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|On May 25, 2012, troynavajo Xenia, OH wrote:
Posted on May 26, 2012, updated May 26, 2012
On May 25th, 2012, troynavajo added the following:
VKSYSTACOM...i too will call nj attorney general please stay in touch on this link,,,anyone else with similiar problems please follow suit....
|On May 15, 2012, BarbBeau BARK RIVER, MI wrote:
I too have had a very bad experience! Last fall I purchased 10 blueberry plants. I had our soil tested by MSU and did exactly as I was told as far as soil ph goes. I recieved the plants and planted them EXACTLY to directions. They began to wilt within aprox. 10 days. I called the farm and was told to cut them in half immediately...which I did. I was told this past week by a gardener that it was the worst thing I could have done...I don't know if this is true or not. I e-mailed the farm about 2 weeks ago and told them that it appeared that the plants had died and unlike some who have posted I did not recieve a reply. This morning I called the farm and explained to them that all my plants had died and they went on to tell me they weren't responsible. I said "Then I'm out of luck getting my $100 back?" and the reply was "Yes" Geeze Even wal-mart gives a one year guarantee. I would be very carful purchasing anything from this farm. I'd suggest to just go to your local gardening store and get the guarantee.
|On May 10, 2012, bmarks2 EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ wrote:
Below is the actual email I sent the clowns at Dimeo Farms which describes my experiences with them this spring.... Of course they said they would look into the matter, but havent gotten back to me...How surprising.
|On May 5, 2012, VecchioGarden Folsom, NJ wrote:
We had a fantastic experience with DiMeo's. They were very quick to answer both emails and phone calls for me, despite that I only wanted a small amount of plants for a family garden. They were very patient with me while I asked questions both on the phone and in person... before, during and after purchase. They were prompt for my pick-up time & helped me load my plants into my vehicle.
|On Apr 27, 2012, vksystacom Cardington, OH wrote:
Posted on April 26, 2012, updated April 27, 2012
On April 27th, 2012, vksystacom added the following:
Today, I sent to the New Jersey Attorney General both a Consumer Complaint form as well as a letter requesting a formal investigation of DiMeo's deceptive business practices. Based on the number and nature of the complaints in this and other forums, I understand that I am not the only customer to have been severely disappointed (to put it mildly) by this company's products and practices. I have requested a full refund of $148.56 for the plants and shipping costs. I will post the results of the investigation ad complaint when they are completed.
|On Apr 26, 2012, KelliJ6 Omaha, NE wrote:
I called to ask a few questions and place an order with this company. I spoke with a Man who later identified himself as the multi-million dollar owner. He quickly gave me a quote of 12 plants and shipping. I asked him a few simple questions about his blueberries and he got very impatient and rude. The entire phone call was no more than 10 minutes, eight of which he was telling me how superior his company and blueberries are and how rich and busy he is. I wanted to get a price for raspberries but he kept running his mouth being very rude. He asked me if I was going to place an order or not and I said I wanted to but I still had a question (about the raspberries). He cut me off and assumed it was something else not letting me get another word in. He went on telling me that he has hundreds of phone calls a day and that I should place my order with one of the poor incompetent blueberry farmers who need the business. Then he hung up on me. I was absolutely astonished at his conduct! No doubt all the phone calls he gets everyday are mostly complaints. I found it interesting that before I read all the comments here, DiMeo Farms wrote two paragraphs about the negative comments below stating among other things, that we are "Haters but we really hate ourselves..etc." that these are fabricated horror stories" Blah, Blah, Blah, coming from a man who has to reap the consequences for his bad attitude. They also stated that they try their best to make everyone happy! Hah! I would think that you as a company would spend more time taking care of your customers and making sure that your customer service resolves negative experiences rather than bash people for posting about your horrible personality defect. The man I spoke to was the most arrogant, uncouth, and unhappy person I have ever had the misfortune of having a conversation with. I will never order from them nor will I let anyone I know place an order with them either.
|On Apr 23, 2012, kkillmeyer Chesterfield, NH wrote:
DO NOT BUY from this company!! Last April 2011 I purchased 12 blueberry and 5 black chokeberry bushes. I was extremely upset when they arrived as they had practically no roots at all and absolutely no soil around the roots. Instead, they came with a gel substance wrapped around the bottom of the plant. The plant was more what I would call a "stick", had very few leaves on them, and were much smaller than they advertise. Additionally, the blueberry plants were not marked as to what variety so I had no idea which plants were which variety. My husband and I planted them immediately after getting them in the mail and made sure to follow the directions from the Dimeo Farms website. We made sure the plants got plenty of water throughout last summer, but it was obvious they were not going to make it. Unfortunately, the $257 I spent went down the tubes and I sure do wish I had just picked up plants from our local supermarket that looked 90% more healthy and were a third cheaper. What a waste!
|On Apr 17, 2012, Njgolfnutt Marlton, NJ wrote:
I happen to be fortunate enough to live about 30 miles from Dimeo Fruit Farms. I recently made a trip to pick up 12 blueberry plants. I ended up bringing home ten raspberry plants as well. My plants are growing like gang busters. Tremendous quality.
|On Apr 13, 2012, Scottgboeke Ridgeway, IA wrote:
I ordered from Dimeo Farms, and it has been a total NIGHTMARE! I sent them a check, it was cashed, and some weeks passed. Their representatives assured me in 4 follow-up conversations over the course of the following month, that the order could be completed in full.
|On Apr 13, 2012, TrueyKoda Bethlehem, PA wrote:
Posted on March 9, 2012, updated April 13, 2012
On April 13th, 2012, TrueyKoda added the following:
After receiving a half dozen calls over the past few weeks to see "...when I was sending in my check for the order I had placed..." - I had the opportunity to call back yesterday. Since it was a female who had called me - I called and said I was returning a phone call from the girl regarding an order.
The same guy answered the phone as he typically does and I politely explained that I was returning a call.
"Sir, how many plants do you want...sir" was his response. I explained I was calling regarding an order and the girl had called me a few times and I was returning her call.
"Sir, how many plants do you want...sir. Did you send your check...sir?" - like a ROBOT...
I again politely explained and he continued to sound annoyed and rude just as he had when I called a few weeks ago with some questions.
I finally politely said - "...please cancel my order...you are being very rude and I am surprised this is how you treat your customers."
I was blown away when his response was "...you are big baby sir..."
I did a double take and said "...I'm sorry...why are you being so rude?"
He then says "...quit being a big baby sir...you are a big baby."
WOW! Are you kidding me? I was shocked that an apparent grown man would act in such a way...
He then said "...I am a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE...Sir..."
I then said "Goodbye" -
Amazingly I kept my cool - I think since I was so aghast at how this guy behaves.
AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS! RUDE! INSENSITIVE! I believe fairly uneducated...as no grown man would talk to another that way.
Please find yourself some other place to purchase your plants...
Or call him and hear for yourself how he behaves.
|On Apr 9, 2012, theknizzler Florissant, CO wrote:
Dimeo Fruit Farms is an immoral business that gives Italians a bad name. I emailed and called numerous times to get a shipping date and never got an answer even from the owner himself. Finally I got a slip from the Post Office saying they had been shipped. What I found was $80 worth of dead, dry sticks. I called and talked to the owner. His response was so cautiously legal and practiced, I knew he had gone through this before. After several months, they finally offered to replace them for $65. No way would I give them another dime!!
|On Apr 2, 2012, redchair2 Fort Wayne, IN wrote:
Posted on March 27, 2012, updated April 2, 2012
On April 2nd, 2012, redchair2 added the following:
Just ordered some blueberries from some lovely people at Truevineranch.com
|On Mar 31, 2012, pinksnpurples North Star, DE wrote:
My husband and I almost gave up dealing with Dimeo after we were verbally bruised in two phone calls by an older-sounding man. But, when you have a kid with medical needs, you sometimes bite the bullet and forge ahead anyway. We did and I'm really relieved that we did. We requested labeling via email and received partial success on that front. We did local pick-up and the gentleman who helped us was exceptionally knowledgeable and forthcoming. The retail arm (sales to home-owners) is only about 2 years old and there is evidence that modifications are being made as buyers make their desires known. So teach them how to make you a happy customer! We ended up buying more than we had ordered and we'd do business again in a heartbeat.
