On Apr 18, 2013, againes_5 Copper Canyon, TX wrote:
Ordered one himalayan spruce (Picae Smithiana) and one monkey puzzle tree (Auracaria Auracana). I was pleasantly suprised to see that both were much larger than I expected. Both trees are doing well in their respective environments. The himalayan spruce was planted too deeply in its pot and, thus, I had to remove some soil and advantageous roots to get down to the root flare. I don't criticize the company for this, though, as this is a common practice throughout the industry and it is up to the consumer to correct the issue prior to planting in the ground. Would definitely order from this company again. Thanks!
Posted on May 4, 2009, updated April 17, 2013
I finally had the opportunity to purchase several plants from ForestFarm this year. While some of the larger plants can be a bit expensive to have shipped all the way from Oregon to Connecticut, buying several plants in the smaller tube sizes worked out just fine. Also, if not ordering during the hot summer months, ground shipping worked out fine and none of the plants seemed the least bit stressed. Plus, ForestFarm's selection is so vast and they have many items that no one else seems to have, so it was worth it for some of the larger plants too.
Everything arrived precisely when I requested them to be delivered and all the plants appear to be healthy. A very good source!
On April 17th, 2013, BlackDogKurt added the following:
I ordered several more trees from ForestFarm in 2012, and as before, everything arrived in good order and customer service was topnotch!
On Apr 9, 2013, RedClay007 Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Probably the best source for rare woody plants. All plants are shipped in their original containers, allowing some leeway in terms of getting them in the ground. I recieved a shipment 2 weeks ago and was able to wait until this week to plant them to avoid the unusually cold weather that we've had recently. Definitely my go to source for rare woody plants!
On Mar 29, 2013, steadycam3 Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered one plant but thought the price for shipping was probably too high. Once I received the plant, I understood the shipping price. That plant was packed so well, I dont think anything short of a truck running over the box could have damaged it. The plant was in pristine condition, healthy, green and undamaged in any way.
I ordered 8 shrubs from this company, in the dead of winter from my zone 5a. I said they 'could be sent early' as I dreamed of planting in April. Imagine my shock when they arrived, so very well packaged, budded, alive and ready for planting on the last week in February! Temp:12 degrees, snow falling, 18" on the ground. no end in sight. Having no garage to store the shrubs for 6 or more weeks, I contacted Forestfarm by phone and by email. Both of the personnel who advised me were terrific, and I have followed their directions, fully expecting success. These folks are a joy to work with!
On Mar 2, 2013, vitrsna Colima Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:
I ordered a plant to be shipped in a "tube" for a friend in the Southeast USA. It is no mistake that this company is a DG Top Five. The plant was very well packed and in excellent condition and arrived ahead of schedule. Also, the business process and customer service are easy and responsive. I highly recommend this company.
Excellent service and excellent plants- Forestfarm will be around for a long time. Nowadays It is always nice to still be able to depend on a business, much too rare now. My order shipped during the cold of the year without mishap and I am very pleased. I order something almost every year and never have been disappointed. Wonderful way to conduct business when there are so many hacks out there ready to take your money and run. I hope they continue- and I will also continue to give them my business.
On Jan 19, 2013, RabbitRidge Onalaska, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I recently ordered a selection of hollies from them. I am obviously one of the few people that collects hollies because it is hard to find different cultivars. I've ordered a wide variety of plants from them and I have mostly been really happy. Even their small plants are really well rooted. I did order one plant from them that said fragrant. ( It is fragrant but more in a skunky sort of way. At least I planted it at the back of the bed.) I do wish they could work on ways to decrease the shipping such as removing the plants from the pots. Then I would order from them more often.
On Dec 10, 2012, PamelaBaja Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Baja Mexico (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on June 11, 2012, updated December 10, 2012
Posted on May 12, 2012, updated June 11, 2012
I would love to order from Forest Farm again but can not afford to-everything they have sent has died!
When I asked if they had any gaurantee-they said no, always helpful with hints but that did not help me.
