On Feb 19, 2013, clpgirl Chippewa Lake, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on April 25, 2010, updated February 19, 2013
Posted on January 30, 2010, updated April 25, 2010
If I could give an A++++ I would. The day I sent my order I received an email explaining shipping would take a bit longer than the time frame on the web-site. I already expected this from other posts on DG. The seeds arrived within 10 days, beautifully labeled and packaged ( with extras), and a well chosen freebie.
Having experienced similar medical tragedies in my life this past year, I am amazed that Lisa is still able to maintain her business. Her determination to find and save these heirloom seeds is evident in her product presentation and packaging. The careful way she tends her plants, separates her seed, and provides detailed history and propagation information for each variety is a gift for all.
Lisa, I also want to say thank you for being such a responsible and dedicated steward for these fragile,rare, and rapidly declining connections to our country's past. Your gifts are invaluable in providing a link for future generations to their ancester's horticulatural and dining experiences.
I will be back soon to further expand my own gardening
On April 25th, 2010, clpgirl added the following:
Just wanted to add that I had 100% germination with my tomato seeds! Haven't planted the limas, carrots or radish seeds yet, but expect similar results.
We are all looking forward to a diverse tomato tasting in a couple months. Thank you so much for rescuing these wonderful seeds!
Going to your site now to see if there is anything I missed for this summer, and already planning my re-order for next spring.On February 19th, 2013, clpgirl added the following:
So late in posting but continue to have great success with Lisa's seeds in 2011, and ones I had saved for 2012. I have wintersown all the tomatoes and sell the plants at our Lion's Club Mother's Day plant sale. Already have repeat customer
So Lisa, I'm heading back to your site now, for my 2013 seeds, and delighted to do so!
Thanks again for saving these wonderful heirlooms!
On Mar 8, 2012, vommarlowe Overland Park, KS wrote:
I ran across a mention of this company from a friend who likes heirloom beans. What an amazing selection! I have never seen so many pole beans, including runner beans.
This is very much a one-woman shop, and when I placed my order, I received an email saying that the orders were all delayed a bit because of the busy season and the owner's health issues. That was fine by me--I found the cozy style charming, but those who expect to get formal 'corporate' style correspondence might not care for it. I like knowing my seeds are being grown by a real person--just depends on what you like, I think.
The seeds themselves arrived in a timely fashion for me, because of my zone, and I was pleased with the packaging. You get exactly the seeds mentioned on the website, and I also got a free seed packet of a new-to-me tomato. Yay! The seeds are in small clean clear plastic, with the variety name. For growing instructions, you should look at the website, which has tons of helpful info. I liked that she did it this way, as I find other companies' seed packets with growing info for generic 'tomatoes' in general not very helpful, as they often neglect to mention whether it's a determinate or indeterminate, etc, and I have to look it up anyway. Her instructions are very very thorough.
I have planted the tomatoes, but haven't yet planted the beans, so I don't know about germination rates. I'll update when I do.
first time buying from this company after finding it during a search for heirloom tomato seeds on DG forums.I was intrigue by the selection of other heirloom seeds especially the pole beans.I ended up up ordering 15 different packages of seed.Order came in 5 days later,everything shipped 100%.Can't wait to grow the Amazon Chocolate heirloom tomato.Website was awesome
Thank You Lisa (Amish Heirloom Seeds) for the prompt service. I was impressed with how the ordered was packaged, very professional. This is my first time ordering from this company , I will order again soon. By the way excellent website and information you provide to your customers.
On Jan 17, 2012, LaurelsFarm Lomita, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
Posted on February 6, 2010, updated January 17, 2012
Posted on October 20, 2008, updated February 5, 2010
I have the utmost respect for Lisa and her seed company. which offers fabulous varieties from around the world, many which can't be found anywhere else. Bite into a delicious Amazon Chocolate tomato and your eyes will roll back in your head.
Since I am in the business of selling tomato plants, I rely on her seeds for their excellent germination rate and have never been anything but thrilled with the outcome.
This is my 4th year ordering from Amishland Heirloom Seeds; I have just placed an order for our 2009 season and will continue to order from her for as long as she is there.
The pleasure of doing business with Lisa is highlighted by her delightful, well researched website, her enthusiasm for the heritage varieties and all things organic, her great customer service and knowing she is hands-on with all her seeds. This wonderful personal service is rare and welcome nowadays in the world of impersonal big-business shenanigans.
On February 6th, 2010, LaurelsFarm added the following:
Still lovin' the seeds and service from Lisa! Now in my 5th year of ordering from her, I couldn't be more pleased.
