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Negative migmartc
(1 review)
On Dec 5, 2014, migmartc Ciudad guzman,
Mexico wrote:

I ordered seed from Whatcom Seed Co. The seeds never arrived. I have sent multiple e-mails requesting a tracking number so that I may track the package. The company has not and will not respond. Seems like a scam to me.

Miguel Martinez

Negative baileyhermit
(2 reviews)
On Apr 23, 2014, baileyhermit Pine, CO wrote:

Don't order from this company. Sent several emails asking for refund for overpriced seeds that did not germinate.

I have a VERY green thumb, and never have issues with seeds not germinating. I started over 600 plants this year ( I sell started plants as a side business), and these were the only seeds that did not come up.

Overpriced Broccoflower seeds, $13.00 for 3 teeny tiny packs of seeds, about 10 per package.

Asked for a refund or replacement several times by email. No response. Will try calling today.

What a rip off. Wish I would had seen this topic before I purchased.

Negative KidZoom
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2013, KidZoom wrote:

Do not buy from I wish I had seen this in Dave's Garden before ordering.

I purchased 4 packs of 5 seeds of hot peppers. Seedrack charged more than $9 for the moruga and over $5 for the others. They charged $6 shipping. Total $38 for 20 seeds. Because they had a nice Web Site, I paid this high premium over the other offerings on ebay. First order never arrived after 20 days. They did replace my order, took another 20 days. Seeds arrived in a unprotected envelope with 95 cents postmark. In the envelope were little zip lock packages containing 5 or 6 seeds, no date. NONE of the seeds have germinated.

In my frustration on waiting for seedrack, I ordered from a couple of people on ebay. The seeds were $3-$5 dollars for 10 seeds and free shipping. The seeds from the other sellers arrived in padded envelopes in 5 days. The packs contained 20 seeds. Total of $13 for 100 seeds. ALL are doing great.

AVOID the hassle. DO NOT buy from seedrack.

Negative farmer78
(1 review)
On Aug 7, 2013, farmer78 Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

*** Buyer Beware: Do NOT order from this company ***

I ordered several types of seeds from

None of the seeds have germinated, even if they were planted and cared for by a very experienced individual who has been running his own farms for decades.

I contacted via email multiple times, no answer at all. Further, I was unable to dispute the charge with the credit card because the site offers no guarantees.

Word to the wise: DO NOT order from this company. Choose a more reputable provider that stands by its products.

Negative ajromer
(1 review)
On Apr 4, 2013, ajromer wrote:

I ordered 5 different seed packs from Whatcom in December 2012. I started all 5 varieties indoors under plant lights with a heat pad on January 13, 2013.

Out of everything planted, only 2 plants (cabbage walking stick) have come up to date (4Apr13)--that's a germination rate of 2/35 or 0.06%. Obvious unsatisfactory.

Like others at this site with negative feedback, I e-mailed Whatcom for an explanation & replacement seeds. Like these others, I received neither an answer nor new seeds.

Everything Whatcom sells is available elsewhere on line, so I no longer waste time & money with these people.

Negative Diner852
(1 review)
On Sep 24, 2012, Diner852 Pidigan,
Philippines wrote:

Posted on September 17, 2012, updated September 24, 2012
I ordered various seeds from this corporation. They come in nice little plastic ziplocks but with no date stamps.
Only two out of 8 different seeds have germinated and I suspect the rest are out of date.
I have sent 8 emails to their Contact which is their sales email address. They have not bothered to even respond to me.
I think this is one of the worst corporations I have dealt with as they sell old seeds and don't date their packages.
Obviously I will never order from them again but I would like them to replace the old seeds they sent me.
Not professional at all.

On September 24th, 2012, Diner852 added the following:

I think this company is a scam and have now filed a report with the Oregon FBI!
They need to be put out of business.
Negative merlinswrench
(1 review)
On May 28, 2012, merlinswrench star city,
Canada wrote:

this company sells bad seeds or mislabels seeds The 3 types of hot pepper seeds were not viable , and since the company do not return calls then I called pay pal in Canada and labeled them fraud , do not use this company I also have doubts they are organic at all and if this guy or persons lied about the seeds they most likely are GMO , Do not buy from here they are frauds the only seeds that lived or sprouted was striped marigolds . The owner blames it on the grower every time and will not return e mails or answer phone .

