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Positive mattinnh
(2 reviews)
On Jul 28, 2008, mattinnh Somersworth, NH wrote:

Everything arrived in great condition and is doing well. I am planning on ordering more stock from this company.

Positive fwfarm
(18 reviews)
On Jul 27, 2008, fwfarm Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Ordered in 2006, the trees arrived in great shape and are
thriving; wondeful and unique varieties. Very happy.

Positive lezurk
(8 reviews)
On Jun 20, 2008, lezurk Toledo, IL wrote:

Oikos is one of my favorite companies to deal with. They offer a product line that is unlike anything else on the internet. I have dealt with them for the last two years, most recently ordering three large persimmon trees, and everything has arrived in good shape and has grown superbly. Their customer support is top notch and you are never left wondering about the status of your order. I hate looking at their catalog because I always want to order something.

Positive autremike
(20 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2008, autremike Ludlow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Thanks Ken for your quick same day responses regarding my order - I thought that he forgot to ship my persimmons, but I found them packed perfectly along with my chestnuts. Well packed and excellent quality with quick customer service. One of my favorite companies.

Positive paolopietro
(1 review)
On Apr 14, 2008, paolopietro West Chester, OH wrote:

First time shopper with your company ,, You have being very curtsies and the tree are magnificent. Hope the will be ok. I have planted and I am impress by the size, thank you. Peter Tomaino

Positive mingoman
(1 review)
On Feb 27, 2008, mingoman Blytheville, AR wrote:

I ordered 10 field grown Timburr Chestnuts. Ken shipped me the more expensive container grown, since the ground had allready frozen, at the lower field grown price! Thanks Ken!

Positive jqpublic
(2 reviews)
On Jan 31, 2008, jqpublic Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this place. My first order was great. I asked for some shagbark hickories and some pecans. I ordered 2 of each and b/c some were a little runty they gave me extras. I got 3 shagbarks instead of 2 and 4 pecans...and just to be nice they gave me a free lecont hican too. Great people...and you can tell they are ready to encourage anyone's green thumb. They were also very quick in their delivery. A+!

By the way I planted the trees in October 2007 so this spring will be my first idea of how they fair, but I can tell they are still alive by scratching the bark :)

Positive Kertesz
(4 reviews)
On Jan 15, 2008, Kertesz New Prague, MN wrote:

This has always been a good company to deal with, one of the best as far as customer service. They carry unusual varieties of many native plants that you won't find elsewhere. Also one of the funniest catalogs around, with comments like "this plant is so tasty, I caught my 80 year old neighbor climbing the fence to get them". Also great prices, if you are willing to start with small specimens.

The one time I had a problem (dead tree) they promptly replaced it, no problem. I felt almost guilty for bringing it up in this forum as they are so determined to make sure their product will be satisfactory for their customers.

Positive medora66
(1 review)
On Oct 24, 2007, medora66 Three Oaks, MI wrote:

I order from Ken and Oikos regularly and am routinely thrilled with what I get. Their stock is healthy and vigorous and the selection is really interesting -- you'll get alot of information just from reading the catalogue. Plus, the prices are good, and Ken is EXTREMELY patient with my questions (I'm learning alot from him). The one time I had a problem with something -- two shrubs -- they were replaced, and they even threw in an extra one to make up for the trouble. Great, great company.

Positive jimwil22
(2 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2007, jimwil22 rhinelander, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

this company has been pleasant to deal with for the
last 9 years, they offer some deals and the selection
is one of the best around, even people who have
planted trees for years like oikos, giving an opportunity
to add diversity to nature. there planting aids are helpful.

Positive Loohan
(1 review)
On Jan 12, 2007, Loohan Leslie, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have ordered from them numerous times since 1998. Oftentimes their prices are outrageously good. More often than not, they throw in more than I paid for.
Plants have always been healthy and viable.

Positive rcaretti
(3 reviews)
On May 25, 2006, rcaretti Woodsboro, MD wrote:

I have dealt with OIKOS on several occasions and they are an absolute joy to deal with. The blueberry plants I just recently ordered were in absolutely wonderful shape (nice plants, well packed, moist, with a very nice size).

