Ordered ornamental grass seed. So far sucessfully started carex muskingumensis, deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain', sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' and spodopiogon sibericus. Sporobolus wrightii next up - already had a few seeds germinate. Usually placed 4 or 5 seeds per cell in flats and almost all cells had at least one seed germinate, most of the time, more than one. Pretty good germination rate, I think. Based on experience so far, would definitely recommend Jelitto for ornamental grass seed, especially if you're interested in hard to get varieties, like Sporobolus wrightii or spodopiogon sibericus.
On Jul 24, 2013, Ispahan Chicago, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have recently discovered Jelitto as a reliable source of quality, hard-to-find seeds. Customer service has been friendly and efficient and the seeds themselves have excellent germination rates.
I have especially enjoyed their Gold Nugget selections of pre-treated seeds that do not require cold stratification. It has been a quick and convenient way to start many desirable plants from seed over the summer!
Whenever I am looking for seeds in the future, Jelitto will be one of the first sources I turn to.
I have been ordering seeds from Jelitto for a number of years, and would never order perennial seeds from anyone else. The germination rate is fantastic - I always wind up with vastly more seedlings than I can deal with. I greatly appreciate their germination method numbering system, which lets me know which seeds I can easily start in my basement greenhouse. Their US customer service is excellent.
On Jan 20, 2006, radu Cranberry Twp, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
This is a top notch company. Not only do they have an extensive catalog of unusual plants, their seed is of the best quality with very high germination rates. They also have excellent customer service; they're my first choice for seed orders.
On Oct 24, 2005, hillfarm Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:
I operate a small specialty perennial & herb nursery, & have been growing plants from seed on a large scale for over 20 years. Needless to say I have dealt with MANY seed companies over this time.
Jelitto has the largest selection bar none of any company I've found and their quantities are generous & germination information/support (as well as actual germination of the seed) is excellent.
They carry a line of pre-treated/ready-to-sprout seed that they designate "Gold Nugget" seed & though this is very pricey the results more than justify the extra cost.
Yes, Jelitto's prices & shipping costs can be "expensive" but the seed you buy actually sprouts & grows & the selection is top of the line. (Make sure you read the germination codes by each seed listing, though. They do identify tricky ones & even with viable seed some species are very challenging to sprout.)
I highly recommend this company to serious perennial growers, "amateur" or "professional".
One other thing; Jelitto does provide USDA Zone listings for the species listed. BUT in my experience I have found that they tend to be quite conservative in their Zone recommendations. Some of the plants are hardier than it looks like from the Jelitto listings. Good idea to doublecheck with other sources/reference books if Jelitto's Zone recommendations "put you off" - you may be pleasantly surprised.
Excellent supplier. As a small garden nursery, we buy seed from all over the world and this company is the best we have dealt with. Good quality seed, decent sized portions (50-100 seed minimum) and superbly efficient service. Not the cheapest, but definitely the best.
I have bought seeds from this company for several years and I must say that although it is more costly to buy and ship from overseas, the selection and the quality of their seed make it worth it. I always have a higher germination rate from them than for most seed company's and their smallest quantity is always very generous. I can't say enough good about this company and my dealings with them.
On Dec 13, 2003, Cynthiascat Catonsville, MD wrote:
Absolutely the BEST! Incredible variety of seeds, high quality, fresh, and good quantities. This is where you find the seeds you can't find anywhere else. It's a candy store :-) Excellent germination tables. Yes, pricey. You get what you pay for here though. Do combine your order with a friend if you're in the US as the minimum order is 40 Euros (about 48USD currently) and fees are high. You won't be disappointed. I can't believe no one else has commented on this great seed source.