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|On Apr 26, 2020, scclear Marietta, GA wrote:
Posted on August 19, 2019, updated April 26, 2020
On April 26th, 2020, scclear added the following:
4/26/2020 - Georgia - Zone 7B
All of my iris grew this year and right now (mid season) I have an 80% bloom rate for those I planted last year. Most of the iris are really thriving and some are already multiplying. In particular I was impressed with Night Train to Memphis, Cherished and Infernal Fire which had multiple blooms and kept going for weeks. Very happy. Will order again soon!
|On Jul 19, 2017, Mj71 Pella, IA wrote:
Blue J Iris is tops in my book. I placed an order in June with the sale of 2 for 1. After getting excellent assistance from Sheri Arevalo, we got order in and they were sent when requested. I was more than impressed with their help on order, also the free Iris they also gave us. Plus the quality and service was way above what anyone would expect. Iris was the same quality as I got from another company last year but for over 1/2 the price. So YES I highly recommend Blue J Iris.
|On Jul 12, 2017, ASLunenburg Lunenburg, MA wrote:
In June of 2017 I sent an E-mail to Blue J Iris requesting about 100 Irises, I did not receive a response in a few days (I'm impatient), so I sent another e-mail requesting 50 different ones and hoped that I would get a response for one or both requests. Shortly after my second request Sheri contacted me and said she was generating a quote and would combine the two requests. About 3-4 days later I received a very nicely written quote listing out all the irises, discounts, and shipping costs for both orders combined.
|On Aug 1, 2015, eolivas103 Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on January 6, 2014, updated August 1, 2015
On August 1st, 2015, eolivas103 added the following:
I continue to buy from them and continue to be very happy with their service and Irises. I have done business with them for awhile now and they have never mislabled an Iris and have always fulfilled my order to a tee.
|On Jul 24, 2015, crowrita1 Lyndon, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on July 12, 2014, updated July 24, 2015
On July 12th, 2014, crowrita1 added the following:
Another great experience ordering from Blue J !! Thank you for a great "shopping' experience !!.....Arlyn
On July 24th, 2015, crowrita1 added the following:
My 2015 order was , as always, a good experience! Plants are healthy, bonus system is great..all in all, a good place to buy from !
|On Jun 3, 2015, thahalibut Bayamon, PR wrote:
Posted on May 12, 2015, updated June 3, 2015
On June 3rd, 2015, thahalibut changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
A full refund was proved to me on May 15th. I believe they are honest & try their best. I will buy from them again.
|On Jul 28, 2014, robbdogr Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
My order just arrived and all the rhizomes look great! It was my first time ordering from this company, and I am a happy customer. I will order from blue J iris again in the future. I placed my order earlier in the Spring knowing they would be shipped in summer, and the rhizomes arrived when we were told to expected them, along with a tracking number once they were shipped. The packaging was perfect for freshly dug irises.
|On Jul 22, 2014, WTCHHoDog Monroe, OR wrote:
My first order from Sheri and the whole gang at Blue J and won't be my last! Sheri was so helpful, as I don't do credit cards nor PayPal and wasn't sure how to do mail order. She walked me thru the order process, emailed me the invoice to send along if I wanted - only needed the order number but just in case sent the invoice as well - and generally took care as if I was their best customer. Yes, it was the busy season and it did take a few days for a reply but I ALWAYS got a reply.
|On Jul 10, 2014, themikesmom Concord, NC wrote:
Posted on July 20, 2013, updated July 10, 2014
On July 9th, 2012, themikesmom added the following:
This year the Bulbs arrived on time just like last year nicely labeled each rhizome with its own individual tag again, infact she even sent them out about a week early so the actually arrived right on July 9th instead of just sometime within the week which was a nice perk. I have to honestly say the bulbs were not as healthy looking and as large as last year, but I was happy with them as some were rare varieties and historics that no one else had. Sheri is a very honest person, one variety she could not find in her field, so instead of giving me a store credit or substiting another bulb variety of her choosing, she actually cut me a personal check and stuck it in the order which i thought was very nice as most other vendors would probably just give you a credit. Again I have seen larger and healthier looking bulbs before, but when it comes to selection of varieties and honest and fast service, Sheri has always gone above and beyond to treat us right.
