Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.
On May 3, 2014, terriwwjd Hot Springs National Park, AR wrote:
I ordered 2 rose plants from them...only because I could not find them locally. The plants I received were healthy but very, very small! I had ordered from them in past years and wow things have changed! Used to be they sent out large bare root roses, now you get a tiny plant in a pot. And for the price...ouch! Sorry JP, I doubt I will spend any more money ordering tiny plants from you!
PS I would like to know what happened, JP you used to be the "Cadillac" of rose plant purchases, now you are more like a "Geo." That's too bad.... ) :
On Jan 12, 2014, jessflowergirl Fort Bragg, CA wrote:
Posted on March 9, 2013, updated January 12, 2014
Posted on October 21, 2012, updated March 9, 2013
After a lot of browsing and debate about which roses to order, I decided to go ahead and order 1 westerland climbing rose and 1 don juan climbing rose from JP. I placed my order on the 2nd of september, knowing that they would not ship until after the 17th which was the "proper planting time" for my zone. I appreciated that they sent an email saying my order had shipped. I received my plants on the 27th of september. I was impressed by the packaging, both roses were very secure and undamaged by the shipping process. The don juan was almost double the size of the westerland, but both had good roots and a decent amount of foliage on them. I followed the directions that were included to plant them and now a little more than 3 weeks later both roses are doing great! The westerland actually has more new growth than the don juan! Very pleased with my purchase and hope to order more in the future!!
On March 9th, 2013, jessflowergirl changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I placed another order from JP on January 1st, 2013 as I was given a gift certificate I wanted to use. I ordered 6 roses of various types. According to their shipping schedule, bareroot roses starting shipping out Jan 11. I had one potted rose, and the website said the shipping schedule began Jan 23. I continued to check the order status twice a week as these dates came and went and the anticipated date on the order status page kept being pushed back. Finally at the end of February I called to find out what was going on. My Disneyland rose was on backorder, and it was holding up the rest of my order. The customer service rep was very nice and offered to send the rest of the order out, but that they were anticipating getting the disney rose within the next two weeks. I told her I would wait since I had waited all this time anyways and I would call back later if needed. I finally got impatient a week later as my anticipated ship date got to the second week of march, and called again. Again the customer service rep was very nice, had no problem sending out the rest of the order, and even fixed a problem with the website not taking a gift certificate I had. I received 5 of the 6 roses yesterday and I could not be more pleased with the size and condition of the bareroot roses. The 2 reasons I am making this review neutral is for: 1. website didn't post gift certifcate, good thing I caught it or I would had quite the hit on my bank account; 2. No notice of backorder on rose, would have been nice to receive an email or something saying, hey we don't have enough of this one rose, do you want us to send out the rest? That being said, I am impressed with my roses, and my experiance with customer service was great. If my roses grow as I anticipate them to, I will change the rating to positive.
Also, update on my don juan and westerland from the fall, my don juan has really kicked it into gear, great growth starting the season. The westerland has leaved, but not growth yet. I am hopeful!On January 12th, 2014, jessflowergirl added the following:
Feel the need to update. It seems like it is hit or miss with J&P. The roses I received that were bareroot did well, nice and strong for their first year in my yard. The climbers and young potted roses have struggled. My step-mother bought me 5 young roses which were delivered in October. They were all small and potted, and looked pretty frail, not nice and sturdy like the bareroot roses. The good news is I have not lost a single J&P rose yet! The climbers have struggled with blackspot. The other potted roses will just take more time to be established. If you can get your J&P rose bareroot, I would recommend it. Otherwise be ready to baby them for a few years.
On Dec 6, 2011, Sandwichkatexan Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
Used to order form them , Now they are extremely overpriced and because I used to order from them I receive tons of magazines filled with 50 dollar amaryllis , 100 dollar small rosemary christmas trees and and 40 dollar 6 in pot lavender seriously I dont think so money is way to hard to earn to throw it away like that .
