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Posted on June 22, 2014, updated June 22, 2014
I am so very thankful I DIDN'T see all these negative comments prior to ordering from this LOVELY company. I ordered a total of 47 C.Myrtles in 9 different varieties. They included additionally 4 FREE ones in the deal. When the boxes arrived, there was some leaf drop, which is actually to be expected. But if you understand the amazingly regenerative nature of C.Myrtles, you know that's really not a problem.
I have re-sold about half of these so far, receiving rave reviews on the quality and success. One was shipped to an ecstatic friend, who was so impressed with it. As for those I still have, all but one are doing fantastic. The ONE perhaps did not get just the right care... I'm not sure. However, I checked, and it is still green, so I am tending it. That is at worst a 98% success rate. Very hard to beat that when shipping across the country.
Additionally, I have had a few email exchanges and placed 3 or 4 phone calls. Nothing but courteous and helpful interaction. In dealing with the public myself, I have found that it is generally rude and/or inconsiderate people who see others as rude and/or inconsiderate. Treat people well and they will usually respond in kind.
My only other thought on the negative comments is to wonder how many of these may be competitors or associated with competitors in some way. Just makes no sense otherwise.
I will be buying again and again from Dave Chopin at CrapeMyrtles.com; and I would recommend this company to anyone.
TLROn June 22nd, 2014, botanierra added the following:
Another thing. In response to people objecting to having to return dead plants. How about you try that logic in regard to ANY other product. Get an electronics store to replace your item without your returning the original purchase. Try getting a replacement or refund on an item of clothing, etc. I don't have a single supplier who will ship me replacement plants to me without my returning the original goods. And how else do they know you're not just trying to get free stuff?? Think about it.
robhilles Saint Augustine, FL (1 review) September 25, 2013
I live in North Florida and have placed four orders including full size, 6', and four types of miniature crape myrtles. I love them, and I've replaced my roses with these since roses in Florida have a limited lifetime. The miniatures are incredibly unique, permitting inclusion in the landscape in areas where standard varieties would never work.
i just order 20 crapemytle trees from this company and i got to say these were better than i expected. i dnt see what people are complaining about but from what i recieve you guys have got to be crazy or just dnt know how to plant thank you david for a great order.also wanting to get 20 minnie in the next month thank you so much
lucy0266 Ottumwa, IA (1 review) September 16, 2011
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Posted on May 7, 2011, updated May 28, 2011
We live in Iowa and LOVE crape myrtles. We have brought some back to Iowa from warmer climates in the past and potted them. We take them in our building in the winter and bring them out in the spring. However, we wanted to try planting them. Last fall, I searched the web for crape myrtles and found this web page. I first called and talk with Dave..... (who by the way I have since learned has patented the miniature crape myrtle). He was very helpful and very honest. He said they have sold them in Iowa, but was not sure how they would survive an Ottumwa, Iowa winter. George & I thought the pricing was unbelievable for six plants and decided to order a selection of 6. To be honest, we figured it was a gamble, but well worth taking a chance at the price! George planted them last fall (2010), mulched them and did whatever else you need to do to winter plants. (I just watch things grow and enjoy the plants and flowers in our yard & on the deck! He does the work and enjoys that part, as well.) Anyway, every morning when we take the dogs out, we have been checking the crapes. And a few mornings ago, I let out a big scream and was so happy as the crapes have made it through this AWFUL Iowa winter and are beginning to bloom or flower!! We couldn't be happier with these plants! I actually recall my telephone call last fall and I had so many questions. Dave was so helpful. I felt like I was talking with a friend I had known forever. We will be ordering more in the future for sure. I would be happy to talk with anyone about our experience. I apologize for this being so lengthy, but I wanted it to be complete! Dave, keep up the great job of growing crape myrtles!
