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Cummins Nursery

Mailing Address:
1408 Trumansburg Rd,
Ithaca, New York 14456 (United States)

Phone: (607) 592-2801

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Positive NarrowWayFarm
Brookville, OH
(16 reviews)
April 1, 2020
I ordered 15 OhxF97 and 15 OhxF87 pear rootstock from Cummins this year. It was my first time ordering from them. When the root stock didn't arrived at the time that I expected it to, I emailed the company. They responded the next day to let me know that my order was on the way. It arrived in a reasonable amount of time (especially considering the fact that the half of the country is shut down due to COVID1-19). The root stock looked healthy and it was well packaged. I am happy with what I got and with their customer service. I would order from them again.
Positive BG_Garden
Bowling Green, KY
(2 reviews)
May 1, 2019
I received two Enterprise apple trees from Cummins Nursery. They arrived on time and were well packed. The were the lower grades ("whips"), so no branches, but they were sturdy.

I planted them and ... gosh have they done well! Very vigorous growth. I have ordered apples from two other nurseries in the past and Cummins easily had the healthiest trees.
Positive happyroots
Averill Park, NY
(4 reviews)
April 24, 2018
Posted on January 15, 2018, updated April 25, 2018
Posted on September 5, 2017, updated January 15, 2018
Posted on February 24, 2017, updated September 5, 2017
On February 22, 2017 I was sent an email telling me that the Bubblegum plum tree I ordered and paid for in advance would not be available because of an inventory error. This “error” appears to have occurred in cherry trees as well, according to another reviewer. It is readily apparent that this company is having problems. I have ordered from them in the past when the elder owner ran the company and I received good customer service and answers to my questions. Obviously, somebody else is running the business, as I no longer get replies to emails and now they are experiencing widespread business problems.

Checking your inventory this late in the season is not acceptable. A customer will not be able to find an exact replacement from another vendor at this time of the year. All of the companies have their orders and are already shipping. Furthermore, having to split an order between vendors at least doubles the price because of shipping costs.

I was also put-off by the suggestion that I substitute another plant for the plum tree. What a clever way to sell excess stock that nobody wants.

I have experienced problems like this with the big companies that contract out to growers for trees, but never from an independent nursery. When I placed my order I was ready to submit an order from Stark Brothers (who messed up an order years ago), but changed my mind and stuck to an independent. I see that was a mistake. I almost canceled my entire order, but kept my cool. There is always next year… to find a better company.

Saying that I am extremely disappointed with this company would be an understatement.

On September 5th, 2017, happyroots added the following:

Updated August 2017: Cummins Nursery made good on their mistake and I am satisfied with the resolution. The refund was very late in arriving and I was told the reason was that a set of refund checks were lost in the mail. They went above their responsibility and will also send me the plum tree I did not get in the spring of 2018. I will keep my rating as it was when I posted the original review; however, I will consider ordering from them again in the future. My recommendation is that if they need to pad-up plants from another nursery to make their orders, that they have an iron-clad agreement. No nursery in the south can be trusted to meet orders for northern growers because they always fill southern orders first and if there are any plants left, then they fill Northern orders. Somebody always gets shorted in the North. This year it was them, and hence, their customers. A vendor is only as reliable as the least reliable vendor in the chain. I wish them the best in the future.
On January 15th, 2018, happyroots changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Updated 1/15/2018: Updated to positive because the company is doing their best to make good on a mistake and then some. I ordered another tree from them recently because they bent over backwards to resolve my issue.
In-general, their trees are good. No nursery is perfect. Some plants simply die in storage, but look alive. There isn't a nursery I have ordered from where that has not happened. A good way to tell is if the tree begins to leaf out a bit and then stops abruptly. Trees will leaf out from the moisture in the trunk, even if the roots are dead. Most of their trees live, but statistics is always there and I have had a couple not make it. That percentage is low.
In regards to size, they list different caliper sizes to buy. If you want a bigger tree, then order a bigger tree.
A few years ago I planted two peach trees from a local nursery where they buy from wholesalers. The trees were large, but there were barely any roots in the ball. (I always break the balls open to see what I "really" bought.) None of them are dug up with their native soil. In order to keep the trees alive, I had to cut all of the side branches off and then hold my breath. They did make it, surprisingly. Fearing that they would not make it through the winter, I ordered a peach tree from Cummings for the next Spring. Their tree was 1/4 the size of the ones I bought from the local nursery, who re-sold wholesale trees like Lowes and Home Depot. In 2017 all three trees had peaches for their first time. The tree from Cummins is also larger than the other two now. To be fair, I probably purchased the peach tree from Cummins with rootstock that was not dwarf. The other two have unknown rootstock.
The moral to the story is that initial tree size is not critical. The roots are. If you get a bad one then follow up with that company and be sure that you are taken care of. In the long run it will help their business if they do.
Happy planting!

