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First of all, Horizon Herbs' selection is jaw-dropping. And so many plants that I haven't seen ever since moving to the USA. It was somewhat nostalgic. Comfrey (I ordered roots) reminds me of that lush jungle of comfrey bushes in front of my grandmother's gate back in the village. I used to love pulling the flowers out of their holders and eat the sweet nectar. But that aside...
I tried to approach this new resource (new to me) without any preconceptions of whens and hows. I've already read about their workflow, and yeah, I can imagine that kind of business getting, well, busy. But when they got to shipping my order out, it arrived within 2 days. All seeds neatly packed, quantity errs on the "extra" side for the most part. Instructions to germination and planting are right there on little packets, and more information is on the website. If still in doubt about any plant, use Google.
Now I'm gonna face the issue of where to plant all these babies. I mean, I can deal with 20 seeds of some, but 100, 500... That'll keep me busy. I'm also very happy that I found a resource that puts name on all those plants that I've observed every day in the village but never knew what they were called.
Definitely will shop more, and before recommending HH to anyone, I'll make sure to inform them about the way things are done so that people won't be expecting the sun, and the moon, and the whole stars ensemble "right here" and "right now". No one likes constant nagging, and communication is best when you ask the right questions.
On May 9, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thank you for this level headed assessment, it is appreciated. I personally like to plant more seeds than I think I'll need, and thin out the weak seedlings thereby selecting for vigor. that's how our new age open pollinated strains of vegetables and herbs get stronger."
About a week ago I placed an order with Horizon Herbs and a few days later a gal named Nikki called from Horizon Herbs to ask if I'd intentionally ordered both Arnica Montana plant and seeds or if I'd ordered one of them by accident. I was so glad she called because indeed I had mistakenly ordered the plant, which I did not want. I was blown away by the fact that she called me to inquire. Most companies would have processed the order and been happy to take my money. But Nikki went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure my order was correct.
No other company I have ever dealt with has been this diligent in customer service. I thank Nikki and Horizon Herbs for offering such fine quality products with such excellent, warm and courteous customer service on the side! They will always have my business!
I have used Horizon Herbs for years and have never had a problem with their service or products. However, after Nikki's call, I appreciate this company all the more!
Kelly M, gardener and herbalist in Kent, Washington
On Mar 14, 2013, Gratitudeheals Springville, UT wrote:
I've been gardening with Horizon Herbs for about 5 years. I've even made a trip to Oregon to see their place. I live about 1000 miles away. I like the family feel and the more personal aspect of the company.Maybe as the company grows they won't be able to keep that up. When I email a question I often get an answer from the owner. I got lyme disease about 6 months ago and asked his opinion about what herbal people/books to look to for answers. I have made many orders. Most have been perfect, but if not they have fixed them. I order from many companies/ebay/amazon and none are perfect. I love how much I learn from this seed/plant company. For me the plants from Horizon are very healing to grow. They help me deal with a stressful job. I have learned that some of the more tropical seeds they offer are harder to germinate without a greenhouse, but that is the adventure! Thanks Horizon Herbs(Richo and family and employees).
I am brand new to starting seeds indoors and I so appreciate the detailed instructions that come with each type of herb seed that I ordered from Horizon. My orders arrived within a reasonable amount of time and were well packaged. I have no problem with an online retailer making a few bucks on shipping costs - MOST do. For common items such as hardware or supplies, I will shop for the best price because many retailers charge a stupid amount for shipping. But for specialty items, such as the unusual variety of seeds offered by Horizon, I will pay to get a great product. They answered my questions when I had germination failure, and I had success on the next try. I am thrilled that I have germination of some of the more difficult seeds since I am on a steep learning curve here with Spring just around the corner! I am a happy customer!
