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|On May 17, 2017, Kisan Lexington, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on May 17, 2017, updated May 17, 2017
On May 17th, 2017, Kisan added the following:
Forgot to add that their prices were the cheapest and I do not think quality of trees, packing, delivery and after sales service can get any better than what I experienced.
|On Oct 24, 2016, lwbuchholz Manhattan, MT wrote:
I ordered quite a few varied trees from them two times now and have had the best experience. Their trees are in wonderful shape and they even put in 1 or 2 extra in case any were damaged in transit. I would recommend them to anyone for trees. I didn't think their prices were out of line especially for the quality of trees they ship!
|On Apr 1, 2016, nselegzi Bronx, NY wrote:
I order from these folks regularly. With the exception of some holly I bought last fall, all plants have done very well. I had ordered holly from them before and was pleased, so was a bit disappointed that the fifteen seedling I got last fall all passed on. But, that's fifteen out of probably 200 or so plants I've bought from them. The quality is really good in general. I'm very happy with them.
|On Jun 15, 2015, treeguy_NY West Seneca, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on March 20, 2005, updated June 15, 2015
On June 15th, 2015, treeguy_NY added the following:
One of the spruce trees I have planted on the property from a previous order was incorrectly labeled. I purchased it as a Serbian spruce when it is in fact a white spruce. This didn't become apparent to me until a couple years in the ground. I contacted Musser Forests about the mis-labeled tree and sent pictures to confirm the improper ID. Despite the original order being 4-5 years ago, they were willing to send a replacement potted Serbian spruce seedling to replace my mislabeled white spruce. Now that is customer service! I will definitely order from them again in the future.
|On Oct 26, 2014, sonoftwig Newcastle, ME wrote:
At this early stage, the order looks good. A half dozen each of chestnuts and catalpas arrived with healthy root stock that should enable them to thrive next spring. The rooted rhodie cuttings in pots were a real surprise. They were not just sticks in a mud cup, but healthy, vigorous and well rooted specimens that will do well in their new setting. The order was placed on Sunday evening and arrived Friday morning. The packing was thorough and effective in keeping the cuttings in their pots without any damage. If you have the patience to deal with smaller plants, or even enjoy the process of watching young specimens grow, this is a an economical way to go.
|On Oct 17, 2014, cjparker Kennewick, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 29, 2009, updated October 17, 2014
On October 17th, 2014, cjparker added the following:
Well here it is over 5 years later, and that little sawtooth oak is now level with the top of my two story home. It was planted in an area that used to be a gravel parking lot, and it took a solid year to settle in and begin to show growth, but now it is strong, healthy and well on its way to being the shade tree I envisioned when I planted it there. Still very pleased with this order.
|On Jul 11, 2013, brianaucuba PEQUEA, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have ordered from this company several times since the late 1990s. Most of my orders were for potted stock for birthday party favors. The only problem I had was with some Rudbeckias that were a little small. I let them grow for a couple months longer and they were fine. All of the trees and shrubs were very healthy and a good size. I always have friends giving me updates on how big their seedlings have become. I am very happy with my orders overall.
|On Oct 23, 2012, AS (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 23, 2011, updated October 23, 2012
On April 23rd, 2011, AS added the following:
OK, I'm impressed. Of the 30-40 trees I planted, mostly bareroot seedlings, there's only one that looks like it might or might not make it. All others are budding (deciduous trees) or looking green and healthy (evergreens). Admittedly, I dashed around in a drizzle to plant them the day I got them, so the roots would stay moist. Still, this is a good success rate so far for seedlings.
On October 23rd, 2012, AS added the following:
I'm still having good luck with both bare root and potted trees and shrubs from this company. Last year, I ordered several tiny potted rhododendrons and mountain laurel and had some concerns about the roots on two (pretty puny), but all survived and are growing. I also ordered 25 of their seedling white dogwoods for our woods, after I managed to kill 3 expensive potted dogwoods from Lowe's, one after another. This time, I was going for quantity rather than quality. All but one of their dogwood seedlings survived and are doing nicely. Go figure.
