I researched the internet for a long time trying to find the best quality blueberry plants that I could use for replacing my damaged plants from our previous winter. I found DiMeo Farms online and decided to call and talk with them about there plants. When I called I talked with Anthony DiMeo live and he was very helpful in suggesting what type of plants I should use for my area in Massachusetts. After watching a few you tube videos I saw the the quality of the mature blueberry plants and called back and spoke to Anthony about ordering these mature plants.
I sent my check into DiMeo farms and made arrangements for one of my own drivers to pick up the six blueberry plants 2 of each variety that Anthony recommended. I ordered 2 Duke which are early and,2 Bluecrop mid and 2 Jersey late season blueberry plants. It took a few weeks to arrange for one of my driver's to pick up the blueberry plants and Anthony called me to reconfirm when I was picking up my plants. Once my driver picked up the plants from DiMeo Farms Anthony had my driver loaded in and out of the site in just a few minutes. His crew was so professional and helpful that driver had to tell me all about them. My driver asked if they could palletize and shrinkwrap the plants for him so he could move them around in his truck since he had other stops to make. I met my driver and was totally blown away by the size and health of these plants. They were packed so carefully in burlap and carefully tied to prevent any damages during transportation. I let the plants sit for a couple of days before I could plant them and was amazed they were still damp and fresh like they were just dug up. My wife and I followed the instructions Anthony gave to us to plant the blueberry plants and they have done very well since then. The plants never went into shock after planting and the root system was so healthy when unpacked for the first time. I must say each plant must have weighted over 70lbs each with the dirt and root system attached in the burlap. If you ever want healthy mature blueberry plants/bushes order them from DiMeo Fruit Farms you will not regret it and you can't beat the price of there mature plants. I looked for a long time and this was the best price anywhere, even at my local nursery 3-4 year old plants were selling for $40.00 and the quality was no where near as good as DiMeo Farm's plants. I would buy again from such a professional outfit and I am not sure why anyone would bad mouth such a business. Thanks Scott
BIG HEALTHY PLANTS - GOOD PEOPLE - GREAT EXPERIENCE:
I have done business with this family for at least the past 10 years. They are good farmers, good people and very hard workers. Last year my wife and I took a ride out to the farm to check out the nursery operation. We were very impressed as it's a big operation and all family run. They had tractors and hay wagons everywhere. It's a beautiful farm. We were wamly greeted by Nancy who works there at the farm. She helped us with loading plants and processed our pick up order.
All of the plants were big and beautiful. They were huge plants with nice root systems. They gave us planting instructions and were very helpful overall with our order. We plan to visit the farm again this spring and stop by the nursery to look at more plants.
I highly recommend this farm and nursery. BIG PLANTS. GREAT PRICES. GOOD PEOPLE. A++
On May 5th, 2011, foobar1946 added the following:
This farm is simply THE BEST. I just mail ordered 5 thornless raspberry plants. They just arrived and we were so impressed once again. They are multi-branched, have nice thick established cane, a huge hair ball of healthy well covered and protected roots and the farm also put detailed planting instructions and farmer tips in with our plants. DiMeo continues to go way beyond and above any expectations.
We will definitely be ordering from you all again. Great friendly customer service and well worth the price we paid. We once again HIGHLY RECOMMEND this operation. A+++
Posted on May 5, 2011, updated May 5, 2011
Very rude. No guarantee or insurance or your order. High hidden costs for shipping and handling. My plants weren't labelled. And the roots were not protected properly with sawdust or newpaper. All the root protection during shipment was plastice bags around the root held with a rubber bands. I am very unhappy with my order.
On May 5th, 2011, Newfarmer001 added the following:
The postman left my plant orders in the open sun, which didn't help. But I have ordered many times from companies online and my orders have been guaranteed. When I called Dimeo farms they didn't take any responsibility for it and the order wasn't insured. I felt I paid a high price for shipping and handling that it should have been insured.
On May 4, 2011, cycloneet Rocky Point United States wrote:
DiMeo Blueberry Farm
I am an organic micro farmer from Long Island, New York. I recently purchased fifteen blueberry plants from DiMeo farm. After many years of attempting to grow Blueberries from plants purchased from various nurseries and berry farms I contacted DiMeo for advise. . Based on those early telephone conversations which included soil, plant and growing recommendations I made the 200+ mile trip to DiMeo's. farm to purchase plants. At the farm the staff was extremely helpful in identifying my potential soil problems and again recommend the proper soil and ideal growing conditions for my plants. The plants I received were far superior then any other plant I received in the past from so called berry nurseries. I was surprised at the plant size, root structure and overall condition of the plants. I am happy to report that all the plants are in the ground and all are doing well. I am very happy with the quality of the plants and the service. I intend on purchasing additional plants in the future and highly recommend anyone contemplating growing Blueberries call DiMeo Farm.
Long Island, New York
On May 4, 2011, lukesteckel Sparks Glencoe, MD wrote:
I bought twenty plants last fall and the company said they would ship when they were ready to plant. they arrived way to early in the season and the week I put them in was 90+ degrees. Like required on their website, I emailed within the three days of reciept with my concern. Multiple emails were not returned. The plants burned despite constant attention, but i waited till now to see if the root structure saved them. 20 plants, 4 survived. When I called to explain, the rude man read off the website about no guarantee for live plants, blah, blah, blah. We run an organic farm and have never had a plant supplier not replace plants, no questions asked. We are not rookies at planting. We knew they were to early and this company won't honor that mistake on their part. Strongly do not recommend the bad practices of this company.
Their product is seconded to none. I've purchased allot of landscaping and gardening plants online,from the box stores and local greenhouses and never saw such healthy blueberry bushes.My wife a graduate of Delaware Valley College Science and Agriculture was also impressed. My order was a small one only 6 plants and complicated because I order early January, for delivery in April and the weather in early April still too cold and snowy to plant. There was no problem with pushing back my delivery date. I would note to do ship U.S. Mail so keep that in mind when placing your order or ask to have your order shipped UPS or FedX.
I had the same experience as others.Called this company to order 5 blueberry plants.The man who answered the phone was very rude.Told me to go to their website and find their address and send a check for $85.Said he didn't have time to give me information.Said he had 2 other callers on hold and that he recieved 80 calls a day.Then hung up.
This got me to thinking....their website says the plants were $10 each.So evidently the S&H is $35.So I sent an e-mail to them asking if that was correct....$35 for S&H.Recieved a reply saying that was correct.I i didn't like it I could order "sticks" from other companies.
I would rather order sticks than buy anything from this company.
I am writing this about 10 minutes after speaking with someone from Dimeo Farms on the phone. I have never, in my million years of dealing with small and large businesses been so insulted in my entire life...period.
I was looking to buy some blueberry trees so I called this company. When the gentleman picked up, the call quality was very bad as if he was using a cell phone and he was out of range. The call lasted no more than about 3 minutes and during this time he managed to remind me a few times that he was busy and he do not have much time. He asked me if I was on his website at the moment, I told him I was on my phone. He asked me to click on a certain link, but after 10 seconds or so he was getting a little upset that it was taking me so long. Feeling rushed I hung up with the information he gave me. Then, I remembered that one of the critical questions I meant to ask I forgot, so I called back and politely said, "I just called you". His answer was, "I knew it, the people with the least amount of purchases are the people that takes the most amount of time." Even from the first conversation I was trying to give this man the benefit of the doubt and was trying to convince myself that he wasnt being rude, but he was just busy. So, after he answered my question, I asked "what do you mean by the people with the least amount of order taking the most time." He said that he receives orders from wholesalers who spends $25,000 so he does not have time to spend on people with small orders. My jaw dropped, my knees sank because I have never heard this before from anyone who even wants to survive in a business. See, this is the reason why when some businesses gets wiped out by the next best thing, you shouldn't be too sorry, because when business is good some of these smaller businesses just abuse customers. I have never felt so insulted in my entire life. They sell to homeowners, yet they have no time for them because they are not buying $25,000 worth of plants. And with the two calls combined, it did not even take 3 minutes. I was ready to pull out my check and mail it to them for $78, but with that attitude I'd rather buy blueberrys at Stop and Shop at $10 per pound than buy anything from these people. After all, after I send my money to this place, could I reasonably expect to receive any kind of service if something went wrong? Don't worry Karma is waiting right around the corner. In a few years you may be begging for my $78....
Let me start by saying that I had some serious reservations about ordering from this company after I read these reviews. To my delight--I received my blueberry plants (still don't know what kind they are--they won't tell you) and I followed instructions-planted immediately. They are doing really great so far--flowers on all of them with blueberries to follow! I am an avid gardner so I was confident I could do this correctly. I will say that the man who answered the phone was rude and lacked any selling skills--and I think he will find as years go by that he has to change the way he conducts himself and his business. He also needs to get on the offense in regards to the internet--or his business will suffer-the internet is here to stay. We all know that any company can have issues that present themselves--it's the way that they are corrected and resolved that wins consumer loyalty. We are all human and we don't expect every single transaction to go perfectly. I think we can all agree to that. SO...I make my bid a positive experience, and I am really enjoying those plants!
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Posted on September 25, 2010, updated October 1, 2010
Some background..I'm real. I don't know what to make of the chatter here or why Demeo rises to the bait, but if you need verification you can write to me at VAjello607@aol.com.
I've purchased from other buyers over the last two years and am considering starting a "U PIC Em". I've learned alot and am almost consumed with becoming a blueberry growers A friend ordered ten plants back in June from Demeo as a present for me.
The bad, DeMeo implied that the plants would be shipped immeiately and asked for an overnite check. Later they would deny this and who knows, maybe it was a mistake on either party. In subsequent conversations, DeMeo said it would be disastrous to ship in the middle of a very hot summer. That's logical, fact is though, it left a bad taste in my mouth and I didn't expect a good experience.
Nevertheless, The plants arrived this week and they were large and they were vigorous.
I planted them yesterday in the midst of a heat wave in my upstate (Delaware County) NY home. Several (the ones that went in first) seemed to wilt and go into shock. I know better but I couldn't wait for cooler weather. Fact is, if they don't make it, I won't be able to blame DeMeo.
I Don't know why they couldn't have provided labels though giving the name of the particular cultivars. In the end , that's my only complaint.
