On Mar 10, 2013, herbgardenernc Greensboro, NC wrote:
LOVE Horizon Herbs. I have been ordering seeds and plants from these folks for about 15 years. Germination rates (for both herb and vegetable seeds) are awesome, even when my young kids are the ones doing the planting. I am always thrilled (altough no longer surprised) to see those little green sprouts pushing out of the ground in happy profusion. I have also had great success ordering plants - my rosemary bushes are chest high and flowering profusely. The quirky seed catalog gives loads of great gardening advice, and I really appreciate the personal touches, including hand-drawn cartoons and humorous comments. The company is dedicated to green practices, printing their catalog on recycled paper with soy-based ink, using biodegradable packaging in their shipments, and selling eco-friendly gardening products (e.g. coir, a sustainable replacement for peat moss made from coconut husks). Horizon Herbs sells open pollinated seed varieties, meaning that seeds from their plants can be collected and regrown true to species. This is nice for me as a gardener, but also important for perserving heirloom herb and vegetable varieties that are being pushed out by hybrid cultivars. In my experience, customer service has been prompt and polite, and I appreciate that it is easy to reach a real human being when I have questions. When I give Horizon Herbs my business, I really feel like I am supporting a company that really cares about making the planet a better place. Thanks for everything you do, guys, and keep it up!
On Mar 10, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
LOVE positive reviews. Completely INSPIRES us to keep working on moving vegetable, medicinal and permacultural seed diversity out to the people. My blessings on your garden and on the gardens of everyone who is passionate enough to post their comments on this public forum. Richo"
On Mar 8, 2013, lovefromsun Bentleyville, OH wrote:
Posted on March 8, 2013, updated March 8, 2013
First, let me preface this response by acknowledging the fact that I signed up just now to Dave's Garden to inform and help other buyers and present my experience and hopefully help plant lovers and enthusiasts to make more informed decisions based upon the information I am presenting. I have read most of the responses from Richo of Horizon Herbs and noticed a fairly disturbing passive aggressive trend and the last thing someone wants to hear when helping other fellow gardeners is excuse after excuse and an inability to take ownership and responsibility of the shortcomings of their company. You can only grow if you are open to criticism. Shutting your customers off does not help improve business standards. Nevertheless, here is my experience: I have yet to plant these seeds so this review will not include the viability...yet. I placed a substantial order online (over $350) and called to ensure that the shipping cost of just seeds was correct as the algorithm they use to calculate shipping is not based on weight but on cost of items ordered. I was assured that the $26 for shipping was correct and that if when they went the ship the item and weighed it out, it came up under the weight, they would refund the amount. I called again a few days later to check on my order and they said that they did indeed weigh the package and the cost was $26. After waiting two weeks for the seeds to arrive (you would think $26 would have bought me overnight shipping with white glove assistance planting them) I inspected and weighed the package. It was sent USPS Flat rate box and cost them $5.25 to send to our zipcode. I immediately called and was told that someone would call me back in a few minutes. No one called so I called back and was told that a manager would have to evaluate the situation as there may have been a handling charge imposed. I asked where in their website does it say shipping AND handling. There is no such wording. Further, I received a COUPON for an out of stock item instead of a refund to my CC. I was not notified that the item was out of stock, simply forced to shop again and most likely pay an inflated shipping fee. I waited for the call back from a manager and here we are a week later, $20 disparity/overcharge and no response, thus the review. I realize that charging an extra $20 isn't that much when you are spending $350 on seeds but this is clearly deceptive and fraudulent. Even if its a dollar or two your company slips onto the total, at least be honest and upfront with the people that are supporting your company. 4 emails and 4 calls and no resolution or response? Ignoring paying customers and refusing to answer emails or call back says alot about the integrity of this company. I guess my next step is my credit card company. Richo, if you have as much love for the plant-world as your proclaim in your responses to others, don't you think that that same attitude should transfer to the human kingdom as well? After all, humans are paying you to do what you love. Further, after speaking to several of their employees I noticed a smug attitude that was not welcoming to a customer. It felt as if we should be grateful to them for supplying seeds, instead of a mutual gratefulness for the customer as well. If you are looking for reliability, honesty or gratitude in your seed company, my experience would suggest to look elsewhere.
