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Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

Green Star: Good Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. is a Watchdog 30 company. Green Star: Good

Mailing Address:
2278 Baker Creek Rd
Mansfield, Missouri 65704 (United States)

Phone: (417) 924-8917

Catalog Order Page: Hyperlink
Paper Catalog Cost: Free

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  Company Comment, posted on October 21, 2002:  
It all started in 1998 with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, the company that now offers one of the largest selections of heirloom seeds in the U.S. with over 1,300 varieties of tasty vegetables, fragrant flowers, and spicy herbs. Groovy seeds for all your home and market garden needs. Jere collects many ethnic varieties each year through his extensive travels. We offer the most unique, colorful and flavorful varieties. Our varieties have been grown in many major gardens, including Disney World, the U.S. National, Chicago, New York, St. Louis Botanic Gardens, Monticello, Living History Farms, and Colonial Williamsburg, to name a few.

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. Jere Gettle founded the company in 1998 as a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. Our varieties have been featured in Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, Martha Stewart, and many others. Gardeners can request a free 124-page color catalog that now mails to over 250,000 gardeners nationally.

Over the past dozen or so years, Baker Creek has branched out into other related projects as well, including The Heirloom Gardener magazine, which is now in its seventh year of publication. The Gettle family has also expanded to a location in Sonoma County, California, in the beautiful town of Petaluma. In June 2010 they expanded to Connecticut, buying and preserving the near 200 old Comstock, Ferre & Co. One of America's first seed companies.

We started hosting festivals in 2000 as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural food enthusiasts together to exchange thoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoy vendors, old-time music and much more. These festivals gave birth to the idea for our pioneer village, Bakersville. Other projects include our trial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, our popular online forums at, and educational produce exhibits.

We also work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the worldís poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects. It is our goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered Frankenfood and the companies that support it.

Thank you so much for your interest,
Jere, Emilee & Sasha Gettle

  Feedback History and Summary  
1085 positives
27 neutrals
46 negatives


Displaying the 50 most recent comments:

Positive DenaKotka
Golden Valley, AZ
(1 review)
August 11, 2019
Fast shipping A+++++
Positive Calcifer
Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
(4 reviews)
June 26, 2019
Very pleased with my purchase of tissue cultured fig plants from Baker Creek. The price is fantastic and each plant is actually bigger than I anticipated. While shipping takes 2 weeks to process, customer service was very helpful in answering my questions.

Free shipping for everything in 2019, woohoo!
Positive BostonPlanted
Boston, MA
(8 reviews)
May 3, 2019
Great selection, quality, germination, and shipment.
Positive purplethorns
Streetsboro, OH (Zone 5b)
(5 reviews)
April 30, 2019
4/30/19....received seed order after some delay...contacted baker creek about order not received...they found the shipping problem and fixed the mistake....this was done quickly...they have good seeds with a high germination rate,,,have ordered from them for many years...
Positive Scareduck
Little Rock, AR
(1 review)
March 27, 2019
Promptly sent the seeds I ordered. Hoping for good tomatoes this year!
Positive soundengineer
Flowery Branch, GA
(1 review)
March 22, 2019
Prompt service and quality seeds. My 3rd year ordering from them and I will continue to do so in the future.
Positive JanetNOLA
Slidell, LA
(1 review)
March 20, 2019
When I noticed that a successful YouTube gardener used Baker Creek "Giant of Italy" parsley, I ordered some, along with some tomato and pepper seeds. The parsley germinated well in the garden (on its own timetable, as is normal for parsley). I now have about 20 very healthy parsley plants.

I enjoy the "bonus" seeds that they send with each order. We had so many "Black Vernissage" tomatoes last year!

