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Positive ndps99
(9 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2009, ndps99 Holyoke, MA wrote:

This is my first order from Reimer Seeds. I found them after doing a Google search for a recommended variety of Watermelon (Blacktail Mountain). When ordering those, I also took the opportunity to order a few varieties of pumpkins. The seeds came within a few days, all exactly as ordered with no substitutions and no problems. This company also seems to pack a relatively large quantity of seeds per packet for the price. So far, a very good experience.

Negative gadawgie
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2009, gadawgie Mountainair, NM wrote:

my complaint the same as others listed here. i ordered on 3/5/09 and my credit card charged, but i have received nothing. to date they have not responded to two emails sent inquiring about my order. i would not recommend this company to anyone based upon my experience.

Negative zoiboi
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2009, zoiboi Lancaster, SC wrote:

My experience sounds similar to the one below.

According to the site they were to ship within 3-7 days of placing the order. I contacted Reimer via there customer service system on day 3 for an estimated ETA since my order was showing as paid but unprocessed. By day 8 I had no response, so I sent another email because the status had not changed on the site. Again no response.

On day 11 I contacted them again (last Tuesday) and informed them that if they couldn't ship my seeds by Thursday (day 13)or give me an ETA I wanted the order canceled and I would be taking action if neither occurred (and I listed the actions).

As of Friday morning the order was still not processed or shipped and I had no response. I contacted my bank and am having the credit card charge rescinded. I have also contacted the NC Department of Agriculture and am starting the process of filing a complaint since Reimer has to be licensed by the state.

I sent them another email informing them of the reversal and my contact with the NCDA.

Oh..and I have since found out the BBB rates them as a C+ due to complaints.

If Reimer shows up on your search results, purge your browser's cookies and cache and get as far away as possible!

Negative AwCrapBob
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2009, AwCrapBob Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

I ordered 11 different seeds from Reimer on 3/1. On 3/2 they charged my credit card.
On 3/16 (Monday) I emailed them because the status was still unshipped, no reply.
Emailed again 3/18 (Wednesday), status still unshipped, no reply.
Emailed early in the day on 3/19 (Thursday), said that I needed to know if the order would be shipped this week. No reply.

I went ahead and ordered from another source and paid expedited shipping to make sure I'd get them quickly (time is running out to get these started).

Emailed Reimer late night 3/19, told them to cancel order as I had to order from another source, told them I had emailed my bank to freeze payment.

Got an email from Reimer at 2:30 their time (afternoon) on 3/20 saying my order had been shipped. I replied giving them the above sequence, they said "Sorry, we never got those emails"...yet they got that one I replied to and somehow 12 hours after telling them the payment would be frozen they claimed the order was shipped.

I replied to the email that I would send the package back (as I didn't need it any longer), they replied "We don't accept returns". Again, they never got 3 emails from me, yet were able to respond to my replies to theirs in minutes!

I checked the tracking # they sent me (4 pm their time, 3/20). The one site was just a print-your-own label site, saying the postage had been paid for that number for 1 oz. of postage...can 11 packages of seeds possibly-with an envelope to pack them in-weigh 1 ounce?
The USPS site had no record of this number.

By just after midnight 3/21 the USPS site said that the tracking # was assigned to a package that had not been delivered to them yet.

So, all they have done at this point is print a label for shipping-and by the end of their business day on 3/20 notified the USPS that they would be getting a package with that # from them. The package was not shipped as they claim, they are at this point trying to jam the package down my throat and then try to refuse to accept a return.

Fortunately, I have very well documented this (emails, screenshots of the tracking lookups-which I emailed to myself to get a timestamp on them), so when the bank sends me the dispute form (the bank had called me back 3/20 later afternoon to say they were sending a dispute form-they had evidently called Reimer and were told it was too late to cancel the order, it was shipped) they will get full documentation of the events and the faux shipping.

And evidently, if the seeds don't germinate, they have a return policy where you ship them the seeds and they will tell you if it was the seeds fault or not. I'm guessing what would happen if I tried to send seeds that didn't germinate back to them.

Avoid these people. Not worth the hassle...their selection of seeds-tomatoes especially-looks great (which was why I ordered from them-I wished I had looked them up but they were recommended by a coworker so I trusted them), but their customer service is pure garbage, there is no return policy, and a dodgy looking policy of determining of the non-germination is your or their fault.

Negative BWWoodland
(1 review)
On Mar 10, 2009, BWWoodland Lumberton, TX wrote:

On Feb 17 I placed an order foe zipper cream seeds ( listed as In Stock) . Waited 2 weeks and inquired twice about my order. Got a responce to the second E-mail. The responce was that it was on back-order. I asked for an ETA on the back- order, with no responce. I cancelled my order and am hoping for a refund

Neutral mkavis
(1 review)
On Feb 23, 2009, mkavis Parrish, FL wrote:

I ordered and paid via Paypal on February 8. Today is the 23rd and my order is still not shipped. My email to them last week was not responded to. I just sent another telling them if I don't get an update I am getting my money back. I hope to get a response soon. After reading many of these reviews, I am worried about the germination rate of these seeds. I have used Pepper Joe's the last three years with great success but they don't have the variety that Reimer has.