On March 8th, 2013, lovefromsun added the following:
I did call and ask if the charges were correct and was put off numerous times and told to call back when it was closer to shipment. I was explicitly told by your representatives that your shipping costs were over $25 and that the price quoted was correct. LIttle did you expect that I would check the cost of the flat rate envelope over at USPS to catch you inflating your shipping charges to put a little extra in your pocket. You paid $5.50 to ship these seeds but charged over $25 to the customer. How is this not a problem for you? Just refund the money that you initially said you would if the shipping did not cost what was charged.If you are comfortable stealing from people than please do take the $20 overage from me because that is on your conscious not mine. Please Richo, spare me your prayers, save them for yourself. A prayer that comes not from the heart is no prayer at all. I prefer to have honest men send over prayers. Pray for honesty and integrity as a business person and stop using that ploy to dupe people into believing you are a man of honor. Please accept that $20 as a gift to you from me.On Mar 8, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I do not understand why this person is so irritated. The shipping charge is clearly given before the online order is finalized, and if someone doesn't like the shipping charge then they are free to opt out at that time. Credit cards are automatically charged by Authorize.net for exactly the amount that is given on the order. We do not see the order before charges go through, and we never see the credit card number at all. Sometimes shipping charges do end up costing the customer more than the actual cost of sending the package, and sometimes they end up costing the customer less. We have set up the shipping cost module as fairly as possible under the constraints of the software (and talk to any online seller, this part is hard to do fairly, especially when a great diversity of things is being shipped domestically and internationally via several different shipping methods). We are focusing on seed quality, and we offer some of the best prices (base price $2.45 for an organically certified vegetable seed packet, $2.95 base price for perennials and trees, etc.) that you can find anywhere. I'd like to advise everyone to review the shipping charge before making the order and if it seems unacceptable, then they should not order online, but instead call us up with the order and negotiate at that time. This is Richo. About the "passive aggressive" claims and other angry language, let me just say that us gardeners really need to stick together better then that and I am holding this person in my prayers and hoping that they settle down and get on with good work. Jeesh!"
On Mar 7, 2013, RAVENCLAW Mansfield Center, CT wrote:
By far my favorite seed company of all time. Horizon Herbs is THE go-to place for seeds of interesting, hard-to-find, bizarre, and spectacular plants from around the world! I wish all seed companies were this reliable.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I am a student of chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Chicago. I am in charge of growing our school's medicinal herb garden. I have ordered medicinal seeds several times from Horizon Herbs and have always been pleased with the results. By results, I mean the seed quality and the interaction with the company. I love knowing that there are real people behind these seeds with a story and a love for all the plants that come out of their farm. I have communicated with Horizon by email (and via FB) with success regarding my orders, with specific questions about plants, and when their new website was going up. I will not hesitate to order from them again.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
This kind of holistic arrangement, where there is a school and a garden attached, is a very positive emerging paradigm that recognizes the importance of nature in good education. We are delighted to support these endeavors!"
I love Horizon Herbs!!! I've only ordered once, but plan on ordering more soon. Richo is a very kind man, a brilliant writer, and a gardening GENIUS! My first order arrived in a timely manner, was labeled clearly, and all the seeds were easy-ish (I didn't pick the easiest) to grow. Happy to support this fantastic business!
On Mar 7, 2013, Masterherblady Berlin Heights, OH wrote:
I love this company! I recommend them to all of my students. I continue to receive professional, respectful, and timely service. I have ordered twice so far this season and I enjoy Richo's informative and witty comments in his catalog and Facebook page. His knowledge is a benefit to all of us.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Horizon Herbs and Richo Czech are part of what will allow our medicinal herbs to survive land encroachment, over harvesting, and climate change. The vast array of options, explorations, and instructions - allow for the amazing medicinal herbs of the world to be grown in doors and out doors at my home. The seeds have great germination and the source is trust worthy. Truly - i can't write enough positive comments on ordering seeds through Horizon Herbs. Thank you!!
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I have ordered hundreds of dollars worth of seeds & plants from this company. I am a practicing herbalist & must say that this company has one of the best selections of herbs I have ever found. The selection keeps on growing. I find them to be very friendly, helpful, & timely in fulfilling my orders. Not only that, but their catalog is one of the most interesting & informative reads around. I can tell from dealing with them for a while that they put alot of love into what they do. If I have ever had a question about my order, I have always been given an answer in a polite & timely manner. Their online system is easy to use. Once the order is placed, it is quite simple to access the order to find out the status. I heartily recommend this company to anyone who is interested in finding a unique selection of quality seeds.
