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Great Service

I placed two separate orders and asked that the second be shipped with the first. The second order contained only one packet of seed. The order was delivered, but the seed from the second order was not included. I decided that I’m not going to make a fuss about it and did not even contact Living Seeds but a few days later a second delivery arrived with the one packet of seed! Great service!



Have planted your garlic two years running and have been able to keep us 'in garlic' for the entire year' even with the passing on to friends just so that they can taste the difference between your garlic and the shop bought stuff! Even the smell is totally different...I love it!!

Sue Windsor

Great Service

This was my first purchase from you and I would like to commend you on your website and your service and have been recommending Living Seeds to my friends and family. Will gladly use Living Seeds for future seed purchases.

Eugene S

Excellent service

Was I impressed with living seeds!! Even after their misfortune after the storm, they managed to replace a wrong order with all the seedlings I originally ordered and even included seeds from the previous order as well as extra seeds!Well done - I will surely buy my seeds/seedlings ONLY from you!

karlien Raubenheimer

Catalogue for bedtime reading

I have been impressed with everything about Livingseeds since the first time I discovered their website. However, their catalogue takes the Livingseeds experience to a whole new level. It is outstanding. I found myself reading it with happy anticipation of future vegetable growing. Thanks to Sean and his team!

Anna Mouton

Non-green fingered people can garden too!

I finally realized that I can be a gardener too, thanks to the great team @ livingseeds. If you have not bought the autumn/winter package for beginners, then do it now. My winter veggies are well on their way already! And my neighbours who received a package from me, used it to have bonding time with their toddler. As for the more exotic stuff - that is so much fun! I cannot tell you how many people are totally amazed at the interesting things growing in my garden, eg. jelly melons. I probably will never buy seeds anywhere else again.

Hantie de Beer

Black Zebra Tomatos

I bought seedlings from you for Black Zebra tomatoes and a few other varieties. They grew in leaps and bounds once transplanted and I am extremely pleased with the resulting fruit, which is beautiful to behold and delicious to eat. I highly recommend your seedlings, which are obviously grown with love and then packed and shipped with great care. Thank you for delightful products and excellent service.

Gina Hall

Emile Theart and has become 2 of my most visited sites. I've ordered 3 batches of seeds and the service has always been of the highest standard. The addition of the seed Info bar is a game changer and like Anna Mouton I find myself picking up the catalogue again and again.I firmly believe that heirloom seeds and micro/urban food cultivation is the only way to create sustainable and long lasting food security.Thanks to Sean and the entire LivingSeeds team.

Emile Theart


I bought some garlic from you two years ago and have enjoyed two excellent harvests. Really good stuff Thanks

don currie

Thanks Thanks Thanks

Hey Sean, thank you for what you do Livingseeds is a resource that we rely on for great seeds and service to match.We have consistently found that your seeds have a higher germination than any others that we have bought locally.Keep up the good work, we need you.

Michael V

Budding Gardeners

Thanks to my family have become enthusiastic gardeners. We, kids included, always look forward to receiving our orders and getting the seeds going and the excitement of seeing the first little leaves pop up causes a lot of competition amongst us at home :-) We have successfully harvested our own crops and are now eating veggies that we previously never liked - but if we grow them, we eat them - that's the rule. Thank you for helping my family enjoy our garden and for introducing us to a whole range of edibles that we would not have previously bought. Well done on a superb product!

Dayan du Plooy

Great service

I am not a big user at the moment but will become one now that I am on a farm. Would like to say that I have all ways had good and friendly service. Thankyou Everall

E Taljaard

Thank you

If the country was run the way Livingseeds is run, we would all be living in paradise. Thank you for your diligence and superb service. I can't get enough of Can't wait for all of the new varieties you spoke of in this month's newsletter. Be blessed.

Emile van Coller

Thank you

Thank you very much, it is fantastic that there are people like you who care so much for the good way of life. It is a rare quality.


Excited to start sprouting!

I ordered the sprouting system and some extra seeds over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to receive my parcel on Tuesday morning! My kids eat sprouts (almost) like sweets and we are excited to start growing our own. Five stars for Livingseeds' service and a great product, and an effective courier partner too! PS. Love the catalogue also :-)

Susan Benade

Wow! Good Service!