Conclusion: My initial impression is that they were far superior to the plants I'd bought from three other growers. I am mindful that my experience is based only on a one time buy and that for only ten plants, so I can't refute the bad experiences here, only talk about the plants I received.
On October 1st, 2010, grizz299 changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Since that post I have met with a dead end on trying to find out the name of the plants I received. Remember, unlike all the other companies I've worked with, they were not identified with a band or in anyother way. Emails have not been answered either.
I may have been lucky with the quality of the plants but I think the poor service and atitude is a constant. The undeniable quality of the plants (though I still wish they weren't bareroot) means I can't give them a negative rating, but the attitude means I can't be positive either. On April 20th, 2011, grizz299 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
As you can see there's a history to this post. The plants that arrived in a late Sept. (early oct.?) heat wave didn't make it. I wrote to DeMeo and their reply was:
"sorry, send us the physical address and we'll gladly mail you replacements."
That's pretty darn good when you consider that I bear at least partial blame because , even though they were shipped in late Autumn, the plants were subject to a brutal heat wave right after they were planted. I set up Shade and watered, but it was too little too late and simpy wasn't enough.
Rest assured , when I put in the two planned U PIC'em's (one in Walton,NY and one in spencer Mass.) DeMeo wlll get the bulk of the business...
I ordered 10 3 year old blueberry plants over the phone. The plants came 5 days later in great shape,ready to plant. They were weeks ahead of my own plantings. The plant price was reasonable. I thought the shipping and handling was pricey since less than $10 of the price was postage, but once I saw the care that was given to the roots balls, I could understand that degree of care takes time and a lot of plastic bags. When I expand my field again I would order from them. I would recommend them highly. I would like to see more ability to order online than just phone. I was also impressed that the plants were raised organically. My farm is committed to organic methods.
The Beginning part of April 2011 I decided to add some bushes to my commercial blueberry operation and I found Dimeo Farms online and called Anthony Dimeo, and left a message and just like the message said, he calledl back within 24 hrs. I told him what I was looking for and what what kind of operation I had and he invited me up to see their operation. I flew to New Jersey to purchase 200 three year old Blueberry Bushes, I booked a round trip ticket from Tn to Pa and drove from the airport to their farm to learn about his operation and to the purchase bushes. I was planning on driving back the next week to pick them up BUT when I got there I was so blown away with the operation that I ended up purchasing 1000 bushes and canceling my flight back to rent a U-Haul and drive them back. Anthony was very helpful, he drove us around their farm and took almost all day showing me what they did and why they did it that way. He even took me to the U-Haul business to rent the truck and waited until I got it squared away. Since we only brought a check for 200 bushes he even took us by his bank to help speed up the process so we could get back home as soon as possible. Since I have been home I have already ordered 500 smaller bushes for resale at our business as well as pre ordered 1000 more 3 year old bushes for the fall. The 500 bushes were shipped the day after they were ordered which was awsome and if our wonderful government run postal service would not have been so slow, I could have had them within a few days, but hey it's the government, what else would you expect! Anthony was nothing but professional and helpful throughout the whole process. I will not be doing business with anyone else but him. I have found that the Blueberry business is full of people who have no clue as to what they are talking about but HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING! I can not say enough positive things about him and his operation, look forward to doing more business in the future.
On Apr 19, 2011, chilmarkgardener Chilmark, MA wrote:
Late summer to fall of 2010, I was looking for larger sized blueberry bushes to put in for instant production the following year. I happened to come across the DiMeo website, with all of its positive comments and hype about its "premium" blueberry bushes, and it's youtube link showing large bushes about 4-6 feet in height with good B&B rootballs loaded on a pallet that were going out for an order. I called the company, speaking to someone who identified himself as Anthony DiMeo, and told him I had seen that youtube video and wanted to order 16 of those larger bushes as shown in the video, not just their regular sized ones. He said it was no problem and they'd get the order out soon. When the plants showed up, I was surprised and disappointed. I was expecting either a pallet shipped with the plants on it, or large boxes with plants in them. Instead, all of the plants were in a box smaller than I would have expected one of them to be in. Their rootballs had been scoured of any soil (which destroys moisture absorbing roothairs) and were wrapped in plastic bags about the size of an average sandwich bag. The largest was barely over 4 feet tall, the shortest about 3'9". They were not at all what what represented in the youtube video. There were also only 15 plants though I had been billed for 16. I both called the company and also exchanged email letters to them. Without going into details, conversations with Mr. DiMeo went immediately downhill. Despite giving them numerous attempts to remedy the situation and trying to reconcile (my apologizing for my part in our unpleasant conversations), I was left with unsatisfactory bushes, but I figured I would wait until spring to see how they fared before making final judgement.
Also, all their comments about doing propagation the old fashioned way of cuttings not through laboratories and chemicals is quaint and folksy, but kind of alarming also. Tissue culture is merely the modern day version of cuttings. Hormones and nutrients are used in both techniques of propagation. Plants of the various cultivars (varieties) are genetically the same, whether from tissue culture or from cuttings. They are not genetically modified. Certainly, just as one would utilize modern technologies to improve their business (trucks not horses, internet and email not word-of-mouth and letters, telephones not smoke signals, it would seem that one would also embrace modern methods of propagation if they had been educated in them. But.... maybe not.
Bottom line is, my experience with DiMeo Blueberries says do not walk away... run... Your local garden center may have very nice blueberry bushes in stock, or may be able to order them for you.
On Apr 8, 2011, alberta516 New Rochelle, NY wrote:
Like an earlier poster, I was quite taken aback by the rushed and unpleasant manner of the young man who answered the phone when I called to ask a couple of quick questions about ordering blueberry bushes. I imagine they are busy this time of year, andI have no ax to grind against this company as I have not and would not ever do business with them. Again, I was so shocked by the rudeness I encountered that I went online to check for complaints against DiMeo's Farms and ended up here. Their blueberry plants may be wonderful, but I would never order from them. As it was a younger sounding man I spoke with, perhaps the elder Mr DiMeo is a lovely person. But someone should monitor their customer service!
On Apr 2, 2011, lisatheteacher Maple Shade, NJ wrote:
Towards the end of last summer I drove out to Dimeo Farm to get some blueberry bushes. When my mom told me the price ($10 for a 3 year old bush) of the bushes I thought they were going to be puny little bushes but they were big, bushy and over three foot tall. Although it was impossible to see out the back window of my car, I was eager to get home and plant these healthy looking plants.
I worried during our very snowy winter if I had planted the bushes correctly or if I should have covered them some way to protect them from the snow. However, two weeks ago when mother nature teased us with a hint of spring I went out back and discovered that my blueberry bushes were leafing out. I can't wait to eat all the yummy blueberries I will get from these plants this year.
Posted on March 16, 2011, updated March 17, 2011
Interesting. I kinda wish I saw this earlier. I am new to the mail order plant thing and have found this site immensely interesting. I've recently inherited a farm and am in the process of converting it from a cattle to a fruit-picking farm. I came across DiMeo's website and decided that seeing as how I'm about 3.5 hours away, I was going to use them for the majority of my blueberry bushes. In addition, I was going to order from every site around and blog on my experience with mail order trees.
I have nothing negative or positive to say about Mr. DiMeo at this time. The first time I called he was too busy to talk but promptly called me back when things were quieter. He discussed the economics of farming and was informative. I placed an order with him for pickup for 130 trees that I will be driving down and picking up tomorrow - 5 of the 10 year old trees, 20 of the 3 year olds, and 100 of the 1.5 year olds.
Some of these trees are for the farm, and a few are for a friend who wants blueberries at home. I've watched the videos extensively (including his videos on youtube) and expect to receive trees comparable to the ones I've seen in the video. I wont base my future on flimsy mail order trees like I've received thus far from the places I've checked out.
I currently have about 140 trees from all over - from mail order (blah) to Home Depot (more blah) to Lowe's - (so far surprisingly excellent trees). I'm driving down to pick up quality trees and I will be leaving with quality trees as well, or leaving empty-handed with a follow-up here.
I know my post does not rate the mail order aspect of DiMeo Farms - but it will speak to the quality of his trees. So far I can attest that the customer service aspect has been excellent and arriving tomorrow to find the negative posts to be right will be a tremendous disappointment (because who wants to spend a seven hour roundtrip to come back empty-handed -even though it is near Atlantic City I'll be with my elderly father).
On March 17th, 2011, zaphod1130 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Okay -a long day and a lot of driving. DiMeo Farms.
I changed my order on the way down to 12 of the $55 premium trees which are excellent. Mr. DiMeo took my dad and I for a drive around the farm while he tracked down his workers who were on lunch. I took a picture of one of his black raspberry plants and sent it to a friend who is a chef who grows all the produce she uses. She has been having a hard time finding black raspberry plants. She texted back and asked me to get her three - then I bought one red and one black raspberry for myself.
Mr. DiMeo was very informative and nice. My father in particular liked him very much. "He looked at me the whole time he was talking to me - like I was someone. I didn't expect that out of such a young man." My dad is getting old and often feels like nobody is giving him the time of day - so it was a good impression for my dad. Myself - i was preoccupied with my schedule, my own thoughts - and texts from my wife and I missed that aspect of the conversation completely.
My personal opinion is that Mr. DiMeo comes across very personable but a little defensive - unsure why some questions were being asked or what my intentions were - which I'm not sure matter - they certainly didn't to me. What I felt was that this man has certainly weathered a lot of undue harassment and it's a shame that he should have to. He's very knowledgeable and does not run a mail order business - these are farmers plain and simple - have been running their farm for years and Mr. DiMeo's expansion into the online market has probably earned him undue criticism because let's face it - it's easy to criticize online.
It's a great farm and a great product and I'll buy from him again. If you can get there and get the big trees - do it. The raspberry trees were excellent as well.
So that's my honest two cents. Nice man - nice farm - nice product. I will be back there again to buy more trees as I expand my own farm.
I'll be blogging on the progress of my trees so if anyone wants to see what I bought and how they fair - let me know.
This farm deserves a positive review because back in early April 2010, I ordered 12 plants as a house warming gift for my friend up North Carolina. As soon as she got them in the mail, she called me and said "They are so GORGEOUS!"
She said that she was so impressed how big the plants were and that they had nice thick stems and roots. She really appreciated the special note the farmer wrote for me inside. They said that if I wanted to include a special note with the plants that they would take the time to do that for me. I thought was really sweet and it was a great special touch that made all the difference!
