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Positive Jasonfoote0716
(1 review)
On Aug 11, 2015, Jasonfoote0716 Broadview Heights, OH wrote:

Pepper joes is fantastic. I have a Carolina reaper plant that I got from seed and is now over 1 and a half years old. Its on it 3rd fruiting. It has over 150 pods on it and 180 pods behind that! Pepper joe is awesome e quality seeds and amazing performance. Keep in mind super hots are on their own time. Use superthrive triple phosphate and tomatoes tone. With a blossom set spray from bonide. I have a ligeit 3000k worth of sellable goodies.
Pepper joe is a wonderful company. They are family run and USA grown. I've used them for over 6 years and when I had an issue they resolved it....
BEST QUALITY period.
I recommend them to everyone.
Please visit and give them try. I don't work for them or get any perks from them. I AM SIMPLY A GARDEN GOOBER.
Happy planting!

Positive DBeights
(1 review)
On Jul 19, 2015, DBeights Mesquite, TX wrote:

Pepper Joe has the best selection of pepper seeds I have ever seen. I have been buying seeds from Joe for a couple of years now. Every order I have placed has been correct, fast, and comes with helpful growing tips. The free seeds with every order is a fun surprise too. I have had nearly perfect germination rates. I can count on one hand how many seeds out of all of my orders have not sprouted, and there is a good chance it was something I did wrong. I think it is great that every order comes with a support system too. I cant think of another place that will email or get on the phone with you if you need help with growing your plants. Overall I have had nothing but AWESOME products and service from Pepper Joe. I recommend his site to everyone from seasoned growers to the capsicum curious! You can't go wrong with pepperjoe.com!

Positive docpeppers
(1 review)
On Jul 18, 2015, docpeppers Winnipeg
Canada wrote:

I've been buying pepper seeds from Pepper Joe's for a number of years and I have never had aproblem with the mail orders or the germination of any of his seeds. Living in Central Canada our season is short, so I rely on superior seeds like Pepper Joe's to germinate and grow into exceptinal pepper plants.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Positive Clark7766
(1 review)
On Jul 9, 2015, Clark7766 Helena, AL wrote:

Dealing with Pepper Joe has been nothing short of phenomenal. Quality seed, pods, flakes, sauces, etc... for sale as expected. But great customer service. And free helpful hints, tips, and videos about growing pepper plants. There isn't a business owner out there who is as dedicated to seeing his customers succeed as Pepper Joe.

Customer service is great too! I've been dealing with is business for a year now. Had one goof up where the wrong seed got sent to me. It was resolved very quickly. They told me not to worry about sending the seed back, keep it and grow it, and they got me the right seed out the door with no added shipping expense occurred by me.

I have had so much fun over the last year, along with a lot of hard work and perseverance growing peppers that I'm now selling my own sauce. And Pepper Joe has unknowingly had a big hand in that. If I run into a problem growing peppers, he's my go to person for answers.

Positive Madisong
(1 review)
On Jul 4, 2015, Madisong Middle River, MD wrote:

I decided to grow some of the hottest peppers I could find. My garden is really looking good.
I bought a few packs of seeds from PepperJoe's and to my surprise almost every single seed sprouted! I had no idea what I was going to do with over 35 plants. I had to give some away to friends, family and a co-worker. I asked PepperJoe's for advice on Facebook because this is my first try and I got a very helpful response right away. I'm really looking forward to this years harvest and experimenting in my kitchen. They have so many kinds of seeds to pick from I'm already making plans for next years garden.
Thanks again guys.

Positive Domanic
(1 review)
On Jun 25, 2015, Domanic Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

PepperJoe and Silvana are two awesome people. There peppers are the best to have.my seeds all died.so I'm getting replacements.I would only order from Pepperjoe and no one else. Pepperjoe has the best seeds in the world. I give him and Silvana 10 stars and two thumb's up.love u my brother and sister.

Positive warwickricky
(1 review)
On Jun 22, 2015, warwickricky Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I watch all Pepper Joe's videos and have benefited enormously from them. Thanks to his "How-To" videos on gardening, I have a world class patio-pepper garden. Pepper Joe has also taught me how to cook some of the best "Pepper Cuisine" on the planet !! And his Pepper Seed store is the best. If I need anything about Peppers or Tomatoes, I always go thru Pepper Joe or Penny's Tomatoes first. I love you Pepper Joe !!! PEPPERS FOREVER !!!!

