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|On Mar 14, 2016, Sapper1 Fredericksburg, VA wrote:
So far so good. Seeds arrived very quick via mail and my order and shipping cost accuracy was pretty straightforward. My germination rate so far has been acceptable, although I must admit, I am a backyard gardener so I'm only growing on about a quarter of my 2 hour homestead currently. My only negative is I ordered 3 types of certified seed potatoes and about a month after received an email that two of the three, Certified Organic Purple Viking & French Fingerling Potatoes, did not meet USDA standards and I had the option of cancelling my order or accepting Conventional seed potatoes at a lower price. I am definitely OK with that but probably would not have ordered those initially with that knowledge, as I could have gotten conventional spuds at my local big box store for less and saved the high shipping cost. I suspect the SSE varieties will still be higher quality once I receive them so I may withhold final judgment on this topic. But, overall, I am fully behind what SSE represents and will continue to look for future seed purchases in their catalog and website to preserve the legacy of our forefathers' farms and gardens.
|On Feb 17, 2016, Lilyhazen Ellijay, GA wrote:
Posted on February 6, 2015, updated February 17, 2016
On February 17th, 2016, Lilyhazen added the following:
Great service again!
Looking forward to the new beans and seeds I have ordered. Loved the Mexico Midgets last year!
|On Feb 11, 2016, pearlselby Clarksville, TX wrote:
I have had nothing but good experiences with this company
|On Sep 19, 2015, MadCheshireGrin Guyton, GA wrote:
I placed my first order with Seed Savers Exchange and I ordered 20 packets of seeds. They arrived extremely quickly (Ordered on Sept 11, 2015 and they arrived Sept. 14, 2015). I'm very happy with the large selection they have and can't wait to get some planted!
|On Jun 2, 2015, gottfriedg Dickinson, ND wrote:
Seed Savers Exchange provided me with a fantastic introduction to gardening. I started out with a 5x5 plot and now, six years later, have a much larger space -- 53x27. In part, this is due to the seeds and transplants they offer; in part, it's due to the helpful bulletins they send out. Each year, I enjoy adding one or two new plants to my repertoire, and the online seed catalog available through Seed Savers helps me stretch my imagination and interest and figure out what I want. I've been pleased with their careful packaging, informative inserts, and helpful customer service. The transplants I've received are in excellent health when they arrive -- they're bigger, greener, and sturdier than anything I can find locally -- and they've always done well in my garden. An exceptional organization.
|On May 4, 2015, gardenknitter Tooele, UT wrote:
This is my first time ordering from seed savers exchange. My experience was great. My order shipped at the date promised and arrived on time. I ordered the tomato sampler pack, the pepper sampler pack, and one ground cherry plant. So in total I ordered 13 lives plants. The plants were well packaged and secure in the box, the transplants were still moist and all apeared healthy looking, accept three tomatoes and the ground cherry but I called customer service and Kathy was kind and quickly offered to replace the dead transplants which I gladly accepted. The pepper plants are in the ground and doing very well. My three surviving tomatoes are also in the ground and thriving. I will definitely order from seed savers exchange again because the customer service was great and the response to my plant loss was instantaneous and I should have my replacements in a few days
|On Feb 15, 2015, jumpinjo Marshalltown, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I am not a member but have ordered for several years. Fast service every time. Excellent results from all seeds ordered.
|On Jan 3, 2015, musicalmud Ames, IA wrote:
I have placed several orders over the past five years. I have had good luck with their seeds. Last year, I received one packet with only two seeds. After emailing the company, I was quickly sent a replacement and extra pack. I've had especially good luck with their tomato and pepper varieties.
|On May 23, 2014, kudadi Boyertown, PA wrote:
I've ordered seeds from Seed Savers several times and always received them promptly and with good results.
|On May 5, 2014, lakenvelder Chapman, KS wrote:
Not the cheapest but you will find heirlooms that cannot be found anyplace else. They also maintain an exchange catalog were members seed their seeds. I ordered some bean seeds which were expensive for the few seeds at $4.00 each package 30 seeds but I feel will worth the cost.
|On Mar 8, 2014, lkpinette Deerfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've ordered from Seed Savers numerous times, including twice last year.
|On Jan 16, 2014, JoefromOrleans Orleans, MA wrote:
Seed Savers Exchange is another organization that provides a wide variety of heirloom seeds at reasonable prices, even if you are not a seed saver. I personally support its mission to preserve genetic diversity of vegetables, herbs and flowers. I have found the germination rates high and the service excellent. Seed Savers Exchange meets and exceeds the service level of many for profit companies. I too enjoy the catalog and the stories. If you are looking for interesting and tasty heirloom varieties, make sure to spend some time with the catalog and the yearbook.
