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Neutral jameserrb
(2 reviews)
On Sep 12, 2011, jameserrb wrote:

I bought from this company a few years ago. Their catalog was easy to read and find things in, their prices were good. and delviery was prompt, that's all anyone could really expect. My only complaint was i wrote a short note inquiring about a certian speices, the owner wrote back very disturbed by my question. I'm not sure, but it sounded like he was disturbed because he felt I questioned his integrity via his products. I never wrote back explaining it was nothing personal, rather I told myself in the future if I've any questions to use google rather than ask him. His reply really did disturb me just because he was so angry, and i hadn't a clue my question would cause that kind of reaction. I'd do business with them again, but don't ever ask any questions.

Positive midnite99
(1 review)
On Sep 10, 2011, midnite99 Edwardsburg, MI wrote:

I've been a long time costumer with J.L Hudson. They always have the most interesting plant seeds . I've never been dissatisfied. They always come through A++++++++.

Positive cichlasoma
(1 review)
On Jul 30, 2011, cichlasoma Woodruff, SC wrote:

I have dealt with JL Hudson for years. They have a great product and service. I would recommend them to anyone.

Positive BreadnButterFly
(1 review)
On Jul 22, 2011, BreadnButterFly New Chicago, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

First time customer, so before I ordered I stopped here to read the reviews - all of which impressed me a great deal. Happy to report that my experience was also extremely positive. Very large, diverse & unusual inventory available & the service was great! Simple ordering process, safe on-line payment option (Paypal) & quick response time. I received a timely acknowledgment of my order & the order, placed on Tuesday, arrived on Thursday. Seeds well-packaged & clearly marked.

Well, that's all for now - off to peruse the catalog....which is loaded with possibilities & information!

Positive botanikk
(14 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2011, botanikk sassari,
Italy (Zone 9b) wrote:

Posted on February 16, 2009, updated June 30, 2011
I have been ordering from this company for many years...perhaps since I was 12 years old, back when it was called World Wide Seeds or something like that. It is an excellent company...quick service both in the US and abroad, and (with few exceptions) great germination rates, fresh seed, great informative catalog...highly recommended.

On June 30th, 2011, botanikk added the following:

As always, highly recommended. Recently received a refund because I paid too much indeed it seemed. They say on their website they will, and they do. One of (and very few) top favorite sources for seed.
Positive sacampbe
(1 review)
On Jun 22, 2011, sacampbe Ithaca, NY wrote:

I love J.L. Hudson - great collection of rare, wild species. I use them for both home enjoyment, but also as a source of material for research (I am a plant biologist). Fast, inexpensive shipping, and a seeds are usually high quality (good germination rates on most items). I would highly reccommend them.

Positive Matera_the_Mad
(1 review)
On May 10, 2011, Matera_the_Mad Sturgeon Bay, WI wrote:

I've been getting seeds from J.L. Hudson for nevermind-how-many years. In a way I miss getting the paper catalog. It was once my favorite annual reading, full of fascinating details about plants I'd never heard of that weren't in any other catalog. Nowhere else could I get some of the uncultivated natural species. Now that my eyes have gone to crap from glaucoma, reading on paper is no pleasure -- but the online catalog is here to make my day.

Positive peavine5
(2 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2011, peavine5 Shingle Springs, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Have been ordering for several years now. Every year I receive excellent, fast, professional service. Many unusual seeds are available and they all germinate successfully at the stated rate. Thanks for the wonderful catelog with germination recommendations, and also for selling GA-3 in the form a "home gardener's kit" to improve germination - the instructions are clear and easy to use and I always have successful results.

Positive J_and_J
(1 review)
On Apr 25, 2011, J_and_J Tacoma, WA wrote:

Have searched unproductively for this plant for years. Pleased to finally find seeds at Hudson. Ordered late Thursday, 4/21/11 arrived Monday, 4/25/11. Hudson thoughtfully emailed to apologize for delayed order acknowledgement due to computer problems at their end. Nice customer service touch. Wish seeds all sucess in germination - not my strong suit!

Positive RDL2
(1 review)
On Apr 5, 2011, RDL2 Des Plaines, IL wrote:

Great service. Ordered on a Thursday, shipped Friday and arrived Monday. Will shop here again.

