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Positive alaska_rick
(2 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2005, alaska_rick Juneau, AK (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have ordered lots of fruit ( plums and cherries) trees and gooseberries from them. Great plants that were packed well, arrived in great condition, and grew well. I have some more ordered for this year. When I emailed questions to them, I always got a timely response.

Prices are exceptionally good if you look for their specials.

The web site is exceptionally well done with much collateral information.

Positive sialia
(7 reviews)
On Mar 10, 2005, sialia Hope, AR wrote:

I just received my first order from Raintree and I am very happy with it. I received a 'Mango' Pawpaw, 'Korean Giant' Asian Pear, and 'Pakistan' Mulberry. The pawpaw was shipped in its container and well packed. The other two trees were as long as the box- six feet or so. They are nice thick trees with the roots well packed. The box they were shipped in was very sturdy. I'm as impressed with their packing as I am with their product. With their 'zone skipping' you save on shipping costs, which would be much more for this size of a box. Raintree nursery will be getting another order from me next spring.

Positive shellbell3252
(3 reviews)
On Mar 9, 2005, shellbell3252 Pell City, AL wrote:

I have just recieved my prime-jims from raintree.They come in little peat pots.They said these prime-jims grow like wild fire!I hope so there supoese to yield blackberries the first year!!But back to the point I wanted to say that these were packed very well and they were still very moist.This is my first time ordering from them and from what I see so far im happy!I also wanted to say they are egar to help you and very friendly, unlike ty ty Raintree is a breath of fresh air!!

Positive Escarpment
(6 reviews)
On Feb 10, 2005, Escarpment Sheridan, WY wrote:

I have ordered from Raintree for a number of years now. They have one of the greatest selections of rare and exotic fruit trees and bushes I have found. I have planted sea buckthorns, fruiting honeysuckles, dogwoods, Mt. Ash, Paw Paws, kiwis, aronias, and goumis. All have done very well except for the goumi. This is quite remarkable considering I live in a zone 4 and many of these fruiting plants are only marginal for this zone. Everything has always arrived in good shape, except for a honeysuckle which was bear root and never leafed out. The next spring they sent me a replacement which was in a container and did quite well.

Positive tcstoehr
(3 reviews)
On Jan 10, 2005, tcstoehr Canby, OR wrote:

It seems I order from Raintree every year. They carry a good selection of dwarf/semidwarf trees and I like the rootstocks they offer. The web site is very convenient for ordering and they always follow up with e-mail to confirm the order. They are also agreeable when I've called in to change an order. Prices are not great but I'd say reasonable. Expect some damage to trees when they are shipped as they are tightly bundled up, but hey, they're not shipping you one-year old whips either. These are branched and feathered younch trees that should produce some fruit two years after planting. And lastly, the trees they have shipped me have thrived and grown vigorously. They were obviously healthy well-grown specimens before being dug up and shipped. This year I'm going to pick up my order personally instead of having it shipped, I wanna visit their operation, which they encourage you to do.

Positive Marshmellow
(6 reviews)
On Jun 28, 2004, Marshmellow Fitchburg, MA wrote:

Have ordered twice from this company. 25 strawberry, 3 blueberry on one order, my fault I ordered the wrong blueberry bush so ordered another on a seperate order. I'm zone 5 and ordered a Zone 6+ blueberry bush, no warning so it's up to you to make sure you order for your zone. I ordered "late" at discount.

Surprises were the order came with an invaluable "general" newspaper type magazine that has all types of tips for growing fruit tree's & berries, pruning, care, and maintenance. I found key advice on my blueberry bushes (need Ph of like 5!) and strawberries (also need acid PH and delicate balance of how deep to bury them). Out of the 26 strawberries only one didn't come to life immediately, a month later I dug it out and I had planted it upside down! My blueberry bushes from the two orders all came well packaged and amazingly healthy. They were all 2-3 feet tall, with many healthy stalks and root balls much bigger than normal just dying to take off. Almost immediately those huge root balls caused the stalks to shoot out massive amounts of leaves and branches and by far those blue berry plants from Raintree are the healthiest plants I own. I couldn't be happier, every day it's like all the new branches have grown an inch.