Only ordered my reduced special price Sprouting System yesterday and hey presto, it has arrived already!! Blown away by your service!! (Took less than 24 hours to arrive). I've always wanted to order seeds online (from the USA) but now realise that local is lekker (and better at it) ;). Keep up the good work, as soon as Winter is over, will be ordering more seeds. You've renewed my enthusiasm. Thank you for the positive experience.

Carey Thomas

Bhut Jolika

I planted some Bhut Jolika seeds late December 2012, phoned Sean on a regular basis wanting to know why my seeds were not germinating. As stated on the website, these are difficult seeds to germinate which was confirmed when doing my own research on the web. After two weeks I closed my Tupperware container where the seeds trays were in and decided to give it up as a bad job and order a new batch of seeds. On 20 Feb 2013 I decided to open the container to clean it out to prepare for my new batch, to my surprise I was greeted by 20 one inch seedlings, two months after planting, fantastic. I myself work with customers but never have I met anyone as patient a Sean. Thanks Again, I will always support you.Daan Wentzel Pretoria Gauteng

Daan Wentzel

Excellent process

First of all, accepting Bitcoin as a method of payment is absolutely superb & innovative! Ordered 30 products, delivery arrived a day and a half later. Expeditious & totally effortless, cant wait to start planting :-)

Casper du Plessis

Growing the way nature intended

Livingseeds is a blessing to all of us sick and tired of boring,nutrient depleted and tasteless food.The live seedling are amazing, I am now growing herbs and chilies that would have been near impossible to grow on my own.If every home grew just a few veggies we would all be healthier and benefit from huge savings.Stuart Grossi Pietermaritzburg


Giant Garlic

Every year with out fail I purchase garlic cloves & everytime have 100% success. Making oil from the cloves is a wow factor as it does not compare to any of the branded products available, the aroma & taste is supreme. I do not want to slice & dice as feel that I loose much of the unique flavor. Plus the aroma makes like an addict in the kitchen, hogging what I have sown. Its the only plant I would plant how ever need greens in the garden too...


Spectacular information and service

We are just absolutely flabbergasted...our 1st ever parcel arrived on Monday and boy were we surprised!!! All I can say is "Well Done!" Your packaging and information you provide with your seeds have FAR exceeded our expectations! We are looking forward to ordering from you again!! Now, off to plant those seeds ;-)


Best service and selection!

I just love your chilli/pepper collection! Keep the hot ones coming!And thank you for the super, super service. This is definitely my go-to seed store.Warm regards, Chantelle

Chantelle Kerr

Christmas in February!

I received my first parcel with seedlings today and unpacking them was like unwrapping a beautifully wrapped gift! Your packaging is really phenomenal and my seedlings arrived strong and healthy! They will be going to the garden tomorrow morning just after 6AM!I think you have created a little addict in me because I just checked if you do not perhaps have new seedlings I can buy. Hiehie!


Thank you - GREAT service!

Thank you so much for the wonderful service. My seedlings arrived in good condition and I can't wait to start eating. Wonderful to see such service in this day and age.

Kristene Smuts

Yay - Successful potatoes

After loosing 90% of my potatoes to moles every year I planted my Living Seeds potatoes in my old dogfood bags and really looked after them. The tops have all died down and I can harvest each bag as I need them for myself I have just unearthed my third bag. What a joy to find plump healthy potatoes again in each bag. Living seeds advice as to how to harvest them when the skins are firm and not washing them all immediately is something I would never have been aware of.


Growing Side by Side

Our move to a the country six years ago coincided with reading about living and eating ethically, seasonally and locally and my discovery of Living Seeds. Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to follow our dream of living as self sufficiently and sustainably as we can. Living Seeds have been there every step of the way with your predictably reliable seeds and exciting varieties of heirloom options. I have found your personal touch through emails, newsletters, online advice and now the catalogue such a source of helpful information on this journey. As I have grown from a place of complete city ignorance to almost completely living off the veggies we grow it has also been a delight to see your business grow into something that we South Africans can truly be proud of.

