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|On May 28, 2021, KCClark Hilliard, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Recently emailed them to recommend that they start carrying hoptrees again. Was very surprised to get a reply saying they were closing forever on May 24th. I scrounged their website for things I wanted that they still had. Unfortunately for me, it was slim pickings. I ended up getting 3 English walnuts. They arrived quickly and I got a bonus tree. I'm going to miss Oikos. :(
On May 28, 2021, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On May 29, 2021 7:50 AM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Very nice. Thank you. "
|On May 25, 2021, mylittletrees Corning, OH wrote:
My first tree order with this company arrived in the spring in good condition. The young trees were well packed and marked. Based on availability and everything I ordered, I was satisfied with what I received. I like the the diverse products they carry, and the detailed descriptions on the website. Ken and his staff seem like true plantsmen. I appreciate their work and knowledge and attention to detail. Hoping my order stays alive and well for years to come! Would like to buy from them again. Thanks!
|On May 19, 2019, grieptr Dubuque, IA wrote:
I ordered 25 pawpaws from Oikos. With the order I indicated that they should not be delivered before 15 May as it would be too cold and I would not be around to plant them. Unfortunately, they sent the bare root seedlings a month early.
|On Oct 22, 2017, bagpiper8 Weldona, CO wrote:
I teach high school Life Skills to moderate and severely intellectually disabled kids, and we started our own little nursery to sell farmers and gardeners in our NE Colorado area plants. I called Oikos to see if we could get trees from them at wholesale because I liked what I saw in the website, and the owner was nice enough to talk with me. Even though there wasn't a wholesale pricing given, we were sent several awesome trees to try out in my own yard along with some extras. We also were given some free seed to try in our little greenhouse. I was impressed with the care and precision the plants were packed in, nothing was bent or broken and the roots intact in the tubes they came in. Just could not have been happier. Most of the time when I get plants in tubes with soil its a mess, these were primo. Anyhow, not sure what the other negatives were about on here but I sure can't say anything that would preclude buying many many more plants from them. Thank you again. Mr. Mark Shaver, Life Skills Instructor and co-operator of the Seedling Shop Life Skills Nursery
|On Jul 14, 2017, RobThomas Readyville, TN wrote:
I recently placed an order for various oak trees. I placed the order on a Sunday night, and they shipped the very next day. The trees arrived healthy, and well packaged. It's mid-July with temps in the 90's, but all the root balls were still very moist.
|On May 15, 2017, Eigen Brunswick, ME wrote:
I ordered three Wild Raisin shrubs, and they came carefully packaged and still moist. Into the ground they went!
|On Apr 15, 2017, kilahace Toms River, NJ wrote:
Did really want to like this nursery because their selection of plants is very interesting and seems like they would work well for a permaculture garden. The website is attractive and seems easy to us with good descriptions for plants and their care. Their employees and customer support sound like nice people.
|On May 5, 2016, JamesMoore Sandpoint, ID wrote:
Plants are sold strictly by height so you will get plants that are 1-2ft tall but with a 4 inch root system and stem diameter of 1/16th-1/8th of an inch max.So you're looking at leaves the size of peas when they are done opening up.
On May 5, 2016, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On May 9, 2016 4:04 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
That is not entirely true. If the plants are grown in pots then you get all the root system there is. Yes, some plants have thinner stem diameter and are not the same at all compared to the grafted thick diameter root stocks that you get from other nurseries. It is not the same comparison. We sell completely different plants grown in a completely different way. What we are planning to do though is make a more precise image gallery of what to expect from Oikos Tree Crops so you are not surprised when you get our plants and say 'how wimpy!' Because they are not anything like that at all. Some of these species are kind of like that and you cannot expect them to look like those other nurseries. It really is not the same. And no, you should not baby them for a year. They need to be planted directly in their permanent site. That is the ideal way and the reason we grow them using the paper pot from seed method that we have refined over the years. "
|On Apr 20, 2016, Toddott Kentwood, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Not impressed with the quality or pricing.