I'm very satisfied. Every one of my strawberries immediately threw out flowers & leaves (except the one I planted upside down), my blue berries I can't say enough about their health on arrival. Tip though, on the strawberries it's a balancing act on how high/low to put the strawberry plant. The ones I planted with the roots burried, but the old dried runners exposed put out leaves, then seem to give up and die. The ones I burried the runners are doing awesome. Raintree does say it's important in the "tip" newspaper about the delicate balance between how high you plant the strawberry in the dirt, and evidently if any of their root has exposure to the sun the plant dies... I should've realized that leaving those dead runners exposed might cause a problem, I think that's my fault but after figuring that out most are on their way to recovery, the ones I did bury from the get go are doing great! Wonderful company.

Positive farmerpickle
(5 reviews)
On Jun 20, 2004, farmerpickle Alpharetta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered a hard to find tree and it's in great condition when shipped from WA to GA. I recommend this co.

Positive LASHEL
(2 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2004, LASHEL wrote:

I have ordered from raintree, every year for the last three years. All of my fruit trees are from them and I have no complaints. Most of them are bearing fruit now. My rasberries, strawberries and grapes are from them as well. Nothing I have ordered from them has failed to grow. I am very careful to be realistic when I order plants. I stick to things that are sure to grow well here, and purchase plants for my specific zone.

Positive balvenie
(8 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2004, balvenie Marysville, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered three currant bushes on-line,which is a rare event for me. The plants arrived within two days of ordering, were well packaged and in excellent condition.I would not hesitate to use on-line ordering from them in the future, being a fraidy-cat when it comes to computers.

Positive Ron6338
(6 reviews)
On May 6, 2004, Ron6338 Osceola, IA wrote:

I ordered several items from Raintree this winter. The order arrived in early April in good shape. Everything is growing well. I would order from them again.

Positive cinnerz
(4 reviews)
On May 1, 2004, cinnerz West Richland, WA wrote:

The fruit trees I orderd from Raintree are fabulous. Very large, good healthy roots. Some of them even began flowering a few weeks after I planted them.

Some of the smaller plants like bush cherries were not as nice as the fruit trees, but everything I've planted has started growing so I can't complain much. The plants weren't bad compared to many other mail order houses, just not as good as the fruit trees.

Raintree isn't the cheapest place I've ordered from, but their quality is top notch. I would order from them again.

Positive mdehners
(7 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2004, mdehners Fort Walton Beach, FL wrote:

I was a customer in the early "90's". I ordered a number of trees that, when mature were discovered NOT to be what I ordered. All the green-skinned figs turned out to be the ubiquidous 'Brown Turkey', The 'Pakistan'Mulberry was a generic Mulberry and the combo Pluot never did anyhing. In their defense,while it's rated for our zone, we don't get the prescibed Chill hrs for them...
Last yr I decided to give them another chance. I'm glad I did. Perhaps they had poor help then. All the trees are
producing flowers and are quite healthy.
Sincerely,
PT Duffy
Florida Panhandle

Positive Gutternuts
(5 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2004, Gutternuts Oak Lawn, IL wrote:

(i am zone5b) Wonderful company. Ordered 3' Blueberry, strawberries, and a female kiwi, Everything I ordered came as promised. Excellent packing. spoke to customer Service and they answered my question(s) politely and correctly. Have since placed an additional order for a male kiwi (my current one doesnt bloom in time to pollinate the female i purchased) A bit on the expensive side, but worth every penny. (my 2 cents)

Negative lhamid
(1 review)
On Apr 19, 2004, lhamid wrote:

I received an Eversweet pomegranate from Raintree as a gift two years ago. It failed to grow so they said they would send a replacement this year (they are bare root and were out of stock). In the meantime, my sister gave me a gift cert for Raintree for Xmas this year. I ordered a Moro Blood Orange. The orange shipped in April, and literature says it is a genetic dwarf. Raintree says it will grow full size. We'll see. It was $45.00 with shipping and I received a small 1 year old tree. I bought one twice the size in HomeDepot (from same grower, Raintree doesn't grow them) for $18.00. I also was entitled to free plants with my order (someone at Raintree told me I couldn't get free plants when ordering citrus, but apparently he was misinformed!) I got 2 raspberry plants, but only one of those grew.