On Jun 1, 2011, dem2rd Naugatuck, CT (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered 6 roses with free shipping, received them in a timely manner. However, one rose had no root system attached, and one had only 2 canes, they were all shipped with no medium, dry, in 90* heat. As you can imagine, I opened a light box, with really dry roses. I called their "Customer Care " line, was told that one replacement rose would ship, yep, only one. Oh, and they are out of the same rose, go figure. I'll plant them, including the not really a Grade A rose, throw the rootless wonder in the trash and hesitate to EVER order there again. Should have read this site first, but I have ordered there multiple times before. I'll update.
On Apr 23, 2011, TeacherDave Jacksonville, OR wrote:
As a former employee when the company was owned by Harry and David in Medford, Oregon, I was saddened to see the number of disappointed customers after the sale of the company.
Always a quality product when we shipped out of Medford, it seems that some of the customers aren't as happy any more.
i just wrote them an email tonight informing them that the last order i got last year looks like it is about to die. i ordered 19 roses to them last year but only received 18 so i contacted them and they are very nice informing me that they will send me the 19th piece but it will not be the same as my order as it is no longer available so i just agree instead of them refunding me. all the 18 roses are growing. 16 grows alright, 2 is having a black spot in most of its body and the last one is not doing well (that's the reason why i wrote them and hoping they can replace it and that's the other reason why i gave them "neutral" rating for now. will change it once i get an answer from them.
I ordered 12 different Fortuniana roses and I am awaiting shipment which should occur next week as per J&P customer service. (They send them at the proper planting time). I just received my Japanese Maple 'Shaina' from J&P yesterday and I will be providing reviews once I get everything planted and see how they are doing.
I am very sad reading these comments. Evidently the company is in a lot of trouble and is unable to perform as it used to. I went to the site today to look up some roses but there were hardly any listed! This is very sad. I have ordered many, many roses and other plants from Jackson & Perkins over the last eight years and they had always been wonderful. The plants came healthy and beautiful and grew very well and customer service was excellent. I certainly would have rated my experiences as positive - absolutely. Now I am checking "neutral" because I don't wish to encourage people to order from them at this time. Hopefully they will get back on their feet at some point. I'm truly sad about this turn of events.
I ordered two roses--"Voluptuous" and "Nancy Reagan"--on sale as part of the "Stunning Blooms for the Vase Collection," set of 2, for $23.95 on May 12. The roses arrived within two weeks. The roots seemed a little dry and the canes had white buds. I soaked the roses an planted them within a few days.
The white buds have burned off, but there are new shoots on both roses. "Nancy" appears struggling, but I'm not sure if that's due to the alternating hot/mild spring days we're having in Alexandria, VA this year or the fact that I'm a democrat. I will update this post as the season progresses.
I ordered only hardware from J&P last year. I was told at ordering time that one of my items would be on backorder, and did I still want to order it knowing that? I did. The first part of my order arrived sooner than I'd expected, and the delayed item arrived within the given parameters. So far so good. The trouble I had was that within 2 weeks of setting it up outside, the finial on one of my pillars weathered noticeably enough for even my non-gardening spouse to comment! Since it's intended to be used outdoors, that surprised me, and I called to find out if there was some "hardier" replacement option, since it was set up in my front yard and I wasn't happy to see it looking shabby. But that was it. They volunteered to refund my entire purchase price for that item, which impressed me, as it was a fairly substantial amount; however, it was 7 months before the credit finally appeared on my statement! So in sum, I received outstanding customer service, on both ends of the transaction, a less than satisfactory product, and an absurdly long wait for my promised refund. I would order again, I think, but with care ...
