This is a review of my experience with Little Giant Blueberries. I will post relevant updates as my plants grow (hopefully!)
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On Sunday, March 21st, I placed an order for some Little Giant Blueberries. 3 plants, to be exact. After clicking on a Facebook ad—yes, a Facebook ad!
I hardly ever pay attention to ads anymore. In fact, I don’t really see ads because I have the Ad Blocker