|On Aug 3, 2011, woodweasel Fleetwood, PA wrote:
I took advantage of Musser's offer of 20 plants for $20.00. I ordered 10 boxwood and 10 shamrock holly. They arrived on the exact day I requested and were extremely well packed. .My bargaion plants were large (for the price) and healthy looking. I potted them all up waiting for better weather to plant my hedge. I noticed one of the holly plants began to drop leaves. It shortly went completely bare. I decided to plant and discovered that the roots of the holly plants, tightly rootbound on arrrival, had not extended beyond the original pot size, inspite of my efforts to loosen them up before planting. I was worried about the health of the remaining holly plants and contacted Musser. I received an answer from them the very next day saying that they will replace any plants that fail to thrive.
|On Sep 24, 2010, sab66 Rensselaer, IN wrote:
Very pleased with my 100 periwinkle plants...seemed a little dry at first but after a few hours in water, perked right up. Individual plants are many runners with rubber band around the roots...easy to plant. Happy ;)
|On Jul 4, 2010, superargo Clearfield, PA wrote:
I got a Chinese Dogwood from Musser's for $5.95 plus S/H. It was securely packaged in a long narrow box and I received it fast in 2 days. The dogwood was about 2 feet long when I got it. I live in central Pa so shipping may take longer for other people. I was able to plant it immediately and it's been doing quite well in my yard for the past few weeks. I will be buying from them again in the future.
|On May 30, 2010, Duanek Stroudsburg, PA wrote:
I placed an order on Monday and everything arrived by Friday. I called and asked for a UPS tracking number and they sent it by email the next day. They said this wasn't automatic and is the one thing I wish they would begin doing.
|On May 26, 2010, MorsisX Lockport, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
My father and I have ordered stock from Musser for decades. Their product is first rate and prices are very competitive. Few offer the ability to order for mass plantings they way they do. When ordering 100 - 1000 plants to see all of them healthy and ready to go is a welcome sight. They have been in business for a long time with good reason.
|On Apr 29, 2010, braun06 Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
In the past I have ordered carya ovata seedlings and recently as last year ilex verticillata seedlings. I have been impressed with the quality of material I was getting, considering what the service is. All of my holly did well, except for those chomped on for chew toys by rabbits. This year I ordered some Hicks yew and they all came in great condition yet again, and are all growing. For inexpensive ways to get mass quantity of planting stocks I cant recommend anyone but musser.
|On Apr 5, 2010, Erica1171 Newport, VA wrote:
Order came very promptly; well packed and plants in very good shape. Plant sizes as advertised.
|On Apr 1, 2010, jamespenna Washington, PA wrote:
I ordered from Musser for the first time this year; I ordered some white spruce seedlings and the sugar maple special of 30 two-year seedlings for about $37. I am very pleased with all aspects of this purchase: the packaging was excellent and the trees were in good shape for the low price. Of course they are small--they are seedlings after all--but all of them seem alive and well. The best part is that their root systems are completely intact with no damage; whoever dug them up did it properly. I expect rapid growth as a result.
|On Apr 21, 2009, qbs Mill Hall, PA wrote:
I placed a nice order with Musser's. All the plants arrived in a very secured manner and all very viable. I have had to pot many of the bare rooted plants as the planting area has not been cleared due to the wet and cool weather we have been having. All the plants have budded out and are very healthy in their pots.
|On Apr 21, 2009, PinetopPlanter Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
My father and I have ordered from Musser for years (at least 15), and we have been relatively happy customers. They were the first nursery in our area, to my knowledge, to offer bulk seedlings of Concolor, or White, fir, and each year have a few unusual pine, spruce, or fir offerings that can be had at a decent price in amounts as little as 5, or even individually, in pots. They have been the only commercial catalogue we have ordered from for bulk tree seedlings beyond our state nursery in Pennsylvania. Over the years, for sure, they have fallen short a couple of times, in supplying seedlings that were definitely at the lowest end of their scale in terms of height. However, on the average, they have been quite good regarding the material they supply and the time they ship.
|On Apr 14, 2009, PAMSPACE Temperanceville, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I ordered 5 Eastern White Pines on 3/29/09. When I got off their website I went cruising the 'Net looking for pictures of my soon-to-be grown up trees. To my horror, I realized that I had ordered the wrong type of tree. It was a Sunday, and I left a rather long-winded message regarding my mistake. I was contacted at work the next day and we discussed my requirements at length. After several trips for the customer service rep to talk to a botanist, we determined what tree to order and what the shearing requirements would be. Well, those babies came last night and they are wonderful. Packing was done carefully, pots were moist, and I only had to tease the roots a little bit before they went in the ground. I will definitely order from Musser's again ! Pamspace
|On Apr 7, 2009, adalm Madison, OH wrote:
I have ordered hundreds of trees from musser's and have never been dissapointed. They send what you order. Out of those trees I can count on my hand how many didn't make it. They have saved me so much money reforesting my property.
