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Negative DGRich53
(10 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2013, DGRich53 Janeville, WI wrote:

First on a positive note, if you are ever in the Madison, Wi area stop in at one
of their garden centers. They are about the best in the country.

Now the negative; sadly I have had to put them on my NEVER ORDER list. I don’t know who is currently in charge of their mail order department these days but they know about as much about gardening as a common cranberry.

I sent them an order for several seed packets and two varieties of seed potatoes. As anyone who grows potatoes knows, they have to be in the ground early in spring in order to mature before the hot summer arrives. When I never heard from them, I send them a request for shipment date, which resulted in a form type email advising me “plant material for my area is shipped at the end of April/early May”. Insulting at the very least. I then sent them another email EXPLAINING what seed potatoes is not plant material and I needed them NOW. This got the 2nd “plant material” notice.

I sent them a final email demanding the seed potatoes be shipped without further delay and they arrived on April 10th -PERHAPS in time to grow.

I have been a customer of Jung for 20 years and they were never this bad. Something has happened over the past couple years that has ruined mail order.

I’d suggest they do a introspective review and start fixing the things that are broken. Perhaps starting with a new "cranberry" in charge.

As for me, I don't think I'll live long enough to risk another order.

Neutral AS
(46 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2013, AS (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on April 10, 2012, updated April 11, 2013
Posted on March 10, 2012, updated April 10, 2012
Posted on June 15, 2003, updated March 10, 2012
This may have been my last year to order from this company. They've been very good in the past, but lately they've been pretty bad. I'm still having decent experiences with their seeds, but this year they came almost too late to plant. I ordered seeds from both Jung's and Park seeds on exactly the same day in late January - the Park order was here in a week and a half, but my Jung order didn't arrive for almost 2 months. I don't know whether to blame the postal service or Jung's. When it did arrive, the seed order was in good shape - their "free seeds" were missing (didn't matter much to me), but the rest of the seeds germinated well. But their perennials have been a mess lately. Years ago, they sent nice-sized bareroot plants and roses that all grew well. Last year, I got tiny perennials, with tiny root systems, in tiny pots - and most of them were damaged, some half out of their pots or torn to bits, due to poor packing. Their customer service department did replace them without question - with tiny plants that did, nevertheless, arrive in good shape and grow. Their bareroot perennials and shrubs last year were fine - except for one rose that arrived with almost no root system and progressively shriveled and blackened. Jung's also replaced this with another rose without question. (I was a little surprised to see that the replacement was probably twice the size of the first plant, though I'd ordered their top grade in the first place.)

This year, I ordered nothing that wasn't specified as bareroot in their catalog. The one shrub rose I ordered was a mess - shriveled and with dead leaf buds that had obviously sprouted then died - though after a few months it has put out new buds and is actually thriving. Another shrub was perfectly fine, though very small for the price I paid. And the two bareroot perennials never even sprouted or showed any signs of life.

Overall, they've stood behind their guarantee so far and replaced anything that arrived damaged or didn't grow. But it was much nicer in the past when their plants came in good shape in the first place. I'm not sure they're worth the aggravation anymor

On July 11th, 2003, AS added the following:

Sent them a polite e mail about the dead salvia on June 15 - it's been a month, and no response at all. Pity about them - many years ago, they used to be one of my favorite companies.

On July 14th, 2003, AS added the following:

I contacted them again (actually, just re-sent the first e-mail with the comment "I sent this a month ago and I haven't heard from you") and received a prompt and polite e-mail offering to replace the salvia this fall.
On March 10th, 2012, AS added the following:

I ordered seeds from them this spring, for the first time in many years. They came promptly this time, and so far the seed counts and germination have been mostly good. Though, like the previous poster, I received one packet of specialty peppers that didn't thrill me with the germination rate (and there were only a few seeds in the packet, so I was sparing).
On April 10th, 2012, AS added the following:

After receiving the rest of my order, I still rate this company a "neutral" overall.

The seeds were fine except that one packet of peppers (less than 40% germination on that one). And I liked it that they didn't try to keep my money as a "store credit" when they ran out of a seed packet. Instead, they issued a refund without my asking.

A bareroot shrub was surprisingly decent. Good roots, well packed and still moist on arrival. Came rather late for planting bareroot in my zone, though, and well after a previous poster in a colder zone of Illinois got their potted perennials.

