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Positive TxHorsegal
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2007, TxHorsegal Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've been ordering seeds from Richo forever. I think, ever since he got started in the seed biz. In all those years, I've never received anything but the finest service and products. The germination rates of the seeds are spectacular, and the seeds are about as fresh as they can be without going out to gather them yourself, and then re-planting them immediately.
There's millions of reasons a seed, or seeds, might not germinate, and I'm not saying Natural didn't do all they could to get their seeds to germinate. Some seeds won't even show above dirt level for a year, maybe longer, but still be growing actively underground forming their root system. Sometimes it might even be just a matter of a degree or two, either way, in temperature, or the addition or subtraction of a component in the seed starting medium, or maybe they need to be struck by lightening! :) Some seeds are that finicky, and those, I don't even mess with.
It would be intersting to know, Natural, what seeds you have that didn't germinate. Just curious! Whatever they were, I can guarantee you that Richo will help you out in any way possible to get your finicky seeds to germinate. It would be really interesting to hear if you're successful at germinating your seeds, and how you went about it. I can tell you for sure, that I've had plenty of varieties that were stubborn. Sometimes when you're just getting ready to throw the dirt out of their starting pots, you see an itsy bitsy speck of green, long after you'd given up on them. Hopefully that will be what happens in your case, but in any case, summon Richo for help! If he didn't answer the first time, go after him again!

Positive Kraeuterguru
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2007, Kraeuterguru 27367,
Germany wrote:

Horizon herbs is since many years one of my favourite seed sources for rare herbs. I want here to express that I have had - compared to some seeds of other companies - even also with the more difficult to germinate seeds, very good results.

Richo Cech was always fast to answer any question that came up. As the owner of one of the best known herb nurseries in germany I really know what is the meaning of "good seeds". Richo's seeds are really good.

Positive jgkaleel
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2007, jgkaleel Dyer, IN wrote:

I recently ordered Horizon's Tincture Press and was impressed with both the service and the product. Also needing cactus stems for tincturing, Richo Cech made every effort of providing me with what he had available. His efforts saved the day and it was most appreciated. Being an herbalist myself, I have come to rely on Mr. Cech books and extensive knowledge. I will definitely continue doing business with Horizon Herbs, and can only hope other companies would follow their fine example. John Kaleel LifeThread Herbal Formulas, LLC

Negative Natural001
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2007, Natural001 Idaho Falls, ID wrote:

I ordered some books and seeds from this company last year. I was impressed by the selection of products that they had and that they were a family company. I wanted to have my own herb garden and wanted to grow several of the plants from seeds, even though I knew this to be difficult at times. I ordered several different seeds and was meticulous in planting them to the careful specifications to assure the most optimal plants that I could grow. Unfortunately only one of the seed packets that I purchased ever grew. I was quite disappointed in this. I thought that perhaps I had done something wrong, but even in contacting my local county agent, it didn't sound like I had, but I knew that sometimes seeds won't germintate for whatever reason, however so many varieties, and none of them to even germinate? That seemed odd to me. I contacted the company about my experience but never heard back from them, so I don't believe I will order any seeds from them again. I still believe they have excellent products as others have said, but I was very disappointed in the lack of help as I had requested for my poor luck with the seeds I purchased. The books I got from them were excellent. I received my products in good time and the transaction was good. Perhaps mine is a rare case, but they do happen. I have since purchased seeds from another company and they did germinate and I had a good variety that grew. I would hope that in the future if I order from them again I'll have a better experience.


On Mar 21, 2007, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:

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On Mar 21, 2007 8:55 AM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:

Hello everybody,
In my work with seeds, I always find that, even with my best efforts, some things that I expect to do well simply fizzle. This the reality of starting plants from seed, especially wild-derived medicinal herbs that can be naturally loaded with germination inhibitors and often require extended periods of time before germination is even remotely possible--there are so many variables--from moss in the pots, to drainage aspects of the potting soil to hungry little birds--I've seen it all. Since Natural 001 has not specifically identified the seeds that he/she had trouble with, I can't give any specific advice right here in this venue. What I do know is, I treat people as I would like to be treated, and I'm dedicated to distributing LIVE seeds. Once those live seeds arrive at the customer's door, then its up to THEM to make it work! I do sometimes send people free seeds so they can try again. Bottom line, my best advice for how and when to plant the seeds is all in one or the other of my seasonal catalogues (fall planted seeds in the fall catalog, spring planted seeds in the spring catalog). And, if the seeds don't do the job, I often have the plants available. Sometimes self-described "beginning medicinal herb gardeners" go through the catalog and choose, from among the 800 or so species offered, the most challenging germinators, things like Gentian, Rhodiola, Goldenseal--even relatively robust plants like Black Cohosh can be quite challenging to start from seed. When I see orders like this, I really wonder if they will result in much success at all, and knowing humans as I do, I realize that some of these gardeners at least will blame me specifically for their failure, instead of using the failure as a learning experience, and trying again, with modifications. Try planting some in outdoor conditions, and some in indoor conditions, some well-watered, some with watering on the shy side--this kind of thing--to gain more information--little garden-derived experiments--fine tuning the skill of gardening. Sometimes I get orders for poppy seeds in June, and I think, wow, this person is planting poppies just about when my poppies are in full bloom--how can they possibly expect to get results? So, sorry to Natural 001, you can e-mail me at herbseed@horizonherbs.com and we can try to work together in a positive way to make sure you get those plants in your garden. This is an open invitation.
Best regards,
Richo"


Positive zillah
(2 reviews)
On Feb 20, 2007, zillah Freedom, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

An excellent family run business with the best selection of medicinal herb seeds in the U.S.

