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Positive madsjchic
(1 review)
On Jul 24, 2017, madsjchic Charlotte, NC wrote:

I ordered seeds from this company. Germination rates were nearly 100%. It honestly exceeded my expectations. I definitely plan to order all my seed from them in the future. Their seed shipping rate is the most favorable of all the mail order companies I was considering as well. Shipped promptly,. received quickly.

Positive Woolleybear
(1 review)
On Jul 6, 2017, Woolleybear Allentown, PA wrote:

Posted on June 23, 2017, updated July 6, 2017
I purchased some heirloom squash seeds from Baker seeds in early Spring. They were quite expensive for a pack with only 10-12 seeds. Only 1 of the seeds germinated and that plant didn\'t really take off. This was under good growing conditions where other squash germinated strongly. I sent Baker an email using their own contact form to get a replacement pack since they have a 1 year guarantee on germination. They have not replied to the request I sent around a couple of months. Now it is early Summer and too late to plant and get a good crop. I\'d still like another pack of seeds just so I don\'t feel ripped off. I will not buy from Baker anymore. Lesson is learned and a warning to others Baker doesn\'t stand by their seeds or guarantee. Go to Johnny\'s.


On July 6th, 2017, Woolleybear changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Changed my original rating. Baker Seed had a verifiable glitch in their
online contact form so they did not get my original email stating my problem. Once I did get through to their customer service they reached out and were very nice and professional people. They replaced my seed packet and gave me a few different squash varieties as a good gesture, which is above and beyond any response I imagined. The rest of my seed packets from Baker's are doing quite well and I plan on using them again. My earlier comments were to be taken if Baker Seed knew the issue and didn't help. They are an honest and good seed company and keep with their guarantee once they know about the issue. Thank you to Baker Seed.
On Jul 6, 2017, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On Jun 26, 2017 8:34 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're so sorry to hear you had trouble with the seed germinating! We always have a passing germ test on any lot of seed before we offer it for sale, but there are many things that can happen to the seed once it leaves our warehouse that can affect germination. This is one of the reasons we offer a 2 year guarantee on germination. We would be happy to either send you more of that seed, a substitute of your choice, or a refund. We had some trouble with our contact us page a while back, so that's probably the reason you did not hear back from us, because we always respond to our emails, which is what we receive when someone uses the contact us page. Please email us directly at seeds@rareseeds.com so that we can take care of this for you."


Positive LOVIE2
(13 reviews)
On Jun 5, 2017, LOVIE2 Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This was my first year ordering from Baker Creek and I've order roughly 30 seed packs and strawberry starts. I wasn't too thrilled with the extended period of time for shipping of the items and lack of communication with customer service, BUT everything came in well packaged, and healthy, So healthy in fact that a new crop of squirrel babies ate my strawberry roots! I will try to replace them again next year. All in all it was a positive experience and I look forward to ordering again next year.

Positive psychopsis
(3 reviews)
On May 7, 2017, psychopsis Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

Great viable seeds, exciting and interesting selection. I appreciated the large selection of flower seeds. Looking forward to adding some more unusual selections to our plot in the community garden this year.

Positive eagnesfontenot
(2 reviews)
On May 5, 2017, eagnesfontenot Lakefield, MN wrote:

Great website, great customer service, always an interesting selection. Love Baker Creek!

Positive Swaty_Gardner
(3 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2017, Swaty_Gardner Swarthmore, PA wrote:

Overall I've had a great experience with this company. Their seeds have an excellent germination rate and they carry varieties of things that can not be found in other places.

I have recently ordered some live plants from them so we'll see how that goes (I've yet to receive them). But if you're in the market for some quality seeds this is the place to buy them.

Positive Lvraiders
(1 review)
On Apr 8, 2017, Lvraiders Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I love their shipping price it's just $3.50. Got to my house in four days. I will try to plant this year. I got 2 types of spinach, some sorghum and a free seed pack of black striped cherry tomatoes. I will try to grow in super hot Las Vegas climate. I made a review of the seeds on YouTube please copy link and paste in search browser. [HYPERLINK@www.youtube.com]

Positive Natural__Hydra
(1 review)
On Apr 5, 2017, Natural__Hydra Springfield, VA wrote:

Posted on April 5, 2017, updated April 5, 2017
This company is the best! I love the online store, it is easy to navigate and place orders. The products are top notch and they spend the time to help in any way they can during your ordering process. That\'s right, it comes out every year with new pictures of the plants that you will be growing next year. No not some generic picture of the plant. These are very high quality pics of the plants in the field, the ones that you will be planting next year!