Negative shawn0728
(1 review)
On Apr 15, 2012, shawn0728 Bloomington, IL wrote:

I ordered 3 different types of peppers from this company, and None of them germinated, I have attempted to REGROW with the extra seeds I had from them, and STILL no germination, this company sucks, and I Will NEVER order from them again

Negative bobbieo1447
(1 review)
On Feb 16, 2011, bobbieo1447 Bay Shore, NY wrote:

Order banana plant seeds followed the directions that came with the seeds out of $40.00 worth of seeds got one very sad looking plant...
Have e-mailed and snail-mailed them no response to either....for the $40.00 could have purchase 5 one gallon much for customer service.

Negative UrbanPharmer
(1 review)
On Feb 5, 2011, UrbanPharmer Schenectady, NY wrote:

Ordered in 2/10

Bhut Jolokia 7.92
Jalapeno 2.96
White Habs Free

Bhut turned out to be Caribbean Reds, no answer from my email back in August after learning I was not growing the coveted Ghost. Price was fair but only if you were to actually get what you ordered. Jalapenos had NO heat whatsoever. White Habs were actually good but very, very small in size.

My suggestion, order from the New Mexico University, they will only send you one order in a lifetime of Ghost, but at least you know what you are getting.

Negative volitone
(1 review)
On Dec 16, 2010, volitone Gadsden, AL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Impressive variety of seeds, and well packaged, prompt delivery.

What I *REALLY* wanted was 1) Viable seeds that were 2) the seeds I ordered.

March 2010

I ordered bhut jolokia seeds, received the seeds, planted the seeds, and harvested...umm...NOT bhut jolokia peppers.

On the same order I paid for Camellia sinensis, and received what MAY have once been seeds. I planted the "brown crumbly hard things" anyway just to be certain...nothing.

Also on the same order this plant which is supposedly difficult, Tacca chantrieri. I don't mind difficult, but *all* seeds are difficult if they aren't viable.

"Caveat emptor"...if ordering from this company.

Negative smithjonesghost
(1 review)
On Aug 20, 2010, smithjonesghost Oviedo, FL wrote:

I purchased Bhut Jolokia Peppers but received some other type of pepper. The problem is, if the seeds (and they were not) are not the correct type you do not know for several months later, and there is no refund. The worst part is they do not have/provide a telephone number, That should have rung a Bell, plus they did not reply to my emails.

Negative travisbickle
(1 review)
On Aug 19, 2010, travisbickle Melbourne, FL wrote:

AWFUL EXPERIENCE> Fraudulent in every instance. 2 types of chile seeds were too old and would not germinate. I also bought "ghost Bhut Jolokia" seeds that turned out to be very weak red habanero plants. You find this stuff out after months of work and $$$$$ for proper soil and fertilizer and fighting pests of all kinds. The habaneros I buy at Winn Dixie blow this junk away. Several emails provoked no response, and it is the perfect example of a good Website 'storefront', propped up by 2X4's in the back. Just a good looking movie set for sure, and we will see the same site pop up under a different name in the future, and of that I am also sure. MY FAULT FOR NOT READING THE REVIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Negative hughster
(1 review)
On Jun 20, 2010, hughster Agoura Hills, CA wrote:

after NOT receiving my chili seeds I e-mailed whatcom seeds and was sent a "duplicate" ( dont think the 1st was ever sent ) and as directed planted my seeds. NOT 1 SEED GERMINATED !!!
I then sent an e-mail asking for help with the remaining seeds and got no response in 5 days !!!
Now I read many reviews that are the same as mine.

Negative growingranny
(14 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2010, growingranny Dutton, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have ordered from them in the past and have been pleased with the results. This year I ordered Red Torch Ginger and Lady's Mantle Seed. Planted them according to their directions, put them on the heat and nothing, nada, not one seed has germinated from either one. In the meantime all of the rest of my seeds have germinated and been transplanted. I grow hundreds of plants every year and have never had a problem with growing anything. Was in the business for years and these are the first duds I have encountered. Apparently from reading the comments on here they don't monitor this board so appatently they don't care.