|On Mar 27, 2012, Hazel716 Laurel Lake, NJ wrote:
We just bought 5 blueberry plants last week - a great deal at $10 each! The man on the phone was very helpful when I placed my order and my plants were ready when I went to pick them up. They are very nice, big plants and they loaded them up in my truck quickly. I was given planting instructions, and my husband planted them that night. I have known the family since I was a teenager when I worked for their blueberry farm - they are still as friendly as they were over 20 years ago! We're starting small this year with our berry garden, but we plan to go back next year and buy more blueberry plants and maybe even some raspberry and blackberry plants. Thank you so much for a great deal on really nice plants :)
|On Mar 27, 2012, Blackberry_Man wrote:
It was a horrible experience. The salesman dropped the blueberry plants on the ground, told me he did not want my money and said he did not want to sell me his plants. They advertised three gallon containers and the plants he attempted to sell me were in containers less then a gallon. If you want to be treated rudely then go there, otherwise deal with people who love plants. I would not recommend this place. In fact the salesman tried to video tape me with he cell phone!!
|On Mar 22, 2012, Kubileya Laurel, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
My dad, sister and drove up to New Jersey last spring to pick up blueberry bushes straight from the farm. We met with one of the owners and he was very knowledgeable and patient with answering my dad's questions. We came home with 60 blueberries and a number of aronias as well. My dad followed the DiMeo's planting instructions to a T, including mixing the planting soil with peat moss and applying sulphur to bring the soil ph down. The results have been fantastic. The bushes are extremely healthy and put on a very good sized crop last year. They all survived the first winter in the ground just fine and are growing by leaps and bounds. I expect this year's crop will be excellent. We were very satisfied with our experience and when my dad is ready to expand his blueberry plot, I expect he will be back for more.
|On Mar 21, 2012, wilderness2 Fort Jones, CA wrote:
WOW. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT do business with these guys. The rudest person I've ever dealt with bar none.
|On Mar 8, 2012, blueberry101 hamilton
This is the second time I have spoken on phone with them to wrap my head around their plants. In asking if they sold to Canada I got he response that they have been selling to Canada before the guy on phone was born. I was concerned if the blueberry bushes were hardy enough compared to Saint Cloud and North Blue which are recommended for my area. Of coarse I got the answer yes! So i asked if it was possible to contact anyone who has had success on a large scale with his plants before I start my 4 acre venture. I just got talked over saying that he couldnt give me blue print? Each time I got I spoke he just got louder and kept on saying when are you coming down to visit which I can say is never now.
|On Jan 12, 2012, darrelice Forest, VA wrote:
I lived in South Jersey for 30 years and passed by Dimeo Farms many times. I now live in Virginia. I decided this year to start a small berry farm in my backyard. I bought some plants from a local nursery which were healthy and are doing well. I was on the internet and came across the Dimeo website. Their prices were 1/3 of what I paid here for younger, smaller plants. I placed an order for eight plants. They were delivered on time. I followed the directions regarding planting. They have been in the ground two months and are doing great. They are filled with buds and I am looking forward to this summer. I plan on buying more next year. This is a place that handles huge commercial orders, and small-time customers like me. I would not hesitate to recommend them - they know the business.
|On Dec 16, 2011, bonniebeegood Durango, CO wrote:
This may have, at one time, been a reputable, service oriented company, but it is not now. My wonderful blueberry bushes arrived in terrible shape 5 months late, in the middle of a snow storm in October in zone 2. The owner refused to talk to me, said all complaints had to be in writing, and was quite rude. I have read the reviews from others, and getting into another argument with this guy is useless. Just save yourself problems and buy your blueberries elsewhere. If you are tempted, read the reviews and notice the prevalence of negative ones in the past year.
|On Dec 9, 2011, J_Ander1560 GLEN MILLS, PA wrote:
This is another trusted company that I have a great deal of respect for. I’ve been ordering from this company for about the past 3 years. Lots of great options for my garden. Always a great selection. Shipping was great and fast.
|On Nov 21, 2011, doug5k Alpha, NJ wrote:
We bought 30 plants last year as a test to see how they would grow. Planted them on two different properties. Wow, what great plants, huge berries the first year. I've had so many friends who can't believe what great plants we bought. We are planning a two pick up run to the farm for more. I've had berriy plants for years but after learning how to prune them the correct way. My old plants produced huge berries. Don't buy from lumber stores or fake nurseries. these are great plants. Follow what the Dimeo's tell you and you'll be coming back for more. The neighbors kids will love them.
Note from the Garden Watchdog editors...It is the policy of the Watchdog that customers cannot publish multiple reviews under different usernames in order to manipulate a company's rating. The rating of this comment was written by the same user who posted as "kosteld" on November 17, 2010 and updated on July 22, 2011. Therefore, these reviews have been changed from a positive to neutral rating so they will not affect the overall ratings given by customers.
|On Nov 14, 2011, fizzled Collingswood, NJ wrote:
Perfect A+++ internet experience with this company.
|On Nov 10, 2011, bella_trix Montgomery County, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This company's customer service is horrible and they drastically overcharge on shipping. I don't expect my messages to them to ever be returned and, from the tone of the owner in other reviews, perhaps that is a better thing. I ordered 10 plants at $10 a piece and was told it would be $148 with shipping. This seem reasonable for potted plants/local delivery, so I sent in my order. When I ask about varieties and mentioned my desire for an heirloom instead of their standard three home-grower varieties, I was told to include the request with my check. I received bare-root plants whose root system looks very questionable, no heirloom variety and THE PAID $10.00 FOR THE SHIPPING FOR WHICH THEY CHARGED ME $48.00. I have not received a call back after leaving a message with my dissatisfaction. I planted the plants as they instructed, but I don't have much hope for them given other's experiences.
|On Nov 9, 2011, tanaquil Hendersonville, NC wrote:
Posted on November 8, 2011, updated November 9, 2011 "On Nov 8, 2011 10:28 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with: We also do not recommend Margaret & Bob Wright of [deleted] in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We do not recommend [deleted] as Robert Wright has not been honest in our dealings with him, as it states on our company policy, all customers must request varieties to be marked in advance of ordering if it’s a small order. He was told this but neglects to add this to “his side” of the attack story. [deleted]. Please do not do business with Robert Wright of [deleted] and call us first to discuss Mr. Wright’s character and his ways of doing business. We recommend that you buy from a local jeweler where you know the people and can get some better buys than buying from [deleted] on the Internet.
"On Nov 8, 2011 10:28 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
We also do not recommend Margaret & Bob Wright of [deleted] in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We do not recommend [deleted] as Robert Wright has not been honest in our dealings with him, as it states on our company policy, all customers must request varieties to be marked in advance of ordering if it’s a small order. He was told this but neglects to add this to “his side” of the attack story. [deleted]. Please do not do business with Robert Wright of [deleted] and call us first to discuss Mr. Wright’s character and his ways of doing business. We recommend that you buy from a local jeweler where you know the people and can get some better buys than buying from [deleted] on the Internet.
|On Oct 30, 2011, mrkrbrtsn79 Philadelphia, PA wrote:
|On Oct 27, 2011, lauras67 Salem, IN wrote:
Posted on October 27, 2011, updated October 27, 2011
On October 27th, 2011, lauras67 added the following:
Update to DiMeo Blueberry Farm
Yes, my name is [deleted] and I am the wife of [deleted] and WE are real customers. My a/k/a name is [deleted], which happens to be my maiden name. I'm so glad that you were able to obtain that information from my IP address and if you would like to check again....yes, I am writing this post from a different IP address, but we are the same Mr. & Mrs. [deleted]. It certainly doesn't bother me that you disclosed our names.... we have nothing to hide and we are honest people.
I never said that not accepting credit card payments was a problem, I simply stated that it seemed odd for a business of your size.
When my husband called to place our order for 10 plants, he asked about available varieties and was instructed to mail a list of varieties with our check. He was not told that a 10 plant order was too small to request different varieties.
I do know for a fact that my husband enclosed a note that specified one each of the following varieties and listed each of them. If you do not ship small orders of ten plants that way or if you had any question about what we were requesting, you could have given us a courtesy call to clarify things before filling our order and shipping. Treating all your customers with courtesy would go a long way.
As to taking our business elsewhere.... we certainly will. We've done enough research now to know that there are many highly rated companies out there that sell high quality plants and provide excellent customer service and are happy to help growers get started.
Best of luck to you in your business.
NOTE: A lesson learned ...... I will be checking with the Better Business Bureau in the future BEFORE dealing with any mail order companies I am not familiar with. Dave's Garden is not the only place you will find complaints against DiMeo Blueberry Farm.
On Oct 27, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Oct 27, 2011 5:50 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR COMPANY RESPONSE TO ABOVE POSTER: This person is the wife of [deleted] who is actually a real customer, her full name is [deleted] a/k/a [deleted] according to her IP address. Mrs. [deleted], if you or your husband did not like the fact that we currently do not accept credit card payments then you should have not placed the order in the first place. FIRST: We just checked your order card and it simply states 10 plants and that’s exactly what we sent. You even admitted in your post that all were in good shape and quickly shipped. SECOND: We never send 10 different varieties for such a small order of just 10. Let it be known to everyone out there that if you want 10 different types with only a 10 order, then we are not the company to order from; and you will need to go to one of our competitors. I’m happy to give them the business, lots of them sure need it. THIRD: We will save both you and Mr. [deleted] some time and update you here on DG. We sent you the 10 plants. We don’t include invoices for such small orders. We don’t label for small orders unless requested to do so in writing in advance. Lastly, if you or any other future DG posters actually think that we are going to work with you after you trash us on the internet – it’s never, ever going to happen. We give Dave’s Garden posters 0% control and influence over our fair business decisions. Respectfully Mrs. [deleted], if you were really serious about starting a PYO business then you would get on plane and invest the $250 plane ticket to fly out here and learn A to Z from the best; instead of playing a guessing game with a few mail order plants.
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."
|On Oct 24, 2011, Newmusic77 Columbia, MO wrote:
On Oct 24, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Oct 24, 2011 1:07 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR COMPANY RESPONSE TO ABOVE POSTER: Mr. Bevans is actually a real customer. The plant leaves are falling off because the plants are going dormant for the winter. Common sense. If he cut the plants back properly and followed the instructions, the plants would be just fine. Mr. Bevans called our company and was calm, but he then started to make direct Dave’s Garden threats. The very second he childishly threatened to post here on Dave’s Garden, I did cut him off and said for him to not waste my time with his threats, but to go ahead and post. BOTTOM LINE: What Mr. Bevans and other past, present and future posters will eventually realize is that we will NEVER, ever reward posters like him with any kind of replacement plants just because they threaten to post bad comments on Dave’s Garden. We do what’s right and what’s fair…not because we have to, but because we always want to do the right thing. Rewarding or giving in to posters like Mr. Bevans who think they can use the “Dave’s Garden threat” as a weapon is something that will never, ever happen on my watch. The inflated and unfair words of Mr. Bevans and others, intended to be “online weapons” of financial destruction are almost instantly trumped by years of repeat customers and constant referrals from across the US and around the world. "
|On Oct 20, 2011, eastennessee Dandridge, TN wrote:
I just received my blueberry plant order from Dimeo yesterday, and as their planting suggestion paper stated, I planted them all this morning. I purchased 100 of their $1.95 sale plants. I have to say that I was not at all satisfied with at least 50% of what I received. After speaking with Mr. Dimeo on the phone before placing my order, I was expecting a lot more than I received. If your believe Dimeo you would think that the plants would at least have some roots. There were 25 plants that only had a callus ends with no roots; 25 more that had some roots, but consisted of an 8 inch twig. The other 50 I would classify as barely acceptable. When I spoke to Dimeo, he described the plants as rooted, 18" to 22" tall, super hardy varieties. I wish they were. I can only hope that my blueberry plants have as much atitude as Mr. Dimeo, in which case they will probably take over my garden and kill the rest of my plants. Needless to say, this will be the last time I purchase from this company.