I've ordered many times over the years and have always received good service and products.

Positive Mvp
(1 review)
On Dec 27, 2006, Mvp Cowlesville, NY wrote:

I have never been disappointed with ordering from Horizon Herbs. The pride and care that Richo and the Cech family take with both their customers and their products are, from my experience, unsurpassed. The website is amazing, the catalog is a delight, their knowledge of the cultivation, use and properties of the plants is joyously shared to anyone who asks. All of this while being so very down to earth! I will continue to order from them, and unhesitatingly recommend doing business with Horizon. My seed orders have always arrived promptly. My plant orders have been meticulously wrapped and always of a very healthy nature. I am very pleased.

Positive tedroonio
(3 reviews)
On Nov 12, 2006, tedroonio in Parker, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

These people are great! My order had two problems and they were both handled wonderfully.

First, I ordered at the end of the season and they didn't have as many plants available as I had ordered. They sent me what they had, placed the order in a smaller shipping box, and lowered the shipping charges accordingly (lowered shipping charges never happen on eBay, let me tell ya...).

Second, they sent the plants to my billing address instead of my shipping address (where they sat for weeks and died). When I called Tracy, she couldn't find my shipping address in their system but promptly refunded my money anyway and didn't even insist on seeing the receipt confirming the addresses.

For superior customer service, I wholeheartedly recommend Horizon Herbs.

Positive medley007
(1 review)
On Sep 24, 2006, medley007 Fairview, NC wrote:

I too Have gotten nothing But The Best Service from Richo and His People...They are Prompt to return emails and it is often Richo himself that does...Their Catalog Is The MOST Thourogh I have Ever Seen..and Most Items are Priced Very well..The Press Looks to be of VERY High Quality, My Only Negative is, That they do not offer a cheaper Press..GREATLY Needed by us poorer people.lol..or Low enough that we all can Make Our Our Plant Medicines..as The Book with the same name instructs..I have 2 of his books and Both are wonderful tools..My whole family enjoys learning from..I help w/ the tech Things..Please tell of any lower priced plant press if you would..Thanks for everything you do Richo, and Your Efforts..Our Lifes'are better for them..Take Care, B.K. Medley


On Sep 24, 2006, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:

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On Sep 25, 2006 10:26 AM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:

Hi Medley and Family,
Thanks for your positive note. The least expensive tincture press (and the most valuable) is actually your own two hands. You dump the macerating tincture into a cheesecloth in a bowl, gather up the edges and squeeze and squeeze. The tincture press we make out of stainless steel presses out so much more of the tincture, though, that given the high price of alcohol, you make your money back in the end, by way of higher yields. We're hard pressed by inflation over here at Horizon Herbs--all the transport costs and raw material costs and labor costs keep going up. For all of us small scale manufacturers that keep the business here in the good ol US instead of parting off the work to Malaysia or China, well, our goods end up supporting American labororers but costing our customers more. I'm dedicated to keeping the work local, so as a result our tincture presses cost what they do. I can't make a cheaper one, because I am unable to compromise quality to save on cost...
Best regards,
Richo"


Positive B1ZZYL1ZZY
(2 reviews)
On Sep 5, 2006, B1ZZYL1ZZY Javea,
Spain (Zone 10a) wrote:

A++

Richo - thanks for your personal attention to my tiny order. This company is a breath of fresh air.

Seeds arrived in tip top condition and in five days all the way to Spain. I have had supurb germination from all so far. Quilquina seed came up in 3 days - Wow - super fresh seeds makes all the difference. Zaatar also within 5 days. Can't believe it!!!


On Sep 5, 2006, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:

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On Sep 5, 2006 8:35 AM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:

Dear B1ZZYL1XXY,
Thanks for your kind note. In ordering seed from far away there are many variables involved--there's the quality of the seed, the reliability of the mail service, the environmental factors of season, soil, sun, moon and rain... Some say that the good vibes of the planter are the most significant factor in getting seeds to sprout. Clearly this is what happened in your case!
Keeping it green,
Richo "


Positive innerlite
(2 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2006, innerlite Cass City, MI wrote:

I've never been more pleased with a plant/ seed order.The beautiful healthy plants were packaged securely and arrived in record time. While I try to buy and trade locally and have some guilt about the energy spent on long-distance shipping this is one exception I will continue to make. Wonderful company whose organic values, caring and expertise comes through in the quality plants I will treasure.