Positive PSFrank
(1 review)
On Jun 12, 2015, PSFrank Palm Springs, CA wrote:

I've bought tomato and rare hot pepper seeds from Pepper Joe's for several years now. Their customer service is tops, and they ship very fast...
Now, let's get to the good stuff, the seeds I've bought from them have produced amazing plants that yield peppers and tomatoes year after year. When starting them, I used a grow light and controlled environment and had almost 100% success with the seedlings.....
Being in the Southern California desert, I have a different season, yet my Pepper Joe grown plants are thriving quite well!
I'm very happy with Pepper Joe's and recommend them to all my friends and family...
Also, I've emailed them numerous times with questions and they always reply quickly, usually the same day.
Highly Recommend!

Positive Raug
(1 review)
On May 31, 2015, Raug Lethbridge
Canada wrote:

Posted on May 19, 2015, updated May 31, 2015
Posted on May 19, 2015, updated May 19, 2015
Hello everyone,

I dont like doing this, and i\\\'ve read a lot of great reviews about Pepper Joes, but I have to give a negative review here.

My order (about 70$) was placed February 24th this year. Today is May 19th, and i have yet to receive my order.

My complaint here is mostly the customer service, besides the fact i have yet to receive my order. Ive emailed the customer support 4 times now over the course of the last 3 months. I waited a full month before emailing the first time. I live in Canada, i dont have a tracking number, an i have no idea where my 70$ order is.

When i emailed customer support, all they tell me is that \\\'Canada Post is notoriously slow\\\'. They double checked my mailing address, but basically just told me to wait.

Now, I\\\'ve ordered a TON of stuff from USA in the past. Computer parts, mushroom spores, seeds from other companies, espresso machines, cases of wine, ebay books... I\\\'ve literally never had an experience that even remotely resembles this. In fact, all of mail order experiences from USA have been totally positive.

So, im not really sure why Pepper Joe customer support keeps telling me that \\\"Canada Post is slow\\\". It doesn\\\'t seem to be the problem here.

If Pepper Joe keeps having troubles shipping to Canada, why is there not options available to the customer? I would have happily paid 20$ extra to have it shipped reliably, and with a tracking number. Blaming Canada Post over and over isn\\\'t really convincing me that its Canada Post fault here. There are tons of reviews of Pepper Joe for Canadian customers that have had LOTS of problems with shipping, so why not try to change the way you are shipping these items? And at least provide your customers with a tracking number....

Anyway, ive emailed customer support 4 times now, but it seems that the only way to get some action happening is to post a review on a site like this one. Ive noticed Pepper Joe is very quick to rectify problems when a bad review is posted on a public site like this, so i hope it works better than customer support.

D


On May 19th, 2015, Raug changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Got through to someone looks like. They are offering to ship my order again free of charge, or the option to refund my money.

Im choosing to have my order shipped again, because im still excited about these seeds for next year.

Im changing my rating from negative to neutral for the time being until my order arrives.


On May 31st, 2015, Raug changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

Pepper Joe has come through in a very positive way.

Seeds were reshipped via Xpress post May 21st and i received them May 29th.

Thanks so much ! Ive changed my review to positive.
On May 31, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On May 24, 2015 9:53 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. responded with:

Hi Raug and thanks for the 2nd chance.
We'll earn your respect....I guarantee it.
Keep us posted.
PJ "


Positive metalfacebmac
(1 review)
On May 13, 2015, metalfacebmac Hancock, MI wrote:

I have ordered a few times from Pepper Joes now and every time they have blown me away with quality and quick, easy service. All the seeds I get have grown into superb chili plants, and not only did they include the two packs of free seeds, but also threw in a pack of dried Reaper pods! Simply awesome. I will be coming back every year from now on to get the great experience time and time again. Signed - A very happy Upper Peninsula of Michigan chili grower


On May 13, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On May 14, 2015 6:56 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. responded with:

Hello metalfacebmac, Zevon329 and Tazznred. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to leave those nice reviews. That inspires us even more. I'm thrilled to hear of your germination successes and enjoying our Freebies. It's good to see the extra efforts to store our seeds and keep them in optimum shape is working out. We vacuum seal our seeds and add silicon gel packs. We like to stay connected to our customers so join us at [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com] and sign up for our free newsletters at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001nkQb...
Fiery Regards,
Pepper Joe
http://www.pepperjoe.com "


Positive zevon329
(1 review)
On May 11, 2015, zevon329 wrote:

I ordered about 20 different peppers from Pepper Joe's and I've had excellent success with them, about a 90% germination rate. All of the plants are big and healthy, so I'm sure they came from good stock. Shipping was quick, they sell all kinds of peppers, pepper products, and growing supplies, but one of the best things about Pepper Joe is their web site, which is full of great tips and pretty much everything hot pepper. I will definitely be ordering my seeds from Pepper Joe next year!