On Mar 11, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thank you very much for this positive review, it is very much appreciated. Germination failure is a great way to learn more about the specific requirements of the species! Germination success after altering one or more variables helps fine tune the technique even more. "
On Mar 10, 2013, herbgardenernc Greensboro, NC wrote:
LOVE Horizon Herbs. I have been ordering seeds and plants from these folks for about 15 years. Germination rates (for both herb and vegetable seeds) are awesome, even when my young kids are the ones doing the planting. I am always thrilled (altough no longer surprised) to see those little green sprouts pushing out of the ground in happy profusion. I have also had great success ordering plants - my rosemary bushes are chest high and flowering profusely. The quirky seed catalog gives loads of great gardening advice, and I really appreciate the personal touches, including hand-drawn cartoons and humorous comments. The company is dedicated to green practices, printing their catalog on recycled paper with soy-based ink, using biodegradable packaging in their shipments, and selling eco-friendly gardening products (e.g. coir, a sustainable replacement for peat moss made from coconut husks). Horizon Herbs sells open pollinated seed varieties, meaning that seeds from their plants can be collected and regrown true to species. This is nice for me as a gardener, but also important for perserving heirloom herb and vegetable varieties that are being pushed out by hybrid cultivars. In my experience, customer service has been prompt and polite, and I appreciate that it is easy to reach a real human being when I have questions. When I give Horizon Herbs my business, I really feel like I am supporting a company that really cares about making the planet a better place. Thanks for everything you do, guys, and keep it up!
On Mar 10, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
LOVE positive reviews. Completely INSPIRES us to keep working on moving vegetable, medicinal and permacultural seed diversity out to the people. My blessings on your garden and on the gardens of everyone who is passionate enough to post their comments on this public forum. Richo"
On Mar 7, 2013, RAVENCLAW Mansfield Center, CT wrote:
By far my favorite seed company of all time. Horizon Herbs is THE go-to place for seeds of interesting, hard-to-find, bizarre, and spectacular plants from around the world! I wish all seed companies were this reliable.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I am a student of chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Chicago. I am in charge of growing our school's medicinal herb garden. I have ordered medicinal seeds several times from Horizon Herbs and have always been pleased with the results. By results, I mean the seed quality and the interaction with the company. I love knowing that there are real people behind these seeds with a story and a love for all the plants that come out of their farm. I have communicated with Horizon by email (and via FB) with success regarding my orders, with specific questions about plants, and when their new website was going up. I will not hesitate to order from them again.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
This kind of holistic arrangement, where there is a school and a garden attached, is a very positive emerging paradigm that recognizes the importance of nature in good education. We are delighted to support these endeavors!"
I love Horizon Herbs!!! I've only ordered once, but plan on ordering more soon. Richo is a very kind man, a brilliant writer, and a gardening GENIUS! My first order arrived in a timely manner, was labeled clearly, and all the seeds were easy-ish (I didn't pick the easiest) to grow. Happy to support this fantastic business!
On Mar 7, 2013, Masterherblady Berlin Heights, OH wrote:
I love this company! I recommend them to all of my students. I continue to receive professional, respectful, and timely service. I have ordered twice so far this season and I enjoy Richo's informative and witty comments in his catalog and Facebook page. His knowledge is a benefit to all of us.
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Horizon Herbs and Richo Czech are part of what will allow our medicinal herbs to survive land encroachment, over harvesting, and climate change. The vast array of options, explorations, and instructions - allow for the amazing medicinal herbs of the world to be grown in doors and out doors at my home. The seeds have great germination and the source is trust worthy. Truly - i can't write enough positive comments on ordering seeds through Horizon Herbs. Thank you!!
On Mar 7, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I have ordered hundreds of dollars worth of seeds & plants from this company. I am a practicing herbalist & must say that this company has one of the best selections of herbs I have ever found. The selection keeps on growing. I find them to be very friendly, helpful, & timely in fulfilling my orders. Not only that, but their catalog is one of the most interesting & informative reads around. I can tell from dealing with them for a while that they put alot of love into what they do. If I have ever had a question about my order, I have always been given an answer in a polite & timely manner. Their online system is easy to use. Once the order is placed, it is quite simple to access the order to find out the status. I heartily recommend this company to anyone who is interested in finding a unique selection of quality seeds.
On Mar 6, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
On Mar 6, 2013, nymphea_odorata Seattle, WA wrote:
I ordered some night-blooming cereus cuttings and though they took a while to get to me, I was informed of the delay at the time I placed the order. All changes in expected delivery date were made very promptly and I wasn't charged until the cuttings actually shipped. I interacted with a few folks from the company and they were incredibly friendly and helpful.
Furthermore, included with my cuttings was a very thorough information sheet on how to plant and care for my wonderful cacti. I *dig* this company and highly recommend them.