I love Baker Creek! Long live the seeds!


On April 5th, 2017, Natural__Hydra added the following:

This company is the best! I love the online store, it is easy to navigate and place orders. The products are top notch and they spend the time to help in any way they can during your ordering process. FULL COLOR CATALOG! That's right, it comes out every year with new pictures of the plants that you will be growing next year. No not some generic picture of the plant. These are very high quality pics of the plants in the field, the ones that you will be planting next year! I love Baker Creek! Long live the seeds!
Positive thallasa
(1 review)
On Apr 4, 2017, thallasa Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Ordered at least 4 different varieties of morning glory seeds which included a couple Japanese varieties. Price was decent and received the seed packets approximately 5-7 days after placing my order. I've always been a bit hesitant about buying seeds from on-line companies because of previous disappointments in seeds that refused to sprout. But I saw this company listed as one of the top 30 companies and decided to try them.
Now that it is the beginning of April here in South Carolina, I followed the directions that were sent with the seed packets when I started them indoors and over the last 4 days I have beautiful morning glory seedlings that are ALL sprouting! I'm looking forward to planting these seedlings by our backyard trellises and arbor in about a week after taking the time to "harden them off" to our weather this week. So far, so good!
Thank you Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for offering such a wonderful variety of morning glories that will beautify our backyard and delight us, the hummingbirds and butterflies we have each year.

Positive dwitsil
(2 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2017, dwitsil Quincy, MA wrote:

Baker Creek offers an excellent variety of heirloom seeds with a great range of traits. Many of their varieties come with a story on the varieties origin providing not only an interesting tale but insight on how it might perform in my area. Baker Creek seems to be a very responsible, eco-friendly company and communicates its sustainability effectively. The seed I received has germinated well so far and seed amounts matched what I ordered. Solid growth information is offered. The seeds are moderately expensive, but the quality seems very good and the variety offered is practically unmatched.

Positive judyinmound
(17 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2017, judyinmound Mound, MN wrote:

Posted on March 13, 2017, updated March 15, 2017
Posted on March 5, 2017, updated March 13, 2017
Posted on March 31, 2013, updated March 5, 2017
Posted on February 18, 2011, updated March 31, 2013
I placed a personal order and one for a business and they both came quickly. I like that they carry such a big variety of heirlooms/open pollinated seeds. The prices are reasonable. I feel some of the seed counts are small; some did come with generous amounts, but I think it\\\\\\\'s best to order according to how much they actually say on the listing. I\\\\\\\'ll update if I note any extraordinary good/bad happenings with germination and growth.


On March 31st, 2013, judyinmound added the following:

Another year of ordering from this company that went well. I enjoy the more rare heirloom varieties available (a bunch of old time squash for me this year), and their stance against supporting anything affiliated with GMO companies. I appreciate the interaction on FB as well. Thank you. =)
On March 5th, 2017, judyinmound added the following:

I have ordered another bunch of interesting and new to me types of seeds for this year. I appreciate that they offer many rare/hard to find types of seeds. It isn\\\'t one stop shopping however, because the prices of the very common types of seeds are a not competitive in my opinion. I do like to bargain shop for the more common seeds. ;)
On March 13th, 2017, judyinmound changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I guess I should have waited to comment on Baker Creek until I received my seeds, I ordered on the 4th and just saw it was shipped today. The ordering process was ok, although I did receive an error on checkout, the customer service response was ok, but 9 days to ship an item? It says I\'ll receive them on the 16th. 2 weeks to receive an item shipped in the U.S.A. is just barely ok service.
On March 15th, 2017, judyinmound changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

Thank you for the response, Baker Creek. I did contact customer service the same day I put the order in and someone named Lisa responded the following day. She said that the order was received while apologizing for the confusion. I thought from there on that there would be no issues. I did receive my order today. A little communication goes a long way and I am glad I got a response here. =)
On Mar 15, 2017, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

"On Mar 13, 2017 5:46 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We apologize for the delay in getting your seeds out to you! That error during checkout caused your order to get stuck in our system, and it didn't recognize it as needing to be picked :( We have fixed that issue, and gone through the system finding any orders that were stuck this way and getting them out as quickly as possible."


