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|On Jan 5, 2016, chiptree Boylston, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is the first time in over forty years of doing business with JLHudson that I've had the opportunity to rate my experience with their company and products. The catalogue is worth getting just for the seed germination information, let alone all the other extraneous comments, et cetera. Whether it has been tree seeds, perennial seeds, tropical plant seeds, or vegetable seeds, the quality and quantity have always been excellent. I am a horticulturist by trade, and have worked in the industry for the last forty-nine years, so I do know what I'm talking about. If you are looking for a good source of seeds, here it is.
|On Jan 4, 2016, greenaurangabad Aurangabad,
I have ordered seeds from J L Hudson many times in the past.
|On Dec 27, 2015, RareFruit2909 Lebanon, OH wrote:
This is a good company and deserves all the positive reviews. I've ordered from them a number of times as well as provided them with fresh-harvested bloodroot and paw paw, but this is my first review. Overall, I've had great luck with their seed and have been highly satisfied with the selection, quantity and value. The occasional pack that doesn't germinate - well one has to consider that many of the wild or novel species offered may have very specific soil/light/moisture/scarification requirements and may require a more experienced grower or optimal natural conditions to break the dormancy and achieve the best results. If ordering these types of seed from any supplier, I find my success is often greatly enhanced by researching the species, habitat, and cultivation requirements in advance so that I know the do's/don'ts beforehand. Overall, a great resource and company for conserving and providing non-GMO, non-patented, open-pollinated choices for eco-conscious customers!
|On Nov 27, 2015, karrr Scotch Plains, NJ wrote:
Easy and Super quick! Very happy with my order.
|On Sep 15, 2015, DonShirer Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on December 29, 2006, updated September 15, 2015
On September 15th, 2015, DonShirer changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I have received several orders from them in the years since my first comment with generally good results. Recently I placed an order for an ounce of seeds and forgot to include postage. They sent it anyway with no complaint. (I reimbursed them with my next order!) So I have upgraded my rating to positive +.
On Sep 15, 2015, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
On Feb 20, 2007 8:04 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:
Mr. Shirer placed his request January 16th, and his seeds were mailed January 20th, 2006. We heard nothing more from him until seeing his remarks on Garden Watchdog.
|On Jul 17, 2015, Betauser Forest City, NC wrote:
Ordered on the weekend, shipped Tuesday & arrived Friday from California to N.C.
|On Jun 20, 2015, msms Oroville, CA wrote:
Fast delivery. Easy to pay and e-mail.
|On Jun 9, 2015, mreizman Long Beach, CA wrote:
I learned about J.L. Hudson in Michael Pollan's book, Second Nature, and sent away for seeds to plant in my community garden plot -- the first garden I've ever had. I kept it simple and only planted Carrots, Beets, and Brussels Sprouts. All grew extremely well.
|On May 23, 2015, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on January 5, 2014, updated May 23, 2015
On May 7th, 2012, DonnaMack added the following:
Although the prices have gone up just a bit since I wrote my last review, I have continued to be very pleased with my dealings with JL Hudson. I was sent an email confirming my order, and told when it would ship. They are still the best bargain in seeds. I ordered some seeds from their supplemental catalog, and they arrived promptly, well packaged and with generous amounts of seed. It\'s a pleasure doing business with them.
On January 5th, 2014, DonnaMack added the following:
What I do not include above is that I have ordered year after year from this wonderful company, enjoying unique seeds (salvia ssp. tesquicola, anyone?) and 100% customer satisfaction, and I would like to mention the latter today. I placed an order through Paypal, and one of the seeds that I wanted was unavailable. I got a message from Paypal about my refund, and when I went to my email account the Nice people at JL Hudson informed me which seed was out of stock, and mentioned that the refund had been sent. And the funds are in my account. No waiting, no delays. And since the seed I was after is, for some reason, becoming rare (cerinth Honeywort) I was very pleased to be able to order it immediately from the only company I could find that stocks it.
How cool is that?
On May 23rd, 2015, DonnaMack added the following:
I would like to add that I have just germinated JL Hudson seed from 2008. Yes, I keep it in the fridge but germination on OLD seed is in excess of 90%.
|On May 6, 2015, dishpantheism Beverly Hills, CA wrote:
My family has been buying seeds from Hudson (and Harry Saier before him) for many years. I can't say enough nice things about Hudson. The catalog is a labor of love. I always find something interesting within it, and I look forward to receiving one each spring. I have never found these fine seed folk to be anything other than helpful and congenial whenever I've ordered from them. I love that they offer so many options for payment, and that the privacy of their patrons is important to them. I imagine I'll be buying seed from Hudson as long as I'm still able to lift a trowel.
