On Mar 26, 2013, kerrybc La Lavandou France wrote:
Besides being fast and efficient, the order was correct despite it being a large one. There was a note of thank you in with the order that made it personal and something I appreciated very much. I will definitely use them again.
This is my third year ordering from Baker Creek. All my seeds in the previous two years germinated and performed very well. I am zone 5. I love the variety of choices at Baker Creek and they have very competitive prices! Can't wait to get planting with my seed order that just arrived today - very quick turnaround! Good job Baker Creek, I'll keep coming back.
Posted on March 24, 2013, updated March 24, 2013
For two years in a row Bakerscreek has sent out my seed order promptly. I am extremely happy doing business with them! I will definitely be back again next year to place another order! Thankyou Bakerscreek Seeds, for doing what you do best. You are why we can grow from our own seeds and hopefully put GMO's out of business!!!
On March 24th, 2013, betsyv802 added the following:
I grew 40 plum tomato plants last year and canned the sauce. Most delicious! That was the first time that I ever grew from seed, and the first time ever, canning. Both worked out wonderfully. Thanks again Bakercreek!
I heard from a friend that Baker carried seeds of a beautiful, VERY show tropical shrub, Leonotis leonurus. She knew I was interested in getting this.
On the web site that botanical name was there in their ad. I paid $4. for the seeds and $3.50 for postage. That comes to $7.50.
The seeds arrived in a few days. That was fast, but the seeds are not the species Leonotis leonurus. They are Leonotis nepetifolia which is an annual and which is not spectacular like the real thing at all. I recognize the L. nepetifolia from the seeds and the foliage which is also very different. The real thing has elongated leaves.
I tried calling the number that was on some paper that came with the seeds, but it was a FAX number. I have no FAX machine. I don't know if I was intentionally cheated, but the seed pack was not labeled Leonotis leonurus when it arrived. It is in the ad.
Also, I could find no e-mail address for Baker. How do I tell them they are sending people a cheap substitute for a very desirable tropical perennial shrub.
I am very disappointed with what I thought was one of the better, more honest companies.If you want Leonotis leonurus seeds, don't be deceived in ordering from here.
On Mar 22, 2013, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
"On Mar 22, 2013 1:43 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We checked the documentation from our supplier and you are right--the seed we are now selling is indeed L. nepetifolia. Somehow, somebody goofed either when we ordered, or when our supplier filled the order. We have corrected our description on the website.
We do include our email and phone number on every packet, as well as on the sales receipt, so I'm not sure what happened there, but if you will email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN: Customer Service, we will do the best we can to make amends. While we assure you that this oversight was unintentional, we are very sorry for any confusion or disappointment this error may have caused our customers.
On Mar 22, 2013 1:55 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. added:
I'm sorry, there was something incorrect in my previous post, we put our phone number and website on all of the packets, and the email address can be found on the website."
On Mar 18, 2013, jessflowergirl Fort Bragg, CA wrote:
I love the website design. It is very user friendly, had no problem at all finding the envy soybeans I was looking for.I placed my order on a Tuesday and my seeds were in the mail on Monday! Super fast and I was very pleased with my freebie seeds (lemon queen sunflowers). The price for shipping was very reasonable. I can not speak to germination as I just received them today. I am very pleased with my experiance and will order from them again when I begin my fall planting!
This is my second year ordering from Baker Creek. I love every step of it from the beautiful, free catalog, to the ease of ordering the seeds online, to the timely arrival of the seeds and also the "personalization" of the package. Whoever puts your package together personally signs a little thank you slip. There's something very neighborly about having the company nearby (as in the U.S.). They give you a free packet of seeds with every order and that's the icing on the cake. I'm always excited to see which plant it will be and am never disappointed. Due to my Baker seeds being drowned by little toddler helping hands last year, many of my seed starting was not successful but this year we will be doing this differently. :) I will continue to excitedly purchase from Baker Creek in the future if not every single year.
