Four Winds was my first online plant ordering experience, and it was a nice one indeed.
I ordered 1-year calamondin and yuzu trees. Shipping was a bit pricey - I wanted the trees here (cross-country) quickly, to limit any potential shipping damage; their service was prompt indeed. They were very swift in responding to my lone question.
And both trees have done quite well. A bit too early for them to bear any fruit, but the calamondin was quite lush when it arrived and has continued to do well. The yuzu looked - at first - a bit over-pruned, but as soon as autumn temperatures hit here, it responded with a big burst of very vigorous growth, and is looking like a very happy plant indeed. So overall I am quite happy with both.
I am fast approaching the limit of what I can accomodate in my apartment, but I am planning to order another couple plants from them in the near future.
On Sep 10, 2009, slave041379 Santa Clarita, CA wrote:
2 year trees aren't very big, just in case you didn't know that. They even told me to buy locally first, but I wanted to know that I was getting exactly what I wanted.
I was disappointed in the size of the trees for almost $40 a piece. Later I looked at lowes and their trees were 2 times the size for half as much, same variety.
I was very happy with the condition of the trees, they even held up a couple of days bare root until I could plant them. I talked to the owner when I called with a question on the weekend and they were very nice people.
So while I would never give them a negative, I wouldn't go positive based on the size of the trees that I received. Neutral seemed to fit as I just wanted this to inform others that the 2 year trees are not very big. With all that said I'd order from them again if I really needed to buy a rare variety as they have many, they did provide viable trees, and the customer service was excellent. So don't let me scare you off, but remember 2 year trees aren't very big (12-20inches).
On Jul 10, 2009, K4CLE Germantown, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have been ordering from Four Winds Growers for nearly twenty years now. I have even visited with these fine folks and toured their operation in Freemont, CA. Just ordered and received a 2 year old Eureka Lemon tree, and as I expected, it arrived in perfect condition. As you can see from everyone that has left comments, I just don't think you can go wrong by ordering from Four Winds Growers!
I've ordered twice from Four Winds, the first time about two years ago and recently again last week. I've received a 2-3 y.o. nagami kumquat and kaffir lime, and a smaller 1 yr kumquat.
The quality of the trees has been great each time. The kaffir lime is now 4-5 yrs and hasn't fruited in my too-dark apartment, but both kumquats have done amazingly well even without outdoor exposure.
One warning: the shipping is quite prompt and arrived earlier than the stated delivery date each time. This was actually problematic for me, as the first time this happened no one was around to receive the trees and they were stolen out of my urban apartment mailroom. Four Winds replaced them. If you've got shrinkage issues with your mail, be sure to watch for the trees a day early and don't rely on the delivery date.
I ordered seven dwarf citrus trees in April. They all arrived well packed and in good shaped. Shipping was expensive but all plants were as advertised and in great shape. I'd definitely order from them again.
This was my first time ordering from an online nursery, and I was a bit nervous. I just received my Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree, and it is in great health and much larger then I thought it would be. It already has buds! Shipping was very fast, even though I paid by check. The plant arrived before my check even cleared!
I will oder from them again in the future.
I teetered back and forth about ordering some dwarf citrus from
Four Winds because of the price(cost + shipping to Mississippi).
After receiving my plants, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.
In fact, I went around my school showing off my trees and giving out the Web address.
On Oct 17, 2008, jomoncon New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I recently ordered 3 dwarf citrus trees: Meyer Lemon, Mexican Key Lime and Cara Cara Navel Orange. I've mail ordered plants for many years, and these were absolutely the best, most health looking plants I have every received. The shipping was prompt. The website is full of helpful info.
If I ever need additional citrus plants, I'll definitely order from them again. Highly recommend.
I got a kaffir lime (2-3 year) and it looks great, a little oddly shaped and lopsided but that can be fixed. It had tons of great looking leaves on it and it came with a free grasshopper:) Shipping was very fast and not much damage to the tree, a few outer broken stems and leaves. I will definitely buy from them again.
Container gardening in mountains of northern New Mexico.
Two years ago, bought (all dwarf) from Four Winds Growers: 2 Seville Orange, Bergamot Orange, Nagami Kumquat, Meiwa Kumquat, Limequat, Calamondin, Improved Meyers Lemon, Kaffir Lime, Mexican (Key) Lime, and Bearrs Lime.