|On Nov 29, 2013, leecounty West Salem, WI wrote:
I really am pleased with the products we received from Seed Savers Exchange this year. I have had seeds from them before, but usually it was a couple packets of seed along with seed from a bunch of other companies. However, 2013 marked my first gardening season in the Western Wisconsin area (versus SE WI) and I made a 'pilgrimage' to Decorah, IA, instead of Randolph, WI.
|On Oct 18, 2013, itserich Des Moines, IA wrote:
I am a novice gardener and bought 6 seed packets for a fall garden, mostly lettuce greens. They were shipped within a few days.
|On Aug 27, 2013, Lovenatives Nokesville, VA wrote:
This is my second order this year and both times I was extremely pleased. The second order I placed was on August 22nd, and the seeds arrived on August 26th (The shipping was quite fast), just on time for fall planting. The shipment included a free seed pack.
|On Apr 22, 2013, linzelu100 HUDDLESTON, VA wrote:
Posted on April 18, 2013, updated April 22, 2013
On April 22nd, 2013, linzelu100 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I wrote the above Neutral experience to help other gardeners; this site helps me so much to choose where to shop. I didn't expect anything further from SSE and was really taken back when in the mail I had complete duplicate seed order waiting for me, with a very sincere apologetic response from my post. The company even sent me germination results from this seed batch. After this sincere response, I am concluding that what happened was a strange fluke of bad seed. Since the company has been so sincere about correcting my order, I feel very comfortable ordering from them again. Which I am VERY happy about, because I love their seed selection and stories. Thank you Seed Savers Exchange for the great customer service!
|On Dec 18, 2012, hemagloben Estes Park, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:
I've ordered from SSE for over 5 years now and I've probably experienced around a 90% germination rate, which I'm sure is the norm for any high quality seed company out there.
|On Nov 12, 2012, SeniorGardening Sullivan, IN wrote:
I think it’s probably just human nature that we tend to post comments about vendors when we have a problem with them. I certainly have done so here in the past. But when I put together my list of recommended seed suppliers for a Senior Gardening posting this year, I realized that I should make a positive comment here about each of our suppliers that have performed so well over the years.
|On Aug 26, 2012, chachabigdaddy Joplin, MO wrote:
I am extremely pleased with Seed Saver's Exchange. 95 to 100% germination rates on tomatoes (ordered seven or eight varieties) this year. I recently ordered lettuce, spinach, and Bok Choy for a Fall garden and they included two packets of tomatoes to try. What a nice surprise to find, after I received exactly what I wanted after I ordered. I will be ordering from SSE again soon. Also, my tomatoes are now 7 feet tall, when almost everyone else in my area has lost their tomatoes. Had good production rates in another tough year for growing.
|On Aug 12, 2012, src84 Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
this was my first time ordering from this company and my first time starting seeds..
|On Jul 10, 2012, Chrisk1986 Omaha, NE wrote:
We alway order a couple hundred bucks worth of seed from them,shipping is always quick, germination rates are always really well 90-95%
|On May 14, 2012, wlj Rochester, MN wrote:
This is a very good option. I have NEVER had and problem with germination (around 99%). The young (leaf crop) plants all emerge early (2 - 4 days, usually) and have a very healthy appearance --- not sickly and skinny.
|On May 14, 2012, phaase Saint Michaels, MD wrote:
Posted on May 10, 2012, updated May 14, 2012
On May 14th, 2012, phaase changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
The new plants arrived May 10th as promised, they were packaged correctly this time and all pots contained a plant.
They look a hundred percent better than the first package.
|On Mar 27, 2012, oceanart Cranberry Isles, ME wrote:
The short version for people just looking for a reputable seed company.
|On Mar 23, 2012, bako New Castle, DE wrote:
Posted on March 15, 2012, updated March 23, 2012
On March 23rd, 2012, bako added the following:
I bought 2 packages (100 units of seed). Good packaging (packages of 150 units of seed). yield in the summer of view :)
|On Mar 4, 2012, Pitcom Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Ordered several varieties of lettuce and bean seeds. The package arrived quickly. Germination rates were above 80% for each of the lettuce varieties. I would order from here again.