Positive tazznred
(1 review)
On May 3, 2015, tazznred San Antonio, TX wrote:

75 to 85% germination of all of my seeds. Very happy with the box of dynamite as well as the free seed packs and pods. Reaper and Scorpions are around 2.5 to inches tall now, really see changes now each day. Used growing light and covered the for the first three to four weeks then removed the plastic cover as they got bigger.Gretain for and support from Pepper Joes !!

Positive artfuldodger83
(4 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2015, artfuldodger83 Chicago, IL wrote:

Shipping price was reduced for several packets, which is appreciated, as is the excellent germination rate for Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion. I saved some fruit from our last season for the seed and those are all germinating well at our new home

Positive MidwestLady
(1 review)
On Apr 16, 2015, MidwestLady Osceola, WI wrote:

I am very happy with the hot pepper seeds I have purchased from Pepper Joe's. Seeds are now healthy plants! The personal customer service is awesome. When I had questions about the seeds/and care of the plants, my questions were answered personally and promptly. It is almost unheard of to recieve this kind of customer service through an online company. There should be more companies like this.

Positive FoodDude87
(1 review)
On Apr 6, 2015, FoodDude87 Toronto
Canada wrote:

Posted on March 9, 2015, updated April 6, 2015
My roommate and I ordered from Pepper Joe about a month ago (maybe more!) and we still haven\'t received anything we ordered yet. I understand it may take longer to get to Canada, but it\'s been over a month and no hint as to when we can expect them.

We tried to email representatives at Pepper Joe to get a tracking number and they haven\'t or can\'t provide one.They told me to contact my postal carrier, but how am I to know who to contact when it can be shipped with so many different companies? If it\'s my regular postal carrier, then they should definitely have a tracking number anyways since I always get one with Canada Post.

We were so excited to start growing these peppers after hearing great things about Pepper Joe, but after this experience, we will have to strongly consider just going through a local supplier in the future. If we do not receive our order soon, a charge back will also be happening.

Sorry Pepper Joe, I wish I didn\'t have to charge back, but I will not pay for something I have not received, nor received adequate help tracking down.


On April 6th, 2015, FoodDude87 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Pepper Joe himself emailed me almost immediately after I posted this review and offered to send out a replacement package with priority shipping at his own cost.

I have now received the priority mailed package. I'm not sure what happened to my original package, but I truly do appreciate the speed in which Pepper Joe replied to my complaint, as well as the lengths he went through to rectify my situation.

Great customer service Pepper Joe, I will definitely come back to fulfill my future pepper needs!

Just a PS to all the Canadian growers out there, I recommend ordering your seeds 3-4 weeks before you plan on germinating them, just to be safe!
On Apr 6, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 9, 2015 4:28 PM, Pepper Joe\\\\\\\'s Inc. responded with:

Hi FoodDude87 and thanks for being a customer and thanks for your input. We haven\\\'t had a negative review at Dave\\\'s Garden for over a year so I want to respond quickly and with conviction.
The Canadian Post office is notorious for being slow. We\\\'ve even considered not shipping to Canada for that reason....but we have so many satisfied customers there we decided to just tough it out with the slow deliveries. We ship all orders out within 3 to 4 business days. But then some orders get into gridlock with the poor service at the Canadian Post Office. .
But the only order that matters is YOUR ORDER! I sent your issue to Shipping when you first contacted me to make sure it was shipped out on time. It was. Please email me direct one more time with your order number.... pepperjoe@sc.rr.com I\\\'ll ship a replacement order \\\"Priority Mail\\\" at our expense... one more time. And we\\\'ll do it gladly. If you receive two orders....and you probably will just keep them both as our way of saying THANKS. Sorry about the delay, and keep us posted on how it turns out.
Pepper Joe


On Mar 11, 2015 4:00 PM, Pepper Joe\\\'s Inc. added:

Hi again, FoodDude 87. We mailed out an additional order to you today. It was sent \'Priority Mail\' by Canadian Post office. That costs $30 which we\'ll gladly pick up the expense to keep a customer happy. Let us know when you receive it....and probably the original shipment too. All is well that ends well. PJ


On Apr 7, 2015 11:15 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. added:

FoodDude87, I'm glad that everything worked out in the end. We appreciate you as a customer.
Have a great grow!
Pepper Joe"


Positive KevinLaPage
(1 review)
On Mar 31, 2015, KevinLaPage Antigo, WI wrote:

This was my first time using Pepper Joes. I ordered Reapers, Leutschauer Paprika, and received Jalapeno and Serrano seeds as my freebies. My seeds were well packaged. My order was correct and the seeds hit my mailbox a week after I ordered. All in all I am very pleased with their service and would use them again. Thx Joe!


On Mar 31, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Apr 7, 2015 11:21 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. responded with:

THANKS KevinLaPage, Atorre and Pikes Peppers. We do appreciate you and your time to give us such glowing reviews. It motivates us to stay focused on trying to deliver top notch customer service at all times.
Fiery Regards,
Pepper Joe
http://pepperjoe.com/shoppingcart/html/pepper.html"


Positive atorrie
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2015, atorrie owen sound
Canada wrote:

We ordered 5 different varieties of hot peppers from Pepper Joe's this winter. Seeds arrived quickly and we started them in a pod planter with a heating pad and a plastic lid. We had over 90% germination rate and all plants are coming along nicely...excellent tips and fast responses on emails....nice job Joe!!!!

Positive PikesPeppers
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2015, PikesPeppers Eau Claire, WI wrote:

I have only good things to say about Joe and Penny. I have ordered 8 different types of seeds and they all did great. I have also ordered Tomato seeds and I've no complaints with either. I do know that they promise an 80% germination and I know they stand by it. If you have questions or need help with growing there is always someone who will answer an e-mail and take the time to help you understand something. You can always hit up their youtube channel (Pepper Joes PennysTamatoes) to find great information on growing cooking and new pepper seeds they have in stock. Now Joe might want to kick me for this but if you are shy about trying to grow peppers you can always e-mail him for a free shipping code. It will save ya 8 bucks and I personally guarantee you will be hooked. I've ordered elsewhere and I'll stick with Joe. G'day mates


Positive NeedsWork
(1 review)
On Mar 20, 2015, NeedsWork Winona Lake, IN wrote:

I ordered Volcano In A Box and Fire In A Box.

My order arrived within a week of placing it. I did not get an "order shipped" email, it simply showed up.

I started six seeds of each variety. All varieties had germinated 9 days after planting in a starter tray. I didn't keep exact numbers but germination rates are 90%+.

Glog is here for those who are curious:
http://thehotpepper.com/topic/53268-first-glog-2015/page-2

My order came well packaged with extra seeds and free ghost pepper pods. The pods were a delicious treat and had lots of flavor.

I will order from Pepper Joe's again.

Positive luvs2bird
(1 review)
On Mar 16, 2015, luvs2bird Macon, GA wrote:

I ordered 11 varieties of hot peppers, including some superhots and Peter peppers. I planted 10 seeds of each variety and had great success for all except one. I contacted Pepper Joes and received an immediate response that they would replace the seeds that had not germinated. I planted my seeds 2/16, after watching and taking advice from Pepper Joes videos. My plants look AMAZING. I am very pleased and Looking forward to planting new varieties next year.

I also ordered several varieties of seeds from Penny's Tomatoes and had 100% germination!! Awesome!!


On Mar 16, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 17, 2015 6:05 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. responded with:

THANKS so much Luvs2bird, Chris5255 and CoreyFire. We really appreciate your time and reviews. Please stay in touch with us on Facebook so we can continue to serve you with tips and growing advice at [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com] Also, when we run special offers, Freebies, etc. we list them there. And if anyone would like to view our video's, our Growing Hot Peppers 101 video is at [HYPERLINK@www.youtube.com]
Great Gardening to all,
Pepper Joe
http://www.pepperjoe.com "


Positive Chris5255
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2015, Chris5255 Stewartstown
United States wrote:

Incredible! Answered e-mail questions right away. Shipment delivered quickly and great germination rate!!! Free pods and seeds with order. Very satisfied!!!

