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Positive FillingFarm
(1 review)
On Sep 23, 2018, FillingFarm Emmett, MI wrote:

To anyone looking for a good company to buy your seeds and potatoes and strawberries from, I recommend Johnny's Seeds. This was the first year I've bought from this company, and I am thoroughly impressed. I purchased a little over $500 worth of product, and I've never been more impressed. For starters, I don't think I've ever had beans produce as much as the ones I bought from there. While zucchinis are big producers, the ones that grew this year seemed to go beyond any other years. I've never had as beautiful pumpkins in the field as the ones that grew from the Johnny's Seeds company. The seed potatoes I bought have by far out produced any that I've grown before. The strawberries I accidentally let fruit this year were some of the best I've ever had.

I had quite a few extra seeds that I didn't have time for between work and a foot injury, so I passed on some to a family friend. They had almost the exact same results as I had. Their corn came in something perfect, the melons just keep on coming in, and all the plants are huge and beautiful.

This year has been a pretty good drought in our area, and Johnny's Seeds has out performed many other seed companies in my eyes. As I continue to work on growing my farm and expanding my sales, I'll definitely be continuing to use Johnny's Seeds. If my next growing season goes as fantastic as this one has, I'll be a sure fire customer for life.

Positive brian1985
(2 reviews)
On Aug 28, 2018, brian1985 Cozad, NE wrote:

This review is strictly on shipping. I ordered onion seeds last week and won't be starting them until end of January. Super fast shipping! I placed my order Friday morning and had the seeds Monday morning. The only complaint I have is the company they shipped with you have to be a paid member to track your package.

Positive Snappingturtle
(4 reviews)
On Mar 21, 2018, Snappingturtle Cranbury, NJ wrote:

I've ordered from Johnny's Selected Seeds for the last two years. The service has always been wonderful. Shipments arrive quickly and well packed. I had excellent germination rates on all of the 30+ vegetable and herb varieties I've ordered from the company. They sell both organic seed and non-organic seed; I've only ordered organic and have been very pleased. They also carry an amazing array of very high quality tools and equipment. The only con to this company is that the prices are quite high but you do get top of the line equipment and seed for the price.

Positive sungoldmmm
(3 reviews)
On May 19, 2017, sungoldmmm Clermont, FL wrote:

I've ordered many seeds from many internet companies. Johnny's is my new favorite even though I do recognize that their prices seem steep. For me, I appreciate the nice internet interface, the seeds for me have always sprouted better than the germination rate stated on the package, and I appreciate they are employee owned because I feel they care more. My deliveries have always been within 5 days with good messaging that is not always the case with other companies I've dealt with - with few exceptions, they are top 3 fastest delivery for seeds I've experienced so far.

What put me over was my Perilla and Saltwort seeds. Both types of seeds sprout very easily if fresh and many people say Perilla for example is invasive where they live, etc. but Perilla ALSO happens to be one of the most difficult seeds to sprout if the seeds are older than say a month and/or stored badly and most often requires cold strat techniques. A search on the internet will show some people feel it's impossible and some think it's invasive and easy to sprout. My experience, I ordered from 2 different internet Asian seed companies and did not have much luck sprouting them save for 2 plants out of 2 seed packets with more than 100 seeds in each packet. These seeds, I would separate into 1/4 portions and put the first 1/4 directly, second 1/4 in the fridge for 2 weeks, third 1/4 in the freezer, and fourth 1/4 I would save for one year later because when they are really old, they are supposed to have better germination, etc. Saltwort, or Okahijiki, is similar in that older seeds can have trouble germinating. After my previous 2 experiences with seeds from 2 different companies, I didn't expect either to spout and emptied half packets into dirt in 20 gallon containers, and forgot about them. Short of it, less than a week later, both sprouted far beyond the germination rate stated on the packet. What took me 2 months of trying to sprout from other companies with only 2 plants to show for it for my troubles, Johnny's seeds sprouted far beyond the germination rate stated on the package in less than a week. Also had great tasting Sungolds when I bought from Johnny's years ago but I bought from a different company this year and the results were so poor I doubt they were genuine Sungold seeds. I learned my lesson.