On July 13th, 2012, themikesmom added the following:
After soaking the bulbs they all looked incredibly healthy and we finally finished getting them in the ground today, Sheri found the variety that we wanted that she thought she no longer had and she shipped it to us free of charge!, what an incredibly nice person and a wonderful thing to do, we also forgot to keep in mind that as we had our iris shipped during the very first week available during early summer, bulbs are not going to be huge like if you wait till fall, we love how maticulosely and nicely Sheri takes the time to package the iris, how clean looking they all are when they arrive and how nicely she packages them safely in clean material with no dirt or debris on the cleaned fans, and labels each iris with its own tag, most vendors just scribble the initials in black marker on the bulb fans, she takes loads of extra time to print a tag for each fan, its always fun to get your order from Blue J and open retrieve the goodies. They Will Definetely Have Our Return Buisness.
On July 20th, 2013, themikesmom added the following:
2013 Order was another Awesome year of nice sized hard to find iris varieties. A couple of the historic cultivars we recieved were huge, including Icy blue, Great Lakes, Rameses, Dogrose and Chantilly. Also recieved some rare extremely rare ones like Green Meadows, Maytime, and Red Cloud from 1913. Thanks Again Sheri !, for all your hard work and helping my son and me to continue to beautify this part of country by providing so many lovely plants that people will be able to drive by and enjoy for years to come!
On July 10th, 2014, themikesmom added the following:
Our 2014 Order Arrived today and all Rhizomes were Decent sized, Well manicured, Clean and Each Individually Tagged. I have to say I have read some of the comments below on non-positve ones complaining about health or rhizome loss, and if you are a southern grower where it is humid getting iris from multiple vendors like me you should be soaking your iris in 1 part bleach per 10 parts water and you would not lose any, and northern growers getting iris from multiple sources should probably soak theirs as well as a precaution from any vendor. Every Year Sheri Continues to offer Rare Heirloom Harder to Find Historics and Moderns to us that everyone else that sells commercially continues to down size, no longer carry, or only have as display and will no longer part with. Sheri parts with Her rare cultivars every year in decent quantities. Bottomline, You can get these rarities no where else and you wouldnt want too, the Generosity and Reasonabilty no place else and the consistency of coming through for Her customers year after year, make Blue J a Special and Wonderful Place and most of all a Dependable Place, helping us year after year to save rare cultivars and beautify our part of the country! Thank-You Sheri:-)
|On Mar 31, 2013, oregonwoodsmoke Terrebonne, OR wrote:
I had a good experience with Blue J. Only one rhizome was small (batik). The rest were a decent enough size. They looked as big as the ones in photos that were sent from other growers to my internet buddies.
|On Aug 19, 2012, gardeningjan Lake Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I just received my six Iris plus a free one for ordering six.
|On Aug 6, 2012, hornetstingme Bountiful, UT wrote:
This is the first time I have ordered from Blue J Iris. I cannot say enough good about my experience and the iris I received. My order was large.
|On Aug 25, 2010, dancingbear27 Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
This year I made my first order with Blue J. First of all I was impressed by the number of historic irises that they offer. My order was large and I received 2 free 2010 Jedlicka intros valued at $30 each and a 2007 Jedlicka intro valued at $14 as freebies. The irises were a bit smaller than from a few other growers but I was very happy with them for the very reasonable price that I paid for them. They were very fresh and packaged nicely. Would definitely recommend them and will be ordering from them again!
