Unboxing from Just Fruits and Exotics

Introduction

So I finally was able to get an order in at Just Fruits and Exotics. You basically have to call to place an order so after trying to call them for a few days I eventually got through. I had been excited to order from them because they have some very unique varieties of plants that you’re not going to find anywhere else. (I know I’ve looked). Many of their varieties were adapted for Gulf/Warm humid climates which is excellent for trialling where we are at.

The Plants

I got the following plants:
Chinqapins x 3 (A type of small chestnut tree)
Karla Rose Nectarine
Sun Best Nectarine
Sun Raycer Nectarine
Southern Bartlett Pear
Golden Boy Pear
Hood Pear
Sug Pear
Florida Elderberry
Christina Pomegranate

Unboxing

OK so my order came in 3 boxes and the first thing that I noticed is that each and every one of these (normally) bare root trees, came with almost 3 gallons worth of soil attached. As you can see in the following pictures one of the Chinqapins came quite damaged. In fact, while I am not necessarily saying they actually did do it, but it looks like it was broken in two places on purpose so it could fit inside the box…

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IMG_2020Other than the chinqapin everything came in great order. You’ll note each one has a heavy duty tag on it that actually had my name printed on it! Very cool. These trees all looked really really good, and I definitely feel I got my money’s worth for the individual trees.

IMG_2021I should also say that I had no idea how much the shipping was that I had paid until I got the boxes as well. They charge a handling fee for each box, so I knew right off the bat that I was going to be paying somewhere between 20-40 dollars on handling fees. I had a feeling it was going to be bad, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was going to be…

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Yes you’re reading that correctly. I paid 145 dollars for shipping…

 

Re-potting

So I didn’t necessarily want to dig another area for heeling these trees in, and since they already had a full pots worth of soil, I decided to re-pot them and add a little bit of the new top soil we purchased.
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Conclusion

In general I would say that these are the best looking plants I’ve received from all sources, and the prices were fair. My only gripe is the shipping prices which are unheard in amount. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am really trying to try as many different varieties (and best suited varieties) as possible, I’d be pretty pissed off about the shipping. Oh well, sometimes you gotta pay good money to get some diversity.

Thus far I would definitely recommend purchasing from them, but if you can visit them in person, I’d recommend it.

4 thoughts on “Unboxing from Just Fruits and Exotics

  1. Chad

    Diversity, indeed! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’ve never even heard of a lot of those varieties.

    I’m stunned by shipping cost these days. I’ve canceled so many orders from all kinds of places once I’ve looked at the the shipping costs.

  2. Brandy Cowley Gilbert

    Thank you for writing an in depth article on your experience in ordering and receiving plants from us.

    Seeing the broken Chinquapin was disheartening, I can see that the tree was not trimmed correctly before packing, it should have been trimmed lower, we apologize. We guarantee all our plants to grow well with proper care, please let us know if you have any issues.

    We feel your pain on the cost of shipping. We charge the exact UPS freight charge to ship the plant to you, weighing the box after packing and including the UPS freight ticket to show the charges you paid. We make no money on the freight, our packing charges just cover the cost of boxing and office order tracking.

    Insuring you get a high quality plant is what we do, if you’ve done much mail ordering of plants you’ve probably run into what the average mail order nursery sends you in the way of plants, either very small container grown plants or bare root. Small plants are fragile, often loss in transit and getting established in ground. We have avoided selling bare root trees as they are more temperament and chances of loss at planting are higher.

    Planting a fruit tree is a long term investment, buying trees from a company that is interested in that also insures things like getting the right variety for your location, getting a tree that was grafted on the correct root stock for your location, and long term knowledge and advice on how to grow your tree in the future.

    We hope you trees grow well and fruit for years to come, if you’ve got any questions or need help in the future we hope you’ll call of email us.

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful blog, it’s a pleasure to read.

    1. Mike Post author

      I am looking forward to visiting just fruits in person. Of all the places i purchased The pruning jobs were the best for the home orchard. I still would have appreciated knowing the shipping before hand. But now i know.

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