On Mar 6, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On Mar 6, 2013, nymphea_odorata Seattle, WA wrote:
I ordered some night-blooming cereus cuttings and though they took a while to get to me, I was informed of the delay at the time I placed the order. All changes in expected delivery date were made very promptly and I wasn't charged until the cuttings actually shipped. I interacted with a few folks from the company and they were incredibly friendly and helpful.
Furthermore, included with my cuttings was a very thorough information sheet on how to plant and care for my wonderful cacti. I *dig* this company and highly recommend them.
On Mar 6, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I ordered jiaoulan seeds along with 1lb of clover seeds. WHAT I LIKED was the nice vacuum pack for the clover seeds. What I didn't like was the fact that my other seeds weren't padded or otherwise protected from the 1lb brick of clover seeds. My jiaogulan seeds were crushed. WHAT I LIKED was the response from Richo-- he sent a replacement post haste. What surprised me about this episode was that it could have been prevented; Mayche Cech said in an email that "you are the second person to get ground up jiao gu lan, apparently they are pretty breakable". Well, if you knew about the problem, why not do something about it before sending someone ground-up seeds? Also, about this order of seeds- the shipping amount for up to $15 of seeds is supposed to be $2.90, and $3.90 for over $15 worth of seeds. Well, I got a call from Horizon one night informing me that my shipping was going to be somewhat more than what they indicated on their website, due to the weight of teh package. Ok, fine, if that's what it takes, then so be it... BUT MAKE THAT TOTALLY CLEAR ON YOUR WEBSITE!! I CAN'T READ YOUR MIND! I'm looking at your "Ordering Information" page and although it does say that "Shipping charges go up from there...", that's not nearly clear enough to pass muster on this account.
More recently (19 February, to be precise) I placed an order and have yet to receive it (mailman just came by, but with nothing from Horizon) as of today, 2 March. This is longer than I usually have to wait for shipments from seed suppliers (including Horizon). An email inquiry regarding the missing (?) shipment has gone unanswered. And yes: that email was just a day ago... should I have waited longer? Maybe. Should a business not leave its customers wondering where their stuff is? Definitely.
Sorry, I really want to like Horizon Herbs, but things are just a little spotty my last couple of orders. I just don't know what I'm going to get or even IF I'll get what I ordered.
On Mar 2, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Yes, I'm sorry too. I do remember sending the replacement jiao gu lan seeds and also kissing the packet to give it good luck on its journey. Jiao gu lan is quite delicate!
As for shipping prices, we assess each shipment and if for some reason the amount of money that was given for shipping is insufficient we may contact the customer for more funds. We can't do business if shipping dollars don't stretch.
As for slowness in delivery, the time period from when the new catalog comes out (mid Feb) and on into spring is going to mean slower delivery than at other times of year. Please count on that and order early! We are working day and night to send out orders and we are a family not a machine. By the way, there's no reason to wonder about the delivery--everyone who gives us their e-mail address when ordering gets an e-mail when we ship that gives full tracking info.
Again, I'm sorry for the evident frustration and I do hope this person has a great gardening year.
Posted on April 27, 2012, updated August 6, 2012
I've ordered seed from Horizon Herbs many times and have been generally satisfied. They have a great selection of odd and interesting edible plants. Some seeds have been difficult to germinate, and I haven't always succeeded, but the difficulty was a characteristic of the species, not necessarily the fault of Horizon Herbs. This year, for the first time, I ordered plants -- Chocolate Mint, Mashua, and a Spicebush. They arrived a couple days ago. The Mashua plants look great -- much, much, much better than the rotten tubers that I got from McClure & Zimmerman once. The Spicebush and Chocolate Mint are both very small, and I was a little disappointed about their size. But they're healthy and came well-packed. With time, they'll grow and thrive.