|On Jul 18, 2010, clematisdave Pylesville, MD wrote:
Its a good thing to have you out there with all these hard to find iris. Fair to good size and a nice extra DESERT WINE.Still would like someone to come up with an old Schreiner's called BLUE BARRON and another one called ASIA. Thanks Miss Jedlicka
|On Jul 8, 2010, Jumpin4Joy Orangeburg, SC wrote:
This company has been Awesome to me for the last 3 years. Huge selection and very reasonable prices. It may take a few days to respond to your emails but is only becuse they are busy working in their feilds trying to get orders straight and plants taken care of. I am so happy with Their generosity on my last order I cant even begin to explain. I will say that they went above and beyond what they had to do for me. It is a great company and I would order again and again. Thanks Blue J for a wonderful company that brings hard to find Iris to my front door. A++
|On Sep 13, 2009, flowergenie wrote:
I bought irises from Blue J a couple of years back. I was very pleased with the irises. They arrived fresh and healthy. The first year over half of them bloomed and I didn't lose a single one that first winter. They are all true to name and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
|On Aug 16, 2009, Nana3 Hanson, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I received my order of 34 iris from Blue J Iris today. I have unpacked my box and found very healthy, nice sized rhizomes. They were packed in excelsor and each rhizome had a printed plant marker attached. (thank you Sheri...saved me time from not having to make my own markers.) They included 5 bonus iris and two of those are 2009 Jeda intros valued at $30 and $12 each.
|On Aug 14, 2009, kentstar Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I just wanted to say thankyou! This is my second order with your company. Last year I planted some SDB and MDB iris and they came up beautifully this spring and nice blooms! This season I bought some Orange Celebrities, Orange Fires, and Blue Cheers TB iris and all came exactly when expected and were healthy looking, large rhizomes! I can't wait to see them bloom next year! They are already planted in the ground and I just got them today! Great job on packing too.
|On Aug 12, 2009, VirginiaLee2009 Riner, VA wrote:
I just received an order, my first, and was pleased that the plants were large, appeared healthy and freshly dug, and were packaged well for the trip. They also allowed me to specify the desired week of shipment, which was important because we were away during part of their shipping season.
|On Jul 17, 2009, KSBaptisia Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have bought iris from Blue J Iris for three years now and have been pleased with each order. They have an amazing selection of irises at very reasonable prices. Their rhizomes are typically not as big as those from the Oregon growers, but they are healthy and grow rapidly. Within a year, at least in my garden, the plants from Blue J are indistinguishable from the plants from the growers out west.
|On Mar 8, 2009, sealight2 Rockport, ME wrote:
I wish to revise a former neutral rating on this company. I have found that Sheri has tried to reverse an early criticism I made about the size and resulting loss of rhizomes in my zone 4/5 garden. After discussing the problem, we have agreed to ship later in the growing season, which will allow for larger rhizomes when dug and hopefully more success in their settling into my garden. I appreciate her efforts to rectify the problem and her desire for customer satisfaction.
|On Sep 12, 2007, flying_squirrel Priest River, ID (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered about 60 iris from Blue Jay this year. I was pleased by the order confirmation, price, size (of most of them) and condition of the iris upon arrival. They have been in the ground almost 2 months now and are growing well.They were shipped at the requested date. That was important to me as I live in the Idaho panhandle and we have short summers. I will order again next year. I found the prices and shipping to be very fair.
|On Aug 19, 2007, cls009 wrote:
This has been my third year of placing very large orders with this company and I have been very pleased. The rhizomes have been good sized, and Sheri has always been very good about responding quickly to any questions I have had. Will definitely order from again.
|On Jul 26, 2007, jh_gardens Southeast, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is my third year ordering from Blue J Iris. Have been extremely pleased with each order - beautiful, healthy rhizomes, at very reasonable prices, and wonderful bonus irises. Can't say enough positive about them. They are a joy to communicate with and very eager to please. My husband and I strolled through their gardens this past May. It was mind-boggling seeing so many absolutely beautiful, well-kept fields of iris...and a joy to meet Sheri, who was busy taking the beautiful photos for their web site. I'm already planning next year's order!!
|On Jul 26, 2007, timeinabottle Louisville, KY wrote:
I ordered 30 iris and got 3 bonus iris. All ot the plants were very healthy with thick heavy clean rhizomes and nice fleshy roots. This was definitely a positive experience.
