One of the important questions that come up when starting to grow vegetables is how much the seeds will cost. I made a big list of vegetable seeds and how much they would cost to get an average.

Vegetable seeds cost $2.80 per 50 seeds on average. You may get seed packets containing 10-500 seeds, depending on the type of vegetable. But you can get an idea of how much you will have to spend considering this average cost and the number of vegetable plants you want to grow.

I’ve written more details below to show you a list of vegetables and how much the seeds may cost. I’ll also give you a list of websites where you can buy some good-quality seeds.

List of vegetable and fruit seeds with their prices

PlantPrice per 50 seeds
Arugula$0.69
Asparagus$4.38
Beans$3.75
Beets$0.55
Bok Choy$0.69
Broccoli$0.46
Brussels Sprouts$2.75
Cabbage$0.42
Carrots$0.19
Cauliflower$0.75
Celery$0.75
Chard$1.50
Chicory$0.99
Collards$0.55
Corn$2.67
Cucumbers$5.50
Eggplant$6.00
Endive$0.42
Garlic$3.00
Horseradish$3.00
Jicama$4.00
Kale$0.50
Kohlrabi$0.34
Leeks$0.50
Lettuce$0.50
Mustard Greens$1.50
Okra$4.58
Onions$0.50
Orach$3.75
Peas$2.00
Peppers$6.00
Potatoes$2.50
Pumpkins$15.00
Radishes$0.69
Rhubarb$2.50
Rutabaga$0.38
Scallions$1.25
Sorrel$0.63
Spinach$0.55
Squash$6.88
Sweet Potatoes$3.00
Swiss Chard$1.50
Tomatoes$6.00
Turnips$0.50
Zucchini$6.88
Cilantro$1.25
Basil$1.38
Lavender$1.38
Rosemary$5.00
Thyme$0.47
Sage$1.67
Mint$0.75
Parsley$0.31
Dill$0.42
Fennel$0.63
Chamomile$0.46
Tarragon$0.65
Chives$0.42
Lemongrass$3.33
Oregano$0.34
Marjoram$0.10
Melons$10.00
Strawberries$0.83
Blueberries$8.32
Pineapple$2.50
Cantaloupe$24.95
Watermelon$4.99
Currants$2.00
Gooseberries$9.98

What are the best places to buy vegetable seeds?

Here’s a list of companies that you can buy some good-quality seeds from. This list has been created with reference from Mother Earth News and Real Simple.

How can you save money buying seeds?

I asked my gardening peers how much money they spend on seeds every year and I found that it can be quite an amount. You can see the results of the survey I conducted below.

So if you’re looking to save some of that money you’ll find some good tips below.

1 Buy only the seeds you need

We can go overboard and buy tons of seeds that we don’t use. Those seeds will lose their quality when kept aside for years. And you spend money on something you don’t need.

So I suggest you figure out how many seeds you will really use and only buy that much. Once you start growing vegetables, you can harvest seeds and use them for the next year.

Organic seeds can cost upwards of 20% more depending on the type of seed that is purchased. (howmuchisit.org)

2 Buy seeds at the end of the growing season

Seeds can get costly when you buy them before the growing season. So it’s better to buy them at the end of the season. If you wait until late summer or fall to purchase your seeds, you won’t be paying full price for them.

You will get many discounts during this period, and the seeds will remain effective to use for the next growing season.

I manage a seed co-op and purchase thousands a year in seeds. But before starting this business, I still purchased about $500 a year in seeds. I love purchasing rare seeds and they can sometimes be pricey. – Charley

3 Try to get the seeds from family and friends

You can get seeds for free if your family or friends are growing the vegetables you want. You can ask them, and they will be happy to give seeds to a fellow gardener.

They are experienced in growing those vegetables and can guide you to get the best out of growing those seeds.

4 Harvest seeds from your plants

The best thing about growing organic vegetable plants is saving some of the seeds for the next growing season.

This helps you save a lot of money because you can buy seeds just once for starting plants. Once the vegetables are growing in the garden, you can have as many seeds as you want.

I prefer to grow and harvest most my own seeds as I am in a weird growing area. Some years I get 120 days of grow season, some years are less than 90 days. – Alexandra

You may have such a surplus of vegetables and seeds that you could give them to family, friends, and neighbors. This can help you spread the message of organic gardening and growing your own food.

5 Exchange seeds with other gardeners

Organic seed swapping is a concept where fellow gardeners exchange seeds with each other. You can give your surplus seeds to others and receive the seeds you need in exchange.

I think it’s a good way for you to save money on seeds and become part of the gardening community at the same time.

6 Buy seeds where you can get discounts

You have many options to buy seeds, such as online stores, garden centers, or nurseries. If you’re looking to save money, make sure to check out several options.

Nearly 70 percent of gardeners said they buy most of their seeds from mail-order vegetable seed companies. (motherearthnews.com)

You may get good discounts at the garden center or nursery when it’s part of their clearance sale. You may find some coupons or discounts being offered at online stores.