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Positive dchu
(2 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2014, dchu San Francisco, CA wrote:

Posted on March 1, 2014, updated April 15, 2014
WOW!!! I am thrilled with my order from Nourse Farms. I ordered a bundle of 5 'Jaclyn' raspberries, 5 'Taylor' raspberries, and 25 'Mara des Bois' strawberries. The plants had the most robust bareroot systems I've ever seen. In fact (and I know this is a big no-no) I had to trim back the roots on the raspberries because I just wasn't prepared to dig a >2ft deep trench for them. The strawberries started to push out new growth the day after planting, and are already starting to flower. The raspberries are just breaking dormancy and all are looking good. I would definitely order again.


On April 15th, 2014, dchu added the following:

oh! Glad to know. Actually, I heeled in the last few in a shallow horizontal trench because I'd gotten tired of digging. I guess those are the correctly planted ones! They all sprouted, regardless.
On Apr 15, 2014, Nourse Farms Inc. responded with:

"On Mar 24, 2014 9:37 AM, Nourse Farms Inc. responded with:

We appreciate all of our customers and their great reviews! I just want to gently remind everyone that raspberry roots are planted horitontally in a shallow trench, not vertically.
Nate Nourse"


Positive berry1995
(4 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2014, berry1995 Rodney Village, DE wrote:

This is the BEST berry plant company I have dealt with. Their strawberries come packed well and have very good root system. I recommend this company to anyone growing strawberries. A++

Positive HankerB
(4 reviews)
On Jul 19, 2013, HankerB Jordan, MN wrote:

We got some raspberry "thinings" from a friend who recommended Nourse Farms. We can't recommend them enough. We will be ordering more - we have 10 acre hobby farm to fill.

Positive littlebunnyfufu
(2 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2013, littlebunnyfufu South Sumter, SC wrote:

I purchased eight varieties of strawberries (400 plants) from Nourse Farm. The order was processed very quickly, and the strawberries arrived on my doorstep in under a week. These were the best strawberry plants I've purchased from anywhere. They were large, well-hydrated, and vigorous. Very few of the plants failed to survive planting. The vast majority had several leaves and started blooming within a week of planting. I will definitely be ordering more from Nourse Farm next year to try other varieties of strawberries.

Positive rugbycrumpet
(6 reviews)
On May 25, 2013, rugbycrumpet Sharon, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Purchased 75 strawberry plants. All were healthy and are flowering in my garden now. The package came with great instructions on how to plant and care for them. Excellent company.

Positive Moltolive
(2 reviews)
On May 13, 2013, Moltolive Santa Clarita, CA wrote:

Wonderful customer service beat my expectations. I ordered two strawberry varieties and one raspberry. They all arrived promptly, based exactly on the delivery time I chose, were packed well and very healthy, and had the longest, largest roots I have ever EVER seen by mail order or even from local suppliers. I actually showed them off to fellow gardeners in my neighborhood.

One of the strawberry varieties did not do so well (the other as well as the raspberries are excellent and huge). I contacted Nourse to ask if the cultivar had a special requirements to thrive since I was attempting to troubleshoot what went wrong. To my extreme surprise, my care question was answered quickly AND I was informed they were shipping me out another batch since they guarantee their plants. I was amazed... I never asked for that nor expected it... they just do it. Not only that, but the plants went out in their next shipment via fedex.

I can not begin to express how satisfied I am with the superb quality, timing, exceptional customer service, and really good prices Nourse Farms has. I will always order from them forever now. I can't recommend any company more highly than Nourse.

Positive jjr149
(4 reviews)
On Apr 19, 2013, jjr149 Shiloh, PA wrote:

Very happy costumer. The roots on the Jewel Raspberry plants could have doubled as a mopping utensil. All plants shipped well with wet roots in plastic bag with shredded newspaper. Large buds already present on Jewel raspberries. Prelude raspberry plants have thick stocks with nice long roots. Reka bluberry plant very healthy but a little bit smaller than expected. Packet of AgriGel shipped for free (this is a neat product). Nourse has the best set of reference materials out there. I am extremely confident I will have success in growing my own berries. Thank you Nourse, keep up the great work!