Lucy Starr, Ottumwa, Iowa On May 28th, 2011, lucy0266 added the following:
May 28, 2011
I feel the need to further comment on my Crape Myrtles! They are absolutely beautiful and it seems as though they're growing as I watch them. The main reason I'm commenting again is because I need to reinforce the fact when they arrived last fall, they looked like sticks. You just can't imagine what they're gong to look like in the spring. ESPECIALLY IN IOWA!!! The 6 plants we ordered are now anywhere from 6 to 10 inches! And they were planted IN
THE GROUND in the fall, made it through an awful Iowa winter, and now are on their way! We have several Crapes in pots that we have been wintering in a building for several years and bringing out each spring. We wanted to try growing them in the ground and are so pleased to have been successful.
SO......when you order these, don't think for a minute they won't grow. Plant them and watch a miracle! My thanks to David at the Crape Myrtle farm, and of course, to my George, who has followed David's directions in bringing them from the ground!
Lucy Starr, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501On August 1st, 2011, lucy0266 added the following:
Here it is August 1, and I have to let EVERYONE know what wonderful results we have had with our Crape Myrtles! We planted six last fall and they're all blooming! We planted additional ones this spring and they are also blooming! We are so pleased, as we live in Iowa and knew we were taking a chance when we purchased them in the fall of 2010. It really mystifies me when I read the negative comments, especially the individual who purchased $200 worth and he said none bloomed or made it. I know when they arrive, they don't look very promising, but you need to water and fertilize and nurture them and WHOOPEE! You will get results. The ones we planted in the fall were heavily mulched and we followed the directions and have been so happy. We're having a fundraiser on August 12 for our local animal shelter and we can't wait to show off the Crape Myrtles. On September 16th, 2011, lucy0266 added the following:
I feel the need to continue updating everyone on our successes with our Crape Myrtles because we're in Iowa, and I have always heard it's impossible to grow them in our zone. Well, obviously that's not true. It is now September 16th, and our Crapes are STILL blooming. One in particular has so many blooms that it could actually be a bouquet. It's just incredible. George is preparing to mulch them heavily again this fall to bring them through our cold Iowa winters! He has, of course, stopped fertilizing and pruning as directed by David, from Gainesville, Florida where we purchased our Crape Myrtles. He has been so helpful whenever we've had a question. Since growing Crapes is new to us, we have had to make several calls or e-mails. We plan to wait until spring and then we're going to order additional Crapes. Since we have such good luck with them, we have plans and locations to add them to our yard and garden! Now we're just wondering how much longer they are going to bloom for us, as we're already in the middle of September and we're having some cool evenings, as well as it's been cooling down during the day.
docknee Murphy, NC (Zone 7a) (8 reviews) August 4, 2011
I ordered 6 Crape Myrtles from this company. They just arrived are are nice size plants (as advertised) in excellent condition. I emailed Dave with a question and he answered quickly. Of course we need to see how they do in our winter but I expect they will do well as they are strong healthy plants. I have no complaints about my order. Excellent plant material for the cost!
I purchased over $200 worth of crape myrtles. 20 total. They were shipped small and tiny "twigs." I planted them anyway...very hopeful t redo my entire landscaping. I asked a question about one of them possibly being mislabeled and never got a response. Not one of them actually took and grew...never saw a bloom. I know I don't have a green thumb, but I was hopeful at least something would have taken. I'm in FL, so cold weather isn't a problem. :P
Now...2 years later I'm back to square one. I emailed and let them know none of them grew or ever bloomed (didn't ask for a refund or anything)and asked if I'd have been better with a larger more mature plant. I've gotten no response. I'm not surprised. I should have read reviews first.
Cglaurence Salisbury, MD (2 reviews) April 25, 2011
I made an order for 6 Crape Myrtle trees of different varieites. They arrived in about a week and all were 3 feet tall and covered with leaves. I'm very happy with my order.
jedoody Las Vegas, NV (23 reviews) August 21, 2009
My recent crape myrtle order was shipped on Mon. and received Friday a.m. The plants were still damp, no wilting, and no leaf loss. I have ordered from this company before, and have always been pleased with the prompt shipping and condition of the plants on arrival. Also, I have never lost a plant and all previously ordered are still growing well and blooming with a long bloom time.
