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Positive Chrisk1986
(5 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2012, Chrisk1986 Omaha, NE wrote:

These guys are one of our main seed providers for our row crops, everything ships fast and is boxed with care.

Germination rates are always good, they also provide a bunch of tools on the site so you can easily figure how much you need to order out.

Positive Plor
(2 reviews)
On Jun 16, 2012, Plor Concow, CA wrote:

I have ordered from Johnny's for around 7 years. I farm 10 acres of row crops to sell at farmer's market and buy large quantities of seed. I have always received satisfactory service from them. Johnny's process and ship quickly orders quickly.

Negative PlanterJoe
(3 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2012, PlanterJoe Dearborn, MI wrote:

I searched the net to buy seeds and ended up buying from 5 different companies on the net and about 2-3 more from various stores in my local area.

I purchased the bulk of seeds from Johnnys.

Some of their seeds did not germinate at all. Which I'm really mad about. The Beneficial Insect mix, which has a variety of herbs only sprouted like 10 cilantro greens and that was it from my 1 ounce packet.

I've also had problems with many other seeds sprouting, and then dying off.

Overall, I'm more dissatisfied than satisfied, because of the mixed results I've gotten.

Also, their shipping rates are terribly expensive and their rates aren't as competitive as I'd like.

Positive noseykate
(3 reviews)
On May 2, 2012, noseykate SOUTH WEYMOUTH, MA wrote:

I have been ordering from Johnny's for about 2 decades. They have a unique selection of varieties. Now that I live in New England their short-season veggie strains are particularly valuable for me. The order turnaround is quick, the seed germinates well, the descriptions in the catalog are accurate. I expect to be ordering from them for the next 2 decades too.

Neutral Dempsey
(11 reviews)
On Apr 9, 2012, Dempsey Big Lake, MN wrote:

I did not choose to order from them this year because they are so expensive now and have so few OP seeds and instead so many hybrids. They also need to get rid of their Seminis varieties, as that matters to a lot of consumers now a days.
What I really wanted that only they have is the Monogerm beet and the primed rosemary seeds. Those are awesome!
Johnny's is not bad at all for many gardeners' needs but some of us more 'heirloomy' growers would like them to go in a different direction.

Positive oceanart
(5 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2012, oceanart Cranberry Isles, ME wrote:

The short version for people just looking for a reputable seed company.
I have ordered from the following companies for years
they all have good prices, customer service and good germination rate.
Johnny's, Kitazawa Seed, Rohrer seeds, Territorial Seed Comp, and Seed Savers Exchange.

Positive southfarm
(2 reviews)
On Feb 13, 2012, southfarm Kirtland, OH wrote:

Good descriptions of seeds, good selection of specialty equipment and books. Like their use of Youtube demonstrations.

Positive skfla500
(5 reviews)
On Feb 13, 2012, skfla500 Clearwater, FL wrote:

Excellent company (especially for a northeastern based ag/seed company). Nice selection, solid germ rate and responsive & knowledgeable customer service. AND, very good bulk pricing on quite a few of the seeds they offer.

As an fyi, I purchase mostly tomato seed but also some cucumber and pepper seeds. Johnny's offers about 100 different types of tomato cultivators. About half that for pepper seeds and about 30'ish cucumber varieties. This is nothing spectacular compared to some companies that specialize in tomato or pepper seeds but still, a nice selection.

Tomato heirlooms are very reasonable with 250 seeds typically running around $5.00 & 1000 seeds running about $10. Shipping is a little pricey considering but they do periodically run shipping specials.

Germination rates/testing results are printed on each seed packet. The rates are typically accurate and usually in the 90% range.

I found Johnny's to be reliable when I used them some years ago and they remain so today.

PS: They are big believers in grafting root stock. I find it a very interesting idea but can't conceive having the time (or the steady hands) to seriously contemplate. If anyone has tried, can you post some of their results on this page? Please??

Positive Sherilou
(23 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2012, Sherilou Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Posted on May 4, 2011, updated January 28, 2012



Johnny's Selected Seeds provides a great selection of beautiful, super-healthy, clean seeds. When planning my garden, I always make Johnny's my first stop... highly recommended!