On February 23rd, 2009, mkavis changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Moving to neutral. They responded today and shipped today. Luckily I received a professional and courteous response unlike many of the ones mentioned in the other posts. They did say they were slammed with orders and were closed one day. That's all I need is an update. Nobody dies if the seeds take a while to get here. It's all about setting expectations!
Negative Azizam
(1 review)
On Feb 10, 2009, Azizam Brandywine, MD wrote:

Just to share the ending of their conversation with me, its:

Do you understand English?



You have to enter the items and quantity and address and the system calculated the shipping.



If you are too lazy to enter the items and address, then please order elsewhere.



Order Desk



Reimer Seeds

http://www.reimerseeds.com

Negative zone3isabummer
(4 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2009, zone3isabummer Duluth, MN wrote:

I started several pepper varieties from Reimers with about 30 other varieties from about 8 different sources. Only one seed from Reimers germinated. I was at about 90% with all of the others. I tried again with some of the remaining seeds from the packets. I used the Reimer recommended potting soil, a rubberized heating pad made for seed germination with an adjustable thermostat. I was very careful to follow the Reimers instructions. This time not one Reimer seed germinated, but about 90% of the others did.

I have germinated peppers for years with good success. I have a degree in agriculture with a fair amount of horticulture study. Reimers is the only variable for the seeds that I haven't been able to germinate. I also notice that they rotate some photographs taken by researchers at the USDA ARS-GRIN seedbank 90 degrees and put their copyright on them. Check this out.

//www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1244778

//www.reimerseeds.com/magnif-ambato-x-yow-hot-peppers.aspx

Positive redneckplanter
(1 review)
On Jul 4, 2008, redneckplanter Wharton, TX wrote:

so far so good....i have bombarded the folks at reimers with a thousand or so questions.......
they have sent me cordial emails each time and answered all my questions so far.
seeds on first laaaarge order all arrived as agreed and are all in the ground.quality on visual inspection looked pretty good.i'm not anal enough to use a loupe.they're seeds...... not jewelry. we'll have to wait as far as germination ect.....
i'll let you know...but for my first dance with reimer i'm quite pleased.looks like i may have recieved a few extra seeds in the packets.awesome selection and i'm going to order more seeds today.
keeping fingers crossed........good luck to fellow gardeners/potters out there.....


On July 7th, 2008, redneckplanter added the following:

wowwwww..
well the giant tomatoes and winter squash aren't up yet...i put them in traditional rows.....
but the gurney's giant cantaloupe i put in a monster sized hill are already up.
5 days...no true leaves yet but 15 of 30 seeds are above ground.
will keep you all posted......
ordered a bunch of winter squash from them...we'll see....
On July 8th, 2008, redneckplanter added the following:

well the winter squash not up yet...but guess what?
i've got baby tomatoes popping up everywhere.baby beefsteaks...hopefully they have enough time to make.
got more winter squash and mellons coming......
my georgia rattlesnake mellons are making.....some big boys.....
will let you guys know...
On July 16th, 2008, redneckplanter added the following:

well the gurney giants are going crazy...some working on their second set of leaves....5 of the giant pink bannana squash are up.the baby tomatoes are going crazy...couple inches tall now.....
dropped my squash,watermellon,and more canteloupe last monday so too soon to tell.
pleased so far with the tomatoes and giants.germination on the bannana squash slow but they are making....slowly...don't know if its the seeds or me?
probably me......
will let you guys know about the mellons and watermellons and winter squash soon.
Neutral farmervolk
(1 review)
On Apr 5, 2008, farmervolk TYOTO,
Japan wrote:

My frends bought pepper seeds from REIMER.
But very few germination rates of them.
And what is worse, NO REFUND.
They say, refund is only for USA.

It seems that REIMER swindle japanese out of money !


On May 14th, 2008, farmervolk changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I would like to change raiting to natural.
because my frend? is a half wit and a crooked disposition.
she always tells all sorts of lies, poor old woman.
it proved that she used old seed,
we can not blame the seeds company.
Negative Palmer43
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2008, Palmer43 Leesburg, VA wrote:

I love their website but not their seed packages (no seed info printed). I need to know the information while at the garden not while at my computer. Until I read other experiences with germination rates I did not know why my Mexibell peppers had a germination rate less than 10%. (They came from Reimers.) I have also started different seeds with 15 different items (All from different companies-no problems with them). While I cannot speak for their customer service as I did not have to correspond with them, the seeds were delayed but they did a free upgrade to priority once their "sicknesses" were resolved.
I am used to delayed delivery times with seed companies during this time of year and try to order early enough not to get frustrated by it.(Totally Tomato's seeds took 28 days to reach me.)
But I do need my seeds to germinate as I am now scrambling to figure out how to replace those seeds (rather they should be transplants by now) that did not make it.
In the future I will be more cautious.