All arrived promptly and in excellent condition, some in fruit. All have grown and fruited in containers, in South facing solar room in winter (to upper 30s) and outdoors in summer (low 90s). Hand pollinated flowers with Q-tip during early spring bloom. Buzz buzz.
Fruit quality is wonderful. I use the fruit to make marmalade, and the leaves of the Kaffir lime for Thai cooking. Their Meyers lemon is far more delicious and exotic tasting than store-bought Meyers lemon. The Bergamot marmalade is beyond description, it is so perfumed and spicy. The kumquats are huge and very juicy.
I have two other Nagami kumquats from a local nursery that I have used for marmalade for 10 years and they are still about 3-4 feet tall with minimal pruning. So far I have kept the Four Winds trees wacked back to less than four feet tall, and they are growing nicely bushy. The oranges may eventually want to be a bit larger. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the trees that I ordered from Four Winds Growers.
ordered etrog, mandarin, and meyer lemon- arrived when they said they would- the meyer lemon had about 50 blossoms on it when it arrived- not sure yet whether the blossoms will survive the shipping. the etrog had about 5 blossoms- in the two weeks since i have had the tree, it has grown another 5 blossoms and seems to be doing really well. the mandarin has had a massive growth spurt since arriving and currently there about 100 blossoms developing.
so overall- am thrilled so far with the trees. i also received clear answers to several emailed questions.
overall- 10/10 so far.
On Jul 19, 2007, lakesidecallas Dandridge, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:
I bought 4 trees from Four Winds and am extremely pleased with them. They came is a box that looked small, but all four trees have big canopies and long healthy roots. They even include wood chips (unfortunately redwood- of which I try to buy NO products) to add to your potting soil.
I'm very pleased and already planning my next order!
Onr local nurseries often carry Four Winds citrus but I was interested in a Kaffir Lime when they do not regularly sell. Past experience had taught me that to special order it from the nursery was a guarantee that they would jack up the price. I purchased it and another obscure citrus directly from Four Winds through their website. Email communication was superior. They even dropped the price of shipping in half when they realized that the distance shipped was short! The plants arrived quickly and are in terrific shape. The kaffir lime is much larger than I would have expected for a 2-3 year old tree...very impressive.
On Apr 10, 2007, glendalekid Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered three 2-3 year old dwarf citrus trees. They arrived late last week. They are beautiful little trees, well leafed, in perfect condition. Two are flowering. Shipping is very reasonable, up to 3 for combined shipping. I can never resist a shipping bargain. Definitely recommend these folks.
Wow, ordered a 2-3 year cara cara orange dwarf. The tree was sent from California to Philadelphia and arrived in perfect condition. It is awesome. Great size and bushy and flowering. This company has got to be one of the best on-line sellers I have come across. They carry a wide variety of dwarf citrus and I am sure I will go back for more. Reasonable too.
As a NJ native of 24 years, I've been growing all kinds of citrus indoor (most of the time), in low light conditions. Not only have I ordered around 10 or 15 trees in the past 5 years from my friends at Four Winds, but ALL BUT 2 are still on this earth doing just fine. the 2 I lost where from over watering and fertilizing. I can't believe after all these years, that they actually have been making it easier and easier to have cold hardy, vigorous trees anywhere...even your basement will do, if it has light. If anyone ever has a problem with this vendor, than I challenge you to figure out what you did wrong and try again. It worked for me, and 6 years later I love the challenge of growing limes outside in NJ, and reaping the 40 lime bennefit.
Thanks for your time,
I purchased a Buddha's Hand and an Owari Satsuma, both 2-3 yr old trees. The trees arrived in beautiful condition. They were well packed, not a single broken leaf! I had a question a couple months after I purchased the trees. They responded immediately. I will certainly buy from Four Winds again.
