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|On Jul 5, 2007, Lamb_Abbey Union, ME wrote:
I had such high hopes with these folks. They've got a really interesting selection of seeds and I very much like their philosophy. My recent experience with them however was deplorable. I ordered 2 ounces of Amaranth seeds from them, paid for the order via Paypal (an option they strongly urge people to use), and provided to them within my Paypal transaction the specifics of the seed request in lucid detail, including the item ordered, qty, cost, shipping address, etc. I shortly thereafter received a quick e-mail that my order had shipped. All good stuff. Weeks later I learned that they never bothered to read the confirmation e-mail that Paypal had provided to them with all of my order information and that my order was simply shipped to a name, city and state (no street address) that was part of a signature file in a subsequent e-mail I'd sent to them after processing my Paypal payment. Most people who use Paypal, not to mention vendors who urge their customers to use it, know that a Paypal transaction is set up to relay all of the information that they may need to process your order. JL Hudson never bothered to read the Paypal e-mail sent to them with my payment. They apparently saw an incomplete address in a follow up e-mail I'd sent to them and figured "oh, what the hell. . . let's mail it to this black hole. . . .it'll get there eventually."
On Jul 5, 2007, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
On Jul 10, 2007 7:25 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:
Sigh. This guy is so completely wrong.
|On Jun 2, 2007, thistledownfarm North Lakewood, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I LOVE J.L. Hudson Seeds!!! I have placed some large orders because they offer many things not found anywhere else. I've had very good success with the majority of their seeds. I find the catalog a great reference tool also. I'm already researching and compiling my next order. Keep up the great work!!!
|On May 22, 2007, kattrox Tell City, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have been a customer for a few years now and have had much success with seeds from JL Hudson. They have a lot of unique and diverse seeds that cannot be found elsewhere with complete growing instructions. The catalog is priceless that I find myself referring to it again and again. Orders are received quickly and seed quantities are quite generous Thanks!
|On May 21, 2007, glendalekid Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:
On May 18, 2007, I ordered two packages of watermelon seeds. On the same day, I received an email that my order had been received. Later the same day, I received another email that my order had been sent.
|On Apr 6, 2007, mrhank San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
What's not to like about this company? Outstanding in EVERY WAY. Selection. Support. Speed of shipment. Knowledge. Follow up. Price.
|On Apr 3, 2007, ara133 State College, PA wrote:
I ordered seeds March 27 and have them already! I paid by paypal, which went very smoothly, and I'm really excited to plant my new seeds! Also, the packaging was well done - included a new catalog, updates and nice packing slip with my original request on it (which is nice, because now I don't have to check my sent emails to find out which ones I ordered!). Thanks JLH!
On April 3rd, 2007, ara133 added the following:
Edited - I forgot to add that I was going to check my emails to see if what I received matched what I ordered, as I always like to verify. The packing slip was helpful, and I received everything I ordered!
|On Mar 25, 2007, mhughes1 Auburn, ME wrote:
I have been ordering seeds from J.L. Hudson for many years and I have had the most positive experience with this company. The catalogue provides a wealth of information about a wide variety of plants, and the book selection is equally interesting. Service is outstanding--shipments arrive promptly, the orders are accurately filled, and, in the rare cases of out-of-supply, replacement choices are thoughtful & interesting. What a wonderful company!
|On Feb 27, 2007, njcolburn Richland, WA wrote:
EXCELLENT Transaction. Seeds arrived promptly and I am very excited to begin planting. I will definitely order from the Seedsman again. AA+!
|On Feb 25, 2007, jawharpqueen San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
J. L. Hudson's seed catalog is so fantastic -- educational, fun, fascinating, and packed with information and thoughtful quotations. No photos, but then again you can find photos on this site or elsewhere on the internet. I have ordered twice from them so far and was quite happy with everything. The most recent time (Feb. 2007) I placed an order I got the seeds extremely quickly. Their seeds have germinated well, and their packets are hand-typed! They have seeds for such interesting plants, some very rare ones as well as the usual suspects. Such an amazing variety, too. I am going to buy all my seeds from them if I can from now on. I love their outlook as well.
On Feb 25, 2007, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
On Feb 27, 2007 5:51 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:
Thanks for your kind comments! But I must correct one thing - we don't hand-type our seed packets - they are printed with an antique machine called an "Addressograph". It uses a stamped metal plate and an inked ribbon, so it does look just like typing, but we can pound out the packets at more than one per second! (For you youngsters out there, ask an old-timer what a "typewriter" is. They were amazing word-processors that needed no electricity, and never crashed!) Addressographs were the technology of choice for mailing lists up through the 1970s, and have only faded away during the last thirty years or so. They could even do complex sorting and selection of addresses through an interesting "mechanical computer" involving pins and tabs.