On the other hand, a bareroot perennial I tried as a test order confirmed my previous impressions of their perennials - pricey and poor quality for the size. It was in a very small plastic bag labeled as containing a single root. Instead, there were two tiny little pieces of root that looked as if they had been broken off a larger plant. Even if it had been one root, it wouldn't have been impressive for the type of plant, and this was just a joke for the price. ($8?)
On April 11th, 2013, AS added the following:

I was pleasantly surprised by their fruit trees and small fruits. I crossed my fingers and ordered an heirloom apple tree from them last year (couldn't find that variety anywhere else), and it arrived in good shape. Definitely not the straightest tree I've ever gotten, but the size and branch structure were quite nice. Strawberries also arrived healthy and have started to grow well.
Positive dp4A0401
(5 reviews)
On Mar 2, 2013, dp4A0401 Xenia, OH wrote:

I have been a very long time customer of Jung Seeds. Over the years and trying many different companies, I now order seeds exclusively from Jungs. Although there are a few varieties I'm particular about and order regularly, usually I order off the deeply discounted seeds. I've also ordered nursery stock (several fruit trees and fruit bearing bushes), most of them late season and heavily discounted, and all have arrived in excellent condition and grew well. I only had one currant bush that didn't make it, and Jung's replaced it promptly. I'm very impressed that I've had nearly 100% yield from mail order nursey stock. My expectation is closer to 50%. Therefore, I strongly endorse Jung for both mail order seeds and nursery.

Positive bleedinghrts
(1 review)
On Jan 26, 2013, bleedinghrts Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

Posted on January 24, 2013, updated January 26, 2013
I placed an online order for seeds and received them in about 10 days. This was very good. The problem: While placing my online order, I could not complete the order unless I typed in my telephone number. So in case Jungs had a problem with my order, I typed in my phone number so that they could call me. After I gave my phone number the order went through. Less than a day, I began to receive calls from telemarketing companies!!! I am getting calls all day especially during work hours. I have NEVER given my phone number out and have NEVER received telemarketing calls until after I ordered from Jungs. I Will NOT be ordering again.

On January 26th, 2013, bleedinghrts changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

The issue that I am having with telemarketers calling me did happen after I placed my internet order. I have been ordering from Jungs for many years and have always had excellent, and friendly service. Therefore, I will take your word Ruth and figure that it was a coincidence. And if it was a coincidence, I do apologize.
On Jan 26, 2013, Jung Seed responded with:

"On Jan 25, 2013 7:39 AM, Jung Seed responded with:

We are sorry to hear of the problem you are having, but we have NEVER and will NEVER give out a customer's phone number.

[email protected]"

Positive RabbitRidge
(5 reviews)
On Jan 19, 2013, RabbitRidge Onalaska, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered seeds from them and they came in several partial shipments. I really appreciate them sending them as soon as they are available. I have ordered from them for several years and I have always had good germination.

Positive ConGar
(13 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2012, ConGar wrote:

Posted on March 24, 2009, updated December 29, 2012
My journey with Jungs.

Well, it started with my purchase from Totally Tomatoes - since they are connected and I've never received a Jung catalog before it has to be because I purchased with TT earlier this year. Mid-February Jung's wonderful catalog arrived - One could (and I did) get lost in. So many wonderful things they have to offer - things I didn't know I wanted or needed until I saw them.

Immediately I saw two kinds of seeds I wanted... One is for a full sun plant, and will (I think) go great around the rose bush I ordered - four silver plants surrounding purple, I think I'll like it anyway.
(I planted four of these seeds and two have germed the other two so far have not, but I have plenty of seeds to hopefully get two more going. These were a sale item - 200 seeds for cheap, so again if the other two I need don't germ I can just plant more seeds until I end up with two more plants.)

The other batch (is ten seeds a batch?) of seeds is for a shade loving plant, and I have plenty of garden beds that need shade loving or at least tolerating plants - some spaces get more sun than others, but generally not enough for a plant that likes full sun, though some get more sun than a full shade plant would like.
(I got almost twice as many seeds as I was expecting here. So, as long as half of these germ I won't complain. Alas, I only tried to start these a day ago, so I can't know how many (if any) of these will germ.)

The other seeds were another freebie, and I tried to start six, but so far only four of those have germed, but they are freebies so I'm just pleased that any germed. Though based on the picture from the catalog I do think I'll really like them.

Anyway, I got the seeds and freebies on March 4th, I'm very pleased with one of the freebies - it's a seed starter, and sometimes seeds are so small that it is hard to plant them by hand. So, YAY! And as I mentioned above I believe I got a few more seeds with one pack than I was expecting, which is good just in case they don't all germ. The rest of my order arrived on March 21st, which for my area is about a month early, but I'm actually glad because having them early means that I can go ahead and get them started. I'm only real concerned about the rose bushes arriving so early.

Then continuing to look at the catalog - I saw it! MY HOSTA! In 2007 I bought six Hosta plants (well, eight, but only six of this one kind) from a local nursery and planted them. That summer I decided next season I was going to redo "hosta corner." Well, to do that I would need at least four more hosta plants - I wanted a biggish blue one as the center piece (or in this case corner piece), which I knew I'd have to mail order because I couldn't find any blue ones big or small locally. Still no problem thinks I, at least until spring 2008 when I went back to my local nursery and found they didn't have my hosta, and since they simply labeled two of them plantain lilies and no name at all for the others I didn't even know the name of my hosta to begin to search online for more. Of course, that didn't stop me from trying - I spent much of 2008 searching.

