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Positive wildagain
(5 reviews)
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.
The plant care guide included in the package was a wealth of information-- I'll be saving it for future reference, probably for years.
I'm already looking forward to placing an order next year.

Positive bryana
(61 reviews)
On Apr 23, 2011, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

Posted on November 11, 2010, updated April 23, 2011
I ordered two sweet cherries and two goose berry bushes.
The sweet cherries survived a brutal winter in upstate NY and a dry summer - they started producing fruit two years after planting.
The gooseberries were very good but this year they were attacked by some insect or disease that defoliated them - my fault for not spraying them. Good quality fruit trees and bushes.


On April 23rd, 2011, bryana added the following:

I ordered two fig trees.
One was good sized - 24 inches tall in a 6 inch pot. The other was only 7 inches tall, also in a 6 inch pot. I called to complain about the size of the smaller one and they refunded the purchase price.
Not the best experience (I would rather have had the full sized tree) but still good enough for a positive rating. Both trees have a small pair of leaves on top and appear to be healthy.
Neutral mad_cat
(3 reviews)
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.

Positive skyfarms
(5 reviews)
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.

Positive Iriseyes
(2 reviews)
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.
3 years ago I ordered from another major fruit tree supplier and I must admit Raintree's trees are much nicer. The grafts from that company were very close to the roots and I have had problems with rootstock trying to grow branches. The trees were about the same size but the roots from the first company were small and spindly, not very well branched. From that company I ordered 15 trees and only lost 2 but I feel these new trees will thrive and grow much more nicely than the others.
I did communicate with the customer service department via email regarding one tree, prior to shipping. One rootstock was unavailable but they had the same tree on a different (but just as adequate for my growing conditions) rootstock. I also called them prior to shipping to add more strawberries (origionally I only ordered 50, but later changed my mind). That call was quickly answered, order easily placed, and a confirmation email was quickly received.
Thanks Raintree!

Positive SteveGubkin
(4 reviews)
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!

Positive gopals
(7 reviews)
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.

Positive BrianVA
(2 reviews)
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.

Negative hillbillyfarms
(1 review)
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.

Negative shauss
(6 reviews)
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.

I can understand the snowstorm was an unplanned event, but it occurred WEEKS after I requested ASAP shipping. Not acceptable customer service at all. And not an unusual occurrence based on others' reviews. Raintree is only a couple hours south of us, so we're well aware of the extent of the "snowstorm"--there's not really a good excuse for this delay.

If you are trying to time the planting of your purchases so that they can make the best start for your climate, you might want to consider another vendor.

Positive AxillaryBud
(8 reviews)
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.

Negative krowten
(9 reviews)
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.

I received their Spring 2011 catalog last week and discovered that the catalog incorrectly showed a picture of Autumn Olive fruit in the section for Goumi, and incorrectly claimed that Goumi fruits in August, instead of the correct late spring for Goumi.

Because of these two errors, I was concerned that I would not get a true Goumi replacement plant this spring. (It appeared to me that the company either does not know the difference between the two species, or that a mistake has been made that they are missing). I sent them an email pointing out the catalog problem and also re-communicated the problem that I had with the previous miss-id on the Goumi. Their email response was to tell me that they had a Goumi "crop failure" this year and would send me a refund for the misidentified plant. No mention was made of the catalog problem. Interesting timing of the crop failure discovery as well.

I am particularly frustrated that they chose now to send a refund, claiming a crop failure. They should have reserved a goumi for me last year, when they were initially contacted and when they promised a replacement. They should also have refunded the shipping on a product they sent that I did not order. Lastly, I believe that they learned that their goumi are autumn olive plants and rather than acknowledge a problem, chose to simply not communicate.

I have been a regular Raintree customer going back almost 20 years but have noticed that their plants have been getting smaller and have been seeing more problems with them more recently. I have mostly switched to dealing with One Green World (because of these problems), which has larger plants and has never sent me one with the wrong ID. It is sad to see what Raintree has become, as they were one of the first nurseries to start specializing in unusual edibles (to my knowledge) and used to have an excellent service record and reputation.

Negative redjeep
(9 reviews)
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.