Everything I received I hardened off slowly and nothing survived..I was really dissapointed as had received plants as well from Brushwood Nursery in Geogia and they ALL did really well.
Ordered twice, both times plants did not make it, so even though they have species I would like I can't take the chance anymore.
On June 11th, 2012, PamelaBaja changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Ray has emailed several times and has offered to replace some plants- we will see in the spring how things go.On December 10th, 2012, PamelaBaja changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Ray was kind enough to replace the plants that died.Thank you.On Dec 10, 2012, Forestfarm responded with:
"Thank you for posting. I only wish it could have been positive!
We're puzzled. We've checked in our computer for the orders which we think have gone to Mexico, and Baja in particular, and only find five orders that have been shipped to destinations in Texas. We've never shipped directly to Mexico. All of these orders were shipped during the winter months, when the plants would have been leafless and dormant, so there wouldn't have been any hardening involved. Lastly, we never tell anyone that there is no guarantee on our plants. If there is a problem, we try to work out a solution. If you would tell me what the problems were, I'd be glad to give my personal attention to trying to find a way to please you.
Please check to be sure it is Forestfarm that you have in mind, and let me know what we can do to resolve things for you. We never want an unhappy customer! Thanks, Ray (owner)
In a world of irresponsible, poorly-run businesses, Forestfarm is a breath of fresh air. I'm not surprised that they are a Watchdog 30 company, as they are one of my favorite companies in general.
I have ordered multiple trees and shrubs from Forestfarm over the past couple of years and all have arrived quickly, well-packaged, and in very good condition. Their inventory is also very extensive. If I can't find it locally, Forestfarm's web site is the first place that I go.
Their customer service is also outstanding. I've inquired about future availability a couple of times, and Ray has responded within a copule of hours. Very impressive.
On Sep 6, 2012, Bazuhi Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
After reading all the good reviews of this nursery I decided to give them a try so I ordered 4 cardinal plants(Lobelia cardinalis)
I recieved the plants on August 31st and I was very impressed on how very well packaged they were and I was really impressed with the quality and size of the plants that I recieved, I even took photos(If I don't get them posted here they are in my journal under periennials) . I did water them as soon as they came and put them in a bright area outside to acclimate them. I finally planted them all on September 5th,I am pretty excited to see how well they come back next year.
On Sep 1, 2012, sunsprite Downers Grove, IL wrote:
I have been using ForestFarm for 9 years, they are my main mail order source for small trees and shrubs. I usually place several orders a season, since I am an avid gardener. I have acquired two Young Lady smoke shrubs, six various Japanese maples, Hearts of Gold redbud, multiple cotoneasters, groundcovers and perennials. There has never been a time when an order was late. Plants always arrive in perfect condition, healthy, with well developed root system. I have not lost one plant that I received from them. Also, when a new cultivar seemed to be "behaving" not the way I expected, I emailed ForestFarm and we had a very nice and lively discussion sharing our observations. Very nice people who know their business. Highly recommend.
Posted on October 5, 2010, updated June 27, 2012
Posted on June 2, 2010, updated October 5, 2010
My order came promptly and in excellent condition. It took more tools to rescue them from their packing than it did to plant them. The plants are doing well and the aforementioned packing is now keeping drafts from my baby chicks. You did good.
On October 5th, 2010, Spriggin added the following:
The plants just bloomed. Cool. I'll be back for more come next season.On June 27th, 2012, Spriggin added the following:
The customer service is EXCELLENT!! They called me before shipping to be certain everything was right with my address. It was. The plant came in perfect condition. Even though I live just a bit over rock-throwing distance from this company it was packed to survive a war zone. The plant has been settled in to its reserved space and is doing great. Again, you did good.
On May 18, 2012, essentialplanet Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Forest Farm REALLY takes great care of their customers. They go the extra mile to make sure that you are happy with their products and services -- they are not satisfied until you are. Buy their excellent plants with COMPLETE confidence!