Positive Fiona5
(6 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2011, Fiona5 San Jose, CA wrote:

I was warned there might be a delay, and it did take longer than expected, just over 2 weeks. Seeds have germinated, I'm happy.

Positive gorganzola
(1 review)
On Mar 12, 2011, gorganzola Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have ordered several times from this company, and, indeed, they are the first place I go if I need something. Not only has the seed has been great every time, but the shipping has been very fast. On first glance, one might suspect that the method of payment is a bit awkward, but whoever does the billing/shipping seems to be VERY on top of things. Generally, I receive my order a 5-7 days after I order. For across the country, this is awesome, and, in fact, better than I have gotten from other places much closer to me. Very swift service, very good product, which means a definite recommendation from me.

Positive oak_tree_01
(2 reviews)
On Feb 27, 2011, oak_tree_01 upstate NY, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on November 27, 2010, updated February 27, 2011
Very, very pleased with this company. Their catalog offers a vast array of hard-to-find and unusual seeds, and their shipping/handling costs are extremely reasonable ($1.50 for up to 20 seed packets). They have an out-of-stock page on their website that they update often, so you can check to see before you place an order. The catalog listings tell you how many seeds per packet, and what percentage of seeds usually germinate. They offer the usual easy germinators as well as some plant seeds that are more difficult to wake up out of dormancy, and are up-front about the more difficult germinators, mentioning in the catalog if the seed is one that is a bit tricky. The seed packets (and catalog) aren't detailed with lots of information about growing the plants, like you might be used to from buying seed packets at Home Depot, but this is a seed bank, and they seem to assume that you either know what you are doing, or are willing to take responsibility to educate yourself if you don't know something about the plants you'd like to grow. I've ordered from them 4 or 5 times now, and have been very satisfied with their professionalism and the seeds I've received.

On February 27th, 2011, oak_tree_01 added the following:

Yet another excellent batch of seeds from them! I love their ecclectic collection. The seed varieties they offer varies somewhat from year to year, and the website lists new arrivals not in the print catalog. Highly recommended.
Positive m005k
(1 review)
On Feb 22, 2011, m005k Gorham, ME wrote:

This company is excellent. Low prices and vast selection. Quick shipping also. I have made many small orders over the years and always been satisfied.

Positive OlympicWino
(1 review)
On Feb 18, 2011, OlympicWino Shelton, WA wrote:

I have been ordering from JL Hudson for ten years and they are simply EXCELLENT! They have educated me about sinister things going on with the federal government and the FDA and the USDA since before it was fashionable! We gardeners should all be thankful for their existence...seeds are available here that are nowhere else. They have awesome books and pamphlets, check them out too...and they are awesome about posting customer comments in the catalog and the website. I can't say enough positive things about these people. My number one place to order seeds!

Positive susanj21
(1 review)
On Feb 5, 2011, susanj21 Flower Mound, TX wrote:

Not the first time I have found unique and interesting seeds at J L Hudson Seedsman. This time, I was looking for heirloom vegetable seeds. I learned so much just reading the descriptions and information on their site, and found just what I wanted.

Positive tonistreasures
(1 review)
On Feb 5, 2011, tonistreasures Coshocton, OH wrote:

I haven't yet received my order and wrote to inquire about what may have happened to it. Having immediately shipped the order after it was received, JLHudson, Seedsman, took his time to explain the reasons there could be a delay in my receiving it, especially at this snowy, icy, time of year, and was very polite about it, even offering to replace the order if it didn't arrive soon, although I had not purchased insurance. I recommend this super company, and one that I will order from again.

Positive chiku
(1 review)
On Feb 4, 2011, chiku Oakland, CA wrote:

Tried to order seeds and had problems with Paypal. Company followed up with me and was very patient till Paypal was able to process my payment, one and a half weeks later. I received an email from JL Hudson when the payment had gone through to let me know they were mailing my seeds on 2/1. Got the packet on 2/2. Very impressed with the customer service and quick delivery. Will follow up on product once I've had a chance to see how the seeds perform.

Positive Tabacum
(16 reviews)
On Jan 16, 2011, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on February 3, 2009, updated January 16, 2011
2/2/09....Another good order from this company...
Seeds always germinate well.....good prices for the
amount of seeds sent....the Reserved List is full of
unique and endangered seeds....Hope to try one of these
this year....