I ordered 6 plants from this company last August 2008. I live in zone 7. I had contacted them about hardiness and other conditions, prior to ordering, and all seemed fine. 3 plants look like they survived the winter. When asking about their warranty policy, they informed me that they replace plants if dead plants are sent back to them within 6 months. All of my plants were alive going into December. Then they all went dormant. The 6 month period would have ended in January. For me to get replacement plants, I would have had to dig up the dormant plants that may have been dead or alive, and sent them back to them for replacement. Obviously these folks don't guarantee hardiness. So, unless you live in an area that they don't go dormant, you won't have warranted plants. Not very good customer service. This company also goes by the name of "The Crape Myrtle Co."
In 2005, I purchased 5 varieties of miniature crape myrtle from you company.
3 of the varieties are not miniature and by no means can be passed off as miniature. The reason that these items were purchased was because they were miniatures and did not need any pruning. I would have never purchased them at all.
The 2 varieties Baton Rouge and Pixie White are in front of my picture windows. These received a massive pruning to get them to at least 2' tall. I did not put a tape measure to these, but they were at least 4' tall and wide, based on standing next to them.
The 1 variety Bayou Marie, I have not had a chance to prune yet, but I did put a tape measure on it. It was 6' tall and 8' wide. Nothing minature about this plant either. This was a front border plant, and it has overtaken shrubs behind it.
If I am in NC, and you are in FL these varieties should have surpassed minature size a long time ago.
Since I have to do all this pruning, basically pruning all the flowers off.
The other 2 varieties that I purchased are actually miniature. The Delta Blush and Mardi Gras.
Being that this website looked a little more "homemade" made me a little skeptical about the purchase. I decided to try three different nurseries from around the southeastern United States. This was one of them, and for the price, quality, and the quickness with which they shipped it was undoubtedly the best. I placed the order at the end of February 09 and received my trees promptly in the mail in less than two weeks, potted and all well worth the asking price. The owner also included a step by step guidline for the trees which was a nice touch, and all 6 trees are in the ground and have multiple growths. Do not be warry of doing buisness with this company, for they will not disappoint you, and will receive my buisness again in the future. Thank you for the good experience. BBuck
I ordered 6 tree crepes last Sunday, they were here on Thursday! All are well branched, approx. 4' high, lots of roots in their 4" pots, and were packed very carefully. They had to wait until this Sunday to be planted but didn't seem to mind a bit. All look very healthy and happy. I followed the directions to the letter for planting. I have high hopes for next summer.On May 4th, 2009, ali59oc added the following:
FOLLOW UP: Here it is May and every one of my crepes survived a very tough Durham winter. They are all looking very healthy, all have leafed out into multiple branches, some have new healthy stems at the base, all have beautiful green/red glossy new growth and to date have grown 6" to 1' depending on variety. I am ecstatic! I have been following the grower's directions and feeding with MiracleGro every two weeks which I know is helping them quite a bit. I couldn't be happier with this company and would definitely order again.
Trees are usually 4 feet tall and well branched when shipped. That's what they advertised but that's not what I received. Save your money and buy your plants at Home Depot, Lowes or Wal-Mart. I have planted 12 crepe myrtles on my property from these stores and the 6 plants I just received just don't compare to what you can buy locally. Twigs measuring 18 inches tall and they advertise that they are going to grow "6-8 feet a year easily". Anyone have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale?
I want everyone to know that I am very pleased by my crape myrtle experience and with David Chopin as well.
First, when I opened the long box I was disappointed by the size and condition of the plants. I am working on lining them up on a very long bank - and - my husband and I do not have many years left on this huge property - so I really want these things to be up and running with a beautiful display of color and quickly!!!
But I went ahead and followed David's verbal directions and planted them. David, by the way, was very patient with me and answered all of my questions. I know I took up a lot of his precious time! Anyway, these little plants only grew to about two-to-three feet tall last summer, no blossoms. Now, we live on property with two-to-three varying climate conditions with extremes all on various parts of the property(!) And - we needed gorgeous, inexpensive, hardy plants - a tall order!
It was scary because we had two weeks of no water (broken main!) during 100+ degree heat; then a winter of many frozen mornings for approximately four months. Also, during the winter we have an inordinate amount of rain. And, do you know what, almost all of those precious ones made it! I lost about five, which sat in a lake of water during the rains, and called David and bought another set to replace those and order some more. Why would I blame David for the loss of those???
