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|On Mar 11, 2013, DaveH San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I ordered 6 strawberry plants. When the package arrived, the plants were well packed with cardboard pieces to hold the pots in place. Maybe the delivery people dropped the package or threw it, but one of the very thin plastic pots got pretty smushed, and the rest were compressed some. That, plus the fact that there was a slug happily crawling along one plant when I opened the package, made me decide to give a neutral rating. The plants are still semi-dormant, but they look like they will be fine.
|On Feb 19, 2013, MrsG47 Newport, RI,
United States wrote:
I am a backyard orchardist. I have eighteen fruit trees, 15 of which I have purchased from Raintree. The negative comments do not do this company justice at all. They are a wonderful company. They have replaced trees for me, and sent the right order, on time, every time I have ordered. They returned my phone calls and emails. But then, I don't get angry or impatient. You get what you want with kindness and fairness. The company is excellent!
|On Jan 20, 2013, lane_max San Jose, CA wrote:
Very bad service and unfair to customers. If they run out of a particular type of plant, you may receive a "substitute" variety, instead of what you asked for and then get no refund. This happened to me.
|On Jan 18, 2013, jeremybro Mulvane, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:
Approximately one year ago, I ordered five apple trees and three cherry trees.
|On Sep 12, 2012, dougpa Battle Ground, WA wrote:
I ordered grafted grape plants 2 years ago from Raintree. 1/4 of the grafts failed (which I noticed when I got the wrong grapes on some of the plants). I emailed their horticulturist re this and got no response. I called their "customer service" representative who was very officious and unhelpful. Her comment was that "it is common knowledge that you must check for below graft growth. Raintree won't honor its warranty saying that I must just buy new plants. Very poor company with which to do business.
|On Jun 5, 2012, gregkdc Elk Ridge, UT wrote:
I just got my order the other day and while Raintree didn't get the order completely right, I got a jumbo hardy kiwi instead of a red; they went above and beyond to make things right with me! I will be ordering from them again. Also did I mention the plants came in looking great! I have ordered from other online nurseries before and raintree's quality was superior. So over all I will say a positive for me.
|On May 23, 2012, redmite21 Webster, NY wrote:
This was the first time I ever ordered plants from Raintree-and I will continue to order from them for fruit bushes and unique plants. The fruit bushes I received are fantastic. They are very nice sized bushes-an elderberry, a lingonberry and a aronia. Their website provides great info on the plants and they send a planting booklet with the plants. I'm excitely waiting for a second order I placed for a goji bush and wasabi plant.
|On Apr 22, 2012, Dione129 EAST FREETOWN, MA wrote:
Great communication and customer service. Plants arrive din great condition and very securely packaged. Will be ordering from again!
|On Apr 21, 2012, TA152H Stony Point, NY wrote:
Posted on April 4, 2012, updated April 21, 2012
On April 21st, 2012, TA152H added the following:
I had the same experience as usual with RainTree, both good and bad.
I wanted to add another item to an order that had not shipped in about a year, but was scheduled, as it turns out, nine days later, but they would not let me. They told me it had already been sent to the warehouse (I guess they don't know what a computer is, so probably won't be able to read this anyway), and could not be changed. Really bad customer service, as the person made no effort; even the email was very terse, without even putting a name in it.
On the plus side, they sent me another catalog, and their catalogs are extraordinary. They are very honest, very informative, and very interesting. It's a great catalog for ordering, and a great catalog for learning.
Also, I received two trees (from last year's order), and both were top quality. Very, very nice trees. So, I'm still leaving it positive even though their customer service blows. Even so, they lost the sale of the other tree I wanted.
|On Apr 20, 2012, treebird101 Bedford, IA wrote:
I have no complaints. Wonderful healthy plants arrived in great condition, packed well and customer service is terrific! Will certainly buy from again. Highly recommended!
