Please list reputable seed companies

DarylltxOctober 10, 2012

I keep reading on here, don't buy from ebay, don't buy from this company etc. Can someone list the 5 most reputable, tried and tested seed companies that you have been using for years that sell all the types of peppers including exotics?

Thanks,

Daryll

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esox07 (4b)

Darylltx, I have only ordered of line one time and got so-so results. I got some wrong seed (2 of 4 varieties were wrong) and it cost me that season of growing for that seed. The plants that did come up wound up being desirable plants however and the retailer did make it up to me in the end. I will choose to not list their name as I cannot say I would or would not buy from them in the future.

But aside from ebay, amazon, and established seed sites online, I think it is wise to consider your local garden store for some of the more common seed. I think you could expect a very low rate of mixed seed from the well known suppliers such as Burpee. They are normally much cheaper too and you don't have to wait or worry about the mail either. Of course, you are not likely to see Bhut Jolokia, 7 pot or Twilight in the seed racks at Home Depot but if you just want some Cayenne, Sweet Banana, Bell, Jalapeno, etc...., then I would probably just stop at the garden center.

But stay tuned, this thread is likely to provide you with several recommendations for both bad and good online retailers for the more exotic varieties.
Bruce

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 1:05PM
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esox07 (4b)

Oh, I think I was unclear above regarding Ebay and Amazon as sources for seed. My recommendations there is to stay well clear of those sites unless you like surprises....mostly bad surprises.
Bruce

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 1:07PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

I have had very good luck with the big box stores that are supplied by Bonnie Plants (Lowe's, HD, Wal-Mart). They even snuck in a fatalii on me ("World's Hottest Habanero" though it really isn't a hab). Good strong plants. But you won't find any other super-hots there if that's what you're after.

I also like their herbs, and they do lots of tomatoes, but I haven't tried those.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 1:26PM
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john11840(z6/CT)

You won't go wrong buying from Beth at Peppermania. She's quick, reliable, and the quality is good. See the link below.
John A

Here is a link that might be useful: Peppermania

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 1:31PM
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woohooman

I wouldn't buy Burpee or Ferry Morse. Although the plants are what they say, the germination rates are atrocious. I've had better luck going down to the grocery store and picking up fresh peppers in the produce section and dried chiles in the hispanic section and harvesting seeds from those.

I've read on these forums that NMSU Chile Pepper Institute and tomatogrowers.com are good sources.

Kevin

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 3:22PM
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esox07 (4b)

Woohooman, I haven't had any trouble with germination rates on Burpee or Ferrey Morse seeds. However, I plant 4-5 seeds per starter container and pick the strongest looking one of the ones that come up and snip the rest off. But very rarely do I have less than 3 or 4 to choose from. At under $2 per pack, I can afford a couple dud seeds I guess. But as woohooman says, you likely will get slightly better results from some of the "Reputable" online sellers as they mostly do their harvesting and packing by hand where I am sure it is mostly machine driven by the bigger brick and mortar store brands. And you will likely find little to no exotic or super hot choices from them.
Bruce

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 3:40PM
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Darylltx

Thanks all ill try tomato growers and pepper mania. I haven't ever heard any thing bad of tomato growers. I think as ghost's popularity peaks and is not in such a frenzied demand, we;ll start seeing them a lot at big box stores. I know I've seen a few more at local small town nurseries recently. I like to buy the ones at least a foot tall with some fruit already on the plant, so I can make sure it looks like a Bhut. However for some reason where I am in 95 degree temperature all summer I didn't get one Bhut pepper pollinate other than that one that was on the plant when I bought it in May. Hundreds of flowers, no pod. I finally chopped the plants down at 3 feet about 3 weeks ago, just too depressed to look at them any more and whiteflys were starting to enjoy the leaves. even when the temperature lowered to 85 high for the day, I gave it another 3 or 4 weeks flowers but no buds. I will always wonder why those BHUTs did not pollinate here.......

Daryll

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 6:04PM
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abnorm(Orlando)

Besides the already mentioned Peppermania, TomatoGrowers and the NMSU Chile Pepper Institute ......I also buy from:

http://www.sampleseeds.com/

"small" seed packets at reasonable prices from a Buffalo, New York GardenWebber

http://www.gourmetseed.com/

Excellent quantity for a "normal" price...from New Mexico

doug

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 6:31PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Might as well throw my 2 cents in the pot : )

I'll second the recommendation for Peppermania!

Since you asked for the top 5:

2. Cross Country Nurseries

3. Trade Winds Fruit

4. Seed Savers Exchange

5. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Actually my number one favorite seed source is other members of the pepper forums. (This one, and another that I won't call by name, so that I don't get into trouble here.) Many of my favorites came from trades, or seed swaps.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 6:39PM
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Edymnion(7a)

The NMSU Chile Pepper Institute, their stuff is always tops.