On August 6th, 2012, gsteinbe added the following:
I won't change my rating (because I've always liked the seed I've gotten from Horizon Herbs), but I'm a little disappointed that the Spicebush I got from them didn't make it. It was really small on arrival, but I planted it out. A rabbit promptly ate off its top (with all its leaves). So, I dug it up and put it back in a pot. It grew one leaf, but then that leaf fell off, and I'm pretty the plant is dead now. I usually don't buy a lot of plants (preferring to grow my own from seed), so the Spicebush felt pricey to me. To have it be so small and, clearly, delicate is more than a little disappointing. On the other hand, the Chocolate Mint (which was also exceedingly small on arrival) and the Mashua are surviving okay. I just don't think that I'll order plants from Horizon Herbs again.On Aug 6, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks very much for not changing your rating! Perennials need to be worked up in successively larger pots before transplanting to the landscape. I usually work them up for 2 or 3 years before subjecting them to outdoor conditions, starting with gallon pots and finishing off with 5 gallon pots. If we were selling a large spice bush we wouldn't be able to ship it 6 plants for $14.95. If we were selling a large spice bush it would be more than $10.00, which is our base price for woody perennials. This is not pricey on today's market.
On Aug 3, 2012, zanna D, Central Florida, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Hello everyone, I ordered 2 packs of seeds for the first time with Horizon Herbs on the 31rst of July Tuesday afternoon. I recieved my order on the 3rd of August(friday) from OR to central FL. Now that's fast shipping! Wow!
I am very satisfied with Horizon Herbs: a lot of rare seeds that I am interested in. I will order again in the future!
You have an amazing customer service at Horizon Herbs.
Thank you for what you do.
I am a naturopath, trained in the use of medicinal herbs but not in how to grow them. With the help of everyone at Horizon Herbs, I have just begun creating a medicinal herb garden -- Ganesh Gardens -- to use for both medical purposes (to grow herbs to use to make medicine) and educational (to teach people what their medicine looks like, how to befriend it and grow it at home. Everyone has been very helpful, especially Richo and Leif, educating me on what i need to do, and advising me on how to order plants. Leif was great when I tried to order some plants and he explained that it would be better to wait until the fall and get them as roots -- I didn't even know I could do this!! He was more interested in me getting what I needed in the best way possible than in making a quick sale. Ditto for seeds -- didn't know about cold stratification until he explained it to me!!
Everything hasn't been perfect, but I would be surprised if it were -- mailing live plants around seems to be a fairly complex task. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened my first box of plants and found them all in perfect condition. The packing was ingenious. When the next box didn't fare as well, they send me replacements. And when there was a mix-up with regards to the type of shipping I requested, they absorbed the cost difference for the error. Everything was handled very professionally.
I'm looking forward to a continuing relationship with Horizon. As I add plants to Ganesh Gardens, some from them, some from their seeds. Every time I wonder whether I'll be able to do this project successfully, I remember what Richo said to me when I first contacted him -- "The plants will teach you all you need to know." Thank you so much for what you do!! -- I don't think anyone else does it and without out, I would be unable to do what I am doing now.
We have been ordering form Horizon Herbs for maybe 4ish years and have always been happy with the products (from an tincture press to seeds), selection, and service. Our germ rates have always been at least what they say, often times better :) and the service, sometimes even from Richo himself, has been flawless. Thank you Richo and crew for doing this work, we are so grateful for what you provide!
On Jul 12, 2012, charissaanne Shady Valley, TN wrote:
I have excellent luck with botanicals purchased from Horizon Herbs and in the event I have a problem I know I can get expert advice as to what I am doing wrong. Not only have I received expert advice but my seeds were replaced. After Rico advised me as to why seeds that I purchased were not successful and I followed instructions they were 99% successful. I was referred to Horizon Herbs by my best friend who has experience and a wealth of knowledge and who also introduced me to herb gardening and I will keep returning my business. Horizon Herbs is knowledgable about all aspects of gardening and provides the best customer experience ever. Nothing but a positive experience.
On Jul 12, 2012, Kjoygardenmum Sheridan, OR wrote:
I'm here to shout out about what an awesome company Horizon Herbs is. I'm probably one of their smaller customers but have had very individualised attention. My seeds have all been just fine and the little plants I ordered sent with TLC. The squash seed I ordered grew like crazy!!! Maybe since I'm fairly new at growing these kinds of plants I keep my expectations realistic and study up each time I grow something. Sometimes people get too big for their britches, big money big head and all that so as soon as there's a problem they want to blame someone else. I take full responsibility for my failures in gardening and there have certainly been more than a few but NEVER have had a problem with items ordered from Horizon Herbs. I wish I could add some stars right here because they are my all time favorite. I'm sure I will be a customer forever.
