Posted on September 10, 2014, updated September 15, 2014
I ordered seed for the first time from Harris last week. The package arrived in good condition this week. I especially like the packaging, it has a Ziploc seal. The problem is the line on the package that says:
I\'ve ordered seeds from tons of places online before and have never had any seed that wasn\'t from the US. I\'m sure the seed will germinate and grow, I\'m mostly worried about the conditions in which the fruit bearing this seed was grown. China is known for having terrible environment problems. I wish Harris had disclosed the fact that this was Chinese seed on their website. I would have at least had the opportunity to look for US sourced seed.
If you care about the source of your seed, I\'d encourage you to call before placing your online orders if the web site doesn\'t list it explicitly. This is a disappointing first order with Harris. I doubt I\'ll take a chance on them again unless their website starts listing the origin of seeds. At the least, it could say USA or FOREIGN. Better would be to always list the individual country.
On September 15th, 2014, adrianrog changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I'm changing my rating of Harris Seeds from Neutral to Positive.
Before I posted my original comments, I called customer service to ask whether US seeds were available and they told me that they didn't have any.
Today, I got a call from Richard Chamberlin, the president of Harris Seeds. Mr. Chamberlin told me that virtually all hybrid tomato seeds are produced overseas. The hand pollination required for hybridization is very labor intensive and Chinese labor is much cheaper then US labor. As a result, all hybrid tomato seed is now produced overseas. Harris, like most seed sources, is a reseller, not a producer. It's not that they want to sell foreign seed, but rather that there is simply no US producer of hybrid tomato seed available to purchase from.
I've mistakenly assumed the hybrid seeds I've been planting for years have been produced here in the US, but that's just not the case. What is the case is that Harris has a single package that they use to sell product in the US and Canada. Canada requires the country of origin be on the label, but the US doesn't. My mistake is assuming that nothing on the other brands package meant the seeds were produced in the US.
All that being said, I'd like to apologize to the folks at Harris Seeds for my original Neutral review. I purchased from Harris based on positive reviews on this site and I'd like to add another. When the President of a company will take the time out of his day to educate an ignorant consumer, that company is OK by me.
On Mar 28, 2014, clpgirl Chippewa Lake, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Was just getting ready to placed this year's order and forgot to give VERY positive feedback on last season.
Bought various kinds of coated annual seeds for (very late) winter sowing--and was THRILLED with germination, and plant growth.
BEAUTIFUL little pink salvias, a new kind of zinnia, and several other "new" varieties of annuals.
I am delighted to return today to dreaming on Harris's web-page knowing that these beautiful little seeds catch up quickly and surpass(and with much less cost) the bedding plants soon to be sold in local garden centers
Posted on May 19, 2013, updated March 27, 2014
Posted on February 3, 2012, updated May 19, 2013
Posted on April 17, 2007, updated February 3, 2012
I recently placed a small order for several packs of seeds. The order was confirmed instantly, I received a shipment within one week with one item on backorder and it was received two days later. The germination has been excellent and what really impressed me was the prices on some of the seed packages - they were less than half of the most popular seed companies. Harris Seeds does not carry a vast selection of flower varieties, but for some it's adequate. Shipping is reasonable also plus you may order from the growers site for large quantities. I have added Harris to my list of preferred companies along with Stokes, Swallowtail, and J.L. Hudson.
On February 3rd, 2012, chunx added the following:
Received my yearly order of seeds again. I think this company is way underrated. They have a vast selection on their website (compared to their home catalog), their prices are competitive, fast shipping and confirmation, excellent germination. Never a problem! On May 19th, 2013, chunx added the following:
This has become my primary seed company now. Their prices are very competitive or often much lower and processing is same or next day. I have had stellar germination on all varieties of seeds I've ordered. So far I've placed two orders this year and I'm very pleased again.
Make sure you sign up for their emails and you get special offers such as free shipping and sale items. On March 27th, 2014, chunx added the following:
Placed another order recently which consisted of one packet of very expensive seeds (which was still less than most vendors) along with several other packets of flower and vegetable seeds. The expensive packet was stated to contain 50 seeds but there were 58 seeds which was a real bonus.
I have sown 25 of that packet and each seed germinated with only one seed per compartment. Of the other packets, I usually put 3 seeds in each compartment and have had excellent germination from those seeds also.
Harris Seed and Hudson Seed have become my two main suppliers for the past few years because of their service, prices, selection, and germination rates. If you haven't tried either company, I suggest you do so. You won't be disappointed.
On another note, I buy my everyday generic type seeds at Lowes which are both Burpee and Ferry-Morse. The Burpee seeds are way less than half of what they are on their website and so it's a no brainer. Never had a problem with germination or true to packet with them either.
Have been gardening over 40 yrs. I've purchased seeds from many companies(only once from many of them do to poor service). Thu the years like many of my fellow gardeners I've dealt with good companies and poor ones.
For the last several years I've narrowed my business to a select few. Harris Seeds has been on of the my favorites. When I did have a problem they were quick to resolve it .
It reminds me of the old saying,"Quality is like buying oats. If you want good clean oats You have to pay a fair price. If you want cheaper
oats be prepared to get those that have been tru the horse.
Thanks Harris Seeds, for "good clean oats at a fair price".
I ordered a large packet of sunflower seed. They arrived fast, and were packed in a resealable bag which is a good thing because I didn't use all of them. Plus, they send me their catalog, enabling me to buy many more seeds to help fill in my new garden.
My only recommendation: most companies I have dealt with send a confirmation to your email, when that didn't happen, I emailed the company to make sure they had got my order and they didn't respond. The seeds arrived in a few days anyway, but it would be nice to have responses.
On Mar 8, 2012, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Perfect transaction. Seeds came quickly. I like the packaging - A LOT. Germination was terrific. I am getting the hang of growing seedlings in a new greenhouse and tried some more difficult varieties this year, which I ordered from Harris. Having wonderful results and will definitely order from them each year.
On Feb 28, 2012, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I just had one of the best experiences I've ever had with any Nursery or Seed Company after placing a large order with Harris Seeds. One of the items I purchased was a grow light stand, which was made and shipped by another manufacturer. Harris kept me informed through the 2 week process and provided detailed shipping information so that I could track the order. They were very helpful and informative through the process and were kind and professional when responding to my inquiries. I did quite a lot of shopping around before choosing them to place my order and they were the cheapest of anyone. The Gerbera, Petunia and Zinnia seeds I ordered have all had over a 90% germination rate so far and the electronics I purchased were top notch quality and functioned well. I cannot remember when the least expensive company also provided the best service and had the best products. Ever!! They are truly a rare treasure. Thank you, Harris, for making the choice easy! I'll certainly be back again!
I have, on several occasions, ordered a variety of different seeds from Harris Seeds and have always been pleased. Seeds are shipped promptly and bulbs at the correct time of year. The selection is great, although some varieties of seeds are only available in larger quantities and I feel guilty wasting seed.
I especially appreciate that they test the germination rate of seeds and label each packet with that information includes the germination rate and geographic origin of the seeds. Furthermore, where one batch of sage seeds had a relatively low germination rate they provided a second packet at no charge.
I do wish the website had a section that would allow customers to leave their own reviews, but that is a minor detail.
Finally, I want to give props to their seeds for the perennial Scabiosa Fama Deep Blue. They germinated quickly and with a near perfect germination rate. Furthermore, from seed, these perennials produced a few *gorgeous* blooms the first year. I cannot wait to see what they do next year.
On Jul 23, 2011, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I don't know whether it is representative, but I ordered Heliotrope seeds from three companies. A couple of years back I tried to germinate some Harris Seed from 2004, along with seeds from two other companies that sent me fresher seeds. I got by far the best yields from Harris.
I decided to grow some more heliotrope, and noticed that I had that same old 2004 package of Harris Seeds. I also had some that was much fresher, but thought, what the heck, and applied moisture and heat. THREE days later, five of the 10 seeds have germinated. Heliotrope normally takes 7 to 14 days to germinate. The seeds are seven years old. I redid the others and got no results.
I intend to buy a lot more seed from them in the future.
On Apr 4, 2011, graciebelle North Bennington, VT wrote:
Posted on July 26, 2005, updated April 4, 2011
I ordered several transplant samplers from Harris this year, and I'm delighted with how well they've done. I've never ordered anything like this before by mail (usually get my tomatoes, peppers and herbs from a local nursery), so I was a little skeptical, but when the plants arrived the plants were in excellent condition, and have thrived this summer. When I was placing my order, their customer service department was also very helpful in helping me to select appropriate squash seeds for our short growing season. I would recommend Harris to anyone who loves to grow flowers and veggies and appreciates good quality products at a fair price
On April 4th, 2011, graciebelle added the following:
I recently purchased a new product from Harris called Worm Power. I bought it to use on my houseplants - all of which seemed to be suffering some late-winter blues. I got the stuff that you can use to create your own liquid fertilizer and was very impressed with the results - only a week or so later the plants were filled with blooms and new growth. As always, their customer service dept. was helpful in helping me to decide which type of Worm Power application would be best for my needs. Can't wait to try it in the garden this summer.
Posted on June 10, 2009, updated March 21, 2011
I have been a customer for several years. I usually purchase live plants (both plugs and liners). I purchased 8 trays again this year and the plants arrived in great shape, every cell was full, and every plant survived the transplant. Plus the catalog, website, and customer service are all top in the industry.
On March 21st, 2011, growerscott added the following:
Tired flower seed this year (historically focused on vegetable seed.) 1 flat of geranium and 1 flat of petunia. Both with 100% germination. 1 flat mixed with gomphrena, pennisetum, impatiens and all but 3 cells germinated. Total germination at 99%. awesome quality.
On Mar 11, 2011, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:
Have ordered from Harris Seeds for a number of years, since I found they have pelleted carrot seeds. In addition to the carrot seeds, this year I ordered pelleted petunia and lobelia seeds. It is too early to plant the carrots but the flower seeds are up and doing well.
I recently had occasion to check on the status of an order with Harris Seeds. I emailed the company and received a phone call explaining my order should have arrived. (It did arrive right after I emailed). I really appreciated the call to check with me. Very good service. I will certainly order from Harris again, I have never had anything but positive experiences with them.
On Jan 15, 2011, Farmerdill Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Very fast with no backorders. They don't carry many of the varieties that I want, but what they do are delivered quickly. I am patience but I do appreciate when I don't get partial shipments with the rest backordered.
On Apr 29, 2010, gourmetgardens Cookeville, TN wrote:
I ordered 20 blueberry bushes from Harris seed. They were very healthly with a great root systems. I also ordered 100 purple asparagus plants. These plants were also healthy, however, almost 1/2 the plants came up green instead of purple. I contacted Mark Green @ Harris Seeds and he immediately corrected the problem by sending me an additional 100 purple plants. I highly recommend Harris Seeds. Their products and customer service are equally outstanding.
Posted on April 29, 2010, updated April 29, 2010
I ordered 2 Bonfire peach trees as a gift from Harris and the website indicated you could place the order to be shipped the following week. I received a phone call two days later telling me that I had missed the shipping date for the tree and it was no longer available. While on the phone with the company, I checked the website again and the trees were still listed as available for purchase. The person on the phone indicated that she had received a complaint about the same thing the day before but that it would be about 24 hours before the website could be updated. Very disappointed.
On April 29th, 2010, Chickenhawk8 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
After my original comment the company did contact me and say they could fulfill my order. I had already purchased a replacement but I did appreciate their effort to make it right.
