On Sep 3, 2017, dirkphilly Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I've ordered lots of seeds from Kitazawa over the last few years. Honestly speaking, most of their Asian vegetable seeds were good in germination, which is kind of expected from any seed companies. However, some of their seeds had very poor germination. The worst thing about this company is that they sometimes sell left-over seeds
and that's the very reason for the low germination. Kitazawa's customer service is also not friendly. When you challenge their seed qualities, they would invoke some kind of California Law as a defense. Yes, Kitazawa is located in California. I asked Kitazawa questions via email and they usually avoided answering my questions directly, which is a good sign of their honesty. I've found a Canadian seed company (http://www.agrohaitai.com/) which sells high quality Asian vegetable seeds. We do have choices for Asian vegetable seeds.
Here's a first: A negative for Kitazawa, and they deserve it. I tried to order seeds, and was OK with that they only ship to US addresses, and OK with the high seed prices, and an even higher shipping price for one seed packet. I only wanted to try some Odoriko seeds, and can have relatives foreward them from the states. But when I got to checkout, and tried to fill in my billing address in Norway, I found they charge 10 dollars to charge to a Visa card in foreign country! I've ordered seeds from a number of U.S. companies, and have never had to pay extra for billing, and I stopped the transaction.