Positive DaLiezen
(2 reviews)
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.
Out of four apple trees, one pie cherry tree, one black currant and four blueberry plants, only one failed to thrive. It happened to be on the first order; had I been on the ball I could have notified them in time and got a replacement. I'll own that mistake.
Part of the adventure in growing things is the difference in climate from their Pacific Slope/maritime cool and moist to my dry/hot and cold Spokane weather. Some things about their available stock they don't know and they are honest enough to say so. I learn as I go and will toss one of the apple trees for something that shows greater promise in the conditions I face here.
Their website is second to none in providing information regarding their stock to the home orchardist. Raising one's own apples presents both opportunity and pitfall; they've chosen well for the home gardener.
One example: they offer Queen Cox apple trees, stating they are more disease resistant than the original Cox Orange Pippin, just as fertile, and will grow somewhat smaller than COP. What I've learned since planting mine is that some folks believe Cox apples actually improve in flavor if raised on rootstock that may contain some viruses. EMLA26 is a virus-free clone of M26, and Raintree offers Queen Cox on M26. Savvy folks.

Negative RadicleGirl
(3 reviews)
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!

Positive 5finadene3
(8 reviews)
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.

Negative WVMHP
(5 reviews)
On May 24, 2010, WVMHP Divide, CO wrote:

I have ordered from Raintree for years with mixed results. This year was the last. I placed an order with them over the winter and received delivery on Thursday, May 20th. I am hugely disappointed at the truly tiny size of the plants I received this year! The Serviceberry was so small that I couldn't initially find it. The tag had slipped off because the stem was only as thick as a paperclip--no exaggeration. INCLUDING the roots, the plant was less than 5 inches long. The Shipova was basically a whip with zero branching. The three roses (two Roserai De'lay, one Frau Dagmar Hastrup) were as tiny as the Serviceberry...only potted. Tatran currant was only two inches tall and the diameter of a pencil. Black locust was about 11 inches tall and a bit thicker than a pencil lead. Other than the locust, these were NOT cheap plants. Two weeks earlier I received a couple of orders from other mail-order nurseries and their plants were both cheaper and much, much larger. I feel as though Iíve been the victim of theftómy money simply stolen.

Positive ceresone
(10 reviews)
On May 11, 2010, ceresone Willow Springs, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Posted on April 18, 2008, updated May 11, 2010
At this time, only a month into planting, I dont know how my fruit trees will grow, but the shipping was excellent, (worth the high priced shipping) Trees were tall, sturdy, leaved out upon planting, and service, when I called was excellent. Never have I seen such nice trees!
Only downside is that I cant afford to send another order THIS spring.


On May 11th, 2010, ceresone added the following:

Well--NOW I know how they will grow!I did lose a tree, which I dont guess was anyones fault--but I have to comment on the others. I've planted Apricots, and Pluots before, from other companies-I still have the tags--but no trees. THIS YEAR--at only their second year, they are loaded with fruit. The Pluot has more fruit that I've ever seen on a young tree. I will be picking a lot off today, and probably some off the Apricot. This is a company I would advise, and have, anyone to buy from. Yes, shipping is high to Missouri, but its worth it.
Positive greyslate
(12 reviews)
On Apr 30, 2010, greyslate Baltimore, MD wrote:

I've ordered many plants from this company over the last few years, and every time I've been pleased with the results. While all the blueberries I've received haven't always been as bushy as I'd hoped for, they have solid root systems that means they're flourishing by the end of spring. Good selection with great packing and a staff responsive to questions.

Negative Bombix
(1 review)
On Apr 28, 2010, Bombix Rockford, IL wrote:

Early last November, as part of a larger order, I prepaid for a Kirke's Blue plum tree and a 'Mirabelle de Nancy' plum tree (now identified by Raintree as 'Gras Romanesc'), as part of a 4 tree, European style, 2 story espalier to be installed on the south side of my house. Yesterday I received this email from the Inventory Manager:

I'm sorry due to a miscount we do not have the Kirkeís Blue Plum you ordered. I have removed the unavailable item from your order and refunded your credit card $32.50. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A miscount? This leaves me (at the last minute) with only one plum tree (with no pollinator), no other source for Kirke's Blue, and past most nurseries' deadlines for fruit tree delivery. I could almost forgive them for making a stupid (and human) mistake, but besides the lack of any real sincerity or concern, there was no suggestion for another plum tree or another source, no "what can we do to make it right?"

Suffice to say I will never order from Raintree again. I could understand a crop failure, that's the way it goes, but quite a bit of sweat, time and money has gone into installing the espalier so that it would be ready for this year's neighborhood Garden Walk. I hope visitor's to my garden will appreciate Raintree's 'miscount' excuse as much as I do.

Positive artwerks
(3 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2010, artwerks Springfield, IL wrote:

Posted on April 14, 2010, updated April 26, 2010
Ordered Tehranivee sweet cherry, Hollywood plum & 2 apple trees. The cherry tree was HUGE, it looked like it was almost ready to grow cherries!..The plum tree was also pretty big w/lot's of branches. The apples trees were basically sticks, but I've heard apple trees grow fast. However, we ordered 2 NON-pollinating apple trees which are never going to produce apples since neither one will pollinate the other one. Didn't read the fine print when I ordered. Wish they would have brought that to our attention. So now in order to get any apples, we have to order 2 more apple trees of different varieties and these both have to be pollinators. (or take these out & start over). Also, there are 4 different seasons of apples, so you have to get 2 trees in the same season, prior season or the next season. Pretty complicated. Overall, good experience...especially since the cherry tree is so big!
Would order again....


On April 26th, 2010, artwerks added the following:

WOW!...Wanted to state that the cherry tree actually has blooms on it!..Unbelievable...has only been in the ground a few weeks!

This cherry tree took almost 30 years to get to where it's at today....there were 4000 different seeds planted in 1969 and this is the result.....can't wait to start eating cherries...THANKS RAINTREE!!!!
Positive gfm
(13 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2010, gfm Melrose, MA wrote:

Very pleased with my Raintree experience, especially their cherry trees on Gisela 5 rootstock. I ordered 5 trees, a couple hardy kiwis and a rosa rugosa. The trees all have excellent root systems and were as good as any other vendor I've ordered from. I'm always worried when ordering from across the country, that the roots will be a bit dry. Not an issue here...the order was packaged well and everything arrived in great shape for the most part. The Kiwi had leafed out and were a bit banged up from the trip, but nothing serious. I will definitely order from them again.

Positive warrennj
(9 reviews)
On Apr 23, 2010, warrennj Great Meadows, NJ wrote:

Once again very happy with the quality of the product from this company. I ordered 2 citrus trees this season and within 1 week of ordering I had two well branched and well rooted trees that were nearly 3 feet tall at my front door. Living on the East Coast, shipping products from the West Coast is always a little expensive, but the quality is worth the extra dollars.

Positive ewurster
(4 reviews)
On Apr 9, 2010, ewurster Williamsport, PA wrote:

I decided to place an order with Raintree this spring, and am glad that I did. 3 blackberry hybrids, 1 grape, and 2 gooseberries. When the plants arrived, I noted that they were packaged better than any plants I have ever received. The blackberries were in pots, with plastic bags wrapped over the pots to keep the dirt from falling out. The gooseberries and grape were bareroot, and the roots were in moist shredded paper, wrapped in plastic bags. All were in a triangular cardboard tube, which protected them well. All plants are large and healthy. Compared to other nurseries, the prices were decent as well. A good experience and I will be a return customer.

Positive nini1953
(4 reviews)
On Mar 28, 2010, nini1953 Gloucester County, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Ordered for the first time from Raintree.. was concerned about the negative and neutral ratings of the past. I ordered this past January, set a delivery date and the two cherry trees and the fig tree arrived on time last week. Both trees were of excellent size and the fig that I thought would be on the small size due to past reviews was a nice size that actually arrived in a pot, not bare rooted like the trees. Both of the trees were in lovely shape, well packed and I was able to get them all planted yesterday. The only communication glitch I experience has to do with the UPS site not updating their information in a timely manner as to the delivery date.. not Raintrees fault. I did call Raintree and was updated as to where the trees were in their delivery and was able to figure out their arrival time from that. I will be ordering from this company again.