|On Feb 23, 2007, valliebeth17 Crown Point, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:
I have been ordering seeds from them for three years now, and this has become my absolute favorite seed supplier. Only once there was an item out of stock, late in the season, and I was given full credit for it. I also love the catalog for it's wonderful information, I have learned a lot from simply reading it!
|On Feb 7, 2007, urbanhick Beverly Hills, CA wrote:
The very model of a good seed company: extensive selection, one of the most informative catalogues in the business, low prices, incredibly cheap and fast shipping (orders to Canada have often arrived within 8 days of ordering). Seed is always clean, and germination rates are as listed in the catalogue. Extremely prompt customer service. I have ordered from this company for 5 years, small to large orders, and the seeds have frequently arrived before I have even recieved order acknowledgements from other companies. Vote with you cash, and support companies like this.
|On Feb 3, 2007, ricebeagle Sunbury, OH wrote:
Last year I ordered over a dozen packets of seeds, including flowers and vegetables. No ordering or delivery problems, I received everything promptly. Germination was fantastic. Prices are incomparable.
|On Jan 31, 2007, cannaqueen Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
It pays to order their catalog. One can learn much by reading about all the different kinds of plants one can explore.
On January 15th, 2008, cannaqueen added the following:
1/14/08: Just received an order from this company that was
well packaged and on time....packets had adequate directions on them....this is a great place to try the unique and varied species of plants......
|On Jan 29, 2007, balvenie Marysville, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I placed my first order with this company, two packets of Gunnera manicata, and received them promptly. A catalog, order form and return envelope was included with my seeds. This is a place I'll surely visit for seeds now.
|On Jan 24, 2007, Stevea07 Florence, AL wrote:
I placed an order and got immediate confirmation of my order via e-mail. The next day they notified me my order had shipped. I live on the opposite side of the country from them and received my seeds in five days. Later, I e-mailed them about some other seeds I was interested in and got a prompt informative reply. I would use them again and recommend them to anyone.
|On Jan 20, 2007, Audrey Hadley, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I've ordered from the J. L. Hudson company for years, and love the wide selection and very reasonable prices. Their charge for shipping is the lowest I've seen, which allows me to get even more seeds!
|On Nov 24, 2006, corbas Lexington, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Around 20 years experience ordering from Hudson. Seeds, books, gibberellic acid kit; all arrived as ordered without problem. The one time (years ago) we had zero germination we wrote for advice, and received a reply with detailed instructions as well as a free packet of the seed. We always look forward to the arrival of the new catalog. Hudson is a first-rate business.
|On Nov 22, 2006, raven2run Fort Bragg, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is my absolute favorite seed business!!
|On Oct 15, 2006, gowron Athens, GA wrote:
I ordered several packages of different eucalyptus seeds late last spring. The seeds (very reasonably priced, especially compared to similar seeds from Windmill Outback Nursery) arrived very quickly. Germination rate has been near 100%. I will order from them again often.
On February 25th, 2007, gowron added the following:
My second order from J.L. Hudson arrived in about a week, and germination rate has again been almost 100%, not just Eucalyptus this time, but also Jacaranda, Plumbago, Agapanthus, Washingtonia. You cant' go wrong with them!!
|On Jul 28, 2006, jmbseedsman Austin, TX wrote:
great business. a little on the cautious side though. seed selection tops any company i've come across. makes you wonder how they do it. thank you for your services j.l. hudson.
|On Jul 3, 2006, GardenHandsFeet Winter Park, FL wrote:
GREAT seeds! This company has my husband's favorite seed catalogue. We have about 45+ varieties of hard to find specialty plants (that we grew from J. L.Hudson seeds in our specimen gardens.) My husband used to have a seed company in Colorado and his exchanges of information, seeds and important growing techniques with J.L. Hudson was enriching for all. Now, I am a customer for life, too!
|On Jun 5, 2006, msbernard Prineville, OR wrote:
Their ordering process was easy and paying via PayPal was easy too. I ordered seeds that are available no where else this year and even this late in the season they had inventory to fill my entire order. Their web site has an 'out of stock' section where customers can check availability. They keep their site current. My seeds were shipped quickly and all germinated well. I will be a repeat customer. J.L. Hudson deserves my 5 Gold Stars
|On May 29, 2006, aliceherbert Gilroy, CA wrote:
they don't have the seeds listed they said they did.