Cath Wood

1st time customer

Well, I ordered Sweet Potatoes and Black Popcorn on the 18th Nov, and exactly 2 days later, I received my order at the door. I am very impressed by delivery time. This extends over into customer care and general efficiency.When I received my Sweet Potato (Which I pride myself with), I planted it immediately. As I'm typing this testimony, today being Nov 20th, I've just finished watering them, and by the looks of things, it might rain hard as well.I certainly look forward to buying more seeds from Living Seeds in the very near future. My garden is far from complete.Thank You to everybody who is The Living Seeds staff.

Ayanda Mkhonza

I love Livingseeds!

I am so impressed with the quality of seeds, and your extensive collection of seeds. Love the catalog and will be placing another order soon!

Belinda Coram

Livingseeds has made life more to live

We are so enjoying our vege-garden life. Tossed out the fruit trees that were not performing much in our garden for 20 years and started the veges in May this year (2015).Everything is an exciting experience. Some are great others need refinement by ourselves, our soil, our sun, our watering, our composting, etc etc etc ….. but that which produces …. so rewarding.Ordered our 3rd lot and waiting with expectant anticipation.Thank you Sean and all at Livingseeds, making life a growing joy. Especially for this 60'something non-gardening granny. And yes, your catalogue reads like a novel. xx

Roslyn Ambler Lindley

Tomato seedlings

Fantastic service!!! Delivery one day after order, seedlings arrived in perfect shape. Can't wait to get them into the ground this evening!

Pietro Petrini


Love love love your site! Last year we tried our hand at growing a big variety of heirloom veg (especially tomatoes) and some white oyster mushrooms... What a success everything was! I ordered some sprouting seeds for the first time last week friday, and by this week thursday I already have sprouts that I can eat!!! What a great turnaround time ;-) keep up the good work!


Excellent service

Every order I have placed was delivered correctly and in very short period of time. The produce from these seeds were of very good quality. Will not purchase any other seed ever again!!!

Alida Pretorius

Great service once again

My second order of seedlings and seeds arrived in excellent condition once again. We cannot keep up with the abundance of the previous lot, so naturally I ordered even more for summer! I look forward to the variety of tomatoes and a few veggies and melons I've not tried before. My gardener has a side business supplying chillies from only two bushes, so I'm keen to see what would happen with the new varieties I ordered. Once again, I love the variety Living Seeds has and their wonderful service. Well done guys!

Kristene Smuts

Chillie seeds

Vir die beste diens,aflewering,verpakking en saad kwaliteit sal ek "Livingseeds" enige tyd enige plek aanbeveel!Ek het 3 pakkies ghost chillies bestel,geplant en sonder moeite sit ek met baie nuwe plantjies.Ek het by ander plekke ook bestel en niemand kon naby julle uitstekende diens en kwaliteit kom nie!Baie dankie ek wardeur!Pieter Pretoria



What are heirloom seeds?

Very simply heirloom seeds conform to a few loose ‘ideals’. They are 1) Open Pollinated 2) They do not have any Plant Breeders Rights attached to them. 3) They (the variety) are generally older than 1950. 4) They have a history of being passed down from year to year with the seed being saved each year.

Do you supply seedlings of your heirloom seeds.?

Livingseeds is a specialist seed house and as such we only supply seed. Our focus is on growing and supplying the best quality seed. As we actually grow the seed ourselves we are unable at this point to grow out seedlings.

What is the mission of

Our ‘mission’ if you would to call it that, is to provide heirloom and open pollinated seed to private gardeners and small scale market gardeners. Seed that can be harvested, and kept from year to year without the need for people to buy specialist seed from large corporations every year.

In addition to this, we would like to see people become more self sufficient and take back the ability to produce their own foods. Livingseeds and our sister site is one way that we can assist in doing this.

Where does get their seeds from?

We are proud to say that Livingseeds is one of the few seedhouses in South Africa that produces almost all (over 95%) of our seed on our own property, a few lines are specially grown for us by one or two other seedhouses and are only offered via our site. This ensures that you are recieving seed that has been grown in local conditions and is not seed that has been imported and that may be subject to a restricted or experimental status.

We currently have well over 200 seed varieties in our repository and are expanding our catalogue on a monthly basis. Most new seed is released after about 2-3 years of work. This includes the initial planting, seed saving, a grow-out trial, and a final germination tests by ourselves.

