This is by far the worst seeds investment I have made in over 50 years. I purchased 12 different types of seeds from Reimer. 3 types did not sprout at all (Goliath Gold Rush Sweet Peppers gave me 0 sprouts. Mongolian Sunflower gave me 0 sprouts, Blue Lake Pole Beans 0 sprouts and only partial sprouting in their Blanket Flowers. What a dissapointment after looking forward to spring after such a long winter. Peppers, Sunflowers and Blanket Flowers were started 6 weeks ahead of season in the hopes of have a great garden experience this year. I 'm not a newbie, I have been gardening for over 50 years and I know what I'm doing . WARNING Stay away from Reimer Rip Off seeds, they are deceptive merchants. If I could have chosen Extreme Negative box that would have been the one. Nothing else to say!
I ordered tomatoe and pepper seed. Shipping was unreasonably slow. Seed germination was terrible. About 10% at best, from 2 packs of tomatoes I got 4 plants, the peppers were just as bad, from 30 some seeds I have 3 plants. Never again.....
I purchased lemon balm, chamomile and sage seeds from them and out of 10 seeds each, only one or 2 of each germinated. In addition, the lemon balm turned out to be some kind of weed and the sage looks like thyme, not sage. I'm very disappointed and will not purchase from them in the future
Basil989 Pueblo, CO (Zone 5b) (9 reviews) June 25, 2018
Posted on June 18, 2018, updated June 25, 2018
I began ordering from Reimer in 2017. I placed three orders between then, totaling around $100 and over 40 different kinds of seeds. I went to them because they had specific kinds of unique peppers I wanted and I liked the unusual (to me) things they had- peanuts, cotton, tobacco, etc.
The thing is in the last year I have grown immensely as a gardener. The incredibly low seed germination rates I had last year I chalked up to my own incompetence. But this year, there are no excuses left. Seeds from Reimer\'s competitors are giving me nearly 100% success rates. Yet, I have so many packets from Reimer that haven\'t popped even one seed still (peppercorn, phlox, lupine, catgrass!, lollo rosa lettuce, paw paw tree (after proper strat), corn salad). Then others, like pink banana squash, only had two from the whole packet germinate. This clearly isn\'t on me anymore, if it ever was.
Add to that the highest shipping cost of all the other seed companies I use (mostly small heirloom seed suppliers) and packaging with no instructions and I just had to stop using Reimer.
(Yeah, I really want my phone out to double-check instructions when I\'m outside in the water and dirt)
If their quality, shipping, and packaging were better they would no doubt be my number 1 supplier, no questions asked. Their selection is really diverse and interesting, almost worth the shipping. But not if nothing will grow.On June 25th, 2018, Basil989 added the following:
Editing to add: Through a total random accident (posted a picture of my plant to Reddit) I learned today that Reimer sold me a dangerously mislabeled seed.
A kind stranger on Reddit pointed out to me that my plant isn't actually huckleberry, but "garden huckleberry" (a.k.a wonderberry), a member of the nightshade family whose berries when green are poisonous. On Reimer Seeds it is just called "Huckleberry".
Our animals have been around these berries unsupervised. This could have had a much worse outcome. Though the correct Latin name was listed, I would argue that the average customer, like my husband who picked these seeds out, is going to take at face value that a seed is what it says it is via its common name. Most people do not know the Latin names for plants. In comparison I found these seeds for sale on a competitor's website and it had the correct name and warnings.
I do not trust Reimer Seeds as a company and I will NEVER purchase seeds from them again.
Shipping rates and speed were fine considering that I am in Canada.
I ordered several kinds of tomato seeds based upon their resistance to late blight, as well as one Jalapeno.
The germination rate was awful. Some seeds failed to germinate at all. One tomato, Eva Purple Ball, did germinate but every one of the 5 was sickly and failed to thrive. When the Jalapeno seeds didn't germinate, I resorted to one of my older seed packets (different company) from 2015 and guess what, they germinated well.
Are Reimer Seeds selling old seeds?
I ordered 4 packets of cucumber seeds on March 23, 2018 and received my order a week later. I got 100% germination when I started the seeds in peat pellets indoors. I will definitely purchase from Reimer Seeds again.
gregislost Delhi, NY (Zone 5b) (9 reviews) January 29, 2018
Posted on January 29, 2018, updated January 29, 2018
Posted on January 22, 2018, updated January 29, 2018
Posted on January 17, 2018, updated January 22, 2018
Posted on January 13, 2018, updated January 17, 2018
Posted on January 13, 2018, updated January 13, 2018
I will be continually updating this review. I will also be writing a comprehensive article this spring reviewing many seed companies and will post information online for everyone. I will cover prices, seed quantities, shipping costs, time from order to delivery, germination rates, cost per seed vs cost per plant (based on seed cost, and germination), customer service, and more.
This first review is regarding shipping.