The cons I have are, I wish they had more varieties of seeds and wish they sold more live plants, cause I wish I could order more from them. Also as I've said, their prices seem a ~$1 steeper a packet than a lot of companies. Still, FOR ME, I appreciate the pros of this company far more than the cons. If I can find the seeds I want from Johnny's, I will buy it there - always get them on time, and always sprout and perform well for me.

Positive Aakbay
(2 reviews)
On Apr 6, 2017, Aakbay Cranbury, NJ wrote:

I've ordered seeds and germination equipment from Johnny's Selected Seeds this year. I've had a great experience with the company and excellent germination rates. When they ran out of organic clover for my large order 650 lbs) they tracked down additional seed and had it shipped directly from the grower. I'll definitely be ordering again.

Positive scilib
(5 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2017, scilib Oxford, OH wrote:

First-time customer, but I'll be back. Shipped very quickly (received order a few days after ordering from halfway across the country), with tracking number, professionally packaged. They've got it together.

Positive madielov
(2 reviews)
On Mar 5, 2017, madielov Tijeras, NM wrote:

I have had good experiences with Johnny's. I use their green manure mixes every fall and spring. Also like their lettuce mixes
Good germination for me

Positive growin
(10 reviews)
On Feb 4, 2017, growin Beautiful, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I ordered a variety of cut flower varieties from Johnny's Seed in early 2016. I had excellent germination rates, good results from the cultivars offered and I had a problem with my credit card (address mismatch due to moving) and the rep called me back and helped me sort it out. I experienced excellent service and product quality so I've ordered much more for 2017.

Positive nancyji
(2 reviews)
On Dec 26, 2016, nancyji Aromas, CA wrote:

we have been organic farmers since 1988, and have tried a lot of seeds, and our experience with Johnny's has been superlative. At this point, we've pretty much eliminated all seed competition, and get our farm seed from Johnny's. The prices are very good, we know the sources, and can prove with their paperwork that we are using organic seed.

Positive addicted2plants
(3 reviews)
On May 27, 2016, addicted2plants Saint Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

We had a fire and I lost ALL of my 5 year collection of vegetable and flower seeds. Late last night, I put in an order of $204 worth of seeds I needed. I paid $20 ish for overnight shipping because I'm under pressure to get the last items into the ground. TODAY, about 14 hours later, I got all but 2 of the seed packets! I've ordered from Johnny's for probably 10 years, but TODAY they actually made me get teary! Thank you Johnny's! You have a customer for LIFE!

Positive OldPumpkin
(7 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2015, OldPumpkin North Smithfield, RI wrote:

I have been ordering seeds and supplies from Johnnies for over 30 yrs ! Everything arrives on time and never had to use the service dept . Their catalog is beautiful , many choices and well put together. I would give this company a rating of above excellent !!!

Positive ohiofarmerjohn
(1 review)
On Jul 9, 2015, ohiofarmerjohn New Paris, OH wrote:

Johnny's is GREAT! Their products are superior, and they only carry the BEST varieties. The staff is very helpful.

I am a market farmer, and this is my first year with Johnny's. Until now I have sourced seeds from many places, but from now on Johnny's will be my main supplier.
I love their philosophy and their dedication to serving organic and naturally grown market farmers.

Johnny's prices may seem high, but for farmer's like me they who buy large quantities of seeds the prices are not bad at all. The more you get the more you save!

Positive Majahonke
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2015, Majahonke North Tonawanda, NY wrote:

I have been an annual Johnny's customer since 1985. Their offerings and service has been superb in that time. In recent years I have become more concerned about the company's direction, however. Prices are skyrocketing while I'm certain seed pack contents are diminishing. Every business has a right and duty to grow but it seems the company is losing sight of the backyard gardener. When gardening costs grow to where budgeting for it becomes necessary I have to wonder whether it is worth it anymore. Last year my Johnny's order was nearly $300. The order was inflated to take advantage of free shipping offer with enough seed to carry me at least two years. Having to think about gardening this way removes the fun and makes it more like a business even in my own yard. After 40 years of gardening I can see my relationship with Johnny's and gardening coming to an end.

