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|On Jul 5, 2018, Sycamoron Sycamore, IL wrote:
I ordered and planted seeds for Snow Peas, Bush Beans, Cucumbers and Zucchini and had virtually no germination from any of them. Seeds from other companies germinated well.
|On Dec 13, 2017, RJG Calgary,
Outrageous shipping costs to Canada. Was planning to order a couple of packages of tomato seeds and shipping was shown as $22.95 US. I checked their published shipping policy and the amount aligned, $7.95 + $15.00. Seems like very little risk they'll get a Canadian order any time soon.
|On Apr 27, 2017, Cville_Gardener Clarksville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
I wish I could add a photo. I received two "plants" from this company. What they really are is sprouted seeds, one in each pot. The shipping was more than the cost of the plants. $15 for nothing. Won't make that mistake again.
|On Jul 18, 2016, marinaradad Livermore, CA wrote:
Ordered an "Olla" for my vegetable garden - it is a clay pot designed to be buried, filled with water, and then the water seeps out through the unglazed sides to water the plants around it. I was intrigued by the idea as a water-saving tool during our hot summers. At best, it waters less than an inch around the pot, which is pretty useless considering its impossible to plant so closely to the pot knowing the mature size of the plants. I wish it functioned the way they claim in their catalog.
|On Jan 17, 2016, artemiss Toledo, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on January 17, 2016, updated January 17, 2016
On January 17th, 2016, artemiss added the following:
Reading through the negative reviews, BUYER BEWARE. It seems that this company has a history of random 'erroneous' charges showing up and being refunded a week or so later, and being abysmal at correcting it in any sort of timely manner.
Oh, the amount they are refunding? The first charge that hit a WEEK AGO. They kept money withdrawn in error for a week, and then, knowing they had mischarged me nearly $100, still billed the 'correct' amount BEFORE the refund hit. SHADY. Possibly fraudulent.
Do not give this company your financial info!
|On Dec 28, 2015, ssmith24 Baggs, WY wrote:
sero seed is part of territorial seed company. Sero is supposed to be made by sustainable companies. they are not! the farm does not have animals to produce any fertilizers for produces seeds. sad, very sad to lie to everyone. people can drive by and look at their production farm to see for themselves. i was able to see by taking my niece to school which is about afew hundred feet away from there farm. Nothing but greenhouses and fields to grow plants. No animals, maybe a couple birds flying. Just want truth out there for everyone to be aware. Be weary of who your supporting.
|On Apr 20, 2015, bonemealthugs Philadelphia, PA wrote:
I placed an order on the first of the month, and I still haven't received it (it's now 4/20). Even though the shipping prices were extremely high, I still opted to place my small order with this company because they had some cool varieties. Last week, I mistakenly received an order totaling $50 from their company. When I called to notify them, the person on the phone was, for some reason, full-of-attitude and seemed very flustered by the situation. The person repeatedly asked me a very illogical question, "did you open the package?"
|On Apr 12, 2015, klorentz_2000 Killeen, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on April 10, 2015, updated April 12, 2015
On April 12th, 2015, klorentz_2000 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Still no reply from territorial . I am there for changing my rating to negative. Had this been any other company I deal with they would have replied asap.
|On Feb 12, 2015, AntGarden Redondo Beach, CA wrote:
Was concerned at the excessive cost (lowest price: $7.95 via USPS) to ship 8 packages of seeds at a weight of <7 grams. While it took 2 days to receive a response to my 2 email (yes, I resent after receiving a not asking if there was an issue as my cart still had pending items). The eventual response I received was laughable. Not only did they email an attached form letter, they could not even be bothered to fill in the blanks to customize it to their customer who raised a concern:
|On Jan 23, 2015, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on April 10, 2012, updated January 23, 2015
On June 11th, 2010, reeve1 added the following:
I ordered 4 seed packets and only 3 were in stock. Did shipping come down? NO!! I wish to also support those that have complained about the shipping cost. This is the highest of anyone out there - bar none!!! Gouging customers is going to last only so long and then you won\'t have anyone left to gouge. Let\'s not be ridiculous.
On June 21st, 2010, reeve1 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I was able to resolve my major issue but there still remains a problem with what I feel like is gouging for shipping charges. A company should never try to make money off of shipping. The product is where profit should be made. Shipping is only a means to get the product to the customer and should be at cost or less. Any other company charges 1/2 of what these people charge. Until Territorial realizes this and lowers their shipping, I won\'t be ordering from them any more.