When I received the next set, a paper with written instructions arrived. Before planting, I really wanted to make sure again that we were doing everything just right, so I followed the directions to the letter. They all died! (This new set.) What I did differently was to put a 2-3" layer of mulch over the top. He also told me not to water them very much the first year. The only thing I did differently was to put the mulch on it which retained the moisture and eventually killed them. After reading the comments one person said to be sure that there was no bark in the mulch as it slows down the growth - but in my case it also retained way too much moisture.
So David asked that I send them all back. The sad thing is that when they arrived they looked fairly healthy (droopy, but possible for resuscitation, as in last year's group). I understand the reason for asking that the plants to be sent back is that he wants to see the actual damage before just sending out "free" ones to anyone and everyone, and also, to look at them and to actually check what the damage was.
It took about three weeks after sending them back to receive the next batch, which he sent back at no charge. They were, again, nice, about three feet tall and slightly droopy. I called back to thank him and offered to at least pay for the postage, but he adamantly declined! So I wanted to do something nice to express my gratitude and thus, here we are.
Since we are on a tight budget we could not justify buying the 2-foot boxes found at the local nurseries for approximately $150 each. Yes, I was hoping for these glorious gorgeous trees to arrive at my door and was originally disappointed - but hey - you get what you pay for, and in my case, you should see my long bank today! They are ablaze with color and very happy, with the new ones settling in very nicely!
We had already ordered our crape myrtles when we came across the negative comments on this website. My husband called and spoke with the owner of crapemyrtles.com. My husband explained that we were very nervous about our purchase now. The owner of the company told us we could cancel if we were uncomfotable, but gave detailed instructions for raising healthy crape myrtles.
We crossed our fingers and kept the order.
The "sticks" arrived and we followed his instructions precisely.
This summer we have the most beautiful, brilliant, red crape myrtles! Just what we ordered. All of our plants have survived and thrived.
I ordered the special 20 plants for $125. I received my order when the owner told me I would. I received big beautiful trees. Some had blooms on them when I received them. They were packed very good in big boxes and packed tightly with newspaper. The owner was very kind and polite to me and answered all of my questions for me. Thank you Mr. Chopin for making this a very memorable experience for me. I will be ordering from you again and recommending you to all of my family and friends.
I bought 6 Muskogee crape myrtles from crapemyrtles.com last year. They were rather small - 3-4 ft whips, basically - but then they were much cheaper than anywhere else. They grew quickly and bloomed a little last summer. All have done well, although a few branches did not leaf out this spring; however I am at the northern edge of their range, maybe I will mulch them down this winter. They are already forming a nice privacy hedge for my patio, the tallest one is over 10 ft and bushy. No complaints here!
Mooseman Hillsborough, NJ (Zone 7a) (1 review) February 10, 2008
This company spent all thier time making a fancy web site and no time on caring for their plants.
Twiggy,leggy small plants,the worst I have purchased on the internet.
wayne123 Fairview, NC (1 review) November 18, 2007
I am not a representative of this Company, though I will be franchised to propagate these plants in the Spring of 08. I did tour this facility, and so think I will offer this to all. This Company uses nothing but NEW Boxes to pack their Trees in. These Plants go Dormant, as they have started to do, even in Florida, and are the LAST Plants that will Leaf out in the Spring. They Flower best in POOR Soil, and Nitrogen will lessen the Blooms, and take away the Cold Hardiness of the Plants too. Make sure there is NO BARK in the potting soil, it will slow down the growth. Personally, I found touring this Facility a nice experience, with nothing but friendly People, willing to answer any questions I had, and cannot understand some of the problems others have had, unless they have a quick Mouth because they do not understand the Nature of the Plants, or what can happen during shipping, which is not the fault of the Nursery itself, no matter which Nursery ships Plants.
