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|On May 30, 2005, Farmerdill Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
After all the negative comments on seed germination from Reimer seeds, I waited until all had germinated to comment. The turn around and accuracy of the order was excellent. Hot peppers especially the rare ones are finicky so I waited until they all all germinated. No problems. Others(non-pepper) cultivars also did well
|On May 24, 2005, FeRReT_of_WaR Saint Paul, MN wrote:
well i ordered some seeds, red savina, tepin, and they also gave me a free packet of NuMex Conquistador, they shipped pretty fast. and i planted my seeds in a home made micro green house, shined 2 lamps on it. and had a pharmaceutical heat pad under it, id say about 50% of the red savinas sprouted, of the 20 some seeds they gave me, and about 6 tepins sprouted and a few numex, i only really care about the red savinas, which had a good sprouting rate. its nothing like the less than 5% i heard about, but not as good as some scotch bonnetts seeds i bought at the store. all in all not that bad, go ahead and order from then just plant the seeds properly. keep them warm, about 80 degrees, and dont use soil thats mostly peat moss.
|On Mar 25, 2005, CountryGardens Lewisville, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
Only ordered a few seeds from them, good thing, only one variety germinated. That was one I could have bought anywhere, I only ordered it to spread the high shipping cost.
|On Feb 4, 2005, dianecarter wrote:
I have purchased from Reimer Seeds for 3 consecutive years and enjoyed the varieties. They always gave free packs of seeds with each order.
Editor's Note: This comment originated from the same IP address as used by "reimerseeds." It is the policy of the Watchdog that users cannot create multiple identities in order to inflate a company's rating, nor can a company pose as its own customer in order to leave feedback. The rating, originally positive, was changed from positive to neutral so that it would not affect the overall rating given by customers.
|On Jan 31, 2005, H_Vanderdekin Mckinleyville, CA wrote:
Some questions for Reimer seed company:
|On Jan 26, 2005, NEChileMan Methuen, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I would like to state I haven't ordered from this company, nor would I. I'm writing on behalf of the many threads & posts I've read from fellow Chile-Heads over the years. I spent two days tracking down this thread from The Garden Web. It's in their archive & all the other URL's I listed are dead end's or need more days of tracking them down. I did recieve the Arrivivi Gusano from PaulB & they were junk, period. As I remember, of the 10-12 seeds he sent in bubblewrap, only 2 were whole & neither germinated. While chasing down this thread, I found another, then another, here's the three threads:
|On Jan 25, 2005, willard3 Albany, NY wrote:
I ordered seeds from Reimers and germination of what were very expensive seeds approached 0%...in fact it was less than 5%.
|On Jan 21, 2005, semillas El Paso / Canary Islands,
Spain (Zone 10b) wrote:
I can confirm what has been posted here.
|On Nov 8, 2004, jasonnickels Plymouth,
United Kingdom wrote:
We are a commercial chilli grower in the UK, some seed we buy in bulk but we grow many experimental varietes and source this seed from all over. We have learned to buy from different sources to guarantee results. The Reimer website, ordering & delivery process worked fine. But most of their seed was completely sterile. All the seed we bought was not only grown in perfect conditions, but also alongside seed of the same varieties from other sources. Most of the Reimer seed did not germinate at all. & that which did was at a very low percentage. We will never buy seed from them again & suggest others go somewhere else too. It looks from these comments that they use the "you didnt follow our instructions" excuse on everybody, but we have done controlled testing on what they sell & it proves they are ripping people off. Go to tomatogrowers.com instead!
On January 24th, 2005, jasonnickels added the following:
Actually our order was placed on 12/28/03, not 1/28/03. I have the invoice here. Those seeds were germinated (or not!) end of Feb / Early March 04. So a couple of months after purchase. I did not complain to Reimer, I just wrote it all off as a bad experience. As any grower will tell you, a refund of the few dollars you pay for the seed is no compensation for a failed crop, that is why we buy from different sources.
Re the "Follow instructions on the website" excuse, I say again, these seeds were grown alongside identical varieties from other sources, e.g. Rocoto v Rocoto. And seeds from other companies germinated well but not Reimers. My comment was only posted in November 04 as I wasn't aware of this forum before, I noticed it during another internet search and felt my comments would support those who had obviuosly shared the same experience as me. I do not make a habit of posting negative comments on the internet, but on this occasion I felt it was right to do so.