On Mar 6, 2013, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Posted on April 27, 2012, updated August 6, 2012
I've ordered seed from Horizon Herbs many times and have been generally satisfied. They have a great selection of odd and interesting edible plants. Some seeds have been difficult to germinate, and I haven't always succeeded, but the difficulty was a characteristic of the species, not necessarily the fault of Horizon Herbs. This year, for the first time, I ordered plants -- Chocolate Mint, Mashua, and a Spicebush. They arrived a couple days ago. The Mashua plants look great -- much, much, much better than the rotten tubers that I got from McClure & Zimmerman once. The Spicebush and Chocolate Mint are both very small, and I was a little disappointed about their size. But they're healthy and came well-packed. With time, they'll grow and thrive.
On August 6th, 2012, gsteinbe added the following:
I won't change my rating (because I've always liked the seed I've gotten from Horizon Herbs), but I'm a little disappointed that the Spicebush I got from them didn't make it. It was really small on arrival, but I planted it out. A rabbit promptly ate off its top (with all its leaves). So, I dug it up and put it back in a pot. It grew one leaf, but then that leaf fell off, and I'm pretty the plant is dead now. I usually don't buy a lot of plants (preferring to grow my own from seed), so the Spicebush felt pricey to me. To have it be so small and, clearly, delicate is more than a little disappointing. On the other hand, the Chocolate Mint (which was also exceedingly small on arrival) and the Mashua are surviving okay. I just don't think that I'll order plants from Horizon Herbs again.On Aug 6, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks very much for not changing your rating! Perennials need to be worked up in successively larger pots before transplanting to the landscape. I usually work them up for 2 or 3 years before subjecting them to outdoor conditions, starting with gallon pots and finishing off with 5 gallon pots. If we were selling a large spice bush we wouldn't be able to ship it 6 plants for $14.95. If we were selling a large spice bush it would be more than $10.00, which is our base price for woody perennials. This is not pricey on today's market.
On Aug 3, 2012, zanna D, Central Florida, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Hello everyone, I ordered 2 packs of seeds for the first time with Horizon Herbs on the 31rst of July Tuesday afternoon. I recieved my order on the 3rd of August(friday) from OR to central FL. Now that's fast shipping! Wow!
I am very satisfied with Horizon Herbs: a lot of rare seeds that I am interested in. I will order again in the future!
You have an amazing customer service at Horizon Herbs.
Thank you for what you do.
I am a naturopath, trained in the use of medicinal herbs but not in how to grow them. With the help of everyone at Horizon Herbs, I have just begun creating a medicinal herb garden -- Ganesh Gardens -- to use for both medical purposes (to grow herbs to use to make medicine) and educational (to teach people what their medicine looks like, how to befriend it and grow it at home. Everyone has been very helpful, especially Richo and Leif, educating me on what i need to do, and advising me on how to order plants. Leif was great when I tried to order some plants and he explained that it would be better to wait until the fall and get them as roots -- I didn't even know I could do this!! He was more interested in me getting what I needed in the best way possible than in making a quick sale. Ditto for seeds -- didn't know about cold stratification until he explained it to me!!
Everything hasn't been perfect, but I would be surprised if it were -- mailing live plants around seems to be a fairly complex task. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened my first box of plants and found them all in perfect condition. The packing was ingenious. When the next box didn't fare as well, they send me replacements. And when there was a mix-up with regards to the type of shipping I requested, they absorbed the cost difference for the error. Everything was handled very professionally.
I'm looking forward to a continuing relationship with Horizon. As I add plants to Ganesh Gardens, some from them, some from their seeds. Every time I wonder whether I'll be able to do this project successfully, I remember what Richo said to me when I first contacted him -- "The plants will teach you all you need to know." Thank you so much for what you do!! -- I don't think anyone else does it and without out, I would be unable to do what I am doing now.
We have been ordering form Horizon Herbs for maybe 4ish years and have always been happy with the products (from an tincture press to seeds), selection, and service. Our germ rates have always been at least what they say, often times better :) and the service, sometimes even from Richo himself, has been flawless. Thank you Richo and crew for doing this work, we are so grateful for what you provide!
On Jul 12, 2012, charissaanne Shady Valley, TN wrote:
I have excellent luck with botanicals purchased from Horizon Herbs and in the event I have a problem I know I can get expert advice as to what I am doing wrong. Not only have I received expert advice but my seeds were replaced. After Rico advised me as to why seeds that I purchased were not successful and I followed instructions they were 99% successful. I was referred to Horizon Herbs by my best friend who has experience and a wealth of knowledge and who also introduced me to herb gardening and I will keep returning my business. Horizon Herbs is knowledgable about all aspects of gardening and provides the best customer experience ever. Nothing but a positive experience.