Shipping is UNREASONABLY SLOW.
I placed my order on December 30th, I placed all my seed orders on or after that date from several companies and Reimer Seeds is the only one yet to ship as of January 13th. Most of the seed orders from other companies have even arrived at this point. It would be slow but reasonable if there was communication from the company explaining delays. This is sad because they have a great selection of seeds but slow shipping makes it prohibitive if you are ordering and hoping to start your seeds within a few weeks such as in my case.On January 13th, 2018, gregislost added the following:
Also, I forgot to mention. Customer service is HORRIBLE. I sent 2 messages and have not received any replies even after weeks of waiting.On January 17th, 2018, gregislost changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Seeds have been shipped, customer service is now responsive, they apologize for being behind on shipments.
Package should arrive soon.On January 22nd, 2018, gregislost changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
All seed packs arrived a couple of days ago. All were newly packages. I also received an email from them apologizing orders being processed slow. Actually Reimer was not the slowest, Burpee was the slowest this year out of 8 seed companies I ordered from!
I will be grading the germination next, to be fair I went out of my way to strictly follow their instructions. I will update this in a couple of weeks.On January 29th, 2018, gregislost changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Back to negative.
Several varieties did not germinate, poor germination on a couple of others. I very strictly followed their planting instructions.
I am awaiting a reply to my email, if they rectify the situation I will change this review again.On January 29th, 2018, gregislost changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Very prompt refund without any questions asked. I am very satisfied with their handling of the situation and will order from them again in the future.
So I'm a 2nd year veggie gardener and this year was the first year I ordered seeds online... I was pretty novice at researching the viable seed companies on the net.. before researching I had ordered some Count Dracula pepper seeds from Riemer Seeds... at this point it's almost the end of the season and I wanted a cool indoor pepper since I have the artificial lighting to do so. Anyway, about two to three days after ordering it finally hit to see if there were any comments or reviews about the company. Sure enough, all I saw were NEGITIVE reviews about poor germination rates, wrong seeds shipped and poor customer service... uh oh... not good... so I suck it up and pray for the best. Upon first notice of the seeds when they arrived about 6 business days after ordering, they looked a bit darker and discolored than normal pepper seeds. They looked more tanish-brown color than a white/creamish brown... nervously I of course I sow anyway. About 8 days after planting 4 seeds, 1 has sprouted! Woo! Anyway, since that one has sprouted my anxiety has decreased a little bit but still waiting on the rest to pop.. not to worried about it though because I only need one :) There is still a chance I got the wrong seeds that were labeled Count Dracula, but I won't know that for a little longer lol. So as of this moment, my rating is neutral. If things go well, I will bump it up to positive. If things don't go well.... then I guess I'll fall in the norm of every other person who has ordered from Reimers...
just_a_guy Morgan Hill, CA (3 reviews) July 3, 2017
Posted on January 19, 2017, updated July 3, 2017
Reimer Seeds lacks basic professional courtesy in how they handle their customers. Bad attitude from customer service. As a first time customer, I was appalled by their response to my email inquiry 01/19/2017. I wrote:
Please direct this email to whom it concerns.
I believe you overcharged me for shipping on my order and I would appreciate
a credit/partial refund. I was charged $13.25 shipping on my order when in
fact, according to the USPS, actual (retail) shipping charges should be no
more than $3.78, see attachment. Reimer Seeds overcharged me $9.47.
You are charging 3 1/2 times as necessary for shipping.
This doesn\'t feel right or honest to me and discourages ordering again in
I can understand profiting from selling seeds, but not from the postage to
send them. Packaging envelope and \"handling\" costs should be built into the
price of your products and doesn\'t justify charging an additional $9.47...
\"First of all you placed the order on January 9, 2017 and today is January
19, 2017, ten days after you placed the order.
Sorry that is the shipping fees, if you thought the shipping fees were too
high you shouldn\'t have completed the order. If you read the Terms &
Conditions of Sale, which you read and agreed to, it says the shipping fees
just don\'t include postage. (see below)
According to their website and shipping label, Reimer Seeds is based out of Saint Leonard, MD
On July 3rd, 2017, just_a_guy added the following:
Update: Seed not germinating. I planted over 200 'Red Kuri' winter squash seeds in propagation tray with heat mat and NOT ONE SEED GERMINATED. No problem with the winter squash seeds obtained from other vendors. Again, Reimer Seeds is selling bad/old seed that does not germinate.
I ordered 4 different types of tomato seeds 45 days ago.
They arrived promptly. Three weeks ago I put them in Jiffy Pots with distilled water and placed them on a seedling heat mat. I did the same with seeds from Burpees. Out of the 70 Reimer seeds not a single seed germinated. All of the Burpee seeds geminated. I tried to contact Reimer Seeds and received no response. The BBB said they are out of business. If you come across Reimer Seeds on eBay avoid them at all costs. Read all the other reviews and you will understand why.