I have ordered several types of trees from them in the past and they were in nice shape and nicely packed as well.

Positive meadowgarden
(7 reviews)
On May 23, 2006, meadowgarden Rockford, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

All I can saw is WOW. I ordered on Sat. and had my trees by Tuesday. All were healthy, as advertised and well packed. The pricing is quite reasonable too.

Positive adadia
(29 reviews)
On Mar 29, 2006, adadia Glenmoore, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I recently placed a rather large order with this company, and i couldn't be happier. My order was packed for shipping so well that not a single broken branch or speck of spilled soil was evident, and the plants themselves are fantastic; i was particularly impressed by how healthy and extensive the root systems are, and every plant has begun to leaf out in only 5 days! In fact, my nanking cherries, korean cherries, and "partridge lake" blueberry are blooming and covered with fat leaf buds, and the trachy palms i received are already pushing out new growth. The tubers i ordered (purple potato and jerusalem artichoke) are fresh and firm and i have no doubt that they will grow beautifully. I wouldn't hesitate to order again, especially if i can meet the $200 minimum for free shipping. After some bad experiences with other companies it's so nice to find a company that meets my expectations. Thank you Oikos!

On May 6th, 2006, adadia added the following:

It just came to my attention that the free shipping I referred to was a limited time only deal, which has unfortunately ended. However, their plants are really fantastic...every single plant from Oikos I planted this year is absolutely thriving, I would happily order more with or without free shipping!
On May 24th, 2006, adadia added the following:

I just got my second order (in about a week) and I'm even happier than before...plants I bought that were advertised as being !' - 2' were a full 4'+! such a great company to deal with!
Positive Equilibrium
(32 reviews)
On Mar 28, 2006, Equilibrium wrote:

Simply a wonderful nursery to deal with. Their plants are healthy and vigorous.

Have a question... just call and ask them and they'll take the time to answer your questions. They return phone calls too!

I've ordered from them several times and each time it has been a pleasure. My plants reach me undamaged because they pack well. This nursery has great prices which is an added plus.

Positive rhodesja
(10 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2005, rhodesja Manchester, CT wrote:

we ordered several different tree species. very good selection and reasonable price for small tree seedlings. packaging was very good . we were very pleased with oikos. we will order again in fall.

On June 22nd, 2006, rhodesja added the following:

ordered again from oikos and was pleased with plants packaging and service.
On August 20th, 2006, rhodesja added the following:

had 2 plants not survive due to missing ups delivery attempt and having to wait 3 days to pick up package. oikos replaced no problem and shipped as weather permitted. thank you oikos. :)
Positive Flowerchild59
(11 reviews)
On Mar 11, 2005, Flowerchild59 Carbondale, IL wrote:

I have ordered from this wonderful company 3 times in 6 years. They have outstanding selection of unusual items and are reasonably priced, albeit, on the small side. But everything I have purchased has thrived and grown well.
I highly recommend this nursery.
Nursery stock are almost always in rooted pots/tubes that don't have to go through transplant shock.
Items are packed safely and with care.

Positive ir0nman81
(1 review)
On Jan 1, 2005, ir0nman81 Bartlesville, OK wrote:

I have ordered a variety of trees from Oikos numerous times since the early 1990's. Ken's selection of hybrid oak trees is outstanding. Don't let his northern locale fool you -- I have successfully grown his oaks in northeastern Oklahoma for years now. In particular, my no. 1 recommendation is the Bur x English oak cross, - my original specimen (circa 1993) has survived drought, blizzard, hail, heat, humidity, prairie wind, and everything in between. It dependably crops acorns every year. I've also had excellent luck with his Chinkapin and Chestnut oaks. This year I am trialing Scarlet and Turkey oaks. My approach is to take his container trees and bareroot trees and raise them in containers the first year before transplanting into the landscape. I seem to have a better success ratio this way. Many of these trees also make it into the forest on my grandfather's farm. Regardless, I truly enjoy doing business with this man and his company.

