Posted on February 21, 2012, updated July 20, 2012
Very professional. Acknowledged the order next business day. Fast turn around from order to shipping. Notified me when seeds were shipped. Quick delivery. Only time will tell on germination & growth!
On July 20th, 2012, MAINE_CAL added the following:
There were supposed to be 15 seeds. Instead of 15 seeds, there were well over 50 seeds! I started the seeds. 39 sprouted, 38 made it through the transplanting. They will overwinter submerged in their little pots in my veggie garden 'til next year. I was very pleased. Now, to find enough places to plant them next year!
It really has been a great experience to do business with J.L.Hudson. I wish every company would handle their businesses like they do. Decent shipping rates and outstanding communication. I will order again.
On Jun 26, 2012, tzei_yang Denton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I found this seller through the Garden Watchdog. J.L. Hudson carries a wide variety of seeds, gives generous amounts of seeds per packet, and asks for minimal shipping fees, so I gave them my business. I received prompt service: e-mailed and paid Wednesday morning, sent seeds Friday, and got them the mailbox by the following Monday.
You do have to keep track of the packets you want and also calculate the total price yourself. This can be an easier process if you use some sort of spreadsheet software to do the work.
Make sure to request a copy of their printed seed catalog for free with your order. It has their whole catalog in printed form and is worth the price of the postage and packing.
On Jun 23, 2012, blumenlieber vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on July 12, 2011, updated June 23, 2012
Long time catalogue peruser, first time customer. What was i waiting for? Wonderful selection of the ordinary and extraordinary, lots of helpful and interesting info. Great value, easy ordering process, quick delivery. Next to nothing for shipping. Thank you. I'll be back for more.
On June 23rd, 2012, blumenlieber added the following:
Excellent germination on all seeds. I'll be back for more. Thank you so much JLH!
I have always had great experiences when ordering from J.L.Hudson. The order process is easy, particularly since I can order and pay the same afternoon using my Paypal account. Hudson seems to get some of the best varieties, and even some of the really rare stuff. And unlike too many online seed providers, Hudson's seeds are always fresh and viable. I could not ask for a better experience than J. L. Hudson seed orders. It is the number one seed source online.
I have been a happy customer of JL Hudson for 20+ years. The one time I had a question about how a plant was performing, he sent me a handwritten letter with helpful suggestions, followed by a free packet of seeds. One time my check bounced on an order because I had had to close the account suddenly (due to theft). They were very polite and sympathetic in working with me to get it straightened out.
Like one of the other reviewers, I like to sit down with a cup of coffee and go through their unique catalog. I do look at the other catalogs, too, but before I order from another company I always check the JL Hudson catalog to see if can order the same or similar seed from them because of their lower prices and exceptional customer service. Besides, I like what they do and would rather support them than some big corporation.
I have been buying from this company for many years, and am always very happy with them. They have unusual seeds that you can't find anywhere else, they ship quickly, their shipping is very reasonable, and they are a small business that communicates with their customers. On the rare occasions that there is an error in an order they immediately make it good. I highly recommend them.
On May 9, 2012, serge1966 Ellicott City, MD wrote:
I purchased Ramsons seeds from a GB seller this spring and was unable to have them germinated. Some reviews say that this plant is difficult to cultivate from seeds. Found the seeds in the J.L. Hudson list and decided to give it a try. The seeds have very high germination rate. Really happy. Also found some plants in their catalog I considered rare.
I have used this seed source for many years. I thoroughly enjoy reading the catalogs with a cup of tea. I always find interesting new plants to grow. I appreciate the very reasonable pricing and quick response to my orders. This is a really fun place to shop. Try it - you'll like it!
This company is really a gem! But if you're expecting it like your ordinary seed company, you may be disappointed (see Neutral reviews). However, their selection of some unusual plants and ease of shipping make it more than worthwhile. Sorry for the lady who had to use more than one step to order. Poor baby!
On Apr 30, 2012, chespen Neudorf, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
I have been ordering from this company for a number of years and am very impressed with their service, their prices and their very informative catalog-I use it as a reference for lots of things from correct pronunciation to hardiness information. They are not hard to order from: fill out order form, buy money order and mail. As well, the germination rate of the seeds is very high. If there was a star rating, I would give them 10 out of 10.If you are looking for flashy pictures and flowery descriptions, this is not the company for you but it is if you are looking for excellent service and seeds.
We are installing an apiary in the next few weeks and have done lots of "home work" on what bees thrive on. Some of what I was looking for could be found on other sites but I wanted to see if there was one site that had it all. Somewhere in Googledom, I found a link to JL Hudson and I could not believe their website! Retro! But you never judge a book by its cover and once I began to forage through their garden of seeds, I was smitten. They had everything I was looking for (and some I was NOT looking for)! Seeds came today and just as I expected, in nice small typewritten (looks just like their site) envelops with great attention to detail. Will be starting these seeds off this weekend and will post results. Thank you, JL Hudson. Now I am going out to tell 10 friends!