Positive coreyfire
(1 review)
On Mar 12, 2015, coreyfire Bridgeville, PA wrote:

Fantastic first experience today. Pepper Joe's seeds came much faster than I anticipated them to ship. I noticed I received a slightly different set of tomatoes. I reached out, and they took care of me in a fantastic way.

I will get all of my pepper seeds from them, from now on. Also, between Pepper Joe's and Penny's tomatoes, I will only be shopping for Pepper seeds/Tomato seeds from these two places, and these two places only.

Fantastic selection of hot peppers, tomatoes, and Paprika peppers to boot!

Very Very Satisfied!!!

Positive hnkesecker
(1 review)
On Mar 4, 2015, hnkesecker Martinsburg, WV wrote:

Have ordered just about all the new super hots + the carolina reaper. Must say so far have almost 100% germination on all the seeds sent.

Positive yalcserets
(1 review)
On Feb 23, 2015, yalcserets Nicholasville, KY wrote:

Absolutely love Pepper Joe's. Best selection of hot peppers anywhere. So far great germination rate. Top notch customer service. Highly recommend Pepper Joe's to anyone looking for hot peppers seeds with great people backing their product. Free seeds with ever order!


On Feb 23, 2015, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Feb 24, 2015 6:42 AM, Pepper Joe\\\'s Inc. responded with:

THANK YOU so much Yalcserets, Triple C and IndyGal 25 for taking time out of your busy schedules to give Pepper Joe\'s such a nice rating. We appreciate you all and it motivates us even more to live up to your expectations. We\'re committed to stay with you every step of the way in your Growing process. Some ways that we can accomplish that....join our Facebook page at [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com] and sign up our FREE Newsletters at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001nkQb... Pepper Joe


On Mar 2, 2015 7:07 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. added:

We just saw this Review posted on a competitors website. THANK YOU "Peppers by mail". http://www.peppersbymail.com/reference/pepper-people/pepper-..."


Positive TripleC
(1 review)
On Sep 12, 2014, TripleC Roswell, NM wrote:

I have ordered seeds from Pepper Joe's for three years and each year the seeds are exactly what I ordered and arrive on time. Germination rates are 80% or higher and the plants do well. I added the Carolina Reaper pepper this year and am very pleased with this variety - 91% germination rate and so hot it would make a Ghost Pepper cry!

Positive Indygal25
(1 review)
On Aug 20, 2014, Indygal25 Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from Pepper Joe's for 2 years and have been planting both in pots inside and outside in the ground.

I have had nothing but top-quality peppers, thriving fruit in the pots that are inside for 2 years.

Their product and prices are excellent and I am a customer for life!

Positive ChiefBear
(1 review)
On Aug 12, 2014, ChiefBear Virginia Beach, VA wrote:

Best selection and quality seeds I've ever bought. Overall I have had almost 100% germination and some of the healthiest plants ever. This year I planted quite a variety...Carolina Reaper, Pepper Joe Jalapeno, Early Jalapeno, Giant Jalapeno. Yatzy, Mulato Island Pepper (Freebie), Golden Marconi, Red and Orange Habanero, Giant Ghost, Black Jalapeno...I think that's it.

I've had the best harvest by far this year and have been able to can 12 pints of Jalapenos so far.


On Aug 12, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Aug 13, 2014 7:00 AM, Pepper Joe\'s Inc. responded with:

THANKS ChiefBear and Dritman. It's always an honor to see customers take time out of their busy schedules to give us positive input. We appreciate each and every one of you.
Everyone check out our Facebook page at [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com] for tons of Garden tips, cool pics, contests and more.
Also join or FREE Newsletter for updates about new Hot Peppers, etc. at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001nkQb...
Thanks ALL and we'll work hard to continue to earn your business.
Great Gardening,
Pepper Joe "


Positive Dritman
(1 review)
On Jun 9, 2014, Dritman Calgary
Canada wrote:

Great selection, fair prices and I always have success germinating seeds from Pepper Joe. I've done a few orders with Pepper Joe and I'll continue to.

Positive bob613
(1 review)
On May 16, 2014, bob613 Goffstown, NH wrote:

2013 was my first attempt at gardening (zone 5) and I had no idea what I was doing or where to buy my seeds. As a result of my inexperience and lack of knowledge, I had poor germination rates, but I'm still hooked on growing my own vegetables, so I decided to expand my garden.