Positive price403
(5 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2010, price403 Ivydale, WV wrote:

I ordered 5 Patriot blueberry bushes, 1 Queen Cox apple on EMLA 26, 1 Stella cherry on 3CR178, 10 EMLA 27 apple rootstocks and 2 Red Pearl lingonberry bushes from Raintree. Everything arrived the other day and to my surprise was of better quality than the plants I ordered from other nurseries. I am very happy with my plants and will definitely be a repeat customer.

Positive jhm135
(1 review)
On Feb 22, 2010, jhm135 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA wrote:

I recently received an order of apple rootstock, and was pleasantly surprised by the caliper (larger than advertised) and by the quality of the roots. I was also impressed by how carefully the order was packaged.

Neutral pylot
(1 review)
On Feb 3, 2010, pylot Richmond, CA wrote:

I bought two blackberry plants that were advertised as "1 year plants". I expected to receive plants with primocanes at least 1-2 ft long. However, what I got looks more like recently rooted tips: one has about 6 in green growth, and the other about half an inch (basically just now sprouting from the root). They look healthy, but definitely not the size they let you believe. I will try to avoid them in the future.

Positive henderson9
(8 reviews)
On Sep 8, 2009, henderson9 Camden, SC wrote:

I have ordered two different seasons from Raintree. Both times the transaction was easy, and healthy well sized plants were sent at the proper planting time. I'll definitely order from them again.

Positive sunnynparadise
(4 reviews)
On Jul 8, 2009, sunnynparadise Tacoma, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have done business with Raintree for years and consider them the reason why I am so interested in edible landscaping. I have never had a problem with the plant material either mailed to me or picked up at the nursery. I have failed to water plants as much as they needed and the one time a plant mysteriously died it was replaced. They also have awesome events during the year especially the cider squeeze. Sam Benowitz the owner is very environmentally concious and the nursery is in an amazingly gorgeous area. I recently purchased blueberries from an out of state orchard and it was a dismal failure. I did this because Raintree was sold out of the variety I wanted. I will not do that again. (Willis Orchards - Dismal Experience) I give Raintree and staff 5 stars!

Positive kenryg
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2009, kenryg Trenton, MI wrote:

My experience with Raintree has been very positive. This year (2009) I ordered 4 fruit trees (peach, red tart cherry, 3 in one plum, apricot) and a gooseberry bush. I received everything I ordered. They also shipped when promised. All trees/shrubs are doing great! Several years ago I ordered a serviceberry and it too is growing fine. I just placed an order for a lemon and lime tree. Also, their selection of fruit trees and fruiting shrubs is excellent.

Positive RemyO
(11 reviews)
On May 22, 2009, RemyO Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I pre-ordered a 4 in 1 Asian pear tree late last year since I know these types of items tend to run out from companies. At the time they offered a free item with any order over some dollar amount for ordering early, and I qualified. So I picked a cranberry viburnum.
This spring they shipped the week I specified and sent an email reminder to me. The pear tree looks great. The trunk is wider in diameter than I expected and all the grafts look good. The viburnum was a big surprise. I was expecting a little twig. I got a nice shrub! It is at least 2 1/2' tall planted and is going to look really good very fast.

Neutral artemiss
(11 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2009, artemiss Toledo, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I recieved an email several days after placing my order giving me a shipping date and stating that my card wouldn't be charged until that date.

What actually happened was that my card was charged a full week ahead of the date I was given, and I have yet to recieve the promised shipping number.

Not such a big deal, except that I hadn't yet transferred funds over to that account, since I didn't anticipate that charge to be deducted until the date I was given, and I incurred fees as a result. My fault for not having the money there already, but still, I feel it was poor communication on behalf of the vendor. I have placed preorders with other companies many months in advance and not had this issue.

Note to Raintree:
It would behoove you to stick to the dates provided in regards to payment, especialIy if it is going to take several weeks to process your orders. I have heard really great things about your merchandise, and was pleased with your prices and selection. I would have loved to have left a positive review, but in light of the poor communication, I just can't.


