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Negative Debra8
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2015, Debra8 Beaufort, SC wrote:

I placed an order online for a rose. Due to a website glitch I could not place an order on my iPad so I used the PC to do so. Soon after there was a sale on ramblers and climbers, the website promptly crashed. I called to place my order. The woman I spoke with told me the website was working fine, they just hadn't removed the message about the crash. She attempted to place the order and realized the website had crashed. While I was on the phone with her I received an email the order was placed. She was very surprised she had been successful. The second rose I ordered (by phone) arrived. I went to the website, signed in to check my order and the only order that showed was from 2012. I called and spoke to Linda in customer service. I explained my problem, she kept interrupting and saying if I placed an order by phone it wouldn't be on my account. Even if this was true the online order should show up and it doesn't. I asked why they didn't ship them together and Linda said they were too small and didn't have enough people to do that. I order from many small nurseries and can add to my order until shipping time. They have some serious website issues. I would appreciate customer service understanding my problem instead of insisting there isn't one.

Negative Rosalee916
(1 review)
On Apr 24, 2014, Rosalee916 Citrus Heights, CA wrote:

I purchased approximately 19 roses from Heirloom roses at around 03/13. The roses did come as small cuttings, which was very different than receiving bare root or in a container. They all grew pretty well except for one which was promptly replaced by Heirloom. Also at that time, I voiced my concerns about some of the roses not having a scent. I really don't remember them offering to replace these roses. First is the rose itself and does it have a fragrance? Smell the roses! Out off the 19 so far, 2 are the miniature rose and fragrance was not an issue. Everest Double Fragrance has some fragrance, but nothing huge. Hot Cocoa has none. Heirloom none, Royal Pageant beautiful, little fragrance, Star of the Nile, small, very little fragrance, Special Occasion, small, little fragrance, New Day, little scent, Sleeping Beauty little fragrance, Velvet Fragrance, little. New Dawn fragrant, Honore de Balzac fragrant, Paradise, Fragrant. Memorial Day, no roses, Zephirine Drouhin no roses. These roses are beautiful, but again no scent. What would all of you do?

Negative numberone
(1 review)
On Aug 22, 2013, numberone Toquerville, UT (Zone 8a) wrote:

My husband ordered 11 roses for me and they arrived fresh, but all of them had Thrips and viruses. I sent the pictures of those problem roses to them, and they said they were so sorry and the would send the replacement. I felt so appreciated and waiting for my replacement roses, which I expected them to be healthy. The roses arrived and they were all have the same problem like the first lot. I reported to them, and here they said. "We have discussed your roses in great depth with the shipping and plant health managers. We feel they did arrive in poor condition. However, if you defoliate and plant them they will be great plants for you to enjoy for many years to come." I didn't want any replacement, but I thought 'Heirloom' has good quality of roses. I won't order from them any more!

Negative Miramoo
(1 review)
On Jul 4, 2013, Miramoo Augusta, GA wrote:

My boyfriend purchased AngelFace for my birthday (April) and it said that June was the start of shipping. He got confirmation and everything but now it says they are out of stock?

Ummm. Forgotten order? Not enough supply? I figured he should have gotten at least told it was sold out, refunded, or made to chose another. So far, he has gotten neither or as much as a "sorry were out". Horrible way to do business. He will be trying for a refund and take his business elsewhere. Buyer beware. Disappointing with such high positives. :(

Negative ForestSister
(1 review)
On May 28, 2013, ForestSister Long Lane, MO wrote:

Rec'd email notice noon Friday that the Order I placed on Monday was being processed. I Called them Immediately and asked them NOT to SHIP that day! It was Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. I was told they would decide what is best.
My order arrived the Tuesday after Memorial Day completely dried out and severely wilted. I called them again and was told to send it back and they would review it to see if it met the terms of their website guarantee. Their website reads like the really understand and care for their roses. It's a real pity the rose I ordered wasn't one that they cared about.

