I’m sure some of the stuff Burnt Ridge has is grown by some other vendor. That includes rootstocks. Which means, reject the merchandise from the suppliers and disappoint everyone who ordered–or accept some duds and disappoint some.
I’ve been ordering from some named nurseries (Gurney’s for example) for over 50 years.
Gurney’s ain’t what they were in the 1960’s for certain…and them and Stark Brothers I seldom order from anymore unless they have something unique not available elsewhere.
Somewhere around 30 years ago I ordered from Burnt Ridge. And sporadically over the years since. But in the last 8 years, I’ve ordered from Burnt Ridge all but a couple years.
Blueberries, currants, gooseberries have been the most common thing, along with rootstocks, on my order from them. Blueberries, picking an item I’ve re-ordered regularly, have always been bigger and healthier, and at a lower price, than say Raintree Nursery, for instance.
Shipping from 2,500 miles away seems reasonable too.
Have I ever gotten a substandard plant from Burnt Ridge? Probably.
Have I gotten disappointing results from other mail order nurseries…yes.
If you know a certain company sells tiny little bare root plants that don’t live, you learn not to order those. But, you still can order something that is hard to ‘ruin’…like daylily roots or iris roots…from a questionable nursery at bargain prices and come out OK. (Michigan Bulb and Four Seasons nurseries come to mind.)
The farther removed you get from mom and pop founders who put their heart into a company, the more likely at some point you’ll be disappointed.
And, I have an order in for mid March shipment from Burnt Ridge again this year. I’ll expect all will be OK with my order. But, if not, I don’t have a problem coming back to post that also.