Posted on June 12, 2011, updated August 5, 2012
I have been ordering from this company for two years and I have always been lucky. Twice I ordered different seeds and they were not bad. Of course not all seeds germinated but it is normal - what would we do with all our plants if all of them germinated and grew like crazy? So I am happy with Jung's seeds and recommend to order them. I also ordered bulbs and peonies, and all of them were excellent - I enjoyed pretty tulips and hyacinths this spring, and the Jung's peony has such a big bud that it is sure to bloom this year (I ordered more peonies from van Bourgondien, they are growing, but none have flower buds). This spring I also ordered a few perennials - I was not impressed with the way they were packed - even nurseries that charge much less for their plants pack their stuff much better, - so I think that the staff of Jung must work more in this respect. Three plants didn't grow, I called and the customer service rep was very polite and eager to help - so I got three new healthy plants. I am happy with my collaboration with Jung and I will continue to order from them. THANK YOU!
On August 5th, 2012, Mylena1 added the following:
Jung is a great company and I like to order from them, still they must work more at their packing and shipping. This spring I had unpleasant experience with this company when I ordered two hydrangeas and they both were packed so badly that when I unpacked them, all the branches that could be broken were broken. They sent me replacements, one of them was OK, but the other was broken again, and I didn't want to have any more replacements. Now I don't know if I should order this hydrangea from this company again next spring or look for it elsewhere, for I am not sure that I will get a healthy unbroken plant. I like this company and their plants, but their packing looks so terribly unprofessional that ruins the general image of the company and the labor of the workers in greenhouses and fields.
But their roses are excellent. Thank you.
On Jul 13, 2012, nicegrowingyear Bloomington, MN wrote:
I order veggie seeds every year from Jung's and have been very pleased. We are having a hot year, and I start seeds indoors, but JACKPOT year for veggies. Good year plus good seed make for a very happy gardener.
Zucchini and summer squash plants are waist high and I picked 10 days earlier than usual. My cucumbers are to the top of the trellis. Never have I eaten cucs and bell peppers so early. The tomatoes are setting on in great quantity.
I love Jung's as they consistently serve me well. I like using a company in a neighboring state.
Right after I open my Christmas presents, I'll start looking for my Jung's catalog and will toss the other catalogs.
On Jul 5, 2012, Lili1313 Phelps, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have had much luck with finding nice peony rhizomes from Jungs. I have also purchased some shrub materials and seed also. Only one time in the past 10 years I have had an issue with a peony not growing; I contacted customer service and it was promptly replaced. Last week I ordered some new daylily plants; anxious to see how they come in the fall, will update you! A good variety and great specials.
On Jun 29, 2012, meanfarmer Council Bluffs, IA wrote:
I ordered for the first time from Jung because they had some unique fruit trees. I ordered several Mountian ash and Shipova Pears for my orchard. The shipment arrived with great looking specimens full of buds and excellent root balls. I have since planted them and they are growing like weeds dispite deer damage. I was very pleased with what I got and would order from them again. In fact I already have.
On Jun 24, 2012, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:
Posted on May 22, 2011, updated June 24, 2012
Posted on December 27, 2010, updated May 22, 2011
My Spring 2011 catalog arrived from Jungs today and I didn't waste any time looking for the flower and vegetable seeds that I needed. The web site was a pleasure to navigate and it was a seamless transaction. With dialup connection, ordering on-line can be a real pain. This one was a snap. Also I might add that I have bought and grown Jung seeds since 1957, and have always been satisfied with them. Of course I can remember when they were all cheaper, but the quality has remained the same...very good. I'm sure I will be ordering from Jungs as long as I continue to garden.
On May 22nd, 2011, aileen246 added the following:
Have finished sowing and germinating my 2011 seed order from Jungs and as usual, everything came up. Will continue to be a customer.On June 24th, 2012, aileen246 added the following:
The weather has not been friendly to my vegetable garden this year. The winter squash pre-seeded plants froze and the bush green beans seeds needed to be reseeded. But every flower seed that was started in the house is bloooming or about to bloom. I can safely say that as long as I garden, Jungs will be my seed supplier.