I have been ordering from Horizon Herbs for years. Not only have I found them to be highly personal and responsive, their integrity is unmatched--they simply live their beliefs. This is a family company, people whose life work is the health and perpetuation of sustainable medicinal plants, and consequently the health of both the planet and its people. They are conscientious, informed, compassionate, and exceedingly human--Richo Cech's newsletters are like sitting by the fire with an old family friend who is a mesmerizing storyteller. The seeds have a vigor unlike seeds I've gotten anywhere else--they spring out of the soil and take off. (And if they don't, they replace them immediately.) Richo's Making Plant Medicine is a thorough and understandable guide to processing medicinal plants. Their service is quick and courteous, and often it is the owner himself or a family member who responds--never a fulfillment house. Horizon Herbs has a permanent place in my gardening life.
I have ordered several times with Horizon Herbs and I have always been very happy with my orders, seeds and plants. I always received the seeds and plants in good order and after following their instructions have always had good luck with germination and growth. Their Catalog is amazing and their Facebook page is great. I enjoy the emails that I receive from them and the colorful way that the owner shares his love for his job and company!!!
I've ordered from Horizon twice now. For the most part, the seeds grow as expected and give me beautiful, strong plants. When they don't, I am certain that the problem lies with me and my carelessness, not with the seeds or excellent advice.
This is a great company and they care about us and the planet.
I think this quote sums it up:
"Most of all, we believe in eating out of the garden and making medicines out of the garden and are here to support you to adopt these practices for the health of you, your family, your community, and the planet. "
Reading the horizon herbs catalogue is like drinking warm milk and honey by the fire. I relish every word and it keeps me warm all winter long as I anticipate my coming seed order. I have a small permaculture farm that is now almost exclusively populated my Horizon Herbs babies. I raise goats to milk for cheesemaking and I have kept my herd healthy by planting medicinal hedges and creating very diverse pasture mixes using Horizons seeds. I have ALWAYS had excellent germination rates and have received nothing but lovely customer service.
And I'm crazy for the Mrihani Basil that Ricco lovingly brought home to us!!!!!
On Jul 11, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Wow I wish I always had excellent germ rates with all the seeds I try, but its OK, there seem to be plenty of babies to take care of, regardless. One thing I've learned is that the process of natural selection among plants actually begins when the seed is planted, and so I view nongermination as an indication of inappropriate environment, and move on from there. In the case of reliable environment and good seed, the only other factor is the human one, and the positive good feelings (much augmented by drinking warm milk by the fire) will indeed help one have better success in the garden, and also engender appreciation for the moment. Some would say that this, ultimately, is the best gift the plants have to give. Thanks to lady long arm."
On Jul 11, 2012, NicanFhleisdeir Eugene, OR wrote:
I've purchased only live herb starts from Horizon at regional herb conferences. Moving delicate plants around must be difficult, yet every herb start has been fresh and undamaged. My results with survival of these herbs is about 95% over 10 years time. Granted, I am in their same zone however I've found each herb hearty enough to even survive freak snow storms or scorching heat in the first year of their life. The owner Richo is knowledgeable beyond gardening and contributes wonderful history and traditional facts to his customer service.
On Jul 11, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I think those plants are fortunate to find a home with you! Although we can't guarantee plants to overwinter, plants have their own survival agendas well beyond their dependency on us humans, and it is surprising when and where one finds them popping in the cycles that ensue the original planting. I always watch this, and learn. Thanks again for your positive support. It matters. Richo"
Posted on June 13, 2010, updated June 11, 2012
I am a professional grower of medicinal plants. Horizon Herbs has been my seed provider for more years than I recall. The variety, availablity, quality, and customer service is, and always has been top shelf. I order unusual plants and Maishe (one of the owners), has saved me a lot of money by combining orders, shipping as cheaply as possible. I have had questions and emails answered promptly and have been very pleased with the seeds, plants, books, and myriad gardening products. I recommend this company highly and often to friends, and other herbalists. Go Horizon, Richo and Maishe and all the kids. Thank you for your wonderful seeds, which I have never had a problem germinating. Maybe those folks who complained should read the directions. Some seeds are hard to propigate and take a very long time to germinate. Some seeds need extensive care to germinate. If you read and follow Horizon's directions, you will be as successful as I am. My plants and seeds from Horizon are flourishing.