Negative weaselskin
(2 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2012, weaselskin Durango, CO wrote:

The plants arrive healthy and well but small. They have not grown much or produced blooms in over 2 years. Other roses from other companies have done extremely well in our area. Summary about heirloom own root cuttings is they are small and stay small.

Negative groMike
(1 review)
On Aug 18, 2011, groMike Clover Hill, MD wrote:

I have ordered from them several times each time has been worse than the last. The plants have been ok - small and expensive - they have grown ok.
Their customer order process and customer service needs some work! My last order was lost, after they charged my credit card. The person on the phone was less than helpful - couldn't even find my order, they didn't know how?! They refused to make up for their screw up by sending product to arrive by my dead line - after the date the plants should have arrived in the first place, I even selected plants in stock to avoid delays. There are good companies and I think I'll try and find one.

Negative maggiemae1981
(1 review)
On May 21, 2011, maggiemae1981 Congers, NY wrote:

My order was placed way back in February. The webpage clearly stated they would begin shipping in March. I then received an email they would not be shipping my items until 7 days after April 21st.

That should have been my first warning sign things would not go smoothly.

Getting a bit impatient I emailed the company around the middle of April requesting an updated status on my order. I received a two sentence response from "Laurel":

"The below acknowledgment indicates that the order is set to process on the 21st of this month. You should then receive the roses within 7 business days after the order processes."

I let it alone and continued to wait for my order. When it finally arrived on April 27th I was over the moon. One by one I removed each plant carefully. I then discovered two plants were missing. On the order slip it stated they were back ordered and they were not sure when they would be in stock.

There was no refund issued, no communication on "Laurel"s part that my order would be incomplete.

Now nearly another month has gone by and I still have not received the rose plants or refund.

I have emailed the company once again requesting some sort of resolution.

This review will remain negative until they resolve this in a timely fashion.

Negative gremlin17
(2 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2011, gremlin17 Jenkins, KY wrote:

There are times when you open a box and say boy did I get screwed, never in my 60 years have I felt it more today. Tiny rooted cuttings for 16.95 each. Upon calling to express my concern I was told we have thousands of satisfied customers,. I am not one of them!

Negative mjohnso6
(1 review)
On Apr 3, 2011, mjohnso6 Ridgefield, WA wrote:

When I entered the nursery today, I was totally ignored by the saleswoman. I spent about 20 minutes selecting some roses and brought them to the cash register. The saleswoman was still helping the people whom she had been with when I first entered the nursery. I failed to get the attention of the saleswoman, who did not acknowledge my presence in any way. After several minutes of standing in line to pay while she incessantly chatted away with the people in front of me, I couldn't stand being treated so rudely any longer, so I sat down what would have been my purchases and vacated the premises. I will never go back. Horrible, horrible service that even a teenaged cashier would have known better than to do.

On Apr 3, 2011, Heirloom Roses responded with:

"On Apr 15, 2011 9:17 AM, Heirloom Roses responded with:

We feel sickened that any one of our customers would have received such treatment and wish to make this matter correct if you will allow us to. Would you be so kind as to provide your contact phone number by email to and reference this posting? Thank you. Heirloom Roses Management "

Negative mrs_colla
(29 reviews)
On Mar 4, 2011, mrs_colla Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Posted on March 1, 2011, updated March 4, 2011
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I got my 6 Austin Roses yesterday, packed very well.
Nice and moist roots, not wet. Deep pots with fine roots.
The plants are small, but bigger than I expected for own root seedlings.
I will order again, I am very satisfied with the overal quality.
Thank you,

On March 14th, 2009, mrs_colla added the following:

By now I have ordered several times here. The roses are very very consistent in quality.

All roses that I have planted as wee babies last year have grown to be at least 2 gallon size plants, I have allowed all of them to make 1 or 2 blooms.

All roses have come out of dormancy with perfect health and vigour.

They were true to type, exquisite blooms.

I have ordered for this season and can't wait to get my new babies.

I am a fan!

