Suttons Seeds started up in 1806 dealing mainly in agricultural seeds and flour sold in bulk to large estates. By 1852 Suttons were however selling seed in individual packets, filled and labelled by hand.
In the early days the seed packet labels gave very basic details, mainly for identification, however they soon started to include drawings followed by, in some cases, beautiful illustrations by artists. In the 1960s these were replaced by colour photographs.
In 1965, Suttons once again led the way by launching the “Harvest Fresh” range of seed. What made this range extra special was that the seeds were packed in aluminium foil from which the air had been extracted.
The first company to offer foil packets to amateur gardeners Suttons was granted a special licence by the Ministry of Agriculture guaranteeing seed viability for 3 years in unopened foil packets.
Please see below examples of how the packets have changed over the years: