Unfortunately, bad seed banks are very common.
Many growers get burned by seed banks that have bad quality seeds, poor customer service and lots of missing packages.
It’s therefore very important to do your research before deciding where to buy your seeds online
Today I’m going to be taking an in-depth look at the well-known seed bank, Crop King Seeds(CKS).
This Crop King Seeds review will cover everything from customer service and shipping policies, to discretion, payment methods and customer feedback.
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This review is part of my best seed bank review series.
I’m aiming to write an honest review of every online seed bank so that growers can be 100% informed before they buy their seeds.
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About Crop King Seeds
Established in 2005, Crop King Seeds is a Canadian seed bank that has been heavily involved in curating seeds for almost a decade.
In 2012 they began their first retail partnership but have since grown to over 100 locations now selling their seeds worldwide.
Since their beginning, CKS has been dedicated to quality and genetic strength when it comes to strain selection.
According to their site, they have formed partnerships with some of the world’s most respected breeders to bring customers the highest quality seeds.
Crop King Seeds Review
Pros of CKS
- Seeds are generally high quality
- Will ship to any country in the world, including USA and Canada
- Extremely discrete shipping
- Extensive growing & plant knowledgebase
- Online support chat answered by an actual human
- They accept cash & Bitcoin for anonymous orders
- Dedicated high-CBD strains for medicinal patients
- Offer 80% germination guarantee
Cons of CKS
- Website is dated and layout is confusing
- Strain selection limited compared to other seed banks
- Customer service could be better
- A few reports of wrong seeds being shipped
Seed Quality – 4/5
Crop King Seeds have built a strong seed quality reputation, but if you search around enough you’ll find mixed experiences.
To their credit, more than half of their customers report successful grows which indicates their seed quality is generally good.
Additionally, unlike most seed banks, Crop King Seeds offers a germination rate guarantee of 80% in case of failure.
The thing that makes me hesitate, however, is some of the online reviews on Trustpilot.
Some customers report bad germination rates or the wrong seeds being sent.
There are also reports of issues trying to get replacements sent out.
Don’t get me wrong – there are an equal amount of positive reviews there too, so take everything with a grain of salt.
Overall I recommend some caution, and to read through all the reviews before making your decision!
Strain Selection – 4/5
Strain selection is generally limited with Crop King Seeds, although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
They have some amazing strains and a good mix of regular, feminized and auto-feminized varieties.
They also have a section for high-CBD and CBD-only strains, something medicinal patients will appreciate.
The Crop King website is a bit dated, but since they have limited strains it’s at least easy to get through them.
Overall I think CKS is going for quality over quantity, but I feel as though they could expand somewhat.
Customer Service – 3/5
As I mentioned earlier, there are mixed reports about Crop King Seeds’ customer service.
On the one hand they are accessible, with phone and online chat support lines manned by actual employees.
I tested the chat out, and spoke to Lisa who was most definitely not a bot.
On the other hand I have to be honest though – I wasn’t very impressed.
Within a minute her responses made it sound as though I was bothering her with my questions.
After I took a few seconds to type back, she offered that I should “move along” if I didn’t have anything else to ask as she was “busy”.
Some of the Trust Pilot reviews I mentioned also detail customer service attitude when issues come up.
Interpret that how you want to, but for me personally it’s a red flag as it reminds me of previous bad experiences elsewhere.
Customer Reviews 4/5
One nice feature on their website is the strain reviews from customers under each strain page.
The presentation could be improved, but the reviews still contain some great information to help set expectations for each strain.
In terms of reviews of the company itself, people either seem to love CKS or hate them.
No really – their Trustpilot Reviews are almost evenly split between excellent and bad!
I took the time to search online, and found forum posts as well were about the same.
Some people had no issues at all – some promised never to shop there again.
I’m not going to solve this debate in this review, but thought it was important to show the full picture!
Payment Methods – 4/5
Crop King Seeds offers a few payment methods, including visa/mastercard, cash and Bitcoin. If you live in Canada they will also accept bank transfers.
Unlike some other seed banks, they do not accept checks, money orders, Western Union or international bank transfers.
For those of you with American Express, you’ll also need to find a different method of payment.
Shipping – 5/5
Crop King Seeds offers a few different levels of flat rate shipping depending on where you live.
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, you are able to choose either $10 regular mail, or $30 express mail that includes tracking.
Australian and New Zealand are only given the option of $20 regular mail.
If you live in the rest of the world you only have the option of $30 regular mail, however this does also include tracking.
If that seems a bit complicated don’t worry – it’s very straight forward at checkout and you can’t go wrong.
To some this a bit pricey for “just some seeds”, but CKS is putting that money too good use as we’ll discuss next!
Discretion – 5/5
As far as I can tell, when it comes to discretion there are few seed banks out there taking it more seriously.
If you live in Canada (where seeds are legal) your order arrives in an unmarked envelope that is more than enough to protect your privacy.
For the rest of the world, CKS goes to great lengths to ensure that your seeds are seen only by you.
Whether tucked inside a flashlight or rolled up in a pen, your order is hidden away inside everyday objects to keep prying eyes away.
It may seem like overkill, but I definitely rest easier when a seed bank takes this extra step and not all do.
Crop King Seeds also accepts cash by mail and Bitcoin – both great ways to further increase discretion.
Finally, they are one of the few seed banks that have a prominent policy of not saving your payment information on file.
With insanely stealthy shipping and privacy-oriented payment methods, CKS gets five stars for discretion.
Discounts / Promotions – 2/5
As far as I can tell, Crop King Seeds doesn’t have any regular discounts or promotions.
If they do, they don’t make it obvious and I couldn’t find anything shared recently on social media.
There isn’t a coupon box on the checkout page either, so if you find any coupons on the web you can ignore them.
Since other seed banks have prominent and competitive discounts on a regular basis, I’m only giving Crop King Seeds 2 out of 5 stars here.
Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cropkingseeds.com:
Where is Crop King Seeds located?
Crop King Seeds is located in downtown Vancouver, Canada.
Are there any Crop King Seeds discount codes?
As far as I can tell, there are no official discount codes nor is there a coupon box on the checkout page.
Is Crop King Seeds legit?
Crop King Seeds is definitely a legitimate seed bank.
They have tons of loyal customers, and plenty of positive reviews online.
That said, there are also quite a few negative reviews out there, both about customer service and seed quality.
What is the shipping time to the USA?
They state that shipping to the USA will take up to two weeks with standard shipping and 5-7 business days with express shipping.
I’m not all that impressed with Crop King Seeds to be honest.
Their website is very dated and overwhelming, making it hard to read and navigate.
Compared to other sites, it made the buying experience one that I wanted to be over quickly!
To their credit, they have a quality-focused selection of strains and a great growing knowledge-base.
They also take stealth very serious when it comes to shipping, which is a plus.
While they are definitely sending out quality seeds, there are enough bad reviews for me to hesitate.
Due to poor customer service and hit-or-miss seed quality, I recommend giving Crop King Seeds a pass!
Crop King Seeds Review
- Seed Quality
- Strain Selection
- Customer Service
- Customer Reviews
- Payment Methods