On May 31st, 2009, artemiss changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Even though I was not pleased with their communication, the plants received were healthy and hearty.
Positive vossner
(108 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2009, vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was a little hesitant about ordering as 20% of feedback left was negative, but I went ahead an ordered anyway.

My fig was taller than I expected, shipped promptly and when I asked to speak w/ the horticulturist before placing my order, I was promptly connected. Order taker and horticulturist were helpful and polite.

Many of their prices are lower than some of the prices on fruit trees I could get locally. I have saved their catalog and it will be required reading next winter when I plan my fruit tree purchases. Will not hesitate to buy from this company in the future.

Positive Amoena
(10 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2009, Amoena Nashville, TN wrote:

My original order with Raintree took place last year, spring of 2008. I placed an order with them because they had an exellent selection of hard-to-find edibles, particularly Alpine strawberries, of which I ordered a whole case of 18, in order
to recieve the quantity discount. ($100 seems rather costly for only 18 strawberry plants, but believe me, they are worth it.)
The majority of my order was very satisfactory, and arrived in exellent condition......the one exception was the case of Alpine strawberries. They had been overwatered and tightly sealed in plastic, with predictable results: The plants were steamed to death in the bags.
I notified Raintree right away, and they agreed to replace my strawberries the following spring, (2009.)
The replacement plants arrived today, looking as if I had picked them up at a local nursery! The trip from Washington state to Tennessee is a long one, and I am quite pleased. They did not even charge me for the shipping. After the mixed results last year, I am now confident to give Raintree a positive rating.

Negative skintback
(1 review)
On Apr 15, 2009, skintback Alba, TX wrote:

I got three different shipment dates when I called/emailed and requested when my order was going to ship. When I did get it, I received less than what I ordered of each rootstock with no explanation. When I requested a confimation of my original order by email after delivery I got nothing in return. All but two of the lovell rootstock were dead when received, but the rest look fine. I was very disappointed in this company that appeared to have so much to offer.

Justin, TX

Positive MigratoryMargie
(1 review)
On Apr 11, 2009, MigratoryMargie Caballo, NM wrote:

Raintree was the only place I could find that had the fig I wanted, Violette de Bordeaux. I also ordered an Eversweet pomegranate. Both were very well packaged, arrived in excellent condition and had lots of roots. I agree with other user comments that the company could be more prompt about emailing the status of your order but I am happy with the plants and would order from them again.

Neutral johnrsharp
(3 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2009, johnrsharp Hillsboro, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mixed results. Ordered raspberries, blueberries, fig, and a pear tree. The raspberries worked out well - not surprising since raspberries are easy to propagate. Blue berry bushes were very tiny. After two years, they are still less than 1 foot tall. The fig was also very small, but figs grow fast. The pear tree had no roots at all. Not just bare root, but no root. The ad says that their fruit trees are "well rooted". It grow about 2" the first year and almost died. The 2nd year it grew another 4", but looks like it will make it now. Raintree did refund my money on the pear.

Neutral spidra
(7 reviews)
On Apr 2, 2009, spidra Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have had normal experiences (not exceptional, just normal) with Raintree and I've had frustrating ones. My guess is that they have good intentions but have made some bad business decisions as far as managing growth are concerned.

My negatives are that they often take a couple business days to even confirm an online order. Furthermore, I ordered some bareroot trees in winter for spring delivery. I never got an itemized receipt in email and there was a great deal of mystery as to when in spring the trees would finally arrive. This made it hard to arrange the physical help I need to plant trees.

Most recently, I noticed Raintree had a rarity that I wanted to try. I ordered it. A day or two later I was contacted by email because apparently I had entered my cc# wrong. Oh, by the way, the main thing I'd made the order for, the rarity, was out of stock for the season. I found it odd it was mentioned in an offhand way because when checking out of the online shopping cart, I ticked off the box that said to call or email me if something was out of stock. I wonder if my cc# hadn't been typo'd would I have been contacted? In any case, they need to come up with a better shopping cart and inventory system that will let them know that something is sold out and immediately remove it from being listed on their website as available. It's so disappointing to think you've ordered something and come up empty.

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