I have had mixed results with Jung at times, but this year my order was great. The begonia "flamenco" tuber is now flowering, the glads are coming up, the dahlias "Santa Claus" and "Mom's Special" are growing strongly in the garden, and the hellebore "Onyx Odyssey" is thriving in my hellebore garden. Jung sends their perennials pretty early in the spring, but they've all survived for me.
I had a minor problem, namely that Jung forgot to include three poppy rootstocks in my order Their response when I called them was courteous and helpful. I couldn't have asked for better customer suppost.
On May 18, 2012, Mr_Deeds East Syracuse, NY wrote:
Posted on May 18, 2012, updated May 18, 2012
The first seeds came after about 4 days. The shipments were staggered but since they were paying to send them separately I figured it had to be for a good reason. The plants came in good shape but the Anne Everbearing Raspberries canes were very short and showed no outward signs of life (unlike other raspberries in the same package).
On May 18th, 2012, Mr_Deeds added the following:
I'd also like to mention that I soaked the raspberry canes in water and planted them about 2 weeks ago. They seemed to be flexible enough to be alive. I'll update with their progress.
On May 8, 2012, Ronni92 East Stroudsburg, PA wrote:
My order came on a Monday after being in transit over the weekend. The way the plants were packaged was inadequate to keep them from being thrown around and disloged from their pots, and when I opened the packages in which they were placed, potting medium and plants were smashed together. What a total disappointment this was, this mess that I paid good money for.
When I called customer service, I had to carefully describe what had happened. Saying that my order was a "mess" wasn't an adequate description. Because of the poor state of my order, I was frustrated with his questions and felt my integrity was also being questioned, and he heard the frustration in my voice. This guy actually told me not to get "huffy" if I wanted help with my problem. I gritted my teeth and gave him the descriptions of the dead plants that he required.
Jung needs to teach their operators that customer service reps are there to help customers, not to exercise their rudeness. In the end, I ended up getting replacements or credit, which is what I wanted, but it was a rotten experience all around.
Jung shipped the order before I could plant outdoors [the plants are annuals] and I have the rest of my order under plant lights. When I asked why they don't ship at the beginning of the week so the plants don't sit around on the weekend, the rep laughed and said they would never get everything shipped on time. There was no answer for the too early delivery.
Please consider carefully before you purchase plants from a company. I previously bought seeds from Jung, and didn't think that buying plants would be problematic.
This is the first and my last time dealing with Jung.
I received my order yesterday. The plants look fine as far as I can tell, but the service was terrible.
I ordered early in the spring to ensure that I could get what I wanted. I was never informed about when the order would be shipped. I did look, and their website did not provide the information. I'm sure I could have called, but should I have needed to? This is their core business, they presumably have these dates, or estimates of them determined well in advance.
They shipped my order on a Thursday. They were very impressed with the 4 day shipping speed when I was on the phone with them. I was disappointed that I received my order on a Monday. I, like most people, work during the week. Since I ordered months ago, they could have planned when they sent it so it would arrive shortly before the weekend when I'm likely to be available to plant them. They assured me that they have no way of knowing how long shipping will take. They clearly made no effort.
They shipped the order without planting instructions.
They put a note in specifying that it was a partial order, but since there was no packing list, I had to look up the original order to figure out what was in the box.
The woman I spoke to on the phone about these things was not only unhelpful and unapologetic, but incredulous that I would even bother her with this information.
I order many things on the internet, have ordered plants from other companies, and simply do not find this level of disinterest in serving customers. This was my first and last order with Jung Seed Co.
Got a wrong order, but took care of it right away. They let me keep the extra plants, then shipped me the right plants in less than a week. Also, the wrong order were large shrubs, so they recommended where to donate them if they were overwhelming for my yard. Even though it was the wrong order, I was happy with the outcome and promptness.
