayPal.
An alternative is to copy and paste your items to an email (I know PITA, but think of it like the old days when you had to hand write out an order and mail it) and we will bill you the appropriate charge.

Thank you for your patience! We appreciate your business.

If you do NOT want to use PayPal at all, please MAIL:

  • A list of items (please make as legible as possible.)
  • Your phone number and/or your email address.
  • Your address. None of your personal info will ever be given to a third party.
  • A check or money order made out to The Sample Seed Shop for the total of the items plus shipping. See Shipping lower down on this General Info page.
  • Send To: The Sample Seed Shop 978 Riverview Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14150

**CANADIANS and **OTHER COUNTRIES, please see the Shipping to FOREIGN COUNTRIES page, Click Here.

If for some reason, you (USA CUSTOMERS ONLY) need a paper copy of our web site we ask that you order by clicking the “Add to Cart” button below here which will charge you $7.00, OR send a check or money order for $7.00 along with your address to us. The $7.00 is to cover the time, ink, envelope, and postage this requires. Thank you.



~All items that have an “ADD TO CART” button are IN STOCK and can be purchased. Sometimes multiple purchase by different people on the same day can cause a run on a certain product, and it is possible to run out of an item, and we apologize if this happens to you.

Seed counts are minimums. They will have at least that many seeds and a few more, and some packets marked + or ++ will have many more.

  • If you run across an “ADD TO CART” button not working properly, please notify us at so we can fix it, thank you.
  • There is a limit of 20 packets on any single type of seed. If you need more than that, you will have to contact us at
  • We do NOT do substitutions. If we run low or run out, we may send an email if it looks crucial to your order, and we may send  another variety we think you will like as an extra bonus to your order to make up for the shortage.

Though new seeds are added through the year, the major of updated/germination testing for the following year is every November.
~ All varieties are OP(Open Pollinated) and/or Heirloom unless clearly stated otherwise. A few items are hybrids.
NO items will ever be GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms.)

To read more about Seeds, check out the new page on the site, GMO, HEIRLOOM, OP, HYBRID, About Seeds

~The Sample Seed Shop guarantees that the seeds will grow true to name. There is always a possibility of a stray seed or some kind of mixup, no one is perfect, but we do our best to keep the chances of that occurring very low.
~Vegetable seed are tested to pass federal germination standards. Seeds grown here are organically grown though not certified. MANY seeds not grown here are CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Since suppliers and seed stock changes, and we do not want to inadvertently false advertise, they are, with a few exceptions, not listed on the site. If you need to know about whether specific varieties are CERTIFIED ORGANIC, please send an email to
~A few items I could only get treated with the fungicide Thiram. Thiram is often used on seeds that are susceptible to rot like corn. I try to avoid this when I can, but want to carry as many varieties that customers are interested in. Those few items will be clearly marked as Treated.
~A few types of seed may contain some chaff where it is difficult to separate the two. Lemon Grass, and Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are examples of this. Not to worry, you will still get the correct amount of seeds, and chaff is harmless.
~Seed packets do not have growing instructions. Pre-printed packets cost a lot more, and we want to keep costs low. Please use the resources in the Seed STARTING Links column on the right of the web site for growing info.

We aim to make you happy and have your garden grow! Chances are low, but things do happen to seeds. In transit, exposure to high heat can reduce germination, the possibility of an incorrect seed mishap could occur during packaging, or a grower could send us incorrect stock.
If it is freezing out when your delivery comes, let you package come to room temp before opening to avoid too quick of a temp change to the seeds.
Sometimes even with starting good seed, and knowing what you are doing, they just don’t do well. It has happened to me, and it is baffling. I do know how disappointing it is. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often.

ALL SEED is for HOME GARDEN USE ONLY. If you are not satisfied with your seed, please let us know!
We will replace seed, send a voucher for later use, or send a refund for purchase price.

Please remember some unusual annuals and many cold climate perennials offered may have specific germination requirements
like cold stratification or periods of warm-cold/warm-cold so failure may occur if proper techniques are not used. It can be very rewarding to grow them from seed, but they often can not just be put into a seed starting tray indoors. We recommend WSing (Winter Sowing) to aid in germination. You can ask a question of this technique to The Sample Seed Shop (we hope to have a page up about how we employ this technique at some point), but there is a wonderful Winter Sowing Forum on GardenWeb where you can get lots of advice from other gardeners.
Also, different plants have different germination rates. Some plants it seems every seed sprouts. Others maybe 3/4 of the seed will sprout as is with many perennial asters for example; they are not all going to germinate. That is the nature of that seed.

