On Feb 13, 2005, Pete2 Richmond Hill, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I ordered quite a few varieties from Donna's Heirloom Tomatoes in 2004. I didn't plant any of them until January of 2005. I planted 10 varieties and had excellent germination. However, out of the 10 varieties I planted, four were obviously crossed. I had both RL and PL foliage present in those four varieties. I contacted Donna, and she was VERY apologetic and offered to replace the seeds immediately. She assured me that after Mr. Wyatt passed away that she was in contact with heirloom tomato experts that warned her about some crossed varieties that Mr. Wyatt had in his possession when he died. She discarded them immediately and sought out other sources for seeds. Today, she obtains all of her seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and Tomato Growers Supply which are two VERY highly regarded sources. Unfortunately, crossing happens. Unless blossoms are bagged no one can guarantee 100% seed purity. Seed companies are at the mercy of seed savers and depend on them to save seeds properly. I do appreciate Donna's honesty and her offer to replace my crossed seeds. Because of her integrity, I will order from her again.
If my replaced seeds turn out to be the variety I ordered (and not crossed), I will change my rating to a positive one.
Chuck does list an extensive selection of heirloom tomatoes to purchase from, but there seems to be some difficulty in receiving the seeds in a timely manner. I ordered seeds on-line from his website on January 9, 2002 and have yet to receive any seeds (its March 18th now.) After having cruised the web to see if perhaps this was just my problem, I was saddened to find several references to other people having the same problem. He sells varieties that are worth the wait, but I am about to miss my planting season. Other purchasers should be aware of this possibility.