On June 11th, 2012, maineherbs changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I have ordered many thousands of dollars in plants, seeds, expensive tools, books,CD's etc., from this company over the years. Prior to the above "positive" critique I was asked by Richo (owner of Horizon Herbs) to give a good review to offset some of the negatives. At the time I was happy with him, his company, and the service, and so I did as he had asked. In 2012 I placed several orders, most recently for trees and plants with very expensive shipping. One of the trees was in very poor condition. When I called to inquire about a replacement the receptionist didn't know what to do so she connected me to her supervisor. He was rude, crude, nasty! He insinuated that I was a thief and a liar, trying to get a free Ginkgo tree. He said it was impossible to kill the tree so I must be trying to get something for nothing, a free Ginkgo tree! He did say he would replace the tree with my new order. The order arrived, and there was no replacement tree. He said he would send the replacement with my order to avoid the shipping charge. If he had looked over his files he would have noticed there had not been one complaint previously and that they had benefitted not only from my large purchases but also from my good will in recommending their company. I was irate to say the least. To be accused of being a thief and a liar after all these years of loyalty, on my part, and the many thousands of dollars spent at horizon. I contacted Richo directly. He was no longer Mr. Nice Guy. He was more interested in defending his employee. Richo did offer to replace the tree. I wanted an apology from his employee. That however was denied me and I was told to take my business elsewhere. Well you can bet that I have and I will never recommend his company again. I am a professional herbalist and do many seminars on medicinal herbs. I am always asked "where do I get my seeds, plants, etc.". You can bet that Horizon Herbs will never ever be recommended again. When Richo defends a surly rude employee over his loyal, reliable, customers, he has become too big for his britches.On Jun 11, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On May 20, 2012, andreastephanie Cincinnati, OH wrote:
I enjoy reading the Horizon Herbs catalog, with its extensive array of herb seeds and plants. All my order experiences have been positive and I would recommend Horizon Herbs to anyone who is interested in learning more about herbs and sprouting them from seed. Richo even emailed me to answer a question I had about smudge herbs and he was very helpful. I also received a phone call alerting me that my plants were about to be shipped. Very thoughtful! I'm an adoring fan of Horizon Herbs.
On May 4, 2012, LadyAssassin Belleville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
I made my first order with Horizon Herbs earlier this year and have been very pleased with the germination of seeds. They have a wonderful inventory, fast shipping and lovely customer service. I'll most likely order again.
This was my first order from Horizon herbfarm. I ordered six live baby curry leaf plants and wondered how they could be packed and shipped so that they would survive. They came in two days, all six of them healthy and whole with instructions for unwrapping them and taking care of them. I'm glad Horizon included a catalog because I'd like to order from them again.
This is my second season ordering seeds from Horizon and the first year ordering live plants. Horizon called me at the end of the week to inform me they were shipping and the plants arrived early the following in excellent condition with one of better packing jobs I have seen. I was very impressed, especially compared to some of the other packing jobs I have received, including one that separated the top part of the tree from the bottom.
I've recommended them to my friends; the same goes for anybody looking for the less common varieties of seed. For anybody interested in growing chile, I suggest Aji Colorado. Low-medium heat with excellent flavor on very productive plants
Horizon herbs is one of the best places to purchase medical herb plants and seeds. The vitality of the plants and seeds is so strong, I can feel it emanating all around me in the garden. I have been ordering from Richo for years and my garden has many of his plant beings in it now. I feel a healing soothing relationship with these plants just by sitting with them. The customer service is excellent, too. One year my live plant box had obviously been kicked around during shipment. When I opened it up, plant roots were loose out of the dirt. Richo quickly righted the situation by sending a replacement order. However, I couldn't bear to dump the plants in the garbage, so I planted them anyway without much hope of any surviving. To my surprise all of them not only grew, but are now some of the most vibrant plants in my garden. You can't go wrong with Horizon Herbs.