On May 5, 2009, StellysPapa Dothan, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
At one time, years ago, JandP was classified as the Cadillac of rose nurseries, it was the best. Now, they have gone downhill somewhat so. My Mother was very much into Rose gardening and got all her roses from JandP and never had any problems with them. A few years ago, I built an arbor and bought a climbing rose from JandP, one that was suppose to bloom all summer. But it didn't and nor did it bloom at all the first year. Turns out, that there were two roses with the same name, one being a spring bloomer only and the other one a repeat bloomer, plus it was one that did not bloom till the second year. This info should have been on the tag, but wasn't. I did not buy the rose directly from JandP, but from a local nursery, who would not exchange it for the repeat bloomer. The rose itself, was a good grower, it grew like a weed, but just didn't bloom much. I have since dug it up and threw it away, and now have a rose that does bloom all summer.
This year, I bought 5 pink single petal knock-out-roses directly from JandP, got them in a good length of time and they are all blooming as I write this. So, I really can't say anything negative against them, but they could improve on the info they put on their tags.
On Oct 5, 2008, divvajacko Hinckley, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have been having a great deal of difficulty with J&P roses especially their hybrid teas.
Now, the two shrubs that I bought from them, Sally Holmes and Cherries and Cream, are doing splendidly.
But the Hybrid teas, Opening Night, John Paul II and Perfect Moment were major disappointments. Not much growth and very squat plants with very little life. If they get through the winter, maybe they will begin to thrive.
I bought a Gemini and Ronald Reagan from J&P and planted it in them in the fall. And they did very well.
I've bought from J&P for at least 10 years and the quality has been deteriorating. I do think they need to reevaluate some of their stock.
I am a member of Western Reserve Rose Society, Forest City Rose Society and the Cleveland Rose Society. I am leaving neutral feedback as the two shrubs that I bought from J&P are doing well.
On Jun 10, 2008, MorsisX Lockport, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Customer Service is abysmal!
The plants are pretty good.
I ordered the 150 lily package and have had a decent turn out. Problem is I contacted J&P as per the guarantee and have not heard bunk back. I too am waiting on a shipment of roses from them. I was told they shipped Monday...
My order from David Austin has been in the ground and flourishing for two months already!
The chapter is not closed, but the story is not going so well...
I have been ordering from J&P for years and have never had any issue and have actually been very happy with their customer service - in the past. This year, I ordered 3 Sweet Autumn Clematis back in April- credit card was of course charged immediately. I called several times and was at first told that it was "in processing" and would be out and of course they would call and advise if it wouldnt be shipping. Well, I got trapped in the same problem everyone seems to be having. They are in the middle of their "merger" or whatever they are calling it. After promising to call me back and advise me when my refund would be coming (several times) and not getting either a call or a refund, I of course called them back. Now they have some nebulous list (for real? Can you see this huge company with a yellow notebook listing frustrated peoples' names?) and they will call me to let me know when to expect my refund (that was three weeks ago, still waiting). I did order David Austin Roses this year and they were absolutely beautiful, but , I have to tell you, I will not order from them again. This latest debacle was just too much. A company cannot underestimate the importance of customer service.
On May 29, 2008, Zuzu Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered some sale roses on 5/1 by telephone and was given a delivery date of 5/19. When nothing had arrived by 5/22, I tried to check the order status on the Website and learned they had no records of orders placed prior to 5/20. I called the customer service number and was told the records of earlier orders might show up in a week or two. Yesterday I checked again and learned my order had been cancelled. Why? Who knows? I never cancelled it. I tried to re-order, but I wanted to pay with a J&P gift card, and they have no records of the gift cards issued by the previous owners.
Is this a joke? Who does business this way, without any advance planning whatsoever? The rest of us have known for months and months that J&P would be changing hands, so why are the new owners acting as though they won J&P in a poker game last weekend?
On June 11th, 2008, Zuzu added the following:
The change of ownership occurred more than three weeks ago, but they still have no record of gift cards issued prior to May 20th.