Needless to say I did nothing to "hosta corner" in 2008 because I was bummed about not finding my hosta.

Of course, that isn't the only reason I decided to order from Jung, though it was the biggie, they also had several versions of biggish blue hostas. Of course, I admit that I'm a little leery of bare root plants, I've not always had the best luck with bare root. However, the blue hosta when I unpacked it had a large root system, and as near as I could tell it looks viable, but it also doesn't have any green/blue peaking out the top. The three multi-colored ones have very tiny root systems, but when I unpacked them all three of those did have a small shoot of green peaking out the top. So, despite the small roots I'm hopeful with these three as well.

I also have a gladiolus corner, or at least in 2007 I tried to make one... Not counting the two wild glads that are actually growing in another spot which is in full shade, which I thought glads didn't like, but those wild ones don't seem to care about the lack of sun. These wild ones also started before I even thought about actually planting glads.
(Side note: The wild glads have very pretty flowers, even more so than my store bought ones.)

Anyway, in 2007 I bought twelve mixed glads and six soft pink from my local Dollar Store - don't laugh the bulbs were big, plump, and healthy, and all but one came up that first year, and the one that ended up not blooming had started to grow before ants attacked it. And because the ants attacked so fast the plant was dead before I could get a plant safe ant killer, but my point is that all those Dollar Store bulbs were viable, and from what I can see most (maybe two are on the small side, but still A-okay) of the ones ordered from Jung are just as big and healthy as the ones from the Dollar Store. Alas, many from the Dollar Store never came back the second year, which is why I needed more "Glads," and thanks to Jung I have them and in colors that I couldn't have got locally.
(Obviously, it'll probably be little over a month before I know if all are going to sprout. I do hope they are honestly mixed like the ones from the DS were, but as long as they all sprout I probably won't complain.)

I also ordered two rose bushes, or at least one is a bush, and both are supposed to be big. I admit this may have been a mistake on my part, but I've always wanted a proper rose bush because they are so pretty. Still I haven't tried roses before now because they take a LOT of tlc, and most of the dirt around here is red clay. So I probably should have just accepted that my two mini (very mini) roses are the only ones I'd ever have. Anyway, the roots looked moist and healthy - the "carefree" was smaller, and one of the branches had broke in transit, but it still looks okay. So, if I can fight the red clay by adding good or at least better dirt to the spot hopefully both of these bushes will do well.

This was a rather large order for me, I usually do not make such a large purchase with a mail order company that I haven't used before. Generally, a first time purchase is somewhere between thirty/fifty dollars. I spent quite a bit more than that with Jung, and thankfully I do not regret it because Jung has come through for me.

Finally, I wish to thank another feedbacker, because without their feedback and Jungs response to said feedback I would have ran into an issue with getting the website to accept my address, but thanks to that exchange I knew exactly what to do to make the webite accept my address.

On July 9th, 2009, ConGar added the following:

I'm not changing my rating, though I thought about lowering it to "neutral," because the hostas I was so happy about finding all failed. They started well, but after danger of frost I moved them outside and all three of them died. The one I've dubbed "Big Blue" is doing well, though still small. However, I am a bit miffed about losing the other three hostas, first (and most important) they were not cheap, plus I really wanted them.

However, I decided in the end not to lower my rating because all the other stuff I ordered has done well to fairly well. So, I didn't think it would be fair to lower the rating because of one weird failure.

Anyway, wanted to note that the "glads" were indeed mixed as I'd hoped, and that both rose bushes have done well so far. Still don't know how they'll fair over the winter, but that was a worry even before I ordered them.

What is most interesting to me is the fact that I almost screwed up with the "glad" bulbs - some were more than a little molded by the time I planted them, but they're all coming up.

(The well to fairly well comes in to play because while most all the seeds germed many of them died when I tried to harden them off for placement outside. Not blaming Jung for this because I've found hardening off baby plants can sometimes be tricky.)
On December 29th, 2012, ConGar added the following:

Not changing my rating, but I wanted to update again. I can't speak to company products/service since 2009, because shortly after my last order with Jung I started having some physical problems that left me unable to garden as I wanted too.

Anyway, those two rose bushes I was worried about are still doing fine all these years later. One took off right away and I've had to re-stake it four times it just keeps growing. However, the other one was a bit slower, but that's my fault. As mentioned shortly after this I had some problems, but I planted one of the rose bushes in a tricky/weedy spot that at the time my plan was to clean up, but until this past season didn't get around to doing that. So the other bush stayed alive but just wasn't really growing. Finally this past spring I got someone to weed the space and to my shock that second one is now (after just one season) almost as big as the first one (not yet as full, but certainly as tall now). So I'm hopeful I'll be able to enjoy two beautiful rose bushes this coming season. Clearly I got good stock on my roses from Jung.