The replacement pomegranate arrived in January or February, I followed the directions, but it also failed to grow. (My local nursery said pomegranate doesn't do well bare root, so they only sell pomegranate in peat pots. The nursery does guarantee their plants!) Raintree informed me that they will only replace/refund plants once. I am very disappointed, and will NOT order from them again.

Positive chesapeakesun
(4 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2004, chesapeakesun Baldwin, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

The plants I ordered from Raintree Nursery are the best I've received through the mail, ever. Large and healthy. Two bamboos are back-ordered, but everything else looks great! They'll get my business again.


On October 8th, 2004, chesapeakesun added the following:

After seeing the ratings and reading the reviews, I placed an order with Raintree.

I couldn't be happier with the quality of plants, the care in packing and shipping, the outstanding accompanying literature, and the performance of the plants.

All the plants were larger and healthier than anything I've ever had shipped live. They were carefully and intelligently packaged and shipped. Much better than I ever anticipated.

Additionally, they have a fantastic selection of plants. Price isn't an issue. You get much more than you pay for in my humble opinion.

I didn't have any interaction with their customer service because the delivered product was perfect.

Positive snipper
(4 reviews)
On Apr 10, 2004, snipper erie, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered 2 Pee Gee hydrangeas in early March,2004.I received them on 8 April. When I opened the box I was delighted at how well the plants were packaged and upon opening them, the plants were in fabulous condition. Big strong healthy root system,numerious branches with small buds forming. This was my first order from Raintree which I found on Garden Watchdog,but, it will not be my last.

Positive patruka
(8 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2004, patruka wrote:

OMG! I am so impressed! I order 2 pear trees, 2 chestnut seedlings and stella d'oro plants. Everything was packed exceptionally well and looked like fantastic healthy plants. I will definitely order again, even though they are not the cheapest, but the product is definitely superior to other mail orders I have used.

Positive citrusman99
(6 reviews)
On Mar 26, 2004, citrusman99 Scranton, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered Kiwi Vines from Raintree after locating them with an on-line search.. They were very professional and polite. My kiwi vines arrived in great shape, the packaging was great and I am very pleased with the product and the services.. I highly recommend this mail order company.

Positive pale_saint
(9 reviews)
On Mar 14, 2004, pale_saint raleigh, NC wrote:

This was my second order with them in a year. I am very impressed. I ordered a bunch of fruit trees last year from three different companies. They were planted last spring and coming into this spring Raintree's has the most growth, are bigger and flowering this year, unlike the other 2 companies.

As for my order this year, I ordered a plum, nectarine, blueberries and strawberries from them. I received them last week and all looks good. The trees were approximately 4' tall with buds on them, the blueberry bushes were 1.5' tall with buds and the strawberries were planted today with good looking roots.

Very good company with excellent shipping, plants and customer service.

Positive davina
(7 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2004, davina San Francisco, CA wrote:

I have ordered various fruit trees and bramble berries from Raintree, and always gotten good, healthy plants. My one gripe is that their catalog is full of hype. Take it with a grain of salt, and be sure to do your own independent research regarding fruit flavor, yield, and climate adaptability.

Positive stacey72
(1 review)
On Jan 4, 2004, stacey72 wrote:

For the last 3 years I have been ordering from raintree. 2 peach trees, 1 sugar maple, 20 wintergreen plants, 3 blueberry plants, 2 wisteria, 1 jasmine, 2 grapes, 3 blackberries, plus many other plants. I can honestly say I was pleased with everything that I have ordered. As soon as I opened the plants, I was impressed by how healthy and strong they were. The only problem I have encountered is that 2 of my 3 blackberries(all different varities) did not grow well the first season. This was my first try at blackberries and I have clay soil,so I believe I am to blame for their misfortune.(BUT I WILL MAKE IT WORK SOMEHOW THIS YEAR!!!!) All of the other plants grew exceptionally well. I trust this company and will continue to order from them.

Positive clarkj99
(4 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2003, clarkj99 wrote:

Wonderful company. I ordered an almond tree and a butterfly bush from them several months ago. The almond arrived bare root and taller than described. Both are doing fantastic. Will buy from again!