That, however, is not the main reason I'm adding more remarks to this negative review. Three of the four J&P test panel roses I ordered this year are in full bloom today, and all three are the exact same rose. I was promised four new and different hybrid teas for the price of the test panel membership fee, not three or perhaps even four identical roses.On June 29th, 2008, Zuzu changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
My problems with J&P appear to have been solved. I've been promised a merchandise credit for the price of the test-panel roses, and the balance on my gift card has been re-entered into the system. In response, I'll change my rating to neutral. It was too much of a hassle to warrant a positive rating, but it appears that the chaos of the change of ownership finally is subsiding.
On Mar 4, 2008, cynthsmthrmn Gilmer, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have ordered dozens of roses from Jackson and Perkins over the years. Whenever I have had issues with any of them, they have been replaced. I don't have much luck with their perennials. Those two have either been replaced or refunded.
I will remain a loyal customer.
On March 16th, 2009, cynthsmthrmn changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I had no idea that Parks (Wayside) had purchased Jackson and Perkins. When I looked at the feedback, I couldn't believe all the negative comments as I have always been a very loyal J&P customer. Once I saw that they had been purchased by Parks, the negative feedback made sense. Wow, I really hate that. I won't order from them again.
generally the roses have arrived in good shape with an occassional one barely making it alive, but their site doesn't always rate the zone's correctly - being in zone 5, I've learned to check on other sites before trusting their zone rating for the rose. Of the roses I get from them, if they do well, they do wonderfully. Some never grow at all (customer service does replace them if they have another available or refund) and some don't make it through the winter or make it through one winter, but not a second- I think this could be remedied by verify the zone they have listed for that variety is correct.
Years ago my mother and I participated as rose reviewers for Jackson & Perkins with our respective gardens in Michigan and Illinois. It was not a positive experience for either of us as the roses we ordered for our own gardens and the ones we were sent for review arrived in poor condition, and customer service was lacking (at best). I have not purchased a rose from them since. But many years have passed, and thinking perhaps their service and products had improved, I consulted Dave's Garden in anticipation of giving J&P another chance. Here, in this forum, I found the same complaints about the company as I held over 20 years ago!
I think the reason it is such a bitter disappointment to receive inferior roses and poor customer service is because when we buy a rose, we invest in a dream. No amount of "we'll send you a replacement next spring" can offset the empty space in the garden and the snuffing-out of those fantastic visions of lovely roses --- roses we did not plant, or scruffy weaklings we attempt to nurse to health, because of someone else's incompetence. My solution is to try to buy on-line from smaller businesses and from local nurseries ... and not to invest all of my rosey dreams in one company. I am going to try an on-line order to Chamblee's for some of my roses this year, and I am going to support my local merchants. I wish J&P would wake up and smell the... oh, you know what I mean!
On Mar 21, 2007, claypa West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I used J&P's website to cash in a ten dollar gift card (from last year) in January. I ordered 20 Asiatic lilies and had to pay 6 or 7 more dollars to have them sent. They arrived today when they said they would, and the bulbs look fine. They never e-mailed to say they received the order, which I thought was strange, but my e-mail hasn't worked for a week or so. I'm going to give them a positive; the bulbs arrived cool and alive, and if they don't look great this summer, I'll come back and change the rating. Their stuff is pricey, but since it was a gift it didn't really matter.
I also got a dwarf Alberta Spruce as a gift for Christmas, and one that was being abandoned in the office. Both are still alive; so far so good.
On July 11th, 2007, claypa changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Only three out of twenty bulbs bloomed, which is pretty lame for plain old hybrid Asiatic Lilies. I have lots of other Lilies growing just fine in the same bed.
The neutral rating is for overall experiences over the last few years. I'd rate more towards negative though for recent plants. Two seasons ago I ordered six "Darkness Visible" delphinium, which came to me as nothing much more than newly sprouted seeds. Very young plants without substance. Two years later, none made it.