Baker Creek ships quickly, and their seeds germinate very well. I recommend them to everyone.
Positive Dalphond
Ypsilanti, MI
(1 review)
March 19, 2019
Wonderful seeds. Excellent variety (obviously). Super quick shipping.
Positive NKY
Yellville, AR (Zone 7a)
(1 review)
March 12, 2019
Love their catalogue, the wide selection of rare heirloom seeds, and the prices. The order I placed arrived promptly, so I didn't have to stress about having the seeds in time, and the customer service is great. I would definitely recommend this company and will be ordering from them again.
Positive Ladybug97031
Hood River, OR
(8 reviews)
February 8, 2019
Love the catalog, and the seeds. Fast service, and the free packages are a nice gift. I look forward to ordering again.
Positive JoyLaVie
Nampa, ID
(1 review)
February 7, 2019
My order arrived lightning fast, in perfect condition, and with a couple free seed packets of varieties Iíll actually use. 100% satisfied with my purchase.
Positive DASouza
Tucson, AZ
(1 review)
February 2, 2019
I am always amazed at how fast my orders are processed. Everything is just great and my orders arrive in about one week. There are no additional shipping charges. The selection of seeds is amazing and at times overwhelming, but in a good way. love this company! Keep up the good work.
Positive Renegade66
Buffalo Valley,
United States
(1 review)
January 24, 2019
I have ordered from this company for several years and I love their products, their philosophy and their catalogs. This company also supports a very worthwhile non-profit organization in my area by providing free seeds to them each year to help people become more independent with growing their own food. I love Bakers Creek! I have never had a problem with the seeds I order and I enjoy reading the information in their catalog tremendously.
Positive Lchasecc
Fall River, MA
(1 review)
December 18, 2018
Good company. Always good seeds. Good plants as well. Will always buy from them. Crop failures happen but they always refund or give you another choice. You can always try next year. Yes that part stinks. But if theres a crop failure you probably cant get it anywhere else for that matter.
Positive dhoppy
Boise, ID
(1 review)
December 15, 2018
I have ordered from Baker Creek many times. They have always been fantastic.. What I like the most is the big variety of unusual seeds from all over the world. Many new ones this year from China and Japan. I always like how they put in a couple for free seed packets. Highly recommend them.
Positive Beltian1
Belt, MT
(1 review)
December 4, 2018
Some of the things I've ordered weren't adapted to my more northern climate, but most have done great. I wish they had a catalog just for the north. Really nice catalog, pretty decent prices, and great service. Free seed packets and quick shipping.
Negative johnlongard
Newport, KY
(1 review)
November 7, 2018
This was my first time purchasing from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co and I was very disappointed in the germination rates. While the mini pink popcorn was near 100%, the yellow corn was less than 50%. Cowpeas and okra were less than 50%. Telephone tall peas were around 30%. All of these had to be planted more than once to get anywhere near 80% germination.

These represent more than 2/3 of my garden. I'm very hesitant to use the seeds I've saved.

I'm debating on doing future business with this company.
Company representative comment on November 7, 2018:
On Nov 7, 2018 10:08 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're sorry to hear you had trouble with your seed, though it sounds like you did achieve 80% germination on your second planting? We have a passing germ test on all lots of seed before we offer them for sale, but many things can happen to the seed after it leaves our warehouse that can affect germination, including irradiation by the postal service. This is one of the reasons we offer a 2 year germination guarantee on all of our seeds. We guarantee that our seeds will germinate to at least industry standards for that type, or we will send you replacement seed or issue you a refund. We have not heard from you on this issue other than here. Please email us at [email protected] with a list of varieties you had an issue with, and we'd be happy to work with you to resolve this.

Positive SanJoseFool
Canton, GA (Zone 7b)
(18 reviews)
October 25, 2018
Ordered three different types of watermelon seeds. All germinated and grew well. One never set fruit but the others did and were true to type. Will be ordering more plants for next season from the.
Positive Mizzle
Prescott, AZ
(1 review)
October 16, 2018
Baker Creek always ships my orders quickly and completely, and I admire the good works they do. They focus on saving and passing on heirloom seeds; they donate seeds to areas hit by disasters whose farms have been damaged; they donate seeds to children's and community gardens; they offer educational and recreational programs at their farm to teach the importance of knowing where our food comes from and how wonderful it can be for children to plant a few seeds too. I can recommend Baker's Creek Rare Seeds highly to everyone who gardens.
Negative MDFICA
Hermitage, TN
(2 reviews)
October 8, 2018
Ordered a bulk cacti mix just for fun. Planted according to instructions. After 2 months of no germination contacted the company and received a replacement pack. Now again, no germination. I have germinated other seeds from other source with great success. Some planted weeks after the replacement pack. Not really excited to have wasted money on seeds and shipping.