On Jul 12, 2012, Kjoygardenmum Sheridan, OR wrote:
I'm here to shout out about what an awesome company Horizon Herbs is. I'm probably one of their smaller customers but have had very individualised attention. My seeds have all been just fine and the little plants I ordered sent with TLC. The squash seed I ordered grew like crazy!!! Maybe since I'm fairly new at growing these kinds of plants I keep my expectations realistic and study up each time I grow something. Sometimes people get too big for their britches, big money big head and all that so as soon as there's a problem they want to blame someone else. I take full responsibility for my failures in gardening and there have certainly been more than a few but NEVER have had a problem with items ordered from Horizon Herbs. I wish I could add some stars right here because they are my all time favorite. I'm sure I will be a customer forever.
I have been ordering from Horizon Herbs for years. Not only have I found them to be highly personal and responsive, their integrity is unmatched--they simply live their beliefs. This is a family company, people whose life work is the health and perpetuation of sustainable medicinal plants, and consequently the health of both the planet and its people. They are conscientious, informed, compassionate, and exceedingly human--Richo Cech's newsletters are like sitting by the fire with an old family friend who is a mesmerizing storyteller. The seeds have a vigor unlike seeds I've gotten anywhere else--they spring out of the soil and take off. (And if they don't, they replace them immediately.) Richo's Making Plant Medicine is a thorough and understandable guide to processing medicinal plants. Their service is quick and courteous, and often it is the owner himself or a family member who responds--never a fulfillment house. Horizon Herbs has a permanent place in my gardening life.
I have ordered several times with Horizon Herbs and I have always been very happy with my orders, seeds and plants. I always received the seeds and plants in good order and after following their instructions have always had good luck with germination and growth. Their Catalog is amazing and their Facebook page is great. I enjoy the emails that I receive from them and the colorful way that the owner shares his love for his job and company!!!
I've ordered from Horizon twice now. For the most part, the seeds grow as expected and give me beautiful, strong plants. When they don't, I am certain that the problem lies with me and my carelessness, not with the seeds or excellent advice.
This is a great company and they care about us and the planet.
I think this quote sums it up:
"Most of all, we believe in eating out of the garden and making medicines out of the garden and are here to support you to adopt these practices for the health of you, your family, your community, and the planet. "
Reading the horizon herbs catalogue is like drinking warm milk and honey by the fire. I relish every word and it keeps me warm all winter long as I anticipate my coming seed order. I have a small permaculture farm that is now almost exclusively populated my Horizon Herbs babies. I raise goats to milk for cheesemaking and I have kept my herd healthy by planting medicinal hedges and creating very diverse pasture mixes using Horizons seeds. I have ALWAYS had excellent germination rates and have received nothing but lovely customer service.
And I'm crazy for the Mrihani Basil that Ricco lovingly brought home to us!!!!!
On Jul 11, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Wow I wish I always had excellent germ rates with all the seeds I try, but its OK, there seem to be plenty of babies to take care of, regardless. One thing I've learned is that the process of natural selection among plants actually begins when the seed is planted, and so I view nongermination as an indication of inappropriate environment, and move on from there. In the case of reliable environment and good seed, the only other factor is the human one, and the positive good feelings (much augmented by drinking warm milk by the fire) will indeed help one have better success in the garden, and also engender appreciation for the moment. Some would say that this, ultimately, is the best gift the plants have to give. Thanks to lady long arm."
On Jul 11, 2012, NicanFhleisdeir Eugene, OR wrote:
I've purchased only live herb starts from Horizon at regional herb conferences. Moving delicate plants around must be difficult, yet every herb start has been fresh and undamaged. My results with survival of these herbs is about 95% over 10 years time. Granted, I am in their same zone however I've found each herb hearty enough to even survive freak snow storms or scorching heat in the first year of their life. The owner Richo is knowledgeable beyond gardening and contributes wonderful history and traditional facts to his customer service.