|On Apr 17, 2015, ewait Zimmerman, MN wrote:
Second time ordering from him, and both times positive. He has a good variety of seeds that are hard to find in regular seed catalogs, and I've had good luck with starting the seeds.
|On Mar 27, 2015, servant255 Deltona, FL wrote:
Awesome!! I used the net and Pay-Pal, just a couple of days ago and my seeds are on the way!!..so easy!! I look for the catalog every year, it's my Bible of seeds..so informative and fun to read! Quality and information is Top notch.. Ten years using their seed with no problems...Now the challenge is on all of us to execute and grow..
|On Mar 3, 2015, sss56 Gastonia, NC wrote:
This was my first time ordering. I received the seeds quickly and everything was exactly as I ordered. Thanks.
|On Feb 17, 2015, greenthumbler Ellerslie,
I love this company. Can't say enough good things about them, and it, and their fascinating seeds. They are a pleasure to deal with. Have been ordering from them for twenty-some years, and the most interesting plants in my garden started from their seeds. Wonderful vegetable varieties, and even Ginkgo Biloba... I started a forest of those two years ago and gave away dozens of seedlings. Very generous quantities of seed in each packet, making the exchange rate quite worthwhile. Also their helpful and informative-- even inspiring-- catalogue, which is educational Winter reading here in the North. I sing their praise.
|On Feb 16, 2015, jumpinjo Marshalltown, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Large variety that includes some hard to find items. Generous amount of seeds and good prices. Good germination also.
|On Dec 30, 2014, primrosepath49 Chicago, IL wrote:
Wish I'd stumbled across this company before--they have every last arcane species I wanted, including cardoon, huazontle, bronze fennel and tree spinach. Of the varieties I've planted so far, very good germination rates.
|On Dec 12, 2014, AngeloSalvi Scafati,
I have found what I needed and the mailing is been very fast to be a long distance! I will sure contact them in future for other seeds cause their seeds-bank is really complete!
|On Dec 9, 2014, PracticalAg Raleigh, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have used JL for 6 years now, and I keep coming back due to price, viability, and speed. Whoever is running it is honest with refunds and I have had excellent luck with virtually everything that I have purchased. I don't leave reviews often, but I stand behind this company. It is well worth the "effort" to use PayPal.
|On Nov 5, 2014, guptaas EAST PATCHOGUE, NY wrote:
I found a larger selection of seeds here than anywhere else. The website has no frills but the information is very specific and useful. The ordering process is unusual but smooth using Paypal. The order mailed out in a day. Going by other commentators, if I don't succeed in germinating these seeds, it is likely going to be some error on my part.
|On Oct 15, 2014, helenahkh Gautier, MS wrote:
Great company to get seeds of rare plants, fast dependable service. Thank you.
|On Aug 21, 2014, beesberet Maywood, CA wrote:
I came across one of their catalogues from the 80s and realized I hadn't ordered in years. So glad I did because the selection is even more extensive, the germination rates remain excellent, and prices/service can't be beat. So glad they're still around for those ethnobotanical treasures.
|On Aug 21, 2014, skykik16 Bangkok,
All seeds arrived. Very fresh seeds.
|On Aug 11, 2014, CLScott Calgary,
A good place to order seeds. There are never back orders, and rarely do they run out of seeds. Orders are shipped in a timely fashion. This is definitely one of the best places to order seeds.
|On Aug 5, 2014, desertbluegrass TERLINGUA, TX wrote:
I don't know how I didn't know about J.L. Hudson/Seedsman before now but I found it. What a great website and place to go to if one needs seeds or what it takes to propagate said seeds. I ordered several seeds from about ten different plants that I was searching for and they arrived this afternoon in the mail. Great personable service! He emailed me to inform me that the seeds were on their way to me. I will be ordering more seeds from them in the very near future. I did mention that I was looking for some seeds that he did not have listed at which point he promptly emailed me that he did not have them but gave me several leads or resources to look into that might have them. This is the place to come to if you are tired of looking in the usual commercial seed and plant companies and seeing all the usual suspects for sale except for the unusual ones that you happen to be looking for.
|On Jun 11, 2014, floria Athens, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
The first time I ordered from JL Hudson Seedsman I was very pleased with the whole experience. Their choice is amazing; the catalog is both fun and instructive. The seeds arrived in 3 days; email communication was without fault; their prices are hard to beat. Admittedly, I only ordered seeds that are relatively easy to germinate, as my skills are not quite up to par. However, everything I ordered so far has germinated without problems (following their instructions) and in a large proportion (I did not really count hundreds of directly-seeded plants). This made me place another order recently and so far I had the same excellent experience. I recommend this company wholeheartedly; I will post again when some of the more difficult seeds ordered this time have sprouted.
