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I bought in may a pack of trident maple, crape myrtle, and bloodgood maple seeds. Shipping was fast and got everything I was expecting. I sowed the crape myrtle seeds (after following the included scarification and stratification instructions) it's been 3 weeks now and still no sign of germination (germination succes rate 0%). Right now the maples are in stratification. I'll provide an update in the following month.
On Jan 25, 2012, letalou Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
Posted on January 25, 2012, updated January 25, 2012
I ordered Deep Purple carrots (a unique variety that is dark purple to the core) and was sent Purple Dragon instead (orange core) False advertising, won't answer the phone, and ridiculous shipping costs. I thought it would be $4.25 as advertised, but was $7.00 for tiny seed packets. The wrong seed packets.
On January 25th, 2012, letalou changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I did get hru on the phone. THey apologized and they believe it was mislabeling. They are sending some extra correctly labeled seeds NC. I will change this to positive if that is the case. Stay tuned.
On Aug 26, 2011, JerryInAtlanta Marietta, GA wrote:
Ordered Ghost Peppers and got a Red Habanero. Don't get me wrong. The germination was great, about 95%. BUT it wasn't what I ordered.
Just talked to them today. They were very apologetic. They are sending out new guaranteed Ghost Pepper seeds today, NC. I think I'll give them another chance. Apparently, the issue was with their supplier.
ordered hyacinth bean and Dichondra argentea with shipping order came to almost $14.00 when I got the seeds I almost didn't see them in the envelope. I got like 20 dichondra seeds and barely any hyacinth beans. What a ripoff. The only reason I didn't give a negative was the directions for each type of seed was included. But nearly $5.00 a packet for barely any seed is ridiculous. and 5.95 for a 58 cent stamped envelope is also ridiculous. Now I just hope they germinate.
Maybe I am expecting too much to get a response to an inquiry within a week -- or at all. I see more than a few gardeners never get answers from Whatcom.
But because this company doesn't even have any ASIAN zones listed (where most of the world lives) I thought I'd better run our prospective order by them for comment first. No point in buying more than US$100 in seeds that won't do well in Bangkok.
With your help maybe I can source them from another supplier if Whatcom never responds. But the packaging as displayed by liberty158 is really nice. I'm kind of sorry to see all the negative feedback about this company because it seemed like a wonderful find.
I purchased several packs of seeds (3-4 species) last year from Seedrack on eBay. My experience fits the pattern described by lots of previous comments. The transaction was smooth; the seeds arrived in nice packages and with clear sowing instructions. I grew several plants from one packet. From the other packets - nothing germinated. The packaging and delivery are great and seedrack has very high positive feedback on eBay. Like others, I received my seeds promptly and immediately left positive feedback on eBay. Months later, my opinion had changed. Unless I start seeing a change in comments here, I won't buy from seedrack again.
[There are some great sources of seeds and plants on eBay. But with seeds, eBay feedback is based mostly on packaging and delivery, and one has to learn the hard way about the freshness/viability of the seeds.
On Feb 12, 2004, undercover_owl Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
The seeds are hit-or-miss. Some seeds had a 90% germination, some had about 10% germination, and many seeds had 0% germination. So, overall, I would say the seed viability is usually lousy. Excellent planting instructions were given, so I know it's not because I didn't follow the instructions. There are some good qualities, such as fast shipping, great packaging, thorough instructions. It's disappointing when none of the seeds grow, though.