This farm sent my friend really beautiful plants. She said they are all still living and doing great. I would recommend that you do business with this farm. I have already recommended them to quite a few of my friends already. I would give this farm a five star rating: Very easy ordering, great customer service with an experienced farmer, great pricing, super on-time shipping, and lovely plant stock. I'd order from them again.
On March 17th, 2011, RebeccaCovey added the following:
Got off the phone with my friend today and she said all of her plants are looking beautiful. They all made it through the winter season. So I just ordered again from this farm and send plants to another one of my friends. I recommend this nursery cause they send out really nice plants.
I said I would order again and today I did. Great customer service today – such nice people. They still have GREAT PRICING and I highly recommend doing business with this family farm.
I bought a half dozen plants to put behind my house. It was a fun backyard project for myself and the kids. I was very skeptical about having the berries shipped from so far away (I'm in Alaska), but a friend from Vermont insisted that I should give this seller a try. I wasn't disappointed. I've had the plants about a year and they are looking great. Good seller.
On Mar 16, 2011, merrymath Morrisville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
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I am extremely pleased with my first purchase from DiMeo Farms..
Having been disappointed in plants received via mail order, I no longer order plants via shipping methods.
I have been spoiled by a local garden center who has not had blueberry bushes in their inventory. I am going to recommend DiMeo Farms to them.
Since I was visiting my yournger daughter who lives 30 miles from DiMeo Farms, I suggested that we take a drive there to buy some blueberry bushes ... I said if you drive ... I will buy.
I purchased five beautiful blueberry bushes ($10/bush). They carefully loaded the plants into the back seat of her car. Anthony DiMeo provided us with planting instructions.
The shortest bush height is four feet. They were in 3 gallon pots. I do not think we could have placed another bush in the back. I let my daughter keep 3 bushes .... I have the other 2 to plant next to the 2 sorry looking ones obtained through mail order.
On September 21st, 2010, merrymath added the following:
It seems strange that the sick pup did not d-mail me before making his last comment about DiMeo Blueberry Farm.
I did notice that he/she is not a subscribe DG member.
DiMeo Farms appears to be family run. If you plan on picking up your bushes personally,you need to phone and make an appointment .... this way they can insure that there is someone available for the transaction.
All the bushes that I saw on my visit were robust and healthy. If I decide to purchase more blueberry bushes they will only be from one place ... DiMeo Blueberry Farm.
I even recommended Dimeo Blueberry Farm to my favorite garden center (Fairless Garden Center). So Anthony if they contact you ... you will know it was because of me.
Also, you may be receiving a call from my daughter in North Carolina if she finds time from her busy schedule to plant blueberry bushes. She and her hubby run a music business ... they work 6 days a week ... very long hours ... that way they do not have to work 8 hours/day ... 5 days a week for somebody else.
If anyone wants more info they can always d-mail me.On February 25th, 2011, merrymath added the following:
When my daughter in N Carolina notified me today that she wanted blueberry bushes and asked for advice, I immediately thought of Dimeo Farms .... if Anthony, the owner, has any punny bushes ... he did a great job hiding them when daughter in NJ and I visited to purchase our blueberry bushes. It is difficult for me to comprehend there being even one negative review. I'm estatic that I choose to purchase from Dimeo! ^-^On March 16th, 2011, merrymath added the following:
The other day, I wanted to use the WATCHDOG to see what comments there were for a website that has some lily bulbs I want to purchased and noticed as I scrolled down that there were recent reviews about DIMEO FARM.
At the time, I wanted to add to my review ... but then I recalled that Anthony had jars of honey for sale when my daughter and I visited and purchased his wonderful blueberry bushes .... I wanted to know if it was RAW honey .... so I e-mailed Anthony and asked ..... IT IS RAW HONEY .... not processed like what is in the supermarkets .... raw honey is so beneficial ... http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/honeyandcinnamon.html
My younger daughter is so very pleased with the blueberry bushes she received from Anthony. She was concern when they lost their leaves for the winter .... now she's excited because they are starting to leaf out.
If you plan on visiting Anthony's farm ..... use yahoo maps directions .... we had the map directions .... and used a GPS .... THE GPS really took us out of the way.
Thank you Chunx for posting your viewpoint. I have been reading the postings to Dimeo for a few months because honestly it is like a soap opera compared to anything else on the Garden watchdog. I agree the positive postings seem contrived, I am sure they have been customers but it just seems like they have been told to post right after a negative rating the pattern seems pretty obvious. It is insane that a company that only sells blueberry plants would have 21 ratings in just the past month. That has to be a record. Most of the other companies that receive a negative rating respond with some clarification or say they hope to do better. It never gets as personal as it does with Dimeo. I have visited their website and it seems fine. I think everyone on DG loves to support small farmers but you have to be more customer friendly. Take the negative comments and try to be better. Today's world of internet buying always look for credit card processing and email follow up. I realize that is a cost but that is the norm now and I think your business would only grow with it. You can tell from my profile I joined last year and have only posted positive reviews, I am certainly not a "hater". I planted blueberry plants two years ago from a local nursery and I hope to have berries this year. You have tried the vinegar, perhaps try some honey and DG members will support you.
On Mar 14, 2011, billbrecker Fort Myers, FL wrote:
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VERY HAPPY AND VERY IMPRESSED – THANK YOU!!!!
THIS is how all businesses should operate. I received my first order from this farm/nursery and both my wife and I were extremely impressed with the plants. Everything was packed very well and looked vigorous and healthy. The plants were real nice sized, long multi-branched thick plants and tall. I’d say at least 3’ feet tall each. The plants we received were really better than we even expected. This company has berry plants down to an exact science and it shows. You will be amazed when you open the boxes and see how well they are all packaged. DiMeo will be my #1 choice in the future.
Their farm website is extremely good compared to any others. We can't say enough about how useful and full of great information their website is. They have wonderful customer service as well. Amanda was so helpful and nice on the phone. She spent over 20 mins with us on the phone. I still have time to plant, so we just placed a second order with them, so you know we’re VERY HAPPY.
Great experience all the way around. Business the way it should be done and a caring and ethical family-owned company. This farm-nursery deserves the highest ratings we can give! My wife and I are now firm believers in this supplier and will be repeat customers!
On March 5th, 2011, billbrecker added the following:
I agree with positive posters. Nothing but great experience with this farm and its products.On March 6th, 2011, billbrecker added the following:
You are welcome Mr. Dimeo. It has been a pleasure to do business with your farm. I recommended your farm and nursery this morning at our church luncheon.On March 6th, 2011, billbrecker added the following:
I added the two tablespoons of Holly Tone around the base of my plants this afternoon. Should help since plants are acid loving. They are looking great!On March 9th, 2011, billbrecker added the following:
My pleasure to do business with your farm. I recommended your farm to some of my co-workers yesterday. Thanks again.On March 14th, 2011, billbrecker added the following:
Tell Amanda to expect a couple of calls from some friends of mine! A few of my church friends from church are going to be adding some berries to their gardens. I have assured them that they won't be disappointed! =)
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Posted on March 9, 2011, updated March 14, 2011
You know, every once in a great, great while someone like DiMeo comes along and fully restores your faith in the idea that there are still really good, honest people out there. This farm is that kind of business. They are good people. I’ve been buying plants directly from and doing business with this family for over 12 years as of this past October.
They always go the extra mile to make sure you're happy with what you get. They always have taken time to return our phone calls, even if it’s on a Sunday afternoon. Not to mention that my many conversation with them have always been packed with great information. This farm has shipped me over 8,000 plants over the years and the plants were well packed, wrapped and they ALWAYS, ALWAYS arrive in great shape and very quickly. They were extremely helpful and have always exceeded our expectations over the past many years.
These farmers, including Mike and Tony, helped me get my pick-your own business going. We are firm believers in this supplier and will be repeat customers as long as we remain in business.
What else can I say -- GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT PLANTS.
On March 14th, 2011, thelawnwolf added the following:
Always a pleasure doing business with you, Tony. We look forward to receiving our next order. We'll be talking to you again soon.
Posted on July 21, 2010, updated March 14, 2011
I have nothing but praise for DiMeo Farms....We were pleased with our purchase of plants...please with all the info that was given to us and the time spend by the owner explaining just how to plant our berries...we were please by the informative videos.
Polite, and good customer service.
We will most definitely order from them again.
We were very please and thank them for all the time spent with us on the phone.
I recommend this company to everyone!
On March 14th, 2011, joyfuljo added the following:
As spring approaches we are so happy we decided to plant our blueberry patch! These plants did beautifully over the winter and we are going to order more...naturally we will be purchasing again from DiMeo Farms.
Their plants were hardy with good root structure. We have nothing but praise for great service and all the info they passed on to us in regards to raising our blueberries.
Thank you again, DiMeo Farms for all your help!
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Posted on March 11, 2011, updated March 14, 2011
I purchased 25 of Dimeo's 3 year old blueberry plants and a half dozen of his rasberry plants for my vacation home in Robbinsville North Carolina. We used them to create a hedge along the fenceline near our home last year. The plants came just as described. We called up the farm to get more detailed planting instructions and Mr Dimeo was more than happy to provide the information that we needed. I couldn't be happier with my blueberry and rasberry plants and will defintely recommend this farm to my family, friends and neighbors.
I can't wait to see how well the plants produce this summer when I am back in the mountains.
On March 14th, 2011, rickyroo42 added the following:
It was nice talking to you again Anthony. I will definitely be ordering more rasberries and a few more blueberries to hedge the opposite fenceline. I can't wait for spring and summer! Talk to you soon!