I am writing on be half of my mother --Lorraine--who does not have a computer or internet service, so this is a quote from her "excellent phone service, ordering took place on October 6, 2007, received plants on October 15, 2007. Plants were about 3-4 feet tall and in good condition, fully branched and leaved. Shipped in 4 inch pots. I would order from them again." Ordered 20 plants "as of October 17, 2007 all plants are still alive."
as a side note: my mom lives in Washington state and just moved from Michigan--she found a catalog from 5 years ago in a pile of papers/catalogs, etc. decided to call the number to see if the company was still in business--to her surprise they are! and the prices were still the same; she called to report this to me in Sarasota, Florida right away, b/c this is a Florida based company.
I read to her over the phone all of the negative comments from past experiences and we noticed that comments are cumulative from year to year--there are comments on here from 2001 through present day! Yes people and companies make mistakes, but seriously you have to look @ all the facts. I am a med student and if you read a study that says green onions have been shown to make 75-100% of people studied have heartburn then you may be inclined not to eat green onions. However if you look and see that only 4 people were surveyed and the study is being conducted by tums antacid, then you would know this study is not a conclusive study.
So I urge you to look at all of the information--I looked at other companies with poor reviews and many of them had complaints such as tulips ordered were pink and they came up yellow. Some said poor customer service, others all plants were black and moldy. I know this is just my opinion, but I urge all consumers to look @ more than just the numbers--consider the source and the reason behind the numbers to see if they are accurate.
esteve59 Annapolis, MD (38 reviews) October 13, 2007
I wish I would have checked these ratings b-4 I purchased....
I ordered six plants and they are pathetic twiggy half dead....They advertise : "All of the plants we sell are very full and well-branched"...well their definition of "well branched" is not the same as mine. !!
I am going to try to backcharge my credit card..
Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) (55 reviews) October 3, 2007
Mail-order nurseries that demand you send in dead plants in order to get a refund generally have one thing in common - lots of consumer complaints and bad reputations.
A company that requires you ship dead plants, old shipping labels etc back to them is arguably just trying to create enough hassle for you that you give up and stop pursuing refund/replacement of plants.
We ordered the landscaping special package and received our crepes in several long boxes. Each plant was nicely wrapped and moist and there were newspapers seperating each plant as well. The plants themselves were healthy looking with green leaves and a general healthy appearance. Unfortunately, seven of the crepe myrtles did not make it and we shipped them back in order to get the replacement trees as promised. We did not receive the replacements so we called and spoke to the owner of the company who told us that the dead plants had never been received. The owner of the company sent the replacement trees anyway, even though he had never received the ones we sent back. (I know that the company never received the dead crepes, because our package with the dead crepes was returned to me yesteray!) When I called to explain this situation, the owner of the company was very kind and generously insisted I keep the replacement crepes anyway! How refreshing to receive such a great customer experience! The replacement crepe myrtles look as good as the original ones and I would recommend this company for your crepe myrtle needs.
I placed an order at http://www.crapemyrtles.com on April 18th. AFTER I placed the order I discovered all the negative comments here and got pretty nervous. On Tuesday April 24th I called the company and asked the status of my order. The lady who answered was pleasant and told me my order would ship tomorrow and gave me the fedex tracking #. Today is Friday April 27th and I have 6 nice plants about 2.5 feet tall that came in 4" pots (no bare root, dead looking sticks). The box was wrapped well and I am very pleased with my plants. I will certainly order from them again!
dcaretakr Gainesville, FL (1 review) April 16, 2007
Very rude, would not answer questions I had concerning purchasing, such as plant size and shipping arrangements. Told me to go to Wal-mart and hung up. I don't think they want to be bothered about the details concerning their plants....I cannot nor would not recommend this company, period.
If I had read these reviews I would never have ordered from this company; however, I had already ordered and received my plants before ever discovering this site. So far, I have no complaints about my order, which was for 10 different crepe myrtles. They were sticks in tubes when they arrived which didn't surprise me since the prices are low. SO FAR all my sticks have done very well, look quite nice and have grown considerably. My only concern is that they are truly the varieties that I requested - time will tell.