Plentiful in seed and cordiality. I look at the pictures in T&M then go shopping at JLHudson. Great prices- Support these Majestic sons'o bitches. Real nitty gritty individually owned buisness breakin' sweat. Delivery?... All the express none of the ponies-they put the horsepower in hot rod's & cold ones. Love'M
On Mar 19, 2012, lawyer3145 vancouver, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have only been ordering from J L Hudson for a few years but I must agree with everyone else: the selection is wonderful, the service rapid, the seeds of high quality, and the prices low - so low that I hope they can stay in business. And my children love the catalogue, getting a feel for old tyme anarchism.
On Mar 16, 2012, dwc47 Chattanooga, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on April 22, 2010, updated March 16, 2012
I have bought seeds here for many years now. Seeds have always been fresh and viable and the quantity received very generous for the low price paid. Read the catalog thoroughly, and you will find a refreshingly honest view of exotics vs. natives.
On March 16th, 2012, dwc47 added the following:
Last year I had some problems with germination of the Fatsia japonica offered. I sent a short note to David, not really as a complaint, but more of a fyi. I didn't expect anything, but a year later he sent me 2 packets of new seed, and I have already gotten germination in about 9 days. I have never received this level of service from any other seed company! I offer my highest recommendation for David and for Ms. Calkins.
Just an amazing catalog both online and print.
I'm glad to find some use for the Latin classes I took back in the day!
I can't see how they break even with the shipping fees they charge, not complaining just very appreciative dealing with a company who doesn't gouge you at the checkout.
I have been exuberantly ordering from J L Hudson Seedsman Catalog for countless number of years and it is one of the few that I am proud to share with my neighbors. The switch to using Paypal is another example of J L Hudson Seedsman's continuing search for excellence. I like the online for ordering and the catalog for sharing.
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On Feb 8, 2012, gregr18 Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on August 11, 2011, updated February 8, 2012
I ordered a variety of interesting seeds from J.L.H. and they shipped my order quickly. There were detailed sowing instructions and a generous quantity of seeds in each packet. Reading the website is an education in itself, and includes some interesting and thought-provoking words about biodiversity and man's role in it. The information about GA-3 for seed germination is also a good read for anyone interested in propagation from seed.
I don't yet know about the germination rates on their seed, and I will update on that as I find out, but I expect good results considering their reputation.
On February 8th, 2012, gregr18 added the following:
Germination, even of tricky seeds, has been excellent, and just as importantly, seedlings have been healthy and putting out their true leaves. Germination times listed in their interesting (and very aesthetically pleasing) catalog have been, for me, accurate if not a little conservative, at least in the conditions in which I am sprouting them.
I really encourage anyone interested in growing from seed to try one of their GA-3 kits. The stuff couldn't be any easier to use and the results, both good (bypassing cold treatment, jump-starting slow to germinate seeds, initiating overnight germination, etc) and bad (watching over-exposed seedlings turn into little more then long spindly stems with tiny stunted cotyledons that keel over and rot) are really interesting. The good far outweighs the bad, and most of the bad results I obtained intentionally just to see what would happen.
I like this seed bank a lot, and will gladly continue to buy from them.
I ordered seeds from J.L. Hudson Seedsman after reading their feedback and must say, they are a great company to deal with. They mailed the seeds (Fatsia Japonica) to me without delay. I had requested a catalog, however, assumed it would arrive with my seeds. I had also ordered catalogs for my mother and sister, who live in another state. My seed packet directions referred me to the catalog for sowing, so when I did not have the catalog, I sent an e-mail inquiring about this, and received the following reply!
Thanks very much! I learned something - when people request catalogs for others, always include a note in their order letting them know that they were sent!
The catalog arrived a few days later, has a wealth of information, and is a pleasure to have. They are definitely up front and courteous to their customers, and have maintained their ability to be personable throughout their many years or business. I will definitely order from them again!!
Posted on August 31, 2004, updated February 3, 2012
I absolutely love this company. What a great list of seeds. Never a problem, ever!
On February 27th, 2005, chunx added the following:
I just received my Spring order of seeds. Once again, not a disappointment. Fast shipping, very low prices, dirt cheap shipping, and everything was in stock. I am always happy in my dealings with these people. If I can't find the particular seeds I'm looking for from this company (which carries a lot of unusual and native seeds), I can find them at Park Seed. These are my favorite 2 seed providers because of selection and customer service. Why go anywhere else?On February 3rd, 2012, chunx added the following:
Each year I've placed my order for seeds and they've never failed me. Excellent germination, fast shipping, no errors, and excellent customer service. See, it can be done the old fashioned way. Why? Because they care.