On Apr 20, 2016, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On May 9, 2016 4:18 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
On the size of the plants-the pot is not included in the size, so from what you have written, you should have contacted us for either a replacement or a partial refund. I know we did run kind of 'short' on larger pawpaws this year. Sorry about that. The Jerusalem artichokes -if they were either Hypernova or Diversity- those are the smallest and will often be only a few nickel and dime sized tubers sometimes. However, often with those selections we give extra. I hope you got extra. This does not matter too much because each tuber will produce more full sized tubers in the first season. The other sunchokes can sometimes be cut from very large tubers or can be totally full tubers depending on the varieties. Almost always we give extra to make up for it.
|On Apr 11, 2016, RozenKruetz Canyon Lake, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Ordered plants in February, waited 2 weeks before emailing them to see when when my plants would ship and got a reply a couple days later saying that they were going to be shipped in 2-3 weeks. 5 weeks later and still nothing so I emailed them again saying If they weren't shipping this week I'd like a refund. Later that day I got a email saying it would be looked into. Nice reply time at least. The next day I got a shipping notice, yay! But they were sending them by ground shipping so the bareroot plants were in the mail for a week (not what I expect when paying for shipping on live plants.) The plants arrived looking a bit wilted but overall alright, they apparently ran out of two of the plants I had ordered and didn't notify me beforehand or anything but said on the invoice I could get a refund or wait till fall for them to ship... They did sent me a free sunchoke plant (a different variety than what the one I ordered that they ran out of.)
|On Jul 12, 2015, YvonneMal Waymart, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on July 2, 2015, updated July 12, 2015
On July 12th, 2015, YvonneMal added the following:
If you are game in replacing the Buartnuts... that would be appreciated. My husband wanted them and it was sad watching his hang-dogged face when no leaves appeared for months. I sent an email concurring to such on your site's contact page.
As for the other plants... no biggy.
On Jul 12, 2015, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Jul 6, 2015 11:30 AM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Well that is definitely not a good success rate. I am not sure what happened. If you would like us to reship those plants then email us and we are willing to try again if you are. There have been few complaints about the plants you have except the buartblack walnut and Lake Huron tansy which for some reason winter damage prevailed here at the farm.
|On Jul 4, 2015, Skaander Staten Island, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:
The pride of my garden are two plums and thirteen hazelnuts and three schisandras I ordered from Oikos last winter. They arrived on time to plant in my zone and were in perfect order on arrival. I only ordered twelve hazelnuts and whether accidentally or not, I got a baker's dozen.
On Jul 4, 2015, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Jul 6, 2015 11:21 AM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Thank you. Sometimes we send extras. Our shipping procedures are quite strict, yet we are not as vigilant sometimes as we should be. Hope we can help you out in the future of your edible forest."
|On Apr 23, 2015, brianaucuba PEQUEA, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I never had a problem with Oikos. You cannot beat their pricing and quality. The one time that a plant I wanted was out of stock they happily substituted an alternate. Oikos is a good source of unusual, hard to find species and hybrids. If you want concierge service at ten times the price there are many overpriced nurseries that will be happy to take your money. For those of us that do not want or need overpriced plants Oikos is a great resource.
