Hours of operation
All Crosman's Seeds are tested for top germination. We will replace without cost any seed that does not grow when planted according to instructions. Germination and growth depend on proper planting, soil, weather conditions and other factors over which we have no control. We cannot be responsible for the crop or for any amount greater than the purchase price of the seed.
Where we ship
To order grass seed
To order packet seeds
Minimum order $3.00. No COD orders. All orders, if complete, will be shipped within 3 business days. Orders will usually be shipped by first class or priority mail. Please make check or money order payable to: CROSMAN SEED CORP. NO CASH.
The order form is the only "catalog" available. We do not publish a picture catalog so that we can keep our prices competitive. If you would care to see our product, please visit the Seed Rack. The prices are not correct in the seed rack. Please click on the form below to check the current packet prices.
To download the order form, click on the link below. All seed packets are $.99 each. Please note, the order form didn't get converted to a pdf file as did the listing. Please use the listing or a sheet of paper for your order form. The postage prices are listed at the end of page 3. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Crosman's Seeds is a family run business since 1838.
Charles Frederick Crosman was the original founder and owner of Crosman Seed Company, Inc. When Charles F. Crosman arrived in Rochester, NY he found a region devoted to agriculture. There was a constant demand for good seed from the new settlers in the Genesee Country and pioneers heading west. From the first, seeds were a principal commodity handled by Mr. Crosman. On the death of the founder in 1866, the business passed to his two sons, Charles W. (20 years old) and George F. (17 years old) Crosman. Without hesitation, they assumed control of his affairs, organized the business on a new basis and greatly expanded their operations.
The two sons maintained seed beds in the Rochester area as well as in Canada and Michigan to be used as trial grounds to test seeds. The Crosman Brothers produced large quantities of seeds by distributing choice varieties to farmers of Monroe County and taking the pay in a part of the crop. As the business continued to expand various wholesale and retail outlets were opened in the heart of the City of Rochester.
From 1905 to 1908 the large real estate holdings were rapidly developed by the Crosman Realty Company. During this time the Crosman Seed Company absorbed many small seed business in the area.
The Crosman Brothers Seed Company came under new management in 1924. Three years later operations moved to its current location at West Commercial Street in East Rochester. Its headquarters were then established in the large factory buildings formerly used by Miss Kate Gleason for the manufacture of trailer cars. The Crosman management passed to C. J. McRoberts, President; C. Stolbrand, Secretary; H. W. Mapstone, Sales Manager.
By 1928, Herbert William Mapstone had acquired ownership. He continued as president of Crosman Seed Company for 52 years until his death in 1979. During this period the company directed its interests and sales to wholesale packet production, supplying national chain stores such as Kresge (now Kmart), Grants, Murphy's, and Neisner's, along with Ben Franklin Stores and independent stores.
Crosman Seed supplied seeds at reasonable costs throughout the Depression years. They also donated seeds for area Victory Gardens during World War II. After World War II, the packaging of lawn seed mixes was introduced at Crosman's. Eight mixtures were developed for retail sale along with any requests for special mixes. Gradually lawn care fertilizer and control products were introduced to their inventory. Today a full line of professional lawn care products are carried along with hydroseeding supplies.
After many years of continuous operation the company was documented at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Crosman Seed Corporation continues under operation of the Herbert W. Mapstone family. The third generation, William R Mapstone and Craig H Mapstone are the current operational directors.
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