BONUS SEEDS~ All orders get at least one packet of bonus seeds. Larger orders may get more than one packet. You can not choose your bonus, but your free packet is determined by what you order, i.e. you order tomatoes only, you will receive a packet of tomato seed, you order flowers, you will get a flower packet. Your free packet will not match other people’s packets either. So if you heard someone got packet X, don’t rely on getting packet X. If you do not want to get something though like no melons because you are allergic, please make a note when you order.
Though not available to the home gardener (at least not yet,) we promise to have NOTHING to do with GMO(Genetically Modified Organisms) seed and have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.
Please visit our page about this subject by clicking here.

DONATING to Charities:

We donate to local WNY garden programs only.
Programs like Grassroots Gardens, Gardens of Stewardship, MAP, etc. The Buffalo~Niagara area has more than its fair share of gardening projects that need help.
Unfortunately we can not spend time checking the veracity of out of town requests or know the true needs of a group like we do here at home.

Our CONTACT info is:

The Sample Seed Shop
978 Riverview Blvd.
Tonawanda, NY 14150

COMMENT PAGE– To just leave us a note, please CLICK HERE.

If you need to speak to us~


We will contact you within 24 hours unless on vacation(but that will be clearly stated on this web site.) Please try to email first since we are not by the phone often.

If you don’t receive an email back, please assume your email went to the spam box. If this happens please call us. If you call and get the answering machine, please state that you are a CUSTOMER. I’m getting calls from sales people, telemarketers, etc. I prefer to call you, not solicitors back.
(716) 871-1137

The second fax machine has broke, and I’m surprised Gary did not take a baseball bat to it! Anyway, at this time there is no fax, sorry.

Your information will never be sold/given to an outside party.
We are not fond of telemarketers, spammers, etc.


Seeds will be generally mailed out within 5 days after receiving your order using regular mail.
During the slower season (May-October,) Orders are generally shipped out 3 days a week, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
We will send out an email to inform you that your order has been SHIPPED.
LARGE orders (over $50) may take longer to mail especially during the busy season. During the busy season (Nov.- April) general delays in shipping will be clearly marked on this site.
During the busiest part of the year, Jan.-March, we highly recommend you order a few weeks ahead of when you want your seeds. We are growing as a company, and we work our tails off during that period, but delays can happen, and we want you to be happy!
If you do not hear from us AFTER a WEEK about your order, and there is no delay in shipping posted on the Home Page, please contact us! There have been a few(only a few) orders that never made it to us because of computer glitches with PayPal, probably when they were doing periodic updates to their system, or the computer gremlins intercepted it.
Make sure your Email Address and your Shipping Address are correct before you order!
We can not send you an email if your email is an old one you no longer use.
More importantly, if your order goes to the wrong address, you may never get your seeds! If you have switched address on PayPal, please double check before submitting. There have been a few instances of the address reverting to the old one. We can not be held responsible for these errors.

Shipping on orders within the U.S.A. ONLY is as follows (Sorry, the shipping went up at the Post Office on 5/31/15 and I had to raise rates.)~

  • up to 20 seed pkts. is $4.50.
  • 21 to 40 is $5.50.
  • 41 to 60 is $7.50.
  • 61 and up is $9.50. (this includes insurance)

NY STATE Residents ONLY~Sales Tax in Erie Co., NY is 8.75%!! Yes, I know, ridiculous. My prices and shipping are very inexpensive so even with the sales tax, I think you are still getting a bargain. I hope you think so too.
If you are local to the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, we can work out a meeting somewhere like Wegmans to pick the seeds up, or if you are close enough we will drop them in your mail box when convenient. If we do this, you will be refunded part of the shipping charges.
Sometimes we sell seeds at local events like Second Saturday at the Foundry. When we do have  an upcoming event, it will be post on the main page at the top and also on FaceBook.

CANADIANS and OTHER COUNTRIES, please see the Shipping to FOREIGN COUNTRIES page, Click Here.

Thank you for choosing The Sample Seed Shop!