BlackCreek Mechanicsville, VA (1 review) February 9, 2017
I can only use untreated seeds and preferably Organic, but MUST be untreated. The seeds I ordered(5lbs of them) were treated. The description mentioned nothing of treatments. I emailed them since they dont list a phone number (RED FLAG), and they said it "clearly stated treated seeds". well, I looked and looked and finally found some icon in the corner with the treatment's logo. Nothing in the actual product description. Told them I was sending them back and they said to read "terms and conditions" all sales final. So.... $75 worth of trash. I can't use them.
First time ordering from this company. They had a tomato variety I couldn't find anywhere else. Prices were good so I ordered a few more seed packets.
I had no germination with one tomato and another was poor. Wrote to complain and they send back a ridiculously long questionnaire. I've been buying sees for over 40 years. Never had a seed company give me the third degree over a lousy 2 packet refund or any refund for that matter. Never got a response back from them. Now that the garden is starting to kick and plants are fruiting up I notice that the other tomatoes and lettuce I ordered are not the same variety as what's on the packet label. It's not worth the trouble to get a refund but I'll never buy from them again. I doubt I'd even take a freebie from then because I'd have no idea what I was getting!
Hopeful4ky Shepherdsville, KY (1 review) May 16, 2016
I ordered from them last week and didn't recieve my package. Because I didn't pay extra for insurance they won't replace my order. I won't order from them ever again. I don't like feeling like I've been ripped off $25! If you want to continue to have customers then you make it right.
had a 0% germination rate with a particular tomato seed (I had no problems with any other varieties) Informed Reimer Seed within the 120 day money back guarantee period. They proceeded to ask a multitude of questions trying to replicate the problem. After waiting 12-13 days I contacted them wondering whats going on. They admitted their results were poor, and tried to claim I was out of my 120 day money back guarantee period. They only wanted to offer me a credit toward a future purchase. I had to correct them by pointing out that I WAS still within my 120 day period, and that I wanted a refund or a replacement package of seeds. Finally had to threaten them with freezing the original purchase amount (benefits of Paypal !) before I got results. Issue finally resolved with a refund, but I have now lost 6 weeks of pre-season growth, dont have the variety I wanted, and they put me through weeks of frustration. Buyer beware! In my opinion, this is bottom of the barrel customer service and I will certainly take my future business elsewhere.
Grunewald Saint Hedwig, TX (1 review) February 19, 2016
Ordered seed from Reimers before, no problems. Ordered seed on 2-6-16, expedited, paid $72 for seed. Received delivery on 2-10-16, but order was for someone else. Sent message to their customer service twice now, and no response. Sent an email to their email address with complaint about the situation. Hopefully they will respond. Had read all the negative comments before, but had good results. Guess I went to the well once too often. Now getting late to plant seed, want them in the ground around March 15, won't happen now. This really sucks.
bdanwood College Station, TX (3 reviews) January 19, 2016
Ordered Carmello tomato seeds. Received promptly. None of the seeds germinated on my light stand in seed starting mix at 72 degrees. Told them and they ignored my request for replacement or refund. Should have used garden watchdog.
nnavarra61 Willow Grove, PA (1 review) December 28, 2015
I ordered my seeds & received them faster than expected using standard shipping. I ordered 1 packet each of Juliet, 4th of July, Amish Paste & Mortgage. The germination rates were drastically different, the Juliet & 4th of July had about a 90% rate, however the Amish Paste & Mortgage Lifters came in at about 10-15%. I was able to get sufficient germination to plant my small tomato garden and those of a few family members. Still am a little disappointed that I didn't get as many heirloom plants as I wanted. Wonder if it is hybrids vs. heirlooms, a friend I share with had the same experience. I will say one thing that is no reflection on Reimers, I found the 4th of July's were actually very sour.
louage mississauga, Canada (1 review) April 21, 2015
Ordered from Reimer because of the huge variety of tomato seeds they carry. This year I decided would be easier to get from one place. Horrible germination rates. Some packs I only got 1 seed germinating. Bought a pack here locally and got over 90% germination. Messed up my tomato growing this year. Will have to buy plants instead in a month.
I have used Reimer Seeds for several years. Their products are OK, not exceptional. They are really slow to respond and ship. This year, I go to order some stuff from them and I am offered an option; pay an extra $5 and your order gets processed more promptly. Otherwise it may take 3-10 days before it is processed. NO WAY! They are already slow, why should I pay extra to get them off their butts? If I pay them extra to expedite my order, then someone else's order just get pushed back further. I will not do business with them again. We should expect good service from people we give our money to. I left them an e-mail expressing my opinion of their arrogant scheme, but of course, I have not received a reply.
SLOtwinspapa San Luis Obispo, CA (1 review) November 23, 2014
We have been ordering seeds (about 3-5 times per year) from Reimer's since 2008.
