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Positive amj3plus2
(1 review)
On Jul 15, 2014, amj3plus2 Chandler, OK wrote:

I have purchased from Baker Creek several times. Orders are always fulfilled exactly and have had very fast delivery. The seeds we have purchased have provided great produce. Will order from them as often as we need seeds. Would recommend this company to anyone.

Positive wildflower548
(1 review)
On Jul 14, 2014, wildflower548 Murrieta, CA wrote:

Received Lacinato Kale with a complimentary packet of Red Romaine lettuce. Seeds germinated the 5th day. Left a happy camper! Will definitely order again in the future. Thank you for your business. :)

Positive elfindelight81
(1 review)
On Jun 18, 2014, elfindelight81 Walnut Grove, MO wrote:

I have had only pleasant dealings with Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. As usual, i received the package in a timely manner, and with correct seeds. And, some bonus seeds! I am super happy with these guys!! Thank you Baker Creek!!

Another happy costumer,

Negative mefrelix
(1 review)
On Jun 14, 2014, mefrelix Corona, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I received bittersweet nightshade seeds instead of the Korean hyssop I had ordered. Other seeds were of the wrong variety and with about half of my complete order of different plant seeds, Those packets didn't have one germination. I wish I had known about garden watch dog before. To each own experience though.

On Jun 14, 2014, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On Jun 16, 2014 11:48 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're sorry to hear there was a problem with your order! We do guarantee seeds to germinate, and grow true to type, for one year from the date of purchase. Please contact us at and we would be happy to either send you replacements, or issue you a refund."

Positive DERO
(1 review)
On May 30, 2014, DERO Mukono
Uganda wrote:

Great experience with this company.

I've received all my orders.

Once had a batch of seed that didn't grow true to form and they replaced it immediately at no extra cost to me.

I have received free packets of seed several times with my orders and they are really good seeds given.

I've gotten help via email when a planting was not growing well.

The facts that they:
1. Ship internationally at very affordable shipping costs
2. Seed is good
3. Produce grown from it tastes and looks amazing
4. They are very helpful when contacted via email

I recommend them to anyone who needs seed shipped internationally.

Positive sesails
(1 review)
On May 26, 2014, sesails Toccoa, GA wrote:

Posted on May 10, 2014, updated May 26, 2014
For the past three years I've purchased from Baker Creek. However beginning last year and through this years order I've been disappointed with the germination rate on many of the varieties that have been sent to me. In some instances the rate was zero. I use only 50 lb. bags of professional potting mix that I purchase from a local nursery. It's 'Faford' professional potting mix and it's served me well. So I don't think it's the medium. I'm wondering if this company is mixing old seed in with new, or selling old seed at the beginning of the season, (generally I order in January) or whatever?
It just isn't working for me. I don't know where I'll go for next years order, but the bigger issue is that I waste valuable time when I have to plant two or three times as many seeds to get what I need for transplanting. Sorry, Baker Creek, I do like your catalog, and you've a lovely family, but I need seeds that I know will germinate.

On May 26th, 2014, sesails changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I submitted a complaint on Baker Creek on May 10th and was contacted by their representative a few days later. They cared enough to do what was right and handled the incident in a professional manner. I'm back in the fold and will use them again. Thanks Baker Creek!
On May 26, 2014, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On May 12, 2014 10:45 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're sorry to hear you have had trouble with our seed! We do not sell any seed until we have a successful germination test from each lot of seeds. Many things can happen to the seeds once they leave our warehouse that can affect germination, such as irradiation from x-raying the package, being left in a hot location for too long, etc... , this is not something we can control. This is why we guarantee the germination of our seed for one year from the date of purchase. If you will email us at we would be happy to either replace the seed or issue you a refund, whichever you prefer."

Positive lakenvelder
(9 reviews)
On May 21, 2014, lakenvelder Chapman, KS wrote:

The company has some very interesting varieties. They have a new area on their website for different seeds from different countries. I have good germination and the company sends seeds in a timely manner. They seem to really care about heirlooms and purchased Comstock, Ferre & Co. to preserve. I hope to one day go to a festival and see the company.

Positive stfowler
(1 review)
On May 10, 2014, stfowler Rose Hill, KS wrote:

I placed my first order with Baker Creek this year and the order arrived in a timely fashion. More than enough time for me to start my tomatoes and peppers way out. I did have an issue with the germination rate on my Leutschauer Paprika Pepper.

I contacted the company and had to leave my name and number like previous posters mentioned. I heard from them within 24 hours and I was sent more than adequate replacement! The customer service representative was very friendly and I enjoyed speaking with him.