I have ordered for years and am always pleased. They have seeds that you won't see down at the big box. Be prepared to see things you never knew existed! I hope they never get a shopping cart system- stay small and focused and be unique. It also keeps the riff-raff from bugging you all the time! I will be back!
I found the transaction of ordering seeds to be quite satisfying. The instructions how to place a order was explained well. I even recieved an email notification when my order was shipped without even having to ask for one.
On Jan 5, 2012, JacobJacob Beverly Hills, CA wrote:
Have ordered for several years now. They have new toys for those of us too old for colorful plastic. The orders are always correct and they barely take any money for anything they do. And besides that you might as well get corn/tomatoes/okra/etc while you're ordering from them, they don't just do exotics. They like their jobs obviously. (I will slightly echo one thing someone said below, I did once suggest NZ Spinach should be marked "cook this, it's mildly poisonous raw." The guy wasn't angry, but he did say he'd never heard of that, he eats it all the time. I think he was full of manure. (Come to think of it the stuff that burned my mouth was from another seed company, maybe JLH has a breed with lower oxalic acid.) Anyway don't eat anything raw with high oxalic acid.)
On Oct 11, 2011, greybanks Staten Island, NY wrote:
Their catalog is a thing of wonder. "Produced without the use of computers!" As in typeset by hand. I think this shows dedication to doing things a certain way, and I greatly appreciate their philosophy and mission of preservation. Truly rare these days.
Service was prompt and friendly. My recent (internet) order was filled promptly and I had received it later that same week. The shipping cost is the most reasonable I've seen. Emails are answered promptly.
Their selection is very wide. I ordered mostly flowers and some vegetables, just due to the time of year it is now, but will be ordering more in the future. I've already started those from my order that don't require chilling and germination rates have been great. Overall, really delighted with these guys and will be ordering again soon once I have some more space for starts.
On Sep 16, 2011, jtellerelsberg Norwich, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have ordered seeds from J.L. Hudson twice now, and on both occasions the orders were filled correctly and promptly. I appreciate J.L. Hudson's extensive selection. It would be nice if the website were a little more user-friendly and included a bit more information on each plant, but even without those changes I am sure that I will order from J.L. Hudson again in the future.
On Jul 22, 2011, BreadnButterFly New Chicago, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
First time customer, so before I ordered I stopped here to read the reviews - all of which impressed me a great deal. Happy to report that my experience was also extremely positive. Very large, diverse & unusual inventory available & the service was great! Simple ordering process, safe on-line payment option (Paypal) & quick response time. I received a timely acknowledgment of my order & the order, placed on Tuesday, arrived on Thursday. Seeds well-packaged & clearly marked.
Well, that's all for now - off to peruse the catalog....which is loaded with possibilities & information!
Posted on February 16, 2009, updated June 30, 2011
I have been ordering from this company for many years...perhaps since I was 12 years old, back when it was called World Wide Seeds or something like that. It is an excellent company...quick service both in the US and abroad, and (with few exceptions) great germination rates, fresh seed, great informative catalog...highly recommended.
On June 30th, 2011, botanikk added the following:
As always, highly recommended. Recently received a refund because I paid too much postage...as indeed it seemed. They say on their website they will, and they do. One of (and very few) top favorite sources for seed.
I love J.L. Hudson - great collection of rare, wild species. I use them for both home enjoyment, but also as a source of material for research (I am a plant biologist). Fast, inexpensive shipping, and a seeds are usually high quality (good germination rates on most items). I would highly reccommend them.
On May 10, 2011, Matera_the_Mad Sturgeon Bay, WI wrote:
I've been getting seeds from J.L. Hudson for nevermind-how-many years. In a way I miss getting the paper catalog. It was once my favorite annual reading, full of fascinating details about plants I'd never heard of that weren't in any other catalog. Nowhere else could I get some of the uncultivated natural species. Now that my eyes have gone to crap from glaucoma, reading on paper is no pleasure -- but the online catalog is here to make my day.
On Apr 27, 2011, peavine5 Shingle Springs, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Have been ordering for several years now. Every year I receive excellent, fast, professional service. Many unusual seeds are available and they all germinate successfully at the stated rate. Thanks for the wonderful catelog with germination recommendations, and also for selling GA-3 in the form a "home gardener's kit" to improve germination - the instructions are clear and easy to use and I always have successful results.
Have searched unproductively for this plant for years. Pleased to finally find seeds at Hudson. Ordered late Thursday, 4/21/11 arrived Monday, 4/25/11. Hudson thoughtfully emailed to apologize for delayed order acknowledgement due to computer problems at their end. Nice customer service touch. Wish seeds all sucess in germination - not my strong suit!