On November 14th, 2009, mrs_colla added the following:

Ordered more, and will still order more, I am always very happy!
On February 8th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:

I have ordered at least 5 more times, and every time I am very happy. The roses are small, but very mighty! I have never lost one rose form this nursery!
They are packed very carefully and the prices are good.
On February 18th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:

Thank you so much for another three perfect little roses. They are all I hoped for!
On March 1st, 2011, mrs_colla changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

The roses were not mentioned to ship in March on the website, and yet they are now, without warning.
I emailed to ask where the plants were, and got a reply that they would ship in March. I told them to cancel, because this order is a gift for my elder father in law.
They said they would ship last week Monday if I still wanted them. I accepted. 10 days have gone by and still no roses. False promises are not appreciated.
I am awaiting a response to my canceled order. Too bad.
On March 4th, 2011, mrs_colla added the following:

They have emailed me since to explain my email fell into the cracks and they were busy with flower shows. Understandable, but the lack of communication has made it so I couldn't give my old father in law his roses in time... They have not tried to make it up to me other than explaining why I didn't get what they said they'd do. I have been a very loyal customer, I was hoping that would have made a difference.
Negative Jessence
(1 review)
On Feb 28, 2011, Jessence Bocas del Toro
Panama wrote:

I ordered 13 different rose types from Heirloom, and the plants themselves are doing pretty well . The plants are not why I give this company a negative rating. I do so because I have written them 4 emails with questions about the roses before and after ordering them, and the owner (?) defintely took her time to respond to my inquiries, and all of her replies are in a very curt and unfriendly manner. The last email I wrote her was very obviously not read thoroughly. My question to her was if I could take cuttings of my plants to Panama (where I live) with me and plant the mother plants at my parents' house, and how to go about it. Her reply was simply, "We do not sell cuttings of our roses". Absolutely not my question. I responded to her to please reread my email thoroughly and answer my question accordingly. That was 4 days ago and I have heard nothing from her yet. I understand that sometimes people have things going on that prevent them from replying immediately, but this has been my consistent experience with this company for the last 5 months. I myself run my massage business on the web, and I would have NO clients if I ran my business in the same way she does. Being a forgiving person and wanting to give every chance possible, I continued trying to work with them since the roses ARE fairly healthy, but I have finally given up and have found a different rose vendor (Edmund's) to obtain the rest of my rose plants from. It is not my way to write negative reviews on anyone; however, I am hoping she will see this and realize the errors of the way she handles her clients inquiries.

Negative artfulgardens
(1 review)
On Aug 16, 2010, artfulgardens Quinault, WA wrote:

My recent experience with this company was unfortunately very BAD. I ordered over twenty roses last fall and most of them were were not of the quality that I had received years previously. Barely rooted so they did not make it through the winter. (Two survived) I called them and wanted replacements or a refund...something...but all I got was an indifferent "the guarantee time is over". I asked to talk to someone about how and why this happened but no one would respond.

After growing over 200 roses over 20 years, I do know something about roses and not an amateur. I STRONGLY suggest you buy roses from those companies that believe in treating their customers better and more professionaly. They lost a customer who plans on 500 roses in her garden.

Kathy dePass
Artful Nuance

On Aug 16, 2010, Heirloom Roses responded with:

"On Aug 16, 2010 12:38 PM, Heirloom Roses responded with:

The order in question for 20 roses was placed the first part of August 2009, taking advantage of the "Summer Sale" posted online. The roses in question where on special for $7.95. The special stated:

"Because of the dramatic savings, the guarantee offered is for 30 days. If planted in zones 6 and below caution needs to be taken to ensure that they make it through the winter. Heirloom can not guarantee over the winter months."

Negative damicom
(1 review)
On Jun 17, 2010, damicom Soquel, CA wrote:

I ordered about 12 roses from their fragrant rose collection. I planted the tiny plants in containers and waited for them to grow. Two of the plants did well, some struggled and 3 were just plain suicidal. I contacted Heirloom Roses about the poor performance of the plants. They responded asking me how I planted and cared for them. I gave them detailed information & then I never heard from them again. My local nursery would have replaced them! I cannot recommend anyone buying from a company that does not stand behind their product or have customer service. There has been a lot of time, effort and money lost to these roses.