I received my replacement product in less than a week and will absolutely be ordering from them again next year.

(6 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2014, SHELBYCOREALTOR Fairfield, AL wrote:

Posted on March 21, 2014, updated April 29, 2014
Ordered Tomatoes and Melons from here because an order from another company wasnt going to arrive soon. Other company's Facebook page said they had processed orders up until a week before my order date. Spring had arrived and I was anxious to plant the various colors of tomatoes and peppers and melons. Within three days of placing my order with BCH my seeds are now here and will be planted today. The other company's FACEBOOK page says they have completed orders up to 2 days before my order. I will update my success rate with the 9 tomatoes and 2 melons as the process is completed. Happy because I received my order quickly.

On April 29th, 2014, SHELBYCOREALTOR added the following:

Ordered more seeds a few weeks ago. My ordered was shipped out and received 3 days later. A few seeds are not germinated yet but its still early. I will address this later if it becomes a problem. My order was fast and correct. I am happy right now.
Negative fred4945
(1 review)
On Apr 28, 2014, fred4945 Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

The most rude telephone experience I can remember. Will never use them again.

I called them a few weeks ago because their Petaluma store is 30 miles away. I got a recording that said they were busy and asked me to leave my number. I did.

Never heard from them. (I'd had the same problem when I placed an order the year before.)

Called the store manager to complain. He tried to claim my message must have been garbled. Two years in a row?

I gave him an order and asked to check that everything was in stock. He asked for my number and promised to call right back. He never did.

I took my business to Seed Savers' Exchange, a non-profit which has great selection -- and would NEVER treat a customer this way.

I also called Baker Creek owner Jere Gettle in Missouri to complain. Guess what? You're right; he didn't call back either.

One would be crazy to reward that standard of service with continued patronage.

Positive herbman49
(3 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2014, herbman49 New York, NY wrote:

Shiso & shungiku seeds arrived a few weeks ago, bountiful amount in packets. The shiso is already sprouting and looks to be close to 100% germination.

Positive StephanieL
(1 review)
On Apr 21, 2014, StephanieL Jarrettsville, MD wrote:

Amazing catalog, easy ordering, great product, and quick delivery. I've been using this company for two years and couldn't be more pleased.

Positive DeanaMiller
(2 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2014, DeanaMiller MOUNT EDEN, KY wrote:

I've placed several orders with Baker Creek and am very happy with all my seeds. I feel confident that I am getting true seed that has not been tampered with (GMO) and I absolutely love all the heirloom varieties they offer. I tell everyone about Baker Creek. Also, I love getting the free random seed. It is an opportunity to try something I might otherwise not have considered.

Positive ImChiquita
(1 review)
On Apr 14, 2014, ImChiquita Mustang, OK wrote:

I had never heard of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. I simply did an internet search and Baker Creek appeared near the top. I was searching for heirloom flowers, specifically morning glories. They shipped the same day I ordered (Friday, 11 April) and arrived today (Monday, 14 April).

HOLY COW, blazing fast!

And I was pleasantly surprised by the gift seed pack of cilantro. I forget that some companies do this. But the amazing part is that my family loves, loves, LOVES cilantro!!!!

I absolutely recommend Baker Creek, and am looking at their catalog right now.

Positive flagbeachouse
(1 review)
On Apr 14, 2014, flagbeachouse Palm Coast, FL wrote:

I ordered from Baker Creek for the first time on April 4, 2014. Just went online and started looking at heirloom seed companies, because I was looking for something specific: Ronde de Nice Courgette (zucchini) and they had it. My ordered arrived on April 7! And included a free pack of lettuce seeds. Wow!
I live in Florida - when I ordered I had already started many of my veggies because of the early heat here. I grow in Earth Boxes, also, because of the ant problem. So, I haven't tried the seeds, yet, but will add another comment to tell how they do in central Florida.
I am so impressed with this company: their selection, prices, shipping and speed of delivery. I'm sure if I ever have occasion to talk to them, I'll be just as impressed.
Obviously, depending on how my seeds do, Baker Creek has a lifetime customer in me.

Negative Anna_Sweden
(2 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2014, Anna_Sweden Brösarp
Sweden wrote:

Posted on April 11, 2014, updated April 11, 2014
Unfortunately I am not a happy customer and I would not recommend this company to anybody.

Quote from the company's homepage:
"Estimated time until shipping is usually 3 to 5 business days, though it is our goal to ship orders within 48 hours."

Fair enough.

Obviously it doesn't apply to all orders. It certainly hasn't applied to mine.