|On Oct 15, 2006, Posiesforponies North Branch, MI wrote:
I usely dont post but i have too
|On Sep 21, 2006, bluestem1946 Pawhuska, OK wrote:
Excellent experience from enjoying the attractive, user-friendly site, to the ease of ordering, to the personable and professional communication and invoicing, to receiving the well-packaged healthy rhizomes. The bonuses and extras were generous and appropriately chosen to complement the colors I ordered. Add to all that, the very reasonable pricing and I doubt one could find a better source for iris.
|On Sep 11, 2006, mamajack Fate, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
i bought about 80 iris and i ordered kind of late. you will not believe this but i got all but 2 of the ones i wanted. i got bonuses, extras, large iris in the first place, packed perfectly with an invoice that was perfect. there's more.......i got a new iris intro. and a refund. teehee!! and i got these at the best price known in the iris world. sheri is wonderful to deal with. she worked with me for 2 months with my order. occ. she is too busy to get right back at you but she does get back. she answered every question i had. and when asked about the negative feedback blue j had gotten in the past she didn't hedge.....just explained that all of the past problems were being worked on. and by golly i think they have it. THIS is the place folks. i can not wait to order again next year. thanks to you sheri and to blue j for some really nice plants. a great big rebel yell from me down in texas.
|On Sep 6, 2006, slq_iris Lawton, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:
This is the first year that I ordered from Blue J. I ordered on line and got an e-mail back within a day telling me exactly what would be in my order and which of the "bonus or substitute" irises would be included. The ordered arrived at the time that I had specified and was well packed, well marked and in good shape. They added so many bonus iris that I have given some to friends.
|On Aug 10, 2006, pollyk Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Just received my order from Blue J.
On August 12th, 2006, pollyk added the following:
Just want to say they were packed in excelsior---my husband got a real kick out of that one!
I have put some pictures on the iris forum, in case anyone wants to see what these looked like.
On April 1st, 2007, pollyk added the following:
Out of my 66 iris ordered all came back from the winter fine except one, I lost, and one which had a slight bit of rot, which I cut off. I consider that absolutely excellent. I have a big order again coming this year. I am very pleased so far with this comapny, and will post again, when I determine if they seem true to name.
On June 7th, 2007, pollyk added the following:
Out of my 65 remaining irises (I lost only 1). I have bloom stalks on over 35 of them. So far, I have had 27 bloom, and all were true to name. I am extremely pleased with this company. For the price it is fantastic. Sheri has been wonderful to work with, and I have just a little bit larger order in this year.
On August 21st, 2007, pollyk added the following:
Another year, another great order. For price and quality, and all true to name, so far, this place can't be beat.
I posted pics in the iris forum.
|On Sep 17, 2005, daylily970 Coshocton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
i placed a large order with them. sheri was great. i added to my order several times, sheri didn't mind. the rhizomes were large and some they sent two if they were small. the only thing i didn't care for was the straw, it made a mess. i will be a repeat customer.
On December 10th, 2007, daylily970 added the following:
i placed another large order in 2006 and another order in 2007. was pleased with both orders, will order again.
|On Sep 16, 2005, plant_tender De Pere, WI wrote:
I placed a fair sized order with, Blue J Iris, earlier in 2005, ... (over 50 irises, at a very pleasing price). All were received in a timely manner, in fine condition. Sherri was super regarding customer service & always made feel like a valued customer! (always answered my questions/emails, & very helpful in quiding me when I was in search of that 'special iris', etc. ... even if they didn't have it themselves, she informed me of where I might locate it! Highly professional! So refreshing!). Very soon after I received my first order, I placed a second iris order, ... & to my surprise, they arrived quite quickly, (rather than placing me 'last on the list' & shipping latest in the season). I appreciate the consistancy in care, promptness, & quality I received! Any minor problems which arose, Blue J Iris was quick to make amends. A terrific company, with wonderful, 'old fashioned type values' .... remember???? the days when the common corporate social value was that .... 'the customer was always right'. That was my experience with Blue J Iris!
|On Sep 6, 2005, EAVillager Atlanta, GA wrote:
Great communication and customer service.