On March 28th, 2012, reeve1 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I\'m finished shopping with Territorial Seed. I have ordered most every year for the past 4 or 5 years and seem to have some sort of problem each year. I purchased 7 seed packs this year, mostly Zinnias, and some that I had great germination rates with before. This year, I couldn\'t get 1 in 20 to germinate. I\'ve got seed packs from at least 5 companies in my 4 tier grow stand (over 288 seeds each time) and consistently I got poor germination from only the Territorial seeds. Some of my friends purchased Territorial Seeds and had the same low germtination problem this year. I also complained about not being able to reach them from the Contact Us link on the web site. It goes to a blank page. The response from Stephanie? Their lab had 92% germination and she didn\'t even comment about not being able to view the Contact Us page. They are either hiding or have their head in a deep, dark place. Either way, I\'m finished fighting with them and having them never fixing or acknowledging problems. Poor seed germination, ridiculous shipping costs, and a customer service that won\'t acknowledge any of this but keep their head in the sand. Good bye Territorial Seed. You can gouge and lie to someone else, until there are no more.
On March 28th, 2012, reeve1 added the following:
They refunded my seed order but that doesn\'t fix the problems and deception.
On April 10th, 2012, reeve1 added the following:
I\'ve enjoyed their seeds for many years, too. The sad thing is whenever you try to communicate with their customer service, it\'s as though it doesn\'t exist. A pleasant girl answers initial emails and then I got passed to Josh. I was never told who Josh is, and he never told me despite two emails that asked He never answered any of my questions and just kept telling me how busy he was. They won\'t address my question of why the shipping is so obviously over priced for a few seed packs. I\'m finally tired of asking and tired of paying exhorbitant prices, so I\'m leaving from the side of the sheep and going somewhere else! GOOD BYE Territorial Seed!
On January 23rd, 2015, reeve1 added the following:
I decided to check on prices again this month (Jan. 2015). The shipping prices are as RIDICULOUS as ever. I honestly don't know how these people can sleep at night. They don't care!They hand their boxes to the most expensive shipping company (FedEX) when they could accommodate their customers better by offering a better and cheaper choice. USPS Priority Overnight Mail is $12.55 to my location... Yes, from Oregon! I won't be back.
On Jan 23, 2015, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Mar 28, 2012 8:00 AM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
I'm sorry to hear about your experiences with our company. In regards to the zinnias that you ordered, I assure you that we do germination tests on every lot of seed that we get and our company's standards are higher than the federal germination standards (as Stephany apparently mentioned, we had a 92% germination rate on the variety in quesiton). I have not heard of any other germination problems with our zinnias this year so I am hoping that your case is isolated.
|On May 18, 2014, cantgrow CASTELLA, CA wrote:
Outlandish shipping costs.
|On Nov 22, 2013, gourmetgardens Cookeville, TN wrote:
BUYERS BEWARE OF OLD SEEDS! I received an order of seeds today, Nov. 22, 2013. When I looked at the packets I realized that they were packed for the 2013 growing season and not the 2014 growing season. I called customer service and explained that I was not happy about receiving the old seeds. It is dishonest of them to push last planting season's seeds at a time of the year when customers are planning next season's crops. Customer service made it clear that this is how they operate. I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Seeds on the same day that I placed my order with Territorial Seeds and Baker Creek sent me seeds for 2014. You decide who is the more reputable company. Territorial Seeds told me I could send them back but after I thought about it - I decided it that I had already paid $7.50 shipping on 8 packets of seeds and it would probably cost $5.00 to ship them back. Then I would have spent over $12.00 in shipping charges and have nothing for my money . I have been a loyal customer for years. No longer!!! Territorial Seeds' policies and customer service are clearly anti-customer. GOODBYE TERRITORIAL SEED COMPANY!
On Nov 22, 2013, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Dec 27, 2013 4:32 PM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
Dear gardener, first and foremost; if you are ever unsatisfied with your purchase from Territorial we will refund that purchase to you promptly.
|On Oct 15, 2012, libertyfarm Ashland, OR wrote:
I opened a 1/2 pound bag of Fava Beans yesterday purchased from Territorial and out came broken glass with the Fava Beans. Really glad I didn't have kids working with me. I called the company and got an answering machine for customer service. No real help there. I am purchasing from even more local seed companies from now on.
On Oct 15, 2012, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Oct 15, 2012 9:21 AM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
I am very sorry that there was glass in your fava packet. I can honestly say that I have never heard of this happening before and can assure you that it is far from common. Our customer service staff is not here on Sundays but I checked with them this morning and it seems that they have already contacted you. If you have any additional concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us."
|On Apr 26, 2012, LeeInSF Chupadero, NM wrote:
In 2011 I placed an order which included 2 8 oz. packages of pea seeds of 2 different varieties. I did not get a chance to plant them in 2011. When I went to plant them this Spring, each package felt light so I weighed them. Each package weighed approximately 4 oz, not 8 oz. This seemed strange to me so I thought maybe the seeds had dried some and that would account for the weight discrepancy. I decided to count the seeds. Their catalog states that the seed count per ounce is 90-165 seeds. Each package contained approximately 400 seeds or about 4 oz. of seeds rather than the 8 oz. that I ordered.