|On Feb 27, 2012, jkmbaum Collingdale, PA wrote:
Posted on January 29, 2012, updated February 27, 2012
On February 27th, 2012, jkmbaum added the following:
Placed an order Jan 29 ,2012. paid extra shipping off there recommended shipping date. Received Order Feb 25, 2012. Shipping was a little slow for me, but trees are in good shape. Will report back
4X1 E Pear (Anjou/Bartlett/Flemish Beauty/Seckel)Quince
4x1 A Plum(Hollywood/Shiro/Beauty/Methley)Lovell
Pixie Cot Miniature Apricot/Nema
|On Feb 11, 2012, jimfrankmartin Scott, LA wrote:
I received an order of plants from Raintree on Feb 9 2012. These folks really know how to produce blue ribbon champion roots on the plants they offer. I received what they called a seedling rugosa rose- it was four feet tall! I also received a rare and hard to find Carolina sweetshrub, to plant in my yard in memory of my mother and greatgrandmother, who grew one in the yard of the house where they lived and where I was born. Also I received two beach plums with roots heavier and larger than the plants themselves. The packaging included shredded paper, and the roots of every plant arrived in Louisiana from Washington state moist and vigorous. Put me down as a breathtakingly impressed customer. Their prices are just right for someone on a fixed income. Their mail order catalog is a virtual encylopedia. If this place were a restaurant in New Orleans, these people would earn five stars from me. I live in Lafayette (Scott) Louisiana.
|On Aug 30, 2011, Bobbette Las Vegas, NV wrote:
Posted on January 25, 2011, updated August 30, 2011
On August 30th, 2011, Bobbette added the following:
Dwarf Mulberry is doing very nicely--may be my favorite plant in the yard. I am very happy with Raintree!
|On Aug 23, 2011, wannabe_doc Lansing, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on June 19, 2011, updated August 23, 2011
On June 19th, 2011, wannabe_doc changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
A couple of weeks later and the picture changed a little bit. All grapes are dead, as is one of the currants. I complained and got a new package with replacement. Again, mold on all three grapes, but the currant looked good. Three weeks into the latest set, no sign of life from the grapes (the currant seems OK). I asked for a refund for the grapes and have not heard from Raintree since...Overall, way too much trouble, the grapes are dismal, my initial issues were not a one off and I will never buy there again - still waiting for my refund. I am still amazed that the friebies are doing better than the actually paid for plants...
This is only my second mail nursery experience. Thanks to Hartmanns I know it can be done much better.
On August 23rd, 2011, wannabe_doc changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Final update: To make it a fair review here I would like to update (again). I did got a refund for the problematic grapes and currant (great), one of the grapes actually did start growing after all (10 weeks after planting, go figure), the other 5 are dead. The replacement currant is dead, however the two initial ones do have some leaves now (three to be precise - not much hope for the future). The red dragon hazel still looks good and the freebies (red twigs) are doing really good - go figure.
Given the refund and the effort they put into it, I think neutral is fair - I lost a growing season and will have to restart the grapes next year.
If it would not be for the 6 plants from Hartmann's (who are all thriving) I would question my green thumb...
Overall: Way too much trouble.
|On Aug 8, 2011, kimmy222 Reading, PA wrote:
Posted on August 5, 2011, updated August 8, 2011
On July 25th, 2011, kimmy222 added the following:
Order Number 555381
On August 5th, 2011, kimmy222 added the following:
So far I have contacted the company twice with no response. :(
On August 8th, 2011, kimmy222 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I just received a phone call about my order. They called to say they sent a letter regarding a replacement in the Spring of 2012. Since they took the time to call and plan to send replacements, I am upgrading my rating. I will keep you posted on the condition of the new plants.
|On Jul 18, 2011, greybanks Staten Island, NY wrote:
I ordered from RainTree for the first time early this spring after researching sellers of rare and interesting fruit trees. I ordered a Prune D'Ente tree, a clove currant, a gooseberry and three blueberries. All of them are doing wonderfully, and two of the blueberries even set (some) fruit this year.
|On Jul 15, 2011, mcgerm Galesburg, MI wrote:
I ordered two Asian Pears, an Asian Plum, and a Pluot from them this spring. When all four arrived they looked a little rough and very dried out. I soaked everything overnight not just the plums. I planted them out and it took a little longer than expected for them to leaf out. A couple months later three of them have really taken off. One Asian Pear was struggling until recently. I put it into a tree shelter and now it has stabilized. It is starting to look real good too.
|On Jun 25, 2011, iowonian Cedar Rapids, IA wrote:
I have been ordering from raintree nursery for years. They have always sent me healthy plants that have grown well. No company can have 100% success with plants that have been shipped across country and may or may not be planted within a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner. My experience with this company has been very good. They have always treated me fairly. Great selection. Good prices. Shipping is done certain times of year to make it affordable to ship. If you have shipped anything across country lately you would know it adds up. If you are able to plan ahead and order early and provide good care of the plants you should have success.
