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The seed I've bought from them really does well. When I once had some non-germinating seed, I let them know and it was promptly replaced.
I LOVE that I can order a single variety of tomato, pepper or other plants that are commonly sold in blocks of 4 or 6. It's a chance to try new varieties that are not locally available. I have discovered many new plants that now are mainstays in my garden such as Creme Brulee bell pepper. It's so much fun to try new items. Maybe something turns out to be not so great (like black tomato varieties for me) but it was worth finding out anyway. Go to the local place get all of the Beefsteaks and Celebrity tomatoes.
I have planted seed from packages that are several years old with good results.
I also ordered seeds from territorial that had a 2013 date on the package,I went ahead and started them and had a 90% germination rate,a little better than seed purchased from another dealer.so thumbs up.
We ordered from them last year (Spring 2013) - Rutgers Space Tomatoes and several packets of seeds. The shipping seemed high, but we did agree to it before we ordered so cannot complain. The tomatoes were small when they arrived, but quite healthy and grew amazingly quickly when we planted them. They gave us quite a lot of absolutely wonderful tomatoes. The seeds also did well. Shipping was extremely well-done, well packed, and prompt. The quality of everything we ordered was exceptional. I have no problems recommending them.
On Jun 7, 2013, drmurphy Virginia Beach, VA wrote:
Over the winter I placed an order for a number of different items: tomatoes, peppers, mint, olive trees and they were almost all scheduled to ship at different times. I was very happy with the pricing, item accuracy, shipping and condition of plants upon arrival. I would definitely recommend them. My only issue is I would have like a little better communication (email) on when things were going to ship because I travel for work and was afraid items would be taken care on arrival (minor issue).
On Apr 25, 2013, HoneybeeNC Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I've tried growing French Tarragon over the years, without success. Either the plants turned out to be NOT true French Tarragon, or the plants died!
I finally had success with a French Tarragon plant I purchased from Territorial Seed. They shipped it on time as promised. Although it looked as though it had died during the winter, it sprang up this spring as soon as the weather warmed. Today, (April 26 2013) I snipped the first leaves.
I agree with other posting reviews that shipping costs are ridiculous here. I would order from them more often if it wasn't for this. That being said, I did know the cost of shipping when I ordered, so I am not reviewing based on that. My seeds came in good time and they have germinated well. I also love their selections. I ordered from them regardless of shipping costs, because I really wanted to try purple peacock broccoli. I was really shocked by how many seeds they gave me. I paid a lot of money for that packet and it was stingy. I also really liked the lettuce selection. The decriptions are so very helpful in deciding. Some places just describe looks/flavor. I need to know about weather conditions. I would order again from them, but it would have to be something really, really interesting to get me to pay those shipping costs, especially when I know how few seeds are in each packet.
Although Territorial Seed Company is pretty pricy – especially with some of their cucumber seed, which can cost up to $1.00 per seed – I have had a relatively good experience with their products.
Each year I have purchased seed from Territorial the seed has grown as described and some of the varieties I have grown from them have become some of my favorite. Territorial offers many hard-to-find open-pollinated vegetable varieties that are well worth trying out. That is what keeps me coming back to them year after year.
Overall, I would not buy seeds from Territorial if they did not have want I want to buy. Their shipping and their seeds are expensive. That being said, they have always done a very good job keeping their seed varieties pure and have always provided me with high-quality seed. I’m sure they would have much more business if they lowered their prices a bit!
I have ordered from this company for at least the last ten years and have always been extremely satisfied with their seeds and customer service. While their shipping rates are high I pay them to get quality seeds that I know will grow AND produce for me reliably year after year. Last year my husband even ordered a product from them in early December for a Christmas present and even though their catalogs weren't published yet and they had limited staff, if any, they made sure we received our order before Christmas eve. Two thumbs up!!!
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Another order to Territorial filled completely and quickly with no backorders (this late in the season!) and arrival here from the W.Coast in 4 days (including the weekend) from placing the order!
Also, called and talked to a customer rep who was terrific!
I cannot recommend this company enough! Wish they had a Southern counterpart!
On April 12th, 2010, lilygrandma added the following:
Can this company move to the South? Then I would have my seeds in a matter of hours! Oregon to Georgia in 4 days--everything complete. Can't wait to see the germination of these seeds!On March 12th, 2011, lilygrandma added the following:
6 day shipment this time--very good, but onion plants backordered, and no indication of WHEN/IF they would arrive. Need to know so I can order from another company. I will try to call them Monday and find out what is up. I have always had good luck with their seeds.On March 5th, 2012, lilygrandma added the following:
I received the seeds this year in great time--4 days from Oregon to Georgia! My seeds did well last year, and I hope this continues.
