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Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Catalog

Gurney’s Seed & Nursery was founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran Charles W.

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Gurney’s Seed & Nursery was founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran Charles W. Gurney in Monticello, Iowa, but the company has long been associated with Yankton, South Dakota, where it moved in 1897 and remained until 2000. It was family owned until 1942. Ownership passed through several companies, most recently Scarlet Tanager Holdings, LLC, which also owns Breck’s Bulbs, Henry Field’s, Michigan Bulb Company, New Holland Bulbs, Spring Hill Nursery, Stark Brothers, Garden Solutions.

If you get catalogs from any of these companies, you’ll detect a family resemblance in the layout and approach. You’ll also find “offers”. Items are priced by offer, and you check another column for the size/number of things being offered. This setup is a bit odd, but you get used to it.

So what about the Gurney’s catalog? It’s a large publication in a homey format, with big photos that are easy on the eyes. For some reason, it makes me think of a farm garden in the heartland, with big, juicy produce to put on the supper table and plenty to can and freeze. The descriptions are heavy on benefits: flavor, cold hardiness, productivity. Look elsewhere for botanical names, history, and tidbits; the Gurney’s style whets your appetite in a very basic way.

You’ll find a generous selection of beans and peas, corn, and tomatoes, along with seed for other commonly grown vegetables. Gurney’s also sells flowers, grasses, ground covers, shrubs, roses, flowering trees, fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, shrubs, evergreens.

Unusual items? Check out Gurney’s dwarf fruit trees, including pomegranate, banana, key lime, Meyer lemon, and grapefruit. Or maybe you’d like to consider your very own coffee plant. Or a goji berry bush.

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Gurney's Seed & Nursery was founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran Charles W.


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Perennials, Bulbs & Flowers

Trees & Shrubs

Check out our guides for tips and tricks!

Before you put any plants into the ground, you should draw a sketch of the garden area so you can plan how many plants you want and where they will go.

Plant fruit trees as advised in Easy Steps to Planting Nursery Stock, following the spacing recommendations below. This spacing, less than 50 feet apart.

There are five basic types of root systems: fibrous roots, long tap roots, rhizomes, roots with “eyes”, and fleshy tuberous roots Fibrous Roots, Long Tap.

Soak roots of trees, shrubs and roses for several hours before planting. Soak strawberries and perennials ½ hour. If you can’t plant immediately, see No. 3.

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Grow healthier, more resilient plants with dormant and bareroot stock!

What our customers are saying.

I trust Gurney’s. Their 1 year guarantee really helps, and gives me the confidence I need to purchase plants I have never grown before. I’m really looking forward to growing Pawpaws, and love that I can rest assured that they will replace or reimburse my order if they die within this first year. It’s a very nice thing to know that I’m not just throwing my money at a company and hoping for the best. With Gurney’s, I KNOW that things will go well, because their customer service is excellent. – Dec 01 Source

Can’t beat the candy onions from Gurney’s seed. They are easy to grow and very sweet mild onions. They also store extremely well. I rarely have to buy onions since my candy onion last from harvest until April and my newly planted ones are often ready for pulling in June. – Dec 05 Source

I have purchased from Gurney’s in the past when I had a large garden. After several years without garden space, I am again ready to get dirt under my fingernails. I always had good results with Gurney’s seeds in the past, so here I am again! – Dec 02, Source

I know it’s not local, but their fruit trees and vines cannot be beat, and I save so much time shopping around. It’s done and now I can go on about my business of gardening while I await spring when my order arrives. – Dec 02 Source

Gurney’s is a great place to get seeds, they have everything that you would need to have a awesome garden. They have almost every seed that you would want everything to veggies, fruits and trees! I would highly recommend ordering from Gurney’s seed & nursery co. – Nov 18 Source

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