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|On Oct 3, 2006, mantis212 Roslyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I feel guilty, but I have to gloat. My experience with Raintree Nursery has been amazing! Winter 05'/06' I first ordered two dwarf cherry trees (Vandalay & Surefire) and a seedless green table grape (Interlaken), all bareroot. In spring I was surprised by the huge box when it arrived, and then again at the size of the cherry trees. The grape vine was no cutting, it was at least 3+ yrs old! I was so pleased with the size and health of my order, I jumped back online and ordered a Dwarf Saturn Peach tree and an Illinois Everbearing Mulberry. They arrived very quickly, and again I was blown away. The Dwarf Saturn's trunk was 1 1/2"- 2"! All four fruit trees leafed out then branched out, even a few flowers from the cherries. The grape which I am growing in a container, produced three bunches of grapes!!!! Now it is early fall 06', all still flourishing. I can say for a fact, I have ordered a lot of mail-order trees/plants and Raintree Nursery has really impressed me. 5 Stars!
On May 19th, 2008, mantis212 added the following:
Follow up the "07" order was amazing I ordered 4 = 4in1 dwarf fruit trees. Asian Pears, Apples, Peaches & Cherries. For ordering early and prepaying I received A couple of Gooseberries, Raspberries and a White Bark Birch tree for free! All came very healthy with very established grafts except the peaches two of the varieties died off that season, but most of the blame is mine for I could have nurtured them a lot better. "08" I ordered and received A massive Blackgold Dwarf Cherry and a couple of grapes. The Blackgold has already leafed out. The trunk is a inch+ and in all is 5'+ tall.
That makes three years running a 5 Star rating!
|On Oct 1, 2006, bndbag Munster, IN wrote:
|On Aug 28, 2006, wattley Cleveland, OH wrote:
I ordered two quince trees from Rainwood this past summer. I was hesistant to order trees and wondered how they would survive shipping, but couldn't find quince trees at any of the local nurseries so had little choice.
|On Aug 16, 2006, mamajuice Walkersville, MD wrote:
I just had to put in a good word for Raintree! I am a satisfied, repeat customer, and have filled my organic suburban yard with their fruiting stock; I didn't order this year, because my limited space is running out!
|On Aug 10, 2006, coffee_monkey Spanaway, WA wrote:
After the advise of my parents and friends I placed my first order with raintree three years ago.I have ordered from Raintree several times and have visited the nursery twice. I have always found the staff to be friendly, knowledgable,and easy to work with. Last fall I ordered two hazelnuts, alba roses, raspberries, and an apple tree. All arrived in excellent condition, well developed, and are thriving. The fall before I ordered vine maples and several other plants. All of my order has thrived with little or no extra care. Point: One of the alba roses was accidently hit with my husband's trimmer , shredding a good portion of the main stalk, and still came back to bloom this summer.
|On Aug 10, 2006, scottfsmith Baltimore, MD wrote:
I have ordered many things from Raintree over the years, probably a dozen or more orders in total. Their fruit trees have always been incredibly healthy and have taken off. Their berries have generally been good quality but not quite as good as the very best berry nurseries (e.g. Norse). I still continue to order berries from them because they are the only good source for several kinds. I have found their horticultural expert very helpful with problems I have had, and the few things that died they were very good about replacing. They need to upgrade their web ordering system to send you a confirmation of exactly what you ordered in an email -- they were one of the early nuseries with a good on-line ordering mechanism, but their system is now behind the times in that regard.
|On Jul 8, 2006, sunflower22 Salt Lake City, UT wrote:
We placed a large order for lingonerries, raspberries, etc. with Raintree. Raintree kept changing the date our plants were to be shipped. When they finally arrived, some of them looked terrible. The plants were small and the roots were spindly, curled-up looked rotten. When customer service was contacted, we were told to plant them as they would soon take off. After planting them, the leaves dropped off and most of them died. When customer service was contacted again, we were told that the time to return our plants had passed and nothing would be done. The only remedy came when we contacted the credit card company we had used to purchase the plants. In a three-way conference call to raintree with my visa rep on the line, we again contacted Raintree, the Raintree staff person was very rude, told us that while our money would be refunded, that we'd would not be allowed to ever order from them again--as if we would. Stay away from this place!!