Positive Bowmore38
(4 reviews)
On Jul 10, 2014, Bowmore38 Glendale, AZ wrote:

I like Johnny's. They ship quickly, their prices on seeds aren't ridiculous, and they make problems right immediately. With the Shiraz snow peas, they gave everyone their money back without any drama llamas running through the garden.

Their shipping is a little pricey, but they do occasionally have shipping promotions.

Overall, a solid reliable source.

Positive reeve1
(49 reviews)
On Feb 14, 2014, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another great experience with Johnny's. The shipping was lightning fast, seed packs were well protected. Of 16 different flower varieties I'm getting in excessive of 85% germination on all but the Larkspur. But, it's only been 4 days on the Larkspur and these can take a bit longer to germinate and sprout. Thanks to everyone at Johnny's for your hard work and great seeds! It makes my job so much easier and enjoyable.

Positive bstnh1
(4 reviews)
On Dec 6, 2013, bstnh1 Barrington, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have ordered from Johnny's for several years and have never been disappointed. Quality seeds, reliable, fast shipping.

Positive forgottenman
(2 reviews)
On May 2, 2013, forgottenman Pennsbury Village, PA wrote:

Bought several packets of seeds, and all (except the cucumbers and kale... haven't started those yet) are making plants. Even with suboptimal germination conditions, these seeds are sprouting at close to the rates specified on the packets. Will be buying more seeds from Johnny's soon!

Positive Beckah
(5 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2013, Beckah Memphis, TN wrote:

I ordered packets of 'Marvel of Venice' and 'Fortex' bean seeds from Johnny's and have no-o complaints. The seeds even arrived much sooner than I anticipated. ..No problem. :) ...I'm sure I will be ordering from them again in the future.

Positive BrisbaneAnne
(31 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2013, BrisbaneAnne Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Whenever I think about vegetable gardening, Johnny's Seeds come to mind. I have not been disappointed with their seeds yet over the years I have ordered from them.

Positive susiequilts
(3 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2013, susiequilts Syracuse, NY wrote:

Second year ordering from this company. Super quick shipping, well packaged. No surprises.

Catalog is easy to read and find what you need.

Last year's seeds germinated and grew as described.

Would (and will) order from them again every year.

Positive lilygrandma
(15 reviews)
On Mar 7, 2013, lilygrandma Ellijay, GA wrote:

Posted on July 22, 2010, updated March 7, 2013
Posted on April 12, 2010, updated July 22, 2010
Posted on March 17, 2009, updated April 12, 2010
I have been ordering from Johnny's for several years and have been very impressed with their seeds and service. My order this year was filled within 8 days (all the way from Maine!) with no missing packets. I also like their selection, and have had good germination with their seeds.

On April 12th, 2010, lilygrandma added the following:

Again this year Johnny's is great at getting all the seeds to me quickly--4 days from Maine to Georgia! Can't wait to see the seeds germinate.
On July 22nd, 2010, lilygrandma added the following:

The seeds I ordered in the spring did very well. Made an order in early July, and received the entire order 4 days later. All the seeds germinated within 5 days! This company continues to please me! I recommend them highly!
On March 7th, 2013, lilygrandma added the following:

Again, quick service from Johnny's--less than a week! Their seeds always do well. Hoping this is another good year!
Positive WillysWoodPile
(12 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2013, WillysWoodPile Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

Top Quality products. Excellent customer service. Prompt delivery. What more could a guy want? Well, I had questions about germinating Stevia seed as I had problems [actually 100% failures] in the past. I asked about this when I placed my order. A nice lady contacted me by phone and explained step-by-step how to properly germinate and grow Stevia. She obviously knew what she was talking about.