Negative Bama3006
(1 review)
On Feb 16, 2008, Bama3006 Jacksonville, AL wrote:

The worst rate of germination from any seed bank I ordered from. Sometimes, you will get some other seed than what you ordered. I ordered some pepper seeds that were supposed to be from the Republic of Georgia. My friend from Tbilisi said the name was made up and not even remotely Georgian. Not one of 30 or more seeds germinated. I no not have this problem from Burpee or seeds i save myself. I sent an e-mail to complain and ask to evoke the guarantee. They sent an e-mail back saying that it was probably my fault. I gave them all the information they asked for then I never heard from them again. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY.

Neutral jimbarnhart
(1 review)
On Feb 16, 2008, jimbarnhart 92392,
United States wrote:

So far not so good.
I placed an order for $65 worth of seeds at 1 am on the 7th. of February.
by the 13th of February, I had not heard anything from them, so I logged into the web site to check the status of my Order, and it said that the order has been paid for and not shipped (they received the payment on the 7th of February), so I sent an email asking for a Status Update. (I Including all the information from my Paypal Invoice/receipt, to help them find my order).

I received a reply very quickly telling me to Log into my account and to check the status of my order that way.

So I replied that I had checked that, and that it said that they had received my Money, but not yet shipped my order. and that I was wondering when my order might get shipped. I also mentioned that two other seed orders that I had placed with other seed merchants on the same day, had all ready been delivered.

I again received a very prompt response stating this

"Please read the Terms & Conditions of Sale and HELP page!
You did not add Expedited Service to the order.
The answers of your questions can be found in the Terms & Conditions of Sale and HELP page."

This was all they wrote in the email.

So I replied that I was not trying to be Nasty, and I had read the Terms and Conditions of Sale, and was just wondering when my Order was going to ship,
That I understood that according to their web site "It could take 7 to 10 business to receive the order during the busiest time of year.Ē (and yes the word was missing on their web site) (and Yes I let them know that the word was missing on their web site.

I then went on to say that if they had just told me that my order was still being processed and should be shipped by the end of the week, I would have been perfectly happy.

I have not received a replay to this email, however the entire "Terms & Conditions of Sale" page on their web site has been updated and corrected, but the status of my Order has not changed.

They have time to promptly reply to my emails and fix errors on the web site, but they do not have time to process my Order.

Now their web site says "Non-Expedited Orders take an average of 2-7 business days to leave our warehouse, and 3 to 7 business days for delivery time for First Class Parcel."

SO I will continue to wait untill the 19th of this month before I say anything else because with the worst case scenario of counting business days, the 19th would be the 7th Business day after I placed my order on the 7th of February.

I would actually be less concerned IF I was not treated so impolitely when I corresponded with them.

I am also concerned because recently other people have placed orders with Reimer, and have received their orders in Less than a Week from them.


On February 18th, 2008, jimbarnhart changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I recieved Notification that my order has been processed and will ship tomorrow (02/19).

With the Notification was an appolgy for the Delay, explaining that they had been hit with this nasty flu that is going around.
Positive Valentina_S
(8 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2008, Valentina_S West Bend, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

My order shipped fast, I got everything I ordered, I even started some of the seeds (just a few) and every single one sprouted.
I guess I will order from them again next season (they do have a good selection of seeds...)

Positive DaveH
(30 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2008, DaveH San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I ordered 5 packets of seed earlier this month, and received the entire order in less than a week. I haven't started the seeds yet, but I've ordered from Reimer in the past and have had no problem with delivery or seed quality.

Negative tanker1812
(1 review)
On Jan 27, 2008, tanker1812 Jacksonville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I again should have found "Dave's Garden" prior to ordering from Reimer Seeds, or done what I normally do and check the BBB. After 8 days my account showed a paid/unshipped status. I, as any other person who makes and order wanted to know the status of my order. I sent them an inquiry as to the status of my order. Here is the contents of that email chain. The rudest and most unprofessional people I have done business with (I wouldn't call what they do business). I am bordering on they are a fraudelent company making alot of money from people who fail to take action for a $4-5 order as it's not the trouble. I am reporting this company to the Better Business Bureau. I do hope that you all do the same. Below is the email chain on a simple question of what is the status of my order questions.

Sir:

We answered your question below.
Don't you understand English?

We sent you numerous emails, including the last email below, and you keep
asking the same question over and over again, even though we provided the
answer to your question several times.

We cancelled the order and refunded your money.