On Jul 11, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
I think those plants are fortunate to find a home with you! Although we can't guarantee plants to overwinter, plants have their own survival agendas well beyond their dependency on us humans, and it is surprising when and where one finds them popping in the cycles that ensue the original planting. I always watch this, and learn. Thanks again for your positive support. It matters. Richo"
On May 20, 2012, andreastephanie Cincinnati, OH wrote:
I enjoy reading the Horizon Herbs catalog, with its extensive array of herb seeds and plants. All my order experiences have been positive and I would recommend Horizon Herbs to anyone who is interested in learning more about herbs and sprouting them from seed. Richo even emailed me to answer a question I had about smudge herbs and he was very helpful. I also received a phone call alerting me that my plants were about to be shipped. Very thoughtful! I'm an adoring fan of Horizon Herbs.
On May 4, 2012, LadyAssassin Belleville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
I made my first order with Horizon Herbs earlier this year and have been very pleased with the germination of seeds. They have a wonderful inventory, fast shipping and lovely customer service. I'll most likely order again.
This was my first order from Horizon herbfarm. I ordered six live baby curry leaf plants and wondered how they could be packed and shipped so that they would survive. They came in two days, all six of them healthy and whole with instructions for unwrapping them and taking care of them. I'm glad Horizon included a catalog because I'd like to order from them again.
This is my second season ordering seeds from Horizon and the first year ordering live plants. Horizon called me at the end of the week to inform me they were shipping and the plants arrived early the following in excellent condition with one of better packing jobs I have seen. I was very impressed, especially compared to some of the other packing jobs I have received, including one that separated the top part of the tree from the bottom.
I've recommended them to my friends; the same goes for anybody looking for the less common varieties of seed. For anybody interested in growing chile, I suggest Aji Colorado. Low-medium heat with excellent flavor on very productive plants
Horizon herbs is one of the best places to purchase medical herb plants and seeds. The vitality of the plants and seeds is so strong, I can feel it emanating all around me in the garden. I have been ordering from Richo for years and my garden has many of his plant beings in it now. I feel a healing soothing relationship with these plants just by sitting with them. The customer service is excellent, too. One year my live plant box had obviously been kicked around during shipment. When I opened it up, plant roots were loose out of the dirt. Richo quickly righted the situation by sending a replacement order. However, I couldn't bear to dump the plants in the garbage, so I planted them anyway without much hope of any surviving. To my surprise all of them not only grew, but are now some of the most vibrant plants in my garden. You can't go wrong with Horizon Herbs.
On Apr 8, 2012, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thank you for these positive words! We strive to provide solid seeds and plants. It is inspirational to me to hear of your relationship with the plants, and I'm really happy to know that our plant friends have found such a goon new home. May you, your plants, and your good vibrations ever seek the light. Richo"
On Mar 10, 2012, plarson65 Santa Barbara, CA wrote:
I never bought anything from them, but i have a close friend who speaks well about Richo, or I think that is the owners name. She has no computer or way to post reviews. So I'm doing this on her behalf. Thanks Richo for making my friend Anna so happy!
On Sep 3, 2011, dscoots76 New Bloomfield, MO wrote:
I have made several purchases of seed from Horizon Herbs...all of the seed from woodland herbs to medicinal herbs were excellent quality. I have had high germination rates on all of the seed that I have purchased from them. Richo's insight and feedback have been outstanding, informative, and most beneficial! Keep up the fantastic customer service. I look forward to doing subsequesnt business with Horizon Herbs.
I have been ordering seed/tubers from Horizon for several years now. There's a couple things I really appreciate about them:
- Their catalog is a wealth of information and knowledge, I read them like a magazine.
- The range of medicinals and herbs offered is impressive.
-Their seed has consistently had a high germination rate across the board (the lone exception was uva ursi, which is a slow and difficult germinator anyways).
-With a user account, one can pull up all their past orders, which I recently found helpful trying to remember a specific variety I ordered a couple years ago.
-I feel like the money Horizon gets from me will end up in a good place and put to good use.
- Living in PDX, I know the seed is adapted to the NW climate.
- Their edible offerings have been very appealing to me in the past year or so. They have made great strides in this department.
- It's refreshing to read about one's reverence for the power of plants in a catalog, it's welcoming and educating.
Summary: Give them a try, they're reliable and provide good quality!
I have been ordering seeds from Horizon Herbs for many years (probably closing in on 20 by now), and I am a huge fan.