This year I ordered a Laura Bush rose, which came with severely chopped roots on half of the rose. It was as if half the roots were sheared off at an inch, and the other half were ok. It graded out as a number one, but still a small 1, versus what I've come to expect from other vendors.
I ordered several nepeta plants and dutch iris bulbs. They were delivered promptly, so I was excited...until I opened the box. The nepeta plants were completely dried out, and literally did not last two days.
The bulbs had been sent in a different shipment, but much to my horror all the bulbs were INFESTED with dead or dying aphids!
The only reason why I'm not giving a negative rating is because of the extremely friendly and apologetic Customer Service woman I spoke with. When I asked if I should ship them back to the company, she told me to just throw them in the trash. She gave me a refund and offered a 20% discount on my next order (which I turned down). I will not order from them again, and I've stopped their catalogue.
On Aug 29, 2006, figaro52 Oak Lawn, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
All of my roses are from J&P. All arrived in excellent condition. I have lost a couple through the years, but due to weather conditions or my own negligence. The roses I ordered this year are true show-stoppers. A great company with friendly people. They make good when there is a problem with their product.
On May 1st, 2008, figaro52 changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
The fact that this company is now owned by Parks is reason enough to avoid them. Compared to a few years ago, J&P is clearly in decline. I ordered a "Dream Come True" rose this spring since this was the only place I could find it. While I expect the rose to do fine, it arrived with dry roots -- good thing I noticed it right away and was able to moisten the roots until I could plant it!
I recently received a lovely daylily collection from a friend as a birthday gift. The daylilies are healthy, but I don't like the way they were packaged. The overly moist roots were surrounded by excelsior and then shrink-wrapped very tightly. Fortunately I unwrapped them immediately. I had to cut mold from many of the roots due to the excessive moisture and lack of ventilation caused by the improper packaging technique.
I really wish all vendors would refrain from using styrofoam peanuts as a packing material.
On Jul 10, 2006, lafko06 Brimfield, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I too have been buying from J&P for years and I've always loved their roses. I never buy their products from garden centers because they are overpriced and they just don't look as nice as the ones directly from J&P. I am giving a neutral rating because I am judging based on my purchase in my new house, not the old one where I had plenty of sucess with this company. Last year, I got 12 of their red ribbons rose blanket Garden Ease Roses. They were supposed to be all red. They didn't all bloom for me last year (which was fine) because I ordered late in the season. This year, one of the 12 came up pink. How do they pack 11 reds and one pink?
Two years ago, I ordered six (6) tree roses and three (3) bush roses. I have worked my fingers to the bone for two years to keep these roses alive - forget healthy. The roses are all extremely sensitive and vulnerable to black spot, mildew, spider mites, aphids, and every other malady known to mankind. I have treated, fertilized, sprayed, re-treated, and even tried moving the location of the roses! One rose bush is dead. Two rose trees currently contain only one living branch, and will likely die soon - assuming I don't give up on the ugly things and toss them, which I should. Everything else looks terrible, with few living branches. Only the two trees on my front porch might survive another year, and only because I spray them with fungicide/insecticide on an almost daily basis.
Jackson Perkins Roses simply DO NOT THRIVE in GA, and are simply not hardy enough for my hot/humid zone (Atlanta, GA). Although JP does a great job with their catalogs, they do little to inform customers of how hardy their roses are, or in which climates the roses might best thrive. On the other hand, I don't think ANY roses do well in the Southeast... but these roses seem particularly unsuitable.
I do like the JP indoor and outdoor decor items, and have had luck with several nice products.
On Apr 14, 2006, ladyisle Bohemia, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is the second time that I have ordered a plant from J&P that has proven not to be hardy to my zone. According to their catalog, I'm in zone 7, so I ordered 6 lavenders, supposedly hardy to this zone. 3 Kew Red & 3 Otto Quasi. The Kew Red were so small with tiny root systems, that 2 died shortly after planting, and the 3rd made a valiant effort to live but died after the 1st frost. The Otto Quasi's were bigger and grew well last summer, but appear to be quite dead now. They credited the Kews b/c it was within the 60 days grace period, but the customer service agent just told me that they can't cover plants past 60 days or against chill, but it's been a mild winter.
