Received my seeds and a hardcover book three days after placing my order. Faster than expected! They charged me $3.50 for shipping and it cost them $7.48. I can't complain. Great selection of seeds. I will be back for more next year.
On Jan 10, 2014, boxerdoglover3 WITTMANN, AZ wrote:
I love this company, the seed always germinates, the packets are beautiful and the people are amazing. They make you feel like family and they care about you. I love that there are so many varieties to choose from, varieties you would not find in other catalogs. It's so much fun to try something new. I know that they care about how my garden produces and do their best to help. They have the best work ethic ever! I highly recommend them.
I have been buying from them for the last six years but this is my first review of them. This is a great company to do business with. For me their shipping has always been fast but I try to order very early in the season so I donít get caught in the spring rush. This past order arrived in just 4 days after placing it. Their customer service has been outstanding! If you do happen to have a problem with an order they will fix it. They are one of the most honest companies I have ever dealt with and thatís why I keep going back :)
I donít mean to be rude but to those that have had a germination problem Iím sorry to hear that but some seeds are just plain hard to start. If you start indoors use a heat mat it will help drastically. I planted habanero seeds from Baker Creek that were 3 years old and the germination rate was still very respectable.
Thank you to all at Baker Creek! See you next year.
My order came very quick. I am excited, this will be my first year at our "farm" and my second garden since I did a quick one while moving in last May.
I was a bit puzzled by my order, the catalog said $3.50 shipping but my online order was charged $7.95 (with no other options). Huh.
On Jan 8, 2014, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
"On Jan 9, 2014 4:34 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
Thank you for your feedback! There should have been a standard shipping option for $3.50 :( We are so sorry about that, it must have been a glitch. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ATTN: Lisa in the subject line, and she will make this right."
I have ordered from Baker Creek for 2 years now and am getting ready to order some more seeds this year. My experience with BC has all been awesome. I received my packages quickly both times I ordered and had amazing results of germination. The only thing that would probably help with a first time gardener (which is what I consider myself) would be a little bit more detail on growing instructions. Most had pretty good instructions, and even if they didn't it only tooks a few minutes to google what I had questions about. The things that attracted me to BC in the first place was that all the seeds were GMO free, heirlooms and that even though they were not labeled organic, they have said that all of their growers use organic growing methods. A good potion of their growers just can't afford the price tag that comes with being certified. I also feel that the seeds are a good deal. The seeds stay good even if they aren't that years seeds. The first year I didn't realize that you could store your unused seeds in a sealed container in your freezer, and I thought the seeds wouldn't be any good. Everything produced, and I am going to try the seeds I have left over from my first and second order to see if they grow. All in all, they are an amazing company that I have talked to all my friends and family that would listen. Way to be awesome Baker Creek!
On Jan 4, 2014, HomerHickam Gainesville, GA wrote:
I ordered seeds from Baker Creek and three days later, they arrived in my mailbox! Talk about fast shipping! They even gave me a free packet of Melon seeds on a $8.50 order. This is such a fabulous company! I will be ordering all of my seeds from them in the future! Thanks a lot Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!
This is my forth year dealing with Baker Creek. They have always shipped fast. I always get what I ordered. And have never had any problems with germination. I will continue to buy from them.....probably forever
On Nov 25, 2013, Sumatra01 Washingtonville, NY wrote:
This is a fantastic seed company. Out of all companies around selling seeds, Baker Creek has the best germination rate, highest quality, and definitely the largest collection of seeds offered. What brought Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to my attention was the fact that they signed the non-gmo seed pledge, and over the past summer I certainly was not disappointed. Thank you so much for all the work you do in providing these seeds to the public.
I dislike rating any seed company negatively. Maybe they have too many irons in several worthy fires.
On Jan 4. 2013 I ordered several varieties of tomatoes, winter squash, and peppers from Baker Creek. I am an active member of another site where we grow and discuss processing the hottest peppers in the world. "Supers" or super-hot peppers, are often very difficult to germinate. I'm also a member of another site where we grow and discuss tomatoes. I've been growing from seed for a long time. I order seed from a lot of companies. I do save seeds. However, in order to be able to save and share seeds, the seed has to germinate and grow into a plant. Baker Creek seed did not germinate; when I recently contacted the company via email they said they'd refund, substitute, or reimburse me for the seed order, as they will do that for one year within date of purchase.
I decided to give them another chance but not with the same seed that did not germinate this past spring. I communicated with "Randel" via email. He was grateful that I was giving them another chance and even though I was losing $1.75 on the substitution order, I just wanted substitute seeds. I didn't want the same things that didn't germinate upon repeated attempts at germination last spring.
Randel told me that he would be or a sales rep would be in touch with me when the new substitute order shipped. Yesterday, 6 packs out of the SAME ORDER, of 12 packs of seeds, that I placed on Jan 4., 2013 that 1. did not germinate and 2. I didn't want to try again (and again and again and again) came in the mail. Randel was not "in touch with" me; no "sales rep was in touch" with me: they just sent "something" out.
At this point, I just want them to reimburse me. I feel like Charlie Brown kicking a football that Lucy's going to jerk out from under me with this company.
On Nov 24, 2013, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
"On Nov 25, 2013 10:35 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We apologize for the mixup! Randel did communicate that you wanted a different list of seeds, and to inform you when it was done. The new person taking care of it did not pay enough attention to the email, and just saw seed replacement, and resent your original order. I have asked our accounting department to send a full refund to your paypal address immediately."
I have ordered several different types of seeds from different orders. I have never had a problem with the orders. The seeds have all germinated well. And I will be buying more seeds from them in the future.
On Sep 13, 2013, donnyczech Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:
Posted on March 13, 2012, updated September 13, 2013
March 13, 2012
I purchased several packages of seeds from Baker Creek for a few years now. They are a great company and the product is good, better than some others that I have bought from and definitely better than what I can purchase locally. My friends are amazed that I am able to purchase seeds from all over the world, especially the tomatoes from Russia and the peppers from Asia and Europe. The Rampicante squash is particularly interesting and the only one that I have ever planted that is bug resistant. I have them growing on my 6 foot cedar fence from top to bottom. People walk by and stare at this unique plant, which is also very tasty especially grilled. I have my fingers crossed with the black tomatoes and will wait and see whether they are better than some of the hybrids I obtained from other seed companies.
The bottom line is that I like this company and hope they keep in business.
On September 13th, 2013, donnyczech added the following:
This is a very good company. I know they are not wild about hybrids and so I buy them from other companies. The tomatoes and peppers are great, especially the hot and medium peppers. Try the Baklouti pepper for something different.
On Jul 29, 2013, absinthe27 Albertville, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:
Ordered Scarlet Runner Bean and Tendercrisp Celery seeds from Baker Creek. Had high success with both types and am very happy with my purchase. They sent a bonus pack of melon seeds with my order which was a very nice surprise. Will definitely order from them again.
I have been growing vegetables from Baker Creek seeds for the last three years. I always have great germination rates even on seed I have saved from previous seasons. This spring I planted peas I had left over from 2011 with at least 90% germination rate! This year I planted over 50 melon and squash plants. I sprouted twice as many between moist paper towels placed on top the fridge, just incase some didn't make it. They all sprouted, every single one. No offence to anyone who has had germination problems but it must have been something you did. I really like their descriptions of the different varieties and they seem accurate to me. They have sent a free sample pack every year with my order. I don't know what else I can say except, I love Baker Creek and will continue to recommend them to family and friends.
Thanks Jere, Emilee & Sasha, keep up the good work!
On Jul 22, 2013, ArkansasJack Stuttgart, AR wrote:
great company ordered seeds from them back in January and the ghost peppers look great. the Cherokee purple tomatoes are awesome. and every other seed pack I ordered from the carrots and okra to the tomatillos are all doing great
the only tomato I was disappointed in was the solar flare tomatoes by wild bore farms plants grew good but they did not put any tomatoes off
My grandson gave me a gift certificate from Baker Creek. What a great company!! Their service was very prompt and the seeds nearly jumped out of the soil. This first-rate experience generated a second order and they came through like the first time. Professional, polite, and friendly.
