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Positive buggycrazy
(23 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2009, buggycrazy spokane valley, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Received my order very fast even though I ordered late and it is the busy season. I have been dealing with them for years and have always been a happy customer!

Positive JudyF
(10 reviews)
On Feb 9, 2009, JudyF Waukegan, IL wrote:

I have been ordering from JL Hudson, Seedsman for years now. They are reasonably priced, and service is excellent. They offer a wide variety of hard to find seeds, gibberellic acid supplies and kits, and several interesting and important books. I highly recommend this company.

Positive zenpotter
(3 reviews)
On Nov 24, 2008, zenpotter Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from J.L.Hudson for several years now and have been pleased with every order I have gotten from them.

When I call them with a question they are always friendly and helpful. I have done winter sowing with most of the seeds I have gotten and get a high germination rate. If you try them I think you will be pleased.

From ordering from six different places I now order from two and J.L. Hudson is one of the two.

Positive markrs
(10 reviews)
On Nov 24, 2008, markrs San Carlos, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I just received my first order a couple weeks ago and I'm very pleased. The prices are great and the seed quantities are very reasonable. The mindset at J.L. Hudson is clearly very different than at your typical company--they test the seeds for viability and report some of the results in their catalog. They give estimates as to germination times, which I gather are conservative. Of the 5 types of seeds I bought, I planted 4. Two of these germinated somewhat faster than expected. The other two germinated much more quickly. I can't exactly complain, but of course it is wise to watch for early germination of seeds such as that.

There are certain seeds whose germination is slow, erratic and/or whose viability is easily lost--it's just not worth the hassle to wait weeks or months for germination if you are starting with bad seed. J.L. Hudson seems like an ideal company to go to for situations like that. So next order I'll have to try some Passiflora. Unfortunately they don't seem to sell Nepenthes...

Positive Spookycharles
(29 reviews)
On Nov 21, 2008, Spookycharles Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just received an order from J.L. Hudson Seedsman and most certainly plan on placing more orders in the very near future. They have an incredible selection, great prices on hard to find varieties and very fast shipping. Everything arrived well labeled and with more germination information and larger quantities of seeds than I expected. Fantastic seeds company.

Positive cleanspring
(1 review)
On Oct 25, 2008, cleanspring Denison, TX wrote:

I'm a very big fan of J.L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN. Everytime I buy from them it's a delightful experience. I know I can buy from them forever because I can barely read and study 4 pages before I find my quota of seeds for the time being, and there are a great many pages of seeds to order from !

It's Christmas by instalments.

Thank you from M. Vaughan

Positive Menk
(9 reviews)
On Aug 9, 2008, Menk Darling Downs,
Australia wrote:

One of the best companies I have ever had the pleasure to purchase seed from.

Positive Kubileya
(2 reviews)
On Jun 29, 2008, Kubileya Laurel, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've been a customer of J.L. Hudson for several years and I can't say enough good things about them. Customer service emails are answered promptly and courteously. Shipments have always arrived within days. The catalog is amazing-- full of great info on plant culture and history as well as medicinal and edible uses.

I've never had a problem ordering from them online. It is different than using a cart system like most commercial sites have, but the instructions for placing an order are very clear and simple.

I support J.L. Hudson's mission and philosophy and I love the quality of the service and seeds I have recieved. I'll be ordering from them for years to come.

Positive IslandJim
(4 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2008, IslandJim Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very helpful; very economical.

Positive therica
(4 reviews)
On May 16, 2008, therica Falling Waters, WV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've ordered from JL Hudson a few times. Their online catalog is difficult to discern or read at times, as I've discussed with them in the past. But they're seed-people and not html-programmers, so I understand.

They've always shipped promptly and sent viable seeds.

Last year, early summer 2007, I needed some creeping thyme. I went through about 2 weeks of go-rounds in emails with them, and they were fantastic and very patient. We finally sorted out what plant-seeds I actually wanted, and what they still had in stock. They had only one packet left. So-- their whole gross-income for all of that was $4.50 plus the cost of a postage stamp to send it to me. Try to find that kind of dedication and customer-service anywhere else, these days!

Positive Ammu
(7 reviews)
On May 2, 2008, Ammu Dubuque, IA wrote:

Simply Amazing!. I ordered seeds via postal mail last week & i received the seeds this afternoon.
They have a wide variety of seeds from the very ordinary to the most unusual.
Very good prices too!.

Positive Dauphin
(3 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2008, Dauphin Loganville, GA wrote:

J.L. Hudson is a veritable treasure trove of rare and unusual seeds. I have used them before, am using them this spring, and likely will use them for years to come. The order interface is a bit unusual, but if you can't take the time to write up an email, chances are you do not have the patience or time to be a decent gardener either ;).

My personal favorite is the "long standing" cilantro. For those of you who have been frustrated trying to grow your own for garden fresh salsas, (and then watch the plant bolt to seed before you could harvest) this variety is a life saver. I have not seen it offered anywhere else.

In a nutshell: Top notch selection, fast and reasonable shipping, great results with fresh, viable seeds. Highly recommended!

Positive grimelda
(1 review)
On Apr 22, 2008, grimelda Stockholm,
Sweden wrote:

I placed an order with them a little over a week ago and it arrived today. You might not think that is remarkable, but they had to travel all the way from California to Sweden!

I haven't planted the seeds yet so I can't testify as to their quality, but everything I ordered is present, including the catalogue. Not only that, but the postage on the order is about twice what I actually paid (and that doesn't include the cost of the packaging). On the whole, I can't recommend this company highly enough: their list is extensive and includes many varieties I have not seen elsewhere, the seeds are charmingly packed, the catalogue is great reading, the service fast and the communication excellent.

Positive LYNWOODSTUDIO
(1 review)
On Apr 15, 2008, LYNWOODSTUDIO Daphne, AL wrote:

I have been ordering seeds from JL HUDSON for about 8 years. Wonderful people and excellent service! The best thing I can say is that the germination rate of the seeds is outstanding even for the difficult ones!! I am a novice gardener and have always had outstanding luck.

The people below that left negatives really need to get a new life. If you can't read the instructions or fill out forms properly, please go to the garden center at Home Depot, they have people there in red vests that can read you all the instructions.

When I order from JL HUDSON, I list alternatives for items that could be sold out or items that will not be appropriate for my area and have NEVER been disappointed with any order I have ever received. I have several show dogs that run in my back yard and so on every order I note if any of the selections I choose could be poisonous to the dogs to please advise. Wow.. and they do the extra research each and every time without charge or argument and let me know.

How can one get better service??? I gladly pay for the seeds and always add a couple dollars to have them make additional additions of wonderful new items they like in particular. They are a wealth of knowledge!

So to the people looking for hard to findů if everů seeds, want great germination, information and excellent service, I can tell you that the people at JL HUDSON is where you want to shop.

My average purchases are about $50.00 per year and I receive free of charge 1 catalogue in the winter and a couple supplements during the year. The catalogue by the way is OUTSTANDING!!!

LYNWOOD STUDIO

Positive luannewolf
(3 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2008, luannewolf Fayetteville, AR wrote:

I give JL Hudson a gold star for customer service. I ordered some vegetable and flower seeds, planted most of them in flats on my heat mats, and then realized that one flower packet was missing. I don't really know if I lost it or if it was not in the order in the first place. So, I emailed JL Hudson and told them I couldn't find my Valerian seed, and even though they were correct that it was listed on the packing list, they immediately sent me another packet of seed. That's what I call customer service!

Positive trioadastra
(4 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2008, trioadastra Woodbury, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very good selection, very reasonable prices. Fast and inexpensive shipping. The ordering process was a bit more difficult than cart shopping; I printed the instructions and referenced them to make sure I didn't screw anything up. No, The seeds do not come with germination instructions, but if you need help germinating seeds, you probably shouldn't be ordering unusual seeds from a seed bank anyway. I'll definately come back for more seeds from JL Hudson.

