Herb Seed Suppliers

While well-known seed companies carry herb seeds, they often have only basic varieties. Seed companies that specialize in herbs carry a broader selection of culinary and medicinal herbs. They offer tips for growing their herbs in specific climates or under certain growing conditions to help ensure every gardener's success. If you are looking for a particular herb, narrow your search to the experts who focus on herb seeds.

Companion Plants

Companion Plants offers both plants and seeds for sale at their greenhouse or by catalog or Internet sales. They offer multiple varieties of many herbs. As of June 2010, they carry 33 different varieties of basil, 17 different types of lavender and 41 varieties of mint. Companion Plants 7247 N. Coolville Ridge Road Athens, Ohio 45701 740-592-4643 companionplants.com

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Pinetree Garden Seeds supplies herbalists with several categories of herb seeds. Favorite culinary annuals, biennials and perennials are available, as well as medicinal herbs and herbs for dyeing. This company also sells books on using herbs for traditional cooking and healing purposes, and they carry books and supplies for making herbal soaps or dyeing your own textiles or fibers. Pinetree Garden Seeds P.O. Box 300 New Gloucester, ME 04260 207-926-3400 superseeds.com

Garden Medicinals and Culinaries

Garden Medicinals and Culinaries maintain pure seed strains. They sell only open-pollinated seeds. They do not carry hybrids, genetically modified seeds or patented seeds. They encourage gardeners to save their own seeds and provide supplies and information to help beginning seed savers. Each order comes with a six-page seed-growing booklet and a two-page guide for growing herb seeds. Garden Medicinals P.O. Box 460 Mineral, VA 23117 540-872-8351 gardenmedicinals.com

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds provides gardeners with a large selection of herb seeds, both open-pollinated and hybrid varieties. Johnny's offers some seeds as plain or pelleted. Pelleted seeds are coated with an inert, water-soluble substance that makes them easier to handle during planting. The coating dissolves as soon as the seed is in moist soil. An innovative planting method for herb seeds that are especially tiny, such as thyme, is a water-soluble disk with seeds embedded. The disk is sized for a standard pot. To plant a seed disk you only need to place it on the surface of the potting soil, cover it lightly with soil or vermiculite and water it. Johnny's provides complete growing information for all herb seeds they sell. Johnny's Selected Seeds 955 Benton Ave. Winslow, ME 04901 877-564-6697 johnnyseeds.com

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