Negative cabalina
(2 reviews)
On Aug 4, 2003, cabalina IGO, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought raspberries, grapes and a nectarine tree from Raintree this spring. I ordered 6 raspberries, bareroot, one of which was dead and suspected another being dead. I know when they are bareroot they look dead already, but honestly, they looked extra dead, if you know what I mean. They plants were dry and completely brown and crispy. I contacted them and the sent me a replacement raspberry which they weren't super quick about, but the replacement raspberry I got was HUGE. It's root system was about 10 times what I had received earlier. This irritated me, since the intial raspberries I got were alive, but very small and meager. I emailed them and stated, "how come all my plants don't look like this??". I then ordered grapes, all dead, nothing grew. I contacted them again and they had a horticulturalist "handle" me, implying I was a dummie and I didn't know what I was talking about. After several emails of describing the grapes the horticulturalist, she definately agreed they were dead and shipped more. Of course, I had to pay a hefty shipping charge for their sending me dead plants, both times. Took FOREVER to get my replacements and still only 1 grape was alive and is growing. My nectarine tree is was extremely healthy and is doing well, which I'm grateful for. I sent them an email stated my grievances with them and they replied saying they try to do a good job, but you know what folks, this took weeks for them to get it right and they still didn't and their plants aren't cheap. I've heard good things, but I was sorely disapointed in them. I've ordered all my other plants from Wayside Gardens and they put Raintree to shame with quality of plants and customer service. My Advice would be just don't order a lot...try Raintree out first and see how there plants are, I would give thumbs up on the tree though. Hopefully, they will use this review as a way to improve and do better.

Positive Marymar
(1 review)
On Jul 11, 2003, Marymar Grants Pass, OR (Zone 9a) wrote:

Earlier this spring I ordered a cherry and peach tree plus 10 asparagus crowns and I'm VERY PLEASED with all. The trees came bare root, I soaked them and planted them as instructed and both are doing very well at this time (July). Two of the asparagus crowns were smaller and being inexperienced w/asparagus I was worried about them and complained. They IMMEDIATELY sent me FIVE replacement plants and now all 15 plants are thriving well! I technically owe them for the 5 plants. I'm very satisfied with their courteous service, quality plants and will definitely buy from them again.

Positive JeffJ
(5 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2003, JeffJ wrote:

They are great! What more can I say?

Positive tomatillo
(5 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2003, tomatillo wrote:

I am pleased with Raintree. I ordered 3 fruit trees and several bushes, which were promptly shipped. The trees and larger bushes were sent bareroot while the smaller bushes were potted. All the plants were packaged well and the roots looked good - still moist and strong. Customer service reps were friendly and helpful - both when I placed the order and later when I called with planting questions.

Positive pienbee
(2 reviews)
On May 30, 2003, pienbee wrote:

I have ordered multiple bare root trees from this nursery. The tree have all done wonderfully.

Positive VA_Gardener
(9 reviews)
On May 27, 2003, VA_Gardener Glen Allen, VA wrote:

I have placed 3 orders in 2003 for 14 fruit trees (apples, plums, pears and cherries)with them. All were of the highest quality and they were very helpfull in answering questions on their tree varieties. I plan to place a repeat order for next year.

Positive diddywy2
(1 review)
On May 24, 2003, diddywy2 wrote:

I recently placed an order for a persimmon tree. I was told it would be shipped on Monday, May 12th and would arrive at my door by the end of the week. It did arrive as promised on Thursday. The tree was packaged very well and came with very clear planting and care instructions. It was also a nice sized tree with a healthy looking root system. We planted it the next day and so far it is doing very well. I was impressed with the way my order was handled from start to finish and will definitely order from Raintree Nursery again

Positive huggle002
(13 reviews)
On May 23, 2003, huggle002 Fort Edward, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I purchased 2 patio peach trees and blueberries from them last year...They were in excellant shape when I recieved them, and all are doing well, healthy and happy this year. They have a terrific catalog, and a frienddly and knowledgeable staff.

Positive gardengirl2
(2 reviews)
On May 8, 2003, gardengirl2 wrote:

I ordered for the first time from Raintree in March. I ordered a Combo fruit tree, 2 pear trees, 2 apple trees, Raspberry bushes, Top Hat blueberry as well as some
various gooseberries. They ALL arrived in perfect condition and I am very pleased with the company overall. I just placed my second order with them and will let you know how that turns out later.