|On Sep 1, 2005, victorianangel Lake Arrowhead, CA wrote:
This is one of the best plant purchases I have ever made! They were easy to work with, the iris were HUGE and beautiful. They were out of two of the iris that I ordered because I ordered on the last day of their season and they shipped double replacement for one, and triple for the other! I will always buy from this company when I want iris! Oh, there prices were fantastic!!!!!!!!! Let me give them the highest praise report that I have ever written!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|On Aug 23, 2005, patnjbob Blossom, TX wrote:
I received my order from Blue J about a month ago. I was order number 5 and had two iris on the buy list that were refunded. I notified Sheri once the iris arrived because they had mold and some were soft and had chew damage on them. She sent duplicates on some iris but the really tiny ones with damage had no duplicates . In general, the straw she uses to pack iris in, holds moisture and unless you are only one day away, then chances for mold and soft rhizomes, are a very good possibility. By the way, mold on iris rhizomes isn't always black. Once the black is there, it can be too late. This happened with three of the Blue J iris. The others were treated with bleach and then streptomycin when planted. I've lost some of the rhizomes because of the mold and some are fine and growing and some just sit.
On February 1st, 2007, patnjbob changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I usually don't change my ratings of a company but will this time. Sheri rethought the straw packing and used excelsior last summer. There was absolutely no mold on last summer's rhizomes. I took later shipment because of my zone and I received much nicer rhizomes and Sheri was quick to make good anything that I knew wouldn't make it here. (Too Small) I don't think the smaller ones were her fault, I think it was maybe another problem that she was aware of. Namely packers.
I have recommended Blue J now to several people and they have since ordered. I think Sheri and her parents are working hard to rectify problems. I've not seen any sign of borers in any of the rhizomes I've gotten, but I did see what looked like rodent damage on the previous year's rhizomes. Last summer (06) didn't find that sort of damage again. I'd still like to see a little larger rhizome on some of my order but as long as Blue J is trying, what else can you ask for. I applaud their progress. And because of their attempts to make things better for all of us, I have changed my rating.
|On Aug 21, 2005, Robin77 Mount Olive, IL wrote:
Zone 6 Illinois
On August 21st, 2005, Robin77 added the following:
Blue J Iris was easy to work with, Blue J Iris website was easy to browse and Sheri Arevalo (of Blue J Iris) was helpful and even took the time to give me individual help with growing my iris plants.
|On Aug 19, 2005, Cheesy West Bend, WI wrote:
I just received my order from Blue J and was very satisfied with what I received. They are well grown and healthy rhizomes. And you can't beat the price! Sheri gets 5 stars (or more!) for her excellent customer service. Quite helpful and friendly, she answers queries very promptly. You do feel your business is valued and appreciated here. Like the website and also the extensive selection from old to new. I look forward to seeing what they have in store next year.
On August 17th, 2006, Cheesy added the following:
Ordered again from Blue J after my irises bought last year did VERY well. I had an exceptionally high bloom percentage on my first year plants (perhaps coming from a similar climate?) and all that bloomed were true to name.
Service again was top notch. I didn't have the need to ask questions this time, just submitted my order and received a confirmation within a day or two from Sheri. Irises received were in good condition and generous as always.
The selection is so fab and the prices are so reasonable.
Great website, I enjoy sitting with a cup of coffee and looking at the photos page by page...and making my list.
On August 9th, 2007, Cheesy added the following:
Third time is STILL a charm...got my order a couple weeks ago, right on time. Everything A-OK. Generous as always and the rhizomes are clean and healthy. Love the selection there, some rarities to be found and you can't beat the price.
That Sheri...she is awesome, I hope she gets a big vacation after shipping season wraps up. Hard working gal who manages to take care of business quickly and accurately. Kudos to her!
|On Aug 14, 2005, rankill Saint Louis, MO wrote:
I have ordered over 600 Iris from various companies. The quality usually reflected the price. Only Blue Jay had a very cheep price and outstandin rhizomes. The discounts, bonus iris, quality and size far exceeded my expectations. I would not hesitate to recomend these people and their product.
|On Aug 13, 2005, flowerfrenzy Vancouver, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:
This company has really great prices. Some rhizomes are smaller than usual, but it's due to their colder climate. If they are small, they give you two or more to make up for it. I will order from them again next year.