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|On Apr 22, 2014, gandyman33 Saint Louis, MO wrote:
This is my first review of the year for 2014 and I am happy to say my experience with Burnt Ridge Nursery has been extremely positive. I ordered a grafted Venus Dogwood tree and a 1 year grafted Pacific Dogwood tree (which was really an afterthought). I ordered the Venus Dogwood tree from another online nursery as well, which I will review independently of this review. The Venus Dogwood was well packaged, healthy root system, about 4.5 ft. tall and had already broken dormancy/starting to leaf out. I have planted the tree and it has made tremendous progress in a short time. I have no worries that this tree is going to thrive and grow into a real beauty! The other dogwood tree is still dormant and I am a little concerned for its fate but it is still too early to contact the nursery for a replacement or a refund. Overall I am pleased with my purchase and highly recommend this online nursery. Thank you Burnt Ridge Nursery!
|On Jan 27, 2014, jf82 Boise, ID wrote:
I've had mixed experience with this company. Some of the plants i ordered survived and are doing well while quite a few did not survive the first season. That's quite a bit worse than my average experience of buying plants online. Overall, I will try to stay away from this nursery unless they have something nobody else has. Then I may give them another chance.
|On Dec 3, 2013, bettypalya Wellington, AL wrote:
The blueberry bushes were extremely well packed, shipped very quickly, and best of all, they were very much bigger than I expected and of top quality. I will definitely purchase my plants from them.
|On Aug 22, 2013, VonMalcolm (Zone 5a) wrote:
|On Jun 10, 2013, joebvet MOUTH OF WILSON, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Was a little hesitant to order from this company due to some of the previous reviews, but placed an order due to the variety of harder to find plants they had. Placed an order for Seaberries, blueberries, hardy kiwi and goji, When I placed initial order in the late fall, they were just getting website updated, and they ended up not having one plant in stock I ordered, but let me know and adjusted order without problem. They were slow to respond when emailed, but very cordial and friendly on the phone when called. I was nervous until plants all arrived, when they said they would, healthy and all were larger than I expected, very healthy and doing well. Shipping costs were reasonable, and all the above arrived in dirt in pots, no bare roots.. I would order from them again.
|On May 22, 2013, Zafak Oakbrook, KY wrote:
Ive ordered from this company three times and was pleased with each order.
|On May 19, 2013, hemagloben Estes Park, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:
This was my first order from Burnt Ridge and I was very pleased. To be honest I wasn't expecting too much from their plants due to the low prices listed. I was expecting very small plants, however this was not the case.
|On May 18, 2013, bryana Albany, NY wrote:
Posted on May 19, 2012, updated May 18, 2013
On May 18th, 2013, bryana added the following:
The persimmon tree I ordered survived a winter in upstate NY that had very little snow cover for insulation and long periods of very cold air with icy winds. The tree is growing leaves despite 5 below zero temperatures. The 'Great Wall' is a good choice for zone 5.
|On May 10, 2013, lhuffman615 Bethpage, TN wrote:
I ordered some fruit & nut trees from them in the spring of 2013. This is the second time I have ordered from this company. Both times the plants have arrived healthy, and packed very well. They have a nice variety of hard to find plants and I would definitely order from them again.
|On May 6, 2013, nobueno Boulder, CO wrote:
Most of my burnt ridge stuff was great. Blue Damson plum was almost an inch on the caliper and put out some blooms within a few days of being in the ground. Van cherry, Montrose Apricot and Mulberry were all good. Montmorency was a little small. The Stanley plum I got had been chewed on by deer and has no branches. Showing no signs of growth yet although the others all are. They're sold out of the Stanley now so I'm really hoping it makes it. Also, they had my grape labeled as a blackberry and blackberry as grape.
|On Apr 20, 2013, inzombia Lenoir City, TN wrote:
Purchased a fairly large order recently and everything was really great except for a broken Illinois everbearing mulberry tree. I took 4 pictures of the damage. Due to it having only an inch of scion left with no active buds on it after cutting off the broken stem I asked for a refund in which I sent the pictures as well. Within 2 days they refunded the tree, apologized, thanked for the pictures and even gave a few tips and hopeful statements that it may still grow. Thanks Burnt ridge. Will definitely use you again.