Positive ndavis1
(1 review)
On May 6, 2003, ndavis1 wrote:

I ordered three crabapples and two apples this spring from Raintree and I was pleasantly surprised by the size and condition of the trees. Although one of the crabapples was out of stock, the four trees that I received were large and had ample roots. The trees rapidly broke dormancy are are looking to be in excellent condition so far. I will not hestitate to use Raintree for my future purchases.

Positive looker1
(1 review)
On May 5, 2003, looker1 wrote:

I'd recomend this company to other people. You won't get ripped off. There shipping is high and a little higher in price than other companys. I'd order from them again because of what thay offer. If you have a replacement problem you pay shipping again. It is three to four times as high as other companys. I'd still order from them if someone else did have what I wanted. Thay will work with you and try to make it right. If thay could only get a control of there shipping prices.

Positive Malachi
(2 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2003, Malachi Lyons, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I ordered several each of the Currant and Gooseberry varieties, all arrived in 4 days, and in very good condition, and much larger than expected. I am especially impressed with the size of the Currant plants. They have been planted and most are leafing out already, and doing very well. I will order from this company again.

Positive jledvin
(6 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2003, jledvin wrote:

Very good fruit trees, considered one of the consistant best places to get fruit trees for the home gardener I would recommend them. The trees were 3-4 feathered limbs starting to grow and were 4 feet high, with large root systems. Shipping box was very sturdy, and packing was done well material could not move, dryout, or bend. I ordered 2 varieties of sweet cherry trees, which dug in and leafed out quickly, even though deer got them twice. Trees on average are about $3-$5 more per item but they look worth the higher price because of the size. Shipping is high to the midwest they started doing a zone skip method to UPS hubs located in the US to speed up and lower the cost of shipping, I will try this method this year when I order from them.

Positive buttercup17x2
(2 reviews)
On Feb 9, 2003, buttercup17x2 wrote:

Since the trees I ordered could be planted as soon as I got them, Raintree shipped immediately. Although it's still early, the trees appear to be in excellent condition and the packaging kept them well protected. I would definitely order from them again

Positive darrgris
(3 reviews)
On Feb 7, 2003, darrgris wrote:

I would order from this company again. I have ordered from Raintree nursery for the past four years, as well as several other big-name nurseries. I have always been impressed with the catalog's completeness; it gives information on planting, landscaping, harvesting, even propogating (how many nurseries are helpful enough to tell you how to make more plants?). It does this without the BS factor that you usually have to take into account with other mail-order places. You know what I mean: HUGE APPLES THE SIZE OF IGUANAS!!!!! My list of ordered plants includes 3 apple trees, 4 gooseberries, 4 currants, 1 grape, 1 fig, 1 pomegranate, 3 types of strawberries, 3 types of blackberries, serviceberries, 3 elderberries, and a passionflower vine as well as books and odds-and-ends. They arrived at the proper planting time for the high desert. Out of these, the fig and an elderberry died and were replaced by the company without question. All of the trees and bushes were of a good size-compare that to my experience with DirectGardening, who sent me three gooseberries that flopped in one hand like dead mice, and a half-dozen roses that went straight down to Davy Jones in the first week. Being cheap sure cost me alot. Order from some place with a reputation, like Raintree.

Positive fwfarm
(18 reviews)
On Jan 30, 2003, fwfarm Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Last spring (2002) I ordered a gooseberry, an apple and a
plum. I changed my mind on the apple variety and they were
good about altering my order. They arrived really close
to when specified (I'm in Oregon)
The gooseberry was small but well-branched, the apple and
plum good-sized (larger than the ones from Burnt Ridge).
The gooseberry died from borers duing the summer and they
sent a replacement without giving me any problem. I'd love
to order again from them but they are kind of expensive...

Positive DCB
(1 review)
On Jan 30, 2003, DCB wrote:

We ordered a few dozen of several fruiting bush varieties last year (2002) for ourselves and friends. Everyone was satisfied with the bare root plants, which are doing just fine. Their information/planting guide accompanying the order was of use too, as was the detailed catalogue. We plan on continuing doing business with these helpful folks.

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