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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 21, 2016 12:55 PM CST
In my search on the internet for some hard to find seeds I found Reimer Seeds company. I have never purchased any seeds from them and in fact had never known about them. My question is, does any one here on the Forum have buying experience with them. If so I would appreciate sharing information with me. I hate to buy a bunch of seeds from a supplier and not know the quality of their product. Thanks for the help.
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 3:57 AM CST
Hello again to all,

Has no one ever dealt with this company or at least have some information about them?

Again thanks, Thank You!
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 22, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Hi Thomas!
I had never heard of them, but I did a google, and this is what I found... https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=reimer+...

Also found this... http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/1681/
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 2:34 PM CST
terrafirma said:Hi Thomas!
I had never heard of them, but I did a google, and this is what I found... https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=reimer+...

Also found this... http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/1681/


Whoa...thanks Tara, doesn't sound like the place that I want to buy a lot of seeds from. Surely do appreciate your help, probably saved me a lot of problem down the road. Thank You!
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terrafirma
Jul 22, 2016 2:39 PM CST
My pleasure Thomas. I tip my hat to you. Good luck to you!

BTW...You might want to check out the green pages here, and see if there are seed companies that other members have reviewed. (positively) 🙂
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plantmanager
Jul 22, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Hi Thomas, I put "Reimer Seeds" into the search here, and a number of posts came up about them. From what I can see, it's a good place.
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 3:26 PM CST
plantmanager said:Hi Thomas, I put "Reimer Seeds" into the search here, and a number of posts came up about them. From what I can see, it's a good place.


Hi Karen,

Well I must be doing something wrong. I did look in the Green Pages under "R" and they were not listed. I also listed Reimer in the "Search Q&A" here and did not find anything. I have a whole page of seeds that I plan to order for 2017 and they showed having about 85% and I had never heard of them before. Guess I will break up the order to 5 different companies that I know and trust. Just trying to make life easier for myself.

Thanks for the help
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Jul 22, 2016 3:57 PM CST

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No one has (positively) reviewed them so that's why they aren't listed in the Greenpages.
You didn't find anything on Reimer because you limited it to the Search Q&A.
When you go to the main Home page, use that search, it covers all forums. Not much came up.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 22, 2016 4:14 PM CST
I used the main search box on the front page.
http://garden.org/search/index.php?q=reimer+seeds&button=
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jul 22, 2016 6:09 PM CST
Hi Thomas, I never bought from them.

Here are my favorites, but "coastal PNW" and "Deep East Texas" are about as different as two places can be and still both be Zone 8. Still, Franchi, Johnnies, Botanical Interests and Baker Creek are for everyone.
Baker Creek's catalog (paper and online) is like four-star "garden porn".

Asian edible crop seeds:
Tainong seeds - (call or email and ask for the $2 "sample packets". Generous!) ask "OP or hybrid?"
Kitazawa - (very wide selection and great descriptions that let you compare varieties. Even recopies!)
Rick Corey - (trade or SASE for NGA contributors) http://garden.org/apps/swap/view/8/

Fancy-Shmancy
Franchi - "Seeds of Italy" http://www.growitalian.com/ big, foil packets. Incredible Italian heirloom veggies.
Botanical Interests - great selection & info. GREAT info on seed packets! Both flowers and interesting veggies.
Baker Creek Heirlooms - http://www.rareseeds.com/store/ (The Bulk Seed category is well-hidden. GREAT rare heirlooms)

Just crops
Territorial (commercial pricing, privately held, wholly owned by Tom and Julie Johns, field trials done in Oregon)
Johnnies http://www.johnnyseeds.com/ (great Grower's Library, videos & tools)
Ed Hume (for short season and cool climate, like coastal PNW) https://www.humeseeds.com/
Victory, Fedco, Hazzards


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greene
Jul 22, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Thomas, I sent you a Treemail.
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DaisyI
Jul 22, 2016 7:10 PM CST
Kitazawa is one of my favorites. And don't forget Totally Tomatoes.
Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 7:18 PM CST
Thanks @RickCorey you always have good info. This afternoon I looked like a huge mud ball, used my new tractor and tiller to start to prepare my 2017 garden. The sandy loan soil was super dry and I made huge dust clouds which stuck to me like a magnet. Too much hard work, which I love, but need good seeds to start the 2017 season.

The great thing about this Forum, good people with a lot of friendly great help.

Thanks again Rick
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 7:19 PM CST
greene said:Thomas, I sent you a Treemail.


Hey Greene, got it and thank you.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 22, 2016 7:22 PM CST
DaisyI said:Kitazawa is one of my favorites. And don't forget Totally Tomatoes.


Hi Daisy, Kitazawa is a new one for me but Totally Tomatoes is an old favorite.

Thank you,
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jul 22, 2016 7:38 PM CST
I've heard that TT is great, but not yet bought from them.

Early on, I found Heather's Tomato-and-Pepper Swap, and went utterly bug-nuts crazy collecting more tomato seeds than I will ever be able to grow.

>> Kitazawa is one of my favorites.

For most people, I SHOULD probably recommend them more than Tainong. But many things about Tainong give me a big, warm fuzzy feeling.

- They answered the phone in Mandarin and only change to English if necessary.

- They are wholesalers, selling seeds that savvy market growers like, but will sell a scoop for $2 to silly amateurs like me.

- I-Lung, who usually takes my order, especially if I send by email, is REALLY patient with my questions. When one variety is out, or even if it isn't, he'll suggest alternatives and varieties more suited to my climate. I'm super-impressed that he will take time to make recommendations or warn me, when his usual customer probably buys 1,000 times more than I do. And he remembers me from year to year!