Positive Alexamp26
(2 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2017, Alexamp26 Buenos Aires,
Argentina wrote:

It was great to receive my seeds here in Argentina! Very recomendable company!

Positive rad4peace
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2017, rad4peace Denver, CO wrote:

These guys are so great! I am a newbie gardener and found them by chance doing a google search and I'm so glad I did. They have an amazing selection, reasonable prices, ship quickly, and so far I've had great germination rates. I also love the free seeds that come with every order. And their free shipping keeps me coming back for more!

Positive cvt
(3 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2017, cvt Hart, MI wrote:

Have ordered multiple times over the year and have been pleased every time. There have been minor issues where a seed packet was missed or there was poor germination, but upon contacting them the issue was quickly resolved. I like the customer reviews they offer of their seeds.

Positive KDboodo
(3 reviews)
On Mar 11, 2017, KDboodo Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

As with previous years I ordered some of my seeds from Baker Creek. With the exception of one seed variety, germination rates were very good and plants are doing well. Had one very expensive seed type which all rotted out (despite other seeds of the same type doing fine at the same time). Never had a problem before, so I emailed them. Getting free replacement seeds soon. Could not be happier with their service, shipping speed, and quality of the seeds. Will continue to order seeds here when I need them.

Positive madielov
(2 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2017, madielov Tijeras, NM wrote:

Ordered some tomato seeds. They arrived quickly and an excellent germination rate. Have not planted the flower seeds yet
Love the interesting variety of products

Positive Locin
(1 review)
On Feb 27, 2017, Locin Lake Zurich, IL wrote:

All the seed orders I have ordered came fast and all germinated well. I ordered the whole seed catalog and it was lost in the mail, not their fault but when I contacted customer service they promptly sent a replacement. Great customer service and good quality products. I will continue to give them my business.

Positive cjparker
(12 reviews)
On Feb 23, 2017, cjparker Kennewick, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love browsing the print catalog and the big magazine. I ordered online and got my seeds within a week. The freebies that came with them were generous packets of useful veggies. Always glad to support a company that has high standards and lives up to them.

Positive hjleevta
(6 reviews)
On Feb 22, 2017, hjleevta Ventura, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I've ordered from Baker Creek for several years and continue to be a happy customer. I enjoy the print catalog, but always order online. It's a good site. This last order was delivered timely and shipping cost is low.

Positive olgardener
(2 reviews)
On Feb 15, 2017, olgardener Fieldon, IL wrote:

I have been ordering from Baker Creek since the beginning. A small newsletter filled with everything odd but fun. I have NEVER been disappointed, NEVER waited over a week for my order and NEVER been treated with anything but the utmost respect. I love this company so much, it is always my go-to seed company. I order my garden seeds a little each paycheck till Spring comes. They have never been out of seeds. They packaged all the seeds so none are ever crushed or broken. I always get a fair amount. The germination is always wonderful. My joy is walking my garden and knowing they love my plants as much as I do. The quality and care is deeply rooted in Baker Creek like their faith in God, never failing.... thank you

Positive Lilyhazen
(13 reviews)
On Jan 7, 2017, Lilyhazen Ellijay, GA wrote:

Posted on January 7, 2017, updated January 7, 2017
Posted on February 17, 2016, updated January 7, 2017
Posted on February 6, 2015, updated February 17, 2016
I ordered in early January and got the seeds within days. I had ordered last year and was pleased with the quality of the seeds, and I expect to be again. I was disappointed that the \\\\\\\"hog brains peas\\\\\\\" were already sold out--was so excited about trying them!

Clearly this company wants to do things right!


On February 17th, 2016, Lilyhazen added the following:

Once again, quick delivery time and very reasonable shipping!