|On Mar 19, 2013, mcooperbees Starkville, MS wrote:
Ordered red free and jonafree apples on M7 rootstock and a Hana fuyu persimmon. Unfortunately red free was out if stock. The company communicated with me well and I was exceptionally impressed with the size of the apple and persimmon. Bother were 3/4" or better caliper and very healthy. I will see how they perform this season as I just planted them last week. Shipping was prompt.
|On Dec 14, 2012, cornclan New Miami, OH wrote:
Found these guys on the internet. Ordered 2 years ago and again last winter. Plants always arrive in excellent shape (Dawn Redwoods, weeping mulberry, maple, sourwood, etc.) Potted up some, planted some in the ground immediately... ALL plants did well. I'm convinced, from reading the negative reviews, that some customers are rookie gardeners spewing sour grapes due to their own incompetence. BR's plants will grow if you know what you are doing. cornclan in the Midwest.
|On Dec 13, 2012, 8opetey Bristol, CT wrote:
Posted on May 2, 2011, updated December 13, 2012
On May 2nd, 2011, 8opetey added the following:
All of the plants I received are growing very well. The grape plants I was worried about have taken off and are very leafy. The apple trees all have leaves and look really nice. I would definately order from them again.
On December 13th, 2012, 8opetey added the following:
I totally forgot to tell about this years order. Four more apple trees and two blueberry bushes. We had such a warm spring and my trees/vines from last year were breaking dormancy so I asked to have my order shipped early, if possible. They responded saying they preferred to wait until at least mid to late April for the sake of shipping. Going across the country you never know if its going to end up on a truck or plane in subzero weather. Plants came perfectly intact. Each of them had a fantastic growing season. I even got blossoms in June on the Wealthy apples I got in April. I would have had apples too but we had a terrible heat wave and fruit (both of them) ended up dropping.
The trees I bought in 2011 are HUGE (for 2yr old plants) and I hope to get some buds anytime soon. My grapes from 2011 had fantastic growth and I hope to get some grapes next year. The surprise was my foch grapes. They didn't grow very high but I got 4 very tasty bunches of grapes. I should have a whole bunch more this year.
Unfortunately, I probably wont be ordering any more as my quarter acre is pretty much filled. If I find more space, you know I'll be on their site again!
|On Nov 30, 2012, RobThomas Readyville, TN wrote:
Posted on November 20, 2012, updated November 30, 2012
On November 30th, 2012, RobThomas added the following:
Ok, I received my plants on Wednesday. I had my first good look at them yesterday and today. I'll breakdown the 'good', the 'bad', and the 'ugly'.
The Good: The two blueberry plants are nice. Both had been pulled from their pots and shipped in their own dirt. Nice root systems and good height. The Sugarcane jujube was also good. It was comparable in size to a jujube I received from another nursery last year, but the BR plant had better branching. The Satsuma plum was a decent size, no branching. The Shinko and K. Giant Asian pears were both of good size as were two of the three European pears, some with good branching. All had very good root systems.
The Bad: Two apple trees and the Blake's Pride pear were tiny - all three under 3' tall (as measured from top of the roots to tip). With a caliper smaller than a pencil. I don't mind receiving whips, as I have many times in the past, but these were the smallest I'd ever received from any nursery. They were all potted in small, what I believe to be, 3" pots. I assume the root system is good, but I've not planted these yet.
The Ugly: The third apple tree, Enterprise, is even smaller than the other two. It is less than two feet tall with a caliper about the size of a piece of yarn. I was shocked that anyone would even send such a tiny plant. Maybe it was all they had, but it is unacceptable. A tree this small is just too fragile. Two nips from a mouse could easily cleave it into.