On April 24th, 2018, happyroots added the following:

Updated 4/24/2018: I ordered two more trees this year and all arrived in really great shape. The company also sent me the Toka (Bubble Gum Plum) I had ordered last year when they experienced an inventory problem with their vendor. Cummins Nursery really went the extra distance to be sure I was taken care of and was a happy customer. That is rare these days.
To the guy with the check problem; I ran into a similar experience with a grape vine vendor two years ago because that was their only means of accepting payments. Checks are problematic. I pay for my orders at Cummins Nursery using the link on Cummins' website where I can pay through PayPal using a credit card. It works much better and if you order an extra tree late, like I did recently, they can get your tree out the door quickly that way. I ordered a tree on a Friday and had it in the ground on Tuesday!
Negative rayerne
Newfane, VT
(4 reviews)
January 5, 2018
Posted on January 5, 2018, updated January 5, 2018
Posted on July 9, 2014, updated January 5, 2018
Super awesome customer service so far. Five stars. I was so encouraged I went ahead and ordered more and I'll be keeping an eye on their tempting product list as it grows. After I go through their spring catalog my orchard will have officially run out of space because they have so much cool stuff!
On January 5th, 2018, rayerne changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I have purchased a good deal from Cummins and I did have some success with their trees. Their customer service was ample and tress good-sized, but for years now I've run into the same problem where they say I did not pay for an order but I have made it a habit to send a check in at the same time of placing an order. So I am discontinuing ordering from them since I have mistrust in the accounting. As nice as the variety of choices was, I will be relying on local nurseries from now on as I can be sure that I walk out with everything I paid for right there and then instead of playing games with recordkeeping.
On January 5th, 2018, rayerne changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:

Positive reliah
Duck, WV
(1 review)
December 1, 2017
Ordered four trees for spring of 2017 planting and received.
Three of the four hit the soil running but the fourth tree was weak in growth from the start, then died (loving care).
The other trees are the best !
I contacted Cummins for a replacement and I just received a great tree at no cost. I planted the same day. It is the end of November so everything is dormant .
No matter the outcome I am more than happy, thanks Cummins nursery, great trees, great service.
Positive Ambull
Honesdale, PA
(3 reviews)
May 5, 2017
I bought 10 Asian pear trees from Cummins. I pre-ordered them in the fall and they shipped out in April. All the trees arrived healthy. I planted them immediately, and within a couple weeks all of them were leafing out. One of them is actually blooming 3 weeks after planting. These trees are so vigorous that I will probably start getting pears next year.
Neutral eusriso
Lynchburg, VA
(3 reviews)
February 27, 2017
Posted on February 22, 2017, updated February 28, 2017
Posted on April 16, 2016, updated February 22, 2017
I enjoy growing vegetables and have recently gotten into fruit trees. I have tried fruit trees previously, Lowes Apples trees and a few mail order with little luck. About 5 years ago I got a peach tree to grow and was hooked.

I decided this year to try and start some better varieties peaches/apples and plum than you can get at local box stores. Cummins has a good reputation and they use Geneva rootstock which I wanted to try so I decided to order from them this year.

There web site is not fancy, but is functional. They have the same varieties of apples with different rootstock which I really liked. I ordered early - I think in September. You do not pay until one - two months before your trees ship which in this case was in March.

The Apple trees I received were great along with the Plum Trees. You get a long stick with roots. The roots were very extensive which is what is important. They come wrapped in newspaper which was still moist when I received the trees. I received the trees they day after they shipped (New York to Virginia). I was happy with the size of the trees and so far they are budding and growing vigorously.

The peach trees are a different story. They looked small to me, I was not impressed with grafts on the rootstock. They are growing but not vigorously. To be fair they are growing but they almost looked distressed. Anyway I will give them tender loving care and hopefully they will survive.

Cummins "thing" appears to be apples and I can recommend them for apples and plums. For peaches there selection is limited and the trees are not impressive when you receive them. I will likely try ACN due to the better selection of peaches next year.

I called Cummins several times and they answered all of my questions professionally.
On February 22nd, 2017, eusriso changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

Evidently Dave's Garden will not let me submit two separate reviews. I ordered in 2016 and had a very positive experience with Cummins which I posted as a positive review. In the Fall of 2016 I ordered 3 trees from them, 2 cherry's and 1 apple tree. I get an e-mail today, February 22nd saying due to an inventory error my cherry trees are unavailable. When I ordered there inventory show 90 plus trees available for each variety. So now it is the end of February, no cherry trees and unlikely to get the varieties/root stock I want for 2017 from another vendor. I find it hard to believe that they hand an inventory error on both varieties and it took 4 months to catch .... No offer to make this right in any way. I will not deal with them again.
On February 27th, 2017, eusriso changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

So after posting my last update, I was contacted by Steve Cummins with an explanation on my "inventory error". Steve explained that they had crop failure and had a commitment from another nursery to source the trees. The other nursery backed out of there commitment thus no trees. I am still without trees but will accept there explanation and move on. Rating changed to neutral.
Neutral shorowitz24
Crozet, VA
(2 reviews)
March 17, 2016
Posted on March 16, 2016, updated March 17, 2016
Based on all the positive reviews, I placed my first order with Cummins for $1000.00 in November, 2015 for 50 trees. I paid for them in full in December, 2015. One day before they were supposed to ship (mid-March, 2016), they sent me an email telling me that 20% of my order was not available. The time to plant, here, is NOW, and I am scrambling to fill out the rest of my order, which I probably could have done at my leisure in January or February. Their inventory control system said there was sufficient stock in November. I wonder what happened to it?
On March 17th, 2016, shorowitz24 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Cummins Customer Service really is TERRIFIC! I posted my original (negative) review late yesterday night. They telephoned me this morning after they read my email to them. After apologizing for their new inventory control system, which was not able to give them (and me) sufficient warning about the lack of inventory for my order, they issued me a larger (volume) discount
than I was entitled to. That was very nice of them and I know that they are sorry for the problem caused by their short notice regarding the deficit in my order (the remainder of which is being delivered today).
Positive DEEJOA
Linden, TN
(3 reviews)
June 9, 2015
This is the third year that I have purchased from Cummins Nursery, and I have found them to have quality trees and exceptional customer service. Although their guarantee is simple and does not over-promise, I have found that they stand behind their commitment to provide healthy trees and, in the end, they over-deliver.

I have interacted with several staff members, all prompt and courteous. As new orchardists, my husband and I were not easy customers; we asked lists of questions and changed our order multiple times. Cummins staff were patient and taught us much about disease resistance and rootstocks. Although they do not make a big deal of it, Cummins Nursery is backed by the professional expertise of Dr. James Cummins, who spent years helping to develop the Geneva rootstocks at Cornell University. I sense that Cummins' goal is not just to sell trees, but to improve orchard science. They invest in customer education not only by answering questions, but by providing a list of recommended books. We bought one--The Apple Grower, by Michael Phillips--and found it worth the buy.

Their website is not flashy, but I appreciate being able to view actual inventory with rootstock identified. (The packing slip also identifies rootstocks, which I find helpful). Cummins does not mail me glossy catalogs, but they have put their effort into producing what I think matters more...healthy trees and satisfied customers.

Positive MrsG47
Newport, RI,
United States
(3 reviews)
May 13, 2014
I have a small, private orchard of now, thirty trees. I placed my first order this spring (2014) with Cummins. My order was for two 'Calville Blanc d'Hiver' apple trees. They are superb! The root systems were very large and the trees were branched and very sturdy. I couldn't be more pleased. All was right on time and packed very well.
Positive becker99
North Spearfish, SD
(4 reviews)
July 5, 2013
I have ordered fruit trees from Cummins yearly for the past 5 years, and have been very pleased each time. Each tree has leafed out and done fine. The staff is very accomodating and knowledgeable. Excellent packaging. Their selection of varieties is large, and the website provides lots of information. I will order from them again.
Positive mcooperbees
Starkville, MS
(3 reviews)
March 19, 2013
I ordered several m7 and Geneva 11 rootstock from cummins nursery. When I called they were very friendly and helpful. They are arguably the most knowledgable fruit nursery I've dealt with. The rootstocks shipped promptly and arrived in good condition. I will order from them again without hesitation.
Positive kneswick
Darien, IL
(1 review)
October 31, 2012
I ordered 39 trees (peach, apple, pear, plum, appricot, cherry) from Cummins Nursery and only one tree did not leaf out; I thought that was pretty impressive. The trees came in excellent condition, huge roots and large caliper. I will be ordering more trees this year; in fact, I have some on "hold" right now until I complete my order. I don't know what I want to order completely yet. My husband was impressed to with the stock and we order a lot of trees and he's not easy to impress. So their website isn't spectacular, who cares, but their trees definitely are!
Negative augenwink
Spokane, WA
(8 reviews)
May 1, 2012
Posted on May 1, 2012, updated May 1, 2012
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated May 1, 2012
Professionals or knowledgeable amateurs should have no hesitation dealing with any of the staff at this nursery. If you know exactly what you want and confirm its availability, then you should have few problems as well. Otherwise, deal with Dr. Cummins directly to resolve your general, vague, or doubtful notions/issues. Other staff members tend to be a little arrogant in dealing with customers with general notions and imperfect knowledge of what they want and what this nursery offers. You cannot depend on the website either. This nursery perhaps has the worst website on the net: poorly organized, graphically challenged, contradictory, incomplete, and geared (again) to professionals and sophisticated amateurs. Product quality is uneven: side grafts that arc several inches off center and take 6-9 inches to grow vertical again, sparsely developed root balls, powdery-coated stems resembling fungus, numerous dead-looking buds, and minimal stem diameter. I have seen better looking stock at Home Depot and a lot cheaper.. This nursery does have a great selection of rootstocks and varietals. If you have minimal demands/specs you can probably do better elsewhere. If you want a modest quantity of any one item you may meet their minimum requirement and can get (at some point of time) just about any rootstock/variety they have available either as a regular graft or as a budded graft in a range of ages. If you want one tree or one each of several, your options may be more limited. Shipping charges may seem strange ($35 regardless) but is understandable when you remember their bias toward seasoned customers: the more you order the less cost per unit until shipping is practically a non-factor. Personally, I would deal with this nursery again only as a last resort.
On May 1st, 2012, augenwink added the following:

UPDATE: Overall, a WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. Three of the five trees did not live through the first year; none of the trees produced any new branches during the first season. Of the two that overlived the season, one has about four new sprouts at the very base of the tree; the other shows more branch sprouts but with large bare gaps along the stem. So, one of the five will probably make a decent tree with considerable luck in inducing some more buds to sprout branches; a second one is starting over close to a benchgraft stage instead of a three-year old tree; three are dead.
I purchased replacement trees from MAPLE VALLEY ORCHARDS (WI) and have had just the opposite experience: straight grafts, straight stems, lots of live buds over length of stem (and sprouting after two weeks in the ground), and super customer relations. I have ordered other apple varieties from BIG HORSE CREEK FARMig Horse Creek Farm for fall delivery and if their trees match their customer relations and their website depictions, I should be able to report similarly good results next spring
On May 1st, 2012, augenwink added the following:

Excuse the keyboard glitch. I needed only to erase the duplicate name of second nursery and to indicate it was in NC before the computer misinterpreted a keystroke as "finished".
Positive ErnstJanL
Poultney, VT
(1 review)
April 29, 2012
- BEST root masses (with lots of rootlets) I've ever seen on bare-root stock, and I am no spring chicken- I've ordered from a LOT of places over the years. These blew everyone else's away!
-They had all the varieties of apple I wanted, plus some pear and cherry trees.
-I was impressed with the caliper of the trees.
- Very good communication/advice from them prior to ordering.
- All the trees are busy leafing out right now!

Will DEFINITELY be ordering from them again (as soon as I figure out what else I 'need'! ).
Positive PinetopPlanter
Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a)
(24 reviews)
April 18, 2012
I ordered two apples and a pear tree from this company; which, with shipping, was about $115 and change. All three were hard to find varieties -- the pear I hadn't even heard of, but was sold on by their description. I did not expect the trees to be the size of top-heavy, bottom(root)-light Home Depot or Lowe's fruit trees.

Communication was terrific. Confirmation e-mails, then an e-mail that it was planting time, and when would I like my trees. They were delivered extremely well packed, promptly, and the quality was, honestly, the best I have ever seen in fruit trees. Bud break was just commencing on one of the apples; the other two were still safely dormant. The tops were not thin or scrawny, as I feared, but were nicely feathered and of a good caliper. Most impressive were the root systems on all three . . . easily twice the size of any fruit tree I've ever bought from anyone, with plenty of feeder roots, all intact.

Although one has to pay a "broken bundle fee" of $2.00 if buying less than 5 trees of a variety, I think the cost (actually all of their charges) is worth it, given the quality of their trees.

If I can find room for more trees next year, I will order from them again.
Positive TA152H
Stony Point, NY
(10 reviews)
April 3, 2012
In my opinion, this is the best nursery I've bought from. Their trees are excellent, always. I have ordered probably 20 trees total from them, and they are always excellent to the point that I wonder why I buy from anyone else (which is only because of varieties available).

The only negatives about this company is they run out of trees earlier than others, and that's probably because they are so good, everyone wants them.

There are some good tree sellers out there, for sure, but these guys never disappoint and are on the top of my list.
Positive gourdobean
Minden, NV (Zone 5a)
(14 reviews)
February 2, 2012
I ordered and planted 21 apple, plum, cherry and apricot trees last spring. The bare root trees were beautiful with substantial root systems that gave us a workout getting the holes large enough. I have no idea how they managed to get all those roots in the package without breaking a one. The trees grew without pause and show every promise of healthy growth this spring. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take your time making your order. If I had to do again I would order smaller unbranched stock so I could have more control over shaping. In my lifetime of gardening I have never been more pleased with a nursery. Now all that's needed is cooperation from our fickle Nevada weather and we just might get a piece of fruit...eventually.
Kachina Village, AZ
(7 reviews)
January 16, 2012
I had such a good experience, esspecially in picking out my trees- I live in a very odd 5a zone with cold/heat/drought. Was given prompt responses too. Also my husband "surprised" me by having someone come in and weed wack the garden- girdling 2 trees. I contacted Cummins to see what I could do and they were prompt in their reply, which will ensure a long time customer! Also all 8 of the trees that I planted did great, even the one my dog chewed off the top third of. Super healthy happy trees
Positive goodgrowing
Dexter, MO
(4 reviews)
December 17, 2011
Last year I ordered peaches, plums and apricots, three of each. I had lots of questions on which varieties to select and the staff couldn't have been more helpful both by phone and email. The trees came when I requested them and were beautifully packed. Later they contacted me about a problem with the apricot trees that was identified after they had been sent. Cummins offered to replace or reimburse. These folks give exceptional customer service and sell exceptional trees.
Positive Janna
Mahwah, NJ (Zone 6a)
(28 reviews)
October 29, 2011
Great customer service and great experience. The trees I ordered from them grow nicely. They were very helpful in resolving the issue I had with 2 trees, and very generous. Pleasure to deal with.
Positive Feste79
(3 reviews)
September 4, 2011
Wonderful experience from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Cummins. I have three wonderful trees that I've gotten from them and I'll be getting more next spring. They have a wonderful assortment of varieties with great many rootstock options.
Positive RLPearce
Maupin, OR
(2 reviews)
February 28, 2011