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Posted on February 25, 2011, updated March 14, 2011
Posted on May 24, 2010, updated February 25, 2011
I purchased 10 blueberry plants in april and was not at all satisfied with the delivery time, customer service, and most importantly the blueberry plants. I placed my order on the phone, and as with tiamickey i also inquired about how the plants would be shipped and if they were three year olds etc. In the midst of my questioning i was also cut off as if i was offending the man with my questions. It seemed a little odd that the person on the phone would treat its customers so rudely, but i was anxious to get my garden started since this is my second year gardening and the first year i didnt have great results since i started in the middle of summer in the scorching kansas heat, so i brushed it off and ordered the plants. The same thing happened to me as with tiamickey, the FAST SHIPPING and all those advertisements on the Dimeo website were false. This fast shipping took a month to complete and what upset me the most was the fact the man charged $40 for 10 plants. I questioned him when i was ordering about the price but he claimed the box to fit 10 3year old blueberry plants would cost that much. At the time it made sense because from the pictures of the three year old plants on their website i assumed to fit all those branches and leaves it would in fact take a fairly large sized box. When at last i recieved my 10 blueberrys, the box was no larger than 2 feet long and 1 foot wide with about 6 inches width. Fearing to see what was inside the box, i in fact saw 10 blueberry bushes, but it would be more safe to call them blueberry twigs. They had 2-3 inch root balls and were SEVERELY pruned. They had all been cut back to 2 feet high and only 1-2 main stems with almost no branches. I would not buy from this place again. The website is EXTREMELY misleading, exchanges and refunds are rare, you must pay with cash or check which is extremly dangerous, the plants are not healthy, and most of all the customer service is horrendous. During one of my follow up calls the man raised his voice to cut me off of my questions, talk about rude.
On February 24th, 2011, tz2012 added the following:
A REAL NOTE FROM THE FARMER:
The above posting is a falsified posting. These are other companies POSING AS CUSTOMERS in submitting falsified customer reviews and falsified feedback to attempt to make us look bad so they get the business instead.
The above mentioned falsified rating should NOT reflect upon our farm, because like the others, it’s a falsified posting, which we are working on now to deal with in a legal manner within the courts – of course this will take some time. However, we shall prevail.
These “Dave’s Garden users” are fakes. Just look at the fact that they only have “1 review” next to their screen name. Look also at when user “tz2012” signed up on May 24, 2010 and then posted a falsified review only seconds later.
---HOLD UP--- where does he get this idea that my review was completely made up by some unknown company trying to trash Dimeo Farms reputation? For your information the only reason i created an account here on daves garden was to SPREAD THE TRUTH about what happened during my experience with dimeo farms. How can you completely trash my review and call me a fake when you leave the positive reviews with a history of also 1 review total on daves garden alone? What about i switch our positions and claim you yourself are making these falsified positive reviews about yourself because of the trend of negative reviews you have gotten. From now on please dont reply to other people's negative reviews using the "some company is out to get me" scenario.On March 13th, 2011, tz2012 added the following:
U know... ive about had it with ur falsified replies to my criticisms, still claiming im some unknown online competitor and even claims to have tracked my ip saying its from bonner springs...load of bull. Surely YOU jest. Anyways, whatever new fallacy u can think up next in reply to this reply go right ahead. Its been a year since ive dealt with you guys and its time to turn my back from these shenanigans.On Mar 13, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
The above posting is a falsified posting. These are other companies POSING AS CUSTOMERS in submitting falsified customer reviews and falsified feedback to attempt to make us look bad so they get the business instead.
The above mentioned falsified rating should NOT reflect upon our farm, because like the others, it’s a falsified posting, which we are working on now to deal with in a legal manner within the courts – of course this will take some time. However, we shall prevail.
These “Dave’s Garden users” are fakes. Just look at the fact that they only have “1 review” next to their screen name. Look also at when user “tz2012” signed up on May 24, 2010 and then posted a falsified review only seconds later.
Posers like this are NOT REAL CUSTOMERS and are NOT REAL Dave’s Garden users, but rather evil persons who have an intentional and malicious agenda to try and bash our company with false stories in order to help their own plant business. It’s very sad that people can’t compete fairly but rather must resort to this kind of destructive intentional online behavior.
This above mentioned “customer from Kansas story is a big fake. The only thing this Kansas story is missing is Dorothy and Toto from the Wizard of OZ.
We fully intend to file a motion within the courts to compel Dave’s Garden to release the identifying ISP information of the person(s) behind these falsified smear campaigns. It is totally unacceptable and our family will not tolerate this kind of unprofessional and malicious behavior and abuse.
FROM THE FARMER - FOR THE RECORD:
1/ Our farm quickly processes all customer orders.
2/ We aim to deliver our plants and products as quickly as possible to our customers.
3/ Our customer service is “farmer-direct” which no other company has at the moment. We are the ONLY REAL FARMERS online selling these kind of specialty products to the public at a fair price.
4/ Our plants are quality plants. Come to the farm and see them. Call us now to book an appointment. We always welcome you to come and see the products in person before you buy.
5/ We DO NOT “cut off” anyone on the phone and we are NOT offended by any questions. We welcome all questions of any kind.
6/ Like most companies, we too have a policy, which is clearly posted online. It speaks for itself.
7/ Anytime a REAL customer has a complaint we are always willing to do a plant replacement exchange as per our policy. We try out best to make all customers happy.
Anyone reading this message is welcome to TAKE A RIDE OUT TO OUR FARM to see our quality plants and products. Many people from across the country come to our farm to pick-up product. FLY IN AT ANY AIRPORT in the region and we will send someone from our company to pick you up and tour the property before you buy.
We are confident in our product and thank you for your business!
On Feb 25, 2011 1:30 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms added:
OUR FAMILY FARM RESPONSE to FAKE KANSAS-BASED ONLINE COMPETITOR POSTER “tz2012”
Wow we must really be having a great impact on your online Internet-based plant business(es) for you guys to continue with this “desperate smear campaign.” I guess it does make you kinda mad when a family like ours with the high-volume of plants we have, suddenly offers direct sales to the public. Makes it hard to compete with us huh? Guess this is your only tactic to try to gain the online business. How sad – how very sad. How do you sleep at night? Seriously. If you wanted to SPREAD THE REAL TRUTH then buyers should know and keep in mind, the following:
1/ Fake poster “tz2012” writes: “where does he get this idea that my review was completely made up by some unknown company trying to trash reputation?”
OUR FARM REPLY:
It’s not just an idea. We were given your IP address as proof. Furthermore, as you obviously already know, there was never a “real experience” as you detail in your fake post. This fake poster “tz2012” posted from an IP address located in Bonner Spring, Kansas and not in Lawrence, Kansas. Now for those of you who have surfed around the web already know that one of our “online Internet based competitors” is based out of that area of Kansas. Our family is more than sure that the common sense people can see the REAL TRUTH and see that you (and others) are POSTING FAKE COMMENTS TO TRY AND CREATE FEAR so that you have more of a chance of getting the online Internet. Your tactics are not only unfair, unclean and unethical but they are pathetic.
2/ Fake poster “tz2012” writes: “For your information the only reason i created an account here on daves garden was to SPREAD THE TRUTH about what happened during my experience…”
OUR FARM REPLY:
Spread the truth? You surely jest. The only reason you (and a select few others) created a fake profile here on Dave’s Garden was to try to SPREAD FEAR and LIES in an unclean, unfair and DESPERATE EFFORT to try and get more of the online sales away from us. It’s more than obvious to not only our online buyers, but also the buyers who come here to our farm and laugh about it when they see how beautiful our plants are – then it become real obvious to them. Everyone finds out the truth eventually.
3/ Fake poster “tz2012” writes: “What about i switch our positions and claim you yourself are making these falsified positive reviews about yourself because of the trend of negative reviews you have gotten.”
OUR FARM REPLY:
If anyone doubts the positives here on Dave’s Garden, then they should contact the satisfied patrons directly who posted them. There is a feature on this board where you can D-Mail them through Dave’s Garden directly. Another option would be to visit our farm and nursery operation or have someone physically come out here to one of our farms or nurseries to inspect our products or operation.
In addition, BUYERS SHOULD KNOW that our family farm and nursery has THOUSANDS (1000's) OF PLANT CUSTOMERS EVERY YEAR from all around the world and LESS THAN .02% TOTAL COMPLAINTS. So for every one thousand (1000) orders we receive, we only get about 20 complaints and most of those result from some people not following our instructions; proper care is not given to the plants or a select number of people who think that if they go online here on Dave’s Garden and "bash us enough on this Dave's Garden website" then we will cave in and send them free plants without regard for our fair company policies -- which we will simply never do. Every company has a company policy and our policy speaks for itself. Furthermore, we have a couple online plant competitors (like yourself and others) who continue to set up fake Dave's Garden profiles on this website in a continued attempt to smear us so they can have a chance at getting the online business.
4/ Fake poster “tz2012” writes: “From now on please dont reply to other people's negative reviews using the "some company is out to get me" scenario.”
OUR FARM REPLY:
We never said just anyone was “out to get us” but rather it’s our online Internet-based plant competitors (like yourself and others) who are just trying to SPREAD FEAR AND LIES and try to get some of the Internet-based plant business back from us (not only because we are now getting the business) but also because you guys can’t do it in a legitimate fair way. For our online Internet-based plant competitors (like yourself) – it’s all about money. For our online plant competitors, it’s just about selling as many plants as possible. It’s about the fact that our farm and nurseries have such a high volume of plants that online plant competitors like you a select few others realize that they simply can’t compete with our family when it comes to our LOW PRICE and HIGHER QUALITY. Nor can our online Internet based plant competitors compete with us when it comes to OUR ACTUAL FARMING EXPERIENCE in this industry. Our online competitors are just out to sell as many plants as they possibly can on the internet, BUT OUR FAMILY IS NOT ONLY OUT TO SELL YOU THE BEST NATURALY GROWN “OLD-FASHIONED” PLANTS, but WE ARE OUT TO SELL YOU A PIECE OF OUR FAMILY HISTORY, OUR FAMILY LEGACY OF FARMING AND OUR TIME-TESTED FARM EXPERIENCE in raising the very best natural plants that are not only safe for your family, but also that will produce larger, sweeter berries from our “heavy bearing” plants.
Once again, our family urges all prospective buyers to get on a plane or get in your car and fly or drive out to personally inspect our online plant competitors so-called “plant operations” or farms or nurseries. Then fly or drive out to inspect our operations to compare and see the difference. It more than speaks for itself.
Response submitted by,
M.DiMeo responding on behalf of DBF
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My experience with this farm and nursery was PERFECT!!
I have ordered from other mail order sources but I was very pleased with the ease of ordering (by phone with a real person to answer questions fast), the simplicity of the ordering process and the arrival of the ever so carefully, very tenderly packaged huge berry plants that arrived in superb condition, far better than if I had to lug them all the way home from the from the local corner nursery - who actually didn't have organic plants like this farm did. Plus the local nursery plants were MUCH smaller.