On January 28th, 2012, Sherilou added the following:

They really do have the best, healthiest seeds and the best customer service... order with confidence from this wonderful company!
Positive jserena
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2012, jserena Woodfin, NC wrote:

I've been ordering most of my seed from Johnny's for 13 years. Top quality seeds with consistently high germination rates; excellent selection; prompt fulfillment; friendly and efficient customer service when I've ordered on the phone; and a fast, easy-to-navigate website when I've ordered online. Great company.

Positive bbetv
(15 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2012, bbetv North Glengarry , ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

I had good germination rates, packets on sale at 1$ were a great way of ''testing'' the company. The packets were a nice big size. Customer service was prompt and curteous. Shipping was a little on the high end for what I ordered, but it is international. I will reorder from Johnny's.

(20 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2012, AZPHATMAN Mesa, AZ wrote:

Over the years I have ordered many times from Johnny's. Aways with good results. They are more expensive than many other sites but have quality products and good customer service. If you want pelleted seeds I think they have the largest selection of any online company. If price is a major factor for you try Morgan County Seeds or FedCo Seeds.

Positive wildflowerhoney
(6 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2012, wildflowerhoney Naples, FL wrote:

Posted on October 15, 2010, updated January 15, 2012
Large selection of seeds and gardening products. Super speedy and reasonable shipping to Florida. Seeds sprouted nearly the moment they hit the soil. Free catalog fun and informative to thumb through; appreciate the helpful planting tips and colorful plant descriptions. Online website very easy to use. No problems. Will buy from again and again because the seeds are fresh, shipping fast, variety vast. Highly recommend Johnny's Selected Seeds.

On January 15th, 2012, wildflowerhoney added the following:

Have ordered from multiple times. FAST SHIPPING, great products, fresh seeds. Among my favorite seed sources.
Positive hatchingbunnies
(7 reviews)
On Jan 13, 2012, hatchingbunnies Gilbert, AZ wrote:

Just placed my 2nd order with Johnny's and was very impressed with shipping speed and customer service. Payment for my 2nd order cleared the bank on the 11th, package arrived on the 12th and I live in Arizona!

There was a minor issue with my first order that I notified them about-customer service was very quick to take care of the problem and did way more to make amends than what I expected.

Germination on the first order was excellent and I have many healthy seedlings in the greenhouse awaiting sale.

Would like to see more heirloom and organic seed offered in the future.

Positive gardadore
(21 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2011, gardadore Saylorsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I placed my first order with Johnny's on the night of Dec. 26, 2011. I was able to take advantage of some $1 sale items plus ordered things I have been looking for. I see some think the prices are higher than other places and that may be true in some cases but I figure it all averaged out in the end. The service is amazing as I received the package today, Dec. 29 and think that is pretty amazing. I will update this review once I sow the seeds this spring and summer and can comment on germination rates.

Positive greybanks
(4 reviews)
On Sep 22, 2011, greybanks Staten Island, NY wrote:

Recently ordered a good selection of seeds for fall planting (a few different varieties of kale, chamomile, zinnia, angelica, carrots, beets), as they had interesting varieties of all of those and their planting information on the website was very helpful. Plus, their printed catalog is a joy to browse, and the size of a small phone book. Good reference guide.

Shipping was very prompt and well-packed, but I have to second the person who said it seems a little more than it should be for smaller orders. It's done by price range so to maximize your shipping value you must order $30 of packets, which of course isn't hard to do. I think this is because they mainly do larger orders. No question if I had a huge plot I'd be ordering seeds from them by the pound.

Germination rates I've found to be on par with or exceed what they claim on their packets, so I'm quite happy with that. I definitely appreciate the Safe Seed pledge. Will order from again!

Positive shepherdlady
(1 review)
On Aug 14, 2011, shepherdlady Wellsville, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have ordered seeds for two years from Johnnys, and have been very satisfied with pricing, packaging, shipping and germination. I will definitely order from them again.

Neutral Eric_OH
(55 reviews)
On Jul 22, 2011, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

No problem with the quality/germination of seeds, which has been good, or pricing which is mid-range.

However, this company does have the highest shipping costs of any seed firm I've done business with, which will limit my orders in future years (their catalog also seems to be de-emphasizing ornamentals, a disappointment since I've found some interesting annuals there in the past).

Negative taufgardner
(20 reviews)
On Jul 21, 2011, taufgardner American Fork, UT wrote:

Posted on March 23, 2004, updated July 21, 2011
Seeds came as ordered and quickly.