Positive note: the company was very quick to respond.
Company representative comment on October 8, 2018:
On Oct 8, 2018 2:39 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're sorry to hear the seed did not do well for you! We always have a valid germ test before we offer any lot of seed for sale, but there are many things that can affect germination of the seeds after it leaves our warehouse, including irradiation of the package by a mail service. This is one of the reasons we offer a 2 year germination guarantee on our seeds. I have issued you a refund for the packet of seeds, and another refund for the shipping costs you paid.

Neutral Basil989
Pueblo, CO (Zone 5b)
(9 reviews)
June 18, 2018
I have no problems with the commerce part of this company. I think they have great photography, good prices, good shipping, and I have been at least somewhat successful with the seeds I have purchased. (Can't get the sweet peas to blossom . . .)

But I feel very, very uncomfortable with the bad science and fear-mongering they promote on their social media and I have noticed it cropping up in other inappropriate places as well, to the point where it appears that representatives of Baker Creek are actually promoting false scientific claims to their customer base.

By politicizing their company, Baker Creek is committing a cardinal sin in the business world- they are actively turning away customers who do not want to see a very complex topic turned into a selling tool used to pander to a group of under-informed consumers.

I cannot give my money to a company that attempts to grow its customer base by reeling in the gullible and ignorant. That does not sit right with my conscience.
Positive RobTHoll
Memphis, TN
(1 review)
June 11, 2018
So far everything seems just fine. Handling and shipping took 8 days which was expected so im happy with that.

Tons of seeds thats for sure pretty much every packet has a decent bit above the stated quantity so im happy about that especially the packets that were only supposed to contain a handful. Ill update my comment about germination success rate here before long.
Positive robotmommy
Verona, PA (Zone 6b)
(3 reviews)
May 26, 2018
Baker Creek has been my go-to for herb and veggie seeds for about two years. I've ordered dozens of varieties (if not hundreds) from them, and out of everything I've only had the following failures:

1) Ginger. They sent tiny little slips that were barely rooted and died immediately.
2) Rosemary. The seeds didn't grow. I know it's hard to germinate rosemary, but I can grow anything. Except these Baker Creek rosemary seeds.
3) PawPaw Trees. I ordered five seeds. They sent me seven. I followed the directions exactly. Not one of them sprouted.

Everything else - tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs, flowers - do lovely. I even bought passionflower vines that are all still alive, despite the abuse of children.

I will continue to use Baker Creek as my primary source for seeds for all time. :)
Positive Liza123
Houston, TX
(2 reviews)
May 18, 2018
Five years ago I looked into heirloom seeds and this is one of the companies I tried out, for the most part I only grow vegetables and for the hard to grow plants I buy the plants directly to have better success.
I've been ordering every year from Baker Creek Seed Company and the dedication to the plants they grow and seeds they have available, is amazing. I get a FREE catalog in the mail every year, with all or most of the seeds/plants/trees they are selling, my family and I find the catalog a great aide and we all circle what we want and go order online.
We are also thankful for the free seed packet, the giant sunflowers are a hit with our family and neighbors, we get with every order.
And when I order live plants I know exactly how many I need and how many they will deliver to make sure I am successful even if one or a few don't make it, due to various reasons.
I do remember a few years ago, I ordered a specific variety of carrot seeds, turns out, they were the wrong seeds, Baker Creek took care of me ASAP with great customer service, I received a new carrot seed packet with the correct seeds and a card with a code for a free future purchase of seeds. Great customer service and they really go out of their way to help.
They have annual festivals to attend, and they are the BEST, definitely worth the drive.
Positive reeve1
Plano, TX (Zone 8b)
(52 reviews)
April 25, 2018
Always a pleasure to deal with these people! Never a problem in probably a decade now of buying their seeds. You can tell when the people who are selling the seeds are actually growing them, too, or just selling someone else's seeds. They even provide wonderful proof with pictures of the whole family getting into the business. It's heartwarming and I feel like I know them from their wonderfully huge and colorful catalogs showing pictures of many of the plants they grow and showing them doing what they do best. Keep up the great work folks!! We love it all!
Neutral mjbivens
Houston, TX
(5 reviews)
April 25, 2018
Posted on April 23, 2018, updated April 25, 2018
ordered 12 different seed varieties. More than half had extremely poor germination.(less than 50%) seeds were greenhouse planted with grow lights and bottom heat. seed packages contained very little germination/planting/growing/zone information.

