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I HAVE ORDERED FROM THIS COMPANY FOR YEARS AND HAVE HAD EXCELLENT RESULTS FROM GERMINATION TO CUSTOMER SERVICE. VERY GOOD SELECTION INCLUDING RARE AND HARD TO FIND ITEMS. BRUSH UP ON YOUR GERMAN OR USE A TRANSLATOR.

Ipomoea purgatory did not germinate under any circumstances I could produce

I ordered seeds of 2 tropical plants, and seeded them out step-wise into a special container that I have used successfully for raising other exotic plants that need constantly warm temperatures. After trying for several months, I approached Sunshine Seeds twice by email and never got any reply. This is really bad customer service.

I had a German-born friend to help with my order. This is a website to drool over. What I didn’t expect is for the site to be updated so often with available seeds. I noticed a lot of seeds of plants from India. This was my order list: Anthocephalus cadamba Afraegle paniculata Balanites maughamii Bambusa bambos (arundinaceae) Barleria albostriata Barleria seninsis Capparis tomentosa Stereospermum colais Stereospermum euphorides Swinglea glutinosa Wrightia arborea Within one week both Barleria seninsis & Stereospermum colais were starting to appear. Ten days later all the Barleria seninsis were up and running. The S. colais and S. euphorides were doing fairly well also. It has been 5 weeks since I’ve planted the first batch of seeds. Two weeks ago I planted another batch of seeds. Of those only the original seeds that germinated have sprouted from the 2nd planting. While I cannot find fault with Sunshine-seeds, it would be nice if seed companies undertook germination tests and listed the dates the seeds were collected. Some seeds just have to be planted within a week of their collection. So far 0% of any seeds of the following species have germinated, no matter the seed company: Anthocephalus cadamba Bambusa bambos (arundinaceae) Yet, I’m happy to keep trying! My primary reason for my order was the Stereospermum colais. From online information and various books, no one has brought Stereospermum colais into the western hemisphere since the 1940’s with the exception of S. kunthianum growing at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami, Florida. Every few weeks I go over the entire seed list online from Sunshine-seeds.de. The changing seed availability is impressive. I’m drooling to order more.

Last summer I ordered some rarer types of morning glories from this company, One called Tiger Foot was what this company claimed it was. I am very satisfied with my plants. The other was supposed to be Ipomoea Purga. I did not mind paying the high price for this rare species’ seeds. However,these seeds were not that species. They were instead a very common lavender moonflower. This substitution scam has been going on for some time now with this company. Someone I know and who has had some close relationship with this company has told me that these people are fully aware that they are advertising a high priced species and that they are substituting the seeds of a common, cheap one instead.Dishonesty is so sad.

I was looking for Ipomoea Ochracea and Sun-shine Seeds came up in the google search as the only source. When I searched through their offerings I was surprised by how many varieties they had! So many unusual Ipomoea, which is exactly what I was looking for. I’m always nervous about using a card for purchases instead of paypal, but after checking here at the Garden Watchdog and seeing that people had in fact made purchases and received their items, I felt secure enough to make the purchase, and I am SO GLAD I DID! The Ipomoea Ochracea that I planted are sprouting right now which is surprising considering the wild weather they have had to endure. I received definitely viable seeds and the price was very reasonable. The seeds appeared very healthy as well before planting. The seeds arrived very quickly considering they came from Germany. No complaints, will buy from this seller again very soon.