Positive johnsvmf
(8 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2013, johnsvmf Morgantown, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

MY BEST EXPERIENCE WITH A MAIL ORDER NURSERY -

Communication = Excellent, Scheduled delivery, notified when plants were shipped, web site provides excellent planting information, Nourse sent a how to plant and care for pamphlet.

Quality of Plants = Excellent
100 Chester Blackberries each with roots over a foot long and buds
7 Goosberries=Excellent
6 Currant=Excellent
6 Elderberry=Excellent
6 Rhubarb (Roots are dried out but I think they're viable)
10 Horseradish=Excellent

Value = Nourse Farms is the real deal. The plants are a great what you get.

Positive AS
(43 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2013, AS (Zone 7a) wrote:

Outstanding plants and service - by far, the best source of small fruiting plants I've found. I have ordered cane berries from several sources over the years, but I have never received plants like these before. Every one of them had an impressive root system, with lots of feeder roots. Some of those roots were so long I had to re-dig my holes to accommodate them.

Positive w08833
(3 reviews)
On Aug 9, 2012, w08833 Lebanon, NJ wrote:

what can I say? Nourse is great.

this year I ordered Albion strawberries and Autumn Britten and Caroline raspberries. the Albion and Autumn Britten are already bearing. the Caroline is a weed! I need to tuck canes under the trellis every day.

Positive Pepper88
(7 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2012, Pepper88 Granite Falls, MN wrote:

I placed a small order of raspberries with Nourse Farms this June before their shipping season ended for the summer. Within 6 days of receiving and planting the bare root plants, several had already leafed out. Within 2 weeks all had leafed out and are growing well. I look forward to ordering from them in the future. Their plants seem really healthy with large root systems.

Positive pollyk
(83 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2012, pollyk Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on June 7, 2011, updated June 17, 2012
Posted on May 18, 2010, updated June 7, 2011
Perfect internet experience.

The ordering process was very easy. I received confirmation immediately. There was an item I forgot to add, and emailed them to ask it be added, and received an email back quickly, and the item was added without problem.

The strawberries and raspberries I received are all large healty plants. In excellent shape.,

Plants were scheduled to ship Fed Ex 5/17, I received an email they had shipped on that date, and received them today 5/18!

Would highly recommend, and definitely will be back (for some asparagus next year).

Polly @ Siberian Iris Gardens


On June 7th, 2011, pollyk added the following:

Just wanted to add to my comment how well the strawberries and raspberries I received from this company are doing.

When I was a kid my father grew Sparkle strawberries. Dad always said they were the very best tasting. I know they're an old, common variety, but they are hard to find around here, even with local growers. Well, my husband tasted his first one today from my order from Nourse, and just raved, and raved about the taste.

All the strawberries have done so well, they are covered with berries, and the raspberries, oh my gosh! Not ripe yet, but just totally heavy with berries.

A big summer thank you to Nourse!
On June 17th, 2012, pollyk added the following:

Wanted to add for 2012. My gosh have the raspberries increased. I hadn't planned on thinning them for a couple of years. I guess I will need to do it soon. They are just covered with berries.

It's going to be a berrylicious year here!
Positive balconygardner
(2 reviews)
On May 30, 2012, balconygardner New York, NY wrote:

Posted on April 3, 2012, updated May 30, 2012
I ordered the 'Ben Sarek' black currant, 'Hinnomaki Red' gooseberry, and 'Bluegold' blueberry. They arrived in great condition and only took one day to get here. The plants were super healthy and had large root systems. I had to cancel one part of my order, and the customer service was nice and helpful.
I will definitely order from this company again once I get more room to garden!