On April 25th, 2018, mjbivens changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Was explained to me that my poor results might have been caused by the postal service x-raying my package.Was offered replacement or refund. Chose refund and my account was credited the same day.
Still would like to see better cultural information on their packaging!
Company representative comment on April 24, 2018:
On Apr 24, 2018 2:19 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We are so sorry you had this experience. All of our seeds are guaranteed for two years after the date of purchase to germinate and grow true to type or we will replace them or refund.
We test all of our seeds to meet or exceed USDA germination requirements and we then grow out our varieties in our trial gardens in Mansfield , MO, to test drive the heirloom varieties prior to offering them for sale to the public.
Even with all of that, there are many things that can happen to the seeds once they leave our warehouse, including being irradiated by the postal service. We want to know when things go wrong so we can promptly correct the issue!

Please advise us as to how you would like us to handle that, would like replacement or refund. Please e-mail [email protected] ATTN: Customer Service or call 417-924-8917 M-F 9-4 CST or please let us know the best time to reach you via phone and best number to call, please reply in our FB message thread where we have been conversing. Thank you for your patience while we work to correct this issue!

Neutral BostonBeans
Hanover, MA
(2 reviews)
April 16, 2018
Really dissapointed with the shipping speed.
Company representative comment on April 16, 2018:
On Apr 16, 2018 3:25 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

We're so sorry to hear you were disappointed in us! Was it the length of time until we shipped the order, or the length of time it took to arrive once it was shipped? We'd love to work with you on this so that you are satisfied in the future. Please email us at [email protected] with ATTN: Lisa O in the subject line.

Positive weasel23
Elma, WA (Zone 8a)
(3 reviews)
April 11, 2018
I've been buying my seeds from Baker Creek for years! I love their selection and fast shipping. It's especially fun for me to grow some of their wide variety of tomato plants each year. Even with my brown thumbs, I get some edible food every year (knock on wood)! I've had great results saving seeds from plants grown with their seeds. Also, I got some of their seed garlic to plant in the fall of 2016, it did well, and I was able to plant its descendants in the fall of 2017. Hopefully it keeps self-perpetuating! The free seeds with every order are fun too.
Positive vaultdweller22
Kerrville, TX
(3 reviews)
April 6, 2018
Shipping was fast and I like their website. I like that I can find varieties there that are difficult to find elsewhere. Very delighted by the free seeds too!
Positive stanca
El Paso, TX
(3 reviews)
March 8, 2018
Had a most pleasant experience ordering Abe Lincoln and Roma tomatoes along with bhut jolokia peppers. They also provided a sample that I have also started. Very well done and artsy website, their catalog is even better. Fast shipping and reasonable prices. Another new go to place for us.
Positive mmercedes
Houtzdale, PA (Zone 5a)
(11 reviews)
March 7, 2018
I order from various seed companies each year. I start thousands of vegetable and flower seedlings under lights each year. I placed three orders this year with Baker Creek. I called and talked to their customer service on one occasion recently. They couldn't have been more pleasant. All my orders arrived within a couple of weeks.

I want to say it is disgusting to read the rude, vicious, and almost hysterical comments some people make when leaving negative reviews.

First of all, people with complaints should CALL THE COMPANY FIRST. Don't rely only on emails. If you are still unhappy and without a resolution, THEN they should post the facts here and their rating. NO ONE should jump to wild conclusions and accuse a company of being a cheater, liar, or deliberately fraudulent.