|On Apr 18, 2014, badgerBuddy Grantsburg, WI wrote:
This year was my first time ordering from J.L. Hudson, Seedman. I followed the instructions, for mail order(listed on their website). Everything went smoothly.
|On Apr 7, 2014, 1stripes1 portland,
United States wrote:
The company has a very informative website with a wonderful seed collection. Enjoyed the simplicity of ordering and paying by email. Even with an email glitch on my side the day I ordered, the order was handled promptly without any problems. Received the seeds within a week of ordering and am thrilled.
|On Apr 1, 2014, lineace rural Hughesville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
J.L. Hudson's website has an easy to use search engine, a terrific on-line catalog, great customer service and wonderful delivery. Their printed catalog contains detailed information for reference to individual seed requirements.. Totally impressed with email updates on shipment and delivery details.
|On Mar 10, 2014, obliqua Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
So many unusual seeds to choose from. I placed two orders. Great communication, very fast delivery. Wonderful seeds!!!!
|On Mar 10, 2014, adlapointe wrote:
I ordered Korean Pine from them and they shipped really fast even though I am in Canada.
|On Mar 10, 2014, chumort Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on June 16, 2012, updated March 10, 2014
On March 10th, 2014, chumort added the following:
JL Hudson remains my favorite place to buy seed. I tell any gardener I know to check out their catalogue. This year, once again, my order arrived quickly and the seeds all have had amazing germination rates. Also my cosmos and dahlia seeds began sprouting within two days. All this and the variety they offer assures that they have something for everyone.
|On Mar 9, 2014, gardenaddict1 Protem, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have ordered from JLHudsonseeds for a number of years and always a positive experience great place to find native plants from everywhere prices are great but you should order early as rare seeds can be out of stock early. Information about plants and germination requirements are superior to most. I plan to always be a loyal customer.
|On Feb 13, 2014, gardensoiree San Diego, CA wrote:
J.L. Hudson's selection is incredible; it's so unique that there are items that I haven't seen available elsewhere. While you must slow down, mail your order in, and wait…it is well worth the wait. Pay pal is an option but to really have the J.L. Hudson experience you should relax, make your selections, fill out the form, and pop it in the mail. It took me longer than I expected to make the final decisions but the website allows you to check if something is out of stock, which is helpful. Plus, I didn't have to order from 2 or 3 other places, J.L. Hudson had items that are much higher priced elsewhere or unavailable until Fall.
|On Feb 7, 2014, BarbK_FL Indialantic, FL wrote:
Learned of J H Hudson at Daves Garden so knew going in the ordering process was different. Actually, it was easy, the order was delivered in a little more than a week and the seed packets were very generous.
|On Jan 21, 2014, Celene Columbus, OH wrote:
Posted on March 28, 2013, updated January 21, 2014
On January 24th, 2012, Celene added the following:
I just ordered again for the something-teenth year in a row--always a fine selection of seeds, accurate germination instructions, and an exceptionally well-written catalog.
On March 28th, 2013, Celene added the following:
Another year of excellent service, and so many OP varieties that no one else carries. A national treasure. The website is chock full of good solid information about the plants, too.
On January 21st, 2014, Celene added the following:
Yet another year of excellent selection, excellent service.
|On Jan 8, 2014, jgwinn Long Beach, CA wrote:
JL Hudson has an excellent selection of seeds. It took a little effort to figure out how to order, but it was worth it. I will use them again.
|On Nov 30, 2013, AFMuth Eden Roc, HI wrote:
A few months ago I ordered from J.L. Hudson (around August 31st, I believe), and actually registered solely to cash in my two cents of praise. I can't remember exactly how many we ordered - three of us ordered at once to minimize shipping. It was, at any rate, about 16.
|On Nov 26, 2013, saradus Maple Park, IL wrote:
Just placed my second order. I found this seed bank through the community here on Davesgarden, and I'm so glad! Ordering was easy (online or order form via mail), it took a few minutes, but the website thoroughly lists the process of ordering and how to calculate shipping. Once I read it, I got it. The catalog is vast and has so much information. I've found myself using the catalog for reading material even after my initial order, I kept discovering new plants that I want to try. Seeds were shipped promptly and labeled with instructions. Highly recommend.
|On Jul 24, 2013, lindasta Winston, GA wrote:
J.L. Hudson has opened up a whole new plant world for me. I appreciate all the helpful info about each plant. I see a great need to restore the biodiversity of plant life in our environment, whether it be in a garden for food or medicine to heal our bodies or to heal the soil any where and every where. I have had good results from growing your seed. I also, appreciate the service and reasonable price.