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|On Oct 14, 2008, ken_lees Marathon,
5 out of 6 types of peppers took on the first planting, still have had no success with the White Hot Habanero.
|On Oct 10, 2008, reyreyspeak Cheltenham, MD wrote:
i bought a small order of about 8 products (around $20) and recived them fast and in great condition.. i have grown some of them and they are perfect to have around
|On Sep 1, 2008, SierraTigerLily Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I got an immediate email confirming my order and listing each item. I will update this post when I receive my seeds. I ordered (what I consider) a large order of 32 items including both common vegetables and exotic palm seeds.
On September 4th, 2008, SierraTigerLily added the following:
My order arrived quickly. It was complete and all seeds were perfect in appearance. Each seed type came with very exact sprouting instructions. I was quite anxious after having read reviews. I will germinate seeds and post again.
On October 12th, 2008, SierraTigerLily changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Sadly, my seedlings were destroyed by a storm. I was able to salvage the palm seeds and will continue to work with them. I can say that germination rate for my veggies was good.
|On Aug 10, 2008, shashp Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I have ordered and never got the item.
|On Jul 29, 2008, ngiann Aegina,
I bought many times from them. Always ship was very fast. Shipping cost is low, packaging is very unique and good & germination rates are very good.
|On Mar 21, 2008, dmdula Morganton, NC wrote:
I placed a small order with them on March 17. On 3-19, I emailed asking if they had an approx. ship date. I have had no response so far. Good news is they have not charged my account.I really hope they send my seeds because they have some that I've been looking for. will update this when I know something.
On March 24th, 2008, dmdula changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Recieved email from them on 3-22 saying order shipped on Fri. 3-21. I recieved the seeds today! They are packed very well and have clear, understandable planting instruc. Overall, I'd order from them again. I'm very happy at how quickly these seeds came.
|On Feb 13, 2008, Bodie59 Daly City, CA wrote:
I have had great success with the protea seeds, the dracena draco, the lithops seeds and all of the other many seeds I have bought from this company over the years. I have never had any problems receiving the items ordered. I am pleased with the variety and the growing instructions.
|On Jan 8, 2008, jessesopinion Wilmington, NC wrote:
I placed my order last year. It arrived on time and all well packaged. i could tell that lots of care went into the packaging. i also had leaflets with information on each seed variation i ordered. some of the plants did not germinate but i place the blame on myself. i feel it was beginners bad luck. i plan on getting new seeds this year and trying my hand again. the peppers i orders produced a huge output. i was giving them away by the baskets full.
|On Sep 17, 2007, quadradox Helena, MT wrote:
ordrer placed 9/5/07, 2 weeks ago. Invoice received. No product yet, no info on anticipated shipping date. No info that order is backordered. THE SITE DOES NOT HAVE A PHONE NUMBER FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE -- only email. I consider this a poor prognostic sign. I have emailed. I have called directory assistance and been given the same number as the Better Business Number shows as well as a back up number. In both cases the answering machine does not identify as a business nor sound in any way sound professional. It provides instructions to leave a message which has not returned so far today.
On September 20th, 2007, quadradox added the following:
I received no response after 4 more days. Either they are out of business or only occasionally "in" when it suits them. I cancelled my order. I expect to work with companies which can at least be counted on to communicate reliably when an order cannot be shipped yet and is pending or back ordered. (Though I still have no idea whether the inappropriate silence from Whatcom is due to the fact they just don't have the merchandise to ship or they are out partying somewhere instead of filling orders.)
|On May 7, 2007, cereal_tiller South Padre Island, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:
Great company. excellent customer service. Great packaging. Professional, prompt, courteous and extraordinary response. My large order had many back orders. Nothing shipped without my okay. Germination of the seeds was outstanding. Will do business with them again. Sometimes I wonder what people expecet as the negatives I read didn't even seem anything like what I experienced. I am a difficult and demanding customer; an attorney and I say the company is A+. Will do business with them again without any hesistation.
|On Jan 5, 2007, cammu Granby, QC (Zone 4b) wrote:
The service excellent and the delivery fast.
|On Nov 10, 2006, saralu Ogden, UT wrote:
|On Sep 3, 2006, TxTurqoize San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Wow...I was surprised at how many negatives that I saw! I've had 3 experiences with Whatcom that I found to be completely satisfactory. My buddha belly and turtle back seeds arrived very promptly and in great condition. The packaging was ideal too....
|On Aug 13, 2006, LATeach Arvada, CO wrote:
I have ordered 3 times from this company and have had great results. Originally, I ordered an assortment of exotic plants I found interesting and every variety had some seeds that germinated. I now have ordered an assortment of seeds from Asian and African species for my geography students. Because baobabs may take months to germinate I planted them three weeks ago - 4 of 5 are growing already...