On May 25, 2006, lawyergardener Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
WOW, what incredible dwarf citrus trees. I ordered four 2-3 year trees: Moro blood orange, Varigated Lemon, Owari Satsuma Mandarin, and Improved Meyer. ALL of the trees are tall, beautiful, full trees with extremely healthy leaves. The trees were so tall and full that the top stems of two of them snapped (not a problem, only lost a few leaves). These trees are NOT the tiny little trees you receive from so many "Big" nurseries that send you catalogs in the mail. What you see online is actually what you get (or better!). Considering how much better (and bigger) these trees look than the ones I've owned for several years, I only hope I can keep them looking great! The cost was $36 each because I ordered 4, and shipping was $14 each. This is a GREAT PRICE because two years ago I received a lemon tree from one of those "fancy" catalogs (I think it was Wm-Sonoma) that was smaller and not nearly as pretty... and currently retails in their catalog for apx. $65 PLUS shipping! Regarding shipping: I live in Atlanta, GA. I ordered the trees on May 20 (Sat.), Four Winds, in Sacramento, CA, shipped them Monday the 22nd, and I received the trees Wednesday the 24th! I cannot say enough nice things about these trees. I am blown away by the health and size of the trees. BUY! You won't regret it!
On Mar 4, 2006, RuTemple San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
We have thriving true dwarf citrus from these good folks: two Meyer Lemons and a Moro Blood Orange.
We love the website, and have directed friends in other states to it for information as well as the temptation to buy. We also love that being near neighbors, our local nurseries not only have Four Winds trees in stock in season, but also get information enough first to post it for us to read there, and also for folks at our local nursery to be able to talk with us intelligently about the trees, and their care.
Highest recommendations for the company, both to deal with and for the excellent work they do with true dwarf citrus cultivars.
On Feb 3, 2006, lopaka Davie, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I live in Florida and i was looking for some Kaffir trees to buy..
I contacted Toby from 4 winds and he explain he couldnt help me due to the strict canker laws in Florida.First i was surprise of the speedy response by Toby and 4 winds.I was sad tho i couldnt buy his wonderful trees and didn't realize the canker nazi's were still in power.I had a beautiful Indian river grapefruit tree 20 foot tall and 12 years old and very healthy growing in my backyard.One day i came home from work and found my tree gone nothing but the stump.
So i if im a little harsh on the Canker Krooks you know why :=/
Well even tho Toby couldnt help me out he pointed me to someone in Florida who can sell me the trees.I am writing this positive note because Toby and 4 winds took the time to help me even tho i didnt buy anything from him.I must say Toby A+ on all your help and if and when they ever lift the ban you will be the first person i will buy my trees from.
On Jan 18, 2006, mantis212 Roslyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Having the winter blues, I caught the citrus bug. So I searched all over the web and landed at Four Winds. The web site was really helpful in making my choice the Cara Cara Navel. I live in NY and we had a very mild patch in Jan. so I went for it. It arrived a week! Trying to slip it in between cold fronts was amazing on their part. E-mails, every step of the way. Its a healthy lush dark green tree pruned perfectly. 2-3 years old 2.5' h & w. Straight trunk with clean neat graft, well established bareroot securly packed in clean moist cedar chips.
I give this purchase 5 stars...
1. Very easy website to order from.
2. Very healthy tree,
3. arrived in winter unscathed in a week!
4. Communication through emails.
5. Great price tree/shipping...
Hope this helps, Mantis212
On Sep 1, 2005, CitrusCrazed Stevens Point, WI wrote:
This summer I placed 2 orders with Four Winds. My first 'trial' order I got 1 2-3 yr old MidKnight Valencia Orange and a 1 yr old Trovita orange. They came within 5 days of me placing the order. They were both packed well and were very healthy. I just didnt like the size of the 1 yr tree. It was less than a foot tall. I think that it is worth paying the $8 extra because there is such a difference in size between the two ages. My MidKnight Valencia was great! It had big dark green leaves, I love it!
Then yesterday I just got my latest order in the mail. It was a 2-3 yr old Owari Satsuma, a 2-3 yr old Robertson Navel orange and a 2-3 yr old Cara Cara Red Navel Orange. All came within a week of my order and were in great condition! My two Oranges both have immature fruits on them! I'm very satisfied. The prices might be slightly higher than other companies, but to me these beautiful trees are worth it! Toby is very nice and helpful as well. This is one of the better mail order companies out there!
I have placed several orders for citrus from Four Winds Growers over the past 3 years. Each one has been placed online. I was promptly notified of shipments and received a UPS tracking number. I have received each package within a weeks time and have always been delighted. Expertly packaged and the dwarf trees are fresh and full of life. I emailed Toby at Customer Service recently to see if they would offer other citrus not currently on their website. He responded by saying he was meeting with his propagation group this week and would offer my suggestions for future citrus. It makes me feel proud as a customer to think that vendors actually listen to us! I will definitely order from Four Winds again.
