After recieveing my order from Nourse Farms, I can see why this is a top rated company. My order consisted of 5 Caroline raspberries, 5 Prelude raspberies, and 25 Evie strawberries. The plants arrived very quickly, (with a tracking number, so I knew what day to expect them,) and very well packaged in moist newspaper. Included was a free sample of Agri-gel, which was much appreciated. The bundle of Prelude contained five large, healthy plants as I expected, but the bundle of Caroline actually contained eight plants! It is so refreshing to find a company that truly goes above and beyond. I definately plan to order again in the future.
An excellent company! I ordered 25 Jersey Knight asparagus plants and 100 strawberry plants (25 each of Northeaster, Earliglow, Seascape and Evie-2, in two separate orders, since I decided to add to my first order). The company keeps you informed about your shipment, and includes a planting booklet that is quite helpful. The plants all arrived in excellent shape.
Asparagus report: I received 25 good-sized Jersey Knight asparagus root crowns along with 2 extras. All the crowns grew, though I lost a couple due to a windstorm. Some crowns took over two weeks to send up their first shoots. Initially, the first shoots seemed to be the only shoots, but after about a month additonal shoots began appearing. The size of the later shoots actually increased quite noticeably, suggesting that the roots were becoming well-established. By the end of the growing season, despite my questionable decision to plant pole beans between the asparagus rows, some of the asparagus plants had put out twelve to fifteen spears, most of which were thicker than a pencil. Of course, I picked nothing this first growing season. Plants located deeper within what became an 8 foot high bean jungle were less prolific in putting up ferns, but all still had several by the first frost in late October. They are now covered by about five inches of hay and 18 inches of fresh snow.
Strawberry report: Each type of strawberry arrived neatly packed with damp shredded newspaper in its own plastic bag, an identifying label. A planting gel packet was included with each order to help prevent drying out. The plants were dormant, but almost all had small visible green leaves, and their roots were in very good shape. Each package of 25 plants actually contained 26 plants. Visible growth began within two days of planting. Also, since I received them in two shipments, one around April 8th, and the other around April 30th, I can say that the later planting quickly caught up to the earlier one, and was only about a week behind the first planting in setting fruit. Of the one hundred plants, only one plant failed to grow. I mulched the plants with a salt hay substitute chopped straw mulch that turned out to have quite a wheat or barley seeds in it, and some clover. Oops.
Crop yields and tastes:
June-bearing Earliglow and Northeaster: Most flowers were removed as directed. By early August, the plants had completely filled the raised beds they were planted in. Hard frosts finally arrived in early November, and they are now covered with pine straw (pitch pine needles collected from family cottage on Cape Cod). Plants grew lush leaves almost a foot high and were very prolific in sending out runners. I confess to allowing a few of each variety to set fruit: AMAZING taste! Makes me sick to think of the things they call strawberries in the big grocery stores. Can't wait till this spring's harvest comes in!
Day-neutral Evie-2 and Seascape: While planted side-by side in two identical beds, these two varieties yielded quite different results. The Seascape berries were much more productive, and yielded berries into early November (they survived several light frosts under a layer of plastic sheeting), and still had numerous unripe berries developing when the cold finally got to them. The Evie-2 berries, a new introduction, were less successful. The yield was much lower and much less steady, producing only a couple cups of berries during the entire month of October The two varieties growth habits also seemed to reflect this difference: the Evie-2 plants did not seem as robust.
As far as taste goes, I did not notice a dramatic difference between the two day-neutral varieties, but I will point out that it is crucial to let the berries fully ripen in order to insure they are as tasty as they can be. Even when ripe, the few berries I let set early, which ripened in June, were not nearly as tasty as the June-bearers that ripened about the same time. Later harvests, especially from the Seascape plants (from early August through October) were not prolific, but were enough for breakfast berries and the occasional dessert dish, and they were of similar quality to the early berries from the plants. Also, I must say that both varieties held their size quite well--I was still picking medium to large berries in late October/early November. Both day-neutral varieties produced quite a few runners (not as many as the June-bearers), and by the fall a number of these had rooted and were themselves producing fruit. I am going to try to get a second season from them.
On Oct 8, 2010, Dyson Rocky Mount, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
*This comment is long overdue* - Last winter I spent hours ordering vegetable seed, The only thing I wanted that SSE (seed savers exchange) did not carry were strawberries, I researched different verities on DG and determined that I wanted to try "Honeoye" , being short on time I went strait to the listed vendors on the DG plant files page for this plant & decided to order from Nourse.
I ordered 50 plants, requesting that they be shipped the second week of April. A couple of days before I expected them I received an e-mail , informing me that my order had shipped and with a tracking number, The dormant plants arrived when expected and were immediately planted. There were even a couple of extra plants (I believe the total count was 53). All the plants survived and thrived except one which I probably planted to shallowly.
After watching the grandchildren "graze" their way through the strawberry patch on more than one occasion Sue (DW) informed me that I was to expand the patch and add another 100 plants next spring (none of the berries actually made it from the patch to the apartment).
