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|On Mar 25, 2013, eurbati MAIDSVILLE, WV wrote:
Very happy w/JLHudson.Highly Recommend.My hard to find seeds came packaged correctly and on time.
|On Mar 17, 2013, Old_Gardener Calabasas, CA wrote:
Posted on July 7, 2012, updated March 17, 2013
On February 21st, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I have already received my order and everything is here - clearly labeled and well packaged (the catalog that I had requested was included, too). Thank you, JL Hudson, for the great (and invaluable) service that you provide!
On February 29th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
A quick update... I am really impressed with the quality of their seed. The robinia trees are already up and growing (and only 6 days after sowing)!! I will definitely be placing another order soon.
On March 6th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed an additional order on Friday, 3/2. Today, Tuesday the 6th, JL Hudson notified me that they have already shipped. Thank you, JL Hudson, for another quick and easy transaction!
On March 9th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received my package on Thursday, 3/9. Everything was there and well packed. I highly recommend JL Hudson!
On March 9th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
'Sorry - the above comment should have read Thursday, 3/8.
On April 30th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed another order on Saturday, the 28th, for 12 packs of seed. In regard to complaints about the ordering process - ordering really is straight forward and JL Hudson provides clear directions. If this old woman can do it, anyone can! And for those that prefer a website shopping cart, please remember that this is a seedbank - there are many megalithic corporations that will provide you with a cart, but you won't get the vast selection nor, most likely, the great service that the folks at JL Hudson provide. Thank you, JL Hudson, for the invaluable public service that you provide. Without you, I would not have been able to locate half the seed that I have purchased through you (and at a bargain of a price)!
On May 5th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received my seeds yesterday - everything was there and well packed. Germination rates for the previous orders are nearly 100% across the board and this includes many varieties of trees and shrubs. I could not be more pleased!
On July 7th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed yet another order on 7/2 (various Hibiscus and an ounce of Poncerus) and I received it on 7/5. JL Hudson is always the first place I check when looking for seed because they have a great selection of fresh seed, excellent germination rates, friendly customer service, good packaging, quick shipping and pricing that cannot be beat. I am a customer for life!
On March 17th, 2013, Old_Gardener added the following:
I placed my 2013 spring order on 3/12/13 (23 packets) and received it within 4 days (extremely fast - no interminable waits here - and everything looks great)! Due to JL Hudson's excellent germination rates and informative seed descriptions, I now have hundreds of tree and shrub seedlings from last year's efforts (some 2.5 feet tall or better). In addition, I have been introduced to plants that I had no idea existed, even though I have been gardening for 50 years or so. Thank you, JL Hudson, for the education!
JL Hudson continues to be my primary seed vendor due to their excellent (and fascinating) selection, exceptional germination rates, fast shipping, and friendly, professional customer service.
|On Jan 31, 2013, michelemarie Stanwood, WA wrote:
I have been buying seeds from J.L. Hudson for twenty years. In that time, they have offered many seeds which you could not find anywhere else. They offered some seeds of varieties that were never carried elsewhere because they might have specific, more difficult germination requirements. Kudos to JLH for being willing to put them out there.
|On Jan 15, 2013, henryn Augusta, GA wrote:
Great service! I order from them every year and they are very conscientious to deal with. Interesting catalogs and a curious array of seeds not found in every big-box store. One of my favorite gardening companies!
|On Jan 6, 2013, redjeep hillsboro, OR wrote:
I was excited to find this company, and ordered 6 varieties of tomatoes in 2012. Of those 6 varieties, 3 had poor germination, not terrible, but 20%. Of the 7 companies I ordered from, and the 60 varieties I grew, only Cherrygal had an equally abysmal germination. I germinated Sow Organic tomato seeds from 2006 in the same tray.