I am a little sad that 2 types of seeds are back ordered, but the representative told me this when I called in the order. I had hoped by ordering earlier, there would be no back orders.
Looking forward to more business with this company!On March 7th, 2013, lilygrandma added the following:
Yet again, my order came within a week. I am looking forward to growing these seeds. Their seeds have always done well in my garden!On Mar 7, 2013, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Mar 14, 2011 7:45 AM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
Hello, and thank you for the nice comments! Onion plants are shipped directly from our supplier to you and they ship according to where you live. We send our supplier orders a couple of times per week and they are usually very prompt at getting the plants out. Feel free to call to find out specifics about your order."
On Dec 15, 2012, hjulich Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have placed orders with Territorial each year for at the past six or seven years. I have always found the seeds to be good quality and the shipping fast. Yes, the shipping charges are a bit high, so I'm careful to order what I need all at once. I used up some five-year old seeds this year and they had a better than 80% germination rate - a pleasant surprise and an indication of quality.
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.
We’ve used Territorial Seed Company for “spot orders” for the last several years, mainly ordering stuff we need but can’t find anywhere else. We’ve been satisfied with the results of each order.
I have purchased Territorial Seeds for several years and have become a devoted customer. I purchase the seeds from my local nursery, as the company is only 100 miles from my home.
For the first time, in May, I stopped by their store and greenhouse while traveling. I was impressed with their prices compared to my local nurseries and the interesting local plants that are difficult to find. I purchased quite a bit and everything I planted is growing beautifully; being strong, healthy plants. I will travel back next spring!
As a fairly new gardener, I must say I love the TSC catalog! I call it my mini garden guide. It is full of all the plants' growing information and contains many color photos. While I agree the shipping costs when ordering a few packets of seeds is too high, there is a way around it. Contact your local nursery and ask them to consider TSC as their (or an additional) seed rack company. This way you can avoid shipping charges and support your local nursery. The seeds are pre-printed with the price on them & it is the same cost as the online & printed catalog. My local nursery stocks many varieties of seed from TSC so I can support my local ecomony while getting the seeds I desire.
On May 9, 2012, elderberrypress Oakland, OR wrote:
Good folks, good seeds and veggie plants grown locally. Just called them up and the gal was friendly and helpful. Every time I've gone in to buy plants they are very friendly. A rare thing, today. Want to eat and buy locally? Then this is the place.
I've ordered seeds from Territorial Seed Company many times and have been generally satisfied. This year, for the first time, I ordered plants -- a compact Stella Cherry, a hardy Fuchsia, and Oca. The bare-root Stella Cherry arrived first, was huge, and seems to be doing well, having broken dormancy quickly and with vigor. The hardy Fuchsia arrived some weeks later and is healthy and nice. The Oca should be sent toward the end of this month or early May. So, I really have no complaints.
I've ordered both seeds and plants from Territorial Seed every year since I started gardening three years ago. They are wonderful, and their customer service has always been stellar. The Territorial representatives who show up at Portland's garden show every year are super helpful to a beginning gardener, and very willing to offer advice and suggestions. It's very much to my benefit that Territorial is located in Oregon, just a couple hours from me, so the plants that work well for them are likely to work for me as well.
Last year, I ordered tomato and pepper plants. While they were smaller when they arrived than plants I purchased locally, they eventually outperformed many of the other tomatoes that I planted. One of the tomatoes arrived with a broken stem. I called Territorial immediately, and received a replacement within a couple days. The Rocky cucumber seeds they recommended (although quite expensive) were stellar. My other cucumbers suffered from powdery mildew, while the Rockies preformed better for much longer. The fruits were tender and very sweet. I'll be planting only Rockies this year.
I've also had good experiences with seeds ordered from Johnny's, Thompson Morgan, and Irish Eyes potatoes, among others.
On Mar 27, 2012, oceanart Cranberry Isles, ME wrote:
The short version for people just looking for a reputable seed company.
I have ordered from the following companies for years
they all have good prices, customer service and good germination rate.
Johnny's, Kitazawa Seed, Rohrer seeds, Territorial Seed Comp, and Seed Savers Exchange.
On Mar 8, 2012, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
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I just placed a seed order and received them promptly, as ordered and in great condition. I chose standard shipping, but got the seeds within a few days of placing the order. I am impressed. Those who squawk about shipping costs have clearly never run a business and had to print catalogs or run shipping departments. Obviously, the shipping cost will be a smaller proportion to the order if one orders more from the one source. For me, I buy a little here and a little there (this year, five catalogs worth) and pay the extra shipping to have the selection and specific varieties I want. My convenience has a cost and I'm willing to bear it. Territorial has thus far exceeded my expectations and I plan to use them again. I will update as I plant and harvest from the seeds.
On February 11th, 2010, taufgardner added the following:
The shipping of my order went so well that I was confident enough to make a second order in the same season, certain that it would arrive ahead of the promised schedule. I was not disappointed. This company does a terrific job of order fulfillment and I will use them again and again and again and again.....The order showed up four days before the promised delivery date. The promised date was impressive enough - 7 business days, but the order came much sooner and was complete and accurate. Everything from seeds to supplies were well packed and in good condition. I am excited for the results and will post them as available. Again, no complaints on shipping costs as I'm sure they offset catalog and handling costs for customers who order onsies and twosies. I'd rather pay a little more for shipping and get the kind of service and quality Territorial has given me.On March 23rd, 2010, taufgardner added the following:
I made a third order, which I have never done with any other catalog. These guys do such a terrific job of fulfillment and packaging that I was glad to give them more business. Next year, they will be my primary source. I ordered the "Roto Baskets", a little solar powered device that slowly rotates hanging baskets. I LOVE them. They are simple and they work as described. I also LOVE Territorial Seed. My kids would sarcastically ask: "Well, then why don't you marry them?" To which I say: "Where can we go to pick out window treatments and china patterns?" :-)On March 8th, 2012, taufgardner added the following:
Another good year with Territorial. No complaints at all. Good germination, timely delivery, varieties I wanted. I have not gone wrong with this company. I haven't found their shipping costs to be out of line, especially when lined up with the service quality. You get what you pay for.
On Mar 4, 2012, spryng Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA wrote:
Even though I garden in New England, I continue to order from Territorial because they have a wonderful choice of varieties of both vegetable and flower seeds, the quality of their seeds is high, and because they are so speedy. I always order from several seed catalogues online on the same day. For the last two years, Territorial has been the first order to arrive. This year the order arrived three days after I placed it !
I've ordered from territorial for the last six year for summer and overwintering vegetables. I've been very satisfied. Seeds offered excellent germination and end product was exactly as advertised. Best source I've found for overwintering varieties.
On Mar 2, 2012, sladeofsky Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on March 1, 2012, updated March 2, 2012
I was intending to leave a neutral rating for this company beacause I love their products but find their shipping fees ridiculous. I just cancelled an order of about $90 with a shipping fee of about $40. So, I was going to leave a neutral rating until I read this rebuttal to a negative comment on their absurd shipping charges:
"a customer could order seeds, potatoes, blueberry plants and garlic; each of which is sent out separately but are all included in the standard flat fee. You can see in this example how the flat fee of $7.50 would be a bargain.
President, Territorial Seed Company
Great! So, charge me $7.50... NOT $37.75
On March 2nd, 2012, sladeofsky changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Chaning my negative to positive because customer service was so very nice and so very helpful. But more needs to be done to make customers aware of shipping fees. Some plants were sold out for the shipping date I wanted, by choosing other dates and by mixing seeds and plants, multiple shipping fees were added. But customer service has been very helpful in letting me streamline my order and bring down the fees.On Mar 2, 2012, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Mar 1, 2012 8:52 PM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
Hi there, would you mind letting me know what items were on your order that caused the $37.75 shipping so I can look into it? Thank you in advance.
On Mar 2, 2012 9:16 AM, Territorial Seed Company added:
Thanks very much for the update and sorry for any confusion! Happy gardening :)"
This is one of my favorite seed companies. I like the varieties offered, the prices are fair, and I've always received what I've ordered quickly. No problems whatsoever. All seeds germinated well. One of the best companies for vegetable gardeners from my experience.
I just received my order of an evergreen huckleberry plant and two seaberry plants. Despite the fact that UPS took a week to get them to me, bashed the heck out of the package, and then delivered them to the wrong address, they ultimately arrived in EXCELLENT, healthy condition. It is a testament to Territorial's quality as well as their packing job. The plants look strong and healthy. I have ordered seeds from them in the past and have always had excellent results with that too. Great company, they are on my list of companies I love to deal with. Thanks Territorial!
On Apr 26, 2011, firinn Eugene, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Territorial Seeds has been my go-to source for seeds since I began gardening in the Pacific NW about 12 years ago. While their prices are somewhat higher than those of many seed producers around the country, the quality of the seeds is unmatched anywhere. For years, I would do multiple seed plantings (as you must do with most seeds) and invariably, I would either end up with far more starts than I could use or having to pinch off many many additional starts. Now, with Territorial's seeds, I plant one seed per pot and get nearly 100% germination rate. The seeds and plants, in my experience, are unmatched in quality. I even have some seeds that are 5-7 years old from Territorial that I planted this spring, and their germination rate is equivalent to what I've found from new seeds from other mail order companies and off-the-shelf seeds.
Additionally, their customer service has been phenomenal. I have always found them to be friendly, helpful, and available for advice and information.
I can't say enough nice things about these guys.
I should note that their catalogue prices for non-seed items are really high, though. They find high quality items, but seem to mark them up from retail, so get your ideas from the back of the catalogue, then go find these things elsewhere. :)
Posted on July 12, 2009, updated April 8, 2011
I saw a most unusual plant on their website and ordered it - an Escargot Begonia. The price was perfect (although shipping a little high) but had never seen it in a store before, so ordered it. Well, the shipment was sent right out, but what I got instead was a Fuschia plant. My delivery was on a Saturday and I had to wait until Monday to call them. To my delight I was told that I could keep the Fuschia plant and they would immediately ship out my Escargo Begonia. As you can imagine I was extremely delighted and thought I will definitely order from them again. I immediately did as they told me and re-potted the Fuschia and sat back and waited on the Escargo Begonia. It came within the week and all was well. NOT. It hasn't been 3 months and it appears that BOTH plants are dying. I am very dissappointed. I have never seen plants that have died this fast and both from the same company. Even with watering, the leaves have dried up on both plants like they have been in the hot, hot sun all day, which hasn't been the case. I bought another begonia at the same time from a local company and it is thriving. Needless to say, I am quite dissappointed in my order from Territorial.
On April 8th, 2011, dmmason changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Although this happened back in 2009 (found it again while cleaning out some e-mails) I wanted to make sure that it was noted that Territorial has great customer service. This is my note back to them after their response to my original comment.
> Thank you so much. I received back the refund and appreciate that.
> Based on your quick response I may try to order it again as I still have not seen it anywhere else. It is such a very interesting plant (Escargo Begonia). Again thank you so much for your quick response and based upon your customer service, I will indeed order from you in the future.
I have ordered from Territorial Seeds for several years, and have always had good experiences with them. I like their wide selection. My orders have always arrived quickly, and there are plentiful seeds in the packets. I fully intend to keep ordering from them.
I compared their overall costs with other seed provider catalogs, and since I tend to order a lot of seeds at a time, their shipping costs combined with their seed packet costs appeared to me to be in line with the others.
I noticed that a few people have said they thought that Territorial's shipping and handling charges were high-I certainly don't think so. I raise a small garden here in Alaska and I don't spend that much on seed right now, and I'm sure I'd buy much more if I gardened in the lower 48 like many of you. I just compared my $55 seed order from Territorial with some of the other seed companies I've done business with in the past and this is what I found-the shipping and handling charges would have been with them. Burpee: $11.95 Johnny's $11.95 Seeds Of Change $10.95 Harris $9.90
Seed Savers Exchange $9.00 Pinetree $8.95 and guess what my Territorial order was.....$7.50!!! And from territorial you can order as much seed as you want on that $7.50, most other companies charge you more for the more you order. So for my small garden Territorial is a bargain!
On Jan 25, 2011, midwestfigs Springfield, IL wrote:
The black fig I got last spring grew well and is now leafing out in my kitchen. I also got a blood orange citrus tree, but that was not so great and it was really expensive. It hasn't grown a bit, but maybe that's me. I recently got some really good arugula seeds that gave me the tastiest arugula I've ever had. And they have a lot of kale varieties, I think I planted the tuscan kale. Good germination rates. I didn't find the shipping bad for a large amount of seed packets. So overall, a positive experience with good turnaround times.
On Oct 21, 2010, basilandbella Valdosta, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Love this company. Asparagus crowns were robust and at least twice (maybe three times) the size of crowns ordered from Gurney's (that never came up and arrived covered in mold). Friendly and helpful customer service, look forward to ordering from them in the future.
TSC has been my "go-to" seed catalog for years. I have had consistently higher germination rates on their seed than any other source I've tried. As a gardener in coastal California my climate is conveniently similar to theirs, so I know their varieties will perform well in my area.
On May 12, 2010, VAgardener2 Richmond , VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered from the Territorial Seed company for the first time this year. I placed my order on April 28th, it was shipped the same day and arrived 2 days later. I was able to track the package. The seeds were packaged well.
I recommend this company.
On May 10, 2010, fridayharbormd Friday Harbor, WA wrote:
I've had a number of orders filled by Territorial over the years, all without problem. This year, I had a number of issues and all were resolved promptly and without question. Service recovery is as important as quality of product, price, and primary service. The company absolutely delivered!