Checking prices at different sites I found sources that were more and sources that were less expensive. After researching the less expensive sources in the Garden Watchdog I have decided to once again order from Nourse - the first experience went too well to chance fate for the opportunity to save a couple of bucks.
Nourse farms is grade A in my book. I ordered some strawberry plants, currents and blackberries and they all have had fruit this year. I will not even think about using another nursery for my berries and small fruits. Thanks
Nourse farms sells some really high quality product! After being told about this place by a friend I immediately ordered some rhubarb which I have not seen since I was a kid and some blueberries for my northern climate. As of late everything is doing marvelous. I cannot wait until my wife gets to make our first home made rhubarb pie since my mom used to make them when I was young. I will probably put up some pics to tease everyone. LOL. Great company in my book!
I got 10 raspberry, 10 blackberry, 6 gooseberry, 3 currant, and 1 elderberry bare root plants from Nourse this spring (early April). It's been 2.5 months and most have done quite well and all except one raspberry survived (29/30 isn't bad...). The elderberry/gooseberry/currants are still a pretty small, but the blackberries (Triple Crown and Prime Jan) and surviving red raspberries (Autumn Brittan) have really taken off and about 2/3 of the plants set to produce a few berries this year (raspberries have ripening berries and the blackberries have flowers). The black raspberries (Jewel) came as tissue cultures, instead of bare roots. They all survived, but it looks like it will be another year before any have berries.
I ordered Caroline raspberry and a blue berry plant from them this spring. The raspberries were all decent size and grew well. The blueberry was a runt, but was shipped well and dormant. It is growing well…but would have wished for a larger plant
All in all, I would order from them again; but not blueberries.
On Jun 11, 2010, jcsgreenthumb Pisgah Forest, NC (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on May 13, 2010, updated June 11, 2010
Great communication, plants arrived on schedule and looked very healthy. The rhubarb divisions were much bigger than I expected. The strawberries had nice root systems.
Would definitely order again.
On June 11th, 2010, jcsgreenthumb added the following:
All the plants are doing wonderfully. The rhubarb is fantastic. I placed another order just a few weeks ago and was worried that it would be too late to ship, but the plants arrived 10 days later in great condition.
I ordered five of each of three different raspberry plants from the company's excellent website. The process was flawless and I was updated via email when my order was placed, packed, and shipped. The plants arrived quickly, were well-packaged and exactly what I ordered, large, healthy, and came with clear planting instructions. Every plant is growing beautifully so far in my newly established bed--my plants look better than my neighbor's, and she's been growing for years. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.
I give my highest praise to this company and will be back next season for some asparagus and blueberries. Order with confidence!
On May 23, 2010, SoutheastIndy Indianapolis, IN wrote:
I made a first order from Nourse and ordered 25 Nova Red Raspberry Plants. The plants were huge and I even had to plant some in three gallon nursery pots because of the roots being so big. Overall a good first experience and would buy raspberry plants from them again.
On May 10, 2010, Allie88 Palmyra, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I think this was the best experience I have had with a mail order company that sells live plants. I ordered strawberries, raspberries, and a gooseberry bush. All came looking healthy and alive. They even threw in an extra strawberry plant. I planted them several weeks ago and all are thriving. They look great! I will definitely order from this company again. I only wish they sold perennials and shrubs!
My first order based on a friend's recommendation, received order last week. Purple asparagus roots are HUGE, largest I've seen (Gurney's roots can't compare-my previous supplier). Very fresh, wet the roots and 3 days later they started to grow! No other place to buy asparagus if you want one of their limited varieties-period. 5 Ouchita blackberry plants very short, 6-8 inch sticks, but very nice root systems. Roots 12+ inches long. One Chandler blueberrry plant-average size (what I expected-18 inches tall) with nice root system compared to other vendors. This company deserves it's good reputation based on my experience. Excellent plants, good prices and accurate shipping as scheduled.
On Apr 25, 2010, drneutrino Needham, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have ordered multiple times over the past 10 years. I have had tremendous success with their Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries. I have now moved and have another order in this year and look forward to starting my gardens up again.
On Mar 27, 2010, audreymarmot Annapolis United States (Zone 7a) wrote:
I just planted raspberries and strawberries from this company. They had great communication via email, and told me exactly when they would ship. The shipment arrived a day later.
Things aren't growing yet so I can't report as to the quality of the stock. But what customer service. I was missing one in a packet of 5 raspberry canes, and I was dividing with 4 friends, so a missing one was a BIG deal. I phoned, and she sent one that day. It arrived the day after I phoned. Now that is service!
Bravo, Nourse Farms. Wish every mail order company were so courteous, responsive, and on the ball.
And I wish you sold cherry trees!
Ok, just received my 1st order from these folks. I orderd 25 strawberries, 4 gooseberies, 6 currants, 25 blackberries, & 10 raspberries. The raspberries (Royalty) were a bit puny. The rest of the plants were quite big & healthy, however. I was impressed with the currants & Kiowa blackberries especially. The only complaint is that putting all those out on Sunday was backbreaking work, but I suppose that's MY fault, eh? :-) --Jimmy
I ordered Caroline and Taylor raspberries along with L'amour and Northeaster strawberries. Everything was packaged beautifully, shipping is reasonable, and the Plants were wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this nursery. All the plants thrived, and overwintered without any problems. The berries are more delicious than described!! Great company.