When I recently contacted Cummins Nursery about a single snow apple tree shown on their inventory, the person I talked to said that since it was the last one, it might not be as good a quality as he would like, so he'd rather not sell it to me. Instead, he referred me to Trees of Antiquity (Great people!) where I did purchase the tree. (Please see my review for them too!) A business looking after MY interests by NOT wanting to sell me something they felt I might not be happy with is refreshing, encouraging, and says a lot about those people and their business. If I lived closer, they'd be getting some of my business for sure.
Positive AxillaryBud
Thousand Oaks, CA
(8 reviews)
February 16, 2011
Just another member of the "Amen" chorus, especially about Dr. James Cummins himself. Honored Cornell professor, a full life of teaching, research and grower experience and--best of all--willing to share that wealth of knowledge with his customers. I've developed a sizeable rare and heirloom fruit orchard and vineyard behind my California home and he's been a great help over the years. He's kept me from making some big mistakes, helped solved some pathogenic problems I had, and suggested some wonderful heirloom apple and pear varieties that I wasn't aware of. And we love the Cornell "Geneva" rootstocks which are almost impossible to find anywhere but Cummins (in the mail order world at least). The G11's and G16's are working beautifully for us. Can't speak about Cummins stone fruits (shipping to California prohibited) but the selection and quality of Cummins pome fruits are exceptional. And they will, no doubt, stay that way, because Cummins is a family business.
Positive treesmoocher
Spencer, WV
(9 reviews)
February 7, 2011
I ordered three dwarf apples, a standard and two semidwarf pears, and a sour cherry from Cummins two years ago. I kinda wanted to wait and see how they did before posting my review--once I had a pear that did very well for years, and then it finally fruited and I discovered I had an ornamental variety. By then there was nothing I could do about it. But now I think I should put in my post before I forget things, and I can always put a note below if they turn out not to be as advertised when they fruit.
I had a lot of questions. I don't like the phone, but had a long, detailed exchange of e-mails with Dr Cummins about which varieties and rootstocks would be best for my conditions and organic proclivities--as others have commented, these guys are not stingy about sharing their expertise with even "little" customers! My trees arrived without problems and I planted them. All took, all are still alive. Last spring, a year after planting, two of the apples had a few flowers, although they didn't succeed in settitng fruit. The apples have grown well, the cherry not well but I think that's because I decided it needed a central leader style and pruned it severely soon after planting. The pears haven't grown much either, which I attribute to the fact that all I have given them in the way of fertilizer is a very small amount of compost, due to fear of fire blight. This year I am going to be braver and give them more as I've decided they have never shown any sign of fire blight. They've had black spots on the leaves in mid to late summer, but I think that's just the same leaf spot that bothers the native persimmons. If I had room for more fruit trees, I would order them from Cummins.
Positive orchardbook
Colorado Springs, CO
(1 review)
January 24, 2011
For the last few years we have gotten most of our trees from Cummins. If they cannot provide it, they will find it or send you to another provider. If there is a crop failure, they try their best to offer a replacement. They have been extremely helpful with hard growing areas, and share their considerable knowledge freely as to the best trees and rootstocks for your situation.. Shop with confidence.
Positive BBrandon77
Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a)
(17 reviews)
November 29, 2010
I've ordered from Cummins Nursery twice. Both times, I've experienced a good selection, helpful customer service, knowledgeable advise, reasonably good packaging (plants could be a little better secured in the box), and good quality plants. Some of the plants (both tops and rootstocks) were a little banged up, but not any worse than I see from most other nurseries. Overall, I'm very satisfied with Cummins and will likely order from them again.
Positive Thunkthoughtless
Correll, MN (Zone 4a)
(6 reviews)
April 29, 2010
Ordered Spitzenburg apples from Cummins & received them today.