I placed my order online on March 24. Shipping from US to Sweden is generally very fast and reliable so I expected my seeds to arrive within ten days, maybe two weeks at the most. Today, April 10, still no seeds so I mailed and asked when my order was shipped. Baker Creek replied that my order was shipped April 10 (that is today - perhaps the reminder was necessary...what if I hadn't contacted them).

It means that my order was shipped 18 days after I ordered and payed for it. In my opinion it is very poor customer service!

With a lot of luck I will receive my seeds before Easter, but I have my doubts. I will probably not get them until the week after Easter, which means at least four weeks from online order/payment until arrival of seeds. Very disappointing.

It will be too late to sow the tomato seeds this year. Luckily the other seed companies I have ordered from are more reliable.

On April 11th, 2014, Anna_Sweden added the following:

I confused the dates. My order was shipped April 10 and I mailed April 11. So my order was shipped 17 days after I placed it.
On Apr 11, 2014, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On Apr 16, 2014 5:49 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

Hello Anna_Sweden,

Again, we would like to apologize for the delay! As I explained in my email to you, lightning struck our warehouse, and we had to replace some electronics, and we were delayed in sending out some of the orders."

Positive sheilaliehs
(1 review)
On Apr 5, 2014, sheilaliehs Eureka, CA wrote:

They are OMG fast with orders! Answered all my questions, even the trivial ones, we joked, had an email conversation; very friendly folks! Love the wide variety of GMO free and heritage veggies! They have stuff that grows strong and healthy so I spend more time enjoying the garden instead of nursing sickly seedlings! Just a win - win situation and I don't bother buying from anyone else now. The beautiful catalogue comes in the mail and I gift it (making a new convert) to a fellow gardener.

Positive lolly1963
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2014, lolly1963 grande prairie
Canada wrote:

This is the second year in a row I've ordered seeds through your company. I live in Alberta Canada and am pleased that the shipping/handling is more than reasonable. Germination rate is excellent. Last year I planted the Yellow Wonder Wild Strawberry. We had a very wet and cool start to the summer and I was positive my little plants drowned or rotted. I was so surprised these hardy little strawberry plants not only survived but did remarkably well for the season. This year I'm trying your White Soul Alpine Strawberry and Alpine Strawberry.

The variety of product is impressive. I prefer speaking to someone when I'm placing an order but this year due to high volume, I was directed to order online. Every step of the process was fast and efficient.I've spoken highly of this company and will continue to pass the word along. Thank you so much.

Positive MonchiqueBarry
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2014, MonchiqueBarry monchique
Portugal wrote:

Excellent service - well packed with prompt delivery to Europe at a sensible fixed rate. In fact the $5 charged was less than the actual USPS shipping cost shown on the pack.
Whether by design or accident, also found a couple of complimentary packs of seeds included with this, our first order.
Assuming a good germination rate, will definitely order from Baker Creek again.

Positive bunny_foofoo9
(1 review)
On Mar 28, 2014, bunny_foofoo9 Winter Park, FL wrote:

I ordered some seeds on 1/27/2014 (order number 100384090). The positives outweigh the negative.

The positive:
1. The strawberries and Chinese lanterns had a very high germination rate! I bought White Soul Alpine variety and Wild Yellow Wonder variety. My next buy will probably be spinach strawberries since I bought some from another vendor and only had 1 sprout.
2. I absolutely LOVE their rare seeds in their Explorer Series. I bought the Nara Melon, which came with one more extra seed than promised! 2 out of 4 seeds sprouted.
3. I wish there were more berry options. I would drove to have yard of berry plant stat fruited at various times of year so I could always have berries. More oddities like the naranjilla please!
4. I got an extra pack of seeds for free as a thank you with my order. I love when companies do this so we can try new things.

The negative:
1. I have had no good luck with their poppies. They have a wide selection, but out of a TON of seeds, I only have germination of 4 max!

On Mar 28, 2014, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On Apr 7, 2014 12:55 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're sorry to hear you have had trouble with the poppies! If you will send us an email to we would be happy to replace them."

Positive k_avis
(1 review)
On Mar 25, 2014, k_avis Ringgold, PA wrote:

Posted on April 26, 2010, updated March 25, 2014
This is my second year ordering from Baker Creek. Its been wonderful all around. Shipping is cheap, the order arrives quickly,a free pack of seeds, and germination rates are fantastic.The catalog is a treat itself with amazing pictures and information.I also share their vision of preserving heirloom seeds. They have a genuine love of plants and gardening itself.

On March 25th, 2014, k_avis added the following:

I order my seeds now every year from Baker Creek. I am so happy to have found this company!
Positive sleeping
(3 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2014, sleeping Omaha, NE wrote:

I must say I couldn't be any happier with my experience with Baker Creek thus far. I somewhat regret ordering from several other companies and wish I would have ordered everything from this company. Of the seeds I bought each packet contained double if not triple the number of seeds quoted. They have provided me with more than enough seeds to kill a few and still be ahead.