HELP DESK

Reimer Seeds
http://www.reimerseeds.com


-----Original Message-----

Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 3:18 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Order
Importance: High

I understand, but my question was, it has not shipped yet. What is
the status of my order? On my status is says paid/unshipped. When
can I expect it to ship?



On Jan 26, 2008, at 3:15 PM, Order Desk wrote:

Sir:

You did not read the HELP page as we in instructed you to do.

If you did read the HELP page you would have found the information
and would
not have had to send us one email.

Below is the HELP page concerning ESTIMATED DELIVERY TIME

---------

What is the Estimated Delivery Time and When Can I Expect the Order
to be
Shipped?


The estimated delivery time is:
3 - 7 days USA Orders - First Class Parcels

7 - 21 days International Orders - First Class Parcels


Non-Expedited Orders take an average of 2-7 business days to leave our
warehouse, and 3 to 7 business days for delivery time for First Class
Parcel.

We ship all orders via the United States Postal Service.

Add Expedited Service to future orders if you need the order filled
quickly.
Expedited Orders are filled before non-Expedited Orders and select
Priority
Mail or Express Mail for quicker delivery.

Expedited Orders take at average of 1-2 business days to leave our
warehouse, and 1 to 7 business days for delivery depending on the
shipping
method you selected during checkout. Expedited Orders placed on a
Friday
will be processed the following Monday.


The busiest time of the year is between December and June, so consider
selecting Priority Mail or Express Mail during checkout if you want
your
order to arrive more quickly. Add Expedited Service to your order if
you
want your order filled immediately. Remember, orders are filled in
the order
they are received, except for Expedited Orders which are filled
first. The
delivery time is based on when the order is shipped and what method of
shipment you selected during checkout. International Orders can take
longer
than 21 days, if the Customs Office in that country decides to
inspect the
package.

To check the status of your order, Login into your account and click
Order
History to check on when your order was shipped. In the upper left
hand
corner, the date the order was shipped is found after the words
COMPLETED.
The time of delivery starts from the time the order was COMPLETED.

---------.

And, you did not add Expedited Service to your order, so the order
is filled
in the order they are received. If you did add Expedited Service,
your order
would have been filled the following work day.

Please read the HELP page concerning EXPEDITED SERVICE

----------.

What is Expedited Service and Should I Add it to My Order?


Add Expedited Service to your order if you want your order filled
immediately. Orders are filled in the order they are received,
except for
Expedited Orders which are filled first. The delivery time is based
on when
the order is shipped and what method of shipment you selected during
checkout.

----------.

If you want us to cancel the order and refund the money, we would
gladly do
so.

Your order is scheduled to be shipped early next week.

And for the BBB complaints, people who report complaints are usually
those
who don't read the Terms & Conditions of Sale before completing the
order.
If you read the Terms & Conditions of Sale, which you were required
to read
before completing the order, you would have found all the questions
you had
about estimated shipping time and Expedited Service. We haven't had a
customer send so many emails about estimated delivery time as you
have.

We hope we answered all your questions and your order is on hold now
until
we hear back from you to see if you want us to cancel or ship the
order.


HELP DESK

Reimer Seeds
http://www.reimerseeds.com


-----Original Message-----
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To: [email protected]
Subject: Order

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Reimerseeds,
this is the 3rd time I have tried to contact you concerning my
order. Please respond with something other than the auto reply. My
order hasn't shipped 6 days after ordering. I have checked your
status on the BBB website and see that you have had numerous
complaints. I would very much like to resolve this issue of you
communicating with me. Please let me know the status of my order and
when it will ship.


Negative Antoinine
(2 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2008, Antoinine Cleveland Heights, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I placed an order with this company on Jan 9th for 5 packs of seed. I was not notified that 1 pack was not available and was put on "back order". Upon receiving the order today Jan 17th, I emailed their customer service asking to exchange the tomato seed for a packet of cantaloupe seed which cost exactly the same. I was told that they do not substitute under any circumstances even if it is their fault and that I could only be issued a credit. I was very rudely referred to their "terms and conditions" page on their site.

I would like to suggest that their website ordering system be made more customer friendly. It seems that their ordering system does not reflect good customer service i. e. the fact that an out of stock item cannot be substituted for another item of equal dollar value.

It is not the customers' fault that they do not have an item in stock when they have all control of their inventory and of updating their website to reflect current inventory status.

It seems odd on many levels that they would rather issue a credit or make the customer wait until they replenish stock than to substitute for another in stock product at the customer's request.

As a first time customer I would especially expect them to be more accommodating in effort to earn future business and I will definitely take this into consideration before doing business with their company again.