On Apr 22, 2006, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:

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On Apr 23, 2006 10:46 AM, Horizon Herbs, LLC added:

Thanks for your comments. I know what you mean about shipping. I've been doing a lot of thinking about bioregionalism these days--its not a new concept, and in fact was at one time a working reality in the US and of course worldwide. But now our tomatoes, even the organic ones, if we don't watch out, are coming from Bolivia or something... Anyhow, my cogitations over all this have lead to one conclusion, which is that gardening is at the core of bioregionalism. And, if our mother plants that we ship all around the US go out and get integrated into local gardens and used to further the efficiencies and good energy of a newly emerging bioregional lifestyle, then I am not worried about the shipping. We'll all eventually learn to keep it closer to home, either by choice or by necessity. Richo"


Positive Agrinerd
(11 reviews)
On Aug 30, 2005, Agrinerd Franklin, NC (Zone 6b) wrote:

Nothing but glowing praise here. The seeds and service are great, but the personsal touches and attention to the customer's needs are what sets them apart. Very helpful and informative.

Positive muezzin
(2 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2004, muezzin Sydney,
Australia wrote:

Horizon Herbs is the best source of seeds there is, period. Most of the seeds (and all of the cooler-climate seeds) are FARMED, i.e. they are grown on Richo's farm and harvested each year to provide FRESH seed. This is very unusual, despite what many other companies claim. The bottom line is that seed germination rates are very, very high.

Someone always answers emails.

The catalog is amazing (and free).

When you order from HH (and JL Hudson too, it must be mentioned), you get your money's worth.

Positive eques_viridis
(1 review)
On Sep 21, 2003, eques_viridis wrote:

Horizon Herbs's work is great!
Mr. Cech personally finds always time to reply, kindly and fast, to every single e-mail.
HH also ships fast and the packages arrive soon.
The products are excellent (especially if you want to use them for herbal medicine), and the service is perfect both in professional and human terms.
Purchasing Mr. Cech's books and seeds you don't simply buy a product: you come to share the secrets and the powerful wonder of herbs with a true expert, who truly knows and loves them.

Positive KristenMarie
(10 reviews)
On Dec 6, 2002, KristenMarie Llano, NM wrote:

I've been buying from this company for years and have always been happy with them. When their catalogue arrives, it's a great day at my house- reading material for WEEKS! The Cech family not only runs a good business (ie, quick response, quick shipping, etc), but they also run an ethical business and a business providing an absolutely invaluable service to the world -- the conservation of medicinal plant species from all over the world. Really very great and good and Richo even answers silly questions over e-mail without much complaint.

Kristen

Positive sekhmetsat
(6 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2002, sekhmetsat Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

my seeds arrived very quickly, and sprouted well. plus, they are very quick to answer e-mail questions.


On June 25th, 2003, sekhmetsat added the following:

ordered from them again this year, this time online... i love this company!!!! they have great customer service, are prompt with the orders, and everything grows
Positive dsrtgdn
(2 reviews)
On Mar 28, 2002, dsrtgdn Lancaster, CA wrote:

LOVE THE CATALOG. If their plant and seed quality match up to the quality of their catalog, I will be a customer till I've filled every sq inch of my yard and home with herbs. I've never found an herb catalog that was this complete of a qrowing quide as well as having this kind of selection. Can't wait for my order.

Positive MikeD
(100 reviews)
On Dec 7, 2001, MikeD Liberal, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Like many small, family operated organizations, Horizon Herbs is more than a business. It is their life work. Although I do not know Mr. Cech personally, I know that I share many common values and recommend the company whenever people are seeking uncommon herbs.

They have been working at this since 1985 and offer about the most complete selection of herbs around. As an added bonus, the are organic certified.

The work that the Cech's do is valuable and worthy of our support.

Positive firemen7
(2 reviews)
On Jan 1, 1999, firemen7 wrote:

If you are interested in medicinal herbs this is THE place to look. Their seeds germinate reliably and their plants are generous and healthy! Though their catalogue is newsprint with no pictures, it contains a wealth of information including detailed descriptions of each plant, its medicinal uses and its cultural requirements. I've ordered from them 3 years in a row and have had nothing but outstanding results. They are FAR better than Canada's Richter's Herbs, whose shipping season is so late as to make it very difficult to succeed with their plants here in California. The only down side to Horizon is that their plant selection is so small, mostly just seeds. A friendly, excellent company.


On Jan 1, 1999, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:

"I want to personally thank Fireman7 (Fireman7, THANK YOU)for this constructive comment, which got me to thinking (in 1999) about growing plants for general distribution. We improved our greenhouses and built a state-of-the-art shadehouse, which allowed us to start many more plants and make them available to our gardening friends. Now, at the date of this writing (2005) we offer about 300 different species of plants for sale, and we will be adding many more, common and rare, on an ongoing basis. I still really encourage people to use the seeds instead of buying the heavier and more expensive plants, but the reality is some folks do not have the facilities for starting seeds and prefer to get plants. Yours truly, Richo (HORIZON HERBS, LLC)"


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