Conclusion: I was really excited about ordering from BR. The customer service really has been great, the prices and shipping are very good. However, the quality of the plants, as far as size is concerned, is pretty random. Had the apple trees and the one pear been of the same quality of the other trees, I would be giving a glowing review. I think I would still order from them, but I would first want to know up front the quality of plant I would be getting. I don't think I'd order apples again. Which is unfortunate as I was going to add more to my March order. As it is, I'm not even sure I'll keep the "Williams Pride" apple that is currently on there. I'm still keeping my review as "positive" due to the good service and prices, and the fact that most of the trees were of good quality. I'll contact them about the apple trees. I would at least like a replacement for the tiny Enterprise. We'll see how it goes.
|On Sep 27, 2012, MulchingMan Eugene, OR wrote:
I ordered a half dozen Oregon grapes from this company back in April, as their price on three-year transplants was very good. Their confirmation e-mail stated that the shrubs would ship at some ambiguous date in "May." Lame.
|On Aug 21, 2012, hojn Mount Pleasant Mills, PA wrote:
for the price, the trees were small and the grafts were not healed yet ,some of my trees grew, but below the graft .at 18 dollers for a mullbery that i hoped to youse for grafting wood .now i have a nother trash mullbery. my plumb trees were tiny for the cost . the trees i got from adams co. nursery were 3 times the size for less money and all the grafts were well healed over. i was going to buy some more trees of burnt ridge, stuff adans co. dosent have, but `when they didnt want to replace the mulbery tree. I told her to forget my order. they do have the best deal on hazel nut bushes though.good price on seedlings , i would forget any grafted stuff though!!!!
|On Jul 7, 2012, shalomkjg Olympia, WA wrote:
I live near this nursery and buy from them quite often and recommend them to others as well. The plants I purchase on-site or through the mail have been vibrant "happy" plants. I have had no casualities yet and have probably purchased 20 trees/shrubs from them in the past 2 years. I value their knowledge and recommendations as well regarding plant care, etc. They are quite responsive through email and over the phone. They also offer plants at reasonable prices compared to some of the other nurseries online offering edible and northwest native plants.
|On Jun 27, 2012, treecrazy Auburn, IN wrote:
ordered 8 trees total. 4 paw paw, 2 quince , 2 jujubee. all arrived in good shape . all are growing. trees are about 2-3 feet at best but the price on the trees were low. receptionist was pleasant on the phone and filled an order in time to plant even though I was late in ordering. I plan on buying here again.
|On Jun 15, 2012, BeeznBearz Cottonwood, ID wrote:
Posted on May 10, 2012, updated June 15, 2012
On May 10th, 2012, BeeznBearz added the following:
I'm still keeping this rating at a negative. The plants arrived today but they're not in the best of condition. The kiwi definitely will not flower this season, which means that I'll have to buy another male locally, if I can find it. The honeyberries only have barely burst buds on them. The number of live buds compared to the size of the plant are too few for comfort. Hopefully they'll improve given some kindness.
On June 15th, 2012, BeeznBearz added the following:
And now I am sincerely upset. The honeyberries recovered, though one has just one live bud to its name, and the kiwi proceeded to completely die within days of its receipt. I have two other kiwis bought locally which have thrived under my care, so I know it's the plant and not my efforts which are to blame. In all correspondence with them I have been very polite, I should add. When I first contacted Burnt Ridge, they told me to wait a few weeks to see if the unhealthy/dead plants would recover. I conceded that the honeyberries lived, though that is a generous statement with the one budded plant. I advised them of the state of the kiwi and asked when a replacement would be shipped. They sent the following email: "We can include a free replacement with any new order next spring."
Nowhere in their website do they indicate that you have to order more plants from them to get a replacement. They simply have a warranty that their plants will leaf out and grow in their 'ordering information'. This is a shoddy business practice at best, bordering on fraud. I will tell them this and offer them a chance to refund the monies instead. If they do not respond professionally, I will report them to the BBB. As merchants, this practice breaches the warranty they include on their website as well as the 'warranty of merchantability' inherent in transactions with professional merchants. The money isn't really the issue. I primarily want this merchant, and others to be forthcoming in their policies.
|On May 29, 2012, plantlover211 wrote:
I had an excellent experience with Burnt Ridge Nursery this year. My plants arrived healthy and are doing great. They had explained to me that April through May they are extremely busy and to expect shipping to take longer than it normally would. Also that they had some delays due to delays from one of their providers.
|On May 29, 2012, topwaterpro Vashon, WA wrote:
I placed a order with Burnt Ridge on 04/28/2012 for 18 Oregon Grapes, 4 Pilgrim Cranberries, 4 Kinnikinnick, 4 Raspberries. I received an email on the 29th and 30th that they will have my order ready and would be shipped in May. I then received this email on May 2nd,
|On Apr 11, 2012, lysis Scottsdale, AZ wrote:
Received 1/4 inch whip apple with barely any roots, which replaces a 3/4" Dave Wilson bare root from Bay Laurel that was destroyed by gophers. Both the whip and the 3/4" tree were the same price. Forced to use this nursery as the majority of mail order firms are done for the season. I'm not impressed in the slightest about the quality of their trees.
|On Mar 30, 2012, SoutheastIndy Indianapolis, IN wrote:
Ordered apple, cherry and peach scion wood. All scion wood was in great shape and well marked. Would buy from again.
|On Mar 22, 2012, mielbee12 Seattle, WA wrote:
My plants just arrived and they are in great condition. Shipping was very fast! The tea plants are much larger than I was expecting and the wintergreen ground cover has a couple plump berries already. The prices are very reasonable to for the quality that you receive.
|On Feb 17, 2012, Dobre Vineland, NJ wrote:
I have personally dealt with Burnt Ridge for years and purchased numerous plants. Overall they have earned my business and respect. On that rare occasion when something wasn't right a quick call rectified the situation.
|On Jul 9, 2011, LilyLover_UT Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:
This is a great nursery for rare fruiting trees and shrubs. I've ordered many plants from Burnt Ridge over the years, and I'm always pleased with both the service and the quality.
|On Jul 7, 2011, magnaastra Charleston, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 9, 2011, updated July 7, 2011
On July 7th, 2011, magnaastra changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Well, it's official: the little seaberry is being pronounced DOA. Poor little plant never showed ANY signs of life despite the best of care. It's my opinion that it was shoved into my order just to 'shut me up,' if you will, with no thought whatsoever to quality...only to quantity. Despite their lovely blueberries, I'm changing this to the big N, since, to me, this was awful customer service to the Nth degree. Great product equals zero without the OTHER side of the equation...which, of course, is CUSTOMER SERVICE.
|On Jun 1, 2011, RufousDog New Hyde Park, NY wrote:
I ordered two almond trees and a peach tree. All arrived in excellent condition. The peach tree was huge; the almond trees were small and took longer to break dormancy, but they are unusual varieties. All had nice roots. Packing was very good also. After a month they are all doing well. As with most tree orders it's best to place your order early in the season. This is one of the better places from which to buy bare root stock. I'm very satisfied.
|On Apr 21, 2011, RichinRichmond Richmond VA,
United States wrote:
I have ordered numerous plants from them over the years. Blueberries, honeyberries, several fruit trees have all arrived in good shape and thrived. My only quibble was the catalog description of the honeyberry--in my opinion it tastes like dirt. Otherwise, they have great selection, prices, and quick service. I have had no problems.
|On Apr 20, 2011, jeainky Georgetown, KY wrote:
Posted on February 14, 2011, updated April 20, 2011
On February 14th, 2011, jeainky added the following:
Well I ended up sending pictures which showed the plants were very much dead. I described my situation and how I tried to nurse these plants with daily care but to no avail.
The response I got was rather terse. They are at least attempting to replace the blackberries but refused to replace anything else (despite pictures) because, and I quote - "They didn't have any other problems." Well its pretty obvious that the statement is not true since others have rated after mine.
Literally if they had made more of an effort to replace the plants I would have moved this to at least neutral. Hell, if the two blackberries they send me actually live, I might be tempted.
On April 20th, 2011, jeainky added the following:
Update: The rating stays negative.
I'm willing to assume I killed off everything but the raspberries and blackberries. I'm irritated that they would not send replacement raspberries unless I placed another order. I was still willing to work with them. I received my blackberries and planted them. They had no hair roots WHATSOEVER. This was the same condition of the blackberries and raspberries I received last spring. Until someone quits jerking these plants from the ground none are going to take.
I ordered from Nourse and the difference side by side between a Nourse raspberry and a BR blackberry or raspberry is day and night.
I'm very disappointed in the response I got, in the replacements and in Burnt Ridge in general.
|On Apr 16, 2011, treesmoocher Spencer, WV wrote:
It was my neighbor's idea to order a bunch of hazelnuts, and I was one of those who wanted two or three. We wanted improved hybrids, and this was the only US company that had them (after he sent in the order I found a closer nursery...) so I went ahead despite major trepidation after reading the reviews here. I was especially worried because it seemed condition of plants was the main issue--for SOME customers--so I feared that those farthest away had the problems. And we're in WV, pretty far away. But the order arrived without problems, and the plants were all in excellent condition, with buds beginning to swell, nice moist copious roots--they did vary in size. Mostly the Jeffersons (most desirable cultivar) were small while the various pollinator varieties, and my black currant, were quite large. I wouldn't hesitate to order from this company again.
|On Apr 13, 2011, eclectuswife Benson, AZ wrote:
Overall, my experience with Burnt Ridge was positive except for the condition of two plants, a Chinese Hawthorn and a 'large' Pixwell Gooseberry. Both were large plants with very few roots, and either arrived dead or died soon after planting, despite being soaked in water for 24 hours like the rest of the shipment. I did not contact the company about replacements, but instead simply ordered another hawthorn and gooseberry from One Green World as I knew I'd get high quality plants from them.
|On Apr 6, 2011, brg4q Nacogdoches, TX wrote:
I bought a large number of fruit trees from Burnt Ridge last Fall.
|On Mar 23, 2011, narfwack Mount Airy, GA wrote:
I've used this company multiple times and every experience has been wonderful. Most of the plants you buy online end up being smaller than you expect, sometimes because that's the only option or because they don't list the size. Every plant I've bought from them has not only been bigger but much better quality than any other I've bought online. I just bought a couple of Anna kiwi vines and they are HUGE! Double the size of the ones sold at the local Lowe's.
|On Jan 15, 2011, sce_77 Bartlesville, OK wrote:
Posted on November 2, 2010, updated January 15, 2011
On January 15th, 2011, sce_77 added the following:
UPDATE: I emailed Burnt Ridge with my complaint that the figs were the wrong variety. They said they don't send the wrong variety on purpose, and asked me to send pictures and the color painted on the stems. I did so about a month ago, and still have not heard back from them. Clearly they are not interested in fixing their mistakes.
|On Jan 14, 2011, sweetmelon Lawrenceville, GA wrote:
I got three filbert plants from Burnt Ridge in 2009. They call them "trees", but in reality they are just sticks with maybe some roots on them if you are lucky. Which is all right for the price (at the time, now they doubled the prices).
|On Nov 10, 2010, cateringbob Lawrence, KS wrote:
I ordered 6 fruit trees (all plums) in late 2009 and received them as requested in the middle of March, 2010. They were uniformly sturdy,well-branched with a great root system. They budded on schedule and made good growth during the summer.
|On Jun 30, 2010, kc00037 Belchertown, MA wrote:
Posted on May 26, 2010, updated June 30, 2010
On June 30th, 2010, kc00037 added the following:
While I am not changing my rating, and I never got a response to my original complaint email, I did request a refund for 5 plants that never leafed out, and they did respond almost immediately and refunded my money, no questions asked. So, still crappy plants, crappy shipping, but I give the customer service a D instead of the original F.