Posted on May 10, 2012, updated May 16, 2012
Last fall I placed and received an order of a Japanese maple tree, 3 smokebushes and a abies procera. The customer and shipping services were very good. The three smokebushes were dried up twigs when they arrived. The Abies was a letdown; at $35 it was very small – but I was happy since I got the plant I wanted and they did send me a picture of it before shipping. I sent Ray an email about the smokebushes and was told that it would be ok in spring. I asked and received the guarantee/warranty in an email.
Come spring, the maple sprouts leaves. The smokebushes were still dried up twigs and the abies did not look very good and did not have any buds. I sent Ray an email with pictures and was told to wait for a little longer. The two cotinus /smokebushes then sprouted leaves and I waited till they were about 6-8 inches off the ground to let Ray know that one was not showing any signs of life and that was the same for the abies which now looks worse – again with pictures. This time there was no response. I sent another email to make sure he got the first one and also requested to know when to expect a replacement/credit for the two dead plants- still nothing.
I was hoping to get this resolved over emails but since there is no response I am giving them this negative review.
On May 16th, 2012, bloom79 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
On May 11, 2012, psychloman Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I ordered two hardy fuchsias, an acacia and a cardiocrinum.The plants arrived securely packaged and in excellent condition. I place an order or two every year despite the high shipping to the east coast but it's worth it. They have plants you can find nowhere else and they are always great specimens.In response to those who complain about the difficulty of unpacking the shipment I must say I don;t mind;in fact, they should give the guy who does the stapling and the taping a raise.
On May 6, 2012, rebecca101 Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
WOW I was very impressed by the quality and size of the shrubs I received. The plants were all very large (larger than what I typically find in my local nursery!) and healthy. The packaging was a work of art. Took a bit of doing to get the box open, but the plants were really well-protected in there. The shipping prices are expensive, but definitely worth it. Best mail-order shrubs I've experienced so far.
Posted on February 13, 2012, updated May 5, 2012
Posted on February 10, 2012, updated February 13, 2012
I ordered too late in the season I suppose. I got a large, oversized limber pine (columnar) in Late December. Initially it appeared okay, tall, but sparse, very thin. I know well the requirements of these plants, need for good drainage, etc. The rootball was so, so so girdled and tight, I didn't know what I was going to do. Roots also seemed too....dark (rot??), but I just prayed.... this cost a LOT plus the shipping..
I decided to store it dormant in unheated garage (good air circulaton) as I have many other plants over the years and wait until spring to try to ungirdle the roots. I figured waiting until the soil was warm would encourage quicker root growth though there would be a setback. Less than a month, with very minimal water (but not dry, stick poked down to bottom was used).
I started seeing resinous spots on the tree. Confused, I did a lot of research. It was still dormant (?), but then I noticed various little holes to the tree stem itself. Unsure of cause, unsure if there when it was delivered (I was ill at the time). I kept the ventilation going, dormant, and the tree started yellowing, dropping it's needles. Understandable, maybe, in that it was stressed... too tight rootmass, whatever, but I couldn't figure out what was happening so fast. Finally, I gave up on it, after examining it's roots once again. The resin was increasing, I didn't understand the tiny holes in the bark, and I lost a lot of money.... bigger isn't better, end of season is stupid on my part.
I did email them about 2-3 weeks ago, just to let them know. I won't purchase from them again.
I have another plant, oversized, I also got from them. Again, quite expensive, 5 gallon. Arborvitae, sunkist. It's very very skinny, and puny for the price. A tall stick with some foliage. It too is so rootbound, I'll try to deal in spring. It's been heeled in outside in protected location, it's already had spider mites, scale, aphids, and a few branches are cankered.
On February 13th, 2012, greyandamy changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I feel very guilty as the staff at forest farm genuinely seemed not to get my email. Plus, once they heard of this issue, they were extremely committed and .. I believe ...concerned. I could tell, through dealing with many others, that this was genuine and not just "for show". They went out and inspected their stock, had numerous questions...none placing blame.