I get great germination and beautiful plants from Lisa's seeds and find wonderful, rare and amazing varieties which have become huge favorites with my customers.
In my business of selling plants, I have to have the best seed stock. That's why I buy from Lisa.
Don't know what I'd do without her!
LaurelOn January 17th, 2012, LaurelsFarm added the following:
Another great year of ordering from Lisa! My 7th season of doing business with her. Love, love, love this company. Such special and unusual seeds, great customer service and personal attention, awesome germination rates for everything!
Posted on September 23, 2006, updated July 18, 2010
Lisa answered questions very quickly and throughly. She was willing to share her suggestions on varieties that might work for me. The order was filled and shipped very quickly. The seeds all look ok with more in the packages than stated. I'm very satisfied as of now. Will see how they germinate next spring and if they grow true to description.
On January 6th, 2008, elkwc36 added the following:
I grew several of the varieties I purchased from Lisa this year. The germination rate was excellent on all. And the plants produced as described. I'm very pleased and plan on purchasing more seeds this year. I had 60 plus varieties from around 15 sources last year. So could make a good comparison between varities and sources. Amishland was in the top group. On December 18th, 2008, elkwc36 added the following:
I had good results with Lisa's seeds again this year as before. I may not buy as many this year as I'm saving seeds from what I've bought. But when I need seeds will be buying from her again. A very good and honest lady that some on the tomato forums who have never grew her seeds have chose to blacklist. Some say Amazon Chocolate is the same as Cherokee Chocolate. Can assure you that is not so. Grow them side by side and compare. I've heard some other claims of what she has changed the names of but when grown in side by side comparisons they are different. Read Laurel's review. She grows lots of plants every year and probably has had as much experience with Lisa's seeds as anyone. I can assure you she practices good business. Unlike some of the more popular small companies out there. This is based on my experience from 3 years of buying seeds from many sources. Jay PayneOn July 6th, 2009, elkwc36 added the following:
Like usual Lisa's seeds germinated well. Too early too tell about how they will produce. I didn't have any crossed seeds this year. I did last year but I have had crossed seeds from about every op/heirloom seed seller I've bought from. There is probably more of her tomatoes on my top ten list than those from any other vendor. Some have an agenda against her. Her seeds are so popular and good and she tells the truth about them that they have to resort to false stories to achieve their objective. I urge anyone to grow her seeds and then form their own opinion. JayOn July 18th, 2010, elkwc36 added the following:
I've had great germination rates on her seeds again this year. Along with some very interesting new varieties. Growing more of her pole beans this year. She always answers all questions in a professional manner and is very honest. I highly recommend her as a source of seeds. I have bought seeds from over 35 different sources and she would be in my top 5. Jay
I've been ordering from this company for years now and have always been happy with the seeds I received. All her tomato seeds germinate very well and often times I have to pull volunteers out next year they self seed so vigorously. Literally last year I pulled out 50 Matts Cherry Tomato volunteers and gave them away on craigslist and got word from several people the plants outperformed plants purchased from greenhouses.
On May 2, 2010, cramblettgranny friendly, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
Amishland Heirloom is absolutely a top shelf company. The website is chock-full of helpful descriptions, photos, personal experiences and seed histories that I devoured, having decided to plant all heirloom varieties in my garden this year for the first time. I am thrilled to be growing the same cayenne pepper that Thomas Jefferson grew in his garden over 200 years ago.
I first corresponded with Lisa in Nov. 2009 during what I am sure is a very busy time for a one woman operation. I can't imagine the work involved in getting seed from over 100 varieties of tomatoes processed, dried and ready to fill orders! She responded promptly and answered all my questions in addition to recommending a terrific reference book- Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth- which will be my seedsaving how-to from now on.
When I placed my order in Jan. 2010, I receiv ed an email that shipping would probably be delayed a couple of weeks. I was quite willing to wait. If I had wanted huge and impersonal, I would have ordered from one of the well-known catalog companies. To my surprise, the order came right on time, along with a note apologizing for any delay due to a family medical emergency. Having been up close and personal with a family medical emergency myself a few years ago, I would have understood if the order hadn't come for several weeks.
Everything was correct . Every seed pack had extra seeds in it and even an extra pack of currant tomatoes thrown in for free. Now I have tiny green life popping up everywhere. My tomato and pepper seedlings look great and the direct-sown items are looking good too. I had 100% germination with the Capucijner peas , Ukranian Sabre Tomatoes and Thomas Jefferson Cayenne peppers. In fact, my only problem with germination is with Eva's Burgundy Lettuce and I blame that on a heavy rain washing out part of the seed.
If I need anything new for next year, I will order from Amishland Heirloom Seeds first before looking at any other company.