On January 16th, 2011, cannabinatea added the following:

1/16/2011........Ordered seeds again, from J.L. Hudson, Seedman.....seeds arrived quickly and well packaged....
This year is the 100th year for seed distribution for this genetically engineered seeds are available here, which is a blessing! Vegetable seeds offered here are open pollinated with many heirloom varieties....lots of information on hard to germinate seeds
along with the availability of Gibberellic Acid Kits. Good source for seeds from plants in other countries.
Positive Windy
(23 reviews)
On Dec 31, 2010, Windy Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

Posted on March 27, 2005, updated December 31, 2010
I can't remember where I heard about this company, but I have ordered from it for a few years now. Whenever I want something cool and new to my garden I go there and am never disappointed.
I find unique things that other sites charge much more for and they give you a generous helping of seeds. I like the postage rate also. It lets me buy more seeds for less postage also.

On January 12th, 2007, Windy added the following:

This year 2007 I had another order placed and one of the seed packets was the wrong type. I sent an email explaining the problem and a packet was sent out the next day with the correct seeds.
As luck would have it, the packet was lost in the Christmas mail volume. I again wrote an email asking if the seeds were sent and was told they were. They said they would send out another packet the next day. I received the packet today. YEAH!
Good customer service communication. I have ordered from them many times and never had a problem. I am sorry about the seeds but glad to find they also follow through when the post office doesn't. They also let me keep the packet of seeds that were the wrong type. Can't beat that.

On December 31st, 2010, Windy added the following:

Ordering again from this company since I moved to another zone. Unfortunately I moved from 7a to 6a. Shorter growing season.
I ordered from them and was wondering about the order taking a while and if I had done the Paypal thing right. I didn't have to contact them about the delay. I received an email from them unsolicited. Something rare in the mail order business for sure.
They explained the delay and now I am reassured about the order and have peace of mind I did it right.
Can't wait to get back to my flower seed planting this season coming up. Since I am getting older I find seed planting much easier than having to dig holes for planting established plants.
If you haven't tried this company, I recommend it. They offer some of the rarer seeds and the germination instructions to help those less experienced.
Positive Bird_Brain
(1 review)
On Dec 23, 2010, Bird_Brain Beverly Hills, CA wrote:

Ordered from them again this year. As always they have unusually low cost, obscure varieties, and good customer service. Speaking of customer service I thought I was strange ordering on Saturday night slightly drunk, then I got a response Sunday afternoon. Do they take days off? Ever? You are taking Christmas off right?

On Dec 23, 2010, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:

"On Dec 25, 2010 5:38 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:

Thanks for the positive review! It is Christmas day, and yes, we do work on Christmas. Our traditional Christmas is sticking stamps on catalogs, preparing the big annual mailing which goes out the first mailing day after. This time of year is very busy, getting the catalog ready, dealing with all the seeds coming in from collectors all over the world, and getting the new website ready to upload. And don't forget inventory! If Christmas came in July, we could take the day off... But all this preparation should be done by New Year's, so with luck we will head for the city and dance till dawn... But the turkey is in the oven, and we will be quitting early today to enjoy our feast. So merry Christmas to everybody!"

Positive Lynn1223
(4 reviews)
On Nov 21, 2010, Lynn1223 Rio Linda, CA wrote:

Easy ordering, fast shipping, good overall first experience. Appreciate the hard-to-find seeds. Will most likely order again!

Positive pickyeater
(5 reviews)
On Nov 8, 2010, pickyeater Chicago, IL wrote:

I just harvested my quinoa patch. The plants are really pretty and the leaves made a great soup. Nearly 100% germination of seeds, and I don't know who else even offers this seed. Great prices and fast shipping, too.

Positive Rockygateruss
(1 review)
On Aug 1, 2010, Rockygateruss Glasgow, VA wrote:

Back in the 1980s and 1990s I was able to garden and was a customer of J.L.Hudson, Seedsman. For many years I was unable to garden. Now that the situation is better and I can plant a garden, I remembered J.L. Hudson, Seedsman. I found their website and was very impressed by it. In fact, their prices were not much higher than those of the '80s and '90s. Their selection was greater too and the amount of information was fantastic. I placed an order (all Salvias, my featured plant) and was pleasantly surprised by the attention given to this one order. I also included a GA-3 Kit to help with any seeds that have presented problems in the past. Now I hope to survive another year (his business is just 10 years older than I.) to see the final results of this association.