On May 29, 2006, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
On Feb 20, 2007 8:08 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:
??????? I have no idea what this is about - I've checked our email files going back three years, and our client database back to 1989, and this person has never ordered seed from us or ever emailed us. I can find no record at all that this person has ever contacted us in any way. We post a list of out-of-stock items on the website, and every out-of-stock item is also marked "Out of Stock" right next to the price. Only 2% is currently out of stock. I have no idea what this person's complaint is about - perhaps they have confused us with someone else? Or perhaps they were directed to our website by someone with an out-of-date catalog, or a search engine that was out of date. Or maybe she ordered under another name? If she would contact us, maybe we could find out what she wasn't happy about, and fix the problem - we try to do a good job!"
|On May 28, 2006, arthurgoodwin Denver, CO wrote:
Ordered a number of seed packets from this company this spring, as have done for several previous years. Everything I ordered has now come up. I consider this the best seed company in existence, bar none. Their catalog may only be black and white, but it always lists many, many rare, hard-to-find seeds, and it is packed with information (tips on germination techniques, actual quantities of seeds you can expect, how hard they are to germinate, etc.) that many of the other companies never list. This the first company I look at every time I need seeds.
|On May 28, 2006, jessmerritt (Zone 7b) wrote:
I just love their selection! I highly recommend them to everyone I can. Shipping is always prompt and germination rate is excellent.
|On May 15, 2006, zville123 Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I placed an order for seeds via email & Paypal. It was a pretty easy procedure (complete directions on the website). My seeds arrived in 2 days (CA to OH)! Very impressed with the catalog, service and speedy delivery. They have seed varieties you'll find nowhere else. Will definitely order from them again and recommend them highly!
|On Apr 25, 2006, sunbright Mantua, OH wrote:
I sent in a seed order early in 2006. The seed packets arrived safely and what I expected. Lots of good information
|On Apr 5, 2006, gdionelli Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
My experience with J.L. Hudson has been extremely positive . His seeds came very quickly, and so far I've had extremely good germination. The prices are great, and it's nice to be able to get the quantities of seeds he ships. The catalog is wonderful, and I actually tried some things I might not have thought about otherwise because of his descriptions. Please disregard the one negative feedback posted below. I think the person who posted it owes J.L. Hudson an apology.
|On Apr 5, 2006, PlantsnobIN Paoli, IN wrote:
Have purchased seed numerous times from JL Hudson. Always fast shipping, great selection of seeds, terrific germination, no minimum order and the cheapest shipping you would ever find. Really irked me this morning when I saw a negative posted for them. If the guy had such 'bad' service the first order, why did he order again? Where else could you even order only 1 packet of seed? I am very grateful that businesses like this still exist, they are becoming very rare.
On February 23rd, 2007, PlantsnobIN added the following:
My last order was perfect as usual. They are the best.
|On Apr 4, 2006, Philly Philadelphia, PA wrote:
Great selection of hard to find seeds. Quick Shipping, Thanks
On April 16th, 2006, Philly added the following:
Just wanted to note I have had an excellent germination rate on difficult seeds! Awesome, Thanks
|On Mar 16, 2006, RichardHeimler Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:
Sometime last fall (during the off season) I placed an order for a few seed packets. After about 3 weeks when nothing arrived I sent an e-mail and got no response. After 4 weeks I sent another e-mail, received a reply with with no apology and received the packets 2 days later. 30 days total waiting time with no explanation.
On Mar 16, 2006, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
On Mar 16, 2006 6:16 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:
I'm sorry Mr. Heimler is not satisfied. The situation is not exactly as he has claimed. We take pride in our service, and take all complaints seriously. Sometimes we do make mistakes, but always rectify them. I hope everyone who is concerned by his rating will take the time to review the following correspondence which shows what actually happened.
|On Feb 24, 2006, wvtreehugger Charleston, WV wrote:
best prices, widest selection, you cannot beat the shipping price.
|On Jan 31, 2006, bluespiral (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have had all the positive experiences with J.L. Hudson as mentioned above. Just wanted to add that since my preference is for substitution rather than refund when they're out of something I ordered, I can't imagine any other business being more generous - certainly have never experienced anything like this with any other seed or plant company.
|On Jan 26, 2006, ryquail Escondido, CA wrote:
Great selecton. Great seeds. Great company. I will order from them again.
|On Jan 13, 2006, crazy_gardener Wainwright, AB (Zone 2b) wrote:
This seed company was highly recommended to me 2 years ago from a gardening friend, I am so grateful that I took her advice because since then I have put in several orders. I just can’t resist the selection that they have in stock!
|On Jan 11, 2006, daveman Johnson City, TN wrote:
J.L. Hudson has a great selection of many not so easy to find seeds. I have ordered a bunch of seeds from here and have been very happy with the amount of seeds I recieved in each packet and the high germination they gave. Great catalogue too!
|On Jan 4, 2006, sacredplants Wickliffe, OH wrote:
This is a great company. I have always been pleased with their service and prices and I always get a timely response from them if I have a question or problem. And you can't beat $1 for shipping!!
|On Dec 20, 2005, lkz5ia Denison, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered from them for the first time in 2005. They had many unusual seeds that I bought and they germinated with great percentage.
|On Nov 19, 2005, ngiann Aegina,
I have ordered 3 times. Order was fast delivered. When an item was out of stock , i had an immediately refund. Seeds were fresh.