The plants I received in the mail from this farm were a fabulous set of 21 beauties that each came in healthy and fresh, well watered and very alive with life...They were much BIGGER than I expected (over 3 feet tall!) with planting instructions included.
It is evident from the packaging of the plants that the farmers/owners are passionate about what they do. They even included a cute little "thank you" note with my plants signed by the farmer. I thought that was so sweet. An extra little touch that made all the difference for me. I will most certainly be ordering from them again very soon...I give this farm TWO GREEN THUMBS UP !!
Good luck and happy berry plantings fellow gardeners!!!!
p.s. My friend recommended this farm to me and I'm glad he did. I'm going to recommend this farm for sure to my friends and family. I think I will try some of their raspberry plants next time I order...or maybe even cranberry plants.. I'm not sure just yet.
Posted on March 7, 2011, updated March 8, 2011
Posted on February 18, 2011, updated March 7, 2011
So far so good. I am a real customer located in Northern California. I recently mailed my check for 50 1.5 year-old Dukes. I don't expect them until the first week of March, however I thought I'd leave comments here as my experience with DiMeo unfolds.
Truth be told: Shipping date is not a mystery at DiMeo. We discussed shipping timeframe...we'll see if they arrive during that timeframe.
I called, left a message and my call was promptly returned. A deal was struck for 50 plants. I'm not an experienced blueberry grower, however I have a green thumb and great soil. I can make anything grow. I don't expect giant bushy plants because the deal we made was for 1.5 year-olds. Hopefully they are a little more than a twig in a plastic bag, but I'm not expecting a big bushy plant either. Also, it's not the season for blueberry bushes to have leaves.
Truth be told: Customers must be realistic about seasons and what a plant might look like or what a plant may be able to tolerate during a given season.
I will post another review when my plants arrive and several months after they are planted, just wanted to try something different by posting my experience as it unfolds.
I'm very excited about my investment in 50 plants (and it was quite an investment for a home grower). Hopefully me and my family will have ourselves a healthy blueberry crop in a couple of years.
So far I'm happy with the service. Anthony has been attentive and friendly, yet not overly pushy. If I'm happy with the product I will buy 50 more plants of a different variety from DiMeo next February.
On March 7th, 2011, HRRanch changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
Be careful! Anthony DiMeo is a ticking timebomb who can't control his temper and who is overly paranoid about something. What? I don't know. I never got a chance to see how nice the bushes are, however a nice bush could never make up for the disrespectful way in which he treats some of his customers.
I began this post after I decided to purchase 50 blueberry plants from DiMeo Farms and began reading the disparate reviews on this site. DiMeo reviews are either extremely positive or extremely negative, which is odd. I decided to write a continuing review as my experience unfolded. Unfortunately, it did just that--unfolded.
After reading every last word on DiMeo's site and watching several of the youtube videos, I called and left a message.
Anthony DiMeo Called back and we spoke briefly. I wanted to purchase at least 50 plants but preferred more, however the next day shipping was heavily encouraged and was extremely expensive so I chose to purchase 50, 1.5 year old plants. I had a $500 budget.
Anthony called me about a week later to say he hadn't recieved my check yet. I was instructed to enclose a sheet of paper with my shipping address and desired shipping date on it. We had previously agreed that the berries would be next day shipped during the first or second week of March.
He didn't recieve my check because I didn't send it yet. I quickly wrote out the check and mailed it on February 14 along with shipping instructions.
I called on February 21 to see if the check had arrived. I spoke with Anthony DiMeo again. He assured me that if they had recieved a check that it would be noted on my order form and that hadn't happened yet, so, no, they hadn't recieved my check.
I called on March 1 to check again. I was anxious to get my plants and was preparing holes and fencing at home, wondering the actual ship date during the first or second week in March. I left a message.
Anthony called me back and was clearly agetated by my inquiry. I asked if they had found my check. He said no and very aggressively kept interrupting me and stating that he would dedicate his staff member Amanda's entire afternoon to locating my check. He aggressively began asking me what I wanted him to do. Thinking this was a problem that he, the merchant, should offer a solution to, I responded by saying, "I don't know."
I offered to cancel my check and mail another one and he offered to pay the check cancelation fee. At the time I told him that my bank didn't have a cancelation fee. He kept repeating himself saying he would dedicate Amanda's afternoon to finding the check, quoting her rate of pay adding it up and making me feel guilty for the hassle. He then said that the cost would likely be less if I canceled the check and mailed a new one....then, my phone battery began to die. Beeping at me while I was talking with him. I warned that my battery could possibly die during our conversation. Moments later my phone died.
When I returned to my phone (which was on a charger in my car all afternoon while I was inside of my office) I noticed I had several missed calls from his number.
HERE's WHERE IT GETS SCARY!!!
This man left 10 insane messages on my voicemail accusing me of lying about my phone battery dying and now stating that he was recording the calls for quality assurance and even changing it up at about message 9 to "this call is being recorded for accuracy."
I have the recordings saved on my voicemail. I'm happy he has them recorded as well. Perhaps he should listen tothem to identify the problems with his customer service.
He accused me of setting him up and lying and being uncourteous. For Christ sake, I was the one who sent a $500 check in the mail that was apparently lost, shouldn't I have been the one who was upset? He also accused me of never sending a check at all (which I have proof that I canceled the check from my bank).
I did not return his call when I returned to my phone because I was intimidated by his very aggressive demenor and taken back by his accusations implying my dealings with his farm were malicious. So, I sent him an email stating simply that I had canceled my check and also canceled my order. I thanked him for his time that he was so intent on making me feel guilty about in the voicemails and clicked send.
I got several inflammatory and accusing emails back. The same accusations will likely follow this post since that seems to be his typical response to negative feedback.
I responded three times stating that I no longer wish to do business with DiMeo Farms and for him to not contact me by phone or email. I had to say that three times before he stopped.
He may have great blueberries, something I will never know, but his customer service is borderline harrassment and flat out unacceptable.
I will NEVER recommend anyone do business with Anthony DiMeo.On March 8th, 2011, HRRanch added the following:
I have all of the voicemails saved. There are 9!
10:06am, 10:15am, 10:20am, 10:26am, 11:39am, 11:56am, 12:33pm, 1:59pm, 3:10pm (all PST)
When someone leaves 9 messages on your phone, each over 1-2 minutes long accusing you of conspiring against them, they are not trying to make you happy, they are harrassing you.
Anthony--a simple apology for your overreaction would go along way, instead of more false accusations.On Mar 8, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR FARM RESPONSE to “HRRanch” is that this woman may be real. She may not be. We are not certain. What we do know is that for over 3 weeks she claimed she mailed us a check which we never received. Two of our staff members literally dedicated an entire afternoon searching for this nonexistent check. Unfortunately there has been no appreciation for our time or sincere efforts. We even offered to pay for a stop payment fee at our cost. No matter how hard we tried to help her, nothing would make her happy. In return she hung up on us and then claimed her cell phone battery died. She then ignored our many calls (not 10, more like 4) in which we gave her status updates on our search. We will not respond to her totally inflated story and constant personal attacks which have nothing to do with the nonexistent check, our plants or the farm. Our real customers know that we always try out best. Some people you just can’t help no matter how hard you try – this person was one of them."
Excellent value and super positive experience. I would highly recommend. I can’t wait for spring to arrive and for all this snow to melt. Although my berry plants are wintering over very nicely – just as DBF said they would. I’m so excited. We got our 25 berry plants from DiMeo and planted this past fall. There should seriously be an option here on DG to indicate a "Super Positive" experience because that’s exactly my experience with DiMeo. The farm calls you to answer all your planting questions and make sure the plant delivery time works for you. As for their berry plants, they are larger and healthier than you will expect. I was thrilled to see the high-quality of the berry plants. Their beautiful plants were over 3’ tall when they arrived, with nice thick multi-branched stems, very healthy and much larger than the plants of any other online sources.
I would look to DiMeo first for any berry plant you are considering ordering. Fantastic plants, terrific service from a friendly farm staff. Communication was excellent. Packaging is very careful and shipping was fast. Amanda was so nice and my pleasure to speak with. This farm is best! You cannot go wrong with DiMeo. They sent me by far the biggest, healthiest plants I've ever received by mail. In fact, they are even MUCH bigger and healthier than most of the mature plants I saw locally.
At first, I thought that these plants were a little on the expensive side. But now, having seen them, I don't think that's true. DiMeo's plants are just as they describe "premium berry plants" that are very much worth the price.
Posted on March 5, 2011, updated March 6, 2011
Posted on March 5, 2011, updated March 5, 2011
called several times to make an appointment .appointment three days later , and i show up twenty minutes early and called like instructions said . i waited till two minutes of ten, and so i left i was treated like he was doing me a favor by selling blueberry bushes to me . so i contacted grovers blueberries and they were 25 dollars cheeper with no attitude and you can pay with paypal and shipped to house.a total waste of time gas and money
On March 5th, 2011, sicktime added the following:
dimeo, you were not busy you were just walking around with your clip board like you were lost or something. i think its because you stand in the field when they are crop dusting! no other trucks on site! the worse so called nursey experience i had ever had to date. ps the grover brothers are coming over so you can count there teeth GOOD LUCK On March 6th, 2011, sicktime added the following:
i am glad you have copies of all video and audio,now i can prove all your lies.please send copies to me of video and audio. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOW LIABLE! LIE#1 page two of your directions. our dirt driveway that says customer entrance,which is only a farm dirt rd that leads back to the blueberry plants,blueberry bushes and blueberry nursery. please use farm dirt rd only. thats where i was parked and there were no trucks in front of me or behind me. lie#2 nasty ways of doing business. i would like to see video or audio of this. lie#3 swamped with customers. i would like to see this when i was there. lie#4 baby fit ? i would like to hear this or see this. lie#5 back out of driveway like a manic. i would also like to see this. threat #1 teach me a lesson. this is my last post. On Mar 6, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
This guy’s name is [deleted] of Monroeville, New Jersey. Before doing busines with [deleted] of [deleted] in Monroeville, New Jersey give us a call first (609) 561-5905 and we will share our experience with this man and his nasty ways of doing business. Mr. [deleted] scheduled an appointment with us for 10:00am this morning. Mr. [deleted] shows up 20 mins early (as he admitted in writing) at 9:40am and of course we we swamped with customers at the time and were loading other customers who had earlier pre-schedule appointments. [deleted] threw a huge baby fit because we couldn’t wait on him until his scheduled time at 10:00. So he backed out of our yard like a maniac and left. We would have been doing him a favor because our plants are the biggest and the best for the price. Instead Mr. [deleted] chose to order plants online from some “back woods guy” with a limited amount of teeth in his mouth, who will sell him small plants half the size, and pay for PayPal fees and such. Mr. [deleted] of Monroeville is indeed a cry baby who needs to start acting like a real man and wait his turn which would have been at 10:00am. Instead he acts like a little girl and runs on the computer to trash us here on Dave's Garden when we did nothing wrong, except be busy. FYI to Mr. [deleted] -- there is a reason we are busy - people know we are the best at what. Please call our farm office before doing business with Mr. [deleted] of Monroeville, New Jersey and we will give you our experience with him.