As for the glad bulbs they aren't okay, but again that is the fault of my physical problems, because one winter I just wasn't able to dig them up so most (but to my shock not all) died. But for two seasons they was perfect.

But the main reason I came back to update this was because I mentioned above that I was considering changing my rating because the failure of the hostas. What for some reason I didn't come back then to mention sooner was that shortly after making that comment I decided to see if Jung would replace the failed hostas (because I realized I was still within the replacement period) and they did. YAY! And while it's just a wee bit too early to see if they're coming back for the 2013 season the replacements have been doing fine up until now, and if they don't come back this season I'd probably have to blame the bad growing season that was last year rather than any fault of Jung.
Positive sammy_d
(1 review)
On Nov 19, 2012, sammy_d Edgar, WI wrote:

My folks have used Jungs for years and my wife and I have been customers for the last 4 or so.
We usually buy at the store in Stevens Point and do not use mail order.
Have always been satisfied with the seeds and materials purchased there. Have had better germination rates than from certain other companies.
I recommend them to everyone that I know.

Positive camalianus
(5 reviews)
On Oct 30, 2012, camalianus Sand Lake, MI wrote:

I bought some packages of a variety of seedless watermelon. Although the germination rate was excellent, only one variety proved to be seedless. They were strong plant though kept blooming until the first frost. They were also resistant to the leaf white mold.
The elderberry plants did ok. It took a while for them to grow but they came back.
Next year I will give them a second change to order the type of watermelon I know for sure is seedless and taste very good.

Positive Jnette
(13 reviews)
On Aug 23, 2012, Jnette Northeast, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on April 19, 2008, updated August 23, 2012
I have ordered seeds and dahlia tubers from Jung for several years. This year I ordered a rose and it is the nicest and healthiest, best packed rose I received, including roses I bought from 2 prominent companies who specialize in roses. It was nicely shaped, healthy green canes with many shoots, healthy roots and packed with damp moss. Very nice. Thank you Jung. Jeanette Smith

On August 23rd, 2012, Jnette added the following:

Last Spring, a few months ago, I received a Red Switchgrass from Jung. It was such a good healthy plant, with a lot of healthy roots I had high hopes for it doing well. Well, I waited all summer, and it just sat there, doing nothing. Not even a new blade of grass.

In writing to Jung about something else, I mentioned that to Rachel. She said they would replace it if I wanted, or refund my money. I told her no, it was such a good plant, it had to be something I had done. Some way I had treated it.

But, she said it was under warranty and they would replace it. This is not the first good service I have received from Jung. I try to purchase from them both seeds and plants because I know they stand behind their products. Thanks Rachel. Jeanette
Positive donnyczech
(6 reviews)
On Aug 18, 2012, donnyczech Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

I ordered the basics this year: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers. So far the Bella Rosa, Country Taste, Mariana, and Tough Boy tomatoes are doing well and I am considering planting them against next year. I will purchase seeds from Jung again. They are professional and sell a good product.

Positive Mylena1
(12 reviews)
On Aug 5, 2012, Mylena1 Cliff Island, ME wrote:

Posted on June 12, 2011, updated August 5, 2012
I have been ordering from this company for two years and I have always been lucky. Twice I ordered different seeds and they were not bad. Of course not all seeds germinated but it is normal - what would we do with all our plants if all of them germinated and grew like crazy? So I am happy with Jung's seeds and recommend to order them. I also ordered bulbs and peonies, and all of them were excellent - I enjoyed pretty tulips and hyacinths this spring, and the Jung's peony has such a big bud that it is sure to bloom this year (I ordered more peonies from van Bourgondien, they are growing, but none have flower buds). This spring I also ordered a few perennials - I was not impressed with the way they were packed - even nurseries that charge much less for their plants pack their stuff much better, - so I think that the staff of Jung must work more in this respect. Three plants didn't grow, I called and the customer service rep was very polite and eager to help - so I got three new healthy plants. I am happy with my collaboration with Jung and I will continue to order from them. THANK YOU!

On August 5th, 2012, Mylena1 added the following:

Jung is a great company and I like to order from them, still they must work more at their packing and shipping. This spring I had unpleasant experience with this company when I ordered two hydrangeas and they both were packed so badly that when I unpacked them, all the branches that could be broken were broken. They sent me replacements, one of them was OK, but the other was broken again, and I didn't want to have any more replacements. Now I don't know if I should order this hydrangea from this company again next spring or look for it elsewhere, for I am not sure that I will get a healthy unbroken plant. I like this company and their plants, but their packing looks so terribly unprofessional that ruins the general image of the company and the labor of the workers in greenhouses and fields.
But their roses are excellent. Thank you.
Positive nicegrowingyear
(1 review)
On Jul 13, 2012, nicegrowingyear Bloomington, MN wrote:

I order veggie seeds every year from Jung's and have been very pleased. We are having a hot year, and I start seeds indoors, but JACKPOT year for veggies. Good year plus good seed make for a very happy gardener.

