I have been ordering on and off over the years since they first opened. Pinetree's niche has always been smaller, less expensive seed packets for the home gardener. At one point they were my main seed source. In recent years I have ordered from them, but not consistently. Their seed quality has not changed. Their process are still very low. their variety selection has increased.
The reason is shipping charges! When they eliminated their flat rate shipping for seeds my orders and loyalty were seriously impacted.
their current shipping rates are:
up to $9.99: $2.95
$10.00- $19.99: $3.95
$20.00- $39.99: $6.95
Sorry, I just think a three dollar jump is absurd. It would cost that much more to ship another package of seed?
The years I do place an order it is below $19.99.
This year they do have a $2.00 coupon for online orders, BUT their shipping fees go by the subtotal before the coupon!!!
That being said, I did place an order last night. It was one of my "fun" orders. Things that I don't need, but would be fun to grow!
283 PURPLE CAYENNE PEPPER 1 $1.35- a fun color for a cayenne pepper
35 RUBY QUEEN BEET 1 $0.95- a leading variety
502 MAGICAL MICHAEL BASIL 1 $0.95- supposed to be very ornamental
51102 RED LETTUCE LEAF BASIL 1 $1.15- an interesting new twist
65001 FRUITY MIX MARIGOLD 1 $1.25- a 24" citrus colored mix with white
67707 STARBURST BLAZE SUNFLOWER 1 $1.35- a double red!
708 PRETTY BONNETS AQUILEGIA 1 $1.60- double picotee blooms
83601 BURGUNDY FRILLYTUNIA PETUNIA 1 $1.35- very frilled
85701 MULTIBLOOM SALMON GERANIUM 1 $1.95- an amazing price
85702 MULTIBLOOM WHITE GERANIUM 1 $1.95- an amazing price
98 SEA FOAM SWISS CHARD 1 $1.35- more refined taste than older varieties
W240 PAONAZZA D EGITTO BEET 1 $1.35- a flat, purple Italian beet
W25702 SPIGARIELLO LISCIA GREENS 1 $1.25- Italian green with broccoli flavored leaves
W468 BUNCHING ONION CRIMSON FOREST 1 $1.35- a deep red scallion
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are as fun as imagine them to be...