Updated November 1,, 2019
Four Winds Growers Grade: B-
Overall rating: 80.5
Location: Winters, CA
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Four Winds Growers Review
Four Winds Growers grade stayed the same as the previous update. Their overall rating dropped by half a point. Nothing too serious has changed, although it's still a bit of a struggle to move around their online store.
In our opinion, Four Winds Growers nursery is the place to go online to buy a wide variety of dwarf and semi-dwarf citrus trees. They have also expanded the selection of other fruit trees they sell. Apple, cherry, pear, plum & peach fruit trees to name a few.
Four Winds Growers is just that, a grower. They do residential shipping of orders for Nature Hills and a few other online stores. We included them because they sell most of the trees they grow direct to consumers. Dwarf citrus is can be a very cool container plant that can be brought indoors in colder climates.
They have been making improvements to their website the past few months, which are really needed. When we checked on October 31st, Four Winds Growers boasted 67 citrus tree varieties for sale and 26 other selections including olive trees, fruit trees, avocado trees and a few fruit vines & shrubs.
One thing we think is very cool is the how they list the sizes for their non-citrus fruit trees. They go by the caliper of the trunk. Caliper refers to the diameter of the trees trunk. Generally, the larger the caliper, the larger the tree. There are very specific national standards for measuring the caliper. It's not something you find a lot on retail nursery websites.
There's only 5 Four Winds Growers Google reviews. All from the past 4 months. At least with their Google reviews, they reply promptly for both positive & negative comments. That's a good sign that their customer service may be as responsive as well.
We could not find any return or warranty information but Four Winds Growers does list their terms of service on their Shipping Information page. The terms of service is one of the shortest we've seen for online nurseries. They do charge a 10% restocking fee if you cancel after the order has already been in the process of being shipped. 10% is the lowest we've seen for those that do charge restocking fees.
We bought a dwarf Meyer Lemon from Four Winds Growers a few years ago. We bring it indoors & put it near a window that gets sun in the winter. It is doing great! You can view pictures of us unboxing a Meyer Lemon tree delivered by Four Winds in our photo gallery.
Their prices are better than if you go to one of the online nurseries they ship orders for. For example, a 4”x 9" potted, 12 to 18 inch Meyer Lemon is 25. https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/products/improved-meyer-lemon The same tree at Nature Hill (checked 9/3/19) is $56.95, more than twice as much... for the same tree! We checked again on October 1st and the Meyer lemon on Nature Hills was listed as out of stock. Just take a look at their shipping costs. They are a bit high. We just recently bought a Meyer Lemon tree from a competitor. The tree cost more but the shipping was less. Both came to about the same total cost. We'll update & post a review, comparison and pictures after we get the order.
Four Winds is a great source for citrus variety information. Instructional videos, helpful links, growing tips and more. Another plus is they accept Google Pay and Pay Pal.
What were the red flags?
- Their terms of service is hard to locate and we couldn't find any information regarding product guaranty's or warranties.
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