We live on the central coast of California. Our gardening experience began in 2007 with Home Depot veggies. The following year we started from seed. We grow vegetables all year long. Our buying experience and growing success is in part due to Reimer's. Never had a problem with any substitutions, bad germination rates, or different results than expected. The website has customer ratings for seeds, it is easy to navigate, has great descriptions, simple planting instructions and is easy to order from. The seeds will show up as ordered, well packaged and arrive quickly.
rosepetal2 Danvers, MA (11 reviews) August 20, 2014
I searched the web for Big Mama and Super Sauce tomato seeds and found Reimer Seeds. I visited their site, ordered 5 seed varieties and then happened to find the "Scoop" in Dave's Garden for Reimers. My experience was very positive. Their site was easy to navigate and purchase on secure shopping cart. The seeds were send in bubble pack USPS First class and arrived within several days of purchase - they are in Maryland and I'm in Massachusetts. The seeds were in neat packages, ample count and I have every expectation of germination this next Spring. I order lots online and grow my entire garden from seed. I sometimes wonder if the negatives posted on Dave's Garden are from novice gardeners who maybe have unrealistic expectations or maybe even lack of experience in growing from seed. My experience was very positive and I would not hesitate in ordering from Reimers Seed again.
MarkN1 Fredericksburg, TX (2 reviews) January 22, 2014
Posted on January 18, 2014, updated January 22, 2014
Morning of Friday, January 17, 2014, I placed an order of 5 packs of vegetable seeds. Paid via VISA because the PayPal option would not take. Hmmmm..... PayPal is my preferred method as it offers the strongest protection against fraudalent companies, those who turn their nose up at good customer service and SATISFACTION. 30 minutes later I forgot a pak of seeds so when I went back for an UPDATE to add the pack of seeds I ended up with TWO orders and two charges to VISA as indicated via email. The processing timing of my order was for regular "snail" service, NOT "expedited" (which costs more). I am in no hurry, it's the dead of winter here.
Smelling something fishy and worried that they'd hit me twice I emailed them to cancel the order(s) that afternoon at 2:51 p.m., in plenty of time to accommodate me before shipping it out next week. Today, 24 hours later, Saturday January 18, 2014 at 11:19 a.m. (when supposedly they're closed) I get this email that my order has shipped, this against their Terms and Conditions -shipping policy - "Non-Expedited Orders take an average of 3-10 business days (not including Saturdays and Sundays) to leave our warehouse, but it can be a week longer because of the high number of orders this season." Right......
I get it and should have known, they can have it both ways....by shipping VERY quickly they pulled a fast one on me with the charges, against their very own policy no less - "Once the order is shipped, you can't cancel the order, nor can you refuse shipment. You can only cancel an order before it is shipped!" Again, I tried promptly to cancel the order via email, their ONLY method of communication. ( the SightMax option was mysteriously "down".)
These guys are really good at their scammer fun and games! I'll will take this matter further if need be. It's not that I need the money.....it's the principle of right and wrong. I don't like to be hurt and I don't wish it on anyone either. You've been warned!
I will edit my rating if they come to their senses and do right by me.On January 22nd, 2014, MarkN1 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Refund received. Changing from Neg. to Neutral. Will not order from them again however.
HNemerov Bastrop, TX (4 reviews) September 19, 2013
Being a little anal, I decided to really vet this company before adding this review, since there were so many negative reviews posted.
I ordered about $35 worth of seeds, and upgraded to priority shipping. Reimer added $50 of insurance because of my upgraded shipping, something they usually charge extra for. I didnít pay for expedited order processing, because I ordered in the fall, a slow time for seed houses. The seeds arrived 3 business days later (ordered on Friday, received on Wednesday).
I counted seeds from each packet. Packets were advertised an labeled as containing either 20 or 50 seeds, depending on variety. Generally hybrid seeds of tomato and broccoli are in the 20 range, open pollinated in the 50 range. However, all seed packets contained far more seeds than advertised. Tomato/Sanibel, a hybrid, was at the low end of 60% more seeds (32 total). Chinese Cabbage/Michihili was at the high end with over 9 times the advertised amount of 50 seeds. Maybe itís because this is the end of the season, but all packets are labeled for the 2014 season.
Iíve planted 4 varieties so far, and germination is within acceptable limits. I start seeds in homemade peat-lite (4 parts peat, 3 parts vermiculite, 1 part perlite) with blood meal, bone meal, and greensand added). Seeds start inside under fluorescent lights, with bottom heat when appropriate. I find this controlled environment far superior to planting in ground in nearly all cases. This runs counter to Reimer's recommendation.
Iíll likely update this review as I complete more research.
For example, viability to me is how many seedlings survive transplant and grow into healthy plants. Anybody can place seeds in a moist paper towel and determine germination rates, but some seeds do not develop healthy cotyledons and never survive more than a week beyond simple germination. So for now, I give Reimer a positive review, based upon service and initial viability testing.
