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Old Yesterday, 12:40 PM
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Location: Prescott AZ
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I received my long awaited Red Maple tree (twig) yesterday after weeks of waiting. It came in a long box with a smashed in end and the tree was broken in half. Only the roots had been wrapped. The twig itself was not.

I emailed the TN nursery immediately asking for a refund. Her answer was file a claim with the USPO to get my money back. She said I had not bought insurance at purchase which is right. So, I am out the $35 I paid for this twig ? I think this policy is wrong and I am going to contact the BBB and report this nursery. They should have wrapped the tree inside the box, and they didn't. Any suggestions?
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Old Yesterday, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Chalk this up to tuition.

You will - eventually - get money from the PO.

Don't order from a nursery that doesn't guarantee their plants to arrive safely. You will pay more for that, of course.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 PM
 
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I agree with the nursery of course you need to keep the tree and packaging to file a claim and it is usually the company that sent it to you that files the claim on your behalf.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM
 
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It is not the nursery's fault the PS broke your tree. The systems in place to deal with issues such as this are 1) insurance and 2) filing a claim with the carrier.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Go ahead and plant it anyways, it'll likely resprout from the roots. Not sure how well red maple will grow in AZ though, that's totally different from its native environment.

FWIW, I have bought many mail order plants, and I have never received any where the whole plant was wrapped, only the root ball. Usually they'll pack it in shredded paper to cushion it however.
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Old Today, 09:49 AM
Status: "My doggies wear diapers!" (set 5 days ago)
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I did plant the half twig and there are many Red maples around here, including a beautiful one in my yard already. It's high desert, zone 7 a and the trees here grow easily.

I guess I will pursue this with the PO but I still think the nursery is at fault. I won't be ordering bare root again.
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