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  • Connie Mayo says:

    Hi Remy,
    Love the site, and I really love the philosophy – I always want to try “just one more variety” but I only need a small number of seeds.

    Will you have any more varieties of tomato seed in the future – I assume not until late summer, though?

    Thanks – I can’t wait to patronize your site. Best of luck.

  • remy says:

    Hi Connie,
    I’m so glad you like the site! I figured there had to be quite a few gardeners who felt the same as me.
    Yes! I will have more tomato varieties come late summer. The ones I’m actually growing out I have *** next to on the Tomato Seed Master List page. I am growing some really neat ones this year like the ‘Roughwood Golden Tiger’. It is a striped plum, but it actually tastes great!
    Most of the tomatoes, I grow myself, but some I need to acquire wholesale since they hybrids like the Sungold seeds I have offered for sale, and I will pick up a few heirlooms for more stock.
    Thanks for the note,

  • Mary Ellen says:

    Remy, Remy, I saw this site listed on GW so I came to look. When I sawy the name ‘Remy,’ I just KNEW it had to be you as I don’t know anyone else with your name. Great site, my friend. I have been sitting inside today, trying to keep warm-below 0 windchills-and thinking about wintersowing again. Even though I have tried it for 3 years with no luck! Just sent an order. Thanks for all the info. here and great seed prices.
    Mary Ellen/Mellen

  • remy says:

    Mary Ellen!
    Yes, it is me : ) I’m so glad you like my site. I don’t really talk about it with my garden friends. Since my friends are my friends, you know. The wind is blustery here too. It is getting that time to winter sow. Not sure why you’re not having luck. I find it so easy.
    Are you using plain potting mix?
    Are you going 3″ in depth of soil?
    When I plant, I just fluff the top of already moist soil with a fork, sprinkle the seed on, and lightly water so they make good contact.
    Talk to you soon.
    Thank you for the order!

  • Mary Ellen says:

    Remy, I did a lot of reading on the WS site yesterday. I may need to use a different type of soil–lighter in weight? Also, I will try placing my containers in part-sun/sunshine. I have always placed them in the shady, cold window wells of the basement. Never warms up there and is always shaded.I am not giving up!
    Mary Ellen

  • remy says:

    I always use Baccto Professional Planting Mix. There’s a place near here that carries Michigan Peat/Garden Magic products so they have it in big bags. If I remember correctly a big bag makes about 75 2 liter pop bottles. There are other brands out there like Pro Mix that people use. Just don’t use Miracle Grow soil or Scotts Hyponex soil.
    I put all my containers on the east side of my garage. It works great. They get morning sun, but are shaded by mid-day.
    Good Luck!

  • Clare L Bergh says:

    Hi Remy,
    This is a great site, finally someone who offers tomato seed in reasonably priced and sized packs, so you can order many varieties and not go broke! Thank you so much!!
    I just placed an order with you. If you have any seed left from the cherokee green?, I would love to try them. It was a wet and soggy spring-summer, wasn’t it?
    Thanks again,

  • remy says:

    Hi Clare,
    You’re welcome! I’m glad my idea of what many people want is similar to my own. I like to try lots of different varieties.
    Yes, this past year was a wet one. I prayed many times not to have late blight come this way. I was lucky. Hopefully this year is good one!
    I will add Cherokee Green on to your order : )
    Thank you,

  • Hi Remy

    I came across a reference to your site on the gardenindex web site from a very happy buyer of yours.
    Seems like you have a great little business going.
    Eventually I hope to also sell seeds but I think I will do it through ebay.
    I started my site in December 2009 “The Seed Basket” I was having a terrible time finding images of the flower, seed pod and seeds together.
    Saving seeds is addictive. I started saving seeds last summer and have about 200 different flower seeds. I am loving it but I find it very time consuming. There is so much to learn.
    I enjoyed reading through your site. When you have time please have a look at my site and let me know what you think.
    Thank You

  • jon polvado says:

    received order last friday in good shape. thanks for the fast service and the free seeds.


  • Diane says:


    One quick question. Is the heirloom seed mix include the grow-out varieites or are they just the ones for sale? I have a bed all ready for the mystery mix. It will be fun trying to figure out what they are.



  • remy says:

    Hi Diane,
    It includes many, including ones on my Tomato seed inventory list. As I wrote, it really is stray seeds, or sometimes I’ve saved seeds and don’t know what the heck I saved it from, or a couple times I mixed different varieties together by mistake. Some may be hard to ID, but it will be fun to try : )

    Thanks again for your second order!