|On May 30, 2006, dontbuyraintree West Bend, WI wrote:
I ordered apple trees and raspberries in 2005. The apple trees were smaller than I was promised in emails asking about the size. The columnar apples only leafed out on the top foot - the rest of the trees were blank sticks. I was told that this was the way they were supposed to be. The dwarf apple trees look like a stick man drawing. They have almost no leaves. Once again, it's me, not their products. That's not the way either of the tree types are pictured in the catalog or on the website. The raspberries arrived in poor condition and died completely within a few weeks. Raspberries in the same location obtained from another source flourished. Of course, I was told to wait until 2006 for a replacement. For a mere $ 12.95 they will ship replacements. Why should I pay shipping charges for defective plants? Customer service has been slow. You'll do much better going to another company.
|On May 20, 2006, havah Portland, OR wrote:
My negative experience had mostly to do with customer service. After reading positive reviews on this site and getting a recommendation from a colleague, I was excited to order from Raintree. I put in a large order - 4 trees and 9 berry plants. My first problem arose when I received conflicting information about when my order would arrive. I would get different information depending on who I was dealing with. The order ended up arriving quite a bit earlier than expected, so I had to drop everything and really scramble to get everything in the ground.
|On May 18, 2006, passiflora_pink Central, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
I made two large shipments this spring. The boxes were carefully packaged but UPS managed to shred one box in half (they wrapped a bit of tape around it like I wouldn't notice) and the second box had been dropped and the stapled top had been forced off with the contents hanging out. To summarize, I planted everything anyway but my female kiwi vine didn't survive so I requested a replacement.
|On Apr 27, 2006, akdebs Juneau, AK wrote:
My plants all look very healthy and happy! I ordered a total of three apple trees, two cherry trees, one rhubarb, 18 raspberries (3 different varieties), 75 strawberries (HUGE & healthy!), 3 mock orange, 2 syringa sensation. (These last ones look kinda small, but are already budding out)
|On Apr 21, 2006, adadia Glenmoore, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
The plants I received from Raintree are fantastic, in particular their bareroot trees. Although the catalog states they ship 3'-5' trees, all of the 15 trees I received bareroot were 5' and up (and one plum was as tall as i am, 5'7"!) Needless to say, all of my Raintree plants have leafed out and are doing great. I would order again from Raintree without hesitation, and if they ever went out of business it would break my heart!
|On Apr 17, 2006, tallaway Crescent City, CA wrote:
I have ordered from Raintree for years now and have not been disappointed, ever. Last year I made the mistake of trying to save a few bucks and ordered from another company in Canby, OR. That company's plants were sickly and /or dead and I lost great sums of money on that deal. Raintree, on the other hand, has always worked with me in the very few times there has been a problem, and to my satisfaction. You really do get what you pay for. Plus, their replacement guarentee is appropriate, especially for things that might take a long time to come out of dormancy, and is one of the reasons I will keep coming back. Ordered more unusual friut trees and shrubs this year, many of which were free bonuses based on my order total. Everything is doing well. Had to heel in some of the trees because of the constant rain and some are already beginning to leaf out. So far, all of the bonus plants are doing well also. My only real problem is not enough space to put everything I want to grow!
|On Apr 16, 2006, amandaemily Gulf Coast,
United States (Zone 9a) wrote:
Ordered two large blueberries and two grapes from them. The blueberries that arrived were huge!!!! and had great root systems. The grapes were good looking canes and were already pruned. Will definitely be ordering from this nursery again.
|On Apr 14, 2006, pf498467 (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered 2 blueberries, a gooseberry, and a boysenberry. The blueberries and gooseberry are all quite large and budding out and very healthy looking.
|On Apr 5, 2006, dtinn Falmouth, KY wrote:
I ordered a minidwarf apple tree, a pomegranate tree, and a black currant plant. They arrived well packed and the roots were still damp (the pomegranate wasn't bare root). Non of the trees sustained any damage in shipping. I am pleased with my order.
|On Mar 29, 2006, DianaR Caldwell, ID (Zone 6a) wrote:
last year we ordered rasberries and 2 plum trees. We picked a bunch of delicious berries last fall and they are rapidly increasing. The June bearing plants grew to about 7 ft tall last year. They are very vigorous plants. I looked for the plum varieties we wanted for a long time. ( since I can no longer depend on South Meadow) I will be ordering from them again.
|On Feb 5, 2006, olddog Colfax, LA (Zone 7a) wrote:
OLDDOG 2/05/06 COLFAX LA.
On February 27th, 2006, olddog changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
olddog Colfax La. 2/27/06
This order was the third and last. One good order out three is not good enough. I ordered raspberries E340 and received E335. When I ordered I was informed that if E340 was not ready to ship by the 1st. of March the order would be canceled and refunded to my card. To avoid canceling they subed. I waited three days for an answer to my email. No answer. I'm evaluating fruites and berries that may do well in our hot weather. When I order I can not use a sub,I need the type I order for the first trial planting.They have been removed from my book marks. NEVER AGAIN!