Positive Kalpavriksha
(2 reviews)
On Jul 31, 2010, Kalpavriksha Sarasota, FL wrote:

I'm extremely pleased with this company. I've ordered from them for years.
They offer rare seeds from across the world which are not available elsewhere.
This is the company which offered the seeds of Marula I ordered and started back in 1979. The tree was donated to The Fruit and Spice Park and is a proud feature there.
The printed catalogue is a wonder to read over and over. While some seeds offered may not do well in your particular climate (some Australian plants such as Banksia won't grow in Florida but would like California) even those are a learning experience.
I love their 'invasive plant philosophy'; I want positive proof of a plant actually causing 'enviornmental damage' before it's labeled as such. The words "may cause" so often used is not scientific.

Neutral Hypatia10
(2 reviews)
On Jul 5, 2010, Hypatia10 Santa Monica, CA wrote:

I put "neutral" because I haven't ordered yet, so I hope this doesn't distort their ratings.

Reason for this feedback is that I am VERY enthusiastic about this company's commitment to evolution, as opposed to fanatic religious dogma.

Second, I note that they at the end of the Web site, they offer homage to Hugh Thompson, hero of My Lai. This was a terrible incident in the Vietnam War. Most people today would not remember the unbelievable slaughter of civilians that day -- old, young, women, children -- by American soldiers under the command of Lt. William Calley. Thompson was the hero who landed his chopper, stepped between the soldiers and what was left of the civilians, and threatened to shoot if they did not stop the killing at once. It took years for the atrocity to be revealed to the public. Lt. Calley was tried and received a slap on the wrist, whereas Hugh Thompson was reviled and threatened.

Get the story: //

Positive Silver_Cat
(1 review)
On Jun 24, 2010, Silver_Cat Ridgeland, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

Posted on January 12, 2010, updated June 24, 2010

On June 24th, 2010, Silver_Cat added the following:

Second time ordering online. Good common-sense liberals and passionate about their mission. :) Told them why I needed more Coix bead seeds, and they wrote a note on the order form-- happy that someone was using these for beads.

Bonus: The stamp on the seed supplement was Mark Rothko's "Orange and Yellow". It's very cool to find your favorite painting in the mailbox.
Positive slugimpaler
(1 review)
On Jun 19, 2010, slugimpaler Seattle, WA wrote:

I've been ordering from JL Hudson for years. Ordering by mail always took about 7-10 days from the day I mailed the order to receiving the seeds. Now with ordering online and paying with Paypal I usually receive the order in 2-4 days. I've had better luck with JL's seed germination than any other seed company. I particularly like the nick and soak seeds: ipomea, poinceana, etc. as they are a sure thing germination-wise. Yesterday I got some corms and have ordered tubers in the past: amorphoplallus, arisaema, arum, etc. The prices are very reasonable. They're great to do business with!

Positive cactusgal
(1 review)
On May 22, 2010, cactusgal Rock Creek, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

I've been buying seeds from J. L. Hudson for about 35 years and have never been disappointed other than when something I really wanted was out of stock by the time I ordered, not their fault of course. In the early years I used to pay by personal cheque (from Canada). One year the cheque didn't clear so I communicated with them about it. They said that banks in the U.S. were now charging a huge processing fee so they didn't cash my cheque and that I should just accept the seeds as a gift (about $30 worth, if I recall) and pay a different way next time. How many companies would do that?


Positive Kuon
(1 review)
On May 21, 2010, Kuon Carlton, OR wrote:

I have ordered from this company for years. I have never experienced anything but the best service and the most "honest" seeds. (They tell you if germination is low or difficult, etc.) I have a nursery and order seeds from all over the US and certain other countries. None has been as true to what they advertise as Hudson Seeds. And no one else provides seeds at such a good price, AND without putting a ridiculous shipping surcharge on them! Number ONE in my book!