  • Diane says:

    Thanks Remy

    I already have a bed in my garden to put them. Great site! I will definately come back and tell a few friends.


  • pam sue says:

    hi remy
    imagine my surprise when i happened on your site and how wonderful that you have a new endeavor!! good luck with your new site and i certainly will be looking through your offerings!! of course i will be looking at your tomatoes and pole beans :))
    pam sue

  • remy says:

    Hi Pam!
    Thank you, everything has been going very well : ) I know you love the tomatoes and beans!

  • Sarah Ernst says:

    I purchased Roughwood Golden Tiger (tomato) seeds, I am already in love with the plant and it is only 3 inches tall. My question is, one seedling has no fuzz.(Will it develope fuzz?) Have you ever encountered this? Will the tomatoes have fuzz?
    Thanks so much for offering this tomato.
    Sarah Ernst

  • remy says:

    Hi Sarah,
    They do look cute, don’t they? Wait until they get bigger and loaded with tomatoes. They look really neat. Your no fuzz one must be a stray seed. We try to be very careful, but I know there’s always a possibility of a stray seed. Sorry for the mix up,

  • Hi Remy. I just saw them talking about your site on Cubits. Glad I found it. Quick question, is it too late to plant flower seeds? If not, then where do I go to look at your variety availability?

  • remy says:

    Hi Debbie,
    Cool that people were discussing the site! It is not too late to plant annuals that bloom and grow fast like Sunflowers or Dimorphotheca. Anything that has an “add to cart” button is available. You (or anyone) can of course buy now and save seeds to start later too.
    Thanks for your interest!

  • Pat Cortner says:

    Do you have seashore mallow seed?? I am looking for the white form. Thank you! Pat

  • remy says:

    Hi Pat,
    I do not. I started some last year, and I waited to long to plant them I think(or they got eaten by something) because they did not return this year. I’m going to have to try again next year.
    Sorry I can’t help you,

  • jane says:

    hi i live in mindanao (philippines)and want to grow my vegies organically. the farmers here use heaps of chemicals on everything.

    can you recommend vegies that would grow well in this environment. ( usual temperature here is in the 30s and quite humid) i will be using plant stands off the ground to grow as we do not have a lot of bare ground. i have worms creating good castings and intend to mulch this through soil to give some extra nutrients.
    oh and of course is it possible for you to send seeds to the philippines?
    thanks jane

  • remy says:

    Hi Jane,
    Sorry it took so long to get back to you! Somehow I missed your comment.
    I’m not the best to ask for what would grow great in your area since where I live is so different. I do know a few people on who live in your part of the world. If you join tomatoville and ask them, I know they would be more than happy to give you some advice.
    I can not send seeds to the Philippines. There are very strict import rules to there, and I won’t ship to where seeds will be confiscated.
    So sorry,

  • Cathy says:

    Any idea when your tomato seeds will be up for sale?? I’m eagerly awaiting your update in November that you mention…:)


  • remy says:

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for the reminder. I was doing some photo additions to the page yesterday, and I forgot all about an update on when the new seeds will be for sale! I’m on target for Monday the 15th, Tuesday the 16th at the latest.
    I’m happy to have people so excited about the update!

  • ricky says:

    when will you have the yellow wonder tomato seed.for sale again.would love to try it and love you website thanks.ricky

  • remy says:

    Hi Ricky,
    Unfortunately I won’t have it for sale this season. It is possible I will next fall. I know, that is a long way off!
    I’m glad you love the site : )

  • rose mctier says:

    hey remy– i have a quick question. my key limes are coming up nicely but half of them have one “shoot/stem(?)” and the other half have 2 stems. does this mean anything? i’ve never seen seeds sprout like that before. oh, and they are so cute with their shiny little leaves 😀

  • remy says:

    Hi Rose,
    Key Limes will often send up two shoots. It is sort of like the seed is carrying twins. I suppose once they grow a little bit more, you can decide which is thew weaker of the two and pinch that one off.
    Glad they are growing good!

  • rose mctier says:

    oh no, i have to pinch one of those cute little key limes sprouts off? guess it would be bad in the long run for the plant to leave it? i know pinching off is good for plants but i always feel bad doing it LOL

  • Remy says:

    I know I always feel bad too!

