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|On May 16, 2015, junglejimk Traphill, NC wrote:
Johnnys was recommended to me by a friend. They put a lot of effort into their catalog, pretty informative and appealing. I hadnt bought seed by mail in many years. I got all excited and ordered $140 of seed last year. It ended up being a pretty sorry year for my garden, I cant blame it all on the seed but had poor results with several crops. particularly poor germination luck with Toscano Kale, paydirt sweet corn, onions (seed), and eggplant. I regret departing from my local seed dealer last season, prices of seed from johnnys was from 2-6 times more expensive than it is just 5 miles down the road from me. The small packets (what one would typically order when experimenting with a "new" crop) are quite expensive for a MINISCULE amount of seed. I probably wont order from Johnnys again unless I really need a special variety that I cant find anywhere else.
|On May 21, 2013, Jrabbit Pike Creek, DE wrote:
30 yr. customer Johnny's customer. I never worried once about shipping. Never complained about germination rates. Some things can't be helped. But less than a hundred seed in a packet of Arugula stated to contain 500 minimum? 12 Marigold seed in a packet costing $3.59? I called to complain about the shorting on Arugula and heard this from customer service: "Happens. I suppose you want another packet." Tried to inquire if there was harvesting difficulty or limited availability (rarity) of the Marigold seed and was told: I'm not sure what your complaint is." I can buy Marigold seed locally for half the price for 10 times the quantity. My final dealings with Johnny's. They won't miss my 60-80$ annual order, or at least their customer rep won't. I won't miss them!
|On Jun 11, 2012, PlanterJoe Dearborn, MI wrote:
I searched the net to buy seeds and ended up buying from 5 different companies on the net and about 2-3 more from various stores in my local area.
|On Jul 21, 2011, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:
Posted on March 23, 2004, updated July 21, 2011
On July 21st, 2011, taufgardner changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
It had been a few years since I had ordered from Johnny's and now I remember why. Last time, I ordered a unique variety of zucchini. This time I ordered a unique variety of pole bean (Fortex). In each order, I found the germination and performance to be less than my experience with other companies. When I opened the packet to plant the beans, about half were split and broken. The rest germinated at about 40%. I kept putting seeds in the appointed spots until I had germination at all but one of my poles. At any rate, I used Johnny's each time because they carried a desired variety I couldn't get anywhere else and are highly rated on Watchdog. I order from many sources and have terrific luck with my gardens, so I can confidently attribute the poor results to the supplier. Probably won't use again, unless they are the only suppliers for something I just gotta have. Then I will over-order and over-plant because I believe the seeds will perform poorly.
|On Apr 1, 2011, shell_1 Wise, VA wrote:
i ordered my seeds on March 16th.Today is April 1st no seeds. I am very disappointed. This was my first and last ordering with Johnnys. My best regards to anyone that does order from them.
On Apr 1, 2011, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
"On May 19, 2011 9:51 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
|On Mar 23, 2009, okcboo Yukon, OK wrote:
I searched through johnnyseeds.com and was ready to order $30 worth of seed. I read the negative review regarding Johnny's using seeds from Monsanto and stopped order immediately. I confirmed through the link that Johnny's does in fact use seeds from Monsanto. Do not order from Johnny's or any other company using Monsanto!
On Mar 23, 2009, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
"On Sep 8, 2009 9:48 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
Please read this article for more information. Johnny's is NOT affiliated with Monsanto:
On Jan 6, 2010 11:54 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds added:
Johnny's is not affiliated with Monsanto. We carry 21 varieties of seeds from Seminis, which was bought by Monsanto. We are in the process of replacing all 21 varieties and will continue that effort as suitable replacements are found.
|On Mar 20, 2009, GrannyBgood Mount Vernon, ME wrote:
I was planning to buy several varieties of seeds from Johnny's, and then I read THIS:
On Mar 20, 2009, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
"On Mar 20, 2009 3:51 PM, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
This is simply not true. Please see Johnny's front page of the website for accurate information.
|On May 14, 2007, girlnextdoor Dane, WI wrote:
I think Johnny's seed selection is great, they have unique varieties at fairly reasonable prices.
|On Apr 16, 2007, JimStout Phoenix, AZ wrote:
I am disgusted my mikeinmaine's fingerwagging. You didn't have to deal with a stolen identity because of the oversight and disregard for security of this company. I did.
On April 17th, 2007, JimStout added the following:
I understand that no one hacked into the system, by why would one person be able to read all 12,000 credit cards just by logging into a system? Why were the card numbers not encrypted/obfuscated/in an easy to steal format in the first place? Why were there not layers between the internet and intranet with sensitive information in the first place? That is extremely poor computer infrastructure.
A letter seems very impersonal. Putting the burden on the customer to fix this situation seems like you are passing the buck. I almost threw that letter away. How many people are still unaware that you allowed their personal information to be exposed? How many of your customers had their cards used? Do you have any hard numbers?
If you were a bit more proactive, perhaps with a phone call like was suggested earlier, I wouldn't be so upset. Now that this fiasco is winding down, all you have to do is worry about bad press while I have to deal with the paranoia because your company allowed someone to steal my money.
On Apr 16, 2007, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
On Apr 16, 2007 10:37 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds added:
Dear Dave's Garden Community,
|On Apr 15, 2007, elkwc36 Elkhart, KS wrote:
Their response to the credit card situation was poor at best. If I ever order from them in the future it will be through the mail and by check and that is only if I can't get the product anywhere else. And for some to get their notices 7 days or more later than the first is also uncalled for. I don't care if they would of had to pay overtime to call these people they should have. I hope they have learned their lesson but by their by their attutude I have my doubts. There is other vendors out there that really care about customers.