|On Apr 21, 2015, breakfast Hardwick, VT wrote:
my trees came packed horribly! 3 of The crappy tags that they use instead of the ones that wrap around the tree and stay there were strewn about the bottom of the box. So basically I have three tiny trees that I have to guess what they are. Not that awesome. I really like the approach this company takes and
On Apr 21, 2015, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On May 21, 2015 8:37 AM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Thank you for your comments as it helps us improve our service. We did have some issues with packing this spring and you ended up on the receiving end of that. I apologize for that. If you can tell us by emailing or calling customer service we would normally send out new plants, rather than have you guess what the heck the plant is. The handling by UPS and our poor packing was enough to dislodge those tags which are normally stuck deep within the pot and wrapped in a plastic bag. I know we can add extra tags, however I always thought it was a waste of plastic. Possibly we can people the option of asking for additional tags at some point but it becomes a plastic tag mega- universe here with so many to print. I am hoping we can do better in the future. I am not sure what the issue is with the plants as I think the plants we grow are as good or better than other nurseries. "
|On Feb 27, 2015, shaneatwell Carlsbad, CA wrote:
Oikos has some nice oaks. I ordered one and added some Pawpaw just for fun. Went away for Christmas and when I returned had an OIKOS receipt in the mail with a handwritten explanation on top that there was an issue with my credit card. This is now a month after I placed the order. No e-mail, no phone call, either of which I could have answered weeks prior. So I call and straighten out that issue and arrange things for the pawpaw. Turns out its too early for the size I ordered, so he's going to send more of a smaller size. No problem. Some weeks pass and I receive the pawpaws, but no oak. There's another handwritten note on the receipt saying that he cant legally ship oak to California and that he's refunded that portion. So here I am months later with no oak and some pawpaws which I wouldn't have ordered on their own in the first place.
On Feb 27, 2015, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Feb 27, 2015 4:49 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Good point. Communication is the key. I did double the order of pawpaws sent as kind of a consolation prize. "
|On Dec 5, 2014, paulobessa Porto,
Portugal (Zone 9a) wrote:
They have good and rare stuff. Usually viable, though I already got some seeds which didn't germinate, but that's the exception not the rule. Overall a good service for this company. Haven't tried communication with them.
|On Oct 14, 2014, FOOB Manchester, NH wrote:
I have been ordering from Oikos for a few years and each year have been fine until this year. 90% of the plants arrived brown and dead. They replaced some plants but will not replace the wild beans claiming that they are still in dormancy and asked me to wait and see. They request for me to contact them in August 25 to let them know and will replace them if they still have not grow. I forgot about it until later and they say sorry we cannot replace them because you miss the date. Hello Oikos, I contacted you when the plants are DOA. Delay tactic? I would understand if they are out of stock but they have stock according to their web site but refuse to replace plants that I told them were dead on arrival. What happen to the Oikos that use to sell quality plants and have reasonable customer service. Is negative experience the trend with Oikos?
On Oct 14, 2014, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Nov 4, 2014 4:24 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Yes. It is true if you go past the warranty period of 90 days then you will not receive replacements. In your case we mentioned in an email in early summer to check the plants first (let them go for a while) and then contact us before August 15. You did not do that in a timely fashion. That is why you did not receive the replacements. However you did receive a refund for $12.75 when we issued the refunds sometime in October. It is also true we adhere much more closely about the replacement policy on plants than we use to in the past. That is because it became an issue about accommodating as many people as possible in a timely fashion. "
|On Sep 7, 2014, Raisetrees Spencerville, OH wrote:
This is a long overdue hugely positive experience with Oikos...My father and I have ordered thousands of trees and saplings from a variety of Midwestern nurseries over the past twenty years, only to be generally disappointed even with "premium" choices as advertised from other nurseries...We ordered seventy oaks of several varieties from Oikos over a half decade ago...All of those oaks arrived in pristine condition and thrived despite the severe drought conditions of 2011-2013 and the brutal winter of 2014...Out of the 70 oaks planted only 4 died in the past year due to personal neglect and poor situs choice...Many of those oaks are now bearing acorns and stand over 18 feet tall, again despite being planted in Midwestern clay...I will never order from another nursery...Personal respect to the nursery owner for extreme personal service in response to emailed questions...
|On May 22, 2013, Zafak Oakbrook, KY wrote:
I placed an order for various native edibles. The prices were fair for what I received. Every plant was labeled and packaged carefully. Im looking forward to the nuts, berries, and plums ill have in a few years.
|On May 1, 2013, forgottenman Pennsbury Village, PA wrote:
I placed an order for several plants, and upon receiving the package, found that one type of plant was not included. The reason for this was mentioned on the invoice -- the plant was out of stock (though this was not indicated on the website when I placed the order, or in the order confirmation email I received). Thankfully I was not charged for the unshipped items.