On Apr 8, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thank you for these positive words! We strive to provide solid seeds and plants. It is inspirational to me to hear of your relationship with the plants, and I'm really happy to know that our plant friends have found such a goon new home. May you, your plants, and your good vibrations ever seek the light. Richo"
On Mar 10, 2012, plarson65 Santa Barbara, CA wrote:
I never bought anything from them, but i have a close friend who speaks well about Richo, or I think that is the owners name. She has no computer or way to post reviews. So I'm doing this on her behalf. Thanks Richo for making my friend Anna so happy!
On Sep 3, 2011, dscoots76 New Bloomfield, MO wrote:
I have made several purchases of seed from Horizon Herbs...all of the seed from woodland herbs to medicinal herbs were excellent quality. I have had high germination rates on all of the seed that I have purchased from them. Richo's insight and feedback have been outstanding, informative, and most beneficial! Keep up the fantastic customer service. I look forward to doing subsequesnt business with Horizon Herbs.
I have been ordering seed/tubers from Horizon for several years now. There's a couple things I really appreciate about them:
- Their catalog is a wealth of information and knowledge, I read them like a magazine.
- The range of medicinals and herbs offered is impressive.
-Their seed has consistently had a high germination rate across the board (the lone exception was uva ursi, which is a slow and difficult germinator anyways).
-With a user account, one can pull up all their past orders, which I recently found helpful trying to remember a specific variety I ordered a couple years ago.
-I feel like the money Horizon gets from me will end up in a good place and put to good use.
- Living in PDX, I know the seed is adapted to the NW climate.
- Their edible offerings have been very appealing to me in the past year or so. They have made great strides in this department.
- It's refreshing to read about one's reverence for the power of plants in a catalog, it's welcoming and educating.
Summary: Give them a try, they're reliable and provide good quality!
I have been ordering seeds from Horizon Herbs for many years (probably closing in on 20 by now), and I am a huge fan.
First of all, I'm very grateful to have such a comprehensive source for medicinal plant seeds. This has led to some pretty interesting experimentation on my part - not all of it successful, but that's generally because I've tried growing things that I really had no business trying to grow in my climate. But it's always fun to try, and lots of the experiments have been outrageously successful. I've even had a few experiments that I'd given up on, only to find that plant growing randomly in my yard several years later. Wild plants are unpredictable, and it almost seems to me that they travel to where they want to be. :)
When I've needed growing advice, the folks at Horizon have always been very happy and quick to give it. They are real gardeners, not just seed salesmen, and they really want you to succeed in your growing endeavors. They totally rock!
Probably my favorite experiment ever has been Spilanthes (Toothache Plant). I really didn't know what to expect, but this plant is now a garden regular. Beautiful, bizzare, useful, and incredibly easy! The seeds are easy to save, so I've never had to buy more, and they volunteer all over the place!
Speaking of saving seeds, I have had more success saving seeds from plants grown from Horizon Herb seeds than from any others. Seriously, sometimes I wonder how they can stay in business with such saveable seeds, but they are like the exact opposite of the Monsantos of the seed world, and ya gotta love them for that!
For the last few years they've been moving toward offering more seeds for edibles as well. Two of these that I absolutely love are the wild arugula (way tastier than any arugula I've ever had, and I can plant it outdoors in March here in upstate NY and be chomping it in April) and the mixed cooking greens, which will keep cranking out until they're covered in snow. I do both of these in pots, urban gardeners!
I also highly recommend checking out their rockin' assortment of Tulsi (holy basil), an awesome plant that sort of crosses the line between medicinal and culinary. Grows easily in pots, too.
And tobacco - everyone cringes when they hear that name, but all I have to say is try growing it and I bet you'll develop a new respect for this beautiful plant.
Okay, enough of my raging fan rant. Happy Gardening, Folks!!!
On Jul 30, 2011, commanderkibble Fort Pierce, FL wrote:
Posted on August 22, 2009, updated July 30, 2011
they have a large selection of hard to find medicinal herbs. always helpful and always ready to help. seeds and plants come when they say. always my first place to look for herbs. always have had a great experience with them. a definite must see and look for all of your medicinal plants. Dawn
On July 30th, 2011, commanderkibble added the following:
I have ordered a few times and always with great results, the help and information is always great. very happy everytime. commanderkibbleOn Jul 30, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks very much for the support. Nature is diverse and doesn't always conform to our human plans, but if we've managed to get you items at a good time of year, it means you ordered according to the seasons. That really improves your chances of success!