I will change my rating to positive if the varieties are correct!
bobbi_s Richland, WA (Zone 7a) (16 reviews) September 20, 2006
I ordered 6 dwarf crape myrtles on September 5, 2006, and received the order on September 18, 2006. It arrived in a very long box, and packed very nicely with newspapers in between each potted plant. Each potted plant was covered with nice leaves, and approximately 3-5 feet in length. Each plant could be identified by the marker, and was packaged very nicely. They arrived in approximately one week, and cost $12.95 to ship it to Washington State from Florida. The amount for six dwarf crape myrtles was $59.00, which made the total purchase $71.95. All of these crape myrtles I ordered are hardy to Washington's climate, and where I live is between a zone 6-7. I am very comfortable that these will adapt and grow very hardy where I live. I am not sure why this nursery has received such poor ratings from everyone. They seemed quite helpful when I contacted them by phone, and sent me exactly the right crape myrtles for my zone and in excellent condition. I planted all of these the same day they arrived, and they kept all their leaves. I used miracle grow potting soil on them after taking out the original soil, and mulched them on top. I followed the directions that they gave me, and I am sure that I will have beautiful crape myrtles next spring. I don't know what more you can ask out of a mail order nursery than what they provide. I don't think that many of you know that plants cannot arrive in the same way you would go purchase them at a local nursery. If you want the plant to be grown, then you need to pay the price along with that. It takes time for any mail order plant to grow, and that is not any mail order nursery's fault. These plants were superior to any I have received by mail order, and they were not bare root like many I have received in the past from other mail order nurseries. I believe that if you want to order plants through mail order then you need to research what mail order means. You need to be prepared to take care of the plant, and give it the time it needs to adapt to it's environment. I think that you should also read very carefully the time frame that each plant needs to take for development. For example, if you are to order a hardy crape myrtle, then if you live in a very cold area, and border the zone for the plant, then you should order them in spring, and give the plant lots of time to develop their roots. I ordered my crape myrtles the beginning of September, and intend to follow instructions entirely. I am very happy with my purchase from Crape Myrtles, Inc.
My husband and I were impressed with some "mini crepe myrtles" in a bed at our bank. I got on the internet; came up with their "crape myrtle ad", requested catalog and prices which I immediately received. Unfortunately, I did not check with BBB or anyone else as to their reputation. We ordered 40 minis at $250.00 + $25.90 for shipping. We received very short, small plants with few leaves and most of them looking dead. We had expected well branched plants in 4" pots. I bought the planting material they recommended and planted them. I waited a few weeks and decided maybe all were living except five - it turned out to be six - that were dead. I was told to return the dead plants and they would be replaced. Many e-mails and phone calls later, I'm still waiting.
The receptionist and Dave Chopin both said when first notified that they would replace them - but that was just talk. ..........The catalog is gorgeous; the prices are very inflated and the plants are nothing like the catalog description. ...... Hopefully I"ll prevent someone else from making the same mistake I did. On July 6th, 2006, fcrowe added the following:
Today, July 6, FedEx arrived with the replacement plants we have been so concerned about and wrote about earlier. These plants were nice plants, good branching, and healthy looking - actually what we were looking for in the original order. Of course, we were proud to receive them.
Our feelings regarding the treatment shown to us regarding our E-mails, phone calls, etc. remain the same. This is a poor way to do business.
I ordered six miniature crape myrtles. When they came, two were dead and two more died shortly thereafter. I contacted the company several times to ask about their replacement policy. That was a year ago; I still haven't heard a word from them.
Unfortunately, I ordered from this company BEFORE I was aware of this Web Site; I had not read the ratings. I was completely won over by the company's Web site and the catalog that they RUSHED to me. I ordered the 'landscaper's special'...20 plants for $125.00. I knew they were miniature crape myrtles; but, the catalog stated that the plants would be of 'good size, with multiple branches.' I sent the order, and a check. The check cleared quickly...my plants did not arrive until 3 weeks later, and after I spoke with the company. It was extremely disappointing to receive the 'sticks'...most below 8" tall, with 2-3 leaves. That is it. I had looked forward to planting the little shrubs...and having a wonderful long border of these plants. Well, I decided to plant the 'sticks'...it is my fault that I did not check out the company more before I ordered. I planted them in an out of the way spot...we shall see if they grow or not.