On Jan 6, 2013, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
"On Jan 9, 2013 10:25 AM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:
We are trying to track down your order for tomato seeds that you referenced in your rating of us, but we can find no one in your town who ordered 6 packets of tomato seed in 2012. The only person we can find in your town only ordered 3 packets of tomato seed. Please let us know your name and address, so that we can track down your order. We need this so that we can check the specific varieties you ordered, so that if there is a problem with any of them, we can prevent others from being disappointed. By federal law, vegetable seed must be tested for germination on a regular basis, and all of the tomato seeds we distribute have been tested, and are above the federal standard of 75%. Thanks!"
|On Dec 11, 2012, RichoCech Williams, OR wrote:
Posted on March 22, 2007, updated December 11, 2012
On December 11th, 2012, RichoCech added the following:
still getting seeds from JLH and the service and quality are even better than before, if that is possible
|On Nov 30, 2012, DrBud Klamath Falls, OR wrote:
Posted on November 28, 2012, updated November 30, 2012
On November 28th, 2012, DrBud changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
On November 28th, 2012, DrBud added the following:
I have to say the service is good and at least you can be sure their GA3 is real and they have a good selection of seeds. I don't find it inconvenient to pay with paypal is easy and you don't have to worry about getting ripped off so thanks JL. Hudson Seedsman
On November 30th, 2012, DrBud added the following:
I stated the shipping was too much this is incorrect that was my own fault they quickly refunded me. Hudson's Shipping is very reasonable and fast plus you get free instructions included, had to add this because davesgarden staff will not erase my original feedback above please pay no attention to my first feedback please if you are considering purchasing from them
|On Nov 9, 2012, gobbleman Sweetwater, TN wrote:
I always love doing business with this company.
|On Oct 19, 2012, mighty_ernie Inglewood-Finn Hill, WA wrote:
I ordered some Scotch Bonnet seeds (my first online seed buying experience, period). The seeds arrived within a week. It's been 9 days now, most of the seeds germinated and are one inch tall now.
|On Sep 19, 2012, crabmeat Kyle, TX wrote:
Posted on April 30, 2012, updated September 19, 2012
On September 19th, 2012, crabmeat added the following:
After several years and more purchases made from J. L. Hudson, I still am very happy with their product and their customer service. I've never had a problem with them and have found seeds on their site that I haven't found anywhere else. May they continue their good work!
|On Aug 23, 2012, AndyBonsai other,
very good seeds!
|On Jul 20, 2012, MAINE_CAL Pittsfield, ME wrote:
Posted on February 21, 2012, updated July 20, 2012
On July 20th, 2012, MAINE_CAL added the following:
There were supposed to be 15 seeds. Instead of 15 seeds, there were well over 50 seeds! I started the seeds. 39 sprouted, 38 made it through the transplanting. They will overwinter submerged in their little pots in my veggie garden 'til next year. I was very pleased. Now, to find enough places to plant them next year!
|On Jun 27, 2012, jbavaria644 Dalton, GA wrote:
It really has been a great experience to do business with J.L.Hudson. I wish every company would handle their businesses like they do. Decent shipping rates and outstanding communication. I will order again.
|On Jun 26, 2012, tzei_yang Denton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I found this seller through the Garden Watchdog. J.L. Hudson carries a wide variety of seeds, gives generous amounts of seeds per packet, and asks for minimal shipping fees, so I gave them my business. I received prompt service: e-mailed and paid Wednesday morning, sent seeds Friday, and got them the mailbox by the following Monday.
|On Jun 23, 2012, blumenlieber vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on July 12, 2011, updated June 23, 2012
On June 23rd, 2012, blumenlieber added the following:
Excellent germination on all seeds. I'll be back for more. Thank you so much JLH!
|On May 30, 2012, arbolero Salisbury, NC wrote:
I have always had great experiences when ordering from J.L.Hudson. The order process is easy, particularly since I can order and pay the same afternoon using my Paypal account. Hudson seems to get some of the best varieties, and even some of the really rare stuff. And unlike too many online seed providers, Hudson's seeds are always fresh and viable. I could not ask for a better experience than J. L. Hudson seed orders. It is the number one seed source online.
|On May 26, 2012, jajohnson2 Seattle, WA wrote:
I have been a happy customer of JL Hudson for 20+ years. The one time I had a question about how a plant was performing, he sent me a handwritten letter with helpful suggestions, followed by a free packet of seeds. One time my check bounced on an order because I had had to close the account suddenly (due to theft). They were very polite and sympathetic in working with me to get it straightened out.
|On May 23, 2012, sandgarden Millsboro, DE wrote:
I like the variety of unusual seeds and the quality is outstanding. Germination rate is very good. I especially like their selection of flower seeds.