Positive greenpazz
(1 review)
On Jan 10, 2008, greenpazz Batesville, AR wrote:

I placed a complex order for 57 packages of seeds with Reimer Seeds on January 5, 2008 , paid by credit card, and receive my order -- beautifully packed in a small Priority Box, complete except for one item back-ordered -- on January 10, 2008 via Priority Mail. I opened several packages and spot-checked for seed quality. Contents of every package that I checked looked fine.

Germination attempts are still over a month ahead of me, but I have had seeds not germinate now and then from EVERY supplier I have used over my 40 years of gardening. I don't always know what I did wrong, but it would be VERY UNFAIR for me to blame any seed seller for my occasional failures.

I can assure all new gardeners... and many experienced ones... that this website is worth a serious visit, if only for its extensive listing and pictures and descriptions.

Most sincerely,
An Ozark pepper grower

Positive tbeck
(2 reviews)
On Jan 9, 2008, tbeck Chualar, CA wrote:

I have not started the seeds yet but I ordered them online on 1-2-08 and received them 1-8-08. They did back order my "Veggie Tales" sunflower seeds for my son but I was surprised my order came so quickly. Their web site was fun and I ordered pepper seeds originally from Korea and India.

Negative gypsyfamilyfarm
(6 reviews)
On Dec 24, 2007, gypsyfamilyfarm Evansville, Manitoulin Island,
Canada wrote:

Hi. As a commercial market gardener specializing in rare, unusual and exotic fruits and vegetables, I am always looking for something new. I was quite excited when I came across Reimers' website with what looked like some tremendous varieties that I had not seen elsewhere. I placed my order but a couple days later received an e-mail stating that my address was not in some database and unless I rectified the situation they would cancel my order. I responded to their e-mail assuring them my address was correct despite what their computer said. I have lived here for years and should know my address. Also, I deal with well over fifty companies from around the world every year and have NEVER had a delivery problem. Reimers and I went back and forth a couple of times until they agreed to mail my order if I would accept responsibility should there be delivery problems. I said "ok". Two days later I received an e-mail stating that since I had failed to fix my address problem my order was cancelled. A query to their company indicated that it was their way or no way. To this I pointed out that they had lost my business and that I, as a garden column writer, was going to share with my readers the dissatisfaction that I felt with their company. I then received a littany of nasty responses incuding calling me "too lazy" to fix the problem as well as calling me an "obnoxious Canadian". They even went so far as to point out that I was obviously not a good Christian (paraphrased) since I was "harrassing" them at Christmas. This is without doubt the most offensive "service" that I have ever received from a seed/plant company. Generally people in this line of work are fairly similar and willing to go that extra mile to help out another gardener. Not Reimers. It is conceivable that I just got someone on a bad day, but even so, such responses are unproffessional and inexcusable. Also, I have saved the entire chain of e-mails as proof should there ever be any dispute from Reimers as to the veracity of my statements.
There is obviously a reason that I had never (in forty years of gardening) heard of these people before.

Negative potawie
(1 review)
On Nov 28, 2007, potawie Near Ottawa,
Canada wrote:

They lure you in with all the varieties then screw you with crappy seeds or mystery seeds. Horrible customer service too. The only thing good about them is their website.

Negative roo_barbara
(1 review)
On Aug 27, 2007, roo_barbara Bethesda, MD wrote:

Hereís my Reimerís Seeds story.

In March 2006 I ordered seeds from Reimerís: Gypsy Peppers and Dona Tomatoes. I planted the pepper seeds and not a single one germinated. At this point I discovered Dave's website of complaints against Reimerís.

In March 2007, as an experiment, I planted two Dona Tomato seeds from my remaining supply from the Totally Tomatoes catalog, and two Donas from Reimerís. To my surprise, all four seeds sprouted. But it soon became obvious that one of the Reimerís seedlings was NOT a Dona Tomato. The leaves were bigger and rounder, darker green, with heavy crinkling. I called it the Reimerís Mutant.

In due time, I transplanted the seedlings outdoors. I put the Reimerís plants in a separate part of the garden so I could keep an eye on them. In early July some kind of wilt attacked all my non-Reimerís tomatoes (the two Donas from Totally Tomatoes, and two Early Girls from a local nursery). They sickened and shriveled. The Reimerís Dona (in a different patch of earth) wilted a bit, but kept plugging along.

The Reimerís Mutant, however, is SPECTACULAR. It resisted the wilt. It is seven feet tall and still growing (now in August 2007). Dark green and healthy even through this summerís heat and drought. Its tomatoes are delicious.

I donít know what it is, but Iím saving the seeds.

Positive ebudihar
(1 review)
On Aug 8, 2007, ebudihar Surabaya,
Indonesia wrote:

I placed an order (tepin and red savina) with reimerseeds a couple weeks ago from their site and I paid with my card. But until today (August 8, 2007), the order does not arrive yet. I emailed them and keep emailing them and ask, but unfortunately they threaten me by banning me from their site and they do not refund my money until today (August 8, 2007). This company is totally unprofessional and thief.