On Apr 13, 2010, pgt Chalfont, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on March 29, 2010, updated April 13, 2010
Harris Seeds has THE BEST customer service that I've ever experienced in a seed company. I put in an order for some seeds on March 6th. When I hadn't received the seeds by March 25th I wasn't too surprised, b/c it had taken other seed companies much longer than that to mail seeds to me. But, I gave them a call just to see when they thought they might be shipping them. Someone ANSWERED THE PHONE (a rarity these days), and the woman on the phone was extremely pleasant. It turned out that they had already shipped them back on March 10th (just 4 days after I placed the order!). But, I never got them. She said that she'd talk to her supervisor, but was pretty sure that they'd be shipping me more seeds. I received the new shipment on March 29th - just 4 days after my phone call!!! Wonderful, wonderful customer service!!! I couldn't be more happy with them.
On April 13th, 2010, pgt added the following:
I wanted to add that the seeds had excellent germination (Impatiens, Dichondra 'silver falls' and stock). If I could give a higher rating than 'positive' I would.
On Mar 29, 2010, DRH2 Brunswick, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have placed small orders with Harris over the past few years. I am very impressed with the quality of service I have received and even more impressed with the quality of the seeds. Unlike some companies I have dealt with, Harris' seed has had excellent germination as well as sufficient quantities which more than compensates for their slightly higher prices. Good company; I'll be doing even more business with them in the future.
Harris's prices are a little high, but well worth it for the quality of product and service. They offer multiple pack sizes on most products, so you're not stuck ordering a lot of small packs to get enough for a larger planting. I've ordered a fairly wide variety from them and always been pleased with their speed, accuracy, and germination rate. Though I did not order from them this year, it is only because their pack sizes are generous, and I still have plenty left from last year!
Placed small order which I received promptly as well as a couple messages expressing their appreciation for my business. Had several questions over several weeks and placed another small order. Although I purchased less than $50 worth of products they have treated me as though I was one of their best customers with almost immediate responses to each email. The varieties within each product line are somewhat limited at this time but appear to be among the best for those products. Very, very satisfied at this time.
On Sep 6, 2009, Blackbelt_Lizzy La Grange Park, IL wrote:
I ordered a large quantity of various seed types for the first time from this company. I planted the seeds late (end of June) not expecting much and I was very plesantly surprised that all the seeds I planted are now in full bloom including a fabulous grouping of Bells of Ireland. I will definitely order from them again.
I placed two orders this year and received my seeds very quickly with excellent germination rates. On my last order, I placed it on May 20 and received it today, the 22. That's what I call fast. I am particularly fond of being able to order seeds in large quantities for about half the price other seeds companies charge, plus they are in sealed foil packets with the date they were packaged and the germination rate. They have a huge selection in the professional grower area.
My only regret is that they have a limited selection of seeds in the home gardener section which are for smaller quantities of seeds in the packets. However, at their prices, you can order from the professional grower area and share or store your surplus seeds. All in all, this is a great and reliable seed company. Nice growers catalog too. I can honestly recommend them. This is the third year I've used Harris and it won't be the last.
I received my first order from Harris Seeds yesterday. I had ordered two columnar apple trees, one cherry tree, and twenty blackberry plants, with standard shipping.
I was quite surprised to find, instead of the 1-2 foot tree seedlings I expected, tree seedlings that were a good 4 feet in height(on trees whose max height is approximately 8 feet). Each had leaf buds ready to break and each trunk was "springy". The blackberries were each approximately one foot in length and also with leaf buds about to break
I was very pleased with not only my order, but with their customer service as well. A couple of necessary calls regarding billing questions, resulted in very pleasant and assistive customer service agents.
On Apr 3, 2009, bsetiawan Corryton, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
I cannot say enough good things about this company. For two years I have ordered supplies from Harris Seeds. My orders have arrived super fast and exactly as I ordered them. I do think they are a little pricey..but I don't have to worry a moment about delivery or quality. They are the tops and I'll continue to order from them as long as they keep up the good work.
