Canada has a widespread difference in weather and seasonal trends. If you can find a local seed company that’s growing in a similar climate to you, the plants are adapted to your region. This can be especially important if you’re in a cold short growing season.
Our unheated winter greenhouse that we grow year-round zone 5
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Because I live in B.C. I personally grow a lot from West Coast Seeds. It was there gardening guide (free) that helped my gardener gardener self over 10 years ago. I’ve shared some of my fav seed companies before, but today I wanted to focus on Canada. I also grow a lot from U.S companies because the majority of my readers are from the U.S. and I like to share certain varieties. But it’s great to support seeds from your local area.
Our weather is winter for many months of the year, we deal with snow, frosts and even drought and wildfires these days. I’m in a growing zone 5, but many others are in colder like zone 2 or 3. Some coastal areas like Vancouver and the Island get a lot of rain and but less heat. Nova Scotia and the east coast gets lots of fog and winter precipitation.
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Also these seeds are for vegetables, herbs and flowers. If you google Canadian seeds, you’ll find a lot of weed seeds! So I excluded those from my Canada seed list ?
The Incredible Seed Co. is a boutique Canadian seed company known for its 500+ plant varieties. All the seeds they sell are open-pollinated, heirloom, and grow true-to-type (perfect for seed saving). They stock everything from heirloom vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, fruit, and even tree seeds!
It’s time to order the seeds for your garden! Fortunately we have some fantastic Canadian seed companies across the country.
Early’s Garden Seeds
The Butchart Gardens is an ornamental botanical garden that offers seeds for many of its ornamental plants. They offer many different flowers – both annuals and perennials. The Butchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.
Halifax Seed is a Canadian seed company specializing in seeds for maritime gardens and small commercial farmers. Each year they produce an extensive catalog of seeds for sale in individual packets, and also for wholesale. Halifax Seed is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was established in 1866.
McKenzie Seeds is located in Brandon, Manitoba. The company is over 100 years old. McKenzie’s seeds are available in many big box and independent garden centers across Canada. McKenzie does not sell GMO seeds.
William Dam Seeds
Based in Vancouver, this B.C. seed company's catalogue is quite fulsome; veggies, herbs, ornamental grasses, mulches and soils — they've got 'em. While you can still order online, the company has limited their daily orders intake, due to COVID-19 operational changes.
A popular pick across Canada, this Alberta-based seed company offers country-wide shipping. After 122 years in the industry, they have a wide range of offerings, including a section dedicated to heirloom varieties, and a 'new for 2021' spotlight.
This husband and wife Ontario seed supplier duo offer up lots of options for growing flowers and vegetables. Their flower farm supplies local florists and lucky for us, we can get in on the online seed orders too. Tip: if you live in the Cookstown area, their fresh-cut blooms will be available for contactless pickup and porch delivery starting early summer.
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