The Hippy Seed Company, they've got all the nuclears you could ask for, and they always ship exactly what you order. Nice people, good product.

Pepper J... bwah ha ha ha... *wipes away tear* Oh man, sorry, I couldn't even get through that with a straight face. Yeah, not him. Ebay before PJ.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 1:12PM
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woohooman

Bruce: Here's my experience with those 2 companies and let me stress it's only with PEPPER seeds -- every other kind of veggie has had more than adequate germ rates.

Anaheims - sufficient (FM)
Jalapenos - sufficient (FM)
Serranos - less than sufficient (FM)
Habaneros - got 2 plants out of the whole pack (Burpee)
Poblano And Cascabella - not one seed sprouted Out of a dozen or so each that I tried this past spring -- I'll try again with them in the winter or what we here in SoCal call "winter." (FM)

In my opinion, one would probably do better paying the extra buck to one of the aforementioned online dealers and having a feeling of confidence that when it's time to start one's seeds that said seeds will pop up rather than "hope" that they do.

Just my 2 cents.

One further observation -- I get the general feeling(I don't know, It just may be me) that some of you don't really care for PepperJoe.

;)

Kevin

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 1:58PM
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rick_in_va(7 VA)

Good experience from tomatogrowers and seed savers exchange. Out here in VA we have Southern States Coop. which is inexpensive and reliable, and very generous seed packets which they package themselves. You may be able to get seeds from them via mail.

We avoided mentioning the really awful online sellers. Would we get sued if we had a thread for "the five worst seed suppliers" in case there are naive newbies out there? Hint: rhymes with "rhymer".

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 3:22PM
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woohooman

Rick_in_va said, "We avoided mentioning the really awful online sellers. Would we get sued if we had a thread for "the five worst seed suppliers" in case there are naive newbies out there? Hint: rhymes with "rhymer"."

Nope. Slander and libel are awfully hard to build cases on, especially when the "opinion" is based on personal experience with a particular company.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 3:44PM
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Bill106(4)

Well with the guidance I've received here I can't go wrong. Thanks everyone.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 5:54PM
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scorpion_john(6)

tomato growers is good, also pepperlover.com, judy is great, john

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 9:34PM
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nuwanda(New Zealand)

Sandia Seeds: Chimayo, Japapeno, Hatch all had great hit rates.

Hippy Seeds: Scotch, Brain Strain, good hit rates again.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:23AM
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willardb3

Try here for chile vendor reviews

Here is a link that might be useful: Hot Pepper

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 9:57AM
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wichitachief

I've had good luck with refiningfirechiles.com.I did get a couple of mislabeled? from Tomato growers supply.Problem is one is a nice variety I liked which I can't reorder since it's not what I ordered (even though the package said it was).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 10:36AM
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kuvaszlvr

3 of my favorites (along with many of the ones listed above) are Terra Time & Tide. Lenora is great, she goes out of her way with customer service and she has good seeds at a great price. She sells on ebay and I won't generally buy seeds on ebay but got her name as a reputable seller a long time ago.

Wayland Chilies on Local Harvest. Spencer has great seeds too and also goes the extra mile with customer service and he has great prices on his super hots too.

Junglerain, Grant is great too. And he's got some really wild hybrids, and seeds you can't find anywhere else. Even with him being in Australia, his seeds arrive really fast.

Pam

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 4:04PM
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wjp4140(7b b-more)

I bought seeds from peppers of the world. They were at a garden store, though they have a web site.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 3:35AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Posted by woohooman San Diego z 10a (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 10, 12 at 15:22
I've had better luck going down to the grocery store and picking up fresh peppers in the produce section and dried chiles in the hispanic section and harvesting seeds from those. ..Kevin
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That is mostly what I do too. Right now I have most of my pepper seeds collected same way.
When comes planting time , I might pick a few seedlings from the BBS. I have not bought pepper seeds for a long long time that I can remember. Hispanic, Indo-Pakistani, Asian stores, Farmers market .. have been my source plus whatever I grow myself.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 4:14AM
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pepper_rancher

I get my seeds for everything *except* peppers at Morgan County Seeds (lettuce, kale, tomatoes, etc).
What kind of pepper seeds are you looking for, someone here will probably send them to you for SASE or for trade...

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 7:50AM
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ruthz

I didn't see Peppergal mentioned and I was thinking about ordering a few from there this year. Any comments. I don't order from ebay or if I have to use paypal.
I have a ton of seeds, but most are from trades. Do any of you worry about what they were grown with and if your growing the true pepper?
I'm growing Beaver Dam this year for the 2nd or 3rd time. This year it's bigger and better then in the past years.
This is what made me think maybe I should start with new seeds if it's the 1st time trying a specific pepper.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:53AM
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