Last year the seeds I ordered did very well. I started a huge bunch of tomato plants, got them in the garden, and then had to have open heart surgery. Two of my neighbors took over my garden and were run ragged picking and canning over 100 quarts of tomatoes for me, many from this company! The beans also did well! I love the availability of old-time seeds. Thank you, Baker\\\'s Creek!
On January 7th, 2017, Lilyhazen added the following:

Ordering from this company is a joy! A week after ordering, with New Year\'s in between, my seeds are here. I have had very good results with the seeds I have ordered over the past 2 years, and look forward to the old favorites and some new ones as well.

LOVE the Hog Brain Peas, and have turned some others onto them as well. I like being able to try new, and sometimes exotic, veggies as well.

Kudos to this company for their work!
On January 7th, 2017, Lilyhazen added the following:

I'd like to add that the catalogue provides me happy hours of dreaming when the weather turns cold. It is beautiful!

I have introduced 2 neighbors to the company and we get together for cider and sweet rolls and plan our order together. So the catalogue supports community as well!
Positive nancyji
(2 reviews)
On Dec 26, 2016, nancyji Aromas, CA wrote:

In addition to being long time organic farmers, I have a large garden and use Baker Creek Seed almost exclusively in my garden. I have never had trouble with germination, and the variety is astounding. I appreciate the heart that these folks have. Their Japanese Black Trifele tomato is the best here on the foggy California coast . I have been gardening in this location for almost fifty years, and have tried a lot of seed...I am never disappointed with Baker Creek.

Positive Sadie_E
(1 review)
On Dec 14, 2016, Sadie_E Winnipeg,
Canada wrote:

Placed my first order with Baker Creek, very excited to try out the seeds I got. Seeds got stuck at the boarder for almost a week, but they did make it here. Now for the hardest part, waiting to plant them!

Positive azsilvia
(3 reviews)
On Jul 8, 2016, azsilvia Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Baker Creek is tops for seed variety, and carry many heirlooms and rare varieties you can't find elsewhere. I've had excellent germination rates from their seeds and even got a replacement packet of black carrot seeds when their first packet turned out to have variable non-black carrots not true to type. If you have a problem with the seeds from Baker Creek they will make it right!

Positive scottPi
(8 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2016, scottPi Milwaukee, WI wrote:

I ordered 2 Dwarf Everbearing Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) plants on sale, for $10 from Baker Creek. Free shipping for 6 months for joining their free club. Plants took about a 10 days to ship from Agri-starts, their supplier in Florida, then 5 days to arrive. Just 2 little seedlings in 1 inch plugs. 8" tall. No damp wrapping around the plug, but the bag they came in seemed to keep them just fine. Planted quickly in 4" cups to let them recover from their trip. Still, they look green and good. So far, happy with plants. BUT they do call them Zone 5-10 on the bag they came in, because Agri-starts calls them 5-10, because Dave's calls them zone 5-10. But it's pretty clear from my research that Dave's is wrong on this zone, and so many sellers have this one wrong. I think it's really zone 7-11, and will need to winter in the garage.

Positive PSwoyer
(1 review)
On Jun 4, 2016, PSwoyer Rayland, OH wrote:

Never disappointed. Have ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for several years. Great service!

Positive pfrutescens
(4 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2016, pfrutescens Havertown, PA wrote:

I've ordered from Baker Creek several times now. Their website is easy to use and navigate, and their seed has been excellent. Except for one variety of tomato which was not stabilized (which I knew going in, as they did warn about that on their website) everything has been true to type, so I have not experienced any issues with crossed or mislabeled seed which others have reported.

I've always had near-100% germination rates on everything from them except for one plant that I knew was a plant that is hard to germinate and grow and so expected to have difficulty.

They also are frequently very generous with the number of seeds in the package--sometimes double or triple the amount advertised.

Shipping is reasonable, and packages are easy to track. Processing times are not overly long. Usually I get my order within a week.

They're helpful when you email them as well. They are one of my preferred seed sources.

Positive nmyauger
(2 reviews)
On Apr 5, 2016, nmyauger Titusville, PA wrote:

I am very pleased with my seed order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. They shipped my order out quickly even when I ordered in the peak season. The seeds are packaged carefully. I am very happy with my order!

Positive AK0tA
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2016, AK0tA Oakvale, WV wrote:

This is my first year ordering from Baker Creek and made the choice due to the many great selections of old seeds. My order processed quickly and shipping was fast. I only received my order early this week and already have things popping up. Rads and butter crunch already sprouting in the garden. Thanks for the extras in my order as well, we will give them a go.