She offered me 20% if I ordered another Lavender, because they no longer sell the Ottos. I don't think so. I should have paid attention to all the other sources that stated that Spanish Lavenders aren't very hardy.
The same thing happened some years ago when I ordered a Passion Flower which was also reportedly hardy in my zone, but died over the winter. They didn't stand behind that one either, and I later found that particular cultivator listed for Zone 9!
I still have an outstanding order with them for roses, and 3 hardy (to zone 5, ha!) Mimosa Pudica (these are tropical plants according to other sources). But they are inexpensive and interesting, so I am treating them as unusual annuals. And I could not find these roses anywhere else. But I don't trust them to provide accurate information-so buyer beware and definetly look elsewhere for perennials before ordering from J&P.
I just want to say that the C/S rep tried to be helpful.
On June 3rd, 2006, ladyisle changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I wanted to give them credit for the nice groundcover roses I received. They have remained healthy for about a month.
Jackson & Perkins should pride itself on it's customer service. They will try, and try, and try again to make things right. Unfortunately for you, this means that their plants may not be right the first time.
I greatly debated what kind of rating to give J&P until today. Making the story as short as possible, I received an email offer of 4 David Austin Roses at a collection price. I was thrilled with the 4 roses they offered and ordered the same day. When the day passed that they were to arrive, I sent a short email of concern as to their whereabouts... J&P quickly responded and said they were sending another set FedEx! I was thrilled with there service!
When the order arrived three days later, in the box I received only 3 roses, of those, only one was what I had ordered. So again I emailed them for an explaination as to why ONLY 3 and not what I had ordered. Today I got an email saying "We see that the order was entered for
three David Austin roses. Since this order was entered incorrectly we are sending a fourth David Austin rose as a good will gesture..." (Good will gesture?)
I even sent them a copy of the confirmation email (4 David Austin Roses and there names) I recieved FROM them with the order. Now they are saying I made an error?!
Well, in the end I did not receive the roses I had ordered and they can not seem to figure out the error THEY made. Having ordred from J&P for many, many years. I am quite disappointed and will find another supplier for my roses in the future!
On August 23rd, 2005, Mekales changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
Well, in the end I did receive an email through Garden Watchdog from a representative of J&P - Patsy Hawthorne requesting further details having read my post here. On June 24, 2005 I forwarded all of the communications I had had with J&P to Ms. Hawthorne and waited for a reply... and waited and waited. Finally, on July 15th I wrote another note to her stating that I was disappointed she hadn't bothered to respond (3 weeks later)... On the 18th, I received a very apologetic call from Ms. Hawthorne apologizing and stating that a credit had been issued for the original order.
I guess I still ened up ahead, although I still never got the roses I had hoped for, but will be very leary of further dealings with J&P after jumping thorough so many hoops and feeling like they blamed me for their mistakes.
I'm a bargain shopper, so Jackson & Perkins have always been too pricy for my taste, but after spending a considerable amount of money on garden variety Wal-mart roses ,just to have them die, I decided to see if these J&P roses are everything they make themselves out to be in their catalogs. Last year (2004) I ordered their "cheaper by the dozen" collection and planted them around my yard. Some I planted in pots, others went into the ground where other Wal-mart roses had failed. Four out of the 12 roses died right away, and not having experience with mail order roses I didn't bother calling J&P to have them send me replacements. A year later and three near hurricane misses my garden needed a total overhaul. I wrote off all the roses as dead so I purchased a new collection, this time trying out their new Lavendar Simplicity roses. To my surprise, several of the roses planted last year were still alive! Add to this the fact that the new Simplicity roses grew past any expectations I had. As an experiment I planted a row of the Lavendar Simplicities next to Blue Girl roses from Wal-mart . The Blue Girls have been dwarfed by the Simplicity roses. Furthermore, the Blue Girls have contracted Black Spot where their neighboring Simplicity roses have continued unscathed. I also ordered a new "cheaper by the dozen" collection for thise year (2005) and four of those roses did not fair well in the South Florida weather. This time I called and was met with a well mannered gentleman who promptly made arrangements to replace the roses.
