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Positive stdno2man
(4 reviews)
On Jan 30, 2012, stdno2man Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

I have a 4 acre fruit tree and nut orchard. I ordered approximately $500 back in October 2011. Each time I called I received good customer service and was told when the trees would be available. In Jan it was very warm so I decided rather than wait I would drive the 100 miles down to pick up the trees. I called first and they said my order would be ready. When I got there they got everything together for me. The trees were in outstanding condition. Moreover I enjoyed speaking with the male who I think owns the place. He was very helpful and very friendly. I ended up purchasing and additional $400 worth of trees. I normally only purchase trees through Johnson Nursery in Ellijay whom I am very fond of and very pleased with. However since this nursery is closer I will definitely be doing my business here.

Positive jimfrankmartin
(9 reviews)
On Jan 26, 2012, jimfrankmartin Scott, LA wrote:

In early January 2012 I ordered one seedless Concord grape, one Ison black self fertile muscadine, one Tiftblue and one other blueberry from Ison's. The plants arrived healthy, clean and correctly and clearly labeled. The growth on each
plant was vigorous and impressive. The root systems on each plant were breathtaking. I wonder how such a thick, dense substantial root system could grow so quickly on plants so small and young. These folks clearly know how to develop roots in the young nursery stock they sell. I found myself impressed that they included separate planting instructions for each species of plant. I will later this year post a progress report on the growth of these clearly superior plants from a conscientious and highly professional firm.

Positive rich1955
(1 review)
On Jan 25, 2012, rich1955 Buna, TX wrote:

Made an order online one night....the next morn called and made some changes, after I hung the phone...I thought... that was to easy, and expected some glich in my received know what I'm talking about. " Didn't happen ". They were willing, friendly, fast, an efficient.....and the packaging was excellant, no skimp, you can tell they are in it to do a good job. My compliments.

Positive patrickb
(1 review)
On Jan 22, 2012, patrickb Atlanta, GA wrote:

My wife and I made our first trip to Ison's this past Saturday. We purchased two "instant orchard" apple trees, a couple blueberry bushes, three raspberry bushes, and a bundle of 25 strawberry plugs. We live in Atlanta and did some research on the internet for fruit nurseries within an hours drive. I found an article about the Georgia Organics fruit tree sale in 2010 and figured if Georgia Organics sold Ison's trees they would probably be a good choice. Our experience was fantastic. I had ordered the trees earlier in the year (10% discount for early orders - I think it was October), and they called me this past week to let me know everything was ready to be picked up. When we arrived the staff was very friendly. They helped load everything in our car, gave us information about the plants, and applied the 10% discount to a number of other plants that we added on to our order. The woman that rung us up also gave us a free pack of Tree Saver because she forgot to add it to our order. All of the plants look healthy and very much alive. There were a few broken limbs on the apple trees, but they had to be pruned anyway. Obviously I can't comment on plants that are shipped through the mail, but if you live in Atlanta and don't mind a short road trip south (near Peachtree City) this is a great place to get fruit trees, fruit bushes, etc.

Positive ruthie20111
(1 review)
On Mar 29, 2011, ruthie20111 Menlo, GA wrote:

I have never had a problem with Ison, great plants, so I have to give Ison a AAA plus, you don't get that service just anywhere.

Positive gopals
(7 reviews)
On Mar 25, 2011, gopals Sidney, TX wrote:

Very good experiences with this company so far. Their variety selection for the South East and Deep South is excellent. All the trees and vines I've ordered have been robust with excellent root systems and healthy stems. Everything seems solid. Pretty good prices and the trees got here fast. Very highly recommended.

Positive mar9lina
(1 review)
On Jan 7, 2011, mar9lina Panama City, FL wrote:

I recently received an order from Ison's for Blackberries, Raspberries, and a 2 year plus Muscadine. The Blackberries and Raspberries were in good shape and had a few extras of each. The Muscadine seemed to be in good shape but much smaller than advertised. I contacted them to let them know. They immediately (within days over Christmas Holidays) shipped me a new much bigger vine and told me I could keep the smaller one as well. I am very satisfied with Ison's and will definitely order from them again.

Negative sssperry
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2011, sssperry Marietta, NC wrote:

Been gardening 40 years. Isons the worst experience ever. Last year ordered 5 trees, 6 bushes, 2 goji plants. Really wanted goji plants which is why I ordered from them. After many calls looking for my order & getting a different excuse each time, the order came
minus the goji plants although order indicated they were there. After calling was told Sorry, we didn't have any (but they did charge me for them) We called them a few months later to let them know that only one tree grew, everything else was dead. They promised to make it good this season, but have not done so. In forty years, we have had one or two items fail during that time, but never an entire order.

Positive acamp
(1 review)
On Dec 30, 2010, acamp Harrison, TN wrote:

Posted on December 30, 2010, updated December 30, 2010
Had two recent orders, one for muscadines and one for blueberries. Received promptly, excellent plants and root systems. Would recommend ordering from Ison's Nursery, a good family business.

On December 30th, 2010, acamp changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Neutral Stu77047
(6 reviews)
On Oct 27, 2010, Stu77047 Houston, TX wrote:

Posted on October 25, 2010, updated October 27, 2010
January 2009 I ordered two vines from Ison's order number #101686 in case anyone from Ison's reads this. I ordered one Nesbit and One Fry Seedless. I get them and plant them as directed even though one appears dead and dry.

After one grows for about a month, I call to get a new Fry Seedless sent out, because that is the one that was dead and dry. After trying about 10 times to get a hold of someone, I finally do. Don't expect a callback. Leaving messages is useless. They send out a replacement. I let it go as bad customer service.

About June of 2009 the dead vine shoots up a sprout. So I guess it all worked out for the best right. Well this year I get grapes from my vines. Vine one - supposed to be a Nesbit (Black grape) is a white grape that is aweful tasting. Vine two and three- supposed to be fry seedless (red grape without seeds) turns out to both be late fry from what I can tell, not a bad grape but not even close to what I ordered. Late fry is a bronze grape with seeds.

Last week I rip out the vines and order some new ones. I did not realize it until I got the conformation email today that I had ordered from the same people. I cancelled that order and decided to write a review of my experience.

Overall they have bad customer service and do not ship what you order. Overall I get the feeling that they just do not care.

On October 27th, 2010, Stu77047 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I am changing my rating to neutral, because I received a call from Ison's and I felt like they genuinely want to make my order right. I will update as things progress.
Positive Malatchie
(2 reviews)
On Oct 12, 2010, Malatchie Newnan, GA wrote:

One of my favorite nursery companies!! Three generations of my family have been buying from them (father Bill and now his children!)
They have been exceptionally honest and true to their products. I have purchased fruit trees (apple, cherry, fig, crab apple) for over 20 years and have always been treated fairly. Their specialty of course is muscadines and that is where their knowledge and vines really excel. I have not had any experience with their shipping, as I always pick up at the nursery since I drive past it almost weekly. They have been very willing to leave products for my pick up after hours and that has really helped my weekend gardening projects. The Sugargate, Supreme, Black Beauty, and Darlene varieties are my favorites and the vines I have purchased have exceeded any I have seen for sale anywhere else!!

Negative reeve1
(48 reviews)
On May 24, 2010, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Posted on May 25, 2010, updated May 25, 2010
Posted on May 25, 2010, updated May 25, 2010
I ordered (2) Muscadine Grape Vines and received them in January. Both were in poor condition but one did grow this Spring. I've spent the past 2 weeks now trying to contact someone by telephone and emails for a replacement. They don't answer the phone (let voice mail answer it) and they haven't responded to 3 emails I've sent. It seems that once they have your money, they really don't care what happens to you or your plants. I'm very disappointed with their lack of basic customer support. Unless I hear from them soon I cannot recommend them and will not buy from them again.

On May 24th, 2010, reeve1 added the following:

I will also be reversing charges on my credit card if someone does not contact me by close of business Tuesday, May 25th. You've had 2 weeks.
On May 24th, 2010, reeve1 added the following:

Positive tgrayner
(2 reviews)
On May 3, 2010, tgrayner Covington, GA wrote:

I ordered 2 fig and 2 cherry trees from another supplier and have yet to receive them. I placed an order with Ison's I received an email the same day telling me my order was being processed the next day I received a tracking # for my order. I received my trees the following day and they were in the ground that evening. I ordered the trees on Tuesday and on Friday I received and planted them. AWESOME. The trees seem to be doing fine have only been in the ground 3 days.

Positive skinnejj
(5 reviews)
On Apr 16, 2010, skinnejj Bellville, TX wrote:

I was waiting to post this comment until I knew if one of the two trees I ordered was going to make it. It looks like it will, so almost all I have to say is positive. I ordered two 5-6' Jujube trees on April 2. I received three different emails from Ison's that same day confirming my order and providing me with additional information. On April 7, I received an email with a FedEx tracking number so I could track the shipment to my door. On April 9, I received my trees. At first I was pretty nervous because the box the trees arrived in was badly crushed and damaged. Opening the box, though, revealed the two trees looked like they weren't banged up too badly. One tree had several limbs that had been broken off, but the other looked fine. Both had good-looking root systems and their roots had been well wrapped in plastic with plenty of terra gel to keep them moist. One of the trees already had a few green shoots coming out. I put them both in the ground the day they were received. Yesterday, April 15, not quite a week since they went into the ground, the other tree has started putting on sprouts. Bottom line, this was a good experience. The only improvement I would request they make is in their packaging - maybe adding some paper in the box to cushion the plants in transit. Other than that, great communication, fast shipping, good price and the plants I requested... I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

Positive luxor68
(7 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2010, luxor68 Decatur, TN wrote:

My experience this year:
Muscadine - healthy, no problems
Gogiberry - VERY puny, I don't look for them to survive, but we'll see
Mulberry - very nice specimen, no complaints at all
Blackberries/Raspberries - average - not great size, but ok

Positive overall experience, but not the best I've ever seen.

Positive OrgnicHomestead
(2 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2010, OrgnicHomestead Tuckasegee, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have an organic homestead in Western North Carolina. I have placed two orders with Ison's Nursery for 2010. Both orders were shipped and recieved on schedule. The grape, blackberry, and goji plants were professionally packed and properly boxed for Fed-X shipping. The grapes had extensive root systems and were of proper caliber (1/4") diameter. The goji and blackberry plants were smaller, but that is ok. The availability of the perfect plant is not always possible. I have 62 years of farming experience which includes a 500 fruit tree orchard. The plants from Ison's Nursery appear healthy and ready to grow. Your customer service on the phone was prompt and showed that your employees had great knowledge of your products.

Thank you.

Organic Gardener

Negative swedey
(2 reviews)
On Jan 26, 2010, swedey Winnie, TX wrote:

concerning isons nursery. they keep changing the sending date on me and the last one (today) was a week from today. the lady said they didn't get the walnut trees in because of the cold weather. Huh? seems to me warm weather might slow things down but you need cold weather for dormancy. it now remains to see what the trees look like if i get them. if they are good i'll upgrade this report. i have a heartnut and thomas black walnut in the ground since they were shipped by another nursery in dec. when i put in all my orders.

Positive gwtx2
(1 review)
On Nov 22, 2009, gwtx2 Killen, AL wrote:

My third order from them was received this week. This one was placed several weeks ago, and I was aware that my stuff (two muscadine vines) would ship after they go dormant. Apparently, that happened sooner than I expected because the weather has been mild, and so I received them in mid November. The vines were healthy looking, with the bare roots in very good shape. No problems with them in the past. Highly recommended. Every nursery is going to goof up every now and then. Don't take a few negatives as fact that a company is bad. Read between the lines.

Positive MasterGarden55
(1 review)
On May 18, 2009, MasterGarden55 Alexander City, AL wrote:

Very good experience.

We have been small backyard growers and satisfied customers of Ison's for many years. As we are now approaching retirement and we have a little land to play with we are launching our own fresh fruit business - beginning with an acre and will grow to include more.

This year Ison's spent a lot of time with us explaining the market and choosing the varieties that will work best for our goals. Plants arrived - packed very well - in great condition. During the intitial planting we called several times with questions and each time we were given advice and direction. The plants have all come out of dormancy and are doing well.

As we approach retirement we are looking forward to this stream of income. We highly recommend Ison's to others.

Neutral dealhound
(4 reviews)
On May 18, 2009, dealhound Eagle Springs, NC wrote:

Poor (No) Service followed by Poor Customer Service. Spoke with Darlene (an owner) on the phone early in April. Discussed varieties available and placed order. Had not received order by end of April. Called and was told they could not find my order, even though they had sent me a confirmation email with order # and charged my credit card. Said they would reorder my order (except for the one item no longer available) and ship it the following Monday to receive on Wednesday. Did not receive over the next 10 days. Emailed several times to Darlene. No response. Called and spoke with customer service. Stated she could not find my order, even with order #. Order had never been placed. Now out of most of my order and rep said anything ordered now would be picked over. My vineyard will be a year later because of their incompetence and they seem to not care. Specifically asked rep to have Darlene call me or at least email me with an apology or explanation as to why this had happened and have not heard from her. Did get refund several days after my final conversation.
I beleive company fundamentally honest but ordering process and customer service is incompetent. Can't speak to the quality of their vines, as I never saw one. Have an empty vineyard to look at until this winter when I will obtain stock elsewhere. A simple apology would have gone a long way, but instead, I am left feeling as if I am totally not valued by the Ison family. Order from them at your own peril.

Tim Martin - Eagle Springs, NC

On May 25th, 2009, dealhound changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I am upgrading Ison's review that I previously made to a neutral with the thought that a good experience combined with a bad experience cancel each other out. This is what happened. I posted the above review on 5/18, about two weeks since I got my refund from them. On 5/20, I received a Fedex from Ison's mailed on the 18th and with a note of apology for my experience from Greg Ison. Also included were my originally ordered grape vines - in triplicate! And at no charge. So, I am not sure, but I guess that Greg got my review from this site and did his best to rectify the problem. I very much appreciate Greg for his efforts, appreciate the vines and am happy that my vineyard will not be a year later. And Greg, if you are reading this, I am watering my vines well and thanks for fixing the problem. I will happily reorder from Ison's next year and hopefully it will all be smooth.
Negative terrawhistle
(1 review)
On May 15, 2009, terrawhistle Cumming, GA wrote:

Tim Wilson, Cumming, GA:

I ordered blueberries in February. It is now May, and no plants.

When I called customer service at Ison's Nursery, the guy said the plants were mailed parcel post in February.
There's no way to prove they were ever mailed without a tracking number, so I assume that they forgot to send my plants.

The customer service guy's response to my inquiry was to tell me he had to ask one of the owners if I should get a refund.

Five days later, no call back.

I just sent another Email inquiry about my missing order.

I'm sure Ison's doesn't defraud their mail order customers purposely.
They are probably just incompetent, and customer theft is just a byproduct of that.

My expectation is that I just lost $37.50.

But the other side of the coin is that Ison's lost a repeat customer, and anyone who is near enough to hear my story will not become an Ison's customer either.

Positive GreenNhappy
(1 review)
On May 2, 2009, GreenNhappy Raleigh, NC wrote:

In the past year we moved and built a new house. This meant I had to re-establish our fruit orchard. We purchased $800 in fruit and berry plants from Ison's. We were well pleased with the size and quality of all of the plants recieved. They were promptly planted and now ALL have leafed out and look healthy. It looks like we will have berries in June on the Blueberries. A good experience for us, best prices we could find and the quality was great. We recommend Isons to others.

Negative Disillusioned
(2 reviews)
On May 1, 2009, Disillusioned Ranger, GA wrote:

I purchased a number of fruit trees in January of this year. Since some were not available, I was told that these would be shipped. After calling a number of times I finally received all but two of the trees in my order. Time passed and when I finally spoke to a representative in April, she told me that these two items would not be available this year; therefore I would receive a refund. When the refund did not arrive in what I thought should be a timely manner, I telephoned and since I never spoke to a live individual, I left messages, then e-mailed. As of today, two weeks have gone by and there has been no returned call, nor e-mail other than the automatic response, and, more importantly, no refund. Maybe tomorrow?

Positive justjab
(1 review)
On Apr 20, 2009, justjab Jacksonville, NC wrote:

The two-year old muscadines I ordered actually came with well established rootballs. All are now getting leaves. Unlike those I ordered from another company which came with a few straggly roots and appear to be mostly dead twigs. More on that later. I heartily recommend Ison's.

Positive SC_weedz
(4 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2009, SC_weedz Gilbert, SC wrote:

My order was shipped on time, well packed, and the plants appeared healthy. I would recommend this company.

Positive sandyinar251
(1 review)
On Feb 10, 2009, sandyinar251 Little Rock, AR wrote:

I purchased the Ison and Pam muscadine varieties several years ago. The muscadines they produce are great and my whole family enjoys them. I recently placed my order for several more vines to expand our vineyard. I received my vines very quickly and Ison's was once again very pleasant to work with.

Positive Gardenpoint
(1 review)
On Feb 10, 2009, Gardenpoint Tulsa, OK wrote:

After researching many online nurseries - I decided to order my fruit trees and berry plants from Ison's. I have been very happy with the experience. The office staff was helpful and informative. My order was shipped when I requested and the plants were very healthy. They are now in the ground and I can't wait till Spring. I have already recommended Ison's to my friends and family.

Negative samford
(1 review)
On Feb 8, 2009, samford Hayneville, AL wrote:

Same experience as first email. Order was placed on first week of Dec. with a promise ship date of Dec. 15th. Order was just received Feb. 6th. But credit card was charged first week of Dec. Also after receiving trees we have had questions and left 2 voicemails with no response. POOR customer service. They seem to have no concern after they get your money!!!

Positive organic_tomato
(9 reviews)
On Feb 4, 2009, organic_tomato Tyrone, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered 3 blueberries, 1 pomegranate, and 1 muscadine in December. The shipment arrived in January. All plants arrived dormate, bare-rooted, and the roots were packed in water-absorbent gel. The pomegranate was at least 3ft tall, well branched and well rooted. The blueberries ranged from 1.5 to 2.5 feet high, also well branched and well rooted. The muscadine was also healthy, with vines approximately 2 ft long.

This was the first time I had ordered by mail from Ison's, and will definitely do so again. I have visited the nursery before to purchase potted muscadines and columnar apple trees and met their very friendly and helpful staff. The plants I just received through the mail were as good a quality as the plants I purchased on-site at the nursery.

Positive virginiahamm
(1 review)
On Jan 20, 2009, virginiahamm Cleveland, VA wrote:

I ordered fruit trees, blueberries and muscadine plants from Ison's early January. I received them in about a week by Fed Ex. They were well packaged and included detailed planting instructions. The plants were beautiful - very healthy and much larger than what I expected. This was a very good experience and I am very pleased with my purchase. I also like buying my plants from a grower. I recommend Ison's and will continue to give them by business.

Positive greenthumb45
(1 review)
On Aug 27, 2008, greenthumb45 Mobile, AL wrote:

I just received my order of potted muscadines.The shipment arrived very quickly and my muscadines were well packaged! I was originally unsure of what varieties of muscadines to order. When I called for help, the staff at Ison's were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They gave me great advice and helped me pick out the varieties that will work best for me. I'm extremely happy with the service and the product. I highly recommend Ison's Nursery and I will definitely order from them again.

Positive GLONG6
(3 reviews)
On May 23, 2008, GLONG6 Pierre Part, LA wrote:

I spent over $400.00 this spring on blackberry and muscadine plants from 5 internet nurseries. The only plants that are growing are those bought from Isons. They will not answer e-mail, letters or faxes, but in service & quality they are the best !!!

Positive dekalb06
(6 reviews)
On Mar 16, 2008, dekalb06 De Kalb, TX wrote:

I ordered 3 muscadine vines on the 4th of March, after hearing their patented introduced varieties praised by a NAFEX grape specialist. The plants arrived in 10 days, well-packed with great root systems and tops. And they included an extra of their variety 'Ison' for free.

Very detailed planting and cultural instructions (4 pages) were included. I don't know about the other items they sell, but they are a very good muscadine nursery.

Negative fixintogo
(1 review)
On Jan 25, 2008, fixintogo Jackson, TN wrote:

I placed an order in Oct. 2007 for fruit trees, strawberries, muscadine vines and loganberry vines. They cashed my check and it cleared. By middle of January I had not heard anything from them. I called and they told me they would ship last week. I received nothing. I called back on 01/23/08 and was told, once again, they would ship next week. I cancelled the order. I am so disappointed that I did not get my order. I need to find a nursery that will do what it advertises. A very disappointing attempt to get muscadine vines.

Positive Kruijf
(1 review)
On Jan 12, 2008, Kruijf Williamson, GA wrote:

Placed an order in Jan 2008 for several plants (muscadines, blueberries,pecans,persimmons and pomgranates) The shipment was fast, all of the plants were very healthy with very nice roots. Prices were very good. They were helpful in picking out the varieties and how to plant. Answered a lot of questions for me. I will definitely order from them again.

Positive annabelllee
(2 reviews)
On Jan 11, 2008, annabelllee Niceville, FL wrote:

I ordered two persimmon trees. Shipment was quick, however one tree had a large root which was broken. I called the company and they immediatly sent a replacement with no hassle. New tree came within 3 days of reporting the broken root. I will order from them again.

Positive Pierrat
(1 review)
On Apr 9, 2007, Pierrat Williamson, GA wrote:

I ordered a variety of fruiting plants this winter. (Muscadines, Blueberries, Blackberries, Apples, Plums, Pears and Pecan Trees) I needed help with making my selections - I ordered by phone and the Isons Staff was very helpful and took the times to answer all of my questions. (And I had a lot of questions)

My order came in a timely manner with detailed planting instructions. I was very pleased with the size of the plants and the root system each plant had.

UPS had broken the top of one of the trees before delivery. I called Isons to report it and they promptly sent me a replacement tree. No hassle no questions. (which I greatly appreciated) They also did not make me send the broken tree back to them. They told me since it was broken above the graft to go ahead and plant it that it should be fine. I did plant it along with the replacement tree and both are doing great.

The prices were also among the best I had found. And I liked dealing with a company that has a long history of growing plants. (No Walmart Super Type Stores for me!!!) I much prefer the care and service you get from the growers.

It seems they specialize in muscadines and they had the most varieties that I had found anywhere.

Can't wait to start harvesting my own fruit.

I will definitely order from them again.

Positive dsteere
(2 reviews)
On Feb 20, 2007, dsteere Mapleville, RI wrote:

Just received my order.

1 brown turkey fig tree

4 seedless grapes - Thompson, Concord, Venus and Lakemont

Plants looks great! Root systems on all plants where fantastic!

Fig tree must be 4' tall! I did not expect to get a tree that tall.

Heeled them in until spring in my basement.

Would order from them again in a heartbeat!

Neutral cadd1951
(1 review)
On Feb 15, 2007, cadd1951 Vero Beach, FL wrote:

After reading the comments on here I took the plunge and ordered 2 apple trees and a persimmon. Will keep you posted on my experience as it occurs.

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