Excellent root structure, excellent branch form & structure. Far, far better quality than that received from other sources. Great packaging, also.

Stop at Cummins first, and if they have it, don't bother looking elsewhere.

Customer service was great, with excellent communication.
Positive Carolsflowers
Brunswick, MO (Zone 5a)
(8 reviews)
April 26, 2010
Great company with a large selection and a choice of rootstocks. Friendly staff. Great quality. I will do business with this company in the future.
Positive gfm
Melrose, MA
(13 reviews)
March 30, 2010
I placed a very small 2 tree order with Cummins this past fall for receipt this spring. Their customer service has been excellent, taking the time to respond in depth to questions from someone who is not giving them very much business. The trees came well packaged, with strong root systems and in excellent shape. I could not be more pleased and intend to place a much larger order next year.
Positive cincihort
Cincinnati, OH
(2 reviews)
March 17, 2010
I ordered some rootstocks for a fruit crops class's grafting lab. Cummins' people worked with me carefully to assure that we had them for the dates we needed. They arrived in time, in great condition. It was especially nice to see that they would send a relatively small order since I think they prefer wholesale customers. They were a pleasure to work with and I would definitely order from them again.
Positive Misterbaby
(7 reviews)
May 2, 2009
I ordered 20 different varieties of apples from this nursery last fall, and received them timely this spring. I had a 100% transplant success rate and all the plants look healthy and vigorous, some even blooming straight away. Their selection of scions and rootstocks may be the broadest in the retail industry. While their website is still a little clumsy, these folks will work closely with you to assure you get exactly what you want. They are knowledgeable and skillful, but also quite busy. So be patient when working with them, and you'll be pleased in the end game.
Positive ecoman1
Independence, KY (Zone 6b)
(3 reviews)
May 2, 2009
I am brand new to orchardry and needed guidance. I called, they answered, and were extremely helpful. I ordered four cherry trees and two apple trees in January 2009. The trees arrived the third week of March, optimum time for planting here. Five weeks later, the trees are vibrant and beautiful. I wish I had also ordered my peach trees from Cummins rather than getting ripped off by White River Souce.
Positive WoodlandGardener
King George, VA
(2 reviews)
April 15, 2009
I ordered an apple, apricot, two sweet cherries and a pear from Cummins Nursery in two separate orders. I called them to confirm availability since I was ordering late in the season. I talked to two different people. Both were tremendously helpful and knowledgeable. They even chose specimens based on how I planned to prune them. They shipped each order on the day I called them and the trees arrived about 3 days later. The trees were healthy and arrived in perfect condition due to the excellent packaging and use of UPS. They carry a huge variety of fruit trees and can help you pick the best for your circumstance. Great people, great trees!
Positive bernie3
Spearfish, SD
(6 reviews)
June 4, 2008
This was my first order with Cummins, and I was very pleased. I order a sweet cherry, a plum, and a pear. The trees were of nice size and well budded. They took off well after planting. Safely packaged as well.
The folks at Cummins are extremely helpful and knowledgable. When you call or e-mail them you are going to be talking to someone who knows fruit trees thoroughly.
Positive DigMontana
Libby, MT (Zone 4b)
(4 reviews)
May 5, 2008
I recieved my grape vines without any problems. They were in great shape and had excellent roots.

When I placed my first order, the email messed up, so Steve called me on his cell phone while he was on the road. He even made a suggestion for me when I told him what I was looking for in my grapes. I was given a shipping date and asked if it was the date I wanted. I was concerned about all the frosty mornings and he assured me it would be okay to plant. I thought the service was great and the grape vines healthy. I would order again from this company.
Positive IanB
Boulder, CO
(3 reviews)
April 26, 2008
I ordered three apples, two plums and a pear from Cummins this winter; they arrived a few weeks ago, in great shape, and are now budding out. I'd actually changed the order twice on them, and they were always completely accommodating. The trees were perhaps a little smaller than those I've gotten from other companies, but they informed me in advance of what I'd be getting and the size was reflected in the price. They have a fantastic selection of trees on many different rootstocks. A great business.
Positive figtree1955
Dahlonega, GA
(1 review)
October 5, 2007
gosh this has to be one of the best places to buy apple pear plum and peach trees. i dont know how they do it but they have some of the best prices on grafted trees. also the lady i have talked to on the phone went way out of her way to make feel like they appreciated my small order. i am reordering again this year!!! greatest nursery!! i put it up there with bear creek nursery that use to be another great nursery untill it closed down ricky poore
Positive scottfsmith
Baltimore, MD
(15 reviews)
August 6, 2007
Cummins Nursery is a rare gem. How many nurseries have a phone answered by one of the top apple men in the whole country? Jim Cummins gives some priceless advice along with the order. I have ordered quite a few trees from them over the years and the quality has been uniformly high and the prices very reasonable. They have one of the most interesting variety selections in the country as well. You do need to get your order in early or the varieties you want may sell out. They are also a bit disorganized sometime about the orders, it is a family business and everyone is very busy with lots of other things besides orders. They have always done their best to correct the few mistakes they have made, and overall I am a very happy customer.
Positive jjberman
Colorado Springs, CO
(2 reviews)
May 21, 2007
Being a novice tree grower, I was thrilled to find Cummins Nursery & Dr Cummins. Their impressive credentials are invaluable to a person just starting out. I know they saved me from serious mistakes and their knowledge of genetics got me the best choices in apple trees for my area , which might be the difference between the trees making it or not, here in Colorado. The trees arrived in good condition, and I will be ordering more plants from these folks next year.
Many Thanks!
Julie Berman

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