Zucchini and summer squash plants are waist high and I picked 10 days earlier than usual. My cucumbers are to the top of the trellis. Never have I eaten cucs and bell peppers so early. The tomatoes are setting on in great quantity.

I love Jung's as they consistently serve me well. I like using a company in a neighboring state.

Right after I open my Christmas presents, I'll start looking for my Jung's catalog and will toss the other catalogs.

Positive Lili1313
(2 reviews)
On Jul 5, 2012, Lili1313 Phelps, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had much luck with finding nice peony rhizomes from Jungs. I have also purchased some shrub materials and seed also. Only one time in the past 10 years I have had an issue with a peony not growing; I contacted customer service and it was promptly replaced. Last week I ordered some new daylily plants; anxious to see how they come in the fall, will update you! A good variety and great specials.

Positive meanfarmer
(2 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2012, meanfarmer Council Bluffs, IA wrote:

I ordered for the first time from Jung because they had some unique fruit trees. I ordered several Mountian ash and Shipova Pears for my orchard. The shipment arrived with great looking specimens full of buds and excellent root balls. I have since planted them and they are growing like weeds dispite deer damage. I was very pleased with what I got and would order from them again. In fact I already have.

Positive aileen246
(19 reviews)
On Jun 24, 2012, aileen246 Priest River, ID wrote:

Posted on May 22, 2011, updated June 24, 2012
Posted on December 27, 2010, updated May 22, 2011
My Spring 2011 catalog arrived from Jungs today and I didn't waste any time looking for the flower and vegetable seeds that I needed. The web site was a pleasure to navigate and it was a seamless transaction. With dialup connection, ordering on-line can be a real pain. This one was a snap. Also I might add that I have bought and grown Jung seeds since 1957, and have always been satisfied with them. Of course I can remember when they were all cheaper, but the quality has remained the same...very good. I'm sure I will be ordering from Jungs as long as I continue to garden.

On May 22nd, 2011, aileen246 added the following:

Have finished sowing and germinating my 2011 seed order from Jungs and as usual, everything came up. Will continue to be a customer.
On June 24th, 2012, aileen246 added the following:

The weather has not been friendly to my vegetable garden this year. The winter squash pre-seeded plants froze and the bush green beans seeds needed to be reseeded. But every flower seed that was started in the house is bloooming or about to bloom. I can safely say that as long as I garden, Jungs will be my seed supplier.
Positive lisaaj
(15 reviews)
On Jun 9, 2012, lisaaj Columbus, OH wrote:

I have had mixed results with Jung at times, but this year my order was great. The begonia "flamenco" tuber is now flowering, the glads are coming up, the dahlias "Santa Claus" and "Mom's Special" are growing strongly in the garden, and the hellebore "Onyx Odyssey" is thriving in my hellebore garden. Jung sends their perennials pretty early in the spring, but they've all survived for me.

Positive DenisBronxite
(8 reviews)
On May 18, 2012, DenisBronxite Jamaica, NY wrote:

I had a minor problem, namely that Jung forgot to include three poppy rootstocks in my order Their response when I called them was courteous and helpful. I couldn't have asked for better customer suppost.

Positive Mr_Deeds
(2 reviews)
On May 18, 2012, Mr_Deeds East Syracuse, NY wrote:

Posted on May 18, 2012, updated May 18, 2012
The first seeds came after about 4 days. The shipments were staggered but since they were paying to send them separately I figured it had to be for a good reason. The plants came in good shape but the Anne Everbearing Raspberries canes were very short and showed no outward signs of life (unlike other raspberries in the same package).

On May 18th, 2012, Mr_Deeds added the following:

I'd also like to mention that I soaked the raspberry canes in water and planted them about 2 weeks ago. They seemed to be flexible enough to be alive. I'll update with their progress.
Negative Ronni92
(14 reviews)
On May 8, 2012, Ronni92 East Stroudsburg, PA wrote:

My order came on a Monday after being in transit over the weekend. The way the plants were packaged was inadequate to keep them from being thrown around and disloged from their pots, and when I opened the packages in which they were placed, potting medium and plants were smashed together. What a total disappointment this was, this mess that I paid good money for.
When I called customer service, I had to carefully describe what had happened. Saying that my order was a "mess" wasn't an adequate description. Because of the poor state of my order, I was frustrated with his questions and felt my integrity was also being questioned, and he heard the frustration in my voice. This guy actually told me not to get "huffy" if I wanted help with my problem. I gritted my teeth and gave him the descriptions of the dead plants that he required.
Jung needs to teach their operators that customer service reps are there to help customers, not to exercise their rudeness. In the end, I ended up getting replacements or credit, which is what I wanted, but it was a rotten experience all around.
Jung shipped the order before I could plant outdoors [the plants are annuals] and I have the rest of my order under plant lights. When I asked why they don't ship at the beginning of the week so the plants don't sit around on the weekend, the rep laughed and said they would never get everything shipped on time. There was no answer for the too early delivery.
Please consider carefully before you purchase plants from a company. I previously bought seeds from Jung, and didn't think that buying plants would be problematic.
This is the first and my last time dealing with Jung.