I've ordered a variety of products and always had good luck until this year. I ordered two types of coneflowers. One group arrived in great shape, beautifully packed and ready to go. The second group had no wrapping holding in the soil so the plants were broken and dried out. It looked like two different companies shipped my order even though everything was in one box! I emailed Jung's and received an immediate response apologizing and notifying me replacements would be sent. While I wasn't happy with the poor packaging on my order, I am more than impressed by Jung's quick response to rectify the problem.
My mother and I placed an order with Jung this Jan. The seeds came very fast. I ordered live plants. My mother started some of the seeds (coneflowers) and they did well until the wind carried the container away (we start our seeds in milk jugs here in Iowa and WI, that way they have a green house and already harden). Rest of the seeds are annuals and have not planted yet, still a little too cold. I received some annuals as the free seeds and started them outside. We had some frost and I forgot to cover them and they made it. I received my live plants the other day. Packaged very well and all living. The coneflowers had a pot bond root system, had to cut it some. Doing well in the pots I planted them in. Will update once I have planted in the ground.
Wish I had read reviews first. Plants arrived very carefully packaged but were quite small for the price and seemed to be newly rooted cuttings with undeveloped root balls. I could see right away that the Cornus Canadensis bunchberry were not ready to be planted so I potted them up. Still waiting for the roots to fill out 30 days later. Five dwarf ninebark also had pitiful roots but I went ahead and planted them. In a week or so I could see they were failing so I removed and repotted them hoping to save them but they all died. (Ninebarks are hard to kill). Only after reading this website did I realize they do not offer refunds...so I have requested a credit. I just hope whatever I get next will be in better shape. One good comment, the rhubarb I ordered was a good strong root stock doing splendidly so far.
This was my first time ordering from this company, I ordered several perennial plants. They were packaged well and all plants were very healthy. Will definitely buy from this company in the future, and will recommend them to friends and family.
Posted on April 3, 2012, updated April 14, 2012
I have been buying from Jung for many years. They are a little behind the times in varieties, and are expensive, but if they have what you want, the quality is very good. I'm never disappointed with their trees, or seeds, and never regret buying from them. They also have a very nice catalog.
On April 14th, 2012, TA152H changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I just got a tree from Jung's, and it was really bad. The scion wood was decent, although a little beaten up, but the root stock was an atrocity. The bud union was over 16 inches from the root. I've never seen something like this before. And the root was broken in places, and not pruned, and worse than that, it had no roots on one side of it. None at all, like it was grown against a huge rock, or a wall.
This type of tree should not be sold when it's obviously been grown and budded by an incompetent. It's not like it's hard to see these types of problems, but they ship them out like that anyway.
So, this company is mixed in quality, and high in price. It's just not worth it if there's a risk in quality.
Can't comment on other product's offered by Jung, but their bare root Roses are excellent and always have been. If they have what I need there's nothing better. Best to carefully follow planting instructions for excellent results.
On Apr 3, 2012, sgardencrazy Crystal Lake, IL wrote:
March 31, 2012
I placed an order in February and I do not remember if I requested a ship date or not -I usually do...around April 30 for zone 5. My plants arrived on March 31. -I potted them up and put them in a sheltered place not willing to chance planting them our this early and not knowing if they were greenhouse grown. -That aside, the bare root plants appear to be fine and the two perennials and two blueberry bushes were very nice size, good root systems and well packed. -Prices were very reasonable as well. -Will order from them again!
We ordered a variety of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and kohlrabi, all seed, from Jung this spring. Nearly all seeds have germinated (started indoors). We received our order within 5 days of the order date. Customer service responded promptly to both of my emails requesting shipping updates (I ordered late and was in a rush to get planting). Nothing but good things so far!
On Mar 8, 2012, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Posted on July 21, 2011, updated March 8, 2012
Posted on January 19, 2011, updated July 21, 2011
I have ordered from a sister company (HPS) of Jung for a few years. This year, I received catalogs from Jung and Totally Tomatoes. I decided to give each a try. Orders came promptly, accurately and well-packaged. I have no doubt I will have the same positive experience with the seeds as I have had with HPS.
