Posted on February 29, 2016, updated March 4, 2016
I ordered some Amorphophallus Sauromatum Venosum seeds from this company. After ordering I became educated via the Internet that Amorphophallus seeds must be planted within just a few days of harvest while they are still juicy and plump. Anything beyond that time would be dried out, non viable seeds. I viewed both fresh and dead, dried out seeds. I knew exactly what would be coming in the mail. After a long wait I finally received my seeds and as expected, they were dry dead seeds. I did plant them as proof they wouldn\'t germinate and as expected they have not. I haven\'t contacted the company based on my belief that as knowledgeable seed experts, they know what I now know: Amorphophallus seeds must be planted within days of harvest. I feel this company is knowingly selling non viable Amorphophallus seeds. How could they not when this information is so readily available online. Because of this one sketchy transaction, I\'ll never order from them again. On March 4th, 2016, Darabbit changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I stand corrected. Although the Internet says Amorphophallus seeds have a shelf life of just a couple days, must be kept moist or refrigerated, that's not true and I was wrong! This company does know their seeds. I dug around in the dirt and have a root on the few seeds I uncovered. I would definitely trust this company to order again!
Back in October 2015, I ordered 4 different type of Drosera seeds and a mixed package of VFT seeds from rarexoticseeds website. I planted the seeds along w another Drosera seeds from Ebay. The Ebay seeds germinated great, but none of the seeds from Rarexoticseeds germinated to this date. I emailed my disappointment to the company contact email and got NO reply back regarding their nonviable seeds. I have grown carnivorous plants from seeds and cuttings for many years and am not a newbie. I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. Ebay sellers are more reliable then this company.
I have ordered from here a few times. They have a good selection of seeds and are reasonably priced. Not all of the seeds have germinated (I haven't kept track of which ones I had success with) but I can't say whether it was the seeds or my skills as a germinator.
I would order from here again.
hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) (35 reviews) January 26, 2016
First time ordering from this company with a marvelous selection of (as they say!) rare, exotic seeds. My interest is in Datura and Brugmansia, and they have a nice selection, though some were sadly out of stock when I was browsing their listing. Anyway, I did order a number of things, and am pleased to report that shipping was lightning fast and the order one of the best-packed I have yet received. I will update this feedback once I grown out the seeds, but as of right now I am extremely pleased.
Peaches187 Lethbridge, Canada (1 review) August 21, 2014
I have ordered from rarexoticseeds several times, and although there have occasionally been delays, I have never been disappointed. They have always provided fresh seeds that have achieved excellent germination rates. Some stubborn seeds required "treatment" to facilitate the germination process, however, even those seeds grew quite well. Just have to be patient and don't over-water! And their selection is awesome! Best I've seen.
hypocondro houston, United States (5 reviews) June 7, 2014
So far I have not been disappointed by this company. I got my order on time, and the plants are growing nicely.
Their inventory is huge and it is all reasonably priced. I will order again from them in the future.
Posted on June 4, 2013, updated June 14, 2013
Got my seeds. Looking good. Let's see what sprouts!On June 14th, 2013, AenRiv added the following:
Arctium lappa hit the ground running - fast germination time and great seed vitality! I think Valeriana is sprouting too. Pampas grass is sort of slow, though. I'll read more instructions and try again.
I´ve bought 17 species of Drsoera to germinate and only one species have germinated. I expended almost 100 dollars with that. I´m experienced in Drosera germination. I waited a year to be sure that the seeds would note germinate and complaiened to the site that gave no responses...
Please, if You think I may be have done some mistake You can ask the Ontario Carnivorous Plant Society for the reputation of this disclamer. I would have better done that before.Company representative comment on May 13, 2013: On May 13, 2013 2:14 PM, Rarexoticseeds responded with:
We apologize for the late reply.
Rarexoticseeds does business with clients from around the world and collected positive feedbacks over the years.
We are deeply sorry to hear that your seeds didn't germinate and would like to help you in appreciating our services.
Please contact us via the contact form of our website in order to solve the issue (see link below).
Recently ordered 25 seeds of 4 varieties of ADENIUM. Disappointed with the results. Germination rate was zero percent. Expect that seeds were not fresh as they did not "plump" up when soaked in water the appropriate time prior to sowing.Company representative comment on May 13, 2013: On May 13, 2013 2:08 PM, Rarexoticseeds responded with:
We are sorry you didn't get the results you expected.