On February 27th, 2006, olddog added the following:
olddog Colfax La. 2/27/06
After posting the above I received an email promising a refund. Thanks Watch Dog!
|On Jan 29, 2006, anemitz Osseo, MN wrote:
Purchased Lingonberries (Red Pearl & Ida) last spring. The packaging for a pack of 18 was second-to-none and the plants arrived in outstanding condition. I had a fair amount of berries just a few months after having them in the ground - even a 2nd harvest on the Ida variety! Love the offerings from Raintree and placed another order with them already for 2006!
|On Jan 5, 2006, mrsflowers Ferndale, CA wrote:
i have ordered from this company two times...and both were big mistakes! i ordered raspberies and currants as well as salmon berries. i was living in washington state at the time and the plants arrived very dry,the size of shoelaces!, NO ROOTS and looking as if they had been mulched. i called the company and , expecting a nice simple "oh, we will fix this right away"was "treated" instead by a nasty and completely unhelpful employee. i emailed and called and finally they admitted [a year later] that the raspberry plants were infected with a virus. their attitude was "oops...oh well". they never did fix the problem and i was left with money out of my pocket for dead and or infected plants, contaminated soil...and a very bad taste in my mouth.
|On Dec 1, 2005, StevenHam Richmond, CA wrote:
I've ordered a lot from them and am happy. One thing that sticks out is that their fruit trees (at least the two I received) were 3 year old size actual trees verses the 1 year whips you see at hardware stores (which justifies them being a bit more expensive). One of my trees was a cherry, which I understand can be tricky, but it took off and grew like a weed the first summer (I even had a few cherries the first year). :)
|On Aug 20, 2005, eukofios Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I am a fairly new gardener, especially in this location. My garden is organic - I dont use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. I have ordered from Raintree on two occasions, and went to Raintree once as well (about a 3 hour drive from my town).
|On Jul 20, 2005, RangerBob Marianna, FL wrote:
Last year I oredered 12 red raspberry plants and they all died. I did get replacements for those plants after waiting for a long time and experiencing several run around phone-calls, but here we are in the last of July and, none of those plants have made it. I'm disgusted and want my money back. They can't use that excuse that I ordered them out of zone, because I didn't. Also, I had my soil tested and don't have nematodes. That excuse is stupid.
|On Jun 22, 2005, rmjchas Farmville, VA wrote:
I have had bad experiences with on-line nurserys, but I was pleasantly surprised by Raintree. Shipping was on the expensive side, but the quality and condition of the trees I ordered was top notch. They were well packed in a large tube with the roots in damp mulch--given the packageing I can live with the shipping charges. I will order from them again!
|On Jun 16, 2005, Davidsan Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have dealt with these folks for years they are GREAT...NEVER any problems all good healthy and quality product. Two words of caution ..stay away from bamboo you'll be sorry... also NEVER buy an Illinois mulberry take my word for it DON'T DO IT email me if you want to know more [email protected]
|On Jun 7, 2005, belle_michele Shakopee, MN wrote:
I was very pleasantly surprised at the size and health of the Black Velvet Gooseberries I ordered from Raintree!
|On Jun 7, 2005, rmaxharrj Lincoln, MA wrote:
I waited to post my review until I was sure how the plants I ordered would fare. I ordered 4 bareroot winterberry hollies, 3 serviceberries, 3 carolina allspice and a paperbark maple from Raintree. All the plants have leafed out now and look like winners. Raintree included an extra holly and an extra maple (woohoo!). I was pleased with the quality of service and plants. The shipping was definitely expensive, and because of that, I will probably order from companies with the same products that are on the eastern side of the US. But I have nothing negative to say about my Raintree experience; it was great!
|On May 30, 2005, Yglo Princeton, NJ wrote:
I had a very positive experience with Raintree Nursery.
|On May 24, 2005, In_another_life Grand Junction, MI wrote:
Just received my 1st order from Raintree for 3 apple trees & rhubarb; all of which were healthy & in wonderful condition. I was so pleased that I've already placed another order for additional apple trees, blueberries, lilacs, etc. Also, the free raspberries included in my first order were some of the best bare root canes I've ever received from a company. Overall, I'm exceedingly satisfied!!