On July 21st, 2011, taufgardner added the following:
I have had a great experience with Jung's seeds. Good germination and performance. I like the family of companies that are associated with Jung's, and they are now my main supplier.On March 8th, 2012, taufgardner added the following:
A variety of pepper I ordered did okay, but the germination was a little below par and the seed count a bit stingy. A specialty variety and I got enough. Experience not enough to kill the love I have for the various companies on Stroud St. in Randolph, WI
I recently ordered four plants from Jung Seeds. I was impressed that they were shipped quickly. When I received them 3 of the 4 were in great shape the fourth was not looking so great. I planted them all. After two weeks the 3 plants were thriving but the fourth did not make it. I contacted customer service and they quickly sent out a replacement. I just received the replacement and it is lush and full plant! I am very excited to see all of my plants bloom next year! I have ordered form Jung on and off for about 15 years. Many of the plants and plants that I have started from seed I have in my garden came from Jung.
Posted on September 1, 2011, updated September 7, 2011
Posted on August 31, 2011, updated September 1, 2011
Hi everyone. I just ordered from Jung Seed for the first time and thought I'd chronicle the process here (which I did previously for Fast Growing Trees).
On Aug. 29 I placed an online order for their Perennial Border collection - 21 plants of 16 varieties. I'm a little concerned that their plants are said to be in 2.5" pots (even Burpee does 4") so I anticipate they will be very small. I am hoping that each and every one is alive when they arrive and that I will be able to plant them successfully.
It's only been 2 days since the order and no word on when they will ship. I hope they send me some sort of communication within the week.
On September 1st, 2011, coolnigh added the following:
I kind of panicked last night and sent an email (using their website's online form) to cancel this order. I received a prompt reply today saying it had already shipped. Then another email arrived with the FedEx tracking code.
So at least I can say that their shipping is timely!On September 7th, 2011, coolnigh changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
After 7 days in shipping, all plants arrived today. Considering the amount of time they spent without fresh air, water, and sunlight, they are just fine. of the 21 plants, only 2 had fallen out of their pots. i've removed dead leaves, watered generously and i'm giving them 24 hours to acclimate. I'll update again if they don't do well after planting, but i have nothing bad to say about this order or Jung in general.
I see so many negative remarks about a lot of companies. I think when people are satisfied with a company they do not take the time to let others know. This is our experience with Jung. We ordered two dwarf apple trees this spring. They came in a box which was an indication that this company was above the rest. We followed they instructions for planting and now have two healthy young apple trees with leaves. We are hoping to buy two more fruits this next Spring.
Ordered 18 hardy garden phlox plants 8-2-11, on 8-4 sent email asking for shipping date and carrier. Two days later I received an email that the plants would leave their warehouse next week and forward from there. "forward" from where? "leave the warehouse" to where? And of course no answer to how they were to be shipped. My account was charged 8-4, so I was hopeful. Today 8-10, I called - FORGET CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! She could tell me that the order went to the warehouse....maybe would ship in 2 days. Once again couldn't tell me if it was coming USPS, UPS or any other way. I told the customer service person that if they ship in two days that they will be sitting all weekend long. Her explanation was that it was hot last week and they couldn't ship. I told her to cancel the order and she advised me to just refuse it when it arrives. I would love to refuse the order but I don't plan on sitting home for a week incase they ship it. How can I refuse the order when they can't even tell me how it will arrive or when.
BUYER BEWARE ~~I should have listen to the negative reviews.
I have been ordering plants and seeds from Jungs for many years.Everything has always arrived.
This past spring I ordered my usual seeds along with 25 Ft.Laramie and 25 Annapolis strawberries.Also ordered 9 Polana raspberries.They didn't send the Annapolis strawberries.Contacted them and they were promptly sent to me.
5 strawberries and 2 raspberries did not grow.E-mailed them and since the shipping season was over,they said they would credit me.A week later the credit slip arrived in the mail to be used next spring.
