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This is important to know and can be discovered from a range of sources. Look at product reviews on the seed bank sites and other review sites. Visit forums and discussion boards and even question and answer sites such as Quora. Get as many different opinions as you can. Finally ask friends who have bought seeds and listen to their product and user experience.
In the UK, seeds are available from some shops as well as online. Shops can be a good choice if you don’t have to travel far, you want to talk to a salesperson and you don’t want to wait for your seeds to be delivered. However, for the majority of people buying online is a more attractive option. With an online store your purchase is discrete, they often stock a wider range of seeds and finally, an online seller will often add some free seeds to sweeten the deal.
Most seed banks have a huge range of seeds available so look carefully at the information that is provided for each strain. Look out for a detailed description of the product and customer reviews showing that they have a responsive customer service team. Don’t wait until you’ve got a problem to realise that there is no way to directly contact the suppliers. A seed bank that offers a good variety and communicates clearly about their product will often earn a good reputation.
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Different seed banks may not only sell at different prices and in different quantities but there may also be different deals available. Remember you are only getting a good deal if the seeds you have bought are good quality and you actually get the strains that you have paid for.
If you want to skip the reading this table acts as a quick reference to what I consider as the best UK seed banks:
If you do intend to purchase seeds for germination you must be aware that you may be caught and risk fines or time in prison. As you’re buying them for storage and preservation purposes this won’t be an issue to you.
Genovese is renowned for its fragrance and is the traditional basil used in pesto.
Little Gem is a compact small cos type with tight hearts and a.
First off this is a good tasting tomato and a good looking one too. Looks fantastic in the greenhouse and on the plate. It’s long and slender with a definite point at the end.
However its a weak and feeble plant that for me grew only half the size of other varieties I grew this year. Yield was OK, but nothing fantastic. I found the fruits prone to rotting from the pointed end too. About 15% of them had to be thrown away.
Probably not one to try again.
Average Contents : 150 seeds
Veg Seeds Selection in a Box.
Produces large, barrel shaped heads, with crisp light green.