I should add that their Epazote seed germinated perfectly, and I planted the leftover seed the other day. All is not lost.
|On Aug 22, 2004, grhalejr Grand Prairie, TX wrote:
I should have checked this forum before ordering. I ordered 8 packages of seed from Reimer's. I cannot complain about the time of delivery, it was good. The prices for the seed were fair, even though there is a smaller amount of seed in the packs than I expected it is fair. The problem I had was with their "Shipping" and "Handling Fee". These are two seperate entries on the Sales Receipt. The "Shipping" is further defined under "Description" as "USPS First Class". I did receive the package in First Class mail. The postage that Reimer's actually paid was $.60 and yet they charged me $3.50. They also added "Handling Charges" under "Handling Fee" of $2.50. I contacted them complaining. They emailed back that the "Shipping", "USPS First Class" included packaging and selection of the items. I disagreed with them and explained that their listing of "Shipping", "USPS First Class" clearly defined the postage cost and nothing else.
|On Aug 10, 2004, katherine88 New Tripoli, PA wrote:
I ordered a few packets from reimer's, around 50 seeds, planted them all, using bottom heat which always worked good for me with pepper seeds. not one of them germinated. I too had hollow and cracked seeds. horrible place, steer clear!
On January 23rd, 2005, katherine88 added the following:
First of all, I ordered these seeds on july 30, 2004, and NOT in 2002. I didn't even know about reimer seeds in 2002. Reimer seeds is lying to all of you and telling you that I planted old seeds to make me look stupid. I did file a complaint with them, and was never replied to, much less refunded.
|On Mar 20, 2004, cemcoatl Elgin, TX wrote:
the website is not easy to navigate plant listings are not correct . the botanical classifications for the peppers are incorrect for example; in one description the pepper is described as having hairy stems and leaves classified as capsicum annum clearly it is capsicum pubescens.(pubescens meaning little hairs) others c.annum for c. baccatum. Very little was paid on researching the plant classifications they should remove the above mentioned information to avoid confusion.
On July 27th, 2004, cemcoatl added the following:
Well I took a risk and ordered 8 packets of chile seeds from reimer. when I receved them this evening I took out my trusty magnifing glass The 100 seeds that I counted 58 of them were old, sterile, and broken. Some seeds were even hollow ,they also mix old seeds with new seed. Very dissaponiting. No wonder they have thet disclaimer on the shipping recipt If you don't follow their instructions on their web site you won't have success, they didn't mention the hollow seed part, nor the old and broken part ethier I definetly will never buy from them again. You just lost a customer.
|On Feb 21, 2004, HabRob Bridgeport, PA wrote:
I ordered a variety of hot pepper seeds. Most of the seed varieties failed to germinate and the ones that did were not the same plant as the label indicated or what I ordered. I contacted reimer's about the zero germination rate and was told that the problem must be with my seed starting technique yet I've been growing peppers for 6 years and all the seeds I purchased from another source and using the same seed starting methods germinated just fine. I never bothered to contact them about the mis-labeling issue since it was months after purchasing the seeds before I actually found out. BEWARE OF THIS SEED SUPPLIER!!!!
On January 25th, 2005, HabRob added the following:
First of all I don't appreciate being called a liar. I stand by my review and opinion of Reimer's Seeds. I did not state when I placed my order in my initial review and I don't see how you could determine anything about me or my order from the information available on this site. I ordered 2 years prior to making my review and at that time this site either did not exist or I was not aware of its existence. At the time that I ordered, Reimers shipped seeds in small manila type envelopes and sent those in a standard unlined letter envelope. I only made one complaint which was responded to in a slow fashion(several weeks ,IIRC) much like their response time to the reviews here. It was evident that they had no intention of trying to make right on their poor quality product and I gave up on the issue as a lesson learned. I see this recent attempt by Reimer's to address and discredit their critics as ploy to dupe potential customers into giving them a chance for the quickly approaching growing season. My experience with Reimer's is mirrored all over the web at the various gardening and hot pepper forums by numerous people across the country. The negative comments here outweigh the positive 3 to 1. Are all these dis-satisfied customers, here and abroad, liars?? I think not and hope that any enthusiast searching for a seed supplier for this upcoming spring takes heed of the warnings issued here by those of us who have been duped and ripped off and make an informed decision. I've said all I'm going to say on this issue here but I will continue to communicate my experience and opinion to other hot pepper enthusiasts in the future IF and WHEN the topic of Reimer's comes up in discussion.
|On Feb 16, 2004, johnnyolsen Vejle, Jylland,
"A wolf in sheeps clothing!" Nice website, nice selection of varieties! BUT the delivery charges are unreasonably high, i.e. 30 $ to ship half a kilo to Denmark. Furthermore the company did not inform me that I would need a so called "Phytosanitary certificate" to import tomato seeds, beet seeds and beans to Denmark. I think a company ought to know to know this and inform me, instead of just shipping me the seeds knowing that I probably would not get them anyway! When I wrote them back they where just rude to me, telling me to place an order once again and request a certificate which by the way costs 5 $ extra. This, plus having read about the company's bad germination rates, has made me confident that I will never do business with Reimer Seeds again... BEWARE OF THE WOLF!
