Dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of tomato seeds suppliers flood the marketplace.
Is there room for them all?
Yes! Nearly 70 percent of gardeners say they buy most of their seeds from mail-order vegetable seed companies.
These vendors range from small proprietorships that sell only seeds saved and processed in house … to family businesses that have been around for a couple of generations … to seed cooperatives like Fedco and even larger companies like Burpee.
Tomato seed suppliers stay in business because they help you do what you want to do: grow healthy tomatoes.
Is there anything better in the winter than curling up with a cup of tea and a stack of garden catalogs while you dream of your summer garden? Seed suppliers know that photos on their websites and print material are not just for inspiration, but for information too. Growing information, disease resistance, and yield help you choose what tomato varieties are best for your climate, your soil, and your garden. Specialty companies provide seeds for your local area – Territorial Seeds (in the Pacific Northwest) and Southern Exposure (in the south), for instance.
Maybe you need short-season tomato seeds because you live in an area with a short growing season or because you’re growing tomatoes indoors or because you’re growing a second crop later in the season (Johnny’s Selected Seeds.) Or maybe you’re looking for the best selection of paste tomatoes (Marianna’s Heirloom Seeds) or Canadian cultivars (Prairie Garden Seeds) or bi-color and striped tomato varieties (Wild Boar Farms). Different tomato seeds suppliers specialize in all kinds of tomato seeds.
Some vendors offer small amounts of seeds for the home gardener (Pinetree Garden Seeds), especially helpful if you want to try different varieties but don’t want to grow 30 plants of each type. Or maybe you combine your order with friends … or need bulk or wholesale prices in order to grow for the market … or own a small farm. You can find wholesale vendors (like The Seed Kingdom) to help you save money.
Maybe you don’t live near a gardening center. Maybe you do … but the store doesn’t have its seeds out early enough for you to start them on time or maybe the stores don’t carry tomato varieties you want to grow. That’s why it can be helpful to consider what you need to buy for your garden (along with your tomato seeds) and then order it all at once from one vendor. When it comes to ordering tomato seeds and other gardening gear, online vendors offer convenience and save you hassle.
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