I placed an order with whatcom seeds/seedrack.com just over a week ago. After I placed my order I found this site while waiting for my order and honestly, I got nervous after reading some of the reviews here. I figured I would leave some honest feedback myself in hopes of helping others, as I believe some of these reviews MAY not be entirely truthful.. (JMO).
Anyhow, I received my seeds this past Thursday, which was less than one week after placing my order. Obviously, I am happy with their shipping. I had ordered 6 different types of seeds. 2 varieties of coffee beans, 1 order of blood banana seeds, desert rose, silver dollar, and venus fly trap.
I soaked 4 seeds of both coffee varieties over night as per their included instructions. I also did the same with the banana seeds. I have not yet moved onto the other seeds as I wanted to let them sit in the fridge for a while first, again as per their instructions.
After soaking the seeds overnight I found 2 seeds of each variety of the coffee beans had already started to sprout little tap roots. I was very pleased to see this! The Banana seeds didn't shoot tap roots, but I did go ahead and plant them, as I do realize the Bananas can take quite some time to germinate.
All in all, so far I am very pleased with my order. Obviously I have only started a small fraction of my order, but I do plan to continue to update this review as I go along. If I find something that I do not like, I will be sure to post it here. But , SO FAR, seedrack.com gets a thumbs up from me!
On Apr 25, 2013, MsNure2U Summerside Canada wrote:
I ordered seeds on Feb. 4. 2013 received confirmation they had been sent on February 7th. I really was anxious after seeing all the negative reports here. The order arrived quickly and I recently began sprouting seeds. Each seed type comes in great packaging and each has a page of instructions. I followed that up with a bit of googling as I am a novice gardener. Seed success has been 98% for into-the-soil types. Some of my seeds are in cold-stratifiction and some required sanding or nicking. So far I'm at 50/50 with the Lotus seeds and I am just so happy to see the little guys bursting out of their pods. I just want to let people know that Whatcom Seeds/Seedrack.com seems to be an EXCELLENT company to do business with.
On Dec 30, 2012, mbowoade Lethbridge Canada wrote:
Posted on December 24, 2012, updated December 30, 2012
Shipping and packaging was great, but I've had a 0% germination success rate with these seeds, despite following instructions. I know I ordered a bunch of tropical seeds, which might be my problem, as well as being an amateur....but still, 0%? And I planted a LOT of seeds of different types. None of my tea plants have come up, none of my different varieties of coffee seeds, none of my Acai berries, none of my dwarf pomegranates. I am a little upset.
On December 30th, 2012, mbowoade changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
After months and months of cold stratifying and heat and sunlight in my south window I checked this morning and lo and behold, I have one acai berry palm and some dwarf pomegranate seedlings! Not a huge success but still a success. The other species I bought are still in stratification; will report in the spring with germination rates. Still no success with my tea or coffee seeds, and I finally threw most of them out as they had bugs and were rotten. However, I've heard that germinating coffee seeds is extremely difficult and I assume it's the same with the tea seeds, as they prefer exacting conditions.
Ordered from here some time ago, everything went smoothly. Received Joshua tree, Draco tree and Bristlecone tree seeds, shipping was quick (got package within 4 or 5 days). So far have germinated everything expect Draco (but that is to be expected, germination of those can take awhile)
On Nov 8, 2011, Caroleanne1 Melbourne Australia wrote:
Bought a large amount of seeds which arrived very quickly to Australia with low cost shipping. Wonderful presentation, with top quality printing of detailed notes. Did I get better service than in the US? I will see how they germinate.
On Mar 21, 2011, shortleaf suburban K.C., MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've ordered 3 times over the years and never had a problem with germination or the ordering/shipping. I always know the total online with shipping BEFORE I place the order, there was never a surprise. So many (over half) of these reviews in Garden Watchdog on seedrack are from "members" whose sign-up date is the same (mostly, or very close) as the date of the review, look for yourself. One negative that comes to mind says, "DO NOT PURCCHASE AT SEEDRACK.COM!!!", its like they specifically came to DG to say that that day ("Aug. 10th"). Its no wonder Seedrack doesn't monitor the reviews here, the reviews are suspect in the majority. That goes for many of the reviews of other companies too I've noticed.
I will say I am absolutely shocked and disappointed to see the amazing amounts of negative comments for this company. I have ordered rare seeds more than 8 times over the past ten years and I have always been thrilled with my product, shipping was great, and I never experienced germination issues. I must add that I have not ordered recently, perhaps there has been a change within....
I just received my order! it was on time and packaged very well. I looked up pictures of what seeds I was supposed to be getting and they all matched. I ordered seeds for seven of their exotic trees. all of them came and included great information and germination instructions. All the seeds were in excellent condition. For this price I can't ask for more. I was worried, having seen some previous ratings, but the order actually turned out very well!
thanks seed rack
On Mar 30, 2010, dusty_digger Mountain Home, AR wrote:
I ordered about $60 worth of seeds this year, my first order. Delivery was prompt, and the packaging and information quite good. Sure, some of the amounts were small, but these are seeds (at least the ones I ordered were). Some required stratification, and when I removed the Redvein Enkianthus from cold storage, found there were only 12 seeds instead of 50. Emailed, rec'd answer next day, and replacement shipped the day after. Can't ask for better than that! Germination has been fair to good, satisfactory for some fairly tricky seeds. I will order again next year!