I puchased seeds from this company this year, mainly because they seemed to be the one supplier that offered all three seeds that I wanted, for one shipment. Unfortunately, neither of the tomato varieties I ordered were what I received. Yes, the packages indicated they were what I ordered. But the tomatoes growing on the plants tell a different story. Instead of Japanese Black Trifeles, which I planted for a special project, I see some indescript small red slicing tomato instead. And the packet of Green Zebras is producing a hard red strangely shaped pear tomato. At least the Padron pepper seeds turned out to be Padron peppers. This is the first time I have experienced a situation like this from a seed company. Will never order from Reimer Seeds again. Wasted an entire season on tomatoes I did not want and have to wait until next to complete my project.
I placed an order with Reimer Seeds in March. I received an order confirmation and my credit card was billed correctly; the company then refused to send my order. My address wasn't in the data base that they use. The address was correct and I'd been receiving my mail there for some time but, even after many emails and a phone conversation, they continued to refuse to mail the order. I went to my local postmaster and obtained a letter confirming the validity of the address; I sent a copy of the letter and an image of the plat map showing the address to them. No joy. No one at Reimer Seeds was willing to take the trouble to write an address on an envelope.
The billing address for my credit card was that same objectionable address but they didn't object to it in that context - they had no trouble at all getting the money (which WAS eventually credited back). There are lots of seed companies out there - I will certainly never attempt to order from Reimer again.
HotTamale Lakeview, WA (1 review) February 12, 2013
Posted on February 12, 2013, updated February 12, 2013
Geez! First about Dave's Garden! It took FOREVER to figure out how to register and post feedback... Gawd! Make it simpler Dave! I will be as concise and as complete as possible. I love to write, so, here goes...
I almost didn't buy from Reimer's Seeds after seeing and reading most of the negative reviews. One of the negative reviews was far too insightful in an uncomfortable way. It sounded like a personal attack and I didn't like that. Like a family member with a vendetta.
The review stated the this Reimer guy lives with his mother. How does the reviewer know this? Isn't it commendable that he is taking care of his elderly mother? Is she ill, bed-ridden? We take care of my father-in-law as he is elderly. Living with your parent and taking care of him or her would be a good thing - don't you think? Better than putting her in a nursing home because of age or illness as many people do. Perhaps that is why he doesn't have phone service. Can you imagine the phone ringing off the wall all day, upsetting your elderly family member?
If he has hired hands, perhaps they are 'special needs' hired hands... like one of my older nephews. I'm so glad that he has a job as a bagger at the grocery store - probably 'his' career for the rest of his life. It's not much, but it gives him a sense of purpose. Perhaps the Reimer's hired hands lack phone etiquette? Based off of many of the negative responses, it would seem email etiquette is lacking as well. There are many doctors, lawyers, and professors that I work with who lack etiquette. :)
Okay. Now about my two experiences with Reimer's Seeds. First, I love their website! It is bright, colourful, and my family found it a delight to navigate through. It became a family event as we chose our seeds.
And we LOVE the little characters. The Lady Bug; The Grasshopper and the Tomato; The Ant Carrying the Pepper; The Black Crow, Spider, & Pumpkin; The Ants and the Watermelon!; and the Herb Garden with the Bee! Whoever came up with these happy little icons did a great job and put a smile on my children's faces - mine, too!
It was very easy for me to find what I was looking for, along with the many items I did not know existed. To begin with, there is the left-hand column labeled 'Categories'. We can be at the Hot Peppers (my husband's favourite) and then at the bottom of the page - click on the Tomato icon and off 'I' went to Tomato Land! :)
The kids loved the Giant Pumpkins and Goose Bumps Pumpkins! It was FUN for the whole family!!! I swear we spent about an hour on that website! "Go back to this one, Mom!" and "Let's see that one now!" "Dad, look at this Cotton! Can we grow COTTON!?!" :)
Want to get back to the home page? Just click that cute little Lady Bug in the upper left corner.
My new favourite - 'Fun Things To Grow'. The Baby Eggplants and Batwing Pumpkins! Various Cottons and Bushel Gourds! The Olive Tree and Green Tea Tree! Looks like we will be making our own Green Tea... :)
Now... regarding Grampy and TOBACCO... My family is not a smoking family, yet my father-In-Law does smoke -- OUTSIDE and a good distance from the house - we made him a little shack to relax in. Grampy is now going to try growing his own tobacco and plans to save HUNDREDS of $$$ by rolling his own. ;) Looks like he will need to rent a field to grow as much as he smokes!
That reviewer also mentioned something about cold storage and possible damage to seeds. I emailed Reimer's Seeds and expressed my concerns of that reviewer's negative response prior to placing my order. This was late Autumn and I had plenty of time to order those seeds and wanted to be sure that I would have a successful experience.