I've read some of the other positive responses written about J&P and think that they sound like a J&P representative wrote them. I can assure you that my satisfaction is very real.
On December 1st, 2005, Miramarguy changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Ok, it's fall now and my garden WENT through two hurricanes this year. I decided to update my post on Jackson and Perkins given that 95% of the roses I ordered (a total over $500 worth) has died. I don't change my rating from Positive to Neutral because the plants died so much as because Jackson and Perkins markets certain roses as "maintenance free" when they are far from "maintenance free". I will give them that roses don't fair well in Florida, so when I'm order the "Cheaper by the Dozen" roses and they donít live Iím not surprised. However, when I order over three dozen Simplicity roses (lavender, pink, and yellow) from them, I bought them with the idea that I wouldn't have to worry about these roses as much as some of the more particular roses. The plants arrived healthy and I planted them in pots after soaking them in buckets of water. I left them in their pots until they had leafed out and where ready for Florida's unforgiving soil. To their credit, the Lavender Simplicities did well, but the pink and yellow quickly showed signs of problems. What hurts most is that the plants waited until after the 60 day warrantee period to die, and die they did.
Again, J&P have a great customer support staff (they should pride themselves of being one of the best) but if they advertise that their roses are so easy they're "maintenance free" (and to the skeptics: I treated my Simplicities with an attitude of anything but maintenance free) and ďadapt well to all soilsĒ they should.
My advice to anyone who wishes to grow roses in Florida and order from Jackson and Perkins, join your local rose society and investigate the issues between own root roses and those grafted on Fortunia root stock. You might find yourself looking to other mail-order nurseries like Merry Gro Farms and spending more now in order to spend less later.
On Sep 12, 2003, Lizzytish Wareham, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:
In the spring I ordered three Cecile Brunner Climbing roses From this company. They were very healthy and grew robustly all summer, however they didn't even have a single flower on them, A couple of week ago I sent an email to Jackson and Perkins asking if this was normal for the first year especially since they did grow all the way to the top of the arbor they were trained on,hence my neutral rating as they have not bothered to answer my question I can only asume that they don't really care. They have my money and to heck with my questions. Customer service is as important as the quality of the product.
On Jun 7, 2003, RubyStar Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I don't think the company is really a "bad" one, but my personal experiences with them have been less than stellar, and I do not order from them any longer.
For example, I ordered specialty daffs from them, but what bloomed were basic yellow trumpets. Mistakes do happen, but when I called to point this out I was put through a bit of a wringer, and finally very reluctantly offered a replacement. In addition, I found their roses to be less than grade 1, despite their claims. I have to wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that I'm in a colder zone that receives later shipments of bareroots, since I've heard so many reports from people in the warm zones, professing to the impressiveness of J&P's roses.
Otherwise I've found their plants and bulbs to be of good quality, though their prices are higher than I like.
I bought 3 oranges n lemons bare root from this company a few weeks ago....they are all sprouting leaves like mad so I am pleased with that but, 2 are very small and thin stocked only one is very nice. After reading the other reviews it seems the final test will be seeing if they gave me all the right bushes
On Apr 24, 2003, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
Report from my coworkers--I placed my last (in a chronological sense) order with J&P in 1995.
J&P's bare-root roses are always satisfactory. That was my experience, as well. I just don't currently have a good place to put roses, which is the chief reason I haven't ordered from J&P lately.