On May 30th, 2012, balconygardner added the following:

After two months of growing, the plants they sent me look great! I had one problem with the black currant, but they immediately fixed it with another healthy plant. The customer service is great too. I emailed them, and within the hour I had an email back with all of my questions answered.

I also placed a second order with them since I just moved to a new place with a lot more land. I ordered 10 raspberries, two gooseberries, and two currants. I changed the order at least two times, and they were extremely kind about the whole process. They shipped the plants the day I ordered and I received them the following day.
I definitely recommend this company to all other avid gardeners out there.The customer service is wonderful, the shipping is fast, and more importantly the plants are healthy and ready to grow. Give them a try and you won't be disappointed!
Positive crazybanshee
(3 reviews)
On May 10, 2012, crazybanshee Clear Spring, MD wrote:

New customer here, I decided to order from Nourse after seeing all the positive feedback here. I ordered their strawberry collection, blueberry collection, and 25 asparagus crowns. All I can say is wow! I got email confirmation when I ordered, another one a week before shipment (I had delayed shipment due to a cold snap here) another one when it shipped, and a tracking update but before I even looked at that the boxes were at my door! I planted right away. Within 2 days all but 2 of the 75 strawberry plants had sprouted big leaves. Those 2 earliglow look like they're DOA but overall I can't complain. The asparagus have been shooting up ever since and even though I've never planted them before the instructions Nourse sent along with the plants are clear. Not too much yet from the blueberries but I figured they would take longer to show. After all, it's only been a week since I planted! Will update later on but so far I'm impressed.

Positive JMKM1976
(16 reviews)
On May 3, 2012, JMKM1976 Hornell, NY wrote:

Posted on March 14, 2012, updated May 3, 2012
Posted on December 30, 2011, updated March 14, 2012
Posted on December 30, 2011, updated December 30, 2011
Posted on April 13, 2011, updated December 30, 2011
Posted on April 8, 2011, updated April 13, 2011
I placed my first order with Nourse Farms this year and so far, the expereince has been great. This company is great about communicating what is going on with your order and when your order will ship.

I ordered 10 Caroline raspberry plants and 10 Heritage raspberry plants and simply can not wait to recieve them and begin growing my own berries (as opposed to spending about $4 per cup when it takes 2 cups of berries for every jam recipie I make).


On April 13th, 2011, JMKM1976 added the following:

Raspberries were recieved, soaked in the Agri-gel solutin for 2 hours and planted yesterday. All plants looked to be good-sized and very well rooted. The instructions say it can be 3-4 weeks before they show signs of breaking dormancy, so it will likely be much later that I update on the growth and hardiness of the plants. I am excited, but my children are 100 times more excited about the berry plants as they have gone out to pick wild varieties year after year, the idea of picking berries from their yard is thrilling and I hope that the non-wild varieties will amaze them further by being more prolific producers than wild varieties.
On December 30th, 2011, JMKM1976 added the following:

All 20 raspberry bushes grew very well!!! Both varieties (Caroline and Heritage) yeilded crops this fall. However, there was a very marked difference between the two varieties in terms of berry size and production that I feel can only be attributed to the variety as the soil, light and supports were identical for all the plants.

The heritage set a very small crop of very small berries compared to the Caroline plants. The Caroline plants set a huge crop of almost nickle sized berries.

Between the two varieties, from late September through to late November (it even snowed and did not stop these bushes from setting and ripening more fruit!) I harvested six quaurts of raspberries and... my children, neices and nephews were stopping by the bushes at least once a week to "snack" away ripe berries as well.

So, essentially, the bushes have about paid for themselves already! I got lots of raspberry jam made, some raspberry syrup (for pancakes and such) and some raspberry pie filling (mostly for topping cheesecakes).

I plan to buy more from this company this coming spring... I think more Caroline raspberries, some black berries, strawberry plants (the ones I have are small berried, I want larger berries) and asparagus. I think I saw horseradish and rhubarb, if so, then I'll trust this company to provide these as well.