|On May 18, 2006, dixie_angel Trenton, TN wrote:
ummmmm.....nothing has germinated.......and palm seeds old and moldy......but they are sending replacements for the palm seeds....so......Ill remain neutral until I see the state the NEXT seeds are in.....I truly hope things are better :0)
On May 22nd, 2006, dixie_angel changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I just want to cry. I got my replacement seeds and, while not being moldy......they were...awful....as bad as the last batch.....I feel bad making this a negative but....nothing I ordered from them germinated......and with 9 kids between my husband and I we cannot afford to waste our money on items from compaies who obviously put more value on pretty plastic baggies and photo cards for their seeds than in the seeds themselves...or their customers PLEASE learn from my mistake.....think twice before giving away your money. :0(
|On May 1, 2006, droughtlover Igo, CA wrote:
Packaging was excellent, and instructions very informative. Fast shipping. Most (but not all) seeds are germinating fine; any problems have been my own fault. Some complaints about the low quantity of seeds shipped are out of place, IMO; their website clearly stated the number of seeds I would receive for each species. I'll order from them again.
|On Apr 13, 2006, marrowman shrewsbury,
United Kingdom wrote:
Seeds arrived quickly and so far all sown have high germination and establishment rate. On down side you only get a small number of seeds.
|On Feb 20, 2006, Erynne Orangeville, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:
Placed an order back in December 2005 and before I knew it, it was in my mailbox....super quick shipping! I ordered three types of seeds, for what I felt were very reasonable prices and included were some great planting instructions.
|On Jan 28, 2006, wvtreehugger Charleston, WV wrote:
reasonable prices, fast shipping, nice packaging and instructions. Cant wait to get the seeds in the dirt!!!
|On Jan 5, 2006, DONBROWN Halifax,
I have ordered many times from this company, and everything has been shipped in a prompt and professional manner, with great little instructions sheets included. They have a neat site, with lots of reasonably priced stuff and they have never disappointed me. I never hesitate to recommend this company. Thanks to Whatcom, I have some great stuf growing in my garden!
On October 24th, 2006, DONBROWN added the following:
Just placed another order with this company, and as always , have received personal attention and helpful emails, even though my orders are only small. I find that my germination results with their seeds have improved as my skills with germinating difficult seeds has improved. For those who have had disappointing germination results.......keep in mind that many of these plants have tough requirements and long germination periods, so any disappointing resluts may be a reflection of that, as opposed to the quality of the seed, which, in my case, has never appeared to be substandard.
This is a great little company which deserves a try!
|On Jan 4, 2006, ikigar Maribor,
Recived seeds in 10 days (Europe). Nice packaging and instructions. Let them know not to write total costs on the package and not to include invoice when sent to Europe (becouse of tax).
|On Dec 30, 2005, pardygwyn Port Angeles, WA wrote:
I bought some hot pepper seeds which arrived quickly. Most germinated, but many of the plants were cross-pollinated and nothing like advertised - carribean red peppers were small and yellow, chocolate peppers were orange, etc.
|On Dec 13, 2005, mollitor San Lorenzo,
Puerto Rico wrote:
I am more fortunate than most. I got 1 PawPaw seed to germinate. None of the pepper seeds I purchased germinated.
|On Nov 3, 2005, 1alphatla Alpharetta, GA wrote:
I ordered 22 palm seeds so far. I got 1 germinated and growing but 21 rotten and moldy.
|On Aug 8, 2005, mlm01 St. Louis, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered from this company back in January. The delivery was quick, packaging was very very nice, I got everything I ordered no problems. I will use thime again.
|On Aug 6, 2005, amorning1 Islamorada, FL wrote:
They are great! I trust them competely.
|On Aug 6, 2005, mountainmeadowseeds Augusta, WV (Zone 5b) wrote:
Nice packaging - speedy delivery - good seed germination. I wanted to add that the growing instructions were appreciated. From personal experience on growing plants by seed it is mostly trial and error. If the seeds don't grow it doesn't necessarily mean the seeds are bad! Of course if they are crumbled or crushed then the seller should be contacted, but if the seeds don't grow and you planted all of them at once......your fault for not saving some to try another method. I know that many factors contribute to the germination of seeds. Not all seeds should be planted the same. Some need more watering than others and some need darkness to germinate. Bottom heat is useful and humidity domes work on some seeds. It's all trial and error..........saying a little prayer won't hurt either :)
|On Jul 10, 2005, voytek Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
I've bought 3 times from this company. First time on ebay (2 years ago), second time last year - in both situation everything was OK. I placed my last order about 6 weeks ago. Seeds arrived decomposed in plastic bags. I sent emaisl with complain twice. No response. This is respect-less. I left them positive feedback on ebay, second time I sent them "Thank you" email. This time this is my negative feedback for this company. If you are going to place an order be very careful.
|On Jun 27, 2005, mjkerkau Gainesville, FL wrote:
I have ordered with this company and so far my seeds are germinating just fine.