He said he hardly ever responds, but since I wrote such a nice letter - he felt compelled to respond. I learned that they have ISO Containers, along with a two-story temperature-controlled building for seed storage of thousands of seeds. And, not only do they get my husband's pepper seeds from various countries, they also grow many varieties of peppers, harvest the seeds, store them, then sell, package, and send them to the customers.
Mr. Reimer wrote that it is very important that I follow the instructions and do not use peat pots or such as they can dry out the seeds and inhibit germination. He said he tested them and found it best to plant in soil. He said to follow the directions regarding the best soil to plant in and be very careful on using additives in the soil as additives can burn the plants, especially the seedlings. He said it is very important to water at the right time as watering at the wrong time of day or over-watering can hamper a successful outcome.
Starting in the greenhouse, I have found, is beneficial. I have a small one from Fred Meyer comprised of green PVC tubing and a clear/green plastic tarp-like covering with a zip door and roll-up windows for aeration. My kids often play in the green-house and that prompts discipline. :)
My purchasing experience went surprisingly well. I did not expedite my order and payed via PayPal. An easy experience for me.
I received my order six days later, and that included the long holiday weekend. So, I ordered them on Thursday and got them the following Wednesday. Had Monday not been the holiday, I would have received them on Tuesday for sure.
For my experience, I did receive all that I ordered with a few extra seeds in each packet. I also received, much to my delight, an extra bonus packet of beans that I had not ordered. It was sort of like an unexpected Christmas gift. ;) I let the kids plant them and they were joking about Jack-and-the-beanstalk!
I must admit that I purchased the only Novelty Item they have as a Christmas gift for my husband - the Chili Pepper toy that sings, "HOT, HOT, HOT! That toy is HUGE and was an even bigger hit with the kids... but they know its Dad's. :)
Approximately 90% of all the seeds I had planted germinated and did quite well. Even when we had a terrible rain/wind storm that blew all of my seedlings off of the patio table! Most miraculously survived! I just had to try to figure out what seedlings were what plants. NOT EASY!
Watermelon has never done well up here in the Puget Sound, yet 'I' had results. I made sure that the kids and I periodically turned them on the vine in the garden. Father-in-law AKA 'Grampa' helped, too! Small Sugar Babies! They fit in the fridge nicely and were sweet. I had trouble knowing when they were ripe and two were left to over-ripen on the vine. Ooops! My fault! Unfortunately, Sugar Babies are out of stock this year. I'm hoping they'll get some in before my late planting time. Up here in the Northwest, we still get frost throughout April, so May it is... some years, June...
My corn didn't do well the first year, yet that was because it rained and rained. Last year, we had plenty of sunshine and finally received longed-for HEAT! So, my corn did well. :) The kids had a fun time making a scare-crow using the dried stalks for arms and legs. We also took the remaining stalks and bundled them together to decorate the front entrance. So, those corn kernels fed us, gave the kids an artistic challenge with the scare-crows, and rendered free decorations admired by all!
Oh, the first year, I had planted the Dark Green Zucchini Squash and I had SO MUCH, 217 pounds of Zuchinni, most likely due to all of that Northwest rain, that I had to take a lot of the Zucchini over to my neighbors and in to work. They were barbequing thick slices of Zucchini on the grill - we call it Zucchini steaks! Totally awesome!
I'm not finding Veggie Tales this year and am slightly disappointed about that. Maybe Reimer's will still get them. Always fun for the little kids! I'd rather have them playing in the dirt of our small garden, out in the fresh air, than playing XBOX! There's nothing like watching the miracle of life when the seeds sprout up through the earth...
So, my two experiences have been very good. I am sorry to read about so many negative experiences and don't know what to make of it. I almost feel guilty after having favourable experiences myself. I almost didn't purchase here, yet I am now so happy that I did. The variety is amazing and makes our family's gardening experience FUN.
In closing, I do so hope that others have as good an experience as I have had, twice over. I don't know what to say other than we have enjoyed shopping as a family at the Reimer's Seeds website and have had no troubles. Then, again, we are not super gardeners, just family folk growing a garden to save on groceries for a growing family...
On February 12th, 2013, HotTamale added the following:
One comment was that people are less likely to make a positive comment as opposed to those who make negative comments. That is what prompted me to reply.
mrssample Old River-Winfree, TX (3 reviews) June 21, 2012
Posted on June 7, 2012, updated June 21, 2012
I personally loved everything about dealing with this company! They have the largest selection of seeds I have ever seen, their prices are good, they use Pay Pal which is a big plus, and my entire order arrived in under a week, beautifully packed and nothing missing. Every package of seeds has double or triple the amount of seeds promised. I am beyond impressed with Reimer Seeds. They are probably the only seed company I will ever use in the future. No gimmicks, just real products for a fair price. Love you guys!On June 21st, 2012, mrssample added the following:
I just don't understand all of these negative comments. I seriously found Reimer seeds to be the most competent of all places I have ordered from. Do you realize they have the lowest prices of all sites I looked at? They can't help what the postage rates are. That is where the high cost comes in. Have you tried to mail anything lately? The postal rates are outrageous. And people saying they didn't get very many seeds, when each packet contains double and triple of the amount you ordered. And seriously, when you let seeds sit for years before you plant them, or you just don't plant them correctly, what do you expect? Don't blame the company because you didn't follow planting guidelines. I do realize sometimes you do everything right and still have bad results. Several peoples comments were fair, from good gardeners. I am just tired of people who don't have anything better to do than sit around and complain. Get off your computer and try putting more effort in to your garden and you might get better results.