I don't know, the winter here in PA has been extremely odd and maybe OUR environmental conditions, or most likely that's it... I must address above issue re: arborvitae, it DID NOT ARRIVE WITH PESTS, neither did. IF I COULD EDIT ABOVE TO MAKE IT MORE CLEAR, I WOULD. There's all kinds of wierd creatures around HERE now, I can't blame F.Farm. I lost the limber.... but they don't grow well around here. I'm kind of involved in something unexpected now so I couldn't help the forest farm staff much more... but it's clear they'd do anything to keep their customers happy., Maybe I killed the limber.... However, I was reading over their feedback, comparing prices, sizes... I can say their plants are extremely well packed and there's no detail left undone. I would encourage you to go there, but you probably have. THat's why it's in top 5....On May 5th, 2012, greyandamy added the following:
I ordered more from them awhile back, not much energy but if I had it I'd scream EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT in EVERYWAY POSSIBLE....I've never been more impressed with any company.... absolutely, in my opinion, the best...
I ordered 15 European Hornbeam Fastigiatas from Forest Farm, 2-3 feet tall in March. Most of them were at least 3 feet and some were actually 4 feet. They ALL had one thing in common: They were EXTREMELY healthy. Their root systems were unbelievable. Some of them had roots as long as 3 feet. It was funny having to dig these hugely wide holes for these tiny trees just so that the root systems could fit in easily and be stretched out comfortably.
Forest Farm takes pride in their product, no two ways about it. When you call them, you actually reach someone the first time, and they take the time to answer every one of your questions.
The leaves on these trees are stunning. NO transplant shock whatsoever. They have gone through frosts and freezes every other night, temps down to as low as 19, and yes, while we covered them with 2 warm blankets each, I honestly attest their coming through all of the stress of the freezes is more because they were extremely healthy to begin with. Not one leaf turned brown, not one leaf wilted.
I am just ecstatic. I paid over $500 for these trees between their price and the shipping and I have gotten a full return on my investment.
Their packaging is the best of any online nursery that I have experienced. It will take forever to get the trees out, but it's that protection that has your trees arrive without incident.
I could go on and on. Bottom line, is if there was a star rating on here and you were allowed 5 stars, I would give them 10.
Thank you Forest Farm for giving us trees more healthy than we ever imagined and for being so nice to deal with on the telephone.
On Apr 29, 2012, Tessiess Claremont, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered 4 trees, size 1, and some smaller plants in tubes (goji berry and Rosa webbiana) last fall. They arrived quickly and were wonderfully packed, healthy, and large (at the upper end of the size range when compared to what others send out). The packaging was well-designed too so it was easy for me to get the plants out without damaging them. The trees were nicely staked. Planting instructions were detailed *and* easy to understand. I am very pleased with how my plants are doing (R. webbiana, for example, has a new basal about 5' high now) and plan on ordering from Forestfarm again.
On Apr 28, 2012, sgardencrazy Crystal Lake, IL wrote:
I just received my 2012 order from Forrest Farm. Plants were in excellect condition to to extroardinary packaging. The plants are all tubes and an excellect value. The shipping is a bit high but worth it when your see the effort made to insure their safe arrival.
On Apr 28, 2012, springlakenj Spring Lake NJ United States wrote:
In this day and age, we are all quick to complain, so we should also praise when appropriate. So.......
Being a glutton for punishment, I decided to buy an olive plant (NJ 6B now 7A I guess). I did some research and saw the Arbequina Olive was suitable for a pot, to bring indoors in winter. I ordered online from ForestFarm and a few days later, received a voicemail from them, telling me I still had a credit from 2004, 8 years ago, and after the plant and shipping, I still had a $5 credit. The plant arrived, packaged to survive a nuclear war and is doing well. Now that is customer service!
Forestfarm has a wealth of plants and plant information. Their packaging is second to none, all plants arriving very well protected.