On September 13th, 2007, ebudihar changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I just want to comment about reimerseeds. I had a comment before about this company before unfriendly customer service and made dis-belief them, because I was afraid their company is a fake company and just did card-frauding.

The company is real and they do not do card-frauding. But the customer service is still very bad. So, if you order with them, you may experience any such unpleasant treatment from reimerseeds.

By the way, I cannot give the comment about the seeds that I buy from them, because I do not try it yet.

As son as I try it and have the result, I will give the comment about the seed.
Positive cfarres
(12 reviews)
On Jul 30, 2007, cfarres Deering, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:

I ordered from this company because they had the seeds I wanted and could not get anywhere else (actually, the other company I tried to order from had an issue with their website and I could not get an order thru). Anyway, I ordered several types of hard-to-find tomato seeds last February.

I recieved the seeds in prompt fashion and placed them in the fridge until the appropriate time for me to start them. I did not follow the directions given to me for seed starting, because I have a method that works for me and I did not feel that deviating from it would be of any great benefit to me.

I had a great germination rate from everything I started (80-90%). Any day now I should be reaping what I sowed - have plenty of green tomatoes just waiting for the sun to return so they ripen up.

Positive mbotumbo
(1 review)
On Jul 20, 2007, mbotumbo Baltimore, MD wrote:

A huge selection. Starting seeds indoors following general instructions I had great success, over 95% germination.

Well worth considering. Remember, people are far more likely to post a negative review than a positive review, so take the negatives here with a grain of salt.

Negative dark_child413
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2007, dark_child413 Dinuba, CA wrote:

I had placed a order with Riemer seeds last week and i recieved the order in a very timely manor and i had absolutly no problems on the website as i had seen stated by another person in another comment but my major problem is the fact that out of 25 seeds i had planted which were Tepin Hot Pepper seeds Only one sprouted that is from what I believe less then 5% of a germination Rating

Avoid seller im not sure what is wrong with there seeds but out of 25 seeds at least and this is the least 15 of them should have sprouted i wish i only new about daves website before hand


On June 6th, 2007, dark_child413 added the following:

I wanted to clear up that I order the seeds last month not last week and only one of the seeds sprouted out of all of them i guess i should be lucky at least one of the sprouted
Negative alecb
(2 reviews)
On Feb 20, 2007, alecb mersin,
Turkey wrote:

In two words they are the rudest and the most unprofessional merchant I have dealt with on the internet.

I try to pass them an order which did not go through because of a 9 digit zip code matter.

When I asked them to explain me what it was they told me that I was "too lazy" to look at their help menu.

They have a section for comments on their site. When I passed them the exchange I had with their CS and explained the way I was treated the reply I received was that such reply was normal because "I was wasting their rime"

When I told them how rude they were they banned me from their site.

After having read all the negative comments on them in Davesgarden I am glad that my order did not go through.

FREINDLY ADVICE : DON'T BUY ANY SEEDS FROM THEM WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY SEEDS PROVIDER

Negative StarHunter
(1 review)
On Feb 8, 2007, StarHunter Broughton, IL wrote:

I had a problem logging in to order my seeds from Reimer Seeds' website, so I sent them an e-mail to request assistance, and to ask questions about the seeds I wanted. A few days later I still hadn't recieved a reply, so for the next week I sent 3 more e-mails and have yet to get a response.
I also tried to post a review on their website, but of course all they have posted is "five star" comments from customers. What a crock!
After searching for someone else who carried the varieties I need I found this site and looked over the reviews. All I can say is I'm very happy I *couldn't* get my order in. I may have continued to try to contact them until I did get through, only to waste my money. Thanks Dave's!

Negative Malis
(1 review)
On Jan 10, 2007, Malis Helsinki,
Finland wrote:

I have ordered chili seeds from them twice, and will never do it again. As said in the previous comments, the germination rates are unbelievably bad! I mean if I calculate it, it isn`t even 10%. It would probably be better if you just left the seeds in their pods and threw them to the ground to wait for the next season! I really would be curious to know what they do to their seeds, to make them this lousy?

Only good thing is that their shipping is fast. But with seeds as bad as these it doesn`t make a difference.

Negative pedroroberto
(3 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2006, pedroroberto Conde,
Brazil wrote:

I have ordered first time from this supplier.
After the order, I have received 2 emails for confirming the shippind and bill address.
I have answered with the correct addresses and they just ignore my 3 emails, and have sent the order to my bill address that is at Portugal and I am living at Brazil.
When I have complaint they just said that is my fault and that I have to find another supplier since I have been banned from them!!!?????
Who they think they are to ban one client??
Very bad;;; the worst I have found around.