On May 1, 2013, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On May 2, 2013 4:37 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Since you did not supply us with the details of your order and I do not know who or what your order was, I cannot comment specifically on the plants.
|On Apr 29, 2013, ChestnutBob Cherry Grove, OH wrote:
Posted on April 16, 2013, updated April 29, 2013
On April 29th, 2013, ChestnutBob added the following:
Oikos did get back with me and encouraged me to give them time because it had been a long cold winter. I would love to be wrong and have to change this rating.
On Apr 29, 2013, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Apr 16, 2013 5:03 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
I would say you are right about the size. This year most are under the 6 inches. For this plant, it was one of the years where the sizes ran short. If you received the potted trees most of those ended up being 4- 8 inches in some cases. If you received the field grown trees then they ran from 5 inches to 18 inches on average. The plants are all grown from the same 5-6 seed trees and it has no bearing on the genetics so no it is not the bottom of the genetic barrel. They are lifeless sticks when you order trees from us. They are dormant and few if any buds will be showing, but rest assured they are alive and I did not send you dead trees. It may take longer than a single day for us to respond to emails this time of year. I hope your trees will flourish with time and maybe someday you will order from us again. "
|On Nov 22, 2012, gambelii Pocatello, ID wrote:
ordered many times before always packed well. This company gets it.
|On May 26, 2012, JohnfromAlabam Heflin, AL wrote:
I ordered several plants from Oikos and they arrived in a timely manner and in good shape. My dog destroyed one so I ordered a replacement. I hated to place an order for just one plant so I ordered a couple more. A few days later the dog ruined another plant so I ordered a replacement and a couple of additional plants. Oikos combined the orders, a good thing, and the plants arrived again in a timely manner. All plants appear healthy and meet or exceed their stated sizes. I will be ordering from these folks again.
|On May 16, 2012, quntmphscs Falcon, MO wrote:
All I can say is Wow!!! I ordered from many online companies this year and their packaging was the best. Their plants were green and healthy and are still doing well. I'm giving a presentation on permaculture this weekend and this is the only company I am going out of my way to recommend. We will be ordering from them from now on.
|On Mar 24, 2012, Eric_OH Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
It's been a few years since I ordered from them, but every tree has done well (including a white oak and paper-bark birch). The catalog continues to offer a varied selection of (mainly) native trees with good wildlife-supporting potential and there's good value if you don't mind starting with relatively young stock.
|On Mar 24, 2012, Old_Gardener Calabasas, CA wrote:
Posted on March 24, 2012, updated March 24, 2012
On March 24th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
I received my field dug trees yesterday (25 Sawtooth Oaks (6-12"), 25 Chestnutleaf Oaks (6-12"), 24 Russian Hawthorne (3-6"), 3 White Russian Mulberry (paper pots - 4 -12") and 25 each of the field grown wild leeks and wild strawberries). I could not be more pleased!!! The 6-12" oaks are actually 8-20" with the majority 12-16" tall, the Mulberry are 6-7", and the Russian Hawthorne range from 4-20" (most are 6-8" and all are very sturdy). All of the trees have well developed root systems and Oikos even sent me extras! The strawberries are quality bare root and the leek look particularly nice (6-8" tall and healthy). As I stated before, they may not have the fancy packaging but it is effective as everything arrived in great shape. The shipping costs are definitely on the lower end - about 10% for each order. I will definitely order from Oikos again and I hope that their name gets out there. Most definitely a reliable tree farm and nursery providing high quality stock at very low prices. Thank you, Oikos!! You have a customer for life.