On June 6th, 2005, In_another_life added the following:
Received my 2nd shipment from Raintree & I am even more impressed than with my first shipment. 2nd shipment was for three apple trees (beautifully pruned, great root systems and ready to bud), blueberry bush (the largest & healthiest bush I've ever received from a company & I live in the blueberry capital of Michigan - Raintree provided me with a truely exceptional stock) & a lilac (again, in superb condition, laregr than I anticipated & starting to bud). I can't wait to place my next order...this is one of the best companies I've ever dealt with.
By the way, the apple trees from my 1st shipment (mid-May) are already leafed out, flowering & thriving.
|On May 12, 2005, pacific100 Chinook, WA wrote:
After browsing Raintree's catalog, I decided my first purchase needed to be another 10 acres of land so I could plant everything my mouth was watering for.
|On May 10, 2005, CritterCapers Spring Hope, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
My order consisted of a Peter's Honey fig, 5 chestnut and 2 black walnut—along with a few "bonus" raspberry bushes. The raspberries were beautiful, large well-rooted plants. The chestnut and walnut, were nice until you looked at the "bare root" part. What roots? They appeared to have been chopped out of the ground and most of the roots stripped off. Three of the chesnuts and one walnut did leaf out, but will require several years of major TLC to survive. The fig was worse. It was the thickness of a Cross pen, dry, brittle, and the bark at root-level had rotted off. It was obviously dead. After almost forty years of gardening I can nurse just about anything back to life—except the already dead. Tina, at Raintree, seemed insulted that I mentioned the fig was dead at shipment (quality control problem?), but did offer a credit or replacement it "next season". I'm interested in seeing what I'm sent and will post the results.
|On May 8, 2005, JennieH Kingston, WA wrote:
I ordered many plants from them this Spring to start an orchard and fruit area. One grape did not leaf out and one branch on a multi-variety pear tree did not leaf out. I e-mailed asking if this should be a concern. They promptly said that both should have leafed out and are sending me replacements.
|On May 8, 2005, paph1977 Gwinn, MI wrote:
This company is great! I placed an order for a dwarf self-fertile sweet cherry(not easy to find one for my zone!), 2 root stocks, 2 musk strawberries, and a blueberry bush.
|On Apr 8, 2005, donnie2494 wrote:
I bought 8 cherry trees in April 2005 and they arrived very healthy and they are beautiful specimans. After having negative experiences with other mail order nurseries I checked the garden watchdog and ordered through raintree after seeing all the positive comments regarding this nursery. The trees are so nice I placed another order for several serviceberry and elderberry bushes to establish and edible hedgerow. I bought three Mulberry trees from Ty ty in Georgia
|On Apr 5, 2005, jaxsunof Delhi, CA wrote:
I ordered gooseberry bushes for wholesale price. It came up as a good price for 1 bush, but their shipping is really expensive. If i could find gooseberries in the local nursery i would rather buy there. Anyway gooseberries arrived well packed with no visible damage. I planted them the same day and they've already leafed out. In the near future i probably will order some other plants but only for wholesale or clearance price because of expensive shipping rates. I live in California. It's only 2 states down.
On May 10th, 2005, jaxsunof added the following:
My Red Hinnomaki gooseberries have green berries on the bush. It's only the beginning of May and i expect to pick ripe berries in a couple months!!! Bushes became big very fast and taller than they were in March. I hope to get some other varieties next season. I would highly recommend to buy their products from Wholesale page.
|On Apr 2, 2005, fennydendron Jacksonville, FL wrote:
In March 2005 I ordered a Persimmon tree and a Pawpaw tree.The first thing I noticed was the excellent packaging.The two trees came in a triangular almost 5 foot long strong cardboard box and they were taped inside very securely.The trees were of very good quality and started growing in my yard within 10 days despite the fact that the persimmon came out of cold storage.
|On Mar 30, 2005, johnest Elkview, WV wrote:
I ordered 15 different apple and crab apple trees in Dec of 04 on their internet site. Everything arrived the day they informed me it would, and the packaging was excellent. All the trees were 4-6 feet tall with large root systems packed in damp paper and wrapped in plastic. I planted them the day after they arrived and they started to leaf out almost immediately. I also received several roses, dogwoods, and maples free due to an internet promotion and these I expected to be rather small, but they were almost as big as the apples. They also included a fairly detailed manual of planting and care instructions.
|On Mar 29, 2005, tomspeak Vashon, WA wrote:
I ordered fruit trees and was not disappointed. Each was very well rooted and strong and well branched. Excellent packing and selection is the best.
|On Mar 25, 2005, jeepers13 Eugene, OR wrote:
Have you ever, after really too much deliberation, finally figured out how you're going to plant that little patch you've had your eye on for ages, then hit the nurseries to find that you can't locate the essential plants? Ugh. That was my reality.