Baker Creek was very professional and prompt with the seeds. I received them well before the stated delivery time and had no problems with germination. Also, the complimentary seed packet was much appreciated. I can't wait to try them.
The majority of my seeds from this company did not germinate. I have had to replant all of my beans with other seed and over half of my melons. I started many pepper varieties indoors and got average germination on them but not excellent by any means. I am very disappointed...I have never had this many seeds not come up before. I am sure it is not a planting mistake of mine or an issue of timing because I planted other seed at the same time from elsewhere and all of that stuff came up while the Baker Creek seed did not! I would love to be able to give this company my support in the future by ordering from them again because I believe in their mission, but unfortunately I am not confident in their seed.
On Jul 1, 2013, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We are so sorry to hear that you had trouble with our seeds germinating! We have found that many things can happen to the seeds once they leave our warehouse, which can affect the germination of the seeds. This is why we guarantee germination for one year from the date of purchase. Please contact us at email@example.com and we would be happy to send you replacement seed, substitute seed, or a refund for any seed you had trouble with."
I am greatly satisfied with my order. The shipping was fast, packed well, and the complimentary packet of extra seeds was a very thoughtful act. I appreciate all you guys do, and will definitely purchase more in the future.
On Jun 28, 2013, plantlover13 new york United States wrote:
I ordered a good amount of heirloom seeds from this company. The order was shipped promptly and contained MUCH more seeds than stated. One pack contained 60 seeds, and was only supposed to contain 10! I had great germination and all my plants are growing well. Will definitely order again!!
On Jun 17, 2013, NOTW Portersville USA Minor Outlying Islands wrote:
I always order through Baker Creek because they have the highest germination rate of all the seeds I plant. I can't wait to receive their beautiful colored catalog each year. Fantastic international and hard to find selections. I have never had a problem with shipping and their rate is very cheap. I also appreciate that the staff personally signs my order and says thank you. This truly American company is really something special!
On May 31, 2013, cdverson Atoka, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
I got my seeds in five days! Plus, they sent me a free pouch of red romaine seeds, which coincidentally I have been using a lot in my smoothies. I am very pleased to say the least. I will be continuing to use this site to order my seeds from now on.
I ordered some seeds from Baker Creek and received them within 9 days. I received every seed type ordered and they added in a free Carrot (Parisienne) seed package. Thank you for a good experience and I will be using you again.
On May 11, 2013, DaughterofLion Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I first heard about this company during the campaign for Prop 37 in CA (Baker Creek gave tomato seeds packets out in support of the proposition). I figured any company willing to do that is one I wanted to buy from. I bought a variety from them- tomatoes, basil, peppers, chives, lettuce and they gave me a packet of carrot seeds as a bonus gift. I have never had so much success with my garden. The seeds are healthy and hearty and the vegetables are amazing. I decided to order from them again this year and expand my garden and I am so excited to see the fruits of my labor this year. I love all of the variety they have on their site and their customer service is perfection. I can't recommend this company more.
I ordered seeds from rareseeds.com back in April- its May 10th and I still have received NOTHING. It is now too late to start the tomatoes and peppers I ordered so the growing season is wasted as is my money and the supplies I bought to grow these seeds. This is my first experience with this company and it will also be my last. Extremely slow shipping and lousy customer service. I DO NOT recommend this company and next year I will return to Burpee for my plant and seed needs.
On May 10, 2013, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
"On May 13, 2013 3:04 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We apologize for the delay in shipping your order that we received on the evening of April 30th. Due to our Spring Planting Festival, we did not get it shipped until May 7th. Please follow the instructions our customer service representative gave you when you called, and we will get your money refunded to you."
My experiences with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds have been nothing but great. In addition to their philosophy, their products are always superior to other seed companies in germination and performance.
Though I am in Texas, I feel like I am dealing with my neighborhood farm store. Such customer service and attention to detail is rare. At age 70 I don't write too many fan letters, but consider this one.