On March 24th, 2012, Old_Gardener added the following:
'Just wanted to add that 55 of the 58 trees/shrubs from the prior order have broken dormancy (leafing out) and the yellow strawberries have sent out new leaves - and all were planted just 8 days ago! I am sure that the 3 Wild Honeylocust will soon follow suit...
|On May 31, 2011, jtellerelsberg Norwich, VT (Zone 5a) wrote:
I placed my first order with Oikos this year, for two hazelnuts (one each of Ken's Select and Precocious) and some Manchurian violets. All arrived at a good time for planting in Vermont. All were in good condition and appear to have made the transition into the ground without trouble. (I planted them about one week ago, and all look healthy.)
|On Apr 10, 2011, greenman115 Ringtown, PA wrote:
Placed my first ever order with this company, which included a variety of Burr Oaks, hybrid Chestnut, Heartnuts and Buartnuts, Hickories, as well as a few tubers.
|On Apr 7, 2011, ChuckP Adrian, MI wrote:
I ordered two Morus rubra 6"-12" from them and some other things. I received the other items as ordered plus three Morus rubra, a little more than 12" tall. All the plants were with roots, in the tubes they had been growing in. They shipped on April 1, earlier than most people want but exactly what I requested. I have had similar experience ordering from them in the past, both punctual shipping and sometimes extra plants. They have an interesting mix of native and unusual plants. They provide e-mail notification when the order is received and when it is shipped. When I have had questions in the past, Ken has answered my e-mails.
|On Sep 26, 2010, gsteinbe Trenton, NJ wrote:
Posted on December 12, 2008, updated September 26, 2010
On September 26th, 2010, gsteinbe added the following:
I still haven't gotten any fruit or nuts from the plants I bought at Oikos Tree Crops. The chinquapin chestnuts, hazelnuts, and currants are doing well enough (though growing slowly). All but two of the beach plums have died (but I may have them in soil that's too moisture-retentive for their liking). The huckleberry died; it deteriorated over a year.
Since my first order, I've ordered from Oikos again. When my order arrived this time, several of the plants had been crammed into the box with too much packing material. Nothing was seriously damaged but one Green Gumbo Malva. It looked like it would survive, but its roots and crown were compressed. Its current top growth was all wilted by the next day. I emailed Oikos, and they promptly apologized and sent a replacement, which arrived very quickly and is already in the ground. I'm very happy with the service I've received and keep my rating at "Positive." I'm still looking forward excitedly to all the fruit and nuts (and now Malva leaves) that I'll be getting in future years. I hope I don't have much longer to wait.
|On Apr 16, 2010, skinnejj Bellville, TX wrote:
Placed my order March 11. Received my order towards the beginning of April. The plants were all very well packed with plenty of cushioning to protect them from the delivery guy. Oh, and this is one of the few companies out there that *doesn't* ship bare-root. That's right, the plants come with soil - good soil - and, consequently, looked a good bit healthier and got going a lot quicker than the bare-root plants I've received from other online nurseries. Realize, though, that if you order tree stock, in most cases you are ordering *seedlings* - when they say 2"-3" they mean 2"-3"... so those little guys will probably need a 3-5 gallon pot to sit in for a few years. I ordered $77 worth of stuff and as of today, April 16, everything except my jerusalem artichokes and my Christmas wintergreen have "woken up" and put on new growth. The groundnuts are going like gangbusters. I expect the jerusalem artichokes I got will poke their heads through the dirt soon. As for the Christmas wintergreen, it looked fine when it arrived, but it's leaves have been, one by one, steadily turning brown and falling off ever since I received it. Maybe it just doesn't like the shady little flowerbed I put it in. Oh, well. Also, it would have been nice to get a confirmation email or something when my order shipped so I could have been looking for it. Bottom line, though, this was a pretty positive experience. Oikos has a lot of unique plants you can't find anywhere else and they're pretty inexpensive. If they had something I wanted, I wouldn't hesitate to order again.
|On Mar 17, 2010, Loligo Murphysboro, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first order from Oikos: I ordered five plants and some sunchoke tubers. All were nicely sized, well packed, and in good shape. Oikos carries a fantastic selection of useful and native plants, so if these plants grow well for me, I look forward to ordering from them again!