- He TELLS me if a batch of seed is older or has not been re-tested recently, and then he always says "Well, I'll give you bigger scoop of that one".

- He knows that hobbyists often prefer non-treated seeds, and "warns" me when I buy the high-priced spread.

- The size of the scoop is different for every batch, but the scoop is BIG for $2 for the OP varieties , and as big as a $4 packet from a retail vendor, when they are pricey hybrid seeds.

- They really are patient and kind to hobbyists. Once I tried to find out what their next-size-larger packet would be. He was very gentle when he said "pounds".

And everything I've bought from them sprouted great. One batch had not been re-tested recently and was getting a LITTLE old by my standards, VERY old by their standards, I guess, so he warned me repeatedly and said he'd replace it with something else if its germination wasn't good. (I couldn't tell the germination rate was ANY different from very fresh seed, but I did sow that outside, a little thicker.)

And they have PAGES of Bok Choy varieties! Baby, big, many sizes in-between, Shanghai, Taiwan, white-stem, green-stem, plus NAPA, Michilhi, Yu Choy Sum, A choy, Asparagus Bean, eggplants, Gai Lan, Bitter Melon (苦瓜) and a partridge in a pear tree.

I was surprised that they didn't have Tatsoi, and finally asked him. I'm not positive that I understood the answer, but it sounded like "WE call that Takuchoy". It felt like trying to order Emu Bitter beer in the eastern half of Australia. Emu Bitter is what they drink in WESTERN Australia, mate! DUHH!


Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jul 22, 2016 7:39 PM CST
Thank YOU, Thomas!

and *Blush*
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Weedwhacker
Jul 22, 2016 8:11 PM CST
I've also had excellent service and seeds from Totally Tomatoes. And ordered from Fedco the past couple of years and was very pleased with them (and found some seeds that I hadn't been able to locate anywhere else).

Thomas, do you want to share what kind of seeds you're looking for? I always try to consolidate my seed orders to as few companies as I can because the postage can end up costing a fortune otherwise...

Johnny's is definitely another go-to seed company for me, and they have lots of great growing info on their website as well.

I'm glad you started this thread -- I was also wondering about Reimer.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 23, 2016 2:45 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:I've also had excellent service and seeds from Totally Tomatoes. And ordered from Fedco the past couple of years and was very pleased with them (and found some seeds that I hadn't been able to locate anywhere else).

Thomas, do you want to share what kind of seeds you're looking for? I always try to consolidate my seed orders to as few companies as I can because the postage can end up costing a fortune otherwise...

Johnny's is definitely another go-to seed company for me, and they have lots of great growing info on their website as well.

I'm glad you started this thread -- I was also wondering about Reimer.


Hi Sandy, This list is subject to change before 2017, as I will most likely add and delete some items. I have already purchased some seeds so they are not on this list. This list is based on the recommendation for the East Texas area from the Texas A&M Ag Department.

Vegetable Variety:
Bean / Bush
Blue Lake
Contender
Goldcrop Wax

Bean / Lima
Dixie Speckled
Henderson Bush
Big Mama

Bean / Pole
Kentucky Wonder

Cabbage
Blue Dynasty
Early Jersey Wakefield

Collards
Blue Max
Georgia Southern

Corn
Early Sunglow
Merit ( Yellow )

Cucumber / Pickling
Calypso
Carolina
Country Fair 87
Homemade
Boston Pickling

Cucumber / Slicing
Burpless
Sweet Success
Sweet Slice

Mustard
Crimson Tide
Florida Broad Leaf
Old Fashion

Okra
Annie Oakley
Blondy
Clemson Spineless
Emerald
Lee

Onion
Crystal Wax (short day)
Yellow Texas Supersweet 1015
Yellow Sweet Spanish
Eclipse

Pea
Early Snap
Sugar Ann
Texas Cream 8

Pepper / Hot
Cubanelle
Early Jalapeno
Long Red Cayenne

Pepper / Sweet
Golden Summer
Summer Sweet
Early Summer

Patato
Kennebec White
Youkon Gold

Squash / Summer
Gold Rush Zucchini
Patty Pan White
Zucchini Elite
Yellow Crookneck

Squash / Winter
Cream of the Crop
Sweet Mama Kabocha
Early Butternut

Tomato
Champion (Indeterminate)
First Lady (Indeterminate)
Porter Improved (I)
Julite (I)

Turnip
Just Right
Purple Top White Globe

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Weedwhacker
Jul 23, 2016 7:42 PM CST
That's an excellent garden list, Thomas!

You might check out Southern Exposure Seeds ( http://www.southernexposure.com/ ) if you haven't already done so (although they certainly don't have every variety you have listed there). Hopefully some people that garden in the south will have more suggestions for you!

I do have a couple of suggestions, which I don't think are really zone specific (but, then again, they could be). For a slicing cuke, consider trying Summer Dance (there are a number of companies that offer it); grown on a trellis, it is a fantastic producer of long, slim, thin-skinned slicing cucumbers. And consider trying the old OP Golden Zucchini -- I had a LOT of problems with Gold Rush as far as blossom-end rot, Golden Zucchini always produces reliably for me. (however, please take these recommendations with a grain of salt if southern growers say otherwise Smiling ).

See, that's the good part about winter here... I have several months to search through all of the seed catalogs and websites to find the things I want to grow... you all in the south don't so much have that luxury, being able to plant and grow, plant and grow practically continuously!
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