My review is neutral rather than positive because of the condition of some of the plants received. We have ordered nine plants in the last few months, and most are well grown and robust. However, we were disappointed with two crape myrtles. One arrived suffering from a fungus. It has been a very wet spring and that is perhaps the cause. The other crape myrtle, "Tonto" ordered as a tube actually came in a two inch deep plastic pot, and the plant itself looks to have been just barely rooted, and without significant roots. I am babying it in hopes it will grow, though it does look dead.
Perhaps that "Tonto" was one of the last ones in stock, but I would have preferred an email stating "sorry, we only have small plastic pots available with recently rooted plants. Would you still like to receive it?"
All in all, though Forestfarm has a rich assortment of plants. I had no problem using the web site and researching plants for my conditions (110 degrees in the summer and 110 deer in the winter.)
On Apr 9, 2012, jqpublic Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
This is my second time ordering through ForestFarm. I bought 5 small trees last fall and all five are sprouting. I had some concerns over 1 tree in particular. I emailed FF and they provided reassurance and advice on how to guarantee it to leaf out in the spring. The advice paid off! I'll be coming back if I can find more room!
On Apr 6, 2012, blueschiz Landenberg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Gorgeous plants arrived in the mail today from Forestfarm. They were well rooted, perfectly packed and arrived with all the soil in place and not too dry. Some of the best plants I've gotten in the mail to be sure!
On Mar 31, 2012, eminkler Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have been ordering plants from catalogs for over 30 years. I have never received such large and beautiful plants as I did from ForestFarm. The plants were packed so perfectly that they couldn't possibly have been injured in their journey across the country. They are extremely healthy, one already blooming, one still with it's winter berries, and two ready to burst with leaves. Specific planting instructions were included that I appreciated.
I am very pleased with ForestFarm and will be ordering from them again and again.
On Mar 30, 2012, Fracture Auburn, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have so far had a very good experience after having just received my first order from this company. When you check out, they ask if you have a desired delivery date and they wound up being one day early. It's nice to not have to go to any lengths to get a certain delivery date.
It has been a few years (3-4) since I ordered trees via the mail, but these were by far the best packaged ones I have ever received. I am on the other side of the country from them, so I'm always a little leery about plants being in shipment for very long. It was 8 days from the UPS pickup in Oregon until it was delivered to my doorstep in Georgia. But there were no dried or withered leaves and the soil was still very wet.
I ordered 5 trees and 1 perennial (sunflower). Of the 5 trees, 4 were size 1's and the other was a tube. The sunflower was a tube. I must say I am surprised at how tiny the sunflower is. It should do fine and maybe it will really explode, but I will probably get perennials elsewhere in the future.
One last thing I wanted to mention was in regards to their shipping. They advise you to buy 4 of the same size so that you can fill a box and save money on shipping. At one point while playing with my order, I had 3 size ones and 1 tube. I don't recall the specifics, but whatever the tube was, it also had a size one option. So you would think that if the size 1 was, say, $6 more than the tube, and that you save money on shipping if you fill the size 1 box, that it would be at most about $6 more to upgrade from the size one to the tube. But nope! It added about $15 to my order. I think it saves them more money than it saves the customer to fill a box!
On Mar 19, 2012, Old_Gardener Calabasas, CA wrote:
Posted on March 12, 2012, updated March 19, 2012
Posted on March 6, 2012, updated March 12, 2012
I discovered ForestFarm through Dave's and placed an order for (18) trees/shrubs (all tube sized) on Thursday (3/1). I received notice of shipment on Monday (3/5). UPS is due to deliver tomorrow so you can't beat the quick turn-around! The shipping cost is very reasonable when purchasing in quantity - $21 for this order (about $1.16 per tube). Thank you, ForestFarm!
On March 12th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received my order on Wednesday as promised. The plants were packed extremely well!! The (8) Columbian Hawthorn are fantastic. They are, on average, 18-20" tall, well branched and look close to breaking dormancy. The (3) Maclura are 18" tall and the (3) Western Mayhaws are 10-12" tall, well-branched, and leafing out. I did find whitish/translucent "worms" in the soil.