Positive adksam
(4 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2004, adksam East Berne, NY wrote:

I can't say enough good things about this company, if they ever go out of business it will break my heart. LOTS of different trees and shrubs, most geared toward edible landscaping or wildlife, in sizes ranging from tiny to very large. The small ones are very inexpensive, so you can experiment with lots of different things. Plus, if you need or want to order in bulk, their prices per 25 of one kind are unbeatable. The only complaint I have is that the catalog gets mailed so late (the end of March!). Of course if it came sooner, I'd probably buy even more stuff!

On May 15th, 2004, adksam added the following:

I ordered a total of 17 plants this year - I received 22, all healthy and ready to grow, most leafed out, perfectly packed - how can you beat it!!!
Positive Chills
(20 reviews)
On Dec 28, 2003, Chills Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Excellent service, hard to find products. Any questions, just call the company (which is also the way to get a catalog) 1-269-624-6233.

Everything I purchased was as expected (small, but the prices reflect that). Additionally everything put on a lot of growth this last summer. My only problems were due to a bunny that just wouldn't leave the little giant blueberry alone. I'll be digging through next year's catalog and ordering a replacement and protecting it better from the killer bunny.

My best experience with mail order nursery ordering.


Positive mominem
(4 reviews)
On Sep 8, 2003, mominem Ashton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This spring I ordered a couple of pawpaw trees from Oikos. They were pretty small but I followed the directions and planted inside the treetubes they provided. They have grown about 18 inches this summer and appear to be very healthy despite the drought Northern Illinois has experienced this summer.

Positive JudithLouise
(1 review)
On May 29, 2003, JudithLouise Memphis, MI wrote:

I have ordered from alot of tree companies for years, and I have never wanted to brag about many until now. Oikos was packed and shipped better than most. I am so glad I found this company on the enternet. My nut trees are leafing out nicely, and I look forward to ordering more trees from them in the future.

Positive kwenge
(12 reviews)
On Dec 30, 2002, kwenge Pecatonica, IL wrote:

Great service and quality. Wide selection of trees; it's the only catalog I've come across that had Kentucky Coffeetrees listed.

Positive richardpoletti
(1 review)
On Mar 4, 2002, richardpoletti wrote:

Order was exactly as placed . there were more plants than ordered and all of excellent quality. would deal and have dealt with these people again. would be nice if they had a website.

Positive henryfieldseth
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2000, henryfieldseth wrote:

I ordered northern-seed pawpaws. I got beautiful little trees, each with its own tree-tube. They are all growing great, of course, they haven't seen our Minnesota winter yet. Ordering was easy and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The trees arrived promptly and well packed. The catalog is filled with nuts and fruits, many of which you'll never find offered anywhere else! And with a focus on northern hardy varieties.

Positive dondilworth
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2000, dondilworth wrote:

I've been ordering from Oikos for several years. They have some rare trees that I haven't seen anywhere else: example: Chamaecyparis thyoides. I had been looking for this valuable seedling for years, and this was the first time I had found it in the nursery trade. This is the "Atlantic cedar". They are selling the full size, wild tree, not dwarfed, bred-down versions. This tree was almost wiped out by the pioneers, who used the rot-resistant lumber for railroad ties and doorsills. It grows in acid swamps, or slightly drier ground. Now if people would grow this tree commercially and build decks out of it, a lot less deadly chemicals would get into the environment! I like the rooted seedlings in tubes that they send. Very reasonable prices, so I can buy a dozen or two Chinese pseudo-larix or Korean pine trees at once. The tubes are excellent for worry-free planting.

Positive Lucky_P
(4 reviews)
On Oct 1, 1998, Lucky_P Hopkinsville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Ken Asmus, OIKOS' proprietor is the edible oak consultant for NAFEX. OIKOS carries a wide selection of species and hybrid oaks, with special emphasis on 'sweet' (low-tannin) acorn selections. In addition, they also carry a wide selection of nut trees, American native edibles (pawpaws, persimmons, saskatoons, etc.), deciduous magnolias, and other unusual ornamental trees and shrubs. Most are available as small, 1-2 yr. seedlings, many grown in paper containers, so transplant shock is minimal. Prices are very reasonable. Ken has many interesting plants I've never seen offered elsewhere!

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