WARNING!!!! This company will intentionally sell you less than what you ordered. They sold me 42 crape myrtles smaller than what was advertised and not in the correct sizes requested. They said they would replace any trees that died with in a year. Well, half did die and I only requested 9 replaced. They have ignored all my attempts for replacement never returning any calls. When I did reach someone, they were so stupid not knowing anything about anything. So I left a message one day pretending that I wanted to place a order and low and behold, I received a call back within 5 minutes. When I asked whom I was speaking with (he said Dave) and told them the real reason for my call was to get a replacement for the dead trees he simply hung up! I then called back and of course no one answered the phone. I left another message and indicated I was not happy with being hung up on....but they never returned my call. NOW UNDERSTAND THIS. THE OWNER IS DAVE. AND WHEN HE HANGS UP ON A REPLACEMENT ORDER YOU KNOW WHAT THE COMPANY IS ALL ABOUT....THEY SUCK.
Warning! This is probably the worst company to order plants from. It certainly was our experience. During the Spring of 2002 we made a large order of Crape Myrtles, we were "verbally" given a total of three consecutive delivery dates, each after the first delivery date was not met...and they were never delivered. When I complained to my Visa Company and they charged back my money...the order appeared on my front door step...over 7 weeks past the first promise date of delivery. I sent the entire order back. Spoke to David Chopin (Owner) and he stated that he had to wait and ship them during the proper time of the season, but agreed to a refund. To my suprise Chopin turned on me and contested my actions with Visa...he lost! This woke me up to internet shopping in general. Thank you Garden Watchdog!!
My experience with the Crape Myrtle Co. at http://www.crapemyrtles.com is exactly like the others I have read only I am 2 years or so later than the first ones listed on your website. I ordered 28 plants at a cost of $175 on May 6, 2002. I received the same twigs in 2 inch pots every body else has received. Oh how I wish I had called the BBB before placing my order. It is now June 4th and the best they have offered to do is replace the plants. I told them I wanted the "1-gallon sized, 2 - 4 foot, full-branched plants" they offered on their website and in their Notebook they mailed to me. What I really want is a full refund.
I hate to see trusting, honest people "conned" and that's exactly what happened to me. I purchased 12 plants from http://www.crapemyrtles.com - David Chopin, President. The plants arrived this week, 3 weeks after I sent my check in themail. Their websites and catalogues state - full-branched "1 to 2 gallon size" plants (2 to 5' tall). WRONG!! Not one of the 12 plants measured close to 2 feet. Most were 2-3 inches and came in a 3 inch cup. Some looked bare-rooted and the leaves were dried up and dying. As for being full-branched, there are few 1/2 inch branches hanging off a twig that's smaller around than a pencil!!! The web-site says "these genetically bred crepe myrtle trees have been called "instant bonsai" because there is no pruning necessary. These plants would literally get lost in your yard. However, if a neighborhood dog happened to find it, one watering from the dog and the bonsai would be dead. Depending on the number of plants you order, you could spend $60-$130 with http://www.crapemyrtles.com for something that you could buy at the local department store for $12 a flat. Most probably with better results. Please don't be taken by these con-artists. I probably won't see my $120, but if I can stop them from getting orders from other people, it's worth it to me.
Warning & to notify all, The Crape Myrtle Co does not honor their guarantee: ** "Guarantee: We guarantee all plants if we are notified within 30 days in writing." ** I ordered & received 20 trees - their landscaping package early 8/2000. By 9/6/2000received trees in crumpled box with withered & more than half dead plants. By 9/14/2000, 10/27/2000 & 11/28/2000 notified of # of dead trees requesting guarantee to be honored for replacement. As well I informed Better Business Bureau of broken guarantee. All BBB could do is write them to investigate. To date The Crape Myrtle Co. has yet to respond or acknowledge. Since BBB has notified me of their status of non-acknowledgement. As well BBB has put them on their reports as a company not complying with their guarantee & poor quality &/or dead plants. So I am trying to notify all gardening sites and companies on the web to warn all the innocent gardening novices. Gardening is so wonderful. It's sad to run up against trash companies as this.