First of all, I'm very grateful to have such a comprehensive source for medicinal plant seeds. This has led to some pretty interesting experimentation on my part - not all of it successful, but that's generally because I've tried growing things that I really had no business trying to grow in my climate. But it's always fun to try, and lots of the experiments have been outrageously successful. I've even had a few experiments that I'd given up on, only to find that plant growing randomly in my yard several years later. Wild plants are unpredictable, and it almost seems to me that they travel to where they want to be. :)
When I've needed growing advice, the folks at Horizon have always been very happy and quick to give it. They are real gardeners, not just seed salesmen, and they really want you to succeed in your growing endeavors. They totally rock!
Probably my favorite experiment ever has been Spilanthes (Toothache Plant). I really didn't know what to expect, but this plant is now a garden regular. Beautiful, bizzare, useful, and incredibly easy! The seeds are easy to save, so I've never had to buy more, and they volunteer all over the place!
Speaking of saving seeds, I have had more success saving seeds from plants grown from Horizon Herb seeds than from any others. Seriously, sometimes I wonder how they can stay in business with such saveable seeds, but they are like the exact opposite of the Monsantos of the seed world, and ya gotta love them for that!
For the last few years they've been moving toward offering more seeds for edibles as well. Two of these that I absolutely love are the wild arugula (way tastier than any arugula I've ever had, and I can plant it outdoors in March here in upstate NY and be chomping it in April) and the mixed cooking greens, which will keep cranking out until they're covered in snow. I do both of these in pots, urban gardeners!
I also highly recommend checking out their rockin' assortment of Tulsi (holy basil), an awesome plant that sort of crosses the line between medicinal and culinary. Grows easily in pots, too.
And tobacco - everyone cringes when they hear that name, but all I have to say is try growing it and I bet you'll develop a new respect for this beautiful plant.
Okay, enough of my raging fan rant. Happy Gardening, Folks!!!
On Jul 30, 2011, commanderkibble Fort Pierce, FL wrote:
Posted on August 22, 2009, updated July 30, 2011
they have a large selection of hard to find medicinal herbs. always helpful and always ready to help. seeds and plants come when they say. always my first place to look for herbs. always have had a great experience with them. a definite must see and look for all of your medicinal plants. Dawn
On July 30th, 2011, commanderkibble added the following:
I have ordered a few times and always with great results, the help and information is always great. very happy everytime. commanderkibbleOn Jul 30, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Thanks very much for the support. Nature is diverse and doesn't always conform to our human plans, but if we've managed to get you items at a good time of year, it means you ordered according to the seasons. That really improves your chances of success!
I feel so blessed by finding Horizon Herbs 5 years ago. I am a huge fan of Richo. I find his books to be both educational and filled with great little antidotes about his life. I truly want to visit their farm someday, but for now, I can only give the best review for them I can. I have this need to germ seed! LOL, and I love that whatever I research on, for sure, Richo has it!
Thank you for being so informative and entertaining!
On Jun 27, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with:
Oh, thanks for that! Speaking of germinating seed, common dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is on my mind tonight because I just planted the first seeds of our new cultivar "Big Love." We won't have this for public distribution until next year, but I am pretty excited about it. For being such a widespread and common plant, dandelion has some rather singular attributes. The newly harvested seed is really easy to germinate but it takes on dormancy once it is aged for a couple of months. The plant is apomictic (division of gamete asexually) so pollinators are not ruquired and ostensibly each seed produced by a given plant will produce a plant identical to the parent. Medicinally, there is really nothing quite like it, in that it moves toxins out of the body with great efficiency. As such, it is a great herb to take in combo with other herbs that have specific activity but may prove toxic or have unwanted side effects. Several jump to mind. Burdock, which breaks up infection in the body but often has the unpleasant habit of releasing metabolic waste products through the skin in nasty little pustules. Lomatium, which is a potent antiviral herb (used in treating influenza) but can cause an embarassing (but overall more or less harmless) rash. Combine these herbs with dandelion. It's a true friend. Richo"
On Jun 20, 2011, LilOregonAnnie Grants Pass, OR wrote:
I ordered the Hoedown vegetable seed collection and am more than pleased. My order arrived right on time and so far everything planted is germinating. I sowed the peas, beans and corn directly into my garden and they are going especially crazy. The beans are little works of art and so beautiful I almost hated to plant them.
The order came with a special set of instructions for newer gardeners for companion planting ideas along with other useful gardening tips and tricks (nice).
I will definitely be purchasing more seeds from them in the future.
On Jun 20, 2011, Horizon Herbs, LLC responded with: