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|On Feb 12, 2013, BabyBlue8 Comstock Park, MI wrote:
I placed my order with True Vine Ranch last year for fall planting. Therefor, right after I planted the two plants I ordered ( duke and liberty), they went dormant for the winter so I haven't gotten to experience the fruit or the foliage yet. I am really excited to see how they look in full bloom this spring and summer though. Upon arrival, my plants were in perfect condition. Both were in well moistened soil and came with by detailed growing instructions as indicated at their web site. They were a tad shorter than I had expected. The duke was just four feet tall and the liberty was 3'10.5" . The web site indicated that they would be 4-5 feet tall for the four to five year old plants. I'm not worried though. I'm sure that's not going to make a difference in the deliciousness or productivity of the plants ;) it is definitely a good idea to shop around when ordering plants. At true vine ranch, you may feel like your paying a higher price for your plant, but shipping is free ( as long as you order a certain number of plants) my plants were fifty dollars each and I only had to order two to get free fed ex shipping. At other nurseries/farms, you may pay a slightly lower price for your plant, but a rather high price for shipping. So, it sort of evens out. Now... Here lies the difference ( I hope) as I said earlier, I haven't had the wonderful experience yet of tasting my plants "goods" because I just planted them this past fall, but from what I hear, the quality of true vines plants exceeds that of their competitors. I'll repost when I see and taste the difference come spring/summer. I'll also rate true vine ranch either positive or negative at that time... I didn't feel I could make a fair rating at this time since I haven't actually been able to see what my plants going to do yet. That's why I chose neutral for now. The ordering experience itself went well though. They were very polite, prompt and timely. I would also like to add that I have tried my luck with little plants I've picked up from garden centers in local stores and they have died every time ( and produced very scant amounts of fruit) and yes... I followed the growing instructions and had the proper ph soil. So, I'm hoping that the plants I got from true vine ranch are better quality plants and will produce much fruit for years to come. I intend to order more plants if I have a successful summer with the ones I already have... I'll keep everyone posted on my experience.