On Apr 29, 2013, threedogfarm Statesville, NC wrote:
Received my order in a very timely manner. Quite pleased with the selection and service. I won't comment on germination rates because I believe there are more factors involved than Baker Creek has control over. I will more than likely order from them again.
Their prices are reasonable. Their delivery is prompt. Their seeds germinate. Their collection of seeds is very extensive and diverse, which is fun and adventuresome. It is also most useful, as I garden in a somewhat difficult environment (central Texas, with drought, heat, etc.) I am able to find seeds from plants which thrive in similar environments, and expand the range of what I can grow here.
This is without a doubt the #1 seed company around. Great seeds.Great and fast service. The most kind and friendly people around. They also care about preserving our foods. These things speak well of the character and morals of this company and its people! Oh I 've been gardening since the early 60's when my dad made me. I miss him.
On Apr 19, 2013, Ludwigsfriend Tobaccoville, NC wrote:
Posted on January 28, 2011, updated April 19, 2013
Excellent customer service, super-fast shipping and high quality products. This is my second year ordering from Baker Creek. Besides, their catalog is so superb that I keep it handy all year long. Can't wait to start this year's seeds!
On April 19th, 2013, Ludwigsfriend added the following:
This is my third year ordering and I couldn't be more satisfied. ALL of the seeds I purchased germinated--I had to compost some seedlings because I would need a farm to grow them all to maturity! The rest are already big and healthy and going into my (small) garden or being given to friends and neighbors. Their publications are inspiring and I found their customer service to be excellent.
I like shopping at Baker Creek and I trust in the customer service. I buy from a few places, but the bulk of my seed comes from Baker Creek. I have the best germination rates here, the shipping is affordable, the selection wide and the customer service great. I have only had a few, small issues, over the years here. Once there were weavils in my beans, but within 3 days the company had replaced the pack with 2 packs free from weevils. Every seed company I have bought from has had some small issue here and there- that happens; I don't mind as long as it is fixed and I am acknowledged. This is the main reason I shop at Baker Creek. I do wish the company would add more planting information on seed packets. I know DTM is not supposed to be accurate, but I find those numbers useful as a guide. They should be on the packets of seeds.
On Apr 10, 2013, drthor Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have been a customer of Baker Seeds for years. I love their seeds and their magazine is just amazing. Occasionally I had some seeds that didn't germinate, so I called the customer service with the lot number and explain the problem and they always send a replacement package without me asking ... even if the seeds were older than one year.
I will keep ordering from this company.
On Apr 7, 2013, Marizaepicentro Tucano Brazil wrote:
I have ordered over several years- they have been wonderful!
The seeds are impeccable, excellent germination.
They even sent an email to verify if I had actually gotten the seeds (I live in a very remote place in Brazil)
I am definitely a fan of Baker Creek...
I am a advisor to our community garden and wanted rat-tail radish seeds for a scheduled planting date...pronto! We received the seeds within a week of the online order. Because many new gardeners haven't seen a picture of what they would be growing I especially appreciated the beautifully photographed seed packet.
I had a great experience with Baker Creek Seeds. I ordered via their website - the customer comments really helped me decide what seeds to buy. My order arrived within a week, nicely packaged. Not too expensive for heirloom seeds either!
After being introduced to them by my uncle, a loyal customer, I too have joined the ranks of the Baker Creek faithful. The catalogue is gorgeous, but that's not why. I love the history they include about each variety. I have always been pleased with the expediency and accuracy of shipping. And of course, the seeds are wonderful! I also appreciate their efforts to keep us informed about food issues in our world today - Monsanto, et. al.
If there was one thing I would change, I would ask that they include information about which varieties do well in which zones/seasons. Before purchasing, I always read the reviews on their website, but unfortunately not all reviewers disclose their growing zone.
Baker creek heirloom seeds has a colorful, well-designed catalogue with a large selection. Their online site is more up to date with current stock, but all but two of the offerings I wanted from the catalogue were available at the time I placed my order. I ordered on a Saturday and received my order the following Tuesday. Overall, I am very impressed with the service I received from Baker Creek and plan to place an order with them next year.