|On Jun 12, 2011, johnr112 Hammonton, NJ wrote:
I have nothing but good to say about Raintree. All my fruit trees grew. I have about 25 of theirs to date (all 2011) and more from another nursery which are good too. I had 3 separate orders up to May 15th. Their 4-5' trees are well branched and actually started blooming buds and have fruits the first year. I knocked off all but one on each tree just to see them grow and learn. The wips which were cheaper, but all they had late in the season, are growing nicely and will be well branched for next year. At first, their shipping to the east seemed high but when the package arrived it was well done and time consuming. The heavy weight boxes was 6' long and were quite heavy. I needed a cart. So I it if you want good healthy stock safely packaged, it is well worth it. Who wants to lose a growing season? Not an older retired person...ha. They have very hard to get varieties which will fit in nicely for a small orchard grower. You do need to do some prep work. Dig a nice sized hole "before" the trees arrive. Use some non burning lime and fertilizer (little), soak the trees for at least an hour before planting and spread the roots, water well to settle the tree, and finally don't be afraid to prune. Prune down at least half to a bud pointing in the direction you want the tree to grow. And finally keep the trees watered. I use a drip irrigation system set for 2 hours every 4 days automatically. Check the newer trees, they might need more watering since they were planted late. And, don't forget to use sprays. It's a bad world out there for these little trees until you get things settled down for them. They can't walk away or go to the doctor so you have to protect them. Use the internet for spray guides and read over the material. I found my pears like green light fruit tree spray (neem oil for mites? and they didn't seem to like captan), bonide FTS for apples peaches plums etc. However the later effects good bugs too and you might find using this more frequently to settle everything down where green light FTS might be better for you. And serenade for fungus. It works real well on bad diseases. it kills most and it's even a good suppressant for bacterial spot (peaches-plums etc.) and fire blight apples - pears. It's organic too. I will defiantly buy from Raintree again.
|On Jun 7, 2011, Kapowsin Graham, WA wrote:
I have been ordering from Raintree Nursery for the past 18 years and have always had a positive experience with the 35 trees I have ordered. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and responsive to questions. Once when a tree did not grow, they replaced it for me. They offer classes, have excellent plant information in their catalog, and have informative videos on their website. Raintree is also very committed to assisting non profits to make the world a more bountiful place for all.
|On May 31, 2011, Racinkc Tahoma, CA wrote:
A couple a seasons ago I ordered 2 bare root plum trees from them. They have been in the ground a couple seasons now and are still the size of sticks. I called and said I wasnt happy with them and they said they have a only a one year guarantee. A fruit tree baring fruit, its first full season? I wish, especially from these 80 dollar sticks.
|On May 14, 2011, 12315 Palos Park, IL wrote:
I ordered three plants last fall from Raintree. They arrived by UPS. The box did not have labels identifying contents. I observed the delivery person to be quite rough with the package. After opening the box,I noticed a lot of loose soil which came out of the containers. The plants were quite small with VERY thin stems. Two of the plants were relatively healthy. The third plant was partially defoliated. In addition, judging by remaining leaves, it was not the plant I ordered. I followed their instruction and planted all three plants anyway.
|On May 11, 2011, SAMathman San Antonio, TX wrote:
Placed an order this spring for Akevia vines. I noted on their comments section that their shipping costs were somewhat high. I received a very weak response from their customer service department who also slipped in that they expected me to waive the warranty on my plants. I advised them that it was April, not particularly hot and that the vines would be fine if they just shipped them soon. They refused to honor the warrantee even though it is plainly stated on their web page. I refused to waive the warranty so they cancelled my order. This is clearly an organization that must be shipping out inferior plants and won't stand behind them, just want to take your money. Shop elsewhere!
|On May 10, 2011, borealrose East Hardwick, VT wrote:
This was my second year ordering from Raintree and I have to say I'm a happy customer. The dwarf apple trees I ordered from them last year arrived healthy and fully branched out and survived a particularly nasty Vermont winter with no damage whatsoever. This year's order was of similarly well-developed and robust trees. Raintree has a truly excellent selection of rare fruits like quinces and medlars along with hard-to-find European varieties of apples and pears and the prices are reasonable considering the quality of the plants. The only thing I don't like about them is that their catalogue makes me wish I lived in a more forgiving growing zone.
