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Negative gracie246
(2 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2021, gracie246 Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Iíd ordered from them before because of their selection of tomato seeds, which germinated well. Some of their other vegetable seeds did not or produced puny seedlings.

Last year, I reordered seed packs of my favorite tomatoes, Damsel and Mountain Magic, to start indoors in winter: 1 Damsel and 2 Mountain Magics. Each packet was supposed to contain 5 seeds.I plannned to start all 15 seeds today. First I opened one of the mms and to my dismay found only 3 seeds in the inner transparent package. Oh well, I thought, human error. Then I opened the second mm and again found only three seeds. Then I opened the Damsel pack and found only 3 seeds. It looks far more like shortchanging than human error. If they donít correct this I will never order from them again.

Negative bescochran
(1 review)
On Dec 2, 2020, bescochran Stockholm, WI wrote:

I have ordered from this company for a few years. The germination rates have always been poor but I let it slide because the seeds were cheap enough. Although once the germination on a pack of tomatoes was 10%! And I have a heating mat and lights. The last straw was the Opalka tomatoes I ordered from them. Not Opalkas (I've grown them for years, my favorite paste!)
One quarter the size they should be and seedy and watery. I will never order another thing from them, can't be trusted.

Negative mrs_attila
(1 review)
On May 13, 2019, mrs_attila La Center, WA wrote:

As much as I wanted to like their products, I probably won't order here again, though I have about $7 in credit here. Why? Two reasons, not including the very long delivery time (ordered in early January, received seeds in mid- March. If I started seeds early indoors, this would be a third problem). As it was, I ordered some very tiny flower seeds (impatiens) which should have had 100 seeds per packet. I got 4-6 seeds per packet, because they were packaged so badly that the seeds probably fell out during shipping. Got a credit for those from a very reluctant customer service person (I was outside the 45 day limit). The other problem was near zero germination rates for a wide variety of vegetables. I thought maybe rodents had eaten the planted beans, etc. but the beans and other seeds were still in the ground, either hard and dried out, or rotted. I'm an experienced gardener and I've grown vegetables in some bad climates, but I have never seen anything like this. Didn't bother to ask for a refund for the veg seeds as it's well past their limit. I just won't come back.

Negative JMKM1976
(17 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2019, JMKM1976 Hornell, NY wrote:

Posted on March 13, 2019, updated March 13, 2019
ordered $135 in seeds from this company last year (2018 growing season). The seeds took over 3 weeks to arrive, which means that adding 7_10 days for germination and 7 days hardening off, my seedlings were extremely late being planted in my garden! I had poor yeilds from great plants simply because they did not have enough time to mature and set fruit!

I ordered $98 in seeds again this year with a note telling them of the problems with how long shipping took last year. Still no seeds after almost 3 weeks have passed! I logged into my account on their website and sent a message yesterday that if not arrived by tomorrow, I might as well not plant them at all and would rather have my money back. No response so far.

Also, my order status on the website has said "completed" for a week plus. Is it just sitting there collecting dust at this point?

I ordered again because I buy so many seeds and there's a discount price over 20 packets. I also like the huge variety of tomatoes and peppers and eggplant that I can't get other places.

The germination was great for me last year. A couple varieties failed to thrive after germinating, but all and all 95% of my seeds did great and the plants were big, strong and healthy throughout growing season.

But like I said, they made it to the garden too late to really show off what they could do. I had planted several flats of heirloom seeds I had in my seed vault to share with family and friends. If I hadn't done that, my lush, green amazing garden last year would have been a waste where peppers, tomatoes and eggplant are concerned as 14 weeks to grow and get them ready are necessary and planting here is around May 15th! I ordered (last year and this year) in February!

It's unfortunate that great seeds and varieties are so mishandled and inaccessible just because of very poor handling and shipping practices.


On March 13th, 2019, JMKM1976 added the following:

I just received a message in my email that my seeds shipped and should arrive in 3 days (Saturday the 16th). Still not a positive rating because again, 8 weeks isn't enough time to have them ready, so I might as well not even plant them this year because they won't be ready for the garden until at least June!
Negative euwxyz
(3 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2019, euwxyz Berlin, NH wrote:

Germination very poor !!! Their packs even state 50% germination rate, of that its even worse. (that's not stated in the catalog) One pack had no seeds, the count on seed content is off. Not worth the disappointment. If you don't notify them within 45 days your out of luck...Save your $$$

Negative Magicmary
(1 review)
On Jan 5, 2019, Magicmary Brighton, MI wrote:

Last year was my first time ordering from this company. I am a seasoned gardener, so this was not my first rodeo. I thought I'd try them since their prices were lower than most other companies. That said, here are some of my results:

1. The seeds took a very long time to arrive, and I ordered in early January.
2. The overall germination rate left a lot to be desired. Some seeds were as expected. Others required extra sowing, which threw my plants and my entire garden off. Out of 15 different seeds I ordered, I had a problem with germination on at least 6 of them.
3. Absolutely NO germination on Jacob's Ladder. I contacted them a few times and never received a response. Poor customer service results in no more business from me.
4. I do not recommend ordering your seeds from this company; I'm going back to my tried and true seed companies, even though they will be more expensive.

Bottom line: If you want to take your chances, you'll likely get what you paid for (IF the seeds germinate).

Negative blue_gardener
(1 review)
On Feb 13, 2018, blue_gardener Jackson, MI wrote:

While I mostly had good germination from the order I placed in 2017, I had rather low germination on one variety of sweet corn and ZERO germination on the seedless watermelons, of which I had ordered several packets. I e-mailed the company at least four times using the e-mail address listed on their website, beginning in September, 2017, hoping for a replacement of the watermelon seeds in 2018. However, I did not receive any reply or acknowledgement whatsoever, either to accommodate me or to refuse me. I find this unacceptably rude, and will probably never order again.

Negative violina
(2 reviews)
On Feb 26, 2017, violina Anamosa, IA wrote:

It took more than 2 weeks to receive my seeds order. In addition, seeds 'n such shipped eggplant seeds with (as shown on packet) only 65% germination rate. Some tomatoes (including cherry tomato seed packets with few seeds) were labeled at 70 or 75% germination, which is much lower than Fedco, Johnny's of Jung packets I've previously puchased. The low germination rates were not noted in the catalog or online, I would've purchased elsewhere if it had been.

FYI, most tomato packets were packed May 2016 (need to be sold by 5/17), so these were produced 2 summers ago.


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