When I placed my order with Lisa, it was after 6pm on Friday, Mar 19th. I received an email on Sunday, telling me they would ship within two weeks. Instead, the seeds were sent on the 24th of March and arrived in rural north Ga (from rural PA) on Sat 27th of March. Total time was a week between ordering and receiving the seeds. And most of that time was tied up in a weekend and dealing with the Post Office getting mail from a rural town, into a larger city, shipping it to another large city, then getting it back out to my rural town. Can't complain about that, especially during the gardening rush season!
Then, I inventoried my seeds Sat. afternoon and emailed her that evening that I was missing one of the seed packets I had ordered. Later in the evening, I received an email telling me she'd replace the seeds and apologizing for the inconvenience.
On Sunday afternoon, I found the packet under an envelope on my table and let Lisa know that I had found the "missing" seed packet. She was unperturbed that I was the one at fault for the missing seeds and was very gracious in her reply.
In all my interaction with Lisa, she was prompt and professional.
I've been reading about a few people having some germination problems. It seems to me that those whom are having the problems have disdained her instructions - opting to do their "own thing" instead. They then complain that the seeds haven't germinated. The question is, did they not germinate or did they just not break the soil? There is a difference and I think that if they had followed her instructions, they would have known immediately if there was a problem with the seeds and the "whole season" would not have been "lost".
I plan on following Lisa's instructions. If they don't germinate after carefully following her instructions then, I will notify her and post a comment after I've given her a chance to reply. But I have a feeling that "following the instructions" will result in positive outcomes. (Usually does!) For SURE I'll know if they've germinated or not. Now, whether or not they do well in my Ga climate in my Square Foot Garden, is a different story. Will the cultivars I ordered survive cold/heat and rainy weather, I don't know, but hey, I'm the one that chose them. They "should" if I watch the weather.
Lisa at Amishland heirlooms is a one person operation! It is hard to pay someone when you are not making much money yourself. Heirloom Tomatoes require alot of attention and are not for the ameture gardener. If you are not sure of what you are getting into ,you may want to get plants from home depot, they are easy and made for the less experienced hybrid grower. You too may have a " BEEFSTEAK " plant suitable to you limited needs! If I have to explain the word beefsteak we are already lost!!!!
Indeed, I received the email that others talked about, although mine also said she had hired a few people to help. However, my seeds arrived in about a week, despite her warnings that it could take two or three weeks. I am very pleased with the seeds and the service.
On Apr 3, 2009, kTalia Littleton, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:
My first experience growing my own seeds was from this company in the spring of 2008. I ordered 2 varieties of tomato seeds, two varieties of flowers and some runner beans. I've never grown my own seeds, so I followed most of the directions provided on the website. All but one seed germinated for me and none of my transplants died. I grew these seeds as gifts to give for mother's day and my mothers and friends were delighted with the tomatoes and the printed histories I gave them with their plants. Everyone reported they were a lot of fun and did very well for them. Sadly, all my flowers were eaten early on by the local bunnies, but they were doing well until then.
I've returned this year for more tomatoes and flowers because I love the idea of doing old fashioned neighborly business with small companies. I also love reading the very colorful descriptions of the seed origins and the history behind them. It makes the plants seem more precious to me.
Great selection of some very rare heirloom seeds. So far, I've only germinated some of the radish package, and I'm near 100%. Perhaps 95% to be fair. The seeds did take a little longer than I thought they would to arrive, but there was an email sent out to clarify.
We'll see how the rest comes up, but I have high hopes.
The website is informative and warm. I especially enjoy the availability of vegetables from Africa and Asia, many of which I had never heard of before. My seeds arrived in small packets with handwritten labels and notes. I deeply appreciated the personal nature of transaction; this sort of business is a rare breed. I will surely order from Amishland again.
I am pleased with the service of this company...shortly after I placed my order, I received an email from the owner stating that she had been ill and my order might be delayed....she also stated that she would be including extra seeds for my inconvenience. As it turned out she managed to get my order to me on time and also included extra seed plus a new variety of tomato as a gift. This is very gracious and professional and I am happy with my experience with this company.
On January 30th, 2008, Daisy7117 added the following:
I have now pre-sprouted all of my tomato and pepper seeds and the germination rate (about 85%) is excellent, the seeds are viable and seem to be doing well---my Omar's Lebanese and Pink Flamingo (my gift seeds) had sprouted in 2 days! Very good results so far (-8
On Sep 25, 2007, Poajoan Reno, NV (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. They arrived promptly with excellent instructions, and I had over 90% germination rate. The Lil Darling eggplant were extremely prolific, and after first frost of the season yesterday, I harvested 32 eggplant from three plants! I'll definitely order more, and I love the surprise mixes that I bought-what fun.