On Mar 31, 2009, LOVIE2 Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I am THRILLED with this company! This was my first time orderering from them and it was a very positive experience. The customer service was excellent, they answered all of my questions without sounding like they were making it up as they went along. (I'll be posting another review for a different company soon). I recieved my order in 3 days! Ordered on 3/24 late in the evening. It shipped 3/26 - I received it on 3/28. I will definitely be using them again!
On August 17th, 2009, LOVIE2 added the following:
Had to come back to say that everything that I ordered from Harris Seed has germinated and have done wonderfully where other seasoned gardners have done poorly in their gardens. I order some additional tools and am very happy with them. Will definitely use them again next season!
On Mar 27, 2009, knpeterson Waynesville, MO wrote:
I am so pleased with this company! This was the first time I ordered with them and I'm glad I did! After ordering I received an email thanking me for my order and the day my order arrived in the mail, I had a message on my answering machine (from a real person!) thanking me again for placing my first order with Harris Seeds. The seeds were shipped in a timely manner and have excellent planting instructions included on the packages. I will most certainly be a repeat customer. This company also has a great selection of seeds. My garden is growing larger by the year because I am selling at farmers markets and I will be placing larger orders with Harris Seeds now that I know they are a quality company who appreciates all of their customers no matter what size the order.
On Mar 10, 2009, yardener Greenfield, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I haven't placed any "large" orders from Harris. Usually just a few pumpkins, gourds, or corn seeds I can't find anywhere else.
Everything always arrives early and I have no problems with germination.
Harris is definately a keeper for me. Prices are good and selection is great
On Mar 5, 2009, lssfishhunter Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have bought a light rack and a heat mat from this company at different times. It took a while for the light rack to come in but the heat mat took almost no time. The only problem that I have with this company is the price. I feel like they are a little expensive but I would definitely look at them first when looking for these types of products.
I have ordered seeds from Harris for seven years. Despite our cold, wet springs in Maine I consistently have over 90% germination. For example, peas get planted around tax day and they do great. While others are replanting in May and June my garden is doing great. Their service is fast, prices resonable, and the service reps very nice. Until I get planted I will plant Harris seeds.
On Jun 12, 2007, bmuller Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have traded with this company only once, ordering seeds from them last fall (2006), with satisfactory results.
However, my more recent experience with them has been anything but satisfactory. In late March of 2007, Harris Seeds sent me a large package of corn seeds ($18.00 worth) that I had not ordered (I live on a small suburban lot--a large quantity of corn seeds would be ludicrous for me). I contacted the company, was treated courteously and was sent a return label, returned the seeds, and believed the error to be corrected.
Then a few weeks later (end of April, probably), I received a refund check in the mail for $18.00. I emailed the company to let them know the check had been sent in error and I was destroying it--which I did. (In retrospect, I probably should have returned it with an explanatory letter, via registered mail.) I received no response to my email, but around June 8 I received a bill in the mail--for $18.00.
I don't know who ordered those corn seeds, nor whether that person ever received seeds, bill, explanation, or anything else. I only know that I did NOT order the seeds and will never place an order with this company again. I wish I had never placed an order with them in the first place; then they would not have had my name and address in their database to confuse with that of another customer.
When this problem first arose, I considered posting a negative rating on DavesGarden but decided I should first try to resolve the matter with Harris Seeds. Only after all of this failed am I exasperated enough to post this rating; I would not have done so if the matter HAD been resolved. Certainly, anyone can make a mistake; however, a reputable company should not make multiple mistakes on the same transaction, especially a transaction that was never sought by the customer in the first place!
On June 20th, 2007, bmuller changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I'm changing my rating based on one positive transaction (as mentioned) and a prompt response from Harris Seeds to my recent complaint.
In today's mail, I received an apology from Joanne Rodrigues, Harris's Customer Care Manager, plus a gift certificate for merchandise from their company. I hope things go well from this point on.