[NAFEX] Favorite nurseries
philstewart24 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 5 21:18:09 EST 2007
Given my nomadic and impoverished lifestyle over the
past few years, I haven't always had much of anywhere
to put tons of fruit, but moving a lot gives you the
opportunity to keep buying stuff, too. I've had some
good experiences with most nurseries (this is almost
all small fruits, if it makes a difference):
Just Fruits and Exotics (Crawfordville, FL, I
think...south of Tallahassee): I've bought plants from
these folks a couple of times, as has my boss, and
neither of us have had any complaints. A good variety
of species and a decent variety of cultivars in most
cases. Run by good people with a genuine passion for
fruit (you'd think this would be the case with all
nurseries, but it clearly isn't--to some people it's
just a job).
Raintree: I've been getting the catalog for years, but
the only thing I bought was a bunch of strawberries
last year. I was buying a number of cultivars for a
study, so I had stuff coming from four different
nurseries, and the cultivars I got from Raintree were
the largest, healthiest plants and established the
quickest. Nice variety of species. My wife and I have
given Raintree gift certificates for most of the
wedding gifts we've given in the past couple years
(except for the folks who lived in a condo).
Stark Bros: I haven't bought anything in recent years,
but what I've gotten has always been of good quality.
However, I find their marketing a little obnoxious,
and I particularly dislike the practice of renaming
cultivars and their somewhat grandiose claims. Maybe
some people buy plants based on hype in the catalog,
but I basically know what I'm looking for and then
find a place that sells it.
Edible Landscaping: For research purposes here in grad
school I've been fond of this place, because I can
send away and get a mature, established plant in a pot
ready to go any time of year. For most purposes,
though, I don't really see the point of paying to ship
a pot cross country, especially since it is a
substantial price difference. Plant quality has
generally been pretty good, though the size has varied
quite a bit.
Daisy Nursery: Only bought from here once, but the
plants were good, they arrived when they said they
would, and they've been helpful when it came to trying
to get what we needed for research projects in the
past. Probably not quite the selection of some places.
AA and Amberg Nurseries: Haven't actually bought
anything from these folks, but I dealt with them when
I worked in the grape program at Cornell, and they
seemed like good people with a pretty good product.
Amberg's did much of our grafting for us, and for the
most part the vines did quite well (there were a few
bum vines, but that's just the nature of grafting).
The fish are biting.
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