|On May 10, 2012, lauriebr Sandpoint, ID wrote:
I have been buying from this company for many years, and am always very happy with them. They have unusual seeds that you can't find anywhere else, they ship quickly, their shipping is very reasonable, and they are a small business that communicates with their customers. On the rare occasions that there is an error in an order they immediately make it good. I highly recommend them.
|On May 9, 2012, serge1966 Ellicott City, MD wrote:
I purchased Ramsons seeds from a GB seller this spring and was unable to have them germinated. Some reviews say that this plant is difficult to cultivate from seeds. Found the seeds in the J.L. Hudson list and decided to give it a try. The seeds have very high germination rate. Really happy. Also found some plants in their catalog I considered rare.
|On May 1, 2012, sanchen Mount Gilead, OH wrote:
I have used this seed source for many years. I thoroughly enjoy reading the catalogs with a cup of tea. I always find interesting new plants to grow. I appreciate the very reasonable pricing and quick response to my orders. This is a really fun place to shop. Try it - you'll like it!
|On Apr 30, 2012, spadyx Milwaukee, WI wrote:
This company is really a gem! But if you're expecting it like your ordinary seed company, you may be disappointed (see Neutral reviews). However, their selection of some unusual plants and ease of shipping make it more than worthwhile. Sorry for the lady who had to use more than one step to order. Poor baby!
|On Apr 30, 2012, chespen Neudorf, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
I have been ordering from this company for a number of years and am very impressed with their service, their prices and their very informative catalog-I use it as a reference for lots of things from correct pronunciation to hardiness information. They are not hard to order from: fill out order form, buy money order and mail. As well, the germination rate of the seeds is very high. If there was a star rating, I would give them 10 out of 10.If you are looking for flashy pictures and flowery descriptions, this is not the company for you but it is if you are looking for excellent service and seeds.
|On Apr 9, 2012, Augmister Cranston, RI wrote:
We are installing an apiary in the next few weeks and have done lots of "home work" on what bees thrive on. Some of what I was looking for could be found on other sites but I wanted to see if there was one site that had it all. Somewhere in Googledom, I found a link to JL Hudson and I could not believe their website! Retro! But you never judge a book by its cover and once I began to forage through their garden of seeds, I was smitten. They had everything I was looking for (and some I was NOT looking for)! Seeds came today and just as I expected, in nice small typewritten (looks just like their site) envelops with great attention to detail. Will be starting these seeds off this weekend and will post results. Thank you, JL Hudson. Now I am going out to tell 10 friends!
|On Apr 5, 2012, kosinski (Zone 5a) wrote:
Plentiful in seed and cordiality. I look at the pictures in T&M then go shopping at JLHudson. Great prices- Support these Majestic sons'o bitches. Real nitty gritty individually owned buisness breakin' sweat. Delivery?... All the express none of the ponies-they put the horsepower in hot rod's & cold ones. Love'M
|On Mar 19, 2012, lawyer3145 vancouver, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have only been ordering from J L Hudson for a few years but I must agree with everyone else: the selection is wonderful, the service rapid, the seeds of high quality, and the prices low - so low that I hope they can stay in business. And my children love the catalogue, getting a feel for old tyme anarchism.
|On Mar 16, 2012, dwc47 Chattanooga, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
Posted on April 22, 2010, updated March 16, 2012
On March 16th, 2012, dwc47 added the following:
Last year I had some problems with germination of the Fatsia japonica offered. I sent a short note to David, not really as a complaint, but more of a fyi. I didn't expect anything, but a year later he sent me 2 packets of new seed, and I have already gotten germination in about 9 days. I have never received this level of service from any other seed company! I offer my highest recommendation for David and for Ms. Calkins.
|On Mar 5, 2012, Amoena Nashville, TN wrote:
What a terrific source for seeds! Love the no-frills catalog. Exellent service and very fast shipping, even during the busy season. I'm a customer for life.
|On Mar 3, 2012, Ladanum PEI,
I've been ordering from JL Hudson since the '80s, and they have always been consistently wonderful.
|On Feb 14, 2012, Spaceman21 S.E., MI wrote:
Just an amazing catalog both online and print.