On Mar 5, 2011 9:54 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms added:
Mr. [deleted], you just made a very big mistake by posting that lie in writing. Like most companies today, not only are all of our phone lines recorded for quality assurance, Mr. [deleted] but our farm-nursery security system has over five (5) day & night cameras, Mr. [deleted], and it will clearly, and without question, show that YOU JUST LIED IN WRITING since we were in the middle of loading a large white 24' box truck in front of the roadside stand while you were waiting at 9:46am on the farm dirt driveway for your 10:00am appoingment. We have the video on our computer hard-drive and just checked it. We can easily pull your licence plate number from our cameras as well as video freeze-frame shots to prove we were loading the 24' white box truck while you were waiting. YOU JUST LIED IN WRITING when you said "no other trucks on site" and in legal terms that's called "libel" Mr. [deleted]. Be sure to check your mailbox in the next few weeks. We are about teach you and select few others a very hard costly legal lesson. We are going to hold you 100% responsible for the libel you just posted.
Editor’s Note: Our website policies prohibit member conduct that invades other members’ privacy, as well as actions that are harassing or intimidating. Accordingly, we have redacted the personally identifiable information originally included in this rebuttal.
My family and I just visited Dimeo Blueberry Farms and had a great visit. Anthony was not only helpful on the phone when I called to get information but he greeted us when we arrived and helped us pick the blueberries, raspberries and cranberries that we needed. This is our first time planting and our two little girls are looking forward to this adventure.
Thank you Dimeo Farms!
On Mar 6, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
Thank you Mrs. Morrison, we value your business and thank you for your kind words. Hope the pictures of your two little girls on our tractor came out well. If you have time, please e-mail us a copy so that we can post it to our website for over customers to appreciate.
Looking foward to your next farm visit. Feel free to call us anytime with any questions.
Posted on March 3, 2011, updated March 4, 2011
Posted on February 15, 2011, updated March 3, 2011
Posted on December 7, 2010, updated February 15, 2011
Posted on November 22, 2010, updated December 7, 2010
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - PERFECT INTERNET EXERIENCE WITH THIS FARM & NURSERY
This is the first time I have ordered from this farm. Decided to order based on the positive reviews here on Dave's Garden. The ordering process was very easy. When I received my order this week, and planted the material, I was pleasantly surprised. All 20 plants I received looked very mature, healthy and vibrant. Everyone of the plants are healthy and thriving--all are some of the largest plants I have every gotten in the mail -- beautiful, full plants, tall with multiple thick stems!
I have been an avid gardener almost my whole entire life and have ordered plenty of product many times, just not from this farm. I'm glad I gave them a try because these truly are the best looking plants I have ever received. Thank you for the quality product and hard work you put into your farm.....BTW...Amanda was very helpful on the phone and so helpful with all my planting questions. Excellent customer service with a personal touch.
The prices are also great. I couldn't be happier. I will not even think about using another nursery for my berries and small fruits. Great company in my book!
On December 7th, 2010, mikecornus added the following:
Without any question, the quality of this farm's plants is the finest that I have ever ordered from any source. All 20 of my plants are still looking great.
I already referred 2 of my friends to this farm - they bought had only great things to say about the plant size and quality the received. I'm very happy.
Will be ordering again. On February 15th, 2011, mikecornus added the following:
I totally disagree with the negative posts.
These farmers are the real deal: (1) very knowledgeable, (2) always helpful, (3) wonderfully pleasant. I too ordered by telephone instead of e-mail (as they have no online purchasing option on the site) and I learned a lot more just chatting with one of the farmers. Because they specialize in premium plants, I got a lot of very useful information just chatting during the 5 min. ordering process on the telephone. It was well worth it. The plants were very large at least 3' foot multi-branched plants and arrived in perfect condition and were so well packaged. The prices for my plants were more than fair. I'm a big fan and I will continue to recommend this farm and nursery.
p.s. Every single one of my friends who ordered from this farm had nothing but GREAT things to say about them so I seriously don't believe the negative remarks. I think most of them are fake - no doubt. On March 3rd, 2011, mikecornus added the following:
Now It's springtime now and my plants from last year are blooming. I'm pretty excited and ordered (20) more (3) year old plants. Anthony is very knowledgeable and helped me with planting correctly.On March 4th, 2011, mikecornus added the following:
I just read some of these posts and the negative ones don't at all make sense compared to the good advise and plants I've gotten from the this farm. By the way and not to sound rude but a person with a little experience knows not to attempt a bare root transplant in the middle of summer.
Last summer I decided to buy from Dimeo's farm. I'll admit it probably wasn't the best decision to plant in the summer, but it was for my birthday and I was going to be in the area anyway so I figured I'd pick up some plants. I emailed to ask if they had the blueberry varieties I was interested in, and they said that they did. I also was getting a beach plum and cranberry plant. I then sent another email asking if it would be a wise decision to pick up my plants because the weather report was calling for a very hot day, and I had a long trip back home. They said it would be wise, because their plants would be in 3 gallon containers. When I got to the farm, I picked out my blueberries, though it turned out they didn't actually have one of the varieties that they told me they had. The beach plum was a bare root, and was given to me with some gel in a plastic bag. I planted it once I got home, and it didn't make it. I emailed them to ask if they think it had a chance, and they told me that generally people pick up plants in the fall and spring, exactly what I should have been told when I asked if I should wait to plant in the first place. A bit of poor planning on my part, I'll admit, but they could have told me the truth about the varieties, the containers that they'd be in, and if I actually should have picked them up.
On Mar 4, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
This may sound strange, but we are excited by this post because it’s actually a legitimate real customer and not one of our usual online Internet competitors who love to “mask themselves” and who create fake posts here on Dave’s Garden to try to get some of the plant business from us. Anyway, we thank the customer poster “mrb254” for admitting that it wasn’t the best decision to plant in the summer, because it’s not a good idea to plant in the mid of summer high heat. However, countless numbers of people from all over the country do in fact take a ride out to our farm (most stop down and visit Atlantic City on the way here or back home) and they buy potted plants in the summer, since they can be kept in the pots until the weather cools down. We invite customer poster “mrb254” to come by our farm again this year for his/her birthday and we will gladly give a free plant replacement for the beach plum tree. No problem. As for the berry varieties, our inventory changes almost every single day so it’s always best to call and verify first before you come to the farm, and tell us to hold them and tag them for you. As we said in our email that the poster mentioned, people generally do pick up plants in the spring or fall, but many also pick-up plants in the summer as well. Just make sure they are potted or packaged well and then properly held for a cool day of safe planting.
Call us anytime to arrange a pick-up appointment and WE WILL GLADLY GIVE YOU A FREE REPLACMENT beach plum tree.
Awaiting your call.
Thank you – A.DiMeo on behalf of DBF
Posted on February 14, 2011, updated March 3, 2011
Posted on February 10, 2011, updated February 14, 2011
Posted on February 10, 2011, updated February 10, 2011
I never got to the point of buying blueberry plants from dimeo blueberry farms. I was looking up vendors who sell specific varieties of southern highbush blueberries and dimeo blueberry farms was listed on many of them so I sent an email. All I got was "please call to discuss" but never an answer. I did get an answer about shipping and the total for a minimum of 5 plants (which wasn't stated on website) Next day shipping was my only option and thats expensive! If you pack blueberry plants correctly with some soil they can survIve a 3-5 day fedex/ups trip across the country very well. I asked again if they had southern highbush (low-chill) varieties and how old....all I got was "please call to discuss". I finally asked why cant you answer my question and I never received a reply. Is there a reason you can not answer my question? Surely, a big blueberry operation like yours should at least know about southern highbush blueberries and its different varieties. Its hard to trust the positive reviews because dimeo farms has been caught posing as a customer. The negative reviews and what Ive read on the dimeo website gives me the feeling of a slick car salesman. Ive seen his constant selling barage (like on his website) on internet gardening forums and article comment sections. Why doesnt Dimeo farms accept credit cards like every other gardening, farming operation (no matter what size) that uses the internet?? If you can promote yourself on the internet there is no reason why you can not accept credit cards. There is no protection for the consumer. No, Im not some competitor but just a family man in southern california who likes growing blueberries.
On February 10th, 2011, bnkenobi added the following:
Follow-up: Have you ever heard of PAYPAL??On February 14th, 2011, bnkenobi added the following:
1/This Dave’s Garden poser hater poster actually picked a good screen name for himself “Ben Kenobi” because this guy’s statements and his “hater attack story” are just about as fictional and as far out in space as the as the Star Wars movie itself.
MY REPLY: This was funny and my username has nothing to do with my review. Excellent introductory ploy to discredit my review. Good one, I commend you on this one! I got a huge laugh so I dont need to go there.
2/Ok, so he just admitted in writing that he never in fact even purchased any plants from our company in the first place. Yet poster “bnkenobi” takes the time to stop his day to come online, go through the sign-up registration process on this website, Dave’s Garden (because he was never registered before and just literally created a membership on the site) and then goes on to type up this so-called story bashing our company? Interesting. It’s also interesting that when “bnkenobi” screen name is signed on the “ryancares” screen name is offline, and then when “ryancares” goes online the “bnkenobi” goes off line. I think everyone can read between the lines. They think that they have everyone fooled.