On June 28th, 2005, mjkerkau added the following:
Today I received my missing seeds from a previous order, only a week after emailing the company to tell them they never arrived. NO hassle!
|On Jun 17, 2005, poundingsurf Seattle, WA wrote:
Look, I have ordered fro Whatcom Seeds and found them to be perfectly good. Most people here seem to be clueless of the requirements for seed germination. Want a hard one? Try growing Balsa. If you want to grow coffee, get your plants from Toptropicals.com in Florida or fruitlovers.com in Hawaii. Quit trying to grow coffee for yourself, it takes a lot of time and care and in The US it is nearly impossible. I grow and export Cacao plants from my Seattle greenhouse and I know the requirements of most tropicals. If you contact toptropicals.com tell Dave that Rob sent you from Seattle. If you contact Oscar at fruitlovers.com tell him I said hello as well. I have a variety of sources for rare plants if you need more info.
|On Jun 15, 2005, kropit Bear, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
I ordered seeds 3 weeks ago and did not get them. Sent email note to them 1 week ago - no response. Emailed again today - will give them 2 days and if no response will dispute the charge with credit card company.
|On May 9, 2005, broomhandle Milwaukee, WI wrote:
I am quite surprised with other peoples' experiences with Whatcom seeds. I have had very good luck with their seeds. I have ordered every single cycad species and a couple palms and others, sometimes repeatedly, and I have never had a species NOT germinate. For every palm and cycad I've ordered, I have never experienced germination below 60-70%, which is great for these prices.
|On Apr 27, 2005, Daisy123 Pearl, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
Oh dear, poor stupid me. Wish I had known about this site before I spent my precious money. Oh, yes The package was pretty neat and the picture on the package was pretty, too bad I didn't plant the cute little package with the nice foam and the pretty flower picture. My shock was when I opened it up and saw there were only 5 seeds (5) five lousy seeds. I spent $23.00 building a special bed for Edleweiss because they only grow under special conditions. I sent Seedrack a email and complained and told them they ought to be ashamed, never got a reply. After that, I ordered from a different ebay seller called Seedmart that says there are 100 seeds in their packages, but, now I see that the reports here are not all that good either because they are also HIRT's Greenhouse and there were conplaints about old seed. Will hope for the best and will let you know.
|On Apr 13, 2005, tofinosurfer Vancouver,
I filled my shopping cart, but when I went to check out, the first page in that process, which contains personal information, is not an encrypted page (https). I emailed them and asked for an explanation, and none was given.
|On Apr 2, 2005, garyj59 Sheboygan, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered some seeds last year figuring I would save some money,what a waste.Planted them this spring and no seeds germinated.I will definately never order from them again.
|On Mar 6, 2005, JaxFlaGardener Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I bought seeds only once from Whatcom/Seedrack through eBay about 2 years ago. My experience was completely positive. I ordered Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) and Buddha Belly (Jatropha podagrica) seeds. I followed the instructions for cold stratification in my refrigerator for the Black Pine seeds. The cold stratification process took several months, but I did get germination from at least four of the seeds. I have three of these healthy Japanese Black Pine plants in my garden and one in a pot awaiting Bonsai treatment (it has remained only a few inches tall whereas the others are now about 1 foot tall). I got zero germination from the Buddha Belly plants from the first shipment I received. I contacted the company by E-mail in regard to a possibly placing another order for different seeds and mentioned the lack of germination of the Buddha Belly seeds. They told me there had apparently been a problem with the previous Buddha Belly seeds and that I would receive a replacement. I basically forgot about the replacement offer, but several months later I did receive replacement Buddha Belly seeds at no cost to me for the seeds or shipping. These replacement seeds germinated well and I now have four mature and flowering Buddha Belly plants.
|On Mar 5, 2005, Plumeriagod Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I too was "duped" by seedracks cheap prices for seeds on ebay. I recieved the seeds quickly with germinating instructions. The only thing "good" about this company!!! I bought some of their more expensive seeds (cycad seeds). I bought 4 packages and 8 out of 10 seeds were old!!! I soaked them in water like they instructed, but 8 of the seeds floated! I found out later, during some research, that cycad seeds that float are generally old seeds and don't germinate!
|On Mar 3, 2005, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:
I was taken in by the low prices and bought about 20 packets of seeds from Seedrack on eBay and then from Whatcom's website. The only seeds that germinated were the Purple Bells and the Abutilon, and the germination rate wasn't very good on those. I just chalked it up to cheap seeds and wrote it off. I don't know if they buy leftover seed or what, but I wouldn't recommend them. They do ship quickly though and don't rip you off on shipping, but that's pretty much worthless when they send old seeds. I always have good luck with Park Seed and J.L. Hudson Seed. Can't go wrong with these two companies.
|On Mar 1, 2005, Southerngurl Yellville, AR wrote:
I wish I had checked here first!!!
On March 27th, 2005, Southerngurl added the following:
Every pawpaw seed also failed. I wonder if any seed I recieved was viable. I will soon be planting the others. I will probably have similar luck as with planting a rock... the only difference being the green mold that seems to be a trademark of their seeds (mind you I have grown, so far, peppers, tomatoes, onions, echinacea angustifolia, pallida, and purpurea, broccoli and parsley [from bakercreek, high mowing seeds, and walmart] this year in the same mix used for their seeds, and all those did fine).