|On Feb 13, 2012, southfarm Kirtland, OH wrote:
I have been exuberantly ordering from J L Hudson Seedsman Catalog for countless number of years and it is one of the few that I am proud to share with my neighbors. The switch to using Paypal is another example of J L Hudson Seedsman's continuing search for excellence. I like the online for ordering and the catalog for sharing.
|On Feb 8, 2012, gregr18 Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on August 11, 2011, updated February 8, 2012
On February 8th, 2012, gregr18 added the following:
Germination, even of tricky seeds, has been excellent, and just as importantly, seedlings have been healthy and putting out their true leaves. Germination times listed in their interesting (and very aesthetically pleasing) catalog have been, for me, accurate if not a little conservative, at least in the conditions in which I am sprouting them.
I really encourage anyone interested in growing from seed to try one of their GA-3 kits. The stuff couldn't be any easier to use and the results, both good (bypassing cold treatment, jump-starting slow to germinate seeds, initiating overnight germination, etc) and bad (watching over-exposed seedlings turn into little more then long spindly stems with tiny stunted cotyledons that keel over and rot) are really interesting. The good far outweighs the bad, and most of the bad results I obtained intentionally just to see what would happen.
I like this seed bank a lot, and will gladly continue to buy from them.
|On Feb 7, 2012, sfdogwood Daphne, AL wrote:
I ordered seeds from J.L. Hudson Seedsman after reading their feedback and must say, they are a great company to deal with. They mailed the seeds (Fatsia Japonica) to me without delay. I had requested a catalog, however, assumed it would arrive with my seeds. I had also ordered catalogs for my mother and sister, who live in another state. My seed packet directions referred me to the catalog for sowing, so when I did not have the catalog, I sent an e-mail inquiring about this, and received the following reply!
|On Feb 4, 2012, BobThree Sacramento, CA wrote:
Another happy experience ordering from "J.L. Hudson, Seedsman".
|On Feb 3, 2012, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:
Posted on August 31, 2004, updated February 3, 2012
On February 27th, 2005, chunx added the following:
I just received my Spring order of seeds. Once again, not a disappointment. Fast shipping, very low prices, dirt cheap shipping, and everything was in stock. I am always happy in my dealings with these people. If I can't find the particular seeds I'm looking for from this company (which carries a lot of unusual and native seeds), I can find them at Park Seed. These are my favorite 2 seed providers because of selection and customer service. Why go anywhere else?
On February 3rd, 2012, chunx added the following:
Each year I've placed my order for seeds and they've never failed me. Excellent germination, fast shipping, no errors, and excellent customer service. See, it can be done the old fashioned way. Why? Because they care.
|On Jan 28, 2012, Frank1965 Shreveport, LA wrote:
I have ordered for years and am always pleased. They have seeds that you won't see down at the big box. Be prepared to see things you never knew existed! I hope they never get a shopping cart system- stay small and focused and be unique. It also keeps the riff-raff from bugging you all the time! I will be back!
|On Jan 6, 2012, jammypie Saint Francis, MN wrote:
I found the transaction of ordering seeds to be quite satisfying. The instructions how to place a order was explained well. I even recieved an email notification when my order was shipped without even having to ask for one.
|On Jan 5, 2012, JacobJacob Beverly Hills, CA wrote:
Have ordered for several years now. They have new toys for those of us too old for colorful plastic. The orders are always correct and they barely take any money for anything they do. And besides that you might as well get corn/tomatoes/okra/etc while you're ordering from them, they don't just do exotics. They like their jobs obviously. (I will slightly echo one thing someone said below, I did once suggest NZ Spinach should be marked "cook this, it's mildly poisonous raw." The guy wasn't angry, but he did say he'd never heard of that, he eats it all the time. I think he was full of manure. (Come to think of it the stuff that burned my mouth was from another seed company, maybe JLH has a breed with lower oxalic acid.) Anyway don't eat anything raw with high oxalic acid.)
|On Oct 11, 2011, greybanks Staten Island, NY wrote:
Their catalog is a thing of wonder. "Produced without the use of computers!" As in typeset by hand. I think this shows dedication to doing things a certain way, and I greatly appreciate their philosophy and mission of preservation. Truly rare these days.