MY REPLY: This was the most hiliarious! No other comment besides one word......."Paranoia"
3/Yes, at the present time our minimum order is 5 plants. It’s not only stated on our website but it’s being stated once again here and now. If a prospective customer wants less plants, then they always have the option of finding a friend or family member to “split the order with” and then when they receive the plants they can give 2 or 3 plants to the friend or family member. Simple as that.
MY REPLY: Im glad you put that on your website now as that wasn't there before.
4/Buy making this false statement you are trying to make it sound as if we force all people to go with next day air shipping and that’s simply NOT TRUE. For certain states in certain parts of the country we sometimes RECOMMMEND next day air shipping, but of course if the customer wants to go with just regular priority shipping then that’s not a problem. In the end, it’s always the customer who decides on the method of shipping, not our farm or nursery. Your statement was no mistake in that you are just trying to scare prospective customers. Of course once again, everyone can see that I’m sure – it’s obvious.
MY REPLY: Quote from customer service, "Plus because of your location we have to ship next day air which makes it cost more than normal." Who is lying?
5/ With all due respect to this hater poster, and others, our family has been farming, growing plants, raising plants and shipping plants across the country for over 100 years now. The plants that my family raised and sold over the years are responsible for starting and supplying most of the farms in this country, so I think that by now we know the right way and the best way to ship plants without the advice of someone who is not a even a part of our industry.
MY REPLY: Do you have ESP? Yes, 100 years..how dare I even make that comment!! Still don't know about southern highbush blueberries??
6/Did the hater poster “bnkenobi” just call himself a FAMILY man? We respectfully disagree. Let us tell you what a family man is in our opinion. A real man, let alone a real “family man” does NOT go online like you just did on this Dave’s Garden website to maliciously create a frivolous negative post about our family farm and nursery and try with malicious intent to try and smear and bash our business. A REAL FAMILY MAN would never do such a thing. A REAL FAMILY MAN leads by example and teaches his family and children to always work hard and do the right thing and to have RESPECT and doing what’s right and fair. Your malicious actions here on this website are not right or fair. They are evil and nasty.
MY REPLY: You did an excellent job leading by example from all your comments. Thank you.
.On March 3rd, 2011, bnkenobi added the following:
FINAL THOUGHTS: Yes, I did take the time to make my original comments just like YOU TOOK “EVEN MORE TIME” to come to this website with LOTS of REPLIES that YOU MADE UP IN YOUR HEAD. Just because someone speaks more or writes more does not mean its worth anything. This person is “PARANOID” and thinks I am really “ryan cares”. Please try and prove this to me…I dare you! NO, wait a minute you will try and find my ISP address and claim Im one of your competitors.
Are you going to cry and run to your lawyer? I have never dealt with anyone in the blueberry industry who has such thin skin, is paranoid and has a bigger ego than the state of New Jersey.
On Mar 3, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
This Dave’s Garden poser hater poster actually picked a good screen name for himself “Ben Kenobi” because this guy’s statements and his “hater attack story” are just about as fictional and as far out in space as the as the Star Wars movie itself. Let’s revisit each of his statements:
1/ Hater poster “bnkenobi” wrote: “I never got to the point of buying plants…”
OUR FARM REPLY: Ok, so he just admitted in writing that he never in fact even purchased any plants from our company in the first place. Yet poster “bnkenobi” takes the time to stop his day to come online, go through the sign-up registration process on this website, Dave’s Garden (because he was never registered before and just literally created a membership on the site) and then goes on to type up this so-called story bashing our company? Interesting. It’s also interesting that when “bnkenobi” screen name is signed on the “ryancares” screen name is offline, and then when “ryancares” goes online the “bnkenobi” goes off line. I think everyone can read between the lines. They think that they have everyone fooled.
2/ Our farm and nursery receives hundreds of e-mails every single month. Probably more than any others, and it’s our preference to speak via telephone without writing 10 emails back and forth over the course of days with one single person just to get a few questions answered. It makes more sense just to get the customer on the phone and answer all the questions and then move forward. We tell most people to “please call to discuss.” Nothing wrong with that at all.
3/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “…minimum of 5 plants (which wasn’t stated on website)”
OUR FARM REPLY: Yes, at the present time our minimum order is 5 plants. It’s not only stated on our website but it’s being stated once again here and now. If a prospective customer wants less plants, then they always have the option of finding a friend or family member to “split the order with” and then when they receive the plants they can give 2 or 3 plants to the friend or family member. Simple as that.
4/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “Next day shipping was my only option and thats expensive!”
OUR FARM REPLY: Buy making this false statement you are trying to make it sound as if we force all people to go with next day air shipping and that’s simply NOT TRUE. For certain states in certain parts of the country we sometimes RECOMMMEND next day air shipping, but of course if the customer wants to go with just regular priority shipping then that’s not a problem. In the end, it’s always the customer who decides on the method of shipping, not our farm or nursery. Your statement was no mistake in that you are just trying to scare prospective customers. Of course once again, everyone can see that I’m sure – it’s obvious.
5/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “If you pack …plants correctly with some soil they can survive a 3-5 day fedex/ups trip across the country very well.”
OUR FARM REPLY: With all due respect to this hater poster, and others, our family has been farming, growing plants, raising plants and shipping plants across the country for over 100 years now. The plants that my family raised and sold over the years are responsible for starting and supplying most of the farms in this country, so I think that by now we know the right way and the best way to ship plants without the advice of someone who is not a even a part of our industry.
6/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “Its hard to trust the positive ….because (our farm) has been caught posing as a customer. The negative reviews and what Ive read on the website gives me the feeling of a slick car salesman.”
OUR FARM REPLY: This is totally untrue. The fake negative posters think that they have everyone fooled, but we truly believe that people can see through this nonsense tactic and see the real motive of such posters. The positive ones posted on this site are in fact from real customers. We encourage people to D-mail them (mail directly through Dave’s Garden) to ask them to verify the posts as accurate and correct. As a matter of fact, upon request by any prospective customer we shall produce and provide a list of phone numbers of satisfied customers who can be contacted directly for verification, not only their posts, but also our high quality plants and current products with the existing happy customers.
In reference to the remark about our website being like a “slick car salesman” our response is that if our plants were cars, they would be considered Bentley, Rolls Royce and other top luxury car brands. For those that appreciate the best in plants and products, then we are for you. However if a customer only cares about price, then they are always welcome to “go down the street and by a horse and buggy” from one of our competitors.
7/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “Why doesnt (our farm) accept credit cards like every other gardening, farming operation (no matter what size) that uses the internet?? If you can promote yourself on the internet there is no reason why you can not accept credit cards.
OUR FARM REPLY: Yes, there are several reasons why our farm and nursery DOES NOT currently accept credit cards as a form of payment. The first reason is because we want to look out for our customers and try our best to keep our prices as low as possible without giving a percent % back to credit card companies. In addition, our hard working farming family DOES NOT believe in “supporting big banks” and/or credit card companies which have both played a major role in the current financial crisis in this country. Our family believes in doing simple business between people without making the greedy credit card companies (including PAYPAL) richer. It’s our company and respectfully, we have a right to decide upon the method of payment. In all the years our family has done business not only at the farms, but at our nurseries as well, we have never accepted credit cards as payment. We are NOT like “every other gardening operation” that’s something that most people appreciate and respect.
8/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” wrote: “No, Im not some competitor but just a family man…”
OUR FARM REPLY: Did the hater poster “bnkenobi” just call himself a FAMILY man? We respectfully disagree. Let us tell you what a family man is in our opinion. A real man, let alone a real “family man” does NOT go online like you just did on this Dave’s Garden website to maliciously create a frivolous negative post about our family farm and nursery and try with malicious intent to try and smear and bash our business. A REAL FAMILY MAN would never do such a thing. A REAL FAMILY MAN leads by example and teaches his family and children to always work hard and do the right thing and to have RESPECT and doing what’s right and fair. Your malicious actions here on this website are not right or fair. They are evil and nasty.
9/ Hater poster “BnKenobi” writes in his follow-up post: “Have you ever heard of PAYPAL??”
OUR FARM REPLY: See our answer above.
In closing we want to point out that it’s a fact that SECONDS AFTER poster you, poster “BnKenobi” MADE THIS POSTING the other screen name “RyanCares” logged in after “bnkenobi” logged out and updated his “RyanCares” posting to say “Thank you consumer from Long Beach. You are absolutely right on all counts.”
You are anything but a real consumer. If you want to talk to real consumers, then you should hear some of the horror stories that I hear almost every single day on the phone from customers who have bought from our online competitors.
In the end, we almost always get the business because people learn quickly who has the best product at the lowest price….and it’s us…people eventually will figure that out.
Helloo all... Took the trip from middletown del ..took a little over an hour to get there . Purchased 28 plants in 3 gallon pots.Plants are gorgeous well worth the trip . Check out the youtube video they posted, very informative and a pictures worth a thousand words.... enough said
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On Feb 19, 2011, Blueberryfan1 Freehold, NJ wrote:
Just completed an order and pick up of 5 blueberry plants from the company. My experience was outstanding. I've spoken with them via email all week and they answered my questions in a prompt and courteous manner. I scheduled to pick up the 5 plants today and my personal experience with Anthony was great. I was allowed to choose any plant I wanted and the the plants are huge, multibranched and very healthy. You can't beat the 10 dollar price. I was given planting instructions and Anthony answered every question I had. We even talked about families. It is great to see a family run business such as theirs and I would definately recommend them to others.
This was my first experience with Dimeo Farms and it was extremely positive. Its a family run farm and I was treated as a very valuable customer even thought I was only purchasing 5 blueberry plants. I was met at the entrance and from there I was shown plants that met my specifications and then I picked out which plants I wanted. The plants are 3 years old, of excellent quality and the price is great at only $10.00. I would definitely return there and refer friends there.
BEWARE WHEN DEALING WITH DIMEO. I'm not saying not to do business with them, just be careful if you do. Here is my exeperience with them.
I ordered 3 early (Duke), 3 mid (Bluecrop), and 3 late (Elliot) 3 yr old plants last spring. I received 9 small plants with root balls 1/3 of the size of a competitor's 1 yr old plants. 4 were marked "D and 5 marked "B" Blue, which I assume stand for "Duke and Bluecrop. I did not get any Elliot plants.