Positive Helios
(6 reviews)
On Mar 12, 2008, Helios Louisville, KY wrote:

I received my order extremely quickly... faster than some other online retailers. J.L Hudson has seeds that are quite hard to find (they are the only place I could find Sweet Woodruff seeds), and the quantities and prices are good.

Positive faerygardener
(12 reviews)
On Feb 12, 2008, faerygardener Murphys, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

JL Hudson has a fantastic selection of seeds at VERY reasonable prices with the lowest shipping I've seen. I placed a good size order on the internet on Thursday evening and received it the following Monday. I simply read and followed their instructions for ordering and found working with them a breeze. Highly recommend this company.

Positive Atropanthe
(1 review)
On Jan 30, 2008, Atropanthe Memphis, TN (Zone 8a) wrote:

"Preservation Through Dissemination" I have been a 100% satisfied customer of JL Hudson since the early 90's. A truly outstanding selection of rare and obscure species, good germination rates and promotion of GA-3 experimentation combined with accurate, prompt and courteous service. I look forward to many more years of being a loyal customer.

Positive jnbgregg
(2 reviews)
On Jan 6, 2008, jnbgregg Baltimore, MD wrote:

Just received this year's order. All items ordered were delivered. Thank you. Have been dealing with JL Hudson since the early 90s and will continue to do so. Selection runs from the commonplace to the unique and unusual. Seed germination has always been high. Live plant material has always arrived in good condition.
I've written with questions over the years, and have always received a courteous, prompt reply.
For anyone interested in biodiversity and what is happening politically in the United States and abroad, the books Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, and Invasion Biology: Critique of a Pseudoscience, available through JLH are worth reading.

Positive ryanlath
(2 reviews)
On Dec 6, 2007, ryanlath San Francisco, CA wrote:

Seeds arrived promptly. Lots of seeds per packet, cheap prices. High germination rate. Everything I bought sprouted in the first week! How exciting!

Positive LariAnn
(7 reviews)
On Nov 26, 2007, LariAnn Miami, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I'm very pleased in doing business with J. L. Hudson, Seedsman. I ordered 4 packets of Eucalyptus seeds on 11/5/2007; the order was filled promptly and I received them about a week after I ordered them. On planting, most of them had germinated after only one week! Very good viability and fine service. I just placed another, larger, order for more Eucalyptus seeds on 11/26/07.


On November 30th, 2007, LariAnn added the following:

Update: My second order arrived today, 11/30/07, much faster than the first one! I'm very excited now to grow all the new Eucalyptus seeds I just received. Another great experience with J. L. Hudson, Seedsman. Thanks Much!
Positive majuscule
(2 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2007, majuscule Bloomfield, CT wrote:

I like this company! Though they are more of a seed bank, with lots of interesting hard to find items, than your usual commercial catalog. The black and white catalog is filled with small print but many many many varieties of seeds to to choose from. These folks must spend their time tending to business rather than looking for cute garden ornaments and garden equipment to sell.

If you're into the scientific side of gardening, don't miss their GA-3 (gibberelic acid) kits for difficult to sprout seeds. It had been my dream from high school to use this and now I have a source.

I have never had a problem with them, but once when I sent a note along with my order (about a success with a difficult seed) I got back a short hand written note!

Good folks at J. L. Hudson!

Positive jenf
(5 reviews)
On Oct 24, 2007, jenf Qualicum, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Been looking at the web site for a few years now. Thought I would give it a try, although I tend to avoid cross border shopping. The prices and shipping to Canada were very reasonable, communication was great. And the seeds arrived quickly and as ordered. Thanks, I'll be back for more.

Positive suellaf
(1 review)
On Oct 18, 2007, suellaf Tahlequah, OK wrote:

First time to visit Dave's Garden and had to make a quick comment about my experience with, JL HUDSON... I have been ordering from you for over 17 years. We first moved to our "homestead" 18 years ago. I have had only positive results and customer service from your company has been wonderful. We still "farm" on a small scale, and I still order my seeds from your company. You have always been fair, courteous and helpful. But the best are your seeds the quality is great and I appreciate the credits when a seed is not available... I have always had excellent results from you. Keep up the good work and Philosophy...