|On Mar 27, 2009, hemlockhaunts Dover, PA wrote:
Musser Forests is a Superior tree farm. Been planting their trees and shrubs for 15 years. One week delivery time after ordering(fast). Just keep your plant roots moist and plant right away on arrival. Water regularly the first season. You'll be rewarded with lush stands of trees or shrubs as I have. A stand of palowuania is now 40' high, and the seeds have spread, with trees everywhere on my lot. My evergreens are over 30' high. Redbuds have seeded and appear everywhere. 12' wegeilias. More forsythia than I can transplant all from one bush from musser. You got to never let the roots dryout when transplanting ordered stock or dividing your own, that is the key to success. Best to plant early spring or late fall, my plants always survive.
|On Jan 13, 2009, cbandina Searcy, AR (Zone 8a) wrote:
Jan. 6th ordered 10 spratan trees recieved today 12th . They are in good shape and hope they all thrive where I plan to grow them as a hedge. Will plant them 3 ft apart. we still have wokable soil here in n.e.ar. plan to buy more evergreens from them.
|On Jun 14, 2008, jessums Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Beautiful garden center with extremely helpful staff. Decided to visit them in Spring and was able to get some incredible deals. If you get a chance to go some time, it is definitely worth the trip.
|On Mar 30, 2008, quiltjean North Chelmsford, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:
On the whole I am pleased with Musser. Last year the bayberries they sent were healthy and immediately went to work; however the Annabelle hydrangea died upon impact! I buy only potted treesbecause I've had less luck with bare-rooted stock. Most of my little trees are better than expected, more vigorous and ready to grow.
|On Feb 29, 2008, Uaru02 Simpsonville, KY wrote:
I ordered 100 Norway Spruce last Fall. I didn't plant right away and then took too long to plant them when I had them in the field. I still had about a 80% survival rate. Not too bad. For the price, Musser's can't be beaten for bulk orders. I expected a certain amount of loss since I simply dropped the seedlings into the ground with a shovel-full of top soil. In about 75 years, the living screen that I am aiming for should be majestic.
|On Dec 11, 2007, EugeniaBostwick Pinckney, MI wrote:
Love this company, which is a godsend to the underfunded tree lover:-) Not every tiny tree I ordered from them has lived, but 99% have, and I can't fault Musser if I try to grow Nyssa sylvatica in my highly alkaline soil! I have a beautiful hemlock hedge, though, despite the alkalinity. And 2 of 5 notoriously difficult to establish yellowwoods have made it.
On December 11th, 2007, EugeniaBostwick added the following:
And by the way...my bald cypresses are doing beautifully, 5 out of 5. I don't recall which size I ordered, but I planted them right away. --in heavy clay muck to which I add some sulfur every year. They are two years old and about 5 feet tall.
|On Aug 16, 2007, Mongo1 Janesville, WI wrote:
I've ordered from this company many times over the last 10 years, while living in three different states (military moves). They are my first choice for trees and shrubs, period. I usually order items in multiples of 5, and almost invariably, they send 6. Most things I've gotten are bare-root, which arrive with the roots wrapped in wet newspaper and then in plastic. I've never gotten a plant with dry roots, or which appeared damaged. The rare times I've had a problem with a plant, they sent a replacement or gave me a credit, with no hesitation or questions asked. I'm working on trying to establish a coniferous tree screen along one of my lot borders, which is very shady; a tough spot to start trees. Musser's small trees are so cheap, I can experiment with several varieties to see which will establish themselves. The "losers" I can afford to throw away after they've died. This spring's order arrived, as usual, in perfect condition with every plant healthy and viable. I've dealt with many mail order nurseries over the years, and these guys get my top rating.
|On Jul 2, 2007, JeffLuther Grove City, PA wrote:
Was in Indiana on Saturday, so I had to stop. Excellent selections including perrenials,very knowledgeable help. Great shopping experience. For those of you who say, I could have bought a bigger plant locally, why didn't you? I use mailorder only for odd hard to find items, that I can not get locally.
|On Jun 13, 2007, dc_luke Washington, DC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I've ordered from them twice. The first order was for
|On Apr 18, 2007, thecollector Farmville, VA wrote:
I ordered 10 potted Green Giant Arborvitae, which arrived last week. The plants were robust, very well packed, and, something important to me, were uniform--all were nearly exactly the same size. This place seems like a good source for trees in bulk. Prices are very reasonable and at least in my experience, stock is good.
|On Apr 3, 2007, Fangorn Fayetteville, GA wrote:
I ordered five Lynwood Gold Forsythia that were so inexpensive it's hard to believe. Were they small? Yes, but this cultivar grows fast. I have a lot of time and patience when it comes to gardening and saving money. Were they rootbound? Yes, I cut ends off the longer roots, untangled the rest and spread them out over a small mound like a bare-root rose. No problem, they are growing beautifully. Were they well packaged? Absolutely. The only better packaging I've seen is from Logee's and Marj Gossler (that lady runs an incredible nursery). Were these small plants well branched? Yes, all except one had multiple branches. Was it worth a little over $20.00 (including S & H) for five beautiful plants? Duh, I challenge you to find them for less. These were potted not bare-rooted. Would I buy from them again? Definitely.
|On Mar 31, 2007, forgebalst Nicholson, PA wrote:
Packaging was A++ the trees are healty and a generous size. I would not hesitate to order from this company again.
|On Mar 30, 2007, naal Fairfax, VA wrote:
Ordered or the first time from Musser (5 bare root Hetz Wintergreen) and must say was quite impressed. The trees were all larger than ordered and had healthy root systems. They were packaged very well and arrived in VA healthy and moist. Planted them upon arrival yesterday and now it's just wait and see!
|On Jan 16, 2007, dragoness Hampton, VA wrote:
hi, i just joined and want to tell you that last spring i bought 10 rosa rugosa. when they got here i had to call them because they were 2ft long sticks. they were extremely friendly and advised me to just plant and wait i have to say by the time fall had crept up here in zone 7 they were HUGE! blooming and even full of hips. i am sold on them. do not be discouraged by the fact they are bareroot and look like twigs there are roses in there!! thanks musser my front yard will be gorgeous again this year im sure.
|On Nov 14, 2006, southgrower Utica, MS wrote:
I have ordered many times from Musser over the years. While their upper PA climate has little in common with mine in the deep south the results have always been satisfactory. The best "deal" from them is the potted plants. I recently bought two potted bald cypress trees. Both had extremely healthy root systems. I also purchased two chinese dogwoods. Since we were in the middle of a drought I planted the trees in clay pots until conditions improved. When I finally got around to planting the trees, about three months later, their roots had filled the pots! Be more cautious about the bare root trees, but I would have no hesitation ordering any potted tree from them.
|On May 25, 2006, rcaretti Woodsboro, MD wrote:
I ordered Canadian hemlocks from Musser last year and they were in good shape when I received them. They were not huge, but were a reasonable size considering the cost and were packed well. I would order from them again.
|On Apr 25, 2006, JohninMichigan Delta Township, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered 2 Bald Cyprus and 5 Catalpa trees in Spring of 2005. These trees survived the first year and are doing great this year. Musser's Forest is a company that I will use in the future for buying trees. I have had no problems with this company.
|On Apr 23, 2006, CT_Ohio Millfield, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Just received the 25 Canadian hemlocks (3+3) I ordered and could not be more pleased. The trees have heavy, healthy root systems and well branched, full tops. There were at least 25 trees the size stated in the catalog as well as 4-5 smaller but very healthy trees in the package. Packing was excellent for bare root plants and included instructions for planting were explicit and easy to understand. I am quite impressed with the quality of the plants I received.
|On Apr 23, 2006, schobm1 Bloomfield, NJ wrote:
Very pleased with the of value of well wrapped plants received from Musser. Ordered both bareroot and potted. Yes, looked like a stick and tiny. But with proper planting and care have been pleasantly surprised with the results especially given my New Jersey clay, heat and drought. When buying any plants mail order or local, highly recommend similar growing climate. Local nursery tried to sell me established evergreens grown in Oregon-don't see how that would work for my garden. Mussers customer service representatives treated me professionally on the telephone and that is how I treat them.