J&P's perennials are another story, however: overpriced, undersized, and of poor quality. That was my overall impression in 1995 also, but things can and do change. My coworkers report that this has not changed, based on this spring's order.
The neutral rating is because the roses are so good, and the perennials so poor. I figure if you average the two together, you get neutral.
On October 23rd, 2007, nevadagdn added the following:
I have just learned that J&P has become part of the Park Seed horticultural conglomerate. That could be good--Park's seeds and Wayside Roses used to be quite good (I have more experience with Park's in recent years; the Wayside orders were more than a decade ago)--OR it could be bad. My last experience with Park Seed left more than a bit to be desired in the order fulfillment and timely/accurate customer service departments.
I know that all things change in time, and I hope this change is for the good. If not, at least I have other sources I cann use for my rose purchases. I started wondering about the quality of J&P roses when Lowe's (lord love 'em, but I don't go there for the latest and greatest in top quality plants) started carrying a lower-priced assortment of J&P roses a couple of years ago.
My coworker rosarian friend stopped planting roses some time ago, so I can't even ask her for feedback. Until she decided she preferred Japanese Maples and conifers,she was a staunch J&P customer.
I hadn't heard anything negative about J & P when I first got their catalog and ordered, so I had high expectations. I ordered 3 bareroot roses and they arrived ok. None of them will be blooming this year as promised but they are still alive and sending up shoots. I'll have to wait and see if they deliver the 5" blooms as advertised. I sent my Mom a basket of 3 mini potted roses from them and they got rave reviews.
On November 7th, 2003, magic8ball added the following:
All the roses I ordered are still alive and have bloomed. The growth rate and bloom size is smaller than advertised but I wonder if it's due to the Dallas-area, Texas climate I live in. One thing: the last shipment I received was a special, 4 roses for $19.95. They were so cheap that my expectations were low. I had to leave town suddenly, and left the bareroot plants in buckets of water for 2 weeks. Didn't hurt 'em!! Amazingly enough they thrived after planting. I do find that shipping is extra high with J&P, especially since it is really just the US postal service, the cheapest way to go. They do tend to bother me with telemarketing, and the customer service reps are fairly clueless although friendly enough. I guess the reason I will order again is the variety of roses I can choose from, without having to pound the pavement in search of particular colors and rose types. I absolutely would not buy anything else except roses from them, however. The prices are just too high.
I ordered some small roses and potted plants. The small roses arrived beautiful, healthy and blooming. The potted plants arrived small and fragile, and died quickly. Seeing as they are rather expensive compared to other mail-order companies, I doubt that I will be ordering from them again.
I ordered a 5 plant rose bare root special. I wanted the Gemini, and the others were a bonus in my book. Several weeks later I received the 5 bare root roses. Excellent packaging and the roots were all large and healthy looking. Only problem was, there was no Gemini in the package. They 'ran out'... and substituted Diana, Princess of Wales.
So I received, 2 Diana's a JFK, a pearl essence and a Sweet Valentine. I soaked in water, and planted.
There is lush growth on the Sweet valentine, it is happy and doing well. The others are pathetic. One bud eye sending up a short shoot. Nothing on the JFK at all.
All of the J&P roses I bought locally are doing very well, will not order mail order bare roots again... just too iffy.
On June 17th, 2004, msanjelpie added the following:
Ok - decided to give them another try. Order received right on time - 2 large bareroots...
I ordered a year or two ago, and the plants weren't true to name. They refunded my money no problem. I was disappointed that I didn't get what I ordered. They were out of stock and couldn't replace. I don't think I would order from them again. Too expensive.
On Dec 6, 2001, haighr Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:
I rate them about 50/50 - over the years about half of the items received looked great upon arrival and prospered; however, the other 50% did not fare so well. The shell plant was DOA and was an expensive item (not replaced or reimbursed) have had numerous tubers that were never again seen after planting. Seems as though the more recent years have been the most displeasing. Perhaps management has changed or they have just gotten too large.