I found cheaper Benary's zinnia seeds

thinman(Z5 MI)January 2, 2011

If you buy Benary's zinnia seeds, you've probably noticed how the price took a huge jump, either last year or the year before, I think. The seeds offered now, at something like three or four times the price, are coated, but I believe that is the only thing different about them.

I was looking at prices on the website of Hazzard's Wholesale Seeds and found that they offer the coated and the un-coated seeds. And the un-coated seeds are way cheaper.

Example:

Z2961CTV Zinnia Benary Giant Carmine Rose (Coated Seed) 1,000 seeds $28.16

Z2961 Zinnia Benary Giant Carmine Rose 1,000 seeds $6.55

Unfortunately, I've already bought my seeds for next year, but maybe this will help some of you. You might want to stock up. Heck, I may want to stock up too.

ThinMan

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grannymarsh(z4-5 U.P. MICH)

Thanx for this source, the prices are great !! Good rating at The Watchdog too.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 8:05PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Yes, those prices are very good, but most of their flower prices I've looked at are quite a bit higher than, say, GeoSeed. The uncoated Benarys are a nice exception.

TM

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 9:39AM
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ekgrows

Thanks for the tip - I bought some. Looking at my 2010 Fedco catalog, I should have seen this coming. They wrote "Unfortunately, Benary has chosen to offer only film-coated polished seed and increased the cost fivefold!" Fedco had some uncoated seed carried over in 2010, but not in 2011 - all of the benarys are coated now.

So - it seems like these from hazzards might be older seeds, but I don't care. Stored properly, seeds can last a long time! Guess it's time to start separating colors and saving some seed myself.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2011 at 5:47PM
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annebert(6b/7a MD)

Benary's didn't just add a coating. According to information that Geoseeds sent when Benary announced their big price hike, they had done some selection to improve them (I think improving flower size and % of doubles). Unfortunately this last season was so awful I couldn't tell if the flowers were better.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 6:22PM
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nana8(5)

Thanks Thinman, Your post made me initiate my first seed order for the year. I did receive my Zinnias in record time.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2011 at 8:43PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

You're welcome, Nana. I was hoping others could take advantage of the good prices.

TM

    Bookmark   February 5, 2011 at 9:51AM
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Northernlightsfarm

Thanks so much, I will buy a bunch of these. Also will try to compare to my Benary's Giants that I still have on hand and maybe even buy one packet of the new coated seed for comparison.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:49AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

You're welcome. I just ordered 4000 of the Benary's mix. I thought I better jump on my own bandwagon before that ship sailed.

TM

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 5:14PM
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grannymarsh(z4-5 U.P. MICH)

@thinman LOL

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 8:58PM
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