This year I have spent more time looking around for local guys or at least proponents of organic seeds. After reading reviews here and perusing the Pepper Joe website I decided to order some seeds. Really the site is wonderful help for beginners. It is chalk full of information. I only ordered 3 packets - one Pepper Joe Jalapeno and 2 Pepper Joe Cayenne. Sorry folks, I can't handle the hotter peppers yet. Maybe someday! Plus, I really enjoy the wonderful flavor of both Jalapeno's and Cayenne.

Anyway, I received one PJ Jalapeno, one Cayenne and one Cayenne blend in less than a week. I'm glad I was sent a blend by accident because it will be interesting to see what color fruits I end up with. All of the seeds were whole and looked to be good quality. I also received a packet of hot sapporo seeds and takanotsume (hawk claw) which both look pretty awesome. Seeing as how I have already bitten off more than I can chew this year regarding the size of my garden, I'll save those two for next year.

So last year I only got 33% (I had no idea what I was doing) of my seeds from a big box store to germinate. I think they sold "Botanical Interests" or something like that. This year I did a little bit better all around. My Pepper Joe Cayenne seeds had about a 71% germination rate and my Jalapenos had an 83% germination rate. I would consider that very good for a novice like me. In fact it's so much more than I expected, I am trying to give some of my other plants away so I can fit all of my peppers in the garden. I'm going from 6 hot peppers last year to 36 this year. I thought I'd share that as a point of reference.

Also, it has been just over a month since I planted the seeds in the seed trays and the peppers are growing well with great color.

I plan to buy more seeds from Pepper Joe's next year. If you haven't spent some time looking through the website I would recommend it.


On May 16, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On May 19, 2014 2:25 PM, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

Thank you SO MUCH Bob613, DeanaMiller and MvilleChilihead and all of you other Gardening friends that took time from your valuable schedules to give us positive input. We're humbled that you would do all of that. THANKS again. We'll continue to try hard to stay with you every step of the way after you make a purchase with us. Check out our Free Newsletters, Facebook page and websites packed with information on growing Hot Peppers & Tomatoes.
Joe + Penny "


Positive DeanaMiller
(2 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2014, DeanaMiller MOUNT EDEN, KY wrote:

I love Pepper Joe's! It's my go-to for peppers. There are so many varieties! I've had great success with all my orders and I feel confident that I am getting non-GMO seed. This is important to me. I also enjoy getting the free seed gifts. It gives me an opportunity to love something I might otherwise not have tried.

Positive MvilleChilihead
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2014, MvilleChilihead Marysville
United States wrote:

While I am only a second-year customer at PepperJoe.com, I have been thoroughly satisfied two years in a row now.
Last year my son and I purchased seeds from Pepper Joe for the first time, selecting the Carolina Reaper (of course!), Chocolate Habs and Bhut Jolakia. We enjoyed a 95% success rate with germination. Compare this to a 50% success rate you get from seeds purchased at the hardware and grocery stores and the price difference adds up INSTANTLY.
I have an extreme sense of confidence in their seed stock now, and have been very happy when reviewing their website for growing tips and various videos of numerous topics.
Not only have I received all of my orders within one week's time, but I recently emailed Joe with a question regarding a lighting problem I had. I had a response from him in my inbox the following morning! Now THAT is customer service!
Last week I purchased some Scotch Bonnet and Tabasco seeds from Joe, and started them the following day (after soaking overnight in warm water under my lights!) I eagerly await their appearance!
Hit this guy up, you will NOT be disappointed!

Positive Dangermoos
(1 review)
On Mar 27, 2014, Dangermoos MacLain, MS wrote:

I am a professional horticulturalist so my experiences may differ from yours. That said, my comments relating to PepperJoes seed are more from a "peppers in general" point of view as I feel that PepperJoes seed quality, while they are priced competitively- seem very expensive...but they are first rate seed stock.
Loving my crop : Carolina Reapers, Morouga Scorpions, Jumbo Ghosts, Hab - Savina's , ...and some Cayenne's for the ladies!
Oddly the highly hybirdized Morouga Scorpions came up first, then the Cayennes. That was expected. Savinas and then Reapers~
I really like to keep them together so I can keep my light height even across their tops. Yesterday we had ice outside but today it is near 60 degrees?!
I will let them grow to ~ 5 inches tall then bump them up to 4" pots ( now they are in 72's - which is super convenient because I received 12 seeds each of the CR's, MS's, and Ghosts- making them a full row each [6 rows of 12 cells in 72's] also it is a good practice to keep the root mass tight; initially growing them in in the smallish 72 cells - then bumping them up a little as they mature. just after potting up I will move outside to the green house/ weather permitting- to begin hardening off. Will look for a cloudy day to pot up to the 4" size and move out - to reduce shock.
Three weeks in and my plants are ~8 inches tall and are in dire need to be planted up - or into bigger pots. Only lost one plant but I suspect that the cat got it. So far I have been very happy with my seed from PepperJoes!!
Now for the buyer beware stuff--
Peppers are notorious for taking an absurdly long time to germinate. They can be susceptible to attack from fungal diseases during prolong germination periods. They like a warm environment. I suggest that you use a new bag (only) of potting soil when planting to reduce the risk of fungal contamination. Also watering with warm water helps. I use a heat mat under my seed starter flats, as well as an intensive grow lamps and am in a greenhouse environment. I use seed germination growth hormones. They are very tricky if not used exactly right. All in all it would be expensive to replicate this at home but the good news is you can grow peppers in a simple peat pot and windowsill if you are patient. Just beware that it can take almost a month to germinate and will probably come up unevenly- so re potting individually maybe what's right for you.
I just hate it when someone has an unhappy experience - using poor technique, and blames the seed purveyor. Peppers can be one of the most challenging crop to take on. That's why most people get theirs already to plant at homedepot or walmart. But you can't get these at your local bigbox retailer!! Be careful, be CLEAN in your potting environment... and enjoy your crop!!!


On Mar 27, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 27, 2014 10:00 AM, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

Dangermoos, Redins & GJevins_00,
Thanks SO MUCH for taking your valuable time to do such nice and positive ratings on Pepper Joe's.
We do like to stay with our customers every step of the way after they place an order. So join us on Facebook along with 70,000 other gardeners at [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com] and sign up for my Newsletter "Chile News n Views" at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001nkQb...
We sure do appreciate all of you.
Pepper Joe"


Positive gjevans_00
(1 review)
On Mar 25, 2014, gjevans_00 Ellsworth, PA wrote:

First time ordering from PepperJoe's this year and I'm very pleased so far. He has a great selection of seeds to choose from, a lot of helpful information on growing, and many web video to watch. I got my order within a week and everything was packaged nicely. I ended up getting 95% germination, which was way better than the past years buying seeds from the local big box stores. I asked PepperJoe a question about fertilizing and got an e-mail response the next day. I'm looking forward to showing off my garden of black and purple jalapeņos this summer. Thanks again PepperJoe!

Positive Redins
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2014, Redins Bowmanville
Canada wrote:

I ordered Ghost, Carolina reaper and chocolate habanero peppers. The seeds arrived very fast and packaged well. I would of been happy with a 50% germination rate. However I had 100% with the ghost and Carolina peppers and 90% with the chocolate hab's within 14 days. They plants are all strong and doing well. I have messages them an few times with questions and usually within 2hrs I have a response. Dealing with Pepper Joe's was great. I highly recommend using them and I will not go anywhere else. I look forward to more purchases, if I survive the Carolina reapers!,,
Thank you

Patrick

Positive bluemerle
(2 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2014, bluemerle North Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

Posted on March 4, 2014, updated March 21, 2014
Hi Joe,
Received my Sweet Bell Peppers seeds, for me, and the Carolina Reaper for a friend, WAY TOO HOT for me!! The great quality seeds in their secure bubble wrap package came very quickly.
Sorry it's taken me so long to post a review. I've been trying to leave a very POSITIVE review for Penny's Tomatoes, also. Since Feb. 27, 2014, I've been D-mailing back and forth about why my post was "Halted/Rejected"!!
No explanation, No corresponding link, NO Recourse!!
I D-Mailed Dave's Garden's Representative, Terry, and all he does is refer to an old review posted back in Nov, 2013.
I just wish I knew what I did wrong, so I don't do it again. I couldn't find a place to post a "New" review for Penny, so I just posted it to "addition", which I explained to Terry, and asked him for the correct place to post. He doesn't seem to actually read my messages. I think my rather long, (as you can see), review is lost forever!!