Positive katiebear
(7 reviews)
On Oct 6, 2007, katiebear mulege,
Mexico wrote:

First, I love their catalog. It is informative, opinionated and entertaining.

Second, their service has been excellent. In one instance my seeds were returned to them from the address I gave them (entirely my fault) and they remailed them to me in Mexico AT THEIR EXPENSE.

Third, I like their philosophy and the way they put it into practice. This is a good company to support.

Positive soilserf
(9 reviews)
On Aug 26, 2007, soilserf douglasville, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchase seeds from J.L. Hudson from time to time and
find their products and customer service to outstanding. Their shipping charges are in line with
other companies, and their products are received in good
order.

Positive cocoa_lulu
(1 review)
On Aug 25, 2007, cocoa_lulu Grand Saline, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I placed my first order this week with J.L.Hudson Seedman. I even managed to make a mistake in not adding my mailing address to my order (it was given through paypal which makes it harder for them to fill the order). I'm sorry for the mistake. That being said, no one with J.L.Hudson treated me like a second rate citizen or berated me for my mistake. I received my order quickly and I'm very pleased, will order again.

Positive odinthor
(1 review)
On Jul 25, 2007, odinthor Los Alamitos, CA wrote:

I have purchased seed from J.L. Hudson, Seedsman, for decades (since the 1970s, I believe). I wish all seed companies--indeed, all vendors--were as dependable and straightforward as this one. The amount of seed supplied is generous; the seed is of high quality; and you find here many a thing which you will not find elsewhere. It can't be easy to make a profit with, on the one hand, seeds of obscure plants which are not in high demand, and, on the other, the likely quick-selling-out of such sorts as *are* in high demand; this company is to be congratulated for persevering in its business. If seed of the same particular variety were being offered by, say, Burpee, Park, Thompson & Morgan, Johnny's Seeds, and J.L. Hudson, I would without hesitation choose to buy the seed packet from Hudson rather than the others. The customer owes it to himself and to the company to read, understand, and act in accordance with the stated terms of business; if this is done, it's smooth sailing all the way with J.L. Hudson, Seedsman!


On Jul 25, 2007, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman responded with:

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On Jul 26, 2007 6:41 PM, J.L. Hudson, Seedsman added:

Hey, thanks!

After the last two ratings, its nice to hear from someone who appreciates us!

We really do try hard to do a good job, and hope we succeed. We like to please our customers, and its really nice to know when we do."


Positive thistledownfarm
(3 reviews)
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!!!
Linda
Thistledown Farm
A very satisfied customer.

Positive kattrox
(20 reviews)
On May 22, 2007, kattrox Floyds Knobs, 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!

Positive glendalekid
(17 reviews)
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.

I received the seeds in today's mail, May 21st!! I would definitely order again from them and recommend them to others.

Karen

Positive mrhank
(1 review)
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.

I'm so thoroughly delighted with this company that I need to buy more land, so I can get more seeds.

HIGHEST RECOMENDATION.

Positive ara133
(3 reviews)
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!
Positive mhughes1
(1 review)
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!

Positive njcolburn
(1 review)
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+!

Positive jawharpqueen
(2 reviews)
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:

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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.

So why do we still use an antique like this? No electricity! Never crashes! When we moved out here to our remote, off-the-grid location back in 1982, we ran the seedbank entirely without electricity for years - we even used kerosine lamps until we got some solar panels and 12 volt lights. Now we have a small bank of panels and have regular 115v AC, but the old Addressograph still works fine, and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I even have one of the mechanical platemakers, which stamps the metal plates - it was built in about 1909, and when I got it, it had been sitting in a barn for decades, was covered with hay dust, but I just dusted it with compressed air, shot some WD40 on it, and it worked fine. They don't build things like that anymore. Judging from how fast computers become obsolete, I expect that old antique will still be working long after every computer now in existence has gone to the scrap-heap. Sometimes, like with wine, heirloom vegetables, and antique machines, older is better!"


Positive valliebeth17
(2 reviews)
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!

Positive urbanhick
(5 reviews)
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.

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