Positive Acprather
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2014, Acprather Zachary, LA wrote:

I started container gardening last year and had fun. This year I wanted to do it up right and ordered a batch of seeds from Baker Creek. I was so excited that I am already back for a second order! I will be a longtime customer!

Positive KeisterFamily
(1 review)
On Mar 16, 2014, KeisterFamily West Milton, PA wrote:

Our family adores Baker Creek. We look forward to our catalog and seed order every year. They are fast, affordable, and friendly. Their commitment to offering non-GMO, heirloom, non-hybrid seeds lets us know we're making the best choice for our family.

Positive Samlau
(6 reviews)
On Mar 16, 2014, Samlau Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Pleasure doing business with a company dedicated to "Heirloom" seeds and against "GMO" and "Hybrid".

Everything arrived fast and in order.
Appreciate the gift seeds in my order friends.

Positive Tbonejake
(1 review)
On Mar 15, 2014, Tbonejake Chenequa, WI wrote:

Ordered a dozen different types of seed in early March '14, received the package in the mail 2 days later. Prices are very competitive, and the range of available Heirlooms are great. My favorite thing about the website is the customer reviews under each seed, where one can describe their results.
The company also has social connections (FB, Twitter,Newsletters).

The packages came with a generous amount of seeds (on the heavy side). Already have germination from most of the seeds (only been 3 days).

Ordered the Whole Seed Catalog, didn't come with my seed order. I contacted them via E-mail and immediately received a courteous response informing me on it being shipped in a different order.

Highly Recommended to the person hunting Heirlooms for their garden!

Positive lkpinette
(5 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2014, lkpinette Deerfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Great selection. Especially eggplant. I've never seen such a variety of eggplant. They also have a good variety of Middle Eastern vegetables, which excited me. I've ordered a couple of Syrian varieties that seem similar to some of those that I had in Gaziantep (a Turkish city on the Syrian border); we'll see if they grow in New England. Our growing season is long enough, but it gets *hot* out there in a way it never does here.

Prices are on the high side of average, but nothing that would make you cringe if you can't find something elsewhere, and shipping costs are reasonable.

I will have to order even earlier next year, as by February, some of their more popular items were already out of stock. While nothing seems to be out of stock for more than about ten days, other things go out of stock in the mean time, and by March I ultimately gave up trying to get everything I wanted in the same basket and just ordered what I could.

They were reasonably efficient about processing my order during a busy period, shipping two business days after I ordered, and seeds arrived three business days after that.

The best thing about their site is that they have a rating/review system for each variety, and it's one which customers actually use. Most products have multiple reviews, which makes it an invaluable tool in choosing between similar varieties.

Positive sfan
(1 review)
On Mar 6, 2014, sfan Macedonia-Thessalonikh
Greece wrote:

Great company, i have order many times, very satisfied from seeds and customer service.

Positive roho745
(1 review)
On Feb 24, 2014, roho745 WINDYVILLE, MO wrote:

I have ordered from this company for several years now and have only praise for them. Always fast to ship and everything I ordered in a neat package well wrapped. I have over 300 seedlings under grow lights right now with all most 100 percent germination rate.

Positive SouthernRural
(1 review)
On Feb 22, 2014, SouthernRural Jacksonville, FL wrote:

Placed a mail order February 4 and received the seeds within a reasonable time period with a cash refund for a flower seed that had already sold out. They have a beautiful color photo catalog that I refer to throughout the year. I have had only one questionable vegetable seed from them through the years and they made good on that. I don't think there's a better seed company around.

Positive daisyangel
(1 review)
On Feb 21, 2014, daisyangel Columbia, TN wrote:

This year was my second year ordering from Baker Creek, and I must say I love it and will not be ordering my seeds from anyone else. I have already gotten 2 of my friends to order from them this year for their gardens. The ordering is easy online and they sent out my order right away, with email updates.
I love that they are a family oriented business and I LOVE receiving their catalog every year. I really love that they are based here in the US and if I was closer I would definitely be trying to visit their festival they have every year! Yes, you can visit them if you are able. Which is just awesome.
I have only good things to say about this company, so glad that I found them online!

Positive mbmarshall
(1 review)
On Feb 20, 2014, mbmarshall Killen, AL wrote:

I've been a customer for 3 years. Beautiful catalog, amazing variety, reliable seeds, and nice people who provide impeccable customer service.