On July 21st, 2011, taufgardner changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

It had been a few years since I had ordered from Johnny's and now I remember why. Last time, I ordered a unique variety of zucchini. This time I ordered a unique variety of pole bean (Fortex). In each order, I found the germination and performance to be less than my experience with other companies. When I opened the packet to plant the beans, about half were split and broken. The rest germinated at about 40%. I kept putting seeds in the appointed spots until I had germination at all but one of my poles. At any rate, I used Johnny's each time because they carried a desired variety I couldn't get anywhere else and are highly rated on Watchdog. I order from many sources and have terrific luck with my gardens, so I can confidently attribute the poor results to the supplier. Probably won't use again, unless they are the only suppliers for something I just gotta have. Then I will over-order and over-plant because I believe the seeds will perform poorly.
Positive uptownsue
(3 reviews)
On Jul 19, 2011, uptownsue Denver, CO wrote:

Using high quality seeds really does make a difference and Johnney's has them. High quality seeds, excellent germination rate, and my order arrived within 3 days! Johnny's is now a permanent part of my supplier list.

Positive axelweed
(2 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2011, axelweed Merrimack, NH wrote:

I have several packets of Johnny's seeds and I am consistently impressed with the germination rates even over years of storage in my bottom fridge drawer.

Positive bluidboy78
(3 reviews)
On May 28, 2011, bluidboy78 Conway, SC wrote:

This place has a great selection of seeds. I have never had any problems with germination with their seeds. The only problem I have had with this company was with a coupon code that was not processed right. I called after my credit card was charged and they took care of it instantly. This company is a must for anyone who grows vegetables from seed.


Positive dirtmaker
(4 reviews)
On May 19, 2011, dirtmaker Plymouth, MA wrote:

Seeds do come quickly however be sure you read the shipping info as they will send seeds as available to get them to you fast. This means you may receive packages on different days. Since I like to plant all on one day I will order to have one shipment next time. They do have many choices and lots of gardening equipment to shop from also.

Positive naturemaiden
(12 reviews)
On May 17, 2011, naturemaiden Cutchogue, NY wrote:

I've ordered with Johnny Seeds in the past as well as this year- when i got my seed order this year I was SO excited! Always great prices and shipping. By the way-ALL of my plants from these seeds are growing great! They have great tools as well! Thanks Johnny!

Positive englishvintner
(3 reviews)
On May 10, 2011, englishvintner Concord, NC wrote:

While shipping is standard, they ship it to your convenience. I have had them ship seed packets in 3 different shipments to get them to me the fastest.

They have good quality seeds, the their website is probably the easiest one to get around on compared to many other seed and nursery websites.

Their prices are higher than others, but they make up for it in the customer service, they have been fastest to respond, and refund when I have had problems.

If you have a question about Johnny's Seeds concerning an order or product, give them an email, you won't be disappointed.

Positive kdhith
(3 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2011, kdhith Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have placed a few orders with this company. I've had a lot of success with the seeds I have planted...significantly better than any store-bought seeds, in my experience.

I also find their catalog/website to be very informative and helpful, with easily accessible information about what varieties would best suit the conditions in which I planned to plant.

Positive jeanniejayne
(1 review)
On Apr 2, 2011, jeanniejayne Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I read with surprise the recent post about not receiving a timely seed order from Johhny's. I have shopped with them many times and never had a bad experience. Perhaps something is back-ordered and is holding up the works. The writer does not mention if they communicated with the company. Better to follow up with the company than to post a bad review. I ordered some Hellebores from a nearby growwer who had excellent reviews and was alarmed when the Paypal payment went thu but I had no communication and no plants. I sent several emails and called. A couple of months later I heard from the man, who had become deathy ill while travelling to speak in another country and had to have surgery. He said he was vey far behind in everything and offered to return my money, I am still waiting, but have faith that evenually something will come. Stuff happens.

Negative shell_1
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2011, shell_1 Wise, VA wrote:

i ordered my seeds on March 16th.Today is April 1st no seeds. I am very disappointed. This was my first and last ordering with Johnnys. My best regards to anyone that does order from them.