Superb company!!!!!!!!!!!
On December 30th, 2011, JMKM1976 added the following:

All 20 raspberry bushes grew very well!!! Both varieties (Caroline and Heritage) yeilded crops this fall. However, there was a very marked difference between the two varieties in terms of berry size and production that I feel can only be attributed to the variety as the soil, light and supports were identical for all the plants.

The heritage set a very small crop of very small berries compared to the Caroline plants. The Caroline plants set a huge crop of almost nickle sized berries.

Between the two varieties, from late September through to late November (it even snowed and did not stop these bushes from setting and ripening more fruit!) I harvested six quaurts of raspberries and... my children, neices and nephews were stopping by the bushes at least once a week to "snack" away ripe berries as well.

So, essentially, the bushes have about paid for themselves already! I got lots of raspberry jam made, some raspberry syrup (for pancakes and such) and some raspberry pie filling (mostly for topping cheesecakes).

I plan to buy more from this company this coming spring... I think more Caroline raspberries, some black berries, strawberry plants (the ones I have are small berried, I want larger berries) and asparagus. I think I saw horseradish and rhubarb, if so, then I'll trust this company to provide these as well.

Superb company!!!!!!!!!!!
On March 14th, 2012, JMKM1976 added the following:

So, after my experience with Nourse last year, I anticipated returning all winter long to order again... this time, an order three times as large as my last order:

Raspberries Ordered:
10 Caroline @ $24.00
10 Polana @ $24.00
5 Prelude @ $15.80

Strawberries:
50 Mesabi @ $18.35
50 Cabot @ $19.40
25 Jewel @ $11.50
25 Sparkle @ $11.50

OTHER:
5 Chester Blackberries @ $22.80
25 Jersey Knight Aspargus @ $20.50
5 Horseradish-Roots @ $10.10

I have to say that, thusfar, i am very impressed with Nourse and will continue to return year after year!

On May 3rd, 2012, JMKM1976 added the following:

As expected, Nourse came through with amazing plants! All were planted upon arrival and appear to be doing as magnificently as the last order. I was so certain taht Nourse plants would grow and flourish that some of my order, 10 raspberry and 50 strawberry plants, were given to my little nieces and nephew for Earth Day. I would not have given them plants that I though would struggle or die and cause them to be disappointed by their gardening expereinces. They cheerfully check the growth of their strawberry patch every day and have reported that a couple of their raspberry bushes are "waked up".

Thanks Nourse, for great mail order experiences, great plants that I can be confident in buying and even sharing.
Positive FLAGPHARMER
(7 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2012, FLAGPHARMER Kachina Village, AZ wrote:

Such a great company- I know that my small order is nothing compared to what they normally get, but they were so friendly. Gophers literally ate all my brambles over winter and I didn't find out until the snow melted 2 weeks before my order was supposed to be shipped. Joyce was supper kind and added 40 plants to my existing order, which saved me on shipping and was a blessing. The plants themselves are so health looking with giant root systems, the asparagus was the biggest I have ever bought, thick juicy roots. Very pleased with not only the plant quality, but the friendly prompt customer service, I wish all mail order establishments took a note from there service manual!

Positive lynn0284
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2012, lynn0284 Hickam Housing, HI wrote:

I ordered 25 Purple Passion and 25 New Jersey asparagus from Nourse farm to be delivered in the middle of January. I love how they care how long your plants are in transit and try to limit the time it takes to get to you.
I planted all my asparagus plants and in a couple of days a handful had growth showing. By the 2nd week almost all of the New Jersey had growth.
The Purple passion had around 7 crowns that had no growth. I contacted the company and they were more than willing to help me. They suggested that I wait 1 more week to see if anything would happen. Before I even had the chance to give them a update (that a few more came up but 5 still showed nothing), they had sent a box of replacement asparagus crowns.