Negative skootsi
(2 reviews)
On Jul 4, 2006, skootsi Ocean View, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Unfortunately, at least some of my Reimer seeds germinated. The Sweet Mama squash (semi-vining, 2-3 pound buttercup type fruit) turned out to be super-vining, and the biggest squash is now about ten inches in diameter. The vines are taking over my garden. I just hope the squash is good to eat.

Negative elkwc36
(24 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2006, elkwc36 Elkhart, KS wrote:

I ordered a wide variety of seeds from them. First I never read anything till I received the seeds that said I would have to go buy exactly what they said to use or the guarantee wouldn't be any good. So I was out the extra money to do this and followed their instructions and the tomatoes had very poor germination. Then I went back and used the commercial mix I've used before and did it my way and germination improved a lot. Makes me wonder if they get a fee from the company they insist you use. For this reason I will try to find all my seeds elsewhere in the future. I'm not sure yet but one tomato appears to be different than listed. Will have to wait for fruit to tell for sure. After I read this site today I saw I wasn't the only one that experienced troubles with their seeds. Also had a few packets that was short the number of seeds supposed to be in there.


On December 23rd, 2008, elkwc36 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:

After planting and growing most of the seeds I received from Reimer's I wanted to update my previous review. The Cherokee Purple seeds weren't the real one I have since learned. Seeds seemed to be mixed. Smaller and not as good a flavor as the real CP. Also some other varieties either had mixed seeds or were all wrong. Germination was bad. These problems were for tomatoes and peppers. Customer service is terrible. There are many good sources out there to do business with. I would highly suggest anyone considering them to reconsider.
Neutral Dhead97
(1 review)
On Apr 29, 2006, Dhead97 Gulfport, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

Well, I found this site today and read through all the posts on Reimer Seeds. I thought I would post my comments.

First, I thought their turn around for getting my order out was really good.

This was my first time ordering any kind of seed from anyone. My wife and I went to Peru where we had some of their Aji Amarillo peppers (long and bright orange when ripe). Reimer was the only place I could find that sold the seeds here in the US. Being my first seed order ever I ordered small. I ordered two packs of Aji seeds and as a bonus got one pack of Thai Dragon seeds for free. Of the Aji seeds, I followed the instructions and went to Home Depot and bought the the potting soil they recommended and used the seed started things. (Little round disks you add water to). It appeared that from all the plants that came up every seed but maybe one or two germinated, which I eventaully transplanted outside. We got a lot of peppers before they succumbed to Hurricane Katrina. (Beleive it or not all of the pepper plants in the yard came back but 1 this spring !!) OK, now I planted the Thai seeds doing it the same way. Its been over three weeks and not a single seed has sprouted. I never examined the seeds for spots or holes etc as other users described here since I am totally new to this and didnt know to look for that. So I dont know. One good experience and one bad so far.

As far as shipping rates. Yeah mine was the same. The USPS package listed the price as one thing and I paid more for "shipping". Then there was also the handling fee.

Here are my questions. I want to keep growing peppers etc. Wanted to grow the Thai's in pots. Do any of you have another company that you "recommend" that I can order more seeds from???? One that all of you have had good luck with. Also I will explore this site more, but like a good forum that I can post questions to regarding growing, tending to, etc etc pepper plants once they start. Any recommendations on that??

Thanks a lot.
New Pepper Man
Dwayne, Gulfport MS

Negative boomer
(3 reviews)
On Apr 9, 2006, boomer Indianapolis, IN wrote:

reimer seed rip offs:
i like the rest of the gardening comunity ordered from the scroundrels and got really gouged!! i needed more than a bandaid: i ordered trhe rat turds and other assorted hot pepper seeds and the germination rate i got was ZILCH!! NADA!! BUPKISS!! SQUAT!!! out of 20 varties i got not even a weed!!
do if you order from reimers plant the package and throw away the seed you may have better luck

Negative sacajawea
(14 reviews)
On Mar 26, 2006, sacajawea Keswick, VA wrote:

I ordered Big Zac tomato seeds from Reimers in January. They arrived in a few days. I started them a couple of weeks ago and almost all germinated within 7-10 days. From experience, I've learned that Big Zac doesn't come up as quickly as some other seeds.
So far...so good.


On July 6th, 2006, sacajawea changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

As mentioned, I had a good success rate with the germination of the "Big Zac" tomato seeds. I gave some of the seeds and packets to others.
It seems that many of the plants have "turned into a pear-shaped" tomato. Certainly not Big Zac. I do grow quite a few plants and assumed I hadn't labelled some properly. However, the feedback has even been from people who received an entire, un-opened packet.
At this writing, I haven't heard any response to my e-mail to the company. I couldn't find a telephone number listed on the web site.
I do know that there are a whole bunch of very, very disappointed people.
On July 12th, 2006, sacajawea added the following:

Reimer contacted me by e-mail and offered me a refund on the seeds. This is positive! They also "reminded" me that they sent a packet of "red pear tomatoes" as a freebie and perhaps I confused them with the Big Zac.?
When the seeds arrived, I immediately started the Big Zac's and had over 54 plants going. The one packet of seeds I had left over from 2005 (from another source) are all Big Zac's - 15 plants. So far...all the others are a red pear.
I am certainly capable of making mistakes; however, in this case, I believe I am innocent!
Neutral sampsonsimpson
(1 review)
On Jan 31, 2006, sampsonsimpson Eugene, OR wrote:

They say the customer is always right, which explains why my review is 'neutral' instead of positive. The members of this site are the customer, and you know best.