Of the 18 plants ordered, the worms were contained to the three opaca which have since been rinsed and repotted in sterile soil. I emailed Forestfarm on Friday, 3/9, for further suggestions and received a response from Ray within an hour (remarkable turnaround time - especially this time of year!). He was very helpful. Per their investigation, the worms are feeding on the mulch - no treatment necessary. As for the rest of the plants, the three Aralia spinosa are 1" tall but have thick stems (not spindly) with a 3" root system and the Paulownia kawakamii, although it has a dead (not dormant) stem, appears to have a healthy 4-5" root mass with a possible/probable budding point. I know that it is recommended to coppice Paulownias for the first 2 seasons to encourage stronger trunk formation so I am comfortable that it will re-sprout in a few weeks. I would order from Forestfarm again - exceptional packaging, delivery time, and customer service coupled with some really nice plants. On March 19th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
Although it has been but a week, the little Paulownia is indeed pushing up growth (3 new growth points) and 2 of the 3 Aralia are leafing out. The 3rd appears to be trying to form a leaf bud so all looks good. Thank you Forest Farm.
On Mar 18, 2012, scleghorn Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
Posted on March 26, 2011, updated March 19, 2012
I ordered a Chilopsis last spring, and was contacted by the company and told that the ones they had in stock had been frost-damaged and weren't up to their standards. They offered me a choice between a refund and a discount. I chose the discount, and the specimen they sent was indeed a pitiful stick. The stick has more than quadrupled in size, and is growing like mad again this spring. Sturdy stock!
I appreciate a company that has enough pride in their product to set high standards for themselves and stick to them. I've bought a lot of plants through the mail and it wouldn't have been the first time a company had shipped a substandard product and waited to see if I would complain. Now I will always check them first when I'm looking to buy.
On March 18th, 2012, scleghorn added the following:
Ordered a mission olive this year as a tube (their smallest size) and I am very pleased with the sturdy little tree that arrived. As usual, their packing job is a little frustrating to get the plant out of, but obviously designed to keep the plant from being damaged in transit and successful at that.
The chilopsis flowered like mad all last year, grew another couple of feet, and is trying to eat the sidewalk.
On Mar 18, 2012, bluntforcemama Bothell, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered a little under $150 worth of plants from ForestFarm, and all of them arrived in wonderful condition, well packed, and already had vigorous growth. Patti even contacted me personally! I highly recommend them for any Pacific NW gardeners.
Forest Farm is one great mail order company to purchase plants from. I have ordered from them in the past and I have had great service. Came home today and found my box of woodland gems waiting for me on my front porch, right on schedule. All plants ordered were accounted for and packaged extremely well without peanuts and fillers used by others. Happiness found in a box of carefully packaged, great looking plants from Forest Farm!
Posted on April 15, 2010, updated March 16, 2012
Quick delivery and plants in nice condition--you'd never guess they were shipped the entire way across the country! Catalog is amazing. I will order from again.
On March 16th, 2012, agroff added the following:
I've now ordered several times from Forest Farm and always have a great experience with them. As far as I can recall, the plants always arrive on the date I request and the size and health of the plants is wonderful. This time I ordered a large (5 gallon) Aesculus flava, and 1 gallon Eleagnus commutata, Ulmus rubra, Magnolia acuminata var. subcordata, and Fraxinus profunda. All arrived in great condition. The Ulmus is probably 6 feet tall, much larger than expected. The other sizes are as stated on the website. The website is very easy to order from, and I will again! A+
Posted on April 21, 2007, updated March 15, 2012
thier website is my first stop If I want to research a new genus. huge inventory, their catalog would take months to read and must be four inches thick. thier tubes have been shoddy for me; but a one gallon redbud of theirs has the shaping and pruning of a true master.