I think that this company has great customer service and really care if their customers are happy. I would love to order from this company again.

Positive tomato_chick
(1 review)
On Mar 26, 2012, tomato_chick Sandy Springs, GA wrote:

I ordered 15 raspberry and 50 strawberry plants this spring, based on comments I found on this site. I changed my order at least 3 times...adding plants and changing delivery dates due to changing business trips. I always got a quick, kind response, and my order was correct when I received it. I planted the raspberries the morning after my shipment arrived, and the strawberries the next evening. After 2 days, 50 or the 51 strawberries are putting out new leaves. I am very pleased with both the customer service and the quality of plants. I highly recommend Nourse Farms!

Positive Express128
(15 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2012, Express128 Mansfield, TX wrote:

Posted on May 11, 2009, updated February 17, 2012
This company will go over and beyond to help their customers. Recently called to order some raspberry plants and they were friendly advising me which one tasted better and would do great in my zone. Decided to go ahead and order some carolines. Can't wait till they arrive. Its not often you find a company like this.


On February 17th, 2012, Express128 added the following:

Placed another order for the new year, items were shipped on the the date requested. Plants arrived dormant and in good shape. Again, great service.
Positive catcarr
(1 review)
On Dec 30, 2011, catcarr Bend, OR wrote:

Ordered 2 varieties raspberries, 2 varieties of strawberries, 2 currant plants and 25 asparagus plants. Arranged for a late ship (end of May) due to an awful, cold spring. The plants arrived in great condition and only one of 50 strawberry plants died. Only had a small harvest due to a late start and poor weather but I was very impressed with the quality of the plants and the excellent planting instructions.

Positive Feste79
(3 reviews)
On Nov 2, 2011, Feste79 MC INDOE FALLS, VT wrote:

Let me join the chorus and say that this company is wonderful. I've gotten currants, gooseberries, blueberries, and asparagus from Nourse and all are growing and doing wonderfully! I'm planning to get more blueberries and some elderberry plants next spring!

Positive peevel
(5 reviews)
On Sep 10, 2011, peevel Jonesboro, AR wrote:

Posted on April 24, 2011, updated September 10, 2011
I ordered asparagus crowns, and bare root blackberries and raspberries from this company. They gave me useful advice regarding suitable varieties for my clay soil. Communication by email, phone and mail were top notch. The plants arrived on time and in great condition. I am so glad I came across this company. Garden Watchdog is a great service. Thanks.


On September 10th, 2011, peevel added the following:

I contacted them because a couple of berries died, I suspect because of bad weather. They offered to send replacement plants which makes me feel great about their customer service. I will definitely order from them in future and tell everyone to do the same. My Jersey Knight Asparagus has thrived in spite of crazy weather this summer.
Positive nh248
(2 reviews)
On Jul 17, 2011, nh248 Strafford, NH wrote:

I have purchased strawberry plants on two separate occasions from this company, and both times I was amazed at how healthy the plants were when they arrived. They immediately began to flourish as soon as I got them into the ground.
They also replied right away by email to answer the questions I had about how many, and what variety I should plant in my area.
Life would be so nice if all companies performed like Nourse Farms. They get the highest rating available from me.

Positive joeyjo
(4 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2011, joeyjo Tridell, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:

Ordered a bunch of raspberries and strawberries, All came in great shape. Lost a few raspberries but still pleased with how the other plants are doing.

Positive borealrose
(6 reviews)
On May 10, 2011, borealrose East Hardwick, VT wrote:

Let me add my voice in praise of Nourse Farms. My small order of 50 strawberry plants (they sent a couple of extras) and 1 red currant bush was treated with great care, complete with a shipping notice and FedEx tracking number. Their planting guide should be a standard reference for anyone growing berries/small fruit, and the inclusion of a packet of Agri-gel was a nice touch. The strawberries began leafing out within 48 hours of being planted, and I wish I had taken a picture of the roots on the red currant so everyone could see what the term "well rooted plant" means. I am so happy with Nourse that I'm already planning next years order.