Negative lena56red
(1 review)
On Jul 26, 2009, lena56red Perth,
Australia wrote:

I have bought over US$150.00 order two monthes ago. I have not received it, I have sent a lot of e-mails and never had any reply. I have phoned but nobody answered.
Please don't buy anything from this company. This people just dishonest swindlers.
It is very dissapointed because I was waiting this seeds.

Negative shashp
(1 review)
On Aug 10, 2008, shashp Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I have ordered and never got the item.
When i emailed, the answer was we have shipped it.
They could never provide a tracking number.
And never replied my emails again.

Negative quadradox
(1 review)
On Sep 17, 2007, quadradox Helena, MT wrote:

ordrer placed 9/5/07, 2 weeks ago. Invoice received. No product yet, no info on anticipated shipping date. No info that order is backordered. THE SITE DOES NOT HAVE A PHONE NUMBER FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE -- only email. I consider this a poor prognostic sign. I have emailed. I have called directory assistance and been given the same number as the Better Business Number shows as well as a back up number. In both cases the answering machine does not identify as a business nor sound in any way sound professional. It provides instructions to leave a message which has not returned so far today.

About a year ago I did have an order from them arrive. I do not remember the timeliness but it does not stand out as having been a problem.

However, the process this year does not correspond with how any reliable business, including a home business, should run. I have always had very strong doubts about any US based mail order business which does not bother to have a customer service phone line. Now I know why.

On September 20th, 2007, quadradox added the following:

I received no response after 4 more days. Either they are out of business or only occasionally "in" when it suits them. I cancelled my order. I expect to work with companies which can at least be counted on to communicate reliably when an order cannot be shipped yet and is pending or back ordered. (Though I still have no idea whether the inappropriate silence from Whatcom is due to the fact they just don't have the merchandise to ship or they are out partying somewhere instead of filling orders.)

Negative saralu
(1 review)
On Nov 10, 2006, saralu Ogden, UT wrote:

I ordered some palm seeds which were completely crispy feeling and some were moldy. Of course, they never germinated. The only thing that did germinate was supposedly split-leaf philodendron or 'monstera deliciosa' which I ordered as such and was labeled as such but was in fact heartleaf philodendron, a VERY common plant of which I already have a few! I still even have the bag that was labeled 'monstera deliciosa' -- and like an idiot began to stake the heartleaf when it grew and was limp!

Negative dixie_angel
(23 reviews)
On May 18, 2006, dixie_angel Trenton, TN wrote:

ummmmm.....nothing has germinated.......and palm seeds old and moldy......but they are sending replacements for the palm remain neutral until I see the state the NEXT seeds are in.....I truly hope things are better :0)

On May 22nd, 2006, dixie_angel changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:

I just want to cry. I got my replacement seeds and, while not being moldy......they bad as the last batch.....I feel bad making this a negative but....nothing I ordered from them germinated......and with 9 kids between my husband and I we cannot afford to waste our money on items from compaies who obviously put more value on pretty plastic baggies and photo cards for their seeds than in the seeds themselves...or their customers PLEASE learn from my mistake.....think twice before giving away your money. :0(
Negative pardygwyn
(3 reviews)
On Dec 30, 2005, pardygwyn Port Angeles, WA wrote:

I bought some hot pepper seeds which arrived quickly. Most germinated, but many of the plants were cross-pollinated and nothing like advertised - carribean red peppers were small and yellow, chocolate peppers were orange, etc.

Negative mollitor
(1 review)
On Dec 13, 2005, mollitor San Lorenzo,
Puerto Rico wrote:

I am more fortunate than most. I got 1 PawPaw seed to germinate. None of the pepper seeds I purchased germinated.

Negative 1alphatla
(2 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2005, 1alphatla Alpharetta, GA wrote:

I ordered 22 palm seeds so far. I got 1 germinated and growing but 21 rotten and moldy.

I believe only if you are looking for seeds that are easy to germinate, regardless of who is selling, this is the one.

