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Old 04/02/06, 02:23 PM
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Trees from big lots??

Stopped at Big Lots today and noticed that they were selling fruit trees as well as shade trees. $12.99 was the price for any of them didn't matter what they were. This seems like a very very low price to me and was wondering if anyone purchased trees from them in the past? The locally owned nursery sells fruit trees for a minimum of $25 so we're talking about half as much. If the big lots trees are junk I won't even waste my money on them, but if anyones had good results with them I may go back and pick up a few and give them a try.

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Old 04/02/06, 02:27 PM
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We just bought fruit trees for the same price at Lowe's. Good thing about Lowe's is they have a one year guarantee. If the plant dies within a year you get your money back.

I've never bought trees at Big Lots because we only buy at Lowe's because of the money back guarantee.
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Old 04/02/06, 03:00 PM
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I bought a coupla' peach trees from BL last summer,and they appear to be doing just fine.I would suggest researching the cultivars they have available,just to make sure that they are appropriate for your area.If they are,congratulate yerself for sniffin' out a bargain,and get to diggin'.The trees I bought were a little root bound,but not too bad.
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Old 04/02/06, 04:30 PM
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my experience has been that you get what you pay for, just like everything else.

the trees that the previous owner planted undoubtedly came from walmart (nothing else nearby.) they are tall, but instead of branches, have suckers up and down the whole tree.

yes, they bloom and yes, they produce some pears, but they are clearly second or third quality stock.

if i am going to invest in trees that i want to harvest from for years to come, i'm going to get the best quality i can afford.
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Old 04/02/06, 10:54 PM
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WE bought an apple tree from BL a few years ago and it did just fine for the two years we lived there. No idea what it did after we moved, but it was a very healthy tree when we left.
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Old 04/03/06, 08:50 AM
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I bought 2 santa rosa plum trees and 2 belle of georgia peach trees from big lots last spring. They all lived but didnt do well, but I attribute that to the deer eating on them and being abnormally wet last summer here- the only spot I had to set them out was a bit on the damp side to boot.
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Old 04/03/06, 09:48 AM
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3 summers ago we got several trees from BL on clearence for 3$ apiece. They were obviously neglected , but being a sucker for a bargin and willing to try and save the trees, we bought 5. All 5 are thriving and 2 of the expensive nursery trees we got that year ended up dieing this past year (we got it a little before we got the BL trees). I agree, check to see if the cultivars will do well in your area, before you buy. Check for deases and bugs. reese
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Old 04/03/06, 10:55 AM
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I was wondering about their trees. They are $8.00 at the BL near my sister. They look really good. I think I will try them.
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Old 04/03/06, 12:00 PM
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Now I want to go to Big Lots to see if they have apple trees
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Old 04/03/06, 01:07 PM
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I have apple and pear trees from BL and they are growing big and fine!
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Old 04/04/06, 09:12 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys and gals! I think I may swing by later in the week and give 'em a try. I think I'll end up with a mix of big lots trees and some from the local nursery. That way if years down the road the big lots stock yields bad I'll have some fruit from the local stock. Thanks again.

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