We propose you to contact us via the contact form of our website (see link below) in order to find a solution to this issue.
Our policy is to satisfy our customers. We will do our best to meet your expectation.
I planted 3 yr old seeds(given to me in Nov 07) in a large pot for the first time in late April. The vines are over 6ft tall and lush and green but I have not had a sign of a bloom. I am in San Antonio, TX. Just discovered tonight they are Hyacinth Beans (courtesy Jerry Parsons, of PlantAnswers.com). I would appreciate any suggestions.
Placed an order for a number of seeds that are just plain hard to find. The seeds were shipped promptly, and arrived within two weeks, which is pretty good for a shipment from Canada to US.
Seeds were packed in small plastic ziplocks, with the plant species information clearly labeled on each.
This is probably not the source for the beginning gardener, since you are going to need to do some research on the correct germination procedures for most of these plants, but this company is a great source of rare seeds.
neptunia2 Hayward, CA (Zone 10a) (2 reviews) May 18, 2009
I only ordered seeds.My order came very quick. All seeds were in little ziplocks and labeled and mailed in a Bubble Mailer. I hope they all germinate. I'm very happy with this company.
vanillaman Washago, ON (Zone 5b) (3 reviews) November 3, 2008
I just discovered them a couple of days ago and ordered 13 items last night. They have a very interesting selection of water lily seeds, which is how I found them thanks to Google. I received a copy of my order almost immediately, even before they had processed the Paypal transaction. Now I'm hoping everything goes ok and I get my seeds. Not too many companies will ship here to Costa Rica, but I have received seeds from seed companies in England, South Africa, another company in Canada, and one in the U.S. Everything arrived fine via regular mail, even without a Phytosanitary Certificate. Naturally, if you don't want to take the risk, then you should purchase it. Without doing that, I don't think anyone in the U.S. especially, should be surprised if their order is confiscated, and it is definitely NOT the falult of Rarexoticseeds!
evr Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) (8 reviews) September 18, 2008
Excited to order seeds from this online source, but I've been waiting for them to re-open; I got an email saying that their store will be open in 5 days, but they're not open yet so....just waiting patiently =)On October 14th, 2008, evr changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Just ordered and due to new management, this online store had backlogged. They emailed me regarding this issue and I appreciate this type of attribute very well from sellers. Company representative comment on September 18, 2008: On Sep 18, 2008 3:19 AM, Rarexoticseeds added:
The store will re-open september 18th in the afternoon. There is a new owner.
Last year I purchased $36 worth of seeds (most of them were passionfruit seeds) and I never received them. The owner said that the package had been sent and was not willing to send the tracking information or resend the seeds. Since the purchase did not include the insurance and by the time I thought to call the credit company, three months had already passed. (I waited for three months because I thought the package would take a longer period of time to travel from Canada to California, and also because the agricultural sanitation would take two more weeks.) Company representative comment on August 21, 2008: On Aug 20, 2008 10:19 PM, Rarexoticseeds added:
If you want a tracking number, you need to buy the registered package option. If you want a phytosanitary certificate you can also buy it. At Rarexoticseeds clients are responsable to order what they need to import the seeds. Everything is offered. All information is on the website.
Great selection of seeds suitable for bonsai at very reasonable prices. I've had great germination rates with everything I've planted so far. Took about a month to receive the order due to customs, but well worth the wait. Impeccably packed. Also, the website includes very concise germination instructions which are super helpful.
karyn1 Silver Spring, MD (18 reviews) January 11, 2008
They have a great selection of hard to find seeds at very reasonable prices. They responded to my emails within 24 hours and the seeds arrived in great condition. I haven't planted them yet but they look fresh and unbroken.
grenouille montreal, Canada (Zone 5a) (18 reviews) January 3, 2008
Great web site made selecting seeds very easy. The seeds arrived promptly in good condition.
I just got my seeds and they look GREAT!! I apologize for the email mixup! Thanks SO much for redeeming the mailorder exotic seed site reputation..after the fiascos Ive had with 75% of them I had almost given up hope :0)
Moonglow Corte Madera, CA (21 reviews) December 13, 2005
ordered b. sanguinea seeds, and they arrived promptly, in a small box (no crushed seeds). germinated QUICKLY. i think RES is not kidding about FRESHNESS - - - very important of course!
even for a newbie, this is SUPER, since i do not use heat mats or grow lights for my seeds. just natural light from a south-facing window.