Skip to Content.
Sympa Menu

nafex - Re: [NAFEX] [Bulk] Re: Let the customer beware

Subject: North American Fruit Explorers mailing list at ibiblio

List archive

Chronological Thread  
  • From: "Idell Weydemeyer" <>
  • To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [Bulk] Re: Let the customer beware
  • Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 10:58:50 -0700

That is why it is best to support our local nurseries-- they have better
ideas, experience, and some ethical standards as to what will grow in each
specific climate. Many places cannot grow the fruit from big box stores but
they are very cheap there so a lot is sold.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Douglas Woodard
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:50 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [Bulk] Re: Let the customer beware

On 25/05/2011 3:48 PM, sherwin wrote:
> On 5/25/2011 9:50 AM, wrote:
>> It's the same in Florida. Wally World, Lowes, Home Depot and many
>> others will happily sell you something that hasn't a hope of ever
>> bearing fruit or even surviving in Florida. Very nearly bought a
>> couple of Granny Smith apple trees that way some years ago before I
>> learned to research this stuff first.
>> Quoting Jim Fruth<>:
>>> Douglas Woodward wrote: "........................If a customer wanted
>>> buy something, they would sell it. I fear that a lot of businesses still
>>> operate on that principle."
>>> Most of the fruit trees in Wal-Mart's nursery here in Central
>>> won't survive here. When I informed an employee about it he said, "They
>>> all ordered in Arkansas and we get what Arkansas gets. If they don't
>>> the customers can get their money back." What the man failed to say is
>>> alot of people think they may have caused the death of the fruit tree
>>> won't ask for a refund.
> Douglas,
> Another problem not mentioned with big box stores is
> mislabeling of varieties.
> A few years ago I purchased a tree labeled as Belle of Georgia
> Peach. Expecting a
> white fleshed peach, it was an orange color of the other kind
> of peaches. My best
> guess is that it is a Elberta, since I had grown that before.
> When I checked further with Home Depot, they could not trace
> the source of this
> tree. It went through several different places from the
> initial nursery to their store.
> I bought it because it looked healthy, had a visible graft, and
> was a variety I needed
> to fill in for another peach that had died. I normally would
> not buy from the big box
> stores for no other reason than they do not specify what
> rootstock the trees are on.
> You can find this later problem with several catalog sale
> places like Millers, etc. They
> may say semi-dwarf, but there is a lot of latitude in tree
> size, plus if you are looking
> for something like cold hardiness, you don't know what you are
> getting.
> Sherwin Dubren
> __________________
> nafex mailing list
> Subscribe, unsubscribe, change your user configuration or find out more
about the list here:
> NAFEX web site:
nafex mailing list
Subscribe, unsubscribe, change your user configuration or find out more
about the list here:
NAFEX web site:

Archive powered by MHonArc 2.6.24.

Top of Page