I cannot say enough good things about this company. Not only are their growing practices fantastic, their customer service, and plants are some of the best I've ever seen. We grow professionally and will continue to use Nourse for our farm.
On Jun 8, 2009, livefreeordie Yeagertown, PA wrote:
My top pick for Brambles and Ribes, they are the fastest to ship, best quality I have ever seen, great prices, better order early, word is out on how good they are, you can expect them to be sold out early every year. Great communication, wish every company were like them.
Placed two orders this year. Both filled promptly and packed very well. Plants in excellent shape upon arrival and have responded better than expected when planted. I will continue to utilize this company for my gardening needs and have recommended my grown children to do likewise.
I ordered 50 asparagus roots. They arrived when promised, in great shape and were HUGE. ALL of them grew. Also, their planting guide is helpful and informative for many varieties of plants. I wished I would have ordered strawberries from them before they sold out of most varieties.
On May 4, 2009, Leslie500 Woodland Park, CO wrote:
I got FANTASTIC berry plants from Nourse Farms! This was the first time I've ordered from this company, but won't be the last.
They have a great website... lots of information there and it was a breeze to order online. (They also have a nice printed version of their catalog) Very fast shipping... they delivered exactly when I asked them to. Actually, the plants came one day early, so be ready. I was super thrilled! These were the healthiest plants I've ever seen; I ordered strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Plants arrived dormant, with gobs and gobs of roots; I was able to put them in the ground right away. The strawberry plants are waking up already; and they are absolutely gorgeous! Very strong, happy plants... a deep, rich, lush-green color, and growing amazingly fast. I can't wait to place another order with them next spring...
On Apr 30, 2009, KYGardenGirl Georgetown, KY wrote:
I have ordered strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus plants from Nourse. All have been good sized, healthy plants that perform well. Their planting guide is an excellent help, especially when growing plants that are new to you.
I ordered from Nourse for the first time last season. I wanted to wait a full year before rating them. Ordered Rhubarb, Strawberries, and Blueberries. The order process was easy on line. The plants arrived at the requested time and looked fantastic. They are now one year old and look great. The blueberries are bigger and more vigorous than plants we ordered from another nursery a whole year before. Would order from them again.
On Apr 22, 2009, LovesCheese Clearfield, UT wrote:
I did a group order with my mom, together we ordered 20 raspberries, 5 blackberries, 2 rhubarb, 2 currant, and 25 strawberries.
The plants were all in great shape. I have ordered bare root berry plants before and I just got a little stick with maybe 4 roots. These were beautiful, obviously well established plants. They had larger roots and the strawberries all have signs of life. I am very impressed with the condition of these plants and I will update when more of them come out of dormancy.
I just wish I had a bigger yard so I could order more from Nourse. I ordered 8 blueberry bushes and they all arrived in amazing condition. These were some of the healthiest bare root plants I have ever seen. Communication from the company was excellent and they responded quickly on the 2 occasions when I needed to contact them. I would highly recommend them as the first place to go for berries.
On Apr 7, 2009, jensing528 Belen, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is the first time I have ordered from Nourse and it won't be the last. Great customer service and some of the healthiest bare roots I have seen. I placed a group order that consisted of almost 700 raspberries, 100 horseradish, 50 asparagus, and three current bushes. There were plenty of extras. Everyone that went in on the order has been very pleased.
On Mar 30, 2009, gardenkeeper1 Palatine Bridge, NY wrote:
I have purchased from Nourse Farms for the last three years. I have been extremely pleased with everything I've ordered. I ordered 3 blueberry bushes, 10 raspberries, and 2 varieties of strawberries. Everything is thriving in my garden. Customer Service is A++. I'll be ordering Asparagus next year. Just a word of caution, if you want to order something, don't wait. They often sell out of their popular varieties. Order early to get the selection you want.
On Mar 16, 2009, kxa132 Madison Heights, VA wrote:
I ordered the strawberry collection and those were the most amazing and vigourous plants. They had very thick roots and green plants. I planted according to the directions and in the first season, the plants were HUGE with runners everywhere and even produced a few berries. Unfortunately, we moved unexpectedly before the 2nd season when they would have produced for us. But I would still reccommend this company for the quality stock.
I had also ordered 5 Black raspberry plants - they had very large root balls and all showed growth. Unfortunately, when we were preparing to move, a friend was helping us tidy the lawn and weed whacked my plants to nothing! I don't know if they came up again for the new owners.
I plan on ordering the same exact thing this year for our new house. I was very impressed with my first order.
On Mar 1, 2009, Zeppy Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I ordered 25 asparagus for our home garden. I have NO experience with asparagus, but followed their instructions. Every single one survived, and they look about ten times thicker and hardier than asparagus I see in other gardens. Very pleased!