On Mar 17, 2010, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Mar 18, 2010 9:53 AM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Thank you, we are constantly on the lookout for different native plants to offer. Check out our web site for up-to-date selections http://www.oikostreecrops.com."
|On Jan 24, 2010, killdawabbit Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have ordered from them many times over the years. Always satisfied. Great nursery for an oak nerd like me.
|On Nov 5, 2009, jujubetexas San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Communication is a little lacking when it comes to order confirmation. I recommend just calling early on a weekday to confirm for that nice fuzzy warm feeling but sure enough the order was received and shipped fast. One plant was huge, two were normal and one was smallish. One was small but the price was pretty cheap to begin with so no biggie. I would order from them again for sure. Shipping was resonable too.
On Nov 5, 2009, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Dec 23, 2009 1:11 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
Order confirmations have been a problem we are addressing on both internet site and office. This spring (2010) we plan to update some of our old ways of doing things. "
|On May 12, 2009, icebear Lewiston, ME (Zone 5b) wrote:
I'm so glad i found this company. I got my first order from them a few weeks ago and was impressed with what they sent me. I can't wait to order from them again!
|On Mar 23, 2009, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I love Oikos! I have ordered sporadically over the years from their mail order catalogue (I'm not that familiar with their website; yet), and always enjoy perusing the pages. Ken's dry wit provides a fun read, and I LEARN from his writings, especially about the many varieties of nut trees they offer. Selection on ornamentals vary from year to year, but they always have some interesting offerings.
|On Dec 12, 2008, Old_Farmer Napier, WV (Zone 5b) wrote:
I placed an order on Saturday last week and it was received in good order yesterday (Tuesday) of the following week. This company called me Monday morning saying that UPS could not find the address that I provided and I advised that I had been receiving UPS shipments at that address for at least 15 years. Enough for that, UPS found me and the order was well packed and dormant so they were in perfect condition. The cherry trees were as described and have already been planted. Having a small nursery of my own, I could see that they took every effort in providing the best product possible. Its good to say something positive about someone who cares about their product and their customer. I am well pleased with what I received and their effort to make sure it was shipped promptly and to the correct address.
|On Oct 25, 2008, Shapeshft Binghamton, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered 3 Diospyros virginiana, 1 Aesculus pavia, and 1 Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent.' They all arrived well packed, as described, and in good shape for fall planting. The company had a special going on and so I received fruits of some Diospyros along with the plants, free. Yum!
|On Oct 24, 2008, MzBubbly8621 Las Vegas, NV wrote:
I called Oikos earlier today during their business hours. Nobody picked up so I left a message asking questions regarding care of Dwarf Korean Chestnut trees or paw paw trees for Las Vegas, Nv (I forget which because at the last minute I placed another order since you have to spend at least $25 in products in order to ship). So, I waited an hour or two before deciding just to purchase since I did a research on the company and almost everyone seems happy. Not very smart of me to have waited for their response before placing an order, but I really was excited to get these plants/trees. I called many times after that (still business hours) and still no one answered. Left an e-mail message to their company just to add another paw paw tree since I found out in order for the tree to fruit you have to have atleast two trees. Waited some more and still no response... Communication definitely sucks with the company. Not sure about their products, but I decided to cancel them since they do not have good communication with their customers it seems... at least with me. Hope they got my cancelation notice.
On Oct 24, 2008, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
"On Dec 27, 2009 1:31 PM, OIKOS Tree Crops responded with:
It may take longer than 24 hours to respond to emails. During the busy season it may take longer than one day to return calls. We are trying to improve the ability for customers to get a hold of us in the spring via phone. I know it is not easy at times. Order confirmations are done immediately and a paper confirmation is sent in the mail. We do this especially if its going to be a few weeks or months before you get your order. If you are new to us, we will send a paper catalog too. Your credit card is run just prior to shipping. You have to buy 25 dollars worth of plants. This is our minimum order. "