Negative katz2711
(2 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2010, katz2711 Chattanooga, TN wrote:

This was the first and last time I ever ordered from HR. After 5 weeks I finally received my roses today.
Initially there was a problem with my order, which I corrected by phone. A week and a half later I called and asked when the shipment would arrive, to make sure everything was ok with my order. I was told it should arrive the next day or two. However, another week and a half later I found out, that my order never was shipped out and nobody had bothered to look into it when I called to ask the first time. They basically took my money but just conveniently "forgot" about the order. I never even got an apology. Finally after empty promises and denial about the delivering date, I called to cancel my order and asked my money back. They said, once they receive the roses back, they would refund my money! They already had cheated me once and I had never even seen the roses yet! After I saw that I could not even then get my money back, I decided to wait for a couple more days to decide what to do and today I finally got the roses in the mail. The plants looked ok and I am going to keep them. Still, I will certainly not be a returning customer, because I have never encountered worse customer service.

Negative SerenaSYH
(4 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2009, SerenaSYH Overland Park-Kansas City, KS wrote:

I will not be ordering from Heirloom Roses in the future. From the 2 bands I received, I believe that they are removing and selling many baby bands way too early from the nursery. My minimum requirements are that bands should be at least 6"-8" in height and have the very minimum of 8 healthy, green leaves... Out of the 2 bands I received, one was healthy but! was 5" with only 6 leaves total on the entire plant... Thank goodness those leaves were very healthy and viable. On the other hand the other band I received was exactly 3-1/2" high with no viable leaves... Each tiny leaf on that band was only 1/4" max . and all! were shriveled or yellow-green... All the original leaves ended up dead... I am not sure what has been happening with 2009, but there were quite a few customers from a popular rose forum that also faced this issue with their orders from 2008-2009... Their roses were similar to mine when first received and did not survive their first year. But suffice it to say that I have been permanently scared off from Heirloom Roses....

Please note! if you ever receive either very sick bands or too small bands from HR, do not! plant them straight into the ground according to their original instructions... Those need to be planted into pots... they require a different growing method in order to reach enough maturity to endure the cold winters if you are in a cold zone...Their instructions to plant straight into the ground is a huge mistake if the bands are in ill health or are too small to achieve enough growth by fall.

Negative sandi625
(2 reviews)
On Jun 7, 2007, sandi625 Highland Park, MI wrote:

Last year I ordered 3 roses from this company. Shropshire Lad, Mary something and New Dawn. They were about 6 inches tall and never grew anymore. I covered them for the winter and this spring they were dead except the New Dawn. She is about three feet tall and will be 20 when matured. Maybe!!

I notified the company and they said they are only guaranteed for three months. I paid a lot of money for nothing. I was very upset, so my daughter gave me three huge rose bushes for Mother's Day. She purchased them from English Gardens.

I will be dealing with them from now on.

Negative Dan1465
(8 reviews)
On Jun 12, 2006, Dan1465 Northfield, NJ wrote:

I ordered and received 3 very expensive Roses from them in late April. They were packaged well and were very healthy apon arrival but, I have never seen such small plants in my life. It's like a joke. They are so small that I have had to put ugly crabtraps around each one so that the rabbits and my dog won't damage them. I have this beautiful show stopping garden with these ugly crabtraps standing out for all to see. At their apparent growth rate, which has been minimal so far, I figure they'll be wearing them all summer long. This Company should grow their plants at least another 6-9 months before selling at such high prices. I'm not very happy.