|On Feb 10, 2012, OldChurchEggery Mechanicsville, VA wrote:
I've gotten seeds from Seed Savers every year since 2007. I have the BEST luck growing their tomatoes from seed. I get the Czech bush tomato seeds and they've converted me from a tomato tolerator to a tomato lover! I've had great luck with butternut squash, chard, and lettuce seeds as well. On the herb front, the borage seeds do really well where I live (Virginia) and help draw bees to my garden. In terms of flowers, I've only ever gotten the purple coneflowers and those are easy to grow, too. I'm looking forward to another good garden year.
|On Jan 28, 2012, 1337RN Verona, WI wrote:
This is the second or third year I've ordered from them and my order arrived ridiculously quickly (not that it took long last year). I've been really impressed with the quality of seeds and the germination has been exactly what's stated or better. I noticed the dill I ordered this year has triple the seeds due to germination problems and they were kind enough to note that right on the packet, have to wait and see if it does ok or not. Always have been pleased with the heirloom selection, website seems quite up-to-date, and ordering was really easy. Only reason I'm bummed out is that I didn't order garlic quick enough and they're sold out of 'Music.' Next year, perhaps.
|On Nov 10, 2011, bella_trix Montgomery County, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I order from Seed Savers Exchange every year and have been very happy with my orders. The seeds germinate well, they ship quickly and the varieties are wonderful. They are more expensive than some of the seed companies that I use, but the incredibly beautiful catalog (and great varieties) make up for it. I definitely recommend them.
|On Feb 28, 2011, groovydude Denton, TX wrote:
I just received my order and I received the order in one week, which to me is acceptable since that is about how long it takes to receive an order from the two other online companies I have dealt with recently. I have called them for assistance with my order and found the person to be very friendly and easy to deal with. I would order from them again because of lack of issues with my order and ease of receiving answers to questions.
|On Feb 19, 2011, MeghanB Ozark, MO wrote:
I was very pleased with my order of seeds. I thought the shipping was a bit high for seeds, they don't weight much, but no complaints other than that. Near 100% germination rate on some tomatoes, not so high on some peppers, but it's hasn't yet been the full two weeks. Love the full color beautiful catalog and easy to order online. Packets are very informative.
|On Jan 31, 2011, sb14syd Minneapolis, KS wrote:
I have ordered over $300 worth of seeds from SSE. Orders have always arrived quickly and the staff has answered questions I have (mostly dumb ones) courteously. They are my seed supplier of choice.
|On Jan 20, 2011, vikingred Casper, WY wrote:
I had a large order of seeds, a full order form full. It took about 10 days or maybe a little longer, at the time they were snowed in bad in Iowa and the surrounding area so that was most likely the short delay, i don't need the seeds until spring so I wasn't expecting them in 3-4 days anyway. All seeds arrived in great condition, only one item was back ordered[ bunte forellenschluss lettuce. I love SSE, I visited their farm on labor day weekend 2010, a way positive experience, I bought a lot of things in the visitors center, staff and clerks were very friendly and helpful. I will order from them again anytime.
|On Aug 18, 2010, 1SickPuppy Waukesha, WI wrote:
Posted on August 16, 2010, updated August 18, 2010
On April 20th, 2010, 1SickPuppy changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Let me start out by saying I waited 3 business days for a response to my complaint before I wrote this review.
I ordered and received a 25# bag of Caribe seed potatoes along with another 25# bag of Yukon Gold. For the most part the Yukons fall within the acceptable range for seed potatoes but the Caribe's were almost an entire loss. They were moldy, scared, punctured and rotten for the most part. This besides the fact that they were so large that I could have sold them as baked potatoes at the fair. The problem didn't happen during the shipping but you can see that they have been bad for quite a while. There are even cuts in some of them from harvesting.
I now have to find another local source for my spuds because my garden is ready to go and I am leaving town for a couple of weeks
I will continue to order seeds from SSE but I will not be buying anymore potatoes from them and I suggest others think twice before going through them.
Shame on you SSE!
On May 4th, 2010, 1SickPuppy added the following:
I cannot believe that SSE has lowered itself to become one of the companies listed on this site that don't respond to their customers concerns.
As the "Company Representative" requested I contacted the customer service rep's and got the same response I received prior to my posting................NONE.
Here is what I wrote:
I just received my potato order from you Invoice Number: XXXXXXX and a large portion of the order of Caribe Potatoes were moldy and unusable (8# are bad). I ordered a 25# bag of these potatoes along with 25# of Yukon Gold and I am not happy with the product at all. The mold and juices from the rotten potatoes has contaminated some of the Yukons and most of the Caribes.