Positive AS
(46 reviews)
On Feb 26, 2013, AS (Zone 7a) wrote:

Service was excellent. Their seed varieties generally seem to be aimed more at farmers/ market gardeners than home gardeners (though their lettuce section is an exception and worthy of drooling over, and the tomatoes aren't bad). But they have a nice selection of organic garden products, and their seed descriptions are refreshingly free of the hype I see in many catalogs. And wonder of wonders, the seed packets I ordered were all in stock and sent promptly.

Positive poypoyking
(3 reviews)
On Jan 23, 2013, poypoyking Columbia Heights, MN wrote:

This was my 4th year ordering seeds from Johnny's. I placed my order last Tuesday and had my seeds by Saturday. Everything has had good germination rates on my past orders and their selection is hard to beat.

Positive jeremybro
(6 reviews)
On Jan 18, 2013, jeremybro Mulvane, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

Just received my third order from Johnny's. Surprised me because I was expecting them to hold my order until the one item that was backordered came in, but just got everything else yesterday. I placed the order four days ago. That's speedy service in my book.

This has been true of every order I have placed with them. The one time I had cause to contact their customer service, the lady was polite, helpful, and corrected my problem in a few minutes.

I continue to order from Johnny's, not just because of their service, but their excellent selection, and (the greatest, in my book) I can order anywhere from a small packet to several pounds of anything in their catalog! I love that!

Positive pawziecat
(1 review)
On Jan 4, 2013, pawziecat San Diego, CA wrote:

I have ordered from Johnny's Selected Seeds for many, many years. The customer service is stellar, and they consistently send a superior quality of seed, with excellent germination rates. If anyone orders from Johnny's and for any reason is not satisfied with their purchase, they should contact Johnny's customer service staff who I have found to be very helpful and will give 100 % effort to correct any problem

Positive midvalleydad
(7 reviews)
On Dec 27, 2012, midvalleydad Dickson City, PA wrote:

Ordered onion plants and potatoes from these people. They were shipped separately at the correct times for planting here in Pa. Will definately order from Johnnie's again.

Positive 8opetey
(4 reviews)
On Dec 13, 2012, 8opetey Bristol, CT wrote:

So far, no problems. I got a catalog from a master gardener talk at a local garden. Seems like some of the seeds are pretty pricey. However, I'm used to buying seeds from Walmart or plants from big chain stored and I have mixed luck with them. We placed our first order this weekend and have the seeds in hand already. There were much better prices on some of their sale and internet tabs.
So, c'mon... bush beans... 1000 seeds for $3 with a 80% germination rate. How can you say no?
For the first time, I'm trying early and late season plants as well as a summer garden so I'll update this when I get some growth.

Positive SeniorGardening
(14 reviews)
On Nov 12, 2012, SeniorGardening Sullivan, IN wrote:

I think itís probably just human nature that we tend to post comments about vendors when we have a problem with them. I certainly have done so here in the past. But when I put together my list of recommended seed suppliers for a Senior Gardening posting this year, I realized that I should make a positive comment here about each of our suppliers that have performed so well over the years.

Weíve used Johnnyís Selected Seeds as one of our two or three main garden seed suppliers for over twenty years. They provide good to exceptional quality seed (in terms of germination) in a time when other suppliers appear to be cutting corners on seed quality.

When weíve had a question about an order or variety, Johnnyís customer service has responded promptly. I especially like some of their Growers Library and Interactive Tools (fall planting calculator, etc.).

While Iím concerned about some of their recent price increases, I find that Iím willing to pay a bit more for seed from them that I can trust.


Positive teoc
(2 reviews)
On Aug 16, 2012, teoc Prineville, OR wrote:

I began gardening when I lived in Maine going back to 1977.

Johnny's was a mainstay then and since returning to gardening in retirement is once again only now I'm on the west coast.

Whether their seeds, their season extending materials or their informational materials I can't say enough good.

I look forward to their catalogs and am on their website on a regular basis.

I wish I could visit their booth at the Common Ground Fair again.

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.

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.

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.

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