All companies post their shipping costs and no one is twisting your arm to force you to buy from a company whose shipping costs you don't like. If you don't like it, then don't order.
Positive sunflowerbob
Irwin, PA
(2 reviews)
February 24, 2018
baker creek has been my favorite company for years. this year I placed my order on feb 15and had it by feb 22 .great service!! and awesome products thanks baker creek!
Neutral weedweedplant
Avoca, NE
(1 review)
February 8, 2018
I have ordered from and received what I ordered , over several years, from this company. One thing that just annoys me to no end it is the catalog. Amazing photography sells a lot of seeds and it is just too too bad that the focus of the description is on lore and stories that are interesting on one hand but useless in terms of understanding what specific zone a plant is suited for and what itís cultural needs are

If you cannot provide both (cute ,interesting stories and useful,necessary cultural info) why not include the latter first? In this industry the huge majority of other companies are able to accomplish this.

This company has a great selection and a great opinion of itself. It is too bad that it has succumbed to some of advertisingís worst devices.
Company representative comment on February 8, 2018:
On Feb 8, 2018 11:22 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:

Customers often want to know days to maturity on a crop or what climate zone it's best suited for. We supply DTM information where it's available, but we don't place much stock in it. The reason is simply that there are too many variables for it to be reliable. A day's
growth can be very different from one climate to another and even from one season to another within a single garden. And the methods for calculating them are far from uniform. USDA climate
zones are no better: they only tell the average minimum winter temps. That's great for perennial plants, but most veggies are summer annuals! A better method is to try varieties that come from a climate whose summer weather is similar to your own. Folks in the northern states should first try varieties that come from there or from, say, northern Europe or Russia. Folks in the Southeast should pay special attention to Southern varieties or those from the tropics and so on. This might seem to be a bother, but, carefully done, this method will give better results than the standard ones, which, in our opinion, give a false sense of security. And besides, becoming a bit of an armchair traveler is just more fun!

As a general rule, nearly any seed in our catalog will grow in over 95% of the USA if cultivated properly.

Positive Ksunshine
Portland, OR
(1 review)
February 6, 2018
Love Baker Creek!
Their catalog is beautiful with many unusual seeds.
Customer service is A+ & shipping is super fast!
One of the best seed companies I have used.

Positive drusila_13
Lutz, FL,
United States
(1 review)
January 29, 2018
This is my favorite website to order seeds from. They have an amazing selection, their seeds almost always germinate, and their customer service (in my experience) is superb. Iíve only had one issue with their seeds before, when a packet got here empty. The seeds were tiny, so I figured they mustíve somehow fallen out or someone made a mistake while packing. Anyway, I contacted the company that evening and got an answer the very next day. The rep (Leah) apologized and shipped me a replacement right away.
I already loved this company, but that made me a loyal customer.
Positive FourThumbFarm
Simpsonville, KY
(1 review)
January 25, 2018
ORDER FROM THEM!!!! First time ordering through this company and it WILL NOT be my last. I actually went back online and ordered another batch of seeds. Not only to they promote the Heirloom seeds but buying rare and heirloom seeds are great for environmental purpose and seed banks worldwide. Just seeing the website get me excited! ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!
Positive dncampbell
Abingdon, VA
(3 reviews)
January 19, 2018
I am getting ready to place another order this year - I love the unique products and the catalog is a work of art! Excellent quality. Am looking forward to eating the blackberries, which were a real value.
Positive OldPumpkin
North Smithfield, RI
(7 reviews)
January 17, 2018
Just received my order today ! Speedy delivery and well packaged . They have many fine cultivars which I can,t find anywhere else !!! This is my third yr shopping with this excellent company . Previous yrs germinated well ...
Positive gregislost
Delhi, NY (Zone 5b)
(9 reviews)
January 17, 2018
Ordered 7 packets of seeds and they shipped the very next day.

Great website, affordable shipping, decently priced seeds, great selection.
Positive dberk
Ogden, UT
(2 reviews)
January 16, 2018
I had placed a large order (for me) last year with Baker Creek. The post office lost my package! I tried going through the post office to find my package, but you could predict the results.

Finally, I sent a message to Baker Creek asking if they had this happen often, and to see if they could help me track it down. The customer service person, Leah was amazing. Their response was, "it's gone" and "I'm sending you a replacement right now."

You can read other reviews about how their seeds are of the highest quality, but I'm here to tell you that they far surpass expectations of customer service. Thank you Leah! Your service made me feel very special.

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