Positive asturnut
(8 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2016, asturnut Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Oh boy! Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds online store is the grown up version of a candy store for me. They have some really cool, super out there exotic seeds. Unfortunately sometimes they only have them in very limited quantities for obvious reasons, so it's best to order early.

I live in a very cold climate (Alaska) so I appreciated the abundance of information provided with most of the catalog entries. It really helped me hone in on purchases that are appropriate for my climate. My only minor gripe is that not ALL vegetable seeds have the days to maturity range posted, which for someone with my growing constraints is critical information. But in don't really hold it against them because all the seed companies have the same labeling issues.

They shipped the next day after my order via priority mail for only 3.50. Woo hoo! They didn't gouge for shipping like most companies a day they were super prompt. Unfortunately the US Postal service held my package hostage for over a week, so I was practically bursting with anticipation for my seeds. When my seeds arrived I was positively thrilled with what I received.

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Positive Apple88
(2 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2016, Apple88 Singapore,
Singapore wrote:

Fantastic service and fast response to email! Seed germination rates are high too! And to top it all up, their international rates are the most reasonable I've come across. Overall, it's been great buying from them.

Positive Keeva66
(1 review)
On Mar 30, 2016, Keeva66 Omro, WI wrote:

I ordered from Baker Creek last year -- and was so pleased with the seeds that I ordered again this year. Just today (3/30) I received the seeds! So excited! This company is just the best! Wonderful selection of heirloom seeds! The germination rate last year was excellent -- nearly 100%. Their shipping is super fast - even with my ordering a little late this year. They include a packet of free seed with each order (their choice) and this year I received "Golden Crispy Melon" -- I'll try to find room to plant it (my garden isn't very large)! The variety selection is amazing - I love reading their catalog! Thank goodness Baker Creek is dedicated to saving some amazing antiques! I am completely and totally satisfied with this wonderful company!!

Positive JulieAnnG
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2016, JulieAnnG Saint Andrew,
Jamaica wrote:

Lovely service, I got exactly what I ordered plus a very nice surprise. Will be ordering from them again (I started a wish list).

Positive RozenKruetz
(13 reviews)
On Mar 17, 2016, RozenKruetz Canyon Lake, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My only gripe with this company is that I always order waaay too much. The seed packets aren't always brimming with seeds but its enough to get a good crop started for seed saving. I have had great germination percentages from all the seeds I have tried so far and love the massive selection of unusual things they offer. I actually had one package of seeds they sent me a replacement for before I even knew there was a problem with them (didn't come true to type they said.) I have ordered from them more than a few times and definitely plan on ordering again.

Positive wittyusername
(3 reviews)
On Mar 14, 2016, wittyusername Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

The biggest problem I have with Baker Seeds is that I want to plant way more things than I have room for. But seriously, they're one of my favourite suppliers. They have excellent selection, economic and fast shipping, and a very informative website. I've had particularly good luck with their herb seeds.

Positive CackleberryFarm
(1 review)
On Mar 7, 2016, CackleberryFarm Elkland, MO wrote:

I have ordered from Baker Creek several times over the past few years and have always been pleased. This year I received my seeds 3 days after placing my order online. They have an awesome website that is very informative and easy to use. The catalog is the best ever. The seeds always do very well, even better than expected! Thank you Baker Creek!

Positive MissWells
(1 review)
On Mar 2, 2016, MissWells Marysville, OH wrote:

I just received my first seed order from Baker Creek and I couldn't be more happy! Very prompt shipping and shipping cost very reasonably priced. The bonus pack of seeds as a thank you for the order was a pleasant surprise :) I have not planted but am very excited to. I will be ordering from this company again.

Positive sjwyoak
(1 review)
On Feb 15, 2016, sjwyoak Palmer, AK wrote:

This is my second year ordering from Baker's Creek. i'm very happy. the order came quickly and last year the seeds germinated well and the seeds per pkt were generous. Thank you.

Positive amce
(1 review)
On Feb 12, 2016, amce Hawley, TX wrote:

I have ordered seed from this company for years. They have always shipped my order out quickly and the seed germination is great. I also buy all my corn from them as they test it for GMO contamination. I just love this company.

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