I feel so blessed by finding Horizon Herbs 5 years ago. I am a huge fan of Richo. I find his books to be both educational and filled with great little antidotes about his life. I truly want to visit their farm someday, but for now, I can only give the best review for them I can. I have this need to germ seed! LOL, and I love that whatever I research on, for sure, Richo has it!
Thank you for being so informative and entertaining!
On Jun 27, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Oh, thanks for that! Speaking of germinating seed, common dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is on my mind tonight because I just planted the first seeds of our new cultivar "Big Love." We won't have this for public distribution until next year, but I am pretty excited about it. For being such a widespread and common plant, dandelion has some rather singular attributes. The newly harvested seed is really easy to germinate but it takes on dormancy once it is aged for a couple of months. The plant is apomictic (division of gamete asexually) so pollinators are not ruquired and ostensibly each seed produced by a given plant will produce a plant identical to the parent. Medicinally, there is really nothing quite like it, in that it moves toxins out of the body with great efficiency. As such, it is a great herb to take in combo with other herbs that have specific activity but may prove toxic or have unwanted side effects. Several jump to mind. Burdock, which breaks up infection in the body but often has the unpleasant habit of releasing metabolic waste products through the skin in nasty little pustules. Lomatium, which is a potent antiviral herb (used in treating influenza) but can cause an embarassing (but overall more or less harmless) rash. Combine these herbs with dandelion. It's a true friend. Richo"
On Jun 20, 2011, LilOregonAnnie Grants Pass, OR wrote:
I ordered the Hoedown vegetable seed collection and am more than pleased. My order arrived right on time and so far everything planted is germinating. I sowed the peas, beans and corn directly into my garden and they are going especially crazy. The beans are little works of art and so beautiful I almost hated to plant them.
The order came with a special set of instructions for newer gardeners for companion planting ideas along with other useful gardening tips and tricks (nice).
I will definitely be purchasing more seeds from them in the future.
On Jun 20, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On Apr 3, 2011, amysherbgarden Birnamwood, WI wrote:
I absolutely LOVE Horizon Herbs! I have always recieved super fast shipping, great quality seeds, alot of seed for my money, and great germination rates. The only time I ever ran in to trouble was growing certain hard to grow varieties, but they truthfuly state in their catalog that they are indeed hard to grow, so I was not surprised at my inability to grow them. I have successfully seed saved plants I have grown from thier seeds, and my own seed saved seeds pop up 80% of the time, so I find that their seeds are great for the seed saver interested in preserving these plants. When ever I have placed an order over the phone, I have always been greeted with a friendly voice on the other end, ready to help. The last time I placed a phone order they were out of a certain item I needed, and she kindly referred me to another herb supply company that would have them in stock. Who does that kind of thing, except for a company that has their customer's best interest in mind. The company they referred me to was also friendly with great quality products and fast shipping, so even thier refferals are great. Thanks Horizon Herbs for my 3 years of successfull herb gardening!
On Apr 3, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Horizon Herbs is an excellent source for quality seeds and rare species. Even the so-called "common" varieties are excellent choices. I appreciate their growing tips and insights as well. Additional info, like how to promote health by utilizing plants from the garden, is clear, practical, and useful. I'm always happy to support folks who are close to the source, rather than the corporate giants, and I don't know of anyone closer than HH.
On Mar 24, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thank you very much for this. I first offered seeds from my garden to the public back in 1985 at the Ruch Barter faire, shaking a rattle gourd, my seeds on display resting on a blanket in front of me, chanting prayers, trading for baubles and handmades. I still chant the prayers, but many other things have changed. Horizon Herbs now has a land base and a beautiful seed house, and we are growing fast. In terms of the business world, the "corporate cloud" looms in the near distance. I don't want us to become corporate but how does one keep up with demand without giving in to "corporate tendencies" like a "general manager" that takes care of lots and lots of officious details thereby allowing me time to write and grow seeds? I'm struggling with all this right now. Simply interesting that you brought it up. One thing I've noticed is that when companies make the transition from ma and pop to corporate the quality of their goods tends to go down, and the heart is lost. This is one thing I feel certain about--it will always be about quality, and like you mentioned, it will be about practical and effective tools for realizing self-sufficiency. And, we will never lose the heart. Richo"