  • Gayle says:

    Just found your site and am thrilled! When will the out of stock seeds be available? Late fall or early winter perhaps? Also, I have a good photo of the watermelon radishes that I can email to you if you wish. Thanks for providing a source of non GMO in small quantities.

  • remy says:

    Hi Gayle,
    I received your email thank you! As far as out of stocks, it depends on the item.
    Tomatoes that I am growing this year do have will be back in stock this fall(Nov. 15 approx.) Other tomatoes might not be back until a later time.
    Veggies will be fall/early winter depending on whether they were grown by me(fall) or are from an outside source(winter.)
    Flowers are as they are harvested so I add those as I have enough to sell.
    Hope that helps,

  • remy says:

    Oh! And I forgot! “Like” The Sample Seed Shop on FaceBook if you have an account. I post when an item is back in stock there and who ever “likes” The Sample Seed Shop will get the update.

  • Pam says:

    Can you give me any info on how to start the Jaquemontia seeds?

  • remy says:

    Hi Pam,
    I tried to find my correspondence with Ron my ipomoea and related species knowledgeable friend about how to get the best germination out of them. They are a bit harder to get going than other seeds.
    I remember he recommended sandy soil that is kept moist in a pot outside. If you would like to get a nice detailed response from him, please visit the Morning Glory Cubit I know it sounds weird that the forum is by invitation only. It is to keep the spammers and other idiots out. So don’t worry, Ron is always helpful : )
    Hope this helps,

  • steve trimble says:

    I’m not sure if I have already asked this– Do you still have any Fantome du Laos seeds left. If so, I will order a package.
    Steve Trimble

  • remy says:

    Hi Steve,
    Yes, I do.Any seed with an ‘Add to Cart’ button is in stock, and can be purchased.

  • rbert says:

    do u sell in 1 oz. or greater amounts?


  • remy says:

    Hi Bob,
    No, I don’t really sell in large quantities. For a few select items, I could, like Baptisia australis, but I rarely do it.

  • Mary S in BC Canada says:

    Hi, I am so Happy I found your store through Dave’s Garden Community Watchdog, it seems like you are a very large asset to the Gardening community! :-) I live in BC Canada, in the Interior, which means I am in the desert, but a NORTHERN desert and our last frost date is not guaranteed until May! So I start seed in March in my west window, a big bay window that always germinates things well. I have a light lace curtain giving bright but filtered warm to medium hot light. My question please; I am hoping to find a VERY acidic STRONG flavoured almost biting taste! Now a days everyone seems to want milder ones except me, and it is VERY hard to get one. I remember my Grandfather grew one from England 50 years ago that was WONDERFUL but the name of it is of course long gone from my memory! Have you any recommendations please? If there aren’t any you can think of, are there any ways I can make a tomato more acidic tasting? I think they make the best sandwiches and salads or just to eat like apples! Thank you so very much!

  • remy says:

    Hi Mary,
    Oh yes, I can recommend what you might like. Slavic Masterpiece come to mind right away.
    Others you might like are:
    Early Glee
    Green Zebra
    Orlovskie Rysaki
    Silvery Fir Tree

    Hope this helps,

  • jammie says:

    hi remy. i was interesting in learnign more about Gazania Daybreak Series F1 (the mix). how well do you think they would do down here in kentucky? our winter was rather poor this year, so i was wondering what you thought. also, i will be placing another order here soon.

  • Remy says:

    Hi Jammie,
    I absolutely love them in pots on my deck. They bloom until frost. I guess some of the old varieties petered out after awhile, but I can attest to the fact that these keep on blooming. They are also drought tolerant. So I would recommend them. I can’t see them performing poorly where you are.

  • I would like to know if I can get free seeds from you please I love to plants and vegetables I hope that you can help me out thank you charleenm .

  • remy says:

    Hi Charlee,
    No I do not give out free seeds. I sell sample (small) sized packets.
    I donate seeds to local WNY charities only.

  • alejandra says:

    hello would be looking for these seeds:Penstemon Tenuis, Agastache Rupestris, Salvia Pratensis ´purple Rain´,Salvia Coccinea, Ratibida Columnifera,Rudbeckia amplexicaulis,as would the total with the shipping and would come as Argentina, thanks

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