Of the cultivars I ordered from Reimers, I had a 100% germination rate. In no way, shape or form did I follow ANY of the instructions from Reimers on how to properly germ seeds. My family have been farmers for seven consecutive generations...how long has Reimer been in business?

Seeds were placed in moist (not soaking wet) paper towels. Placed in darkness (@70 deg. F) for 1 week. Seeds were removed from paper towels and placed into pre-soaked rockwool cubes. Cubes were placed in the bottom of a 5 gal bucket (from hardware store), covered with plastic wrap (my attempt to keep moisture in) and covered with thick bath towel, and placed in my closet. The bucked was heated with a heat lamp, for 12-15 hours a day (light was turned off while I was @ work). During "daytime" temp was @ 80 deg. F. During "nightime" temp was @ 65 deg. F.

I grew jalapenos (germed in 7-12 days)
habanero (germed in 11-14 days!)
*my first attempt at growing C.chinense and from what I understand, seeds popping in 2 weeks is quite good.*
cherry toms (germed in 13-20 days)
brandywine toms (germed in 8-19 days)

I grew several cultivars of each above mentioned species. The times listed are for all seeds to germinate...some cultivars took way long than others. some were quite speedy.

Anyway, I got my seeds quickly. I never had to talk to their customer service dept. I don't remember what I paid for S&H....but Im sure it was cheaper than buying a seasons worth of peppers and toms at the farmers market.

I had a good experience with Reimers. I was shocked (eariler today) to learn of others experiences with them. I guess I got lucky. To anyone considering using Reimer as a vendor, I wish you the very best of luck.

SL

Negative jl_273
(2 reviews)
On Dec 17, 2005, jl_273 Hamlyn Terrace,
Australia wrote:

I live in Australia. I bought several varieties of chilli pepper seeds from Reimer Seeds. These were Aji Brown, Atarodo, Peter Pepper and White Bullett Habanero. Online purchase was easy and the seeds arrived quickly for the distance. Reimer included a packet of Numex Mirasol as a free sample.
I planted the seeds the same way I have always planted my seeds (I grow 40 varieties of chilli pepper). One seed only from each of 4 varieties germinated.
I queried this with Reimer. Their customer service responded quickly requesting detailed information which I supplied. They replied that is was my fault because I did not use their recommended brand of potting mix (hello, I live on the other side of the world), I over watered and the temperature was not high enough. The other 15 varieties from other sources planted at the same time and using the same technique had 90+% germination. They did however refund the money for 2 varieties.
Their seeds that germinated are struggling to survive. It's very disappointing that they blame me and not their seeds.

Negative smartman
(1 review)
On Nov 17, 2005, smartman Carrollton, TX wrote:

I hold no claim to years of experience, but I'm good at following directions, and persistent. Initially, I excitedly ordered tens of varieties of seeds. Germination rate was about, say 6 plants total. Un-educated and, undeterred I ordered again. I dont care about the cost, I'm worth it. This time I controlled the conditions closely, monitored germiation rates visually and daily across hundreds of seeds; and yes, my experience was nearly the same as others here. Germination was predominantly "variety specific", except for the packages of 'rats turd", "goat weed" and "white bullet" seeds, which produced between them, 3 plants. One of which I am looking at now, and it aint no hot pepper. In fact I was trying to figure out what I grew when I stumbled into this melee!. Gosh I hope Riemer seeds doesnt get mad at me, but I aint skeered,. P.S. wife (ex-farmer) says I told you so.

Negative pepperhead212
(1 review)
On Aug 14, 2005, pepperhead212 Woodbury, NJ wrote:

I recieved several varieties of seeds from Reimer this season. The Red savinas, Tepin, and Rancho poblanos were good, however...
Chinese Multicolor - totally different pepper - long skinny, and not multicolor. Purple leaves only similarity.
Thai Dragon-Thai bird peppers instead - 1/2-3/4" long.
Firenza jalapeno-different jalapenos included with it 50/50
Ata Ijosi - totally different from last year - only 3/4" long, not 2-2 1/2"
White Bullet - very low germination rate
Hanoi Market - no gemination
Goat weed - no germination

My cousin had an even worse experience with her order.
Looks like I will be looking for another seed supplier as well.

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