Negative voytek
(5 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2005, voytek Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've bought 3 times from this company. First time on ebay (2 years ago), second time last year - in both situation everything was OK. I placed my last order about 6 weeks ago. Seeds arrived decomposed in plastic bags. I sent emaisl with complain twice. No response. This is respect-less. I left them positive feedback on ebay, second time I sent them "Thank you" email. This time this is my negative feedback for this company. If you are going to place an order be very careful.

Negative kropit
(1 review)
On Jun 15, 2005, kropit Bear, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered seeds 3 weeks ago and did not get them. Sent email note to them 1 week ago - no response. Emailed again today - will give them 2 days and if no response will dispute the charge with credit card company.

Negative Daisy123
(2 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2005, Daisy123 Pearl, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Oh dear, poor stupid me. Wish I had known about this site before I spent my precious money. Oh, yes The package was pretty neat and the picture on the package was pretty, too bad I didn't plant the cute little package with the nice foam and the pretty flower picture. My shock was when I opened it up and saw there were only 5 seeds (5) five lousy seeds. I spent $23.00 building a special bed for Edleweiss because they only grow under special conditions. I sent Seedrack a email and complained and told them they ought to be ashamed, never got a reply. After that, I ordered from a different ebay seller called Seedmart that says there are 100 seeds in their packages, but, now I see that the reports here are not all that good either because they are also HIRT's Greenhouse and there were conplaints about old seed. Will hope for the best and will let you know.

Negative tofinosurfer
(2 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2005, tofinosurfer Vancouver,
Canada wrote:

I filled my shopping cart, but when I went to check out, the first page in that process, which contains personal information, is not an encrypted page (https). I emailed them and asked for an explanation, and none was given.

Screw them. Off I go to a more reputable company.



Negative garyj59
(17 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2005, garyj59 Sheboygan, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered some seeds last year figuring I would save some money,what a waste.Planted them this spring and no seeds germinated.I will definately never order from them again.

Negative Plumeriagod
(2 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2005, Plumeriagod Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I too was "duped" by seedracks cheap prices for seeds on ebay. I recieved the seeds quickly with germinating instructions. The only thing "good" about this company!!! I bought some of their more expensive seeds (cycad seeds). I bought 4 packages and 8 out of 10 seeds were old!!! I soaked them in water like they instructed, but 8 of the seeds floated! I found out later, during some research, that cycad seeds that float are generally old seeds and don't germinate!
I emailed them several times to try to solve the problem; I even offered to send pictures of the floating seeds and pay for the shipping for new seeds. They emailed me ONCE and asked where I found my info. I replied, "From the president of the Cycad Society." I even copied and pasted the info for them to read! They have never responded back!!

Negative chunx
(35 reviews)
On Mar 3, 2005, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:

I was taken in by the low prices and bought about 20 packets of seeds from Seedrack on eBay and then from Whatcom's website. The only seeds that germinated were the Purple Bells and the Abutilon, and the germination rate wasn't very good on those. I just chalked it up to cheap seeds and wrote it off. I don't know if they buy leftover seed or what, but I wouldn't recommend them. They do ship quickly though and don't rip you off on shipping, but that's pretty much worthless when they send old seeds. I always have good luck with Park Seed and J.L. Hudson Seed. Can't go wrong with these two companies.

Negative Southerngurl
(4 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2005, Southerngurl Yellville, AR wrote:

I wish I had checked here first!!!

I bought several seeds last fall, including some coffee (Coffea arabica), purple dragon carrot seed, pawpaw seeds, among others.

I was mainly excited about the coffee seeds. I researched like crazy to find all the info I would need to get those babies to grow. By the way, their instructions were incomplete for growing coffee, good thing I looked it up (well not really, didn't matter as the seeds were crap). I knew they lost their germination quickly, so I got them planted immediately. Anyway, I waited and waited, keeping them at just the right temp., and just the right moisture. However, I finally had to give up after 5 months or so. I sadly tossed them in the trash. I have not yet had a chance to plant the others, spring is around the corner. I have had the pawpaw seeds outside stratifying all winter (I also researched them a bit). I pulled on of the seeds out and it looks crummy, so I am thinking they are going to follow suit with the coffee seeds. I am giving them every chance in the world though, buying pawpaw plants is a bit pricey.