On March 15th, 2012, 123456789 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
forest farm's web site has often been my first stop to look at a plant picture, and the selection makes for a telephone book catalog with witty snippets through out. That said.................................................................................................The stock quality is lack luster at best. i've order multiple times and visited thier nursery in williams. it really is a 'forest farm " with dense shade cast on ther stock all day everyday making for leggy or weak stuff wacked up like bonsai. often the material is root bound like an anaconda was nesting in the pot. I say drive out to see them in williams and pick out your choice, better yet buy some seeds and grow your own its how they do it and is much more rewarding.On Mar 15, 2012, Forestfarm responded with:
"On Mar 18, 2012 8:45 PM, Forestfarm responded with:
Wow! It’s hard to know what flipped the switch to cause “Mike” to go from neutral to a negative rating. He visited Forestfarm in January of 2011 (over a year ago), when he purchased a few plants, but we haven’t had any contact with him since then.
We work hard to keep our customers happy (it’s important to us), so we sent “Mike” a D-Mail and then called him to ask what we had done wrong--what we could do to make things right. He didn’t really have an answer, but said he would amend his posting. That hasn’t been done, so we feel that we must defend ourselves with a rebuttal.
“Mike’s” comment about Forestfarm growing all of our plants in dense shade “all day everyday” is totally false. At least 75% of the nursery receives mostly sun each day. Those plants that do better in shade or partial shade are given these conditions. We certainly don’t see in our plants what he’s referring to as spindly or leggy growth, plants “wacked up like bonsai”, or “anaconda” root systems. We really wonder if he was thinking of Forestfarm when he wrote this, or some other nursery!
Some of the plants “Mike” purchased at Forestfarm were named cultivars, so obviously weren’t grown from seed. We do grow many kinds of plants from seed, and would welcome readers to try to do so also. But it may not be as easy as he makes it sound.
Since we never know what demand for a plant will be, it’s always a guess as to how many to grow. Sometimes we don’t have enough of a plant; sometimes we have too many, in which case some may get overly large. When that happens, we donate the overgrown plants to our local Master Gardener group for educational purposes, or they are used in a plant sale to raise money for the group’s activities.
As to the plant quality being “lack luster at best”, please read the other postings on the Garden Watchdog and make your own judgment. Thank you, Ray & Peg & crew
On Feb 29, 2012, crazy_for_abies Fresno, CA wrote:
Posted on April 19, 2011, updated February 29, 2012
Took the plunge and ordered 17 plants my first time ordering. Plants arrived on the exact day I requested them, and shipping was very reasonable since I purchased all 17 plants as tubes. Plants were well wrapped and wet, and those that were not dormant were much larger than I would have expected from a tube. It has been 5 weeks since delivery, and all 17 plants are healthy and have exploded with new growth. I highly recommend this nursery and I will be ordering again in the fall.
On February 29th, 2012, crazy_for_abies added the following:
I have now ordered a total of three times from Forestfarm. I give them my highest recommendation. They have a customer for life.
I am an avid plant hobbyist who has been mail-ordering plants for thirty years. As a long-term customer, I am always exceptionally satisfied placing and receiving orders from forestfarm.com. Time and time again, I'm impressed by their listing of traditional as well as rare and hard-to-find plants, such as Viburnums, Pittosporums, Osmanthus, Ilex, Elaeagnus, Photinias, Arbutus, Bay Laurels, Ligustrums, Vacciniums, and Magnolias. These are but a few of their extensive offerings which are well described. I continually visit Forestfarm.com since many of their plants are hard to find in my area, eastern coast of the US. Whenever I unpack a Forestfarm shipment, I am left breathless with the size, health, beauty, and elegance of the rooted tube plants and gallon plants. At Forestfarm.com, I receive excellent personable and friendly customer service. All of the plants that I order have full healthy growth, strong roots, and are meticulously packaged to arrive in perfect condition. I highly recommend Forestfarm.com to beginning and highly experienced gardeners alike. And to those hard-to-impress seasoned gardeners, I must say that Forestfarm.com is truly a new adventure in gardening.