As usual,I recieved excellent service.Will continue to order from Jungs.
for three years in a row i have ordered jungs seed. the first year less than half of the seeds germinated. this year about a third of the seeds germinated. however,the second year,they germinated very well. i dont think i will be ordering from them again.
Don't do it. Just order from a company that will offer a refund if the plants don't make it. Jung will only issue a credit and if they've stopped shipping for the season, you have to wait until the next year to use it. (which was the case for me on 6/7/11) I ordered nearly $200 worth of plants and two items didn't make it. One, a lilac tree appeared to arrive dead but I trusted that is was only dormant, planted and watered it, but it never budded out. Clearly, my instincts were right. It was dead. A geranium purple pillow also arrived in poor shape but I thought I might be able to coax it out of it. It failed too. I never expect 100% survival, so I could live with the hassle of losing a spring growing season, but they wouldn't ship new plants and won't (per policy) provide a refund. I'm stuck waiting till next year and hoping they offer the same plants. I'd read negative feedback about Jung, but thought I'd take my chances. Wish I'd gone with another company, many of whom I've ordered from in the past, and always been able to get new plants or a refund. Don't do Jung. The other five geraniums don't look great either and I'm wondering if they'll survive the summer. Oh, and BTW, the "policy" is not one that is prominently displaced at the website when you're ordering. In fact, I've yet to find it but they promise it's there.
On Jun 8, 2011, Jung Seed responded with:
"On Jun 9, 2011 12:20 PM, Jung Seed responded with:
We are sorry that a couple of our items failed to grow this season and we could not replace at this time. Bareroot trees
and shrubs only stay dormant a certain amount of time, even in cold storage, so we have to discontinue shipping in early June. The 98 degree temperatures in Wisconsin recently were also a deciding factor. We know customers do not like to lose a growing season so we certainly would have sent replacement plants if it had been possible.
Our guarantee is on the home page of our website on the right hand side. It does state that we give a replacement or credit letter if an item fails to grow. The credit letter that you will be receiving for the failed items can either be used for free replacements when available or you can use the dollar amount towards any future order. Our new fall catalog will be online in the next couple of weeks or we have a wide selection of seeds and sideline items we are still shipping from the spring catalog.
If you have any further problems with your order, just let us know by October 1st and we will be happy to help you.
I ordered 6 Ben Sarek black currants in mid April of 2011. After planting, two of them turned out to be a different fruit. I called the company and requested a replacement of the currants among other items. The replacement was not shipped until I called again, e-mailed them photos as proof, and demanded a resolution from a CS manager. The requirement to send pictures was never communicated to me. My issue with them is quality control, customer service and communication. It is good business practice to admit mistakes and proactively follow up, and that did not happen in my case.
On Jun 7, 2011, Jung Seed responded with:
"On Jun 9, 2011 11:27 AM, Jung Seed responded with:
Your 2 new Ben Sarek Black Currant plants have been reshipped to you and we sincerely apologize that they were not sent with your other replacement plants. Our operator thought the request had to go to our horticulturist for verification since they were not true to name, which is not the case. We do pass this type of information on to that department to follow up on, but the new plants should have been requested with the rest of your items. We have addressed this issue with her so it does not occur again.
Also, the request for pictures is not a requirement for getting a replacement. The only reason we even ask is because they are so helpful if we have to contact our supplier. By no means should our customers be made to feel that they have to do this and are very sorry that you were made to feel that way.
We are first to admit that we can make mistakes and we do pride ourselves on fixing them as painlessly as possible for our customers. This certainly did not happen in your case and we sincerely apologize. You had a very nice order with us and we do greatly appreciate your business. If you have any other issues with your order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mary, Customer Service Manager
Jung Seed Company
I am happy with my JWJung order. Everything came well packaged and in good shape (especially the Russian Quince - beautiful!)
I would like to suggest though, that you hold back shipping orders until a more appropriate time. I had to wait to plant the Quince 2 weeks so I could dig a deep enough hole. There was still frost in the ground!