On Dec 9, 2009, withad Warren Center, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have ordered from Whatcom Seed several times before and have never had a problem. Can't really comment on germination rate because I really don't keep track of it but everything has had enough germination to satisfy me. Not having a phone number to call is something I would have liked to have seen on their site but I have never had to contact them and it has not been a problem. I am especially pleased that unlike a lot of other mail order companies they don't charge your credit card until the orders are filled and/or shipped. Would definetly order from them again.
in april 09, i ordered tobacco seeds from whatcom seed co. when seeds failed to germinate , blamed whatcom for sending bad seeds. after finding out the CORRECT way to plant the seeds they germinated 90% plus., and are thriving, my apologies to whatcom .seed co.
ordered some seeds from Seedrack.com, there was some great care taken into the packaging. Really professional and all. very happy with my purchase. Haven't planted them yet. But seedrack.com is a real store. (know some can be edgy buying stuff online).
This is a Photo of my unwrapped purchase. :P
5 out of 6 types of peppers took on the first planting, still have had no success with the White Hot Habanero.
I currently have 2 Hot Tepins producing and picked my first ripe (red) one today. These are hot. They rate up there with Red Savina Habaneros
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.
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.
You receive emails that report when your order was delivered & shipped.
I mostly bought palm seeds but many other seeds too.
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.
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.
Exotic seeds are not always for the novice; I think that often failure may be attributable to the wrong soil, the wrong temperature or root rot / seed rot from excessive / stagnant water.
This company is prompt and their seeds are great! Give them a try.
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 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 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....
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...
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 Feb 20, 2006, Erynne Hillsburgh, ON (Zone 5a) 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.
So far, I've just sowed one type, brug.sanguinea, and all seeds have germinated. The other types ordered were Sarracenia purpurea and Eryngium planum.......I will report back only if they fail to germinate but I'm hoping that won't be the case.
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 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 :)
Overall I rate my transaction as a good one. I'll buy again.
I have ordered with this company and so far my seeds are germinating just fine.
I wanted to add this little tidbit:
I've been trying to start my own milkweed seeds harvested from my own plants this year, and have one out of twenty success rate. Just goes to show, not all seed problems stem from freshness.
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!
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.
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.
I can really only speak for palms and cycads, but I hope people realize that these seeds often require very specific conditions and sometimes a great deal of time before they germinate, up to a year for some species. I say this not to belittle in any way the reviews of those who have been truly wronged, but only as a cautionary note that you must employ a scrupulous germination procedure before passing judgement on the supplier.
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.
Received a gift certificate. Seed came very fast, gift certificate was handled very easily (like they knew I was going to be placing the order that day). Information on backorder came in about an hour after order placement. Packaging was excellent. After 3 weeks I have had 4 of 19 Coast Redwoods germinate (20% given by Whatcom as expection), 3 of 11 Dawn Redwoods (less than 50% given as expectation), 2 of 2 cashew nut trees (no germination expectation given), and today 2 of 6 Monkey Pod trees are pushing up soil (no germination data available). I will be starting another planting campaign this weekend, several seeds are also stratifying, I'll try to followup. I'm quite pleased. It is now my job to keep them going.
On Aug 10, 2004, katherine88 New Tripoli, PA wrote:
I ordered lots of seeds ( tea, coffee, papyrus, venus flytrap, Sarracenia leucophylla, baobab tree, red velvet banana, toothache plant, and many more) and NOT ONE germinated. I had them under grow lights, in sterilized potting soil treated with fungicide and with bottom heat. packaging was great, but I had a zero percent germination rate...
On January 25th, 2005, katherine88 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Allright, I'll change to a positive because, as I remember, some of them DID come up. the shipping time was lightning fast, and the seeds were carefully packaged...I'm going to give them another chance with some palm seeds and see how the germination rate goes.
I have ordered many seeds from Whatcom, mostly palms, cycads, and other not so rare tropicals and have had relatively good luck. As an beginner palm and cycad grower, I've found that Whatcom is a great source for very inexpensive, medium quality seeds. I also like that you can order in relatively small quanitites. I've ordered all but one cycad and several palms and have only a single complaint: of 5 Kerriodoxa elegans seeds, 2 arrived fairly rotten and the other 3 refused to germinate. But boo hoo, I'll think I'll get over. Whatcom is a great source for beginners, probably not so much for pros. (And it's like I'll ever be a pro growing cycads and palms in Wisconsin anyway!)
I bought some Chinese zelkova seeds last winter from Seedrack on Ebay. They cost little, arrived quickly, were well-packed, and contained clear instructions. Sixty days later, I planted them, and now, two weeks later, they've begun to germinate, as advertised. I may not get 100% germination, but I don't think any vendor can guarantee that.