On April 19th, 2007, elkwc36 added the following:
I was involved in a similar case with another online transaction and was called immediately upon them finding the problem. And assume all others were also. I know it may cost a little more and also they may have to pull some people off other duties fora day or so. But those people may have plenty of time in the future if enough take their business elsewhere as it is evident it isn't a very high priority with Johnny's. If they would come out and say they made a big mistake in notifying people it would be different. We all make mistakes but to uphold their poor response just makes you think they would do it the same way if it happened again. JMO
On January 12th, 2009, elkwc36 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
The total lack of response by Johnny's show their lack of concern for their customers and the inconvenience they experienced.
|On Apr 15, 2007, JackKerouac Trego, WI wrote:
I also got the letter from Johnny's letting me know that they allowed someone to steal my information with their negligence. The money in my account was spent on dirty things that I really felt uncomfortable having to explain what happened with my bank.
|On Apr 13, 2007, RedIcculus Fort Wayne, IN wrote:
I was one of those customers whose credit card information was stolen and subsequently used. I noticed 2 match.com transactions, which I have never used, and immediately called my bank. Sure enough, I got the letter from Johnny's telling me my data had been stolen a few days later.
|On Mar 9, 2007, JewelB Sagle, ID wrote:
I've ordered from this company many times with positive results, but this week I tried to place an order on their website. I spent about an hour getting my order together. When I clicked submit, it didn't appear to go through. I emailed Johnny's and received no reply. I clicked highest priority asked for a read receipt and nothing has returned to me so I'm assuming they haven't even read my email. I waited two days and emailed again. I've still received no reply. I can't tell if my order was placed and now my shopping basket is empty. I'm very disapointed in their customer service, which is too bad as I always liked their products.
On Mar 9, 2007, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
On Mar 12, 2007 11:56 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds added:
Hi there -
|On Mar 4, 2007, gardenguydave Irwin, PA wrote:
Sorry to report, but I was one of those w/ compromised credit card information. These things happen; however, to send snail mail (and at the standard rate yet) when my phone number and e-mail address is available is unacceptable. Had their response been more prompt--even a general e-mail stating the situation, it would have allowed me to kill the card immediately.
|On Mar 2, 2007, donn Great South Bay, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I received the letter also.
|On Mar 1, 2007, cchats508 Hebron, CT wrote:
Be aware of this company....I just received a letter indicating that someone broker into their website and sole personal data include credit card numbers. the worst part was this took place on february 4 and it took them until february 18 to discover this. i will never place an order with this unsecure website.
On Mar 1, 2007, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
On Mar 1, 2007 10:22 PM, Johnny's Selected Seeds added:
Dear Gardening Group -
|On Jan 20, 2007, White_Hydrangea Aurora, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:
My only experience with them has been unproductive, and they don't seem to care. I spent an evening picking out vegetable seeds for this year's garden. I got half way through checking out. I hit "continue checkout," and nothing happened. I tried several times. I backed up and tried again. I got out of the site, went back in, totally reselected all the seeds I had originally selected, and tried again. Nothing. Their website doesn't work. I'm not able to order. I tried to e-mail them, using their links. But that just brought up an old version of CompuServe on my computer, which doesn't do me any good because my computer is not hooked up to a phone. I used high-speed cable access now. I came to Dave's Garden and e-mailed them from here, finally, successfully. That was over a week ago. They never bothered to respond. So -- I can't order through their website. I can't contact them through their website. When I do contact them, they don't bother to respond. Even if they fixed everything so I could order from them, I wouldn't, because of their casual attitude toward customer service.
On Jan 20, 2007, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
"To all of Dave's Garden users -
|On Jan 17, 2007, marcop Plover, WI wrote:
Generally, Johnny's has high quality seeds which germinate well. However, I believe seed prices, in some cases, are no longer competitive. For example, Fiesta del Sol seed at Johnny's is double the price listed at another company and its shipping costs are less as well. A $3.95 charge on a purchase of less than $10 seems a bit steep. On the positive side, Johnny's catalog and website provide detailed information on growing plants which is not always available elsewhere. On balance, I am a former customer who is put off by their increasingly higher prices.
|On Jan 14, 2007, KristenMarie Llano, NM wrote:
Used to love Johnny's. Something has happened to them, I think ownership is changing hands ("employee owned" or something like that). Their catalogue this year isn't nearly as good, many good old varieties are gone, and the "150 new varieties!" boasted on the cover are nearly 100 percent hybrids. They also warn you against heirloom tomatoes because they are apparently all diseased and rot too fast. This catalogue is no longer interesting to me-- and they are increasingly overpriced. (250 cauliflower seeds for $20.80.... yeah right... I don't care if it is a yellow cauliflower.)
On Jan 14, 2007, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:
"Dear Kristin -
|On Apr 23, 2005, gardening101usa Burlington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Tomato, Red Cherry "Matt's Wild Cherry" claims minimum germination 80%, 40 seeds per pack (minipack). I Planted in starters three times now 16 seeds. I have six plants growing. All were started in a most favorable enviroment. Starter potting soil by Miracle Gro, in 2x2 square peat pots with bottom trays, waterered as they should be with gro lights 12 hours a day and heat mats set at 70 degrees F. Not a very good outcome.
|On Feb 18, 2004, 160thofamule wrote:
I ordered some seeds at the end of November 2003 from Johnny's.