On Apr 1, 2011, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:

"On May 19, 2011 9:51 AM, Johnny's Selected Seeds responded with:

Hello shell_1,

We are very sorry you've had a disappointing experience with us and that your order was not received. I would be happy to look into this matter and make it right. Could you please send me your order number or your other contact information so that we can help? Please email in the information to [email protected]

Thank you,
Ben Sturtevant"

Positive Lady_Daffodil
(1 review)
On Mar 26, 2011, Lady_Daffodil Buffalo, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just started ordering from Johnny's last year. I've ordered mostly seeds plus some row covers.

The customer service is outstanding! I have emailed them a few times with questions about products or an order, and their response is always timely (usually same day), polite, and helpful.

My orders arrive fast, with the couple of back orders coming more quickly than expected. The seed germination rate is high, and the plants have turned out very well - and I am a novice. :)

I will continue to order from Johnny's because they are a pleasure to deal with and have a terrific selection of quality products. (While at the same time I'm hoping that all of the Monsanto seeds will be phased out.)

Positive gardener_VA
(2 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2011, gardener_VA King William, VA wrote:

I've used Johnny's for a couple of years and am very satisfied with their selection and service. I was so pleased I quadrupled my order with them this year. I find the plant descriptions in their catalog to be accurate and highly useful in making my selections but what really sets them apart is their website and how to videos. They are awesome!

Positive JuliaNY
(12 reviews)
On Mar 18, 2011, JuliaNY Dundee, NY wrote:

This will be my third year ordering from Johnny's Seed. I order vegetable and flower seeds. Excellent service and very helpful. They quickly respond to emails.

I have some herb seeds left over my last year and decided to try and see if they would germinate ( I start mine indoors). Wow, within 5 days they had sprouted already. I have several other vegetable seeds left also which when the planting time is right, I'll try those as well.

I haven't been disappointed yet by their products.
Highly recommend Johnny's.

Positive tclls40
(2 reviews)
On Mar 4, 2011, tclls40 Campbell, OH wrote:

This is the first time I have ordered Johnny's and I'm so far very pleased with their service. I ordered 20 seed packets and a roll of of row cover on Feb. 25 which was a Friday. I received everything on Thursday March 3rd. Even the seeds that were shown on the website as back-ordered came in. Getting ready to plant in flats tomorrow. I will update as time goes on.

Positive rodericrinehart
(3 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2011, rodericrinehart Hagerstown, IN wrote:

Largest selection of organic seeds as well as very detailed descriptions and instructions.

Positive barbfl47
(1 review)
On Feb 21, 2011, barbfl47 Catawba, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I received fine service and products from Johnny's. Everything was well packaged and delivered in a timely manner and so far have an outstanding germination rate for their seeds. Selection and descriptions are extensive. Take advantage of their interactive tools and videos on their website! A nice place for education as well as seed purchase.

Positive drendel
(4 reviews)
On Jan 29, 2011, drendel Yorkville, IL wrote:

Today I received my order of seeds from Johnny's. I ordered it 1 week ago today. Everything came exactly as ordered. Last year the vegetable and herb seeds germinated beautifully and I will order from them again. My only problem is that Spring can't get here fast enough!

Positive summerwynde
(7 reviews)
On Jan 28, 2011, summerwynde Dublin, NH wrote:

Have always been very impressed by Johnny's Seed. Good germination, good on true-to-name qualities. If for no other reason, I keep coming back for the Islander Pepper -- I've grown other purple peppers, but it is the best!

Positive Landstander
(4 reviews)
On Jan 19, 2011, Landstander Gainesville, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have purchased several hand tools, a broadfork, and over 15 variaties of veggie seeds from this company. I have only grown some of the lettuce(Royal Oak, Outredgeous, and Winter Density) they have performed well above standard. Germination rate was slightly higher than marked, and the lettuce has maintained the description listed on website and catalog. The only issue I had was in shipping of the broadfork a couple washers fell out of the box through delivery. Everything is shipped quickly, and they are quick to send backordered items and quick to let you know if there is a supply problem. I would encourage others to buy from this company.-- Tim

Positive Rexxin
(5 reviews)
On Jan 8, 2011, Rexxin Holmdel, NJ wrote:

Seeds arrived quickly and in good order. The order was 100% correct and I will be ordering from this company again in the future.

Positive kentstar
(39 reviews)
On Sep 10, 2010, kentstar Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered 3 seed packets, of which two are tomato seeds, and one sweet pepper. They came quickly and I can't wait to try them next summer! Thankyou!

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