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TWilley 2013 Seed Catalog review


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  • Based in Hodges, South Carolina, USA

Twilley Seeds has been in the seed business a long time.  It was founded in the early 1900′s.  They do have a website, but their website has only 3 pages on it: the homepage, a page with a paragraph about the history of the company, and a page where you can order the catalog.  So there’s not much you can do with the TWilley Seeds company online.

On Dave’s Garden it has 1 negative rating, 13 positive ratings, and 1 neutral.  In general, they do seem to serve their customers very well.  I think my father used to order seeds from Twilley, but I never have.

I know some people will be disappointed not to be able to order online… but that’s probably only a handful of young gardeners from the up-and-coming generation.  I grew up with fast technological advancements (I turned 26 recently) and even I am completely satisfied to fill out and mail in a mail-order form.  It seems perfectly normal, even in this age of advanced technology and continual internet evolvement.  That being said, if they want to keep up with the times and maintain a strong healthy business, I would HIGHLY recommend that they develop their online presence, and make sure they’re making changes (if and as needed) to deliver to their market.  Their catalog says, “Catalog for Farms, Fresh market and Bedding Plant Growers” so perhaps the home gardener isn’t their focus.  It does also mention that there are “Grower Discounts”.

A lot of their seed is treated to ensure proper growing, especially under wet conditions, but they do offer untreated varieties (marked with a U after the catalog numbers).  As far as organic seed, they don’t list any of their seed as being organic.  Their catalog is also peppered with Monsanto/Seminis seed variety names (see below).  Whether some of these are open-pollinated and grown by themselves, or whether some or all are purchased from Seminis, I don’t know.  I’ve written to them, and I hope to hear back from them soon.  If not, I’ll give them a call and see if I can talk to a representative.  (Go here for the article on Monsanto/Seminis seeds, with the spreadsheet.)

The Twilley seed catalog was the first of two to arrive, along with Stokes.  They showed up in my mailbox in mid-November.

Here’s what I found when comparing the Twilley Seeds to the spreadsheet.

Right on the first page of listed varieties (page 3) they have 2 that are Monsanto/Seminis related (Candy Onion and Packman Broccoli), listed as part of the 2012 Professional Seed Series.  I just put a circle around each Monsanto/Seminis variety as I went through the catalog.  It was very interesting to see the circles peppered across the pages when I was done, and to see who owns/markets/distributes those varieties (for more info about this project, go HERE).  It was also interesting to see how many varieties Monsanto/Seminis doesn’t own.  All around, it’s been very informative.

Seeds Presumably From Monsanto

Page 6: Beans

  • Alicante
  • Golden Child
  • Festina

Page 7: Beans

  • Valentino
  • Etna Bean

Page 9: Broccoli

  • Castle Dome
  • Coronado Crown
  • Packman

Page 11: Cabbage

  • Red Dynasty

Page 15: Melons (spec. Honeydews)

  • Earli-Dew

Page 17: Carrots

  • Envy
  • Juliana

Page 18: Cauliflower

  • Cheddar

Page 28: Corn

  • Merit

Page 30: Cucumbers

  • Dasher II
  • Fanfare
  • Marketmore 76
  • Salad Bush
  • Speedway
  • Talladega
  • Thunder
  • Thunderbird
  • Turbo

Page 31: Cucumbers

  • Sweet Slice
  • Sweeter Yet (marked in orange… go HERE to find out why)
  • Arabian
  • Cool Breeze Imp
  • Eureka
  • Vlasstar

Page 32: Eggplant

  • Black Beauty (marked in orange)

Page 36: Lettuce

  • Braveheart

Page 37: Lettuce

  • Summertime (marked in orange)
  • Red Sails (marked in orange)

Page 40: Onions

  • Candy
  • Red Zeppelin
  • Century

Page 43: Peppers

  • Archimedes
  • Blushing Beauty (marked in orange)
  • California Wonder

Page 44: Peppers

  • King Arthur
  • North Star
  • Orange Blaze
  • PS 09941819 with X5R
  • Super Heavy Weight (marked in orange)
  • Aladdin with X3R
  • Camelot with X3R
  • Socrates with X3R

Page 45: Peppers

  • Cherry Pick
  • Giant Marconi
  • Key West with X3R
  • Sweet Spot with X3R

Page 46: Peppers

  • Anaheim Chili TMR23
  • Garden Salsa (Question mark on this one; On the list there’s a Garden Salsa SG, so I’m not sure if they’re the same one)
  • Super Chili
  • Chichen Itza
  • Habanero
  • Chichimeca
  • Ixtapa with X3R

Page 47: Peppers

  • Mitla
  • Mucho Nacho (marked in orange)
  • PS 11435810
  • Holy Mole
  • Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot
  • Mariachi

Page 48: Pumpkins

  • Buckskin

Page 50: Pumpkins

  • Jamboree (Question mark on this one as well; Listed as Jamboree HG on the list)

Page 51: Pumpkins

  • Orange Smoothie

Page 52: Pumpkins

  • Spirit

Page 55: Spinach

  • Hellcat

Page 56: Summer Squash

  • Daisey

Page 57: Summer Squash

  • Gold Rush
  • Ambassador
  • Blackjack (marked in orange)

Page 58: Summer Squash

  • Senator
  • Sungreen (marked in orange)
  • Terminator

Page 59: Winter Squash

  • Autumn Delight

Page 60: Winter Squash

  • Table Ace (marked in orange)
  • TayBelle PM

Page 62: Winter Squash

  • Bush Delicata (marked in orange, and with a question mark on this one: listed as being for “produce vendor”)

Page 65: Tomatoes

  • Biltmore

Page 66: Tomatoes

  • Celebrity
  • Florida 47
  • Florida 91

Page 67: Tomatoes

  • PS 01522935
  • PS 01522942
  • Sanibel

Page 68: Tomatoes

  • Beefmaster
  • Better Boy
  • Big Beef
  • Burpee’s Big Boy
  • Jetsetter

Page 69: Tomatoes

  • Hybrid 46
  • Health Kick

Page 70: Tomatoes

  • Sunsugar
  • Sweet Baby Girl

Page 73: Watermelons

  • Cooperstown

Page 76: Watermelons

  • Crimson Sweet

Page 78: Watermelons

  • Jade Star
  • Yellow Doll (marked in orange)

Page 79: Watermelons

  • Starbrite

About Anni

Gardening for life, liberty, and happiness. I love running, hiking, being with my family, gardening, cooking (most especially the stuff we pick from our garden), and reading.

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6 Responses to TWilley 2013 Seed Catalog review

  1. Maeilyn Braswell August 16, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I would like a catalog I want to send some orka seeds to a friend in Costa Rica. Do think they qwill go thru customs if in a box with a picture on ther box.?

    • Anni September 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      No idea! I’ve heard of people putting hearts or pictures of religious things on boxes to be able to send things without having them go through customs… but I have no idea if it works. :)
      Good luck!

  2. Peyton Biddle March 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I am a long time [home gardener] customer of Twilley and was wondering if
    I can place an order online? Was unable to locate on on-line order form.
    Thank you

    • Anni April 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      I don’t think they have a way to order online… just information about their seeds & company.

  3. Molly April 11, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Your list is helpful, but can you confirm if that list is for seeds that ARE from Monsanto/Seminis or if this list is seeds that ARE NOT from them. Thank you!

    • Anni June 22, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      The list is seeds to avoid – the ones that are presumably owned by Monsanto.

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