Ordered cucumbers, petunia, zucchini and cosmos seeds, first off there were only about 10 seeds in each package, planted all the seeds in each pkg, 2 cucumbers germinated, 5 cosmos, 5 zucchini and 3 petunias. Will not order from them again.
I have been a Jung and Totally Tomatoe customer for years, i order early like first week of January. This year i ordered a wisteria plant from them. Today May 2nd i get a letter telling me i won't be getting it. Company said their supplyer has a lose of plants so they couldn't supply. So guess what it is too later to find it from another supplier. Looks like to me they need to stay in contact with their suppliers better. Needless to say im done with them. What i can't understand is why so many seed suppliers are so shady.
Posted on May 1, 2011, updated May 1, 2011
Posted on April 20, 2011, updated May 1, 2011
I just got my first order from this company and not only was it missing plants but the plants that arrived were all dead except 1 green leaf on one tiny bit of plant. I called about it and they were very rude and acted like I was lying about the situation. I order from all different companies like Millers, Blue Stone and others and never have I spent so much for such a horrible outcome. Bad product and bad customer service.
On May 1st, 2011, dspirits added the following:
They did offer to send me new plants.. 2 weeks later and still nothing. Also in that time the 3 purple colored roses I ordered have gone from some green on the stems to all brown and no new leaves. I told the rep that the roses looked bad also but she said they all look like that before coming back...seriously Millers root stock has never come in all brown.On May 1st, 2011, dspirits added the following:
The roses were Ebb Tide and the Plants were Echinacea Hot Summer. I won't post an order number but you can email me for it or send a message.On May 1, 2011, Jung Seed responded with:
We are sorry to hear that you had a bad experience when receiving your order and that your phone call was handled in an unfriendly manner. Our operators are instructed to ask questions about any problems only so the issue can be resolved correctly. Normally they do an excellent job of this and we sincerely apologize that you were made to feel that your honest was being questioned. That is not the way our customer service is supposed to be handled.
You mentioned that your plants arrived bad or were missing. Our operator should have offered a reshipment--you did not mention in your posting if this was done. We would be happy to check on that for you if you could respond with your order number. We take pride in our products and service and want you to be happy with both.
Customer Service Manager
Jung Seed Compoany
What a ripp-off. Just got my order or should I say replacement order. Both times were nothing but a" MESS"! Plants the size of a freckle & in tiny plastic bags instead of the pots as advertized. Also, they tried to tell me it had to be shipped in March. They didn't listen that it was too early. FOr a different month they wanted an extra $15. No way I'd do that. As it is they didn't ship them til later & their "TINY, PUNY" things came mid April.
On Apr 25, 2011, Gardener5b Kansas City, MO wrote:
I ordered quite a few trees and bushes from Jungs this year.
All plants arrived carefully packed and in good condition. Every single tree and bush has come out of dormancy.
One tree could have been shaped better, but hopefully, I'll be able to rectify that through careful pruning.
Heck, one of the apple trees I planted only a few weeks ago has over 100 blooms on it. It's a dwarf, so this is saying something. Obviously, I'll remove any that are pollinated for the good of the tree. I think, though, that this indicates just how healthy this stock is.
Summer, 2010, I recieved the most poorly packaged perennials that I have ever ordered from anywhere. Every potted plant arrived in something that looked like a brown lunch bag thrown into the box quite haphazardly, so haphazardly, in fact, that about a third of the plants were broken, several were outside of their pots, and half of their potting medium (if you want to call a substance resembling dry peat a potting medium) lining the bottom of the shipping box. Bareroot plants weren't any better: dry or rotten. I think maybe ten percent of the plants survived. I considered calling, but I realize that mail-order live anything is substatially buyer-beware, and I don't have the time to haggle over the phone. Those plants should have been correctly packaged in the first place. So I decided it would be less hassle to go through some local nurseries where I can see what I'm getting.
Now that I've discovered this forum I've decided to voice my opinion on the absolutely worst packaging and shipping of any mail order nursery with which I've dealt. I've dealt with about two dozen.