Negative kmcmurtr
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2012, kmcmurtr Papillion, NE wrote:

Terrible Customer Service

I received my order yesterday. The plants look fine as far as I can tell, but the service was terrible.

I ordered early in the spring to ensure that I could get what I wanted. I was never informed about when the order would be shipped. I did look, and their website did not provide the information. I'm sure I could have called, but should I have needed to? This is their core business, they presumably have these dates, or estimates of them determined well in advance.

They shipped my order on a Thursday. They were very impressed with the 4 day shipping speed when I was on the phone with them. I was disappointed that I received my order on a Monday. I, like most people, work during the week. Since I ordered months ago, they could have planned when they sent it so it would arrive shortly before the weekend when I'm likely to be available to plant them. They assured me that they have no way of knowing how long shipping will take. They clearly made no effort.

They shipped the order without planting instructions.

They put a note in specifying that it was a partial order, but since there was no packing list, I had to look up the original order to figure out what was in the box.

The woman I spoke to on the phone about these things was not only unhelpful and unapologetic, but incredulous that I would even bother her with this information.

I order many things on the internet, have ordered plants from other companies, and simply do not find this level of disinterest in serving customers. This was my first and last order with Jung Seed Co.

Positive runner73
(3 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2012, runner73 Milwaukee, WI wrote:

Got a wrong order, but took care of it right away. They let me keep the extra plants, then shipped me the right plants in less than a week. Also, the wrong order were large shrubs, so they recommended where to donate them if they were overwhelming for my yard. Even though it was the wrong order, I was happy with the outcome and promptness.

Positive jacquiegreen
(4 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2012, jacquiegreen Colton, SD wrote:

I've ordered a variety of products and always had good luck until this year. I ordered two types of coneflowers. One group arrived in great shape, beautifully packed and ready to go. The second group had no wrapping holding in the soil so the plants were broken and dried out. It looked like two different companies shipped my order even though everything was in one box! I emailed Jung's and received an immediate response apologizing and notifying me replacements would be sent. While I wasn't happy with the poor packaging on my order, I am more than impressed by Jung's quick response to rectify the problem.

Positive jpartin2
(1 review)
On Apr 19, 2012, jpartin2 Marion, IA wrote:

My mother and I placed an order with Jung this Jan. The seeds came very fast. I ordered live plants. My mother started some of the seeds (coneflowers) and they did well until the wind carried the container away (we start our seeds in milk jugs here in Iowa and WI, that way they have a green house and already harden). Rest of the seeds are annuals and have not planted yet, still a little too cold. I received some annuals as the free seeds and started them outside. We had some frost and I forgot to cover them and they made it. I received my live plants the other day. Packaged very well and all living. The coneflowers had a pot bond root system, had to cut it some. Doing well in the pots I planted them in. Will update once I have planted in the ground.

Negative minitasha
(1 review)
On Apr 17, 2012, minitasha Kingstown, MD wrote:

Wish I had read reviews first. Plants arrived very carefully packaged but were quite small for the price and seemed to be newly rooted cuttings with undeveloped root balls. I could see right away that the Cornus Canadensis bunchberry were not ready to be planted so I potted them up. Still waiting for the roots to fill out 30 days later. Five dwarf ninebark also had pitiful roots but I went ahead and planted them. In a week or so I could see they were failing so I removed and repotted them hoping to save them but they all died. (Ninebarks are hard to kill). Only after reading this website did I realize they do not offer I have requested a credit. I just hope whatever I get next will be in better shape. One good comment, the rhubarb I ordered was a good strong root stock doing splendidly so far.

Positive jbettis_mg34
(1 review)
On Apr 15, 2012, jbettis_mg34 Waverly, IL wrote:

This was my first time ordering from this company, I ordered several perennial plants. They were packaged well and all plants were very healthy. Will definitely buy from this company in the future, and will recommend them to friends and family.

Neutral TA152H
(10 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2012, TA152H Stony Point, NY wrote:

Posted on April 3, 2012, updated April 14, 2012
I have been buying from Jung for many years. They are a little behind the times in varieties, and are expensive, but if they have what you want, the quality is very good. I'm never disappointed with their trees, or seeds, and never regret buying from them. They also have a very nice catalog.