On January 31st, 2005, johnnyolsen added the following:
It is true that I was able to cancel my order when presented for the delivery rates, but never the less I am still entitled to say my opinion about the rates..: I think they are too high!
Allthough it says in your "terms and conditions" that it is my responsibility to check with my local autorities wheter I need a Phytosanitary Certificate, I think it would be nice if Reimer Seeds had informed me about it - I did not notice it on your website and did not know anything about it until it was too late!
When contacting me you were very rude to me - not neccesary and very unprofessional!
The many ratings of your company still make a strong impression that you do not live up to the expectations of your customers.
|On Jun 13, 2003, pinkangel420 Ilsan,
South Korea (Zone 6a) wrote:
I am also disappointed with the quality of chile pepper seeds I recently ordered from them this year. Out of 12 varieties, 5 failed to germinate for me despite my 15+ years of experience of starting plants from seed. As with the other two customers who had similar experiences, I was lectured on my poor seed starting practices and told that I was the first one to report such a problem. Shipping was an outrageous $6.50+ while the actual postage cost was 60 cents! I will never order from them again.
|On Jun 7, 2003, PepperMan wrote:
My experience with Reimer has been with chile pepper seeds. Their seed has EXTREMELY LOW GERMINATION rates and many of the packets I received had ZERO GERMINATION. This leads me to believe that they are not storing their seed properly or they are using very old seed.
On January 23rd, 2005, PepperMan added the following:
Reimer's reply to Garden Watch Dog complaints is a JOKE. Reimer states they "very seldom" get complaints about germination?
I have contacted them many times regarding this subject. They responded only the first e-mail with their standard reply about following their instructions. All my other e-mails went unanswered.
I also know of countless pepper growers I'm associated with here and at Garden Web's website that have complained about POOR to ZERO germination rates. See for yourself and do a search on the word(s) Reimer's or Reimer Seeds on Garden Web's site. I even included a link to these complaints on Garden Web when I e-mailed Reimer's. So they are FULLY AWARE of such complaints existing.
Reimer's also states that they ALWAYS REFUND or REPLACE seed shipments that didn't germinate. I can tell you first hand that they are laying. They only replaced 2 packets of the 5 packs of seed that arrived crushed. They NEVER replaced or refunded me on seeds that didn't germinate after I brought it to their attention.
I TOO WAS BANNED from purchasing seeds the following year when I thought I'd give them a second chance. And took a very long time and many complaints for them to credit my VISA account.
As for their eBay account, eBay buyers only have so many days to post feedback after winning an auction. Buyers may have tried germinating Reimer's garbage seeds well after the allotted time. Therefore making it impossible to leave feedback regarding germination.
|On Mar 2, 2003, cactusman8 San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
In spite of the enormous selection of pepper varieties available, which is a positive,I must report a problem with seed germination. Of 16 varieties ordered, 6 had very poor or no germination. Since conditions were identical, I suspect that the seed may be old. I contacted them to let them know what had happened, but their reply was somewhat terse and they proceeded to lecture me about how to germinate pepper seed. I've been starting my own pepper plants from seed for over 25 years and I feel confident in my procedures. They said germination tests would be run and I would be informed of the results. As of now, no reply.
|On Jan 28, 2003, fbullock Colorado Springs, CO wrote:
Order was delivered quickly and had everything as ordered.
|On May 6, 2002, Hickafric wrote:
Reimer Seeds are great! With over 1,000 peppers/chilis & 250 varieties of tomato, there's SO much choice. The seeds arrived really quickly - I'm from the UK and it took around a week PLUS they sent two free packets of pepper seeds. Germination rate is high so far (some of the hotter chilis are taking a bit longer) - I couldn't be more pleased! Can't wait till next year.....
|On Jan 30, 2002, Zonker_Dog Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Reimer sells small packets of seeds, like Pepper Gal. The selection is fair, and they are adding varieties all the time. I ordered on-line and received an e-mail the next morning confirming the order. They sent another e-mail when the order was completed. I received the order in about a week. The order was complete with a complimentary package of fennel seeds. Pending starting the seeds I am pleased so far.