I Got SCAMMED! Exposing Fake Food Plants & Seeds Sold Online

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Sadly there are many scammers around. People will often try to make money from basically nothing.
In this video Mark talks about some of his own experiences with scammers, and talks about the research he has done. And also how even that can backfire at times.

What are your experiences? And who do you buy your plants/seeds from, that you believe are legit?



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I'll start. I've only ever bought seeds from 1 website myself, as I've just had such good luck with them. Seeds (almost) always work, and when they don't, I'm fairly certain it's the user, not the seller.
I bug from a company called The Seed Collection and they ship all over Australia. I've grown a fair share of new plants from seed that I bought from them. Everything is packaged well and contains small notes on their recommendations on growing. You can also check their website to see what time of the year they recommend you grow it.

What are your favourite websites?
 
My list of good places to buy seeds, plants, and fruit trees online (all are in Australia) in no particular order:

The Seed Collection, Upper Fern Tree Gully VIC. [a large collection of seeds indeed]
Happy Valley Seeds, Riverstone NSW. [many more seeds of all sorts]
Seeds of Plenty, Eltham VIC. [they have plenty of seeds of all sorts too]
Garden Express, Monbulk VIC. [seeds, plants, trees, all things garden in general]
Living Green and Feeling Seedy, Alexandra Hills QLD. [more seeds]
Heritage Fruit Trees, Beaufort VIC. [You guess it, they sell fruit trees]
The Citrus Men, Melbourne VIC. [specialises in all the citrus tree varieties you can imagine]
Ross Creek Tropicals, Goomboorian QLD. [specialises in tropical fruit trees and other tropical fruits]
The Diggers Club, various collaborative sites across Australia. [all things garden, can buy without a membership, but membership makes purchases cheaper]
Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery, Kyogle NSW. (Trees, especially fruit trees, but they have other things too]
Veggie and Flower Garden Seeds, near Hobart TAS. [some niche seeds, and when other bigger more well-known stores are out of stock, try here]
New Wave Perennials, Granton TAS. [pollinator attracting perennial flowers and ornamental grasses]
Kingfisher Orchid Nursery, Kholo QLD. [for anyone into growing orchids]

A bonus one for those that are into gardens that go far beyond the veggie patch and into the realm of rare and collectable: Dicksonia Rare Plants, Mount Macedon VIC is a regular walk-in nursery, but it specialises in rare plants, many of which can't be bought anywhere else, so if you're looking for something specific that does exist in Australia but no one else can get for you, get in touch with them and if they have it available they may be able to ship it to you. And if they don't have it, they may be able to point you in the right direction of someone that does.

Edits: adding more as I find more online businesses worth buying from.
 
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Hi All, well me being in Canada I get my seeds mostly from my local company, ( I am on Prince Edward Island ) https://www.veseys.com/ and I also get them from https://www.halifaxseed.ca/ when they are at my local nursery. I admit I do not order them online and like to go the Veseys store and browse, dangerous thing to do at planting time. I did once get luffa seeds from online once which was supposed to be a reputable store and it was, it turned out they got scammed which was not good.
 
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I read that Veseys has a fairly low rating, and that people are generally dissatisfied with their online purchases.

As for Halifax Seed company I see that there's a load of positive reviews!
 
I read that Veseys has a fairly low rating, and that people are generally dissatisfied with their online purchases.

As for Halifax Seed company I see that there's a load of positive reviews!
Veseys being a small family company, they tend to get slammed a bit more yes, i like to go in and get my seeds and when you talk to them, the staff really knows what to recommend and what works well here on the island. I think that is the biggest reason why I like going there, the knowledge in house is fabulous. :)
 
We can get most seeds from around the continent, but sometimes our quarantine laws make it hard so we have to rely on loclal suppliers.
For example garlic is hard to bring into the state. There are so many varieties but most are not allowed to by sent here.

My biggest problem is that what is on the packet doesn't always grow and look like the pic on the front. But I'm sure that most times comes down to local conditions, soils and the grower - errrrrr me that is!!
For example I have some broccollini plants and I'm sure they aren't meant to be over 1m tall, and yep they are producing heaps of produce
 
I have some broccollini plants and I'm sure they aren't meant to be over 1m tall, and yep they are producing heaps of produce
That is the best type of thing to complain about. I had an issue like that with beans. The packet said they crop and stop, but they kept flowering and giving more beans, for months and months and they only stopped because I eventually stopped watering them. Most then died, but some persisted in living another few months after that, and one stubborn little bean plant kept living and producing beans until the one and only winter morning frost for the year knocked it off the mortal realm.
 
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