|On May 9, 2011, wildagain Clarks Grove, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Raintree. My order arrived on time and in wonderful condition. Bare-root trees had great root systems and were safely bundled with lots of wet paper shreddings, then double wrapped in plastic. Blueberries came with a wedge of soil attached, which made me very happy. And kiwis arrived in pots wrapped in plastic, and fully leafed out, which was a surprise.
|On Apr 19, 2011, mad_cat Pittsburg, CA wrote:
On April 15, I placed an order on-line on their website and got an email stating that confirmation email with order number would be sent soon. When I didn't get it on April 18, I followed up with request and got a reply that it can take a few days to get an email with order number. It sounds weired because for other nurseries it takes a few days to ship an order. I asked them time frame when I may expect my order to be shipped and got an answer that it takes 2-3 weeks before the order is shipped. I had to cancel my order because for California it is too late to plant bare-root trees in May. If you have something in stock why does it take you up to 3 weeks to ship it? Just wonder.
|On Apr 15, 2011, skyfarms Independence, KS wrote:
I ordered several fruit trees and they arrived healthy and in great condition, though delivery was a couple weeks slow. I like their selection and the variety of root stocks they carry.
|On Apr 12, 2011, Iriseyes Morris, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Raintree, and I would definately order from them again. I ordered 12 fruit trees of 4 varieties and 100 strawberry plants of 2 varieties. The plants were very well packaged and arrived when I expected them. The roots were very nicely developed for both trees and strawberries. I really appreciate that the grafts were made several inches above the roots which allowed me to easily plant my trees at the proper depth without worry of burying the graft in dirt. I also enjoyed the multi-page planting instruction booklet that accompanied my order, it made for fast and easy reference prior to planting.
|On Apr 11, 2011, SteveGubkin Columbus, OH wrote:
I ordered a BlackGold Cherry on Gisela-5 rootstock. It was very well packaged, had a lot of roots, was well pruned. Lots of little buds. Looking quite happy in my front yarden right now. Will order from them again!
|On Apr 2, 2011, gopals Sidney, TX wrote:
Very positive first experience with this nursery. Ordered several trees, all arrived very well packed with good root systems and minimal minor damage. The trees all look robust and healthy. Very pleased. Would definitely buy again from them.
|On Mar 30, 2011, BrianVA Powhatan, VA wrote:
I placed an order for three Surefire tart cherry trees on G5 rootstock, a sultane fig, and a Violete de Bordeaux fig. I ordered the trees in early december 2010 for spring. I found out the trees were going to ship the week of April 3. I had training for work that week which would have had me planting them in the middle of the night. I sent an email to raintree, and next thing I know my trees are on the way. I got the trees yesterday opened the box, and there were three of the best trees I have ever ordered. The trees had great roots. I was planning on whips. What I got was well branched six foot tall trees with a trunk almost two inches thick! These are on G5 dwarf rootstock. It has taken some of my trees on colt semi-dwarf rootstock 3 years after planting to get to the same trunk thickness. The fig trees came in trade size gallon pots with lots of roots. Again I thought they would be bareroot. The sultane was a little small, but figs grow fast. I should have ordered all my trees from Raintree. I will from now on.
|On Mar 23, 2011, hillbillyfarms Poplar Bluff, MO wrote:
I ordered 56 rootstocks for apples ,plums and cherries in January ,I was told then they would ship mid March, here it is almost the end of march and they haven't been shipped. I have called three times, te first time they told me they were shipping the following Monday and to call back then for my tracking # , I waited until Tues to call so I could get the tracking # only to be told they had not shipped and she could not tell me why or when they would...I only ordered from them as i needed the rootstocks to graft on and i had to buy my scion wood in Feb to get it if they dont come soon ive wasted over 100 dollars for the scion as it will be to late to graft them...I was going to place my order with them next year when i had the next 10 acres ready but not now will go somewhere else for the trees to fill it.
|On Mar 1, 2011, shauss wrote:
A bad experience, and I haven't even received my order yet. On February 2, I placed an order for a tree from Raintree, selecting the "ASAP" shipping option. I wanted to get the tree in the ground while we're still getting regular rain to allow it to establish roots while dormant. I received a response with my order information, saying that the tree would be shipped "In February". As it's the beginning of March and I hadn't gotten any further response from Raintree, I emailed them to find out the status. Their response was that there had been a snowstorm, and it would be AT LEAST 2 weeks before the tree ships--the tree will arrive mid-late March when I requested ASAP at the beginning of February.