On Oct 20, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Oct 24, 2011 1:18 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR COMPANY RESPONSE TO ABOVE POSTER: All the plants we sent out have nice root systems. The same exact plants we sell are the same plants that we use ourselves to pot up for retail, or to put directly in the field. You should take a ride up in the month of November and see the new fields we are planting with the same exact plants that we sold you. As for the attitude comment, I actually thought that was kind of funny -- thanks for the laugh."
|On Oct 14, 2011, betterberries Los Angeles, CA wrote:
Posted on October 11, 2011, updated October 14, 2011
On October 14th, 2011, betterberries added the following:
I have no clue where you are going with all this competitor trying to tarnish your name stuff. All I was saying was that i was trying to get feedback on what kind of plants you were selling and I was looking to DG for feedback. All i was questioning about your company was why it claims to have all these varieties and none of them are shown or listed on your site. I was hoping i could find some Stars, Rebels, and Jewels on your site but it seems to me that you don't carry them. I had my girlfriend call to question what varieties were available and she said whoever answered the phone whether it was the owner or a worker was very rude with her. Im sure it was just a misunderstanding and I am going to try and get this all sorted out this week because i am eagerly trying to get some plants
On Oct 14, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Oct 11, 2011 10:21 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR COMPANY RESPONSE TO ABOVE POSTER: First, the majority of hater "experiences" on this Dave's Garden website are totally fabricated in a pathetic attempt to try to sway some of the plant business toward our compeitors who had lots of the business all to themselves until we stepped into the online scene and impacted their business -- it's a fact. If you don't want to buy plants from us, that's fine... go buy from one of our so-called competitors who can't even come close to comparing to the 4 generations of experience that we have in this speciality plant industry. Of course most people already know this, as do our repeat customers. I guarantee that you will be buying from us in the future after you see what our competitors actually send or sell you. Second, as to our current varieties, it's totally NOT TRUE that "barely any of them are listed" on our website as the majority of them are listed on the PRODUCTS section of our website. Of course always subject to change, which is why everyone should always check our website for frequent updates. Thank you."
|On Oct 13, 2011, 300_lb_Tomato Fair Lawn, NJ wrote:
Posted on May 29, 2011, updated October 13, 2011
On March 6th, 2011, 300_lb_Tomato added the following:
Yesterday I began preparing my garden for the new berry plants as per DiMeo's instructions. My soil did need to be amended just a little bit. Luckly, the detailed planting instructions that DiMeo gave me during my plant pick-up at their farm gave me precise easy instructions on how I can quickly amend it to the perfect range preferred by the plants. This was so much easier than I thought it would be. Thanks DBF!
Next is to get the plants in the ground. They are still looking great. We had a couple of days of warm weather here in New Jersey, and the plant buds are getting ready to burst! I look foward to my next visit to DiMeo's as it was indeed a great experience. They are good people.
All my questions have been answered and the farm staff has been very nice and always helpful. I will recommend this family-run farm to anyone who wants some nice berry plants for their backyard.
On May 29th, 2011, 300_lb_Tomato added the following:
I finally got my blueberry bushes in the ground today!
Because of my teaching work schedule, I could not do it sooner. Since purchasing the 13 Duke and 13 Elliot bushes in February, the plants have come out of dormancy
and have already grown 1' in the pots! They are completely free of insect pests too.
These plants are clearly healthy, robust, now almost 5' foot plants. They have flowered, beautiful white wedding-bell type flowers and are now loaded full of big berries! When I say BIG BLUEBERRIES, I mean REALLY BIG berries. The plants have suffered absolutely no transplanting shock despite my planting on a hot 85 F sunny day.
I have never seen such healthy plants transplant so well. Okay, Dimeo's, you now have friendly berry production competition coming from Northern New Jersey, and its coming from 300_lb_Tomato!
Always a pleasure doing business with a family business like yours. Know that you are still being highly recommended to my co-workers and friends.
Good luck with this year's 2011 berry season!
On October 13th, 2011, 300_lb_Tomato added the following:
I'm very happy. What a great growing season! What incredible yields! What nice huge berries! ...Fall is upon us, leaves are starting to turn, nights are getting cold, and I am just reminiscing about my first season of growing berries from the plants I bought at this farm.