2006 was the very first time I ever attempted a garden. I grew 100% hybrids from a coop here locally. I had a somewhat positive experience but I wanted to save my seed back. I planted my saved seed and had really bad results. I had also bought heirloom seed from two companies. One of which was Amishland. Being only my second year of gardening, I followed the instructions provided and everything germinated exactly as was printed out in the instructions. 100% germination rate. I wasn't really impressed because I did not know what to expect. Due to my in-experience, I killed many of my little seedlings. Over-watering. Then after I had all my plants in the ground, we had a late frost that killed everything I had planted, EXCEPT my Amishland seedlings. Now, I wont say that Amishland claims frost immunity, but I was blown away that it was only the Amishland seedlings that survived. I ordered the Zapotec, Ukrainian Sabre, and Red Ruffled. I might add that the Red Ruffled are pumping out tomatoes like mad. Everything else is performing just as described.
Lastly, I have never seen the varieties at other sites. Amishland has alot of unusual items, and alot of Ukrainian varieties. I am definitely ordering much more seed for a much larger garden in 2008, God willing. As an IT major I know one thing for sure, always, always, always follow the directions. I expect the people who had poor results probably did not read the documentation. I am a big fan, and will keep ordering as long as the company continues to ship.
Anyone who wants to contact me regarding my testimonial may do so.
On Apr 8, 2007, nwplouff Royal Oak, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Clearly a labor of love. Amishland offers fascinating varieties. Good looking seeds, fast service. BUT, the owner missed two items in her initial shipment, and it took a couple of rounds of e-mails (and weeks) to straighten things out. Quick response once we got in contact, so a positive rating.
On September 13th, 2007, nwplouff added the following:
Update: all the tomato varieties got 100% germination and grew into fine, healthy plants.
On Mar 1, 2007, celestina Las Vegas, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:
Seeds were sent promptly--the two types of heirloom tomato seeds I purchased have a great germanation rate. Overall--I would rate this company top marks. Excellent seed starting techniques on their web page.
On Dec 20, 2006, prosodygardener Columbus, OH wrote:
I ordered the Lil' Darlin' eggplant seeds which are a miniature or edible ornamental variety. The packet came with more seeds than advertised and I had a remarkable 100% germination rate (I followed the advice on the website). A few plants did have a variation in bloom and fruit color which ended up being a welcome surprise. I had direct contact with Lisa by email and she was polite, efficient and curious about my results. I plan on ordering from her again.
I found a Fabulous and large assortment of rare, heirloom, and hard to find seeds, many that are Amishland Heirloom Seeds exclusives or can't be found anywhere else in the USA! I only know of three seed companies to grow all their own seed stock (all one woman owned and run in the USA) , from their own plants.I have bought from Amishlandseeds several years in a row, and have always had great 99-100% germination with the seeds, following the specialized, detailed growing tips on the website. The plants grew strong , true to type, and disease free, as the owner uses organic methods and is very careful about isolation and proper seed saving techniques. I am an experienced grower, but even a novice grower will have no trouble having a great gardening season using Amishland Heirloom Seeds. She carefully packaged the seeds in large padded mailers. The owner answered all my emails immediately over the years and was so helpful when I had questions. She is an honest ,small, one owner business that puts you, the gardener, first! I was treated cordially like a real person not just some number like the big seed companies. I recommend this company highly to anyone seeking quality unusual vegetable and flower varieties, as well as tried and true favorites. The selection of rare eggplants and tomatoes is truly amazing, plus she carries super rare veggies like Skirret. Amishland Heirloom Seeds is absolutely my favorite seed seller on the internet!
On Sep 14, 2004, norska Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Fast shipping, great germination rate on the morning glory seeds, even though I planted a little late in the season. Don't be put off by hobbyist nature of this business (my seeds came in baggies) the quality of the seeds is tops!
On December 18th, 2005, norska added the following:
In 2005, I planted the tomato and eggplant seeds I ordered in 2004 (never had a time to do a veggie garden then), and again, the germination rate was great. The tomatoes (Matt's Wild Cherry and White Currant) were a big hit. In fact, I think I need to have fewer plants next year, since they were so prolific! I had three of each, and that was a LOT of tiny tomatoes. This was my first time starting tomatoes from seed, and I was very pleased with the results.
Friendly emails and fast shipping! Seeds germinate as promised and plants are wonderful! Many heirloom varieties I couldn't find elsewhere...this is the place to shop if you're a gardener looking for rare veggies.