I ordered from them after finding them listed here. I had been stationed in Germany and emailed to ask for assistance with their online order form. The lady was very helpful and explained it in detail and my order arrived in excellent shape and without delay. I was told they are also working on an English version. They do have a great selection of seeds and not to much over priced than other places that have special seeds that aren’t commonly available. I saved her email directions for future use because I will order from them again. Cathi Lampasas, Texas, USA On December 28th, 2005, Cathi added the following: Ordering directions: I also used a English/German translator free online when I emailed them. They gave it to Renate since she has better understanding of written English. She was very helpful. Here are the directions Renate sent me: I am sorry, but we have no English-Version at moment, but we will it workout in the future. When you would like to order by credit card we need the following details: Visa ( ) Master ( ) American Express ( ) Card No. Expiry date: Secure code on the back: Card owner: or send by fax: 0049 2382 805092. We will ship as a gift and declare it as “Beads”,also we write in handwriting your, our address and the labels of seeds, because the customs regulations of the states. Here a little assistance for order: When you would like to order and/or payment by credit card, please use the following address: https://ssl.kundenserver.de/shop.sunshine-seeds.de/ It is a secure line with 128 bit. It follows a window with a security indication and you should answer with Ja Go to. Samen A-Z and when you have found the seeds that you want, please write your quantity in the field Menge click on button Bestellen click on button Weiter zum Bestellformular left: field Versandart – choose Vorauskasse: Samen -´┐Żbersee or Samen – Europe field Zahlungsart – choose Kreditkarte – now you can write address and credit card details This server is a secure server. Nobody will be able to read your credit card details. The shipping cost is a flat rate by air mail within Europe EUR 4.00, outside of Europe EUR 8.00 I hope, I could help. Thank you for your order. Kind regards, Renate www.sunshine-seeds.de On December 28th, 2005, Cathi added the following: Ordering directions: I also used a English/German translator free online when I emailed them. They gave it to Renate since she has better understanding of written English. She was very helpful. Here are the directions Renate sent me: I am sorry, but we have no English-Version at moment, but we will it workout in the future. When you would like to order by credit card we need the following details: Visa ( ) Master ( ) American Express ( ) Card No. Expiry date: Secure code on the back: Card owner: or send by fax: 0049 2382 805092. Here a little assistance for order: When you would like to order and/or payment by credit card, please use the following address: https://ssl.kundenserver.de/shop.sunshine-seeds.de/ It is a secure line with 128 bit. It follows a window with a security indication and you should answer with Ja Go to. Samen A-Z and when you have found the seeds that you want, please write your quantity in the field Menge click on button Bestellen click on button Weiter zum Bestellformular left: field Versandart – choose Vorauskasse: Samen -´┐Żbersee or Samen – Europe field Zahlungsart – choose Kreditkarte – now you can write address and credit card details This server is a secure server. Nobody will be able to read your credit card details. The shipping cost is a flat rate by air mail within Europe EUR 4.00, outside of Europe EUR 8.00 I hope, I could help. Thank you for your order. Kind regards, Renate www.sunshine-seeds.de

Posted on April 2, 2011, updated August 18, 2011 Posted on April 2, 2011, updated April 2, 2011 Excellent germination rates on most seeds, except for tropicals with short viability seeds (like Butea monosperma, Mucuna bennettii, Bauhinia kockiana). I wonder why they ship seeds that are obviously not fresh and have lost germination ability. They simply know it. I suppose they keep them refrigerated, but this doesn’t help much. On April 2nd, 2011, eliasastro added the following: It is a pitty, as most of their seeds have excellent germination rates. Also, the packaging of the sensitive and short lived seeds is not as secure and careful as it should. On August 18th, 2011, eliasastro changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following: After many orders from them i would like to add that this company offers an amazing variety of tropical seeds that are hard to find elsewhere. It is something that few seed companies have achived. I must admit that i have become an addict! From now on i check the “back in stock” list in their website, so i can order short viability seeds just after they arrive.

I ordered hard to find Stictocardia Macalosi seeds. I was a little hesitant as I am in the US and they are in Germany, but did it anyway. I am happy to say that I got a 100% germination! I would buy from them again. I also ordered paychypodium seeds of which all but one germinated.

Sunshine seeds

Sunshine Seeds is a family owned and operated seed retailer operating west of Magrath, Alberta. Like many of our customers we are crop and livestock producers who have found and focused on an opportunity in a business we are passionate about. In 2000 we planted 100 acres of meadow bromegrass along Highway 5 west of Magrath for use as irrigated pasture or hay. The next year was very dry and as we were preparing to cut the grass for hay the Manager of Ken Long Seeds pulled in off the highway and told us not to cut it for hay as he wanted to harvest the seed. Our field provided clean seed and soon we were growing Kay orchardgrass for Ken Long Seeds. In early 2006 we were offered the opportunity to buy the business and equipment of Kenneth C. Long Seeds and have never looked back.

Sunshine Seeds Ltd. is a producer, processor and marketer of premium quality forage, native, turf and cereal seed located in southern Alberta. We strive to provide customers with seed of the best quality and best value combined with excellent advice because we know that our success depends on your success. Our seed cleaning and warehouse facility is also equipped with seed blending and packaging equipment so that we are able to meet the exact seed requirements of our clients. We carry an extensive inventory of forage, native, reclamation and turf seed on-site so that seed is available when our customers need it. In spring 2011 Sunshine Seeds Ltd. entered the pedigreed cereal seed business. Our cereal seed retail facility provides batch weigh and cereal seed treating capabilities. If you are in the market for hay, pasture, cereal, reclamation or turf seed please call us. Seed is what we do and we would be happy to talk to you about it.

Since 2006 we have increased our production and cleaning capacity substantially. We now grow all of the grasses that we use in large volumes and have alfalfa seed produced for us by an excellent western Canadian seed production company. If we need seed types that we don’t grow or have production of, we have a small network of elite growers and wholesalers that we source product from based on quality and value. Sometimes you have to pay just a little more to get a seed lot that is vastly superior. There is a saying in the cattle business that “a good bull is 50% of your genetics but a poor quality bull is 100% of your genetics” and we believe that the same advice goes along with seed.

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