Positive MaryAnnPyl
(1 review)
On Feb 19, 2014, MaryAnnPyl Kiev
Ukraine wrote:

That was my first try to order seeds from abroad. Today I received my package. Everithing is just fine. Thanks a lot!

Positive agmama
(2 reviews)
On Feb 18, 2014, agmama Jefferson, TX wrote:

I live in NE Texas and it is hard to get the items I want to plant as soon as I want. I love their prompt service and the seeds are guaranteed NON GMO . They sprout and grow well.

Positive MsSassyplants
(2 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2014, MsSassyplants Cosby, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my third time ordering from Baker Creek, and I love them. I love the gorgeous catalogs that I moon over day after winter day dreaming of gardens to come, and I love the products. The variety is fantastic. There is always something new and unusual I want to try.

I have not had any problem with germination rates, even though the first time I ordered from them I did not plant the seeds that year AT ALL, and they waited around the house until the next season. And, because I am a household of one, I don't plant all my seeds at once, I hold onto them and use a little bit each year, and so far, nothing has failed to provide me with something. ( I always plant a couple extra seeds, to be on the safe side)

I love their company, and I will continue to use them for the foreseeable future.

Positive byrnet
(1 review)
On Feb 14, 2014, byrnet Gloversville, NY wrote:

First time ordering from this company and would highly recommend them. Seeds arrived very quickly with plenty of information for planting. Appreciated the feed seeds that came with my order.! I looked through the catalog and then ordered on-line which was very simple to do.
Looking forward to see how my plants do from seeds. I will be ordering again from Baker Creek.

Positive zinnia2013
(1 review)
On Feb 11, 2014, zinnia2013 Hayti, SD wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Baker Creek Seeds 3 years now. I thoroughly enjoy their beautiful catalog, which is packed with many varieties along with info on how to take care of your plants, plus recipes for your bountiful harvest. My order always arrives in a timely fashion and the customer service is wonderful. I recommend this company to all of my friends.

Positive gardensoiree
(5 reviews)
On Feb 10, 2014, gardensoiree San Diego, CA wrote:

Posted on April 26, 2013, updated February 10, 2014
I have ordered from Baker Creek three times since December 2012.

Germination rates have been quite good; there were a couple of herbs that took a couple of tries but I am happy with the results especially compared to the price of 4" herbs at the nursery! Rue, summer savory, salad burnet, basils, parsley, orach, and so on are all growing merrily. I ordered lots of Spring/Summer veggies and they are going well too.

The quantity of the seeds is excellent which is one of the reasons that I ordered from Baker Creek; also the larger packets of lettuces, beets, and carrots are super economical and allow us backyard folks to produce solid crops for a good price rather than $2.39 for a small packet. Thanks Baker Creek.

While I agree with some reviewers that there is a bit of hype around Baker Creek, my experience proved to me that the hype is founded. My Baker Creek catalog is well-thumbed and marked up and is a pleasure to read through.

Well worth giving Baker Creek a try.

Also, when a packet of seeds was missing from my order, they more than made up for the missing packet!

On February 10th, 2014, gardensoiree added the following:

I've placed three orders for 2014 growing season.

Customer Service: One order included a seed that showed in stock and then didn't ship. Baker Creek sent out a packet of the missing seed a bit later. One packet of melon seeds wasn't true to type when I grew it last Summer and a quick and easy refund was issued.

I've found that even with all the hype, all the attention, and all the growth that overall Baker Creek is holding up well with the growing pains.

Baker Creek actively includes and supplies seeds from seed producers that I now order directly from--> so they are doing a great service by growing demand for specialty seed producers. This is terrific!

Some prices are a bit high compared to some other seed sources but that's how it goes. For example: 10 seeds for $4.00 versus 50 for $2.50 or 150 seeds for $3 versus 500 seeds for $3. But, most prices are terrific and many of us don't need 500 seeds.

I recommend Baker Creek for growing your seed collection for the mainstays of the garden but do read those seed descriptions and learn about the seed producers!
Positive ricknovascotia
(1 review)
On Feb 10, 2014, ricknovascotia Bedford, Nova Scotia
Canada wrote:

This was my first time ordering from Baker Creek Seeds. I started with ordering their Whole Seed Catalogue and placed an order after the catalogue arrived. Both the catalogue and seed order arrived at my home in Nova Scotia, Canada in a very quick and reasonable time frame. My order arrived in full and was as described in the catalogue offering (ordered Jan 22 arrived Feb 10). Shipping expense is extremely reasonable at $3.50 (my order- 46 packets of seeds)
Seed packets have a lot of useful information on them. Can't wait to get growing. Thank you for the great mail order service.

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