Sorry to go on & on, instead of talking about Both your GREAT companies!!
Top Quality seeds and the quickest and BEST Customer Service ever!! Don't know what I'd do without both of yours expert advice!!
Thanks for all your help!! I'll let you know how my plants do in this very HOT Dry Desert Climate. I'm glad you guys sell seeds that tolerate the heat!!
All the best, Diane Huff


On March 21st, 2014, bluemerle added the following:

WOW JOE!!
All 6 of the varieties I purchased came up in SEVEN DAYS
after sowing!!! Oops, I take that back. I should say 90%
germination in 7 days!!! All but the "Santa Fe Grande" Peppers. Not a one of them came up. Oh well, they were FREE.
I think I wrote to you and Penny on Facebook, probably in private message, about some of the seeds actually sprouting in the pretty warm water that I soaked them in over night, as suggested. I kept a heating pad under them all night. Not a good idea!!
I was so sure that I had ruined them!. The hotter the Pepper, (Carolina Reaper, Fatalii, etc.), the more they sprouted. The Bells didn't do it so much.
Imagine my elation, when on St Patrick's Day, I woke up and found that nearly half of All my Pepper Joe's seeds had come up after only ONE WEEK!!
I thought it would take 4+ WEEKS to germinate!!

I better sow Penny's Tomatoes today to catch up!!
Thanks Joe for such a GREAT product!!! Now that they've all come up, I turn off the heating pad, Right??
Sincerely, Diane Huff


On Mar 21, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 21, 2014 4:11 PM, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

Hi Diane and thanks again for the update. Your follow up is great.
Yes, take off the heating pad now that your plants are up....otherwise they can grow tall and leggy.
I'll gladly replace your Santa Fe seeds. Drop me an email at pepperjoe@sc.rr.com If you need us for anything else reach out on Facebook....I don't visit Dave's all of the time.
Thanks,
PJ"


Positive mamaseeta
(1 review)
On Mar 9, 2014, mamaseeta St guillaume, quebec
Canada wrote:

Ordered seeds from Pepper Joe and the package was postmarked 4 days after I placed the order. I received them within a week, no hold up at the cdn post office. Very solid packaging inside and out. Healthy looking seeds are planted and am anxious to see results. Later.......


On Mar 9, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 10, 2014 4:16 PM, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

Hi Mamaseeta, BlueMerle and Jeffer86.
Thanks a million for taking time from your busy schedules to do such nice reviews. We do appreciate that and thank you for being customers.
We do take time in our quick shipping time and order turn. We also go the extra mile and buy the best bubble wrap envelopes so that your seeds can't get crushed.
Customers like you make it all worth while. Please keep us posted on your growing progress at our Facebook page and join 70,000 other Gardeners that just love Hot peppers and tomatoes.
Pepper Joe
"


Positive Jeffer865
(1 review)
On Feb 25, 2014, Jeffer865 Coquitlam, BC wrote:

First time ordering through pepper joes. Some seeds from my order didn't germinate. I contacted PJ and he sent the replacement order the next day.
With service like that there's a reason PJ's been around,and hopefully stays around for years to come!
Jeffer865

Positive grampadidi
(1 review)
On Feb 13, 2014, grampadidi Lexington, KY wrote:

On my third year with Pepper Joes and Pennys Tomatoes. I'm a hot pepper nut, and Joe knows hot. I love trying out the free seeds they send. I always have good success with my seeds, and plants bear great peppers. Timely in answering questions, and helpful in solving issues. Highly recommended. It's fun being the only guy that has all the latest in peppers. The Santa Fe Grande was a freebie last year, and is now one of my favorites.


On Feb 13, 2014, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

"On Feb 13, 2014 12:32 PM, Pepper Joe's Inc. responded with:

Hey to Grampadidi, Hayesyork and Ricky.
You all make it all worth our while.
Taking time from your valuable day to give us a good rating just humbles us.
Keep us posted on how your growing season goes.
Wishing you much continued success.
PJ"


Positive hayesyork
(1 review)
On Feb 8, 2014, hayesyork York, SC wrote:

Pepper Joe always answers my emails promptly. Their shipping is quick and their seeds are top quality. My husband is actually the pepper fanatic. He loves eating them and now he loves growing them. He also just ordered seeds from Penny's Tomatoes for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The variety of peppers and tomatoes available is wonderful. We really appreciate the great customer service from Pepper Joe's and Penny's Tomatoes!


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