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.
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
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…
Other 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.
I 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…
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.
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.