I've wanted to order from Baker Creek for years. Both their heirloom magazine and seed catalog are beautiful! But every year I would wait too long and end up just purchasing seeds locally of the same boring varieties and purchasing heirloom nursery plants that were breaking the bank. Well no more! I'm happy to say that I received my first Baker Creek order today less than a week after ordering on-line, AND in March which must be their busiest month. Very impressive! Included was a personal note from Jason (no, thank YOU Jason!) and a bonus seed packet. BTW, I just found out that our local library is launching a new program this spring where you can "check out" heirloom seeds, grow them, and return them to be shared with others. Guess who donated the seed? Baker Creek! What a great company.
Ordered for the first time in 2012 on advice from a friend. We ordered a catalog which was big and thick and so full of stuff it was overwhelming but also exciting. We ordered a number of different things from squash, okra, beans, melons,flowers, eggplant, and a couple of odd things like grains. It was already time to plant warm crops by then so we didn't get cold weather crops. Out of the fourteen different things we bought we harvested red noodle beans by the handful even through the summer heat, sorghum, and a few tiny little melons that tasted like dead fish. Our okra sprouted but never got over a foot tall and never bloomed even though okra from a different source grew right beside it very well. None of the five different varieties of squash produced anything while all of our squash from other sources grew and produced well. Two of our melons produced a couple of melons each very late in the season and neither of them were the variety they were supposed to be. Our flowers didn't germinate at all.
Later we ordered some cold weather crops to plant for the fall. While the broccoli did well eventually, the brussel sprouts only half germinated and didn't grow, the rutabagas which I've grown for years from other sources did nothing but put on leaves, the kale was again not the correct variety, and the lettuce never germinated at all.
I've seen them offer to replace seeds that don't germinate or were incorrect but they didn't offer me that service. I think they are all hype and no experience. From now on I'll be sticking with my favorites from years past.
On Mar 8, 2013, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
"On Mar 11, 2013 5:58 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We're sorry to hear that you had trouble! We do guarantee germination of our seeds for one year from the date of purchase, and we will replace any seed that grows off type as well. We would be happy to work with you on this, but until this post, we cannot find any communication from you about these issues. If you could please send us an email to email@example.com with the varieties that did not germinate, or grew off type, we'll be happy to work on making things right."
Every winter I anxiously wait for my Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog. I love looking through their huge variety of seeds and beautiful pictures. I have ordered twice so far this year and I'm still thinking about more.
I've been using their seeds for several years with great success for an amateur. The seeds arrived quickly [in 6 days] and included a free pack of seeds. It's so nice to do business with real people. Thank you Baker's Creek for taking a stand against GMO's.
By far the best seed company we have dealt with. We have ordered from them twice this year because of the variety they provide, the inexpensive shipping cost and friendly business practices. They did not have one thing in stock that we had wanted and they sent a cash refund with our order. We are delighted with the variety of rare seeds we now have and will continue to order from Baker Creek from here on out.
On Mar 4, 2013, contactkduncan Panama City, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
This was the first time I've ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
The seeds were delivered promptly, and in a padded envelope to help prevent damage. I love that they added some bonus seeds (Lemon Queen Sunflowers), and am looking forward to planting them in my garden.
There was a small error with my order: one packet of seeds was omitted, and one I hadn't ordered was included in the mailing. I brought the error to their attention via email, and it was handled easily and professionally.
I would recommend Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to friends, and will be ordering from them in the future. You just don't get this kind of customer service from big box stores!
I love the catalog, its so inspirational! I also got my order within 7 days of ordering along with a thank-you note, got some free gift seed packets which is always a treat! Got some of my first planting done (I'm new to vegetable gardening) and so far so great! Just follow the instructions and the results are there! My spinach, mustard greens, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, and okra are growing! My celery isn't showing any movement, but I am a beginner, and they provided enough seeds to make it through the learning curve. I also just placed a second order and I can't wait to receive it!