Negative TickTock
(3 reviews)
On May 19, 2006, TickTock Memphis, TN wrote:

I ordered 2 roses from this company. Jude the Obscure & A Shropshire Lad. In anticipation I dug two very large holes expecting to receive the size rose I've received from other companies in the past be they bareroot or not. I was shocked when I saw the roses. "Twigs" . 4-5". I'm not exaggerating. Stems were soft. Tiny. I wrote to them laughing because they were so tiny and I had dug these enormous holes. We had a rain storm and they didn't make it. So I wrote to them telling them of my disappointment and how their reputation is on the line sending out such puny roses. Seedlings. I paid over $40.00 for these twigs. I wrote my huge disappointment but received no reply. I proceeded to order from S&W and got healthy large, full potted roses that are beautiful and doing great. I wish nurseries would provide an example photo of what you will receive. MerryGro does this and I'm expecting a delivery from them soon with hope the photos were accurate.

Negative wordsilk7
(3 reviews)
On Aug 1, 2005, wordsilk7 Norwalk, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

They ran out of the rose I ordered -- but I didn't find out about it for 45 days after I ordered. They claimed, in the letter they sent me, that they tried to contact me via email and telephone, but I received no email, phone calls, or messages from them until I received the letter via snail mail.

Furthermore: DO NOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER. They do not have security in place to safeguard against credit card theft -- when they sent me a copy of my order via mail, my complete credit card number was included on the order and, according to Laurel Anderson, she prints this out to give to people for shipping, etc. They may be a small operation, but credit card security is not that hard to implement (I do it for a living).

On Aug 1, 2005, Heirloom Roses responded with:

"Heirloom Roses, Inc would like to assure our customers that we have their security at the top of our list of priorities. Sensitive customer information is seen only by qualified staff at order entry and our website and billing practices are secure."

Negative acajuncharm
(1 review)
On May 28, 2005, acajuncharm Gonzales, LA wrote:

I ordered six roses from this company as so called "John's Minature Roses!" Two are nearly dead - as in dying and I don't know if I can bring them to life. They surely did not ship them priority mail because nothing has ever looked like this via priority - plus they took forever to ship them to me!! Never again for me - the sad part is this hurts other company's who try to sell via internet. NOT BUYING FROM THEM AGAIN!!!

Negative Yuska
(4 reviews)
On May 27, 2005, Yuska San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Never again! I knew I might be taking a chance, but this is ridiculous! I only ordered because the variety I wanted I hadn't found elsewhere. I ordered in early March, and it was to be sent by 3/20. When by April 10 nothing had arrived, I e-mailed - "scheduled for shipment next week" I was told. After my credit card statement came with $24.65 on it, I wrote again; same response.

The box arrived today. Pathetic. Small doesn't describe it. To say tiny is being generous. I truly believe that once my order was received they rooted a cutting. If it survives, and that's a big IF, it will be at least three years before it blooms.
If I were a commercial grower, I would be embarrassed to ship something like this with my company's name on it.

Negative sugarlump
(13 reviews)
On May 27, 2005, sugarlump Louisville, KY wrote:

It pains me to say it, because this vendor has an enviable assortment of roses, but my experience with Heirloom has been a disappointment. I read these comments prior to placing my order and I knew what I would get would be small, but seriously. The plants are VERY small. They are potted up and look much the same now as they did when I received them over a month ago. I will baby them and they will live, but for $16 per rose, the size is pathetic. These roses need to be grown on for another year. I will only order again if they have a rose that I can find nowhere else, and not sure if I would then.

Negative Cottage_Rose
(14 reviews)
On Nov 11, 2004, Cottage_Rose (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased 1 rose from Heirloom because I couldn't find it else where and it was the tiniest, sickliest rose I have ever seen. Its was barely bigger than a newly rooted cutting. I babied it but it never thrived and I finally pitched it. Never the less Heirloom did refund me for the rose upon my request. I have heard many people complain about their small roses plus I think their prices are too high, especially for what you are getting. I won't order from them again but at least they gave me a refund.

Negative branka
(2 reviews)
On Aug 15, 2004, branka Hobart, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

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I recently ordered one rambling rose from them. I paid $14.95 plus shipping, the bill was a little over $22.00. I recieved a small rooted cutting. It has two or three twigs on it and maybe 10 leaves, that's it. The only good thing about it is that it is green. I can't find anywhere on the website that states that a buyer will only recieve a small rooted cutting. It says the roses are potted and greenhouse grown which made me think that I would be getting a decent sized rose bush. I will never buy from this company again.