I know you are supposed to remove berries from plants in your first year of planting, so that the energy of the plant goes into root and plant growth to help the plants become established...
...But I just couldn't.
The plants were so healthy, large and robust when I purchased them, and they transplanted so well, that I made the decision that I just had to have berries my first year! Even though the farmer said it wasn't the best idea.
And yes, I had countless loads of enormous 3/4 inch diameter super sweet berries.
The plants became established so quickly and the growth was unfazed by the large yields. I can't believe the plants could have grown so much in just one season.
The trunk, and yes I use the word "trunk", on each plant had grown to larger than an inch in size at the base.
All plants are robust and upright taller than 5' feet tall, with many new larger-than-pencil-thick wood branches, which next spring are destined to produce a plethora of white flowers.
And that was just the first season. I can't wait till next year.
I definitely am going to make the pilgrimage back to this farm again next spring. They have always been helpful and answered my many questions when I needed them most.
This time going to try out blackberries and maybe some cranberries!
On Oct 13, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Mar 7, 2011 11:43 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
Thank you Joe, we value your business and thank you for your kind words. Looking foward to your next farm visit."
|On Oct 10, 2011, amymsoh Columbus, OH wrote:
Posted on October 15, 2010, updated October 10, 2011
On October 15th, 2010, amymsoh added the following:
Two more of the plants have died, so out of the 14 I bought, only 4 survived. One of those still alive is one I kept (12 of them were gifts) and is barely any larger than when I got it, about 14" in height now and it was about 12" when I got it. I can share photos with anybody that wants them to prove they had never been decent sized in the first place. I ended up buying bushes from Lowe's to replace the ones that died for those who I had gotten them for gifts, and those are all doing much better than the Dimeo farms. I also can tell you that the Garden Watchdog people have told me that the owner has been caught posting fake positive reviews in the past, which were neutralized. They catch them by looking at the IP addresses, so he has clearly caught on to this and posted them from other addresses. If you want to do someone that posts their own fake reviews, sends poor product, does not accept accountability, and then threatens to sue you if you complain, then this is your guy.
On October 10th, 2011, amymsoh added the following:
Still can't believe anybody buys from this guy. I am guessing it was because they couldn't find the reviews before they bought. With other vendors with good reviews, I don't see why anyone would bother. You might be one of the lucky ones to have an okay experience, but why gamble? I have tried numerous times to review him on Google Places but he keeps deleting his account and opening another one. The four plants that survived are all still alive, but no flowers or berries this year on any of them. Still very spindly looking compared to the replacement Lowe's bushes which did great. I bought two organic raspberry bushes last November from Backyard Berry in Indiana and what a great experience. The owner was so helpful and the bushes were large and hardy. A much much bigger box for just two of those bushes than the 14 I got from Dimeo. Those have fruited for the last couple months and are delish. I would definitely buy from them again. BTW, his threat that I hadn't heard the last of him and he would sue me was completely empty. I have not heard word one from him in the 18 months since I posted my review.
|On Sep 26, 2011, jnmclark WESTTOWN
United States wrote:
I live in Westtown, Pa and purchased 20 blueberry plants from Dimeo Blueberry Farm. The plants were healthy and taller than what I have found from local garden centers. I was running late to pick up the blueberry plants and still was accomodated by the farm to pick up late on a Saturday afternoon. Thanks for great plant and I will let you know how they do after next spring.
|On Sep 23, 2011, valleyfarmer King of Prussia, PA wrote:
I was writing to thank your Forum and other poster's like Chunx and FOP Hammonton.