As a whole, I think that the company is better than any other at offering a huge variety of heirloom seeds with a big, beautiful glossy catalog. They do a good job marketing themselves on Facebook and providing interesting and informative information through that route. I have found them to be a bit on the pricey side. I have spent literally a couple hundred dollars in seeds over the past three years and really only harvested a few green beans and some cilantro that I could have purchased at the local nursery. I did get a lot a pleasure from reading the catalogue and planning out what I was going to grow, even though nothing much was produced, despite all the expense and work. I had the opportunity to visit their store in Petaluma on several occasions when I lived there, and it was a fun and interesting experience, though pricey (they are very busy there and don't have much time to give advice to customers). I spent even more money there, on seeds that again didn't produce. Maybe I'm choosing all the wrong plants? I followed the directions. I think next time I will use the catalogue for reference and buy the seeds from a store that is a little more economical. There is another vendor on Ebay, for example that sells seeds for about 1/3 the cost and provides little plastic seed cups instead of envelopes that tend to get soggy quickly as I work with them in my garden on the Olympic Peninsula. Don't be fooled, this company wants you to believe that they are a family-run small company (with cutesy photos of little girls and babies), when this is really big business, and I'm sure they are raking it in.
On Mar 3, 2013, scheherezade Virginia Beach, VA wrote:
I went to the website looking for some petunia seeds and was pleasantly suprised. I found several old varieties at the site as well as a few hard to find herbs. The seeds not only arrived quickly, but they had included a pack of sunflower seeds as well. What a nice suprise. I am just starting them, so I can't speak to the germination rate, but I'm very pleased with both the varieties they carry as well as the fast shipping.
I am above and beyond pleased with Bakers Creek so far. I had a hiccup with a seed count in 1-2 packets out of 8 or so & they more than made up for it immediately..im talking double to triple the original amount. I plan to share the extra and if they have success they will probably become customers as well. They were polite & truly seem to care about their customers. If I have success with germination and such you bet I will be back every year to order more. It is sad how few company's will respect their customers these days. I really appreciate it.
I am very pleased with Baker Creek. I ordered seeds last friday just after Missouri's Storm of the Century, and then this week Missouri had yet another storm of the century. This afternoon my seeds arrived with several free samples. I am impressed with the swiftness in which my seeds arrived considering 2 different storms of the century. The crew at Baker Creek Heirloom seeds really run a tip top ship. I will continue to order from them.
On Feb 25, 2013, LovesMyGardenWI Cedar Grove, WI wrote:
Fast shipping! I received my order for vegetable seeds within a week of ordering. The seed envelopes are beautifully designed, and they include specific planting instructions and history about the seed type. I was so happy with this order that I immediately placed another order, this time for flower seeds. I received the flower seeds within a week as well. As a bonus, a free pack of seeds is included with each order!
I've also enjoyed getting to know Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds through their facebook page where they provide lots of great information through links & inspirational photos. I'm a happy customer, and I highly recommend Baker Creek!
I have purchased from them three times now and have been very pleased each time. They have a great selection of heirloom seeds. They have great prices and quick, inexpensive shipping. I love their catalog and their book, "The Heirloom Life Gardener."
My seed packages arrived two weeks after ordering, all looking good. Some of the radishes are already germinating and the germination rate seems excellent so far. Bargain prices, great selection and fast shipping. What's not to like?
For the past several years, I have purchased MANY seeds through Baker Creek online shopping. I always get good seed in a timely manner and well within my budget. Thanks to everyone at Baker Creek Seeds!
On Feb 14, 2013, kevcarr59 Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Last year bought some Hill Country Heirloom Red Okra & Stewart's Zeebest Okra, but had bad luck with germination. Upon notifying Baker Creek, they replaced the seeds quickly and without any problems. The second batch of seeds hasn't been much better. I am pretty confident the problem is the seed, since I had given it to several people and they had the same results, and these people are experienced gardeners.