Negative Deoliver
(1 review)
On Jun 9, 2004, Deoliver Saugerties, NY wrote:

Ordered 16 roses from this company. They arrived very late (I ordered Jan 1), and I live in zone 5 - so they needed to be planted early to get established. They were "twigs" but not even healthy ones - 2 were DOA, 4 more were dried out looking, and the rest did not have developed root systems. I have received bands before, but never anything this tiny. They will never make it through the winter here - if they last that long.

Emailed them with a complaint - and received no response.
Then called to protest, and was told to "put them in the mail" and return.

I posted photos of what I received to and online rose group - and those who have ordered from them in the past agreed that these were extraordinarily puny.

On the other hand - I also ordered from Chamblees, Ashdown and Michael's. Got healthy plants (the ones from Ashdown were huge) with root systems, and they are happily developing in my garden.

Heirloom is also very expensive for what you get (or don't get). For the same price or cheaper you can get well-grown own-roots or bareroots, or 1, 2 and 3 gallon potted plants from other suppliers.

I realize that other folks posting here have had good experiences - but mine was more than negative - it was awful. Would suggest that if you live in zone 5 or above - don't ever order from them unless you plan to have twigs that you will baby for the next three or four years, if they survive.


Negative justme277
(3 reviews)
On Jun 4, 2003, justme277 wrote:

I am mad about roses!!!!!I have 140 bushes in my Garden and I show them for fun.I bought 2 roses from this company and I have never seen anything sooo tiny. By the end of the season they had grown, as others have said, and they did bloom but only one decided to come back this spring , the other was the only one of 140 that I lost over the winter. As someone else said their web site isn't very user friendly for problems like I cut my loss, but use caution when you order and realize when you get these plants they are little sticks...don't expect instant roses.They do have some choices you won't find anywhere else which is nice when you have as many bushes as I do, but I am not impressed enough to re order from this company

Negative lalonde
(1 review)
On Jan 31, 2003, lalonde wrote:

Bought several plants from Heirloom, and only 2 survived. The plants they ship are incredibly small, and their prices are high. I can get very well established,healthy, own-root roses from Chamblee's for half the price. Over the past 2 years I have ordered over 30 roses from Chamblee's and they are all performing beautifully in my garden. I decided a while back that I will no longer order from Heirloom Roses.

Negative JeriJennings
(2 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2002, JeriJennings wrote:

We no longer order from Heirloom. Of the dozen or more plants ordered from them, (over a period of 2-3 years) more than half of them were mis-labelled -- and they were not cooperative about making good on their errors. Jeri Jennings, Ventura Co, SoCalif.

Negative doctorg
(2 reviews)
On Jan 1, 2002, doctorg wrote:

Thanks for you site, which I find very informative. I am another of those not pleased with the above. They actually sold me a bare root PEACH TREE instead of a rose I ordered! Has grown great, but...

Negative douglascampb
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2000, douglascampb wrote:

I ordered from Heirloom in Spring 1999. I was completing a bed for a friend. I also ordered from Antique Rose Emporium, who I've bought numerous plants from since 1990. I was appalled by Heirloom's stock. While the plants were clean and well-grown, they were completely small! Compared to the two-year plants from ARE, they were an embarrassment. My friend wanted to know why I had gotten taken. I called an complained to Heirloom and was directed back to their statement in their catalogue that states that they ship smaller plants. While I admit that they forewarned me, I will also say that I never thought about reading their statement as I've been ordering roses from ARE and Vintage and some other vendors for over 12years and I have never been presented with stock that costs the same, but is so completely out of whack with the marketplace. I certainly would urge anyone to order from another vendor because FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY you'll get plants TWICE AS BIG. Again, I am appalled at Heirloom and am surprised that they've been able to survive so long while offering so clearly an inferior product. Buyer Beware!

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