Positive VirginiaGardens
(1 review)
On May 20, 2010, VirginiaGardens Warrenton, VA wrote:

Posted on April 6, 2010, updated May 20, 2010
First time buying vegetable seeds from J.L. Hudson. Excellent customer service. Emails were answered the same day, catalog mailed within 24 hours of requesting one. Seed order was processed/mailed the same day I ordered and received 2 days later on the East Coast. Simple ordering process; sent payment via Paypal and email to J.L. Hudson with seed order. Seeds arrived well packaged. Starting to germinate seeds and plant now, so too early to comment on germination rates, etc, but have confidence that the seeds are quality and based on the ordering experience, 100% faith that J.L. Hudson will stand behind their product.

On May 20th, 2010, VirginiaGardens added the following:

Excellent results with seeds already planted. Ordered more seeds as I acquired additional garden space. Fast response to orders, seeds mailed quickly and were again well packaged. My only source for seeds.
Positive loriann1850
(2 reviews)
On May 19, 2010, loriann1850 Cadillac, MI wrote:

I have ordered from JL Hudson for at least 20 years now.I have always been thrilled with their seeds.They strive to perform with integrity and I believe that they do it well.I grow almost all of the plants in my garden and have had great results with their seeds.I have not been disapointed or sorry to have ordered from them-Thank you JL Hudson for wonderful service,seeds and an information packed catalogue that sets you apart in the seed world!

Positive JLecru
(2 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2010, JLecru Industry, PA wrote:

This is my 3rd year using J.L. Hudson as a seed resource, and I can't imagine planning for a planting season without them.

The catalog can seem a little intimidating, at first, but it's packed with such great and useful botanical information, particularly the germination rates for each species.

I've never had a single problem with an order, and the combination of variety availability and price always make them a first stop.

Positive elmergarden
(1 review)
On Apr 9, 2010, elmergarden Lake Oswego, OR wrote:

excellent service -- I definitely will shop their site again

Positive catnapt
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2010, catnapt Manchester, NH wrote:

I've been ordering seeds and books from this company for years & will continue to do so, even though I am only able to grow plants indoors now. The printed catalog has so much information and is a complete joy to read. I look forward to the new one every year.
Now that they have a website, I'm finding new things to read and enjoy! :D

J L Hudson's seeds are the best I've ever gotten from any source, online or elsewhere. Descriptions are accurate and informative, the prices are fantastic and quantities of seeds very generous. And you won't find a larger variety of seeds nor such unusual ones anywhere else.

Ordering is easy and items are shipped out super fast. The customer service is amazing! They treat each order with the same care and attention to detail, no matter how small it might be (my last order was for ONE packet of seeds for a friend!)

Once when I placed an order, I even got a funny note back, which totally cracked me up & really made me feel special. You see, my emails go out with an automatically attached signature that lists the names and types of my pets. It also describes my pets (my "fabulous felines", for example)
When the order came, I puzzled at first over this handwritten note on the receipt that listed the names/descriptions of *their* animals, until I remembered that I had ordered by email (I used to order by snail mail)
I was so surprised and tickled that I had to call a friend to tell them about it. :D

Seriously, where else can you get that kind of friendly, personalized service?!?

I honestly can't say enough good things about this company.

& I don't know where they find the time to do all that they do!!

Positive MrShowalter
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2010, MrShowalter Baltimore, MD wrote:

Easy ordering, paid by PayPal, and they shipped quickly without any mistakes. I'll let you know how the seeds do under my poor and inexperienced hands.

Positive msjuris
(1 review)
On Mar 31, 2010, msjuris Pine Grove, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have been ordering seeds, for the family garden, from JL Hudson for three years now. He carries some of our favorite varieties and always has something new to entice us. We've had excellent results as far as germination goes and the harvests are plentiful.

My family and I cannot say enough good things about our experiences with this vendor.


Positive PinetopPlanter
(24 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2010, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered approximately 10 packets of seed from them and paid by PayPal. The packets arrived in less than a week. Impressive, given this very busy time of year for the seed business. The packets are no-frills, but contain a good amount of seed for a home gardener. It's also great to find old, and not-so-old, varieties that other catalogues have dropped to make room for the latest craze. I'm very happy with their service.

Positive SallyJane2
(1 review)
On Mar 27, 2010, SallyJane2 Hanover, NH wrote:

I appreciated their clear listings of available seeds and an example of how to fill out an online order form. The confirmation of shipment arrived promptly and I'm looking forward to a colorful spring and summer hillside.

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