Positive LiveAndLearn
(2 reviews)
On May 7, 2011, LiveAndLearn Somerville, MA wrote:

Thank you so much for being so good! My gooseberry plants I got last year is having some flowers and fruit this year! I am very pleased.
My Currant plants which I got several years before, has been growing and giving fruit every year since I bought them. It is refreshing to find a company that knows what they are doing.

Great job! Thanks again.

I highly highly recommend this company

Positive ALNY
(1 review)
On May 1, 2011, ALNY New York, NY wrote:

I ordered raspberry and gooseberry plants from Nourse Farms. Prompt delivery and the plants were in great condition with a large root ball.

I had a question about how long I could store the plants in the refrigerator before planting so I e-mailed them my question. I got an personal answer within one day.

Great plants and great customer service. You can't ask for anything more. This was my 1st order and will not be my last. I just wish my garden was larger.

Positive bryana
(61 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2011, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

Ordered 15 raspberry plants - two sets of summer bearing and one autumn bearing and two blueberry bushes. I had to dig extra wide wholes to plant the raspberry because the roots were so large. Good think canes. The blueberries had large roots and good sized tops too. Best place for berry bushes.

Positive SueMc
(3 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2011, SueMc Bethany, IL wrote:

Posted on April 29, 2010, updated April 14, 2011
This year's order is my first experience with this company. The are absolutely fabulous! The company reps communicate several times by email after your order is placed. They confirm the order, let you know when the order will be sent and then when it is sent. I added to my order (by phone) before it was sent and received confirmation emails (and mailings) regarding the changes and charges.
The plants arrived looking great (and still do) except two of the three rhubarb roots were inferior to the third (one was not viable for sure). I emailed the company, immediately heard back from them and received my replacement roots very quickly.
This is one of the best companies, nursery or otherwise, that I have ever dealt with and will be ordering from them from here on out! Their customer service should be a model for every other company.


On April 14th, 2011, SueMc added the following:

I'm so happy with Nourse and their great customer service that I had to post another review. The Fedex driver asked me about the company when she dropped off my order just now. I sent her on her way with a Nourse catalog and let her know that I considered Nourse the best company to deal with EVER!
I don't understand why many other companies don't realize that customer service will either make or break them, no matter how good the product. Keep up the good work!
Positive Beekeeper961
(1 review)
On Mar 23, 2011, Beekeeper961 Lexington, SC wrote:

WOW! This place is simply the best. I ordered 10 Heritage Raspberries and 5 Kiowa Blackberries. They have a huge hair ball of roots and they also put a planting booklet along with a sample of Agri-Gel. They went way beyond and above expectations. I will definitely be ordering from you all again. A+++

Positive Amoena
(10 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2011, Amoena Nashville, TN wrote:

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.

Positive MsWanda
(2 reviews)
On Mar 3, 2011, MsWanda Chattanooga, TN wrote:

My gooseberry plant arrived in excellent condition. If I had room to put more plants I would order more from this company because I am very pleased and satisfied.

Positive Don_in_CT
(3 reviews)
On Jan 12, 2011, Don_in_CT W Hartford, CT wrote:

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.

Positive Dyson
(2 reviews)
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.

Positive tree_lover_
(3 reviews)
On Aug 18, 2010, tree_lover_ Madison, WI wrote:

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

Positive whitestan
(1 review)
On Aug 4, 2010, whitestan Boston, MA wrote:

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!

Positive BobVance
(1 review)
On Jun 28, 2010, BobVance New Canaan, CT wrote:

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.

Positive Mr_ed2u
(2 reviews)
On Jun 24, 2010, Mr_ed2u Fair Haven, MI wrote:

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.

Positive vschlaff
(2 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2010, vschlaff Dexter, MI wrote:

I ordered strawberry plants and they arrived in very good condition. I will order from them again.

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