Wish I had checked here before I ordered from them. I got increasingly nasty emails saying that the address I gave them was not in the US Postal bank. I've been using the address for years with no problems. Without my permission, they sent the order to my billing address so now I will have to pay shipping twice. The person is rude and incompetent.
decherdt Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) (6 reviews) May 22, 2012
I have placed multiple orders with Reimer Seeds in the last 2 years. The quantities are small and the prices are high, but that is up front, not a suprise, my choice to pay more and get everything from one vendor in one shipment. (tomato, peppers, broccoli, onions, cucumbers, melons, corn) Have had good germination rates (5 of 6 ish). I did order a pouch of regular leaf Brandywine seeds but got potato leaf plants from the seeds in the pouch, figured they might invoice me for the difference if I mentioned it. Spreading my orders around more these days.
gomezdamian Lafayette LA., United States (1 review) May 21, 2012
I feel Iike Reimer seeds ripped me off w 5 seeds in tomato packs, 8 seeds for eggplant and 10 seeds for pumpkin and the list goes on.... I will never buy from these guys again.
I purchased seeds from this company in January and started them in covered peat pots (Jiffy) on a South window sill. The following germination rates were obtained:
Winter Savory 15%
Black Cumin 30%
Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum) 0% (using 20+ seeds)
The germination rates of my seeds from Burpee were 90+% however, they were more common plants (tomatoes and peppers, dill, etc).
I did run into low germination rates with other seeds I have had on hand, but the packets were several years old and left over from previous years' plantings.
I contacted the company twice via email but did not receive a response.
I placed a $38.75 order for 6 varieties of tomatoes, 2 artichokes, and 1 peanut variety. Shipping was $5.75 for a 10" x 12" padded envelope with 4 oz. of First Class postage. The Sunmaster tomato variety envelope came with 5 seeds. That's $0.80 per seed. After feeling F#$%ed without a kiss. I reviewed them.
They don't look good. I'll email them and ask for another 5 seeds; as well as send another review into Dave's Garden reporting germ% and genetics satisfaction.
wormfood Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) (5 reviews) March 8, 2012
I had no problems with this company or their seeds. I think this is my 3rd year ordering.
bstnh1 Barrington, NH (Zone 5a) (6 reviews) February 16, 2012
I was considering ordering a couple of seeds from Reimer until I read these reviews. I then checked them out with the Better Business Bureau. They have a "D" rating. Plenty of complaints regarding delivery and quality issues and Reimer has failed to respond to BBB requests for info about the company. Guess I'll go back to the reliable sources I usually order from. I don't need problems like this company creates.
mydogcisco Austin, TX (2 reviews) February 1, 2012
Very expensive and apparently very indifferent to communication from their customers.
1. They offer no way to call them
2. I should have been a little more diligent. They are VERY expensive for you what you get. I paid $5.75 for shipping for four seed packets. I also paid $4.00 for 25 lima bean seeds, when I could have ordered the same variety from burpee...and the listing on burpee's site strangely enough has the VERY SAME photo that Reimer is using.
I think this is a company that victimizes inexperienced seed buyers. They basically purchase bulk seed from others, re-package them and then sell them at a premium to uninformed consumers. They are not in business for their customers nor are they actively engaged in the seed business other than as re-sellers of "product." This is exactly the type of company that damages or at least lessens people's trust in online shopping.
Again...I should have suspected something when they made such a big deal about how they do not have a customer service phone number as "We are an internet based company and correspond via email only!"
At least I only placed a small order.
Buyer beware...they'll get no repeat business from me.
I ordered Spitfire tomato seed last fall and this summer when I grew the tomatoes, they weren't Spitfire. I've grown this variety for over 20 years and because it does so well in our locale, friends and neighbors buy starts from me in the Spring. It didn't take long before they, too, began to notice the difference: the tomatoes don't ripen inside, instead of red they are white and taste crummy. The major selling point of this variety of tomato over the years in catalog descriptions has been that they have a 'red gene', where the inside ripens a bright red. I have emailed Reimer Seed repeatedly. I received no reply. A seed company that sends 'random' seed and doesn't back up its product is pretty useless!
