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Neutral Bhood193
(1 review)
On Aug 26, 2017, Bhood193 Edmond, OK wrote:

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...

Neutral nnavarra61
(1 review)
On Dec 28, 2015, nnavarra61 Willow Grove, PA wrote:

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.

Neutral MarkN1
(2 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2014, MarkN1 Fredericksburg, TX wrote:

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.
Neutral decherdt
(6 reviews)
On May 22, 2012, decherdt Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

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.

Neutral margez
(1 review)
On May 24, 2011, margez , AZ wrote:

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.
Neutral jamesfriendly
(1 review)
On Sep 19, 2010, jamesfriendly Viburnum, MO wrote:

WOW..I wish I had read reviews.. I mixed my seeds from there and another company so can't tell who's was whose..but I did notice that the germination was low but could not pinpoint the company.. Hopefully they get better. Like others, I thought it looked like a good site.. I am keeping my own seeds this year..

Neutral Fifer_WD
(1 review)
On Jul 19, 2010, Fifer_WD Hustontown, PA wrote:

Like others, I also had a rather rude response to my question about a back order -- "Read your receipt" etc. At the time, I had not received a receipt. I was responding to an emailed shipping notice that indicated that I was being charged for the full order, although one item was not on the shipping list.

I do think that it is odd that a tiny envelope should cost so much to ship, and that one should be asked to pay extra to "move to the top". It kind of suggests that if enough people pay the extra charge, my three packets of seed might not be shipped for several months or more. What happened to "Thank you sir, next customer please"? Should we expect McDonald's to start dealing out cold burgers to those who don't pay extra for fast service?

The seeds came quickly. Germination was adequate, with the exception of Long Island Cheese Squash. None of the seeds germinated, although squash and pumpkins from other sources planted in the same soil are doing fine. As for the other Reimer plants, they did not mature as rapidly as those grown from seeds that I received from other sources. I had my soil tested for general vegetable growing by Penn State, and followed their recommendations for soil amendment before the planting season started.

I probably will not order again, mostly because of the the shipping costs and policies and the rather off putting response that I received to a civil inquiry. This alone made me leery.

Neutral ffahelper
(2 reviews)
On Sep 7, 2009, ffahelper Brunswick, MO wrote:

I thought I had ordered ornamental pepper seeds from this company early enough in August to have nice plants by Christmas. I say, "I thought," because when I emailed them two weeks later about the expected delivery date, their return email told me that no order had been sent. Upon checking a printed copy of the order I had made, I had not noticed a line at the bottom of the order in very fine print that had to be checked, i.e. "I agree to the terms and conditions of sale. View terms and conditions of sale." Another page on the web site gave details about how long it would take to process and ship the order. If I had carefully read that information, I would not have tried to place an order because it seemed to be an extra lengthy time period unless I paid extra. No charge had been placed on my credit card. Although I like the choices of seeds offered, I probably will not try ordering from this company again.

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!
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.
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.” (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.
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

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

Neutral dianecarter
(1 review)
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.

I always had great germination rates and would highly recommend purchasing from them.

They are always adding new and exciting varieties.

I give a A+++++ rating.


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.

Neutral H_Vanderdekin
(2 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2005, H_Vanderdekin Mckinleyville, CA wrote:

Some questions for Reimer seed company:

What are your seed storage conditions?

What is your source for pepper seed?

What kind of guarantee does your source place on the seed?

How old is the seed?

Is the genetic purity of this seed guaranteed?

Do you grow your own peppers?

If so, how are you isolating the plants, sexually?

And if you aren’t growing these peppers yourself, how can you be assured of the viability?

What are your seed testing conditions?

Stats?

Did you use a control group?

What precautions do you take to ensure that no seed born pathogens make it to the end user?

What kind of quality control do you use to ensure that the seed you offer, for 1265 hot peppers alone, is viable?

(Not that I've got a dawg in this fight yet but planting season is here)


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