On April 14th, 2012, TA152H changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I just got a tree from Jung's, and it was really bad. The scion wood was decent, although a little beaten up, but the root stock was an atrocity. The bud union was over 16 inches from the root. I've never seen something like this before. And the root was broken in places, and not pruned, and worse than that, it had no roots on one side of it. None at all, like it was grown against a huge rock, or a wall.

This type of tree should not be sold when it's obviously been grown and budded by an incompetent. It's not like it's hard to see these types of problems, but they ship them out like that anyway.

So, this company is mixed in quality, and high in price. It's just not worth it if there's a risk in quality.
Positive Pattyw5
(12 reviews)
On Apr 12, 2012, Pattyw5 La Salle, IL wrote:

Can't comment on other product's offered by Jung, but their bare root Roses are excellent and always have been. If they have what I need there's nothing better. Best to carefully follow planting instructions for excellent results.
Pat Wallace

Positive sgardencrazy
(3 reviews)
On Apr 3, 2012, sgardencrazy Crystal Lake, IL wrote:

March 31, 2012
I placed an order in February and I do not remember if I requested a ship date or not -I usually do...around April 30 for zone 5. My plants arrived on March 31. -I potted them up and put them in a sheltered place not willing to chance planting them our this early and not knowing if they were greenhouse grown. -That aside, the bare root plants appear to be fine and the two perennials and two blueberry bushes were very nice size, good root systems and well packed. -Prices were very reasonable as well. -Will order from them again!

Positive tzonehunter
(1 review)
On Mar 26, 2012, tzonehunter Hartford, WI wrote:

We ordered a variety of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and kohlrabi, all seed, from Jung this spring. Nearly all seeds have germinated (started indoors). We received our order within 5 days of the order date. Customer service responded promptly to both of my emails requesting shipping updates (I ordered late and was in a rush to get planting). Nothing but good things so far!

Positive taufgardner
(20 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2012, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:

Posted on July 21, 2011, updated March 8, 2012
Posted on January 19, 2011, updated July 21, 2011
I have ordered from a sister company (HPS) of Jung for a few years. This year, I received catalogs from Jung and Totally Tomatoes. I decided to give each a try. Orders came promptly, accurately and well-packaged. I have no doubt I will have the same positive experience with the seeds as I have had with HPS.

On July 21st, 2011, taufgardner added the following:

I have had a great experience with Jung's seeds. Good germination and performance. I like the family of companies that are associated with Jung's, and they are now my main supplier.
On March 8th, 2012, taufgardner added the following:

A variety of pepper I ordered did okay, but the germination was a little below par and the seed count a bit stingy. A specialty variety and I got enough. Experience not enough to kill the love I have for the various companies on Stroud St. in Randolph, WI
Positive ekconrad
(1 review)
On Sep 15, 2011, ekconrad PEYTON, CO wrote:

I recently ordered four plants from Jung Seeds. I was impressed that they were shipped quickly. When I received them 3 of the 4 were in great shape the fourth was not looking so great. I planted them all. After two weeks the 3 plants were thriving but the fourth did not make it. I contacted customer service and they quickly sent out a replacement. I just received the replacement and it is lush and full plant! I am very excited to see all of my plants bloom next year! I have ordered form Jung on and off for about 15 years. Many of the plants and plants that I have started from seed I have in my garden came from Jung.

Positive coolnigh
(3 reviews)
On Sep 7, 2011, coolnigh Gilmanton, NH wrote:

Posted on September 1, 2011, updated September 7, 2011
Posted on August 31, 2011, updated September 1, 2011
Hi everyone. I just ordered from Jung Seed for the first time and thought I'd chronicle the process here (which I did previously for Fast Growing Trees).

On Aug. 29 I placed an online order for their Perennial Border collection - 21 plants of 16 varieties. I'm a little concerned that their plants are said to be in 2.5" pots (even Burpee does 4") so I anticipate they will be very small. I am hoping that each and every one is alive when they arrive and that I will be able to plant them successfully.

It's only been 2 days since the order and no word on when they will ship. I hope they send me some sort of communication within the week.

On September 1st, 2011, coolnigh added the following:

I kind of panicked last night and sent an email (using their website's online form) to cancel this order. I received a prompt reply today saying it had already shipped. Then another email arrived with the FedEx tracking code.

So at least I can say that their shipping is timely!
On September 7th, 2011, coolnigh changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

After 7 days in shipping, all plants arrived today. Considering the amount of time they spent without fresh air, water, and sunlight, they are just fine. of the 21 plants, only 2 had fallen out of their pots. i've removed dead leaves, watered generously and i'm giving them 24 hours to acclimate. I'll update again if they don't do well after planting, but i have nothing bad to say about this order or Jung in general.
Positive Gramma25
(2 reviews)
On Aug 24, 2011, Gramma25 wrote:

I see so many negative remarks about a lot of companies. I think when people are satisfied with a company they do not take the time to let others know. This is our experience with Jung. We ordered two dwarf apple trees this spring. They came in a box which was an indication that this company was above the rest. We followed they instructions for planting and now have two healthy young apple trees with leaves. We are hoping to buy two more fruits this next Spring.