I ordered Rutabaga and Cabbage seeds from Remeir seeds after receiving them in the mail about 7/1/2011. I planted them in a well fertilized and tilled row at 1/2 inches deep...
As of 7/19/2011 ABSOLUTLY Nothing... Here in Esmond, ND
We have very good soil and almost everything that I planted was from seed , except all my tomato plants.. All the corn, peppers, squash, cucummbers, beans, pea's, cantalope, watermelon was planted by seed and most everything sprouted within 10 days and are growing like gang busters...
So This tells me that Reimer Seeds in Mt. Holly, NC is selling JUNK SEEDS.. Also Reimer Seeds has no valid phone numbers to contact them, and will not return an email.. So My advise to all.. is to not waste your hard earned cash on worthless seeds... Thank You and have a great day!
Cucumber seeds - NOT ONE seed germinated. Pumpkin seeds: NOT ONE germinated. Japanese giant radish seeds: 4 of about 20 planted germinated. Green peppers: about 50%. Squash: NOT ONE. Some corn and tomatoes and other radishes did (are doing) fine. I just find it unusual that so many did not work. I wish I had seen these reviews before I bought from them.
Posted on May 12, 2011, updated June 2, 2011
Posted on April 13, 2011, updated May 12, 2011
It was the only place that had peter pepper seeds in red, orange, & yellow.
So I took a chance and ordered them, knowing the bad reviews they were getting, but hopeful.
Well, not a single seed germinated! and Reimers ignored my complaints!
So I filed a complaint against them with the NC dept of justice consumer protection division.
If you would like to file a complaint against Reimers? here is the link
http//www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/59be4357-41f3-4377-b10f-3e8bd532da5f/Complaint-Form.aspx On May 12th, 2011, jeffroky added the following:
Here is the ONLY response I have gotten from Reimer,
Just got it today, and it looks like I'm the only person with a problem
We need more information to try to determine what may have caused the poor germination you experienced.
Please provide us with the information below, so we can assist you in determining the problem and issue you a refund.
1. What is the Order Number? (Login to Your Account and click Order History for the Order Number)
2. What are the Product Number(s) in question? (Can be found on the Sales Receipt we sent you)
3. What type of pots or containers did you use? Did you use Jiffy Peat Pots, plugs, plastic pots, or other? Or was the seeds planted directly in the garden? Please be specific.
4. What brand and type of potting mix did you use?
5. What depth did you plant the seeds? Please be specific
6. What was the frequency in watering the seeds? (Daily, Every Other Day, Weekly, etc)
7. What was the daytime temperature inside (or outside if started outdoors)?
8. What was the nighttime temperature inside (or outside if started outdoors)?
9. Did you cover the containers with plastic or any other material?
10. What date did you plant the seeds?
Please provide any other information that you think may assist us in determining the problem.
As soon as we receive the information, we will test the seeds to see if we can replicate the problem.
We sold a lot of the variety in question, and no one has reported a problem. We doubt there is a problem, because no one reported a problem, but we will test the seeds to determine if there is a problem with the lot.
If we find a problem after testing, we will issue a refund.
Thank you for contacting us.
Quality Control On June 2nd, 2011, jeffroky added the following:
Reimer is saying its my fault the seeds never came up because no one else had any trouble. they tested my technique on may 14th, just 2 days after i filled out their little survey and said i did it wrong, I thought it took 7-14 days for pepper seeds to germinate? Oh they did say they might give me a rebate on my next order, Yeah Right! like I'm stupid enough to order from Reimer seeds again.
Posted on May 24, 2011, updated May 24, 2011
Posted on May 24, 2011, updated May 24, 2011
I ordered Striped Toga Eggplant from Reimer Seeds. The product description did not say that this was an ornamental. After the seed arrived, I looked at other sites for growing information and learned that this eggplant is very bitter and it was not recommended for consumption.
I sent Reimers an email through their contact us link asking to return the seed and to get something edible instead. I received no response. I did find out that they do not do returns or refunds. I tried to post negative feedback on their site only to have my comment censored. They review all comments and only post the favorable ones.
I would not have ordered this seed if I had known that it was an ornamental. Since Reimers neglected to furnish this information, I feel that they have an obligation to exchange the seed. I certainly will not buy from this company again. This was my first order from Riemers, and it will be my last.On May 24th, 2011, margez added the following:
Tried calling the phone number given in another post. It has been disconnected. This company uses the US Mail to send their seed. The dishonest business practices constitute mail fraud. If you are dissatisfied with Reimer Seed, file a complaint with the Post Office. Mail Fraud is a criminal offence.On May 24th, 2011, margez changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I changed my rating to neutral because it appears that Reimers refunded $2.50 to my PayPal account. I did not receive any notice that the refund would be or had been made, but I found it today when I went to the PayPal site to file a complaint about Reimer Seeds. There was a balance equal to the cost of the eggplant.