On Apr 26, 2012, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Apr 26, 2012 7:59 PM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
Sorry about the discrepancy in the weight of your pea packages. Haven't heard of any other issues like this so hoping that your case is isolated. If you call or email our customer service department, we'd be happy to send you more seed or refund your money."
|On Apr 13, 2012, JoeyinRoseburg wrote:
I do not intend to order plants again from Territorial Seed. An order I placed some time ago arrived today, and although the plants appear to be very healthy, the size of the containers and the plants themselves are unbelievably small. VERY tiny, indeed, and their cost was either at least as much or higher than others far larger that I have ordered from other online nurseries. The shipping cost for four teeny plants in a very small carton was nearly $19, and I reside a short driving distance from Territorial Seed! One plant I ordered was not included and shown as being back-ordered on the packing slip, but there was no indication of when they expect to ship it. The total cost of five tiny plants, plus shipping, was over $42 and caused my jaw to drop when I saw what arrived for that amount of money. The only thing I'm happy about with this order is that what did arrive looks healthy and thriving. Period.
|On Feb 20, 2012, oboecat Rusk, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I agree with ALL the others about shipping cost. Just ordered seeds I cannot find anywhere else and was shocked by the cost. Won't be ordering from anymore until shipping costs come down.
|On Jan 25, 2012, BLE Huntington, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:
Today, I had about 1/2 of my 2012 order entered online (mid-morning on a Wednesday) when a webpage with this message appeared when I tried to add another item to my "cart".
|On Apr 25, 2011, Gardener5b Kansas City, MO wrote:
I intended to place an order with this company. Upon reaching the checkout screen, I found that my $13.10 order for three seed packets would be charged an additional $7.50 for shipping, insurance, and other fees.
|On Jul 9, 2010, sherman99 Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Was going to order 1 pkt of cardoon seeds as this is the only company i have found to carry them. cost of seeds= $2.40 cost of shipping, for one packet of seeds= $7.50. needless to say i did not order from them. priority mail is only 4.95 and the post office provides the box. why is this company so high? first class postage would have been about 88 cents. plus the cost of an envelope. what gougers. what a rip off. they must make all their money on postage, so what does that say about their seeds?
|On May 3, 2010, DANIELGOOD QUITO,
I WOULD NEVER USE THIS TERRITORIAL SEEDS.I ORDERED AN ORDER 2 YEARS AGO ASKING THAT THEY NOT SEND ANYTHING BY BACK ORDER SINCE I WAS ONLY IN MIAMI FOR 7 DAYS TO RECEIVE THE ORDER.
|On Jan 22, 2010, audreymarmot Annapolis,
United States (Zone 7a) wrote:
I would order some seeds but the shipping cost is too high. May I suggest to the company that they have a special shipping rate for people who just want a few packets of seeds?
|On Feb 7, 2009, heirloompumpkin San Francisco, CA wrote:
Shipping is very expensive for just seeds! I won't be buying from them unless the shipping cost comes down.
|On Jan 27, 2009, d687 Guthrie, OK wrote:
I was a long time customer of this company. However I will not pay $7.95 shipping to order a few packets of seeds. Come on, Territorial Seed, become user friendly again rather than making money on shipping costs. I know for a fact that you are losing good customers and they are vocal about why they are ordering elsewhere.
On Jan 27, 2009, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
"On Jan 27, 2009 2:27 PM, Territorial Seed Company responded with:
Each year we spend quite a bit of time evaluating different ways to implement the charges for shipping, handling, and insurance. For the vast majority of our customers, the flat fee system that we use is the most advantageous for them. You can purchase one packet of seed or 1001 packets of seed and the shipping, handling and insurance fee will be the same. Furthermore, Territorial offers a wide range of gardening products, which ship at several different times throughout the season. For example, a customer could order seeds, potatoes, blueberry plants and garlic; each of which is sent out separately but are all included in the standard flat fee. You can see in this example how the flat fee of $7.50 would be a bargain.
|On Jan 15, 2009, briergarden Lynnwood, WA wrote:
Have not tried seeds from this company.
|On May 20, 2003, saami32 wrote:
I have been satisfied with the seeds I have purchased from Territorial. However, I purchased a large number of tomato plants and the plants are of marginal quality at best. I have emailed the company with no success at this time. As of now, approximately 1/3 of the plants I ordered are dead, and were that way when they came out of the shipping box.
|On May 6, 2003, FGOrr wrote:
They ripped me off, by overcharging, and then when I complained they said they would get back but never did.