On Sep 23, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Sep 25, 2011 2:48 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
|On Sep 8, 2011, BerryGoodness Stone Harbor, NJ wrote:
I purchased 25 plants from this wonderful family farm about a year ago. They turned out to be a great investment. We planted them along a fence in my backyard. I expected the plants to be only about 2’ feet tall, but when they arrived they were over 4’ feet tall. Several were actually a bit taller than 4’ feet. They were packed very well and arrived in great condition. They grew a whole 18” the first growing season. All 25 are still healthy. I encourage others to purchase plants from this farm. From the moment I contacted them they were nothing but friendly and helpful in every way.
|On Sep 6, 2011, blueberry2 Palatine, IL wrote:
Anthony was rude everytime I talked to him. I ordered 8 plants in mid-May and was told they'd ship when my check was received. They cashed my check on May 15th, and as of September 6th I still have not received the plants. I was told they would produce fruit for me this year. I left 4 messages requesting the status of my order. I was told in August that they only ship in the fall. That is basic information I should have been told when I placed the order. I would have found an alternative locally. I DO NOT recommend doing business with them. They don't care about their customers. They hide behind a 'company policy' of all sales are final. Since when do customers have no rights? Dimeo Farms is a disgrace.
On Sep 6, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Oct 11, 2011 10:42 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
We kindly advised you of the status of your order, but instead you continued to call 4 times to have us repeat ourselves again and again which was not necessary. We do care about our customers, and we don't hide behind a company policy, but yes our sales are final and that's a public fact. Common sense should also tell you that we did not ship the plants once the weather got hot because the plants would not ship well or transplant well, thus we held the order for a suitable shipping time; in the best interest of the customer as well as the plants. Thank you."
|On Aug 14, 2011, dmularz Edison, NJ wrote:
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS COMPANY WAS EXCELLENT. THANK YOU.
|On Aug 13, 2011, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:
Posted on March 15, 2011, updated August 13, 2011
On March 15th, 2011, chunx added the following:
Thank you, Mr. Dimeo for just proving my point and verifying everything I stated. I couldn't have personally handed you a shovel to bury yourself any deeper.
On August 13th, 2011, chunx added the following:
Well Mr. Dimeo, I see you're still quite busy planting shills to boost your ratings and some of them got caught again. I also challenge you to hold me accountable for anything I've posted and sue me. Possibly it will turn out like your other well publicized lawsuit which you lost. It's really not wise to threaten people especially when it can be proven that your positive ratings are mostly false.
Care to take this person on (me) whom is not afraid of you and would be able to expose you for the fraud which you are? I'll be waiting but I won't be holding my breath.
On Aug 13, 2011, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
"On Mar 15, 2011 6:08 PM, Dimeo Blueberry Farms responded with:
OUR FARM RESPONSE TO ABOVE POSTER: We do in fact already have a stellar reputation proven by the many years of repeat business, almost constant referrals and countless satisfied customers (list available upon request). This poster “chunx” has made TOTALLY FALSE accusations that he is unable to prove. BOTTOM LINE: Our DG haters can’t stand when our REAL customers give us any kind of praise. It really “strikes a nerve” with them for some strange reason - just as it did with poster “chunx.” We don’t have to “pump up or boost our ratings” on Dave’s Garden, of all places. Our REAL customers know the quality of our plants. OUR ADVICE: If anyone doubts, then just make an appointment now and physically come to visit our farm-nursery to see for yourself. As many will tell you “Don’t believe the “childish haters” and “DBF competitors in disguise” here on Dave’s Garden.” What they fail to realize is that everyone can see how hard they try to constantly trash us here on DG. The truth always comes to light and we shall uncover (of course not all) but many of you and hold you fully accountable for all this libel you are posting."
|On Aug 13, 2011, FOPhammontonTWN wrote:
THIS IS NOT A FAMILY FARM! it is only run by Anthony DiMeo III, who is using his deceased grandfather in the logo design to make it look like it was the same farm as his grandfather had, as well as posting video of other farms to make it look like his own! Even as a friend of the family, I know his grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave knowing about all the harassment and abuse he causes his family and customers, giving the rest of the family a BAD NAME since he is calling it a "family farm". I noticed on here that he even signs something as "M. DiMeo"! Like I said, as a friend of the family, the only M. DiMeo I know is Mildred DiMeo (the grandmother) and the poor woman has Alzheimer's and is incapable of even using the Internet or a computer for that matter! He farms on land that isn't even in his name and REFUSES to leave or even pay rent for the farm and living!! No wonder he acts like he's a rich snob that doesn't have the time of day for anyone (multiple opinions). All in all, this matter is under close investigation.