I have ordered potatoes from your site in the past and have received beautiful potatoes. These Caribe's are "huge, moldy and I'm afraid to even plant them.
Since this email I have left negative feedback on Daves Garden website. This seems to have drawn the attention of "a company representative" in your organization.
They wanted me to get back to someone and straighten this situation out although what was suggested would not be workable for me at this time. Since I did not receive a response to my previous email complaint I went out and purchased some seed potatoes locally so my crop would be in the ground before I had to go out of town, so replacement potatoes at this point would be a waste of time and money. It turns out that the spoiled product was worse than I originally thought and the damaged potatoes actually weighted in at 11lbs 14oz.
What I think would work for me at this time would either be for either my credit card being adjusted to reflect the lost product (plus shipping & handling) or a credit for further purchases.
If this is acceptable to you I will remove the negative rating from the website.
This whole situation could have been taken care of in a more personable manner and the whole world wouldn't have had to know about it if you would have contacted me within a reasonable amount of time to explain the situation.
In the future I hope to receive the product and services I have become accustomed to from your organization.
As of this date............no response.
On August 16th, 2010, 1SickPuppy added the following:
Well.......After reading the reply from the "company representative" I again contacted SSE. I was ignored just as I was previously. This is a great example of a company becoming too big to care about it's customers. It's lost it's focus and now it seems to be just about profits.
Against my better judgment I planted what I could salvage from the Caribe Seed Potatoes and go exactly what I feared. The potatoes where ugly, scared and misshapen. The other potatoes I planted in the same bed where great and had no scars whatsoever. They looked "normal".
Since SSE has left me no other recourse I have decided to contact the USDA, and the Department of Agriculture for the State of Iowa and Wisconsin. There was something wrong with the seed potatoes that were sent to me and I am hoping that they investigate my complaint. I have pictures of the seed potatoes sent to me and I am willing to have my crop and soil tested to see if I was sent diseased seeds. I still have a file of the emails I sent to SSE which included pics of the potatoes.
Again I can't emphasis this enough............buy your seed potatoes elsewhere! There are distributors out there who still care.
On August 18th, 2010, 1SickPuppy changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I want to thank customer service at SSE for resolving this issue. I don't know why my earlier emails were not answered but in the end I am more than satisfied with the outcome.
On Aug 18, 2010, Seed Savers Exchange responded with:
"On Apr 27, 2010 3:33 PM, Seed Savers Exchange responded with:
Seed Savers Exchange will be happy to provide replacements for potato varieties you found to be unacceptable. The Caribe is a very large, good eating potato, but is not a very good keeper. In fact we struggled again this year to sort through our supply to have enough "acceptable" potatoes to meet committed orders, and quit taking new orders in mid-February as a result. We furthermore have decided not to offer the Caribe next year, and are growing a number of varieties this year to decide on a replacement. Thank you for your feedback and we hope you will try potatoes from Seed Savers again in the future.
On Aug 16, 2010 2:22 PM, Seed Savers Exchange added:
|On Jul 18, 2010, sunnybritefarm Naalehu, HI wrote:
I've ordered from SSE several times and every order has been just fine. I never ordered seed potatoes, so I can't comment about that. But all in all I'd recommend them to a friend. I intend to order again in the future.
|On Jun 28, 2010, kcbass64 Odessa, FL wrote:
Great response, received my seeds in just a few days. I like growing peppers, carrots, & tomatoes primarily. I'm trying out both of their paprika pepper varieties, the hottest pepper variety they offer (Fatalii), and the Paris Market carrot. I recommend Seed Savers to everyone, and will be a repeat customer.
|On Apr 30, 2010, VAgardener2 Richmond , VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on April 13, 2010, updated April 30, 2010
On April 30th, 2010, VAgardener2 added the following:
I wanted to give an update on the transplants. They arrived on time, were very well packaged, and although looked a little stressed (3 days in the UPS truck), perked up quickly after being watered. They look very nice in the garden now a week later.
I would definitely recommend ordering transplants from SSE.
|On Mar 15, 2010, Dyson Rocky Mount, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on December 25, 2009, updated March 15, 2010
On March 15th, 2010, Dyson added the following:
Update 3-15-2010 - Ordered many more vegetable seed have started onion, peas and cauliflower and I am extremely pleased with the near 100% germination rate of everything started so far.
|On Mar 1, 2010, carpenterlady Cloquet, MN wrote:
I have ordered seeds from SSE for at least two years. Germination has been better than any other company I have received seeds from. Shipping is fast. And as other posters have mentioned the website is easy to use and their catalog is among the best.