They denied being in error even when I provided them with photographic evidence to the contrary. Pictures are available upon request. Since I got nine plants, I let it go.
Less than 4 month later four of the nine plants were dead. All of the plants I bought from a competitor are doing fine in the same beds.
Last fall two of the surviving plants from DiMeo did produce a handful of fruit. Hopefully they will produce well next year.
DiMeo has no guarantee, so you will need to decide if you want to take the gamble of buying from them.
On Feb 14, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
Once again, with this poster, our family immediately took notice that this poster “buyer” literally just created a new account here on Dave’s Garden only seconds before his one and only post was made on this website, which was a post just to try and trash our company and say things that are simply untrue. Our family does suspect that this is yet another of our same online competitors once again setting up fake profiles (as they have done numerous times on this website, and many times so far in the past) just to make up false stories but yet try to make them sound real and accurate.
In addition, we have never received any photos or any story across our desks or phone lines in this regard. However, we will respond to this poster “buyer” as if it were an actual legit story in our usual format:
1/ Poster “buyer” writes: “I'm not saying not to do business with them, just be careful if you do.”
OUR FARM RESPONSE: Of course you are not going to say in writing on the Internet not to do business with us because you and others know that we are seriously in the process of obtaining subpoenas to acquire numerous IP addresses from Internet Brands (d/b/a Dave’s Garden). You and others know that our family is serious about bringing legal action because of this malicious, intentional and constant “calculated smear campaign.” This is an unclean tactic that some of our online Internet competitors have used again and again. They focus on “trying to create fear and panic in the eyes of any prospective patrons” without directly saying anything that would be actionable in a civil court of law. They do this again and again through creating these fake profiles. They are being more cautious though because now they know they have put us on the legal warpath (which is honestly the very last thing we ever wanted to do or get involved with, but at this point we have decided that it's right thing to do in order to bring justice) and that what legal actions lie ahead is going to shock quite a few people when they check their mailboxes one day.
In all honesty, the only thing that the buying public should beware of and fear is many of our online “Internet based” competitors. For reasons including, but not limited to the facts that most of our Internet based competitors: A) are not real farmers to begin with. B) they have no real measurable farming experience at years of specialty farming as our family does. C) most of our online internet competitors are simply buying plants from chemist companies that make them in a lab. D) the plants that our competitors don’t buy from labs they make by making cuttings from cuttings which does not give the customer a good plant for long term health and growth. E) our online Internet competitors do not have the countless acres of “mother plants” that is required to properly make plants in the first place. F) if our competitors they don’t own farms, and they have never run a farm, and they have no experience, and they are lab plants to resell, why would anyone want to buy such a product from them? Makes little sense.
In response to our online Internet competitors…the buying public using the Internet to search plants or products, needs to seriously ask themselves:
1/ Why don’t any of our online Internet competitors currently have all the product or plant YouTube videos that we do on their website? Why don’t they have any of THEIR OWN plant, field or actual production videos? ANSWER: Because they are not even farmers, and they don’t have legit farming operations or even the follow proper procedures that we do. I'm sure this is obvious to everyone, but I need to point this out if no one from our family has previously said this - it needs to be said.
2/ If our online competitors don’t have the acres of fields required to grow enough “mother plants” in order to obtain proper high volume of certified cuttings then… where are they getting the plants from? ANSWER: Most of them buy them from a massive propagation house out West, whose name we will not mention.
3/ If our online competitors have such “established” and successful farms and all this experience as they so claim, then when you Google their addresses… where is their operation? Where is their farm? Where is the operation?
Where are the fields and acres of plants? ANSWER: They don’t exist and for those that do exist, they literally have just a few rows of plants in their back yards. We want the buying public to personally see our online Internet competitors operations and then come here and compare it with our operation. Judge for yourself.
4/ Poster “buyer” writes: “I received 9 small plants with root balls 1/3 of the size of a competitor's 1 yr old plants.”
OUR FARM REPLY: Our plants are hardier than any online competitor. As mentioned above, you actually can’t even call them competitors because they are not even real, experienced farmers. Our plants are naturally grown. Most of our online Internet competitors are not naturally grown. Our plants are made from production grade heavy bearing mother plants. Most of our online Internet competitors are not, they buy them from company that makes them in a lab. Our plants are made the old fashioned way from premium hardwood. Most of our online competitors are not. Most of our online competitors buy plants from a company out West (whose name we shall not mention) and they then pot the plants and then sell them online.
3/ Poster “buyer” writes: “They denied being in error even when I provided them with photographic evidence to the contrary. Pictures are available upon request. Since I got nine plants, I let it go.
OUR FARM REPLY: To date we have never received any such “photographic evidence” of any kind relating to any type of story that you have just posted. If we did receive them we would admit that we received them and then allow our company policy to speak for itself as it does in all cases. Every company has a policy.
4/ Poster “buyer” writes: “Less than 4 month later four of the nine plants were dead. All of the plants I bought from a competitor are doing fine in the same beds.”
OUR FARM REPLY: Once again, we will reply to this question as if you were an actual customer, and if you did actually buy plants from us, and 4 MONTHS later the plants die, how do we or how would anyone else know that it’s not due to your negligence? No one knows.
5/ Poster “buyer” writes: ”…has no guarantee, so you will need to decide if you want to take the gamble of buying from them.”
OUR FARM REPLY: That is correct, we have no guarantee. However at least we are honest about our no guarantee policy, whereas almost all of our online Internet competitors (who once again are not even real farmers but merely guys peddling unnatural plants on the internet to make money) promise you a guarantee. But what almost all prospective buyers will find is that our online Internet competitors advertise some kind of “friendly guarantee” or some other kind of guarantee and then not honor it. Try to exchange a plant with them or try to get a replacement plants with them and see what a battle you have to wage to get it. We know because we talk to dozens of people every single day on the phone and hear factual stories.
For the record, this is our current company policy in regards to any guarantee: “Plants are living things. They require proper care and attention. We care for our plants while they are on our farm. As soon as they leave our farm or nursery, they become your responsibility. We do not offer ANY warranties of any kind on any living material or products purchased at our farm or by our farm. Please be sure to provide the proper care and attention as required by your plants.”
After reading all the unpleasant ratings, I felt compelled to provide my own experience. This past fall I ordered six blueberry plants to celebrate an anniversary. The order taker was polite and did his best to educate me about my purchase. I mailed the farm a check and voila, 3 days later I received a box with my beautiful, strong plants. The peat around the roots still had bits of ice clinging to it! I cannot overstate how happy I am with my purchase- I urge anyone else to order if you want beautiful blueberry bushes for your garden.
Posted on February 9, 2011, updated February 10, 2011
Received stems in the mail, nothing like in the youtube video. They were a gift for my daughter in Texas and they were junk. I called to complain and Tony Dimeo screamed at me. I have hence done research on him via Google and it is scary. I can't believe the attorney general is not involved in this. Run as fast as you can from this guy.
On February 10th, 2011, RyanCares added the following:
Thank you consumer from Long Beach. You are absolutely right on all counts. The fact that they cannot be approved for a merchant account is extremely telling. That would put the operation under federal scrutiny. He does not want that. You would also be able to track the transactions for tax purposes. I think we've discovered the fox in the proverbial hen house here.On Feb 10, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
1/ Our farm does not send “stems” in the mail. If you want “stems” and little twigs, then please order from one of our competitors (most of who are just guys peddling lab grown plants out of their back yards) this year and I can almost guarantee that you will be buying from our farm next year. The truth always comes out about who has the best quality plants. It’s not just the size of the plant that is important, but it’s “how the plant is made” and the hardiness of the plant. There are many factors – and eventually we do get the business and that’s a fact that you and some of our competitor “haters” don’t like.
2/ Our competitors hate our YouTube farm videos because they clearly show the true high quality, experience and integrity of our natural operation. They can’t compete with this so instead they go online (like you did with your fake post) in a pathetic, childish manner and post fake posts. People know the truth – and they can see the difference not only in our plants, but our farm, our history and operation.
3/ There was never a customer who called to complain about “a gift for his daughter in Texas” and that is just a total lie by the “RyanCares” poster
4/ We don’t “scream” at anyone. If someone calls to complain then we have a company policy that speaks for itself. This is yet another lie by this “RyanCares” poster.
5/ If you want to see scary research on Google then research some of our competitors and read about the all diseased plants that our competitor Matt mailed to people and all the horror stories from many of the others. Better yet, ask them if you can personally go and tour their operation and see what they tell you – because you will get an excuse why you can’t visit or tour. Come to see our operation – tour our nursery and farm, and then compare for yourself.
6/ Notice the last words of this fake post by “RyanCares” which say’s “Run as fast as you can from this guy” which totally gives away the fact that they want customers and prospective customers to run from us, and instead go to them (our competitors) for the plant sales.
Our final thought to this and any other present (or future) fake negative posts on this DG site – we are one of the best (if not the best) in our industry and the people that matter know it.
There is only thing that the “RyanCares” poster “cares about” and that is trying to hurt our family operation to help his own. It’s sad and pathetic how people are using the internet for to attack with “smear campaigns” that in the end will not work.
A. DiMeo, DBF
On Feb 10, 2011 6:30 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms added:
SECOND REPLY FROM OUR FARM to "RyanCares" fake poser poster:
1/ "RyanCares" poster wrote: "The fact that they cannot be approved for a merchant account is extremely telling."
OUR REPLY: You just defamed our good name and reputation by stating in writing on the Internet that we "cannot be approved for a merchant account" which is NOT TRUE. That is a TOTAL AND COMPLETE LIE and it's also an intentional misstatement published by you with clear intent to cause financial harm to our company.
2/ "RyanCares" poster wrote: "You would also be able to track the transactions for tax purposes.
OUR REPLY: This is just a complete stupid and careless statement, as when our customers write us checks, those checks are obviously deposted into our corporate checking account.
3/ Poster wrote: "I think we've discovered the fox in the proverbial hen house here."
OUR REPLY: No, I think you just got yourself into a lawsuit. You and a few others on here who are posting these lies.
I will discuss this with my family but clearly legal action needs to be taken against all of you as well as Dave's Garden for allowing this after we have given them notice of this abuse of the DG website. We will not tolerate this malicous and intentional "smear campaign" that has been launched here on the Dave's Garden website.
This website is completely being used in-part to falsely attack us by pathetic online competitors.