So far a big fat negative, if I have a better experience with the other seeds, I might change it. :(

All those with negative experiences should contact the bbb (, so they can get a report generated on this company. Some people check there before ordering from a company.

On March 27th, 2005, Southerngurl added the following:

Every pawpaw seed also failed. I wonder if any seed I recieved was viable. I will soon be planting the others. I will probably have similar luck as with planting a rock... the only difference being the green mold that seems to be a trademark of their seeds (mind you I have grown, so far, peppers, tomatoes, onions, echinacea angustifolia, pallida, and purpurea, broccoli and parsley [from bakercreek, high mowing seeds, and walmart] this year in the same mix used for their seeds, and all those did fine).
Negative throneofyord
(7 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2005, throneofyord College Station, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

No seeds germinated.
I ordered these seeds in July 2004. Camellia sinensis (Tea Plant), Coffea arabica (Coffee Plant), Coffea catura (Dwarf Coffee Plant), Cortaderia selloana (White Pampas Grass), Cortaderia selloana rosea (Pink Pampas Grass), Zwolsche Krul (Par-Cel), Asimina triloba (Pawpaw) I bought extra packets of pampas grass. Not a single seed germinated. They warrant seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. There is no assurance of viability or age. I

Negative estiva
(6 reviews)
On Nov 17, 2004, estiva Grafton, WI wrote:

Like many others, I too was impressed by the quick delivery and the very thoughtful packaging--the seeds were padded with foam!

However, the bottom line is germination, of which I had 0%. I planted my hardy orange and bald cypress exactly per the instructions.

It is a shame because I think their web site is excellent. What disturbs me the most, and the reason I will not purchase from them again is poor customer relations.

Maybe the will read this and others and take it to heart.

Negative armcquagge
(1 review)
On Oct 30, 2004, armcquagge Land O Lakes, FL wrote:

I have ordered from this company and nothing germinates and one pack of seeds received was just chips and peaces

Negative ladyannne
(1 review)
On Oct 11, 2004, ladyannne Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I ordered a great deal of seeds from this company, and not one single solitary germination for my fifty dollars. My greenhouse is so full of other seeds and plants and I had to build a second, so I would bet the problem is not me.

Negative mavis2831
(2 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2004, mavis2831 wrote:

I purchased 11 different seed varieties from Whatcom. Not a single one germinated. I followed the instructions exactly. At the same time, I planted seeds from another company, and those seeds germinated.
I contacted Whatcom Seed, to inform them of the failure of their product and no one responded. I sent 3 e-mails and all were ignored.

Negative JillNEPA
(5 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2004, JillNEPA Shickshinny, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Well, I agree as others have that the packaging is excellent. I think it's probably the best I have ever
received. The growing instructions are certainly adequate, and the shipping seems to be prompt.
However, I too, experienced an exceptionally low germination rate. They are very specific with their seed count. When they say 8 seeds you get 8 seeds. I paid over $5.00 each for several packets of 8 seeds plus S&H, I also bought a packet of 35 hollyhock seeds from which 5 have emerged and I'm quite certain that will be the final count on the hollyhocks. It just seems to me that since they surely must know the poor germination rate of the seed, they could at the very least toss in a few extra seeds "just in case".
I have not, nor do I intend to contact the company about this. I'm sure they have heard it all before. Even though they might possibly replace the seeds, I have no desire to keep planting seeds and being disappointed at the result...or lack of a result. I will just add it to my experience list and let it go at that.

Negative stlweedin
(1 review)
On Apr 9, 2004, stlweedin wrote:

we bought alot of seeds and none of them came up, followed directions very carefully. when that did'nt work we tried again and still nothing not even one plant out of all of the seeds that were purchased, very disapointed, a waste of money and time, and patience.

Negative bears15ne
(1 review)
On Apr 7, 2004, bears15ne wrote:

My friend and I bought $40.00 of perennial seeds from this company in February from Ebay. 2 1/2 months later none of the seeds have germinated. We split each packet, 1/2 to her & I kept 1/2. Both had different seed starting items.
I dont recommend them.
They are the same name on Ebay seedrack

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