On Jun 23, 2005, eyeckr Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I collect citrus trees and noticed that this nursery was one of only two mail order sources (that I could find) that offered the somewhat rare Indio Mandarinquat. Four winds seemed more reputable so I ordered one from them and was delighted by the careful packaging, prompt shipping and size of the tree. I would definitely order from them again!
On Jun 13, 2005, Quyen Orange, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
I bought a Kafir Lime and a Calamondine from OSH, a distributor of Four Winds Growers dwarf citrus. Both plants were 2-3 y.o. This was because I was too impatient to wait for the plants to be shipped to me. The Kafir Lime was in good condition but the Calamondine's leaves were yellowish and cupped. I think the soil was kept too wet. After I brought them home, I replanted them in the soil mixture suggested on FWG's website. Both plants are doing well now, 6 weeks later, with new growth, new buds, and new fruits. The Calamondine's new leaves are no longer cupped.
On Apr 11, 2005, bksmall San Andreas, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Years ago, I planted a dwarf Meyer Lemon while living in Sunnyvale. The tree came from Four Winds and was an outstanding performer. Selling the house (and lemon) was traumatic. When we moved to San Andreas, I check with our local nursery and was advised that I could grow the dwarf in a half wine barrel. I planted the tree which had blossoms setting and we had over 50 beautiful lemons the first year! I am delighted to say that new blossoms are beginning to open and we are delighted. We did cover the tree during our hard frosts and kept it watered during our hot summer. Thanks, Four Winds, we love the lemon sauces, pies and puddings!
I am a certified (in my own mind) lemon enthusiast. I just finished painting my kitchen lemon yellow. And so it came to me in a dream (not really) that I had to have a lemon tree even though I live in the wintry Northeast. Actually, I had seen one for sale in a catalog, and thus began my quest. There are a lot of growers online who sell trees but many, in small print, said the ones pictured are not what one will receive. I decided on Four Winds growers based on all the info on the site, strictly regarding dwarf citrus, but also because of all the actual photos of their trees. I wasn't stymied by the price because the catalog trees were way more money (and of course look gorgeous with lemons all over them in the photo. I'm pretty sure for $99 one gets a stick in a clay pot). I ordered and received my 2-3 year old tree exactly as expected - it seems healthy and was in full flower bud mode (alas, no lemons like one lucky responder). I am following the instructions for potting/light/water/humidity and my tree is thriving. I look at it everyday and tend to it fervently....almost obsessively. I CANNOT wait for the purple buds to bloom. The only problem I had was finding a sawdust based potting soil that is recommended. There is no such thing around here, apparently, but went with an organic sealife potting mix from the Pacific Northwest that my local greenhouse carries. Believe me when I tell you I angsted over this for a while. Hopefully, it'll be just fine. Thanks Four Winds!
Four Winds is top-notch. I was a bit reluctant to pay the prices, which I thought were rather high after the cost of shipping and handling. But I ordered 7 dwarf citrus, and they arrived looking robust and healthy. After their first winter in our garden, even though I ordered the smallest and cheapest trees they have, the citrus are all leafing out and some are blooming and setting tiny fruit--despite their under 1-foot size! So the prices are worth it--I would certainly recommend Four Winds to anyone.
I ordered a 2-3 year old dwarf Meyers Lemon tree from Four Winds in February at the recommendation of several people from a garden website. I'm not a complete citrus novice but I will admit that this was my first mail order experience and I didn't have very high expectations. The tree was promptly shipped to me and arrived within 10 days of my order (sooner than I had expected) which was a plesant suprise. When I opened the shipping box I found that the tree had been wonderfully packaged and looked healthier then I ever could have imagined, there were even 6 fully ripe lemons still attached to the tree. I am more than happy to report that the tree is still looking beautiful and thriving in it's container our on my patio. It is obvious to me that this company truly cares about the customer and the quality trees it sells. I have heard nightmare stories about ordering trees offline and must unfortunatly report that since ordering from Four Winds I too have learned my lesson and will NEVER order trees from less expensive, less reputable nurseries ever again!! Four Winds is top notch and I look foreward to doing business with them again.