|On Feb 16, 2011, AxillaryBud Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:
I'm a rare and heirloom fruit tree orchardist with more than 500 trees and vines, and have been using Raintree Nursery as one of my bareroot suppliers for about seven years. I suppose a full 20% of the orchard is Raintree tree stock, as well as scores of assorted small fruits (berries, grapes). They are a trusted supplier. Good height and caliper on the grafted trees, good branch feathering, and decently sized root balls. Their Asian and European plum selections are extensive, with several hard-to-find varieties, and many plums, pears, apples and small fruits and berries from the former Soviet Union and Europe which are delicious and rarely offered elsewhere. Also, they have a degreed horticulturalist on staff to answer questions. That has been a great help. I've had perhaps two trees in all this time that had problems, and they sent me replacements immediately, no questions asked. Overall point total (quality of trees and shrubs, selection, and service) in my experience, among the best in the nation, and I've dealt with more than two dozen in the seven years I've been orcharding.
|On Feb 2, 2011, krowten Greensburg, PA wrote:
Purchased a "Goumi seedling" several years ago that bloomed and set fruit last year. Unfortunately, the plant ID was incorrect. This was an Autumn Olive, a relative of Goumi that fruits in the fall. Last year when I contacted the company, they promised me a replacement plant this spring.
|On Sep 6, 2010, redjeep hillsboro, OR wrote:
Throughout the last 5 years Raintree has always managed to mess up one thing in each of my orders. Something thornless that had thorns, a forgotten raspberry, an incorrect gooseberry. I even tried picking up at the nursery, they hosed me there also, they wander off, put the order together with bailing twine and bring it out, so a two hour drive later you can figure out they forgot something. This year I would only purchase two things, they were both special. I had prepared the areas for them three years ago and waited until the soil was perfect, I only had one place that either would work, a south facing wall on my western oregon house. The passion fruit and White Peach thrived, grew better then imanginable, the location was perfect, until just now, when, you guessed it, it is not a peach at all, nor a passion fruit. I hate Raintree in a way I cannot articulate publicly. For God sake, use One Green World if you actually want to get what you order. Plus when you go down there to pick up the employees are quick, the plants are bigger, they get the order right, and they are not rude. I used Raintree because they had a better selection, and see what it got me.
|On Aug 9, 2010, DaLiezen Spokane, WA wrote:
I have ordered three times from Raintree and have e-mailed them a dozen times. Due to experiences elsewhere over the years, I always call customer service when placing an order. That may not be quite as convenient in some ways, but dealing direct with a breathing life form eliminates plenty of pitfalls. The folks taking calls are on top of things, and they have sent what I ordered.
|On Jun 16, 2010, RadicleGirl Williams, OR wrote:
I ordered 3 cherry trees for my daughter's birthday last year and it was a bit late in the season to ship them, so Raintree waited until early spring of 2010 to send the trees. Since they were coming according to Raintree's optimal schedule and because they looked like good sized trees (3 to 4 foot) and because I had sandy loam soil and a good sunny exposure, I figured no worries, these babies will thrive! But actually they were all three duds--many of the buds turned out to be dead and the ones that did pop produced little limp leaves that soon died away. I gave customer service my customer identification number but they never took the trouble to pull up the invoice. Later, they asked for the invoice number which I didn't have, and for a photo of the trees. Well, it started to feel like more trouble than it was worth, and I was definitely getting the run-around, so that's why I stopped trying to get my money back and posted this note. My suggestion to Raintree's customer service would be to take the time to find the customer's order, believe them when they say that the trees were not lively or alive, and offer something palpable to even the situation out--an explanation, an apology, a replacement, a refund--anything!
|On Jun 14, 2010, 5finadene3 Lock Haven, PA wrote:
This year I ordered about 20 fruit trees- Asian pears, apples, a persimmon and a plum as well as some cranberries and salal. All of the plants looked great, but one Asian pear was missing and an apple that I didn't want was in it's place. Raintree replaced the tree right away. When another nursery couldn't fill my order, even though it was late in the season, Raintree was able to help me find appropriate substitutes. I find Raintree to be expensive, but dependable.