Mail Oder Nursery Reviews
Hello all, I am looking for your personal experience with mail order nurseries.
I hope this is not against forum rules, if it is please let me know.
What inspired me to write this--I saw a video on youtube of an "unboxing" of some almond trees from stark bros, and had I known I would have received trees like those in the video I would have used them instead of the various sources I bought almond trees from. They were much larger caliper and better branched than what I bought. I realize that guy may have just been lucky and was sent some great trees, but still I would like to increase my odds.
Some Im Considering:
One Green World
Burnt Ridge Nursery
Bob Wells Nursery
Stark Bros Nursery
Nolin River Nut
Trees of Antiquity
I am most looking for the caliper of the (fruit/nut) trees you ordered, and if they met/exceded your expectations. I have done business with some of these already and just thought if we could all compare, we could all benefit. I have listed these because they are either close to my location (Oklahoma) or have the trees I am most interested in that are not available at my local nursery, like pawpaws! Also feel free to list anyother mail order nurseries you have had a good or bad experience.
I have read about these all on Daves Garden and all had great reviews, but did not get the info I was looking for about caliper vs price paid and how much branching etc. Most reviews just say something like blueberries looked great, will do business with them again, or something like that.
So Ill start, my caliper size will have to be a guess because Im not where I can measure them now.
Whitman Farms shipped me some great pawpaws that were in a smart bag, much like a pot so I paid higher shipping but was well worth it. They were both well branched and had flower buds, very pleased with I would say 3/4 inch caliper. Also some english walnuts that were not grafted and probably 4-5ft with one small branch. 3/4inch caliper I would say maybe more. very cheap for size I thought
I ordered from them because they were in Texas and trees only in transit for two days. One cherry was 3-4ft tall and well branched, the other was same with only 2 small branches. If they both looked like the first one I would be a customer for life, but will probably use them again. Also two almonds that were maybe 3ft 1/2 in caliper about as big as my pinky, but both well branched.
Burnt Ridge nursery, all were small I would say just coming into their second year grafted trees 1/4 caliper. very small with no branching, but they were what I would consider exotic trees, so I was just happy to find anyone who had them.
Also when I didnt know anything about mail order nurseries, I ordered from Willis Orchards, and everything I was shipped was dead already, and two of them literally had NO roots. Like they had been pulled out of the ground, and clipped of any remaining roots. The fig I bought would have been a wonderful tree for the price paid because of size branching and caliper had it been alive. Im not trying to run them down just stating the facts. I did not try to get my money back, just figured it was not worth it. Also shipping was about a month after I ordered, the others all shipped a few days after I ordered. The delay in shipping was not due to it not being bare root season yet, just fyi. I would consider them again if someone else can provide a better review, because they did send me good size trees, just minus roots, and life.
All had similar packaging and shipping methods.
Once again looking for info about the trees you bought and size, branching, caliper, and any other info you wish to add. Thanks!