Negative furballfarm
(3 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2011, furballfarm Tilden, NE wrote:

Ordered 18 hardy garden phlox plants 8-2-11, on 8-4 sent email asking for shipping date and carrier. Two days later I received an email that the plants would leave their warehouse next week and forward from there. "forward" from where? "leave the warehouse" to where? And of course no answer to how they were to be shipped. My account was charged 8-4, so I was hopeful. Today 8-10, I called - FORGET CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! She could tell me that the order went to the warehouse....maybe would ship in 2 days. Once again couldn't tell me if it was coming USPS, UPS or any other way. I told the customer service person that if they ship in two days that they will be sitting all weekend long. Her explanation was that it was hot last week and they couldn't ship. I told her to cancel the order and she advised me to just refuse it when it arrives. I would love to refuse the order but I don't plan on sitting home for a week incase they ship it. How can I refuse the order when they can't even tell me how it will arrive or when.
BUYER BEWARE ~~I should have listen to the negative reviews.

Positive paradacrades
(4 reviews)
On Aug 9, 2011, paradacrades Hilliard, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Jung is a great company to do business with. I have been ordering from them for years, and have never had a problem. Great customer service as well.

Positive Buddy44
(24 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2011, Buddy44 Eagle Rock, VA wrote:

Ordered rhubarb and asparagus late in the season. Planted them right away. All are doing nicely.

(4 reviews)
On Jun 26, 2011, SPORTSMAN1 Mapleton, ND wrote:

I have been ordering plants and seeds from Jungs for many years.Everything has always arrived.

This past spring I ordered my usual seeds along with 25 Ft.Laramie and 25 Annapolis strawberries.Also ordered 9 Polana raspberries.They didn't send the Annapolis strawberries.Contacted them and they were promptly sent to me.

5 strawberries and 2 raspberries did not grow.E-mailed them and since the shipping season was over,they said they would credit me.A week later the credit slip arrived in the mail to be used next spring.

As usual,I recieved excellent service.Will continue to order from Jungs.

Neutral 3wer4c
(2 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2011, 3wer4c Leetonia, OH wrote:

for three years in a row i have ordered jungs seed. the first year less than half of the seeds germinated. this year about a third of the seeds germinated. however,the second year,they germinated very well. i dont think i will be ordering from them again.

Negative ronnoc2709
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2011, ronnoc2709 Charleston, IL wrote:

Don't do it. Just order from a company that will offer a refund if the plants don't make it. Jung will only issue a credit and if they've stopped shipping for the season, you have to wait until the next year to use it. (which was the case for me on 6/7/11) I ordered nearly $200 worth of plants and two items didn't make it. One, a lilac tree appeared to arrive dead but I trusted that is was only dormant, planted and watered it, but it never budded out. Clearly, my instincts were right. It was dead. A geranium purple pillow also arrived in poor shape but I thought I might be able to coax it out of it. It failed too. I never expect 100% survival, so I could live with the hassle of losing a spring growing season, but they wouldn't ship new plants and won't (per policy) provide a refund. I'm stuck waiting till next year and hoping they offer the same plants. I'd read negative feedback about Jung, but thought I'd take my chances. Wish I'd gone with another company, many of whom I've ordered from in the past, and always been able to get new plants or a refund. Don't do Jung. The other five geraniums don't look great either and I'm wondering if they'll survive the summer. Oh, and BTW, the "policy" is not one that is prominently displaced at the website when you're ordering. In fact, I've yet to find it but they promise it's there.

On Jun 8, 2011, Jung Seed responded with:

"On Jun 9, 2011 12:20 PM, Jung Seed responded with:

We are sorry that a couple of our items failed to grow this season and we could not replace at this time. Bareroot trees
and shrubs only stay dormant a certain amount of time, even in cold storage, so we have to discontinue shipping in early June. The 98 degree temperatures in Wisconsin recently were also a deciding factor. We know customers do not like to lose a growing season so we certainly would have sent replacement plants if it had been possible.

Our guarantee is on the home page of our website on the right hand side. It does state that we give a replacement or credit letter if an item fails to grow. The credit letter that you will be receiving for the failed items can either be used for free replacements when available or you can use the dollar amount towards any future order. Our new fall catalog will be online in the next couple of weeks or we have a wide selection of seeds and sideline items we are still shipping from the spring catalog.

If you have any further problems with your order, just let us know by October 1st and we will be happy to help you.


Mary, Customer Service Manager
Jung Seed Company
[email protected]"

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