Tried again this January and there was only about 10% success. I have also just purchased a seedling mat, and will give these one last shot. I had seed from okra we planted and saved from 2010, and we had 100% germination, in the row next to the Baker Creek in the seed flat.
Also purchased some Cherokee Purple & Mortgage Lifter Tomato at the same time, and those seem to be doing fairly well this year.
Overall, it seems there may have been a problem with the okra seed and how they were stored. They replaced it but it was the same lot number, so I was hesitant to start with, figuring it was the same batch of seeds. The customer service was what I would expect, so there is only so much a supplier can do.
On Feb 13, 2013, tpt_guy Foothill Farms, CA wrote:
As a first time customer, I had an excellent experience with Baker Creek. I found the website easy to navigate, the descriptions informative and the choices...difficult! :-)
After placing my order, I waited all of about 5 days for my seeds to arrive, neatly packaged and with an unexpected extra packet of a variety I ordered. So I emailed them letting them know of what I thought was an error and to go ahead and charge my card for the extra packet. I was promptly informed that the extra packet was sent to make up for any possible problem with seed counts (and when I checked the seed counts, there wasn't any) and to keep the seeds at no extra charge! Talk about customer service!
I will definitely be ordering from Baker Creek again!
On Feb 9, 2013, imaguitargod Young America, MN wrote:
I’ve been dealing with Baker Creek for over 5 years now. In those 5 years, I only had one problem which was quickly and professionally resolved (they mailed me someone else’s order. Just a mail room mix up). Their seeds have wonderful germination rate and produce plants true to the variety. Plus, their yearly seed catalog is “plant porn” in the truest sense. It’s a beautiful catalog!!! Keep up the great work guys!!
This is our second year with all heirloom seeds from Baker Creek. We appreciated the variety and unique selection of seeds. We now have vegetables in our garden that we had never heard of until Baker Creek. Great quality seeds and amazing customer service. They ship quickly and usually have free gifts with each shipment. We definitely recommend them to all of our friends and will continue to share their catalog. Our favorite!!
Amazing company. Selection is fantastic, prices are great, as of this writing shipping is still affordable, and the seeds I've started had germinated well and the seedlings have been strong and healthy. And who wouldn't love the freebie seed packet?
This is my second year ordering from Baker Creek. Most of my seeds germinated and grew into healthy plants. The only ones that didn't were the Vietnamese Corriander or Culantro seeds. Asides from that, I am very pleased with the company's product and customer service. I also like that the company sends you a free packet of seeds with your order...I just wished the free seeds were something more useful for the home gardener with limited space.
just received my first order so i can't comment on seed quality yet. but the comments i do have so far:
their catalog alone is worth having, every page is a work of art. there is a lot of information in it and their variety is exceptional.
customer service over internet was very good. navigating their site is simple and straightforward. although i did not receive notice that my order had been shipped, it arrived ahead of several other orders i had placed a couple days previous to this order. i did receive online acknowledgement of my order, and it was filled correctly. seed packets are beautiful and cultural information is straightforward. i also received a free packet of melon seed with my order. will post more when i begin working with the seed itself.
On Jan 25, 2013, ncpeppergrower Raleigh, NC wrote:
This year 2013 will be my second year for gardening. I decided that this year I was going to take the plunge and get my garden started from seeds. I decided to buy all my veggie and chili pepper seeds from the great folks at Baker Creek. I ordered my seeds on Monday night 1/21/13 and this afternoon 1/25/13 I got my order in the mail. Opened it up and everything looks excellent!! No problems at all and I can't wait to get these seeds started tomorrow. Great catalog, great selection, great service and quick delivery. I feel you can't go wrong with these folks.
It is fitting that my seeds arrived today we are getting a sleet and freezing rain storm today. I can't wait to get these started indoors tomorrow!!