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Ordered 4 honeyberries from this company. Was told they would ship late. Turned out to be very much later (many months after my order). When they arrived, packaging kind of poor and we were unable to find one of the honeyberries (though we found the tag for it); the other three were acceptable but certainly not what I would expect from a company that advertises they are the "Home of the Honeyberry". I've ordered other items from this company before and they arrived in good, robust condition. I hesitate to complain too much; this might have been a fluke, but still this was not a great transaction for me.
On Jan 7, 2012, Berries Unlimited responded with:
"On Jan 7, 2012 6:49 PM, Berries Unlimited responded with:
Hello! Our Honeyberries are from the laboratory- tissue cultured clean virus indexed plants in 4inch size pots.Now they are dormant. They are gaining roots during winter season to pop up very vigorously in spring. Large plants which are from cuttings grow faster first but slower later because they are not virus indexed plants.We do not sell such plants. We had to wait them for a long time from the lab due to bad weather condition and the information was on the web site,and they are the only tissue cultured honeyberries in the country available. 2011 was the first year of the new varieties which were small, developed from cells, 2012 plants are much larger now and available immideately."
On Jul 7, 2011, magnaastra Charleston, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
I placed my first order with Berries Unlimited in late 2010, for delivery in the 'spring' of 2011: four blueberries and four honeyberries. Apparently, a cold wet spring on our country's West coast [interesting, since this company is headquartered in Arkansas...unless I forget my geography, that's pretty much in the south-central portion of the US] caused delays in the honeyberries' propagation, and their release dates were changed multiple times per their website (no personal communications whatsoever from this company).
I have never received any of my plants, despite having paid for them seven months ago.
According to Lidia, it's my fault that the blueberries weren't shipped separately: apparently, I had to request that they be shipped during the appropriate planting time.
I requested a refund, which I have as yet to receive. In an interesting juxtaposition of dates, I was told that the elusive honeyberries (and their pals, the four missing blueberries) suddenly could ship in just three days...after I asked for my money back. I was also offered free plants, etc., to keep my order 'open,' but I'm not looking for sugar, and, since I have other responsibilities besides watering the h--- out of new plantings to sustain them in July heat...IF they could make the trip without getting cooked...I just want my money back.
Can't comment on the plant quality, so I'm not giving a negative rating at this time. Will this be my last order? Absolutely.