Where can I get a hardcopy catalogue?

We unfortunately do not offer a printable catalogue for one specific reason.

Our seeds are locally grown and as such we do not have large quantities of seed available, we will often go out-of-stock on certain varieties quite often. (We can either grow a lot of seed of a few kinds or a small but regular supply of many varieties, we opted for the more exciting larger range)

In the past where people had access to a hardcopy catalogue, they would mail us an order and deposit money only to find that we were out-of-stock of certain items, this led to frustration and unhappy customers. We now only have an online catalogue (our website) that is generally pretty much up-to-date.

In addition, as we grow fresh seed every year, items come back in stock with the current years seed, which gives us some of the best germination rates in the country.

How does your seed count work?

Simple, the focus of Livingseeds is to supply seed that can be planted, the fruit harvested for consumption and seed saved from this fruit for the next years planting. This is the whole purpose behind heirloom and open pollinated seeds. We generally supply enough seed that if based on a 80% germination rate (which is poor) most families (i.e. 2.1 kids and a dog and a hamster) will be able to use or process all of the fruits in a single season. Then all one needs to do is take the seed out of a single fruit, the best looking of course, for the following season and you can plant as many as you wish…. at no cost to you for the rest of your life. That I think is a bargain.

The stated seed counts on the site and packaging is a minimum seed count, typically you will find between 10% and 50% more seed in each individual packet.

In addition to this there are certain varieties that require a minimum population to maintain their genetic diversity (Corn/mielies) are a very good example where 40 – 80 plants are required to ensure that the genetic diversity is carried over from year to year. We  supply enough seed for you to maintain this genetic diversity within your own planting, any less and we would be doing you a disfavour and it would not be in keeping with the spirit of heirloom and open pollinated seed.

There is white powder in my bean seeds, are you treating the seed with chemicals?

Thank you for your email, the answer to your questiuon is yes we are treating our seeds, and at the same time, no we are NOT using chemicals. Due to the way that we produce ur seeds, we have two forms of seed treatment. the first is freezing (between 3 and 10 days) and the second is with Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Originally we only froze the seed and then packed the seed for sale. We have found however that it was not 100% perfect and the occasional bug did manage to survive the freezer. It's a bit disconcerting when a client phones and complains about weevils in their seed. 

Over the last two years we have been experimenting with DE on deliberately infected seed samples. (i.e. 100 seeds and 10 introduced weevils) and have found a >99% success rate. Which for us is fantastic as we are assuered of not having to use chemicals to prevent insect infestations in our seed. 

From 2011 you will start seeing that most of our susceptable seed will have DE added. In addition the seed will be correctly frozen prior to DE treatment to make every effort to supply you with clean, insect free and viable untreated seed.

I have XXXXX variety of heirloom seed that I’m willing to sell you [Sean adds or trade] are you willing to buy from me?

This is an interesting question and it is open to discussion on a case by case basis, most of the seed that we have has been given to us as a direct gift in the tradition that heirloom seeds have come to represent. We encourage you to share your seeds with friends and family. They make a perfect Christmas of birthday gift, one that keeps of giving.

If you have a particularly unique seed and feel that a trade is required for you to share your seed, by all means please email or call us and we can discuss.

How do you post/ship your seed?

Please see our Shipping Information page

Do you allow visits to your farm?

Please understand that the nature of our business at this point does not allow us the luxury of visitors. We are a working farm that not only produces seed for this site, but we are also a fully functional farm that feeds our family on a sustainable basis. We do not have the staff, infrastructure or the time at this point to accommodate visitors. We are hoping that in the near future will be able to open our property to day visitors. Most likely this will be on one or two selected days to start with.

Do you ship outside South Africa?

Unfortunately, we no longer ship outside of our borders. Our percentage of missing international parcels exceeds 20% which for us is unacceptable. Your only option would be to get a local friend to order for you and ship onwards or collect seed on a visit to South Africa.


If you have any questions that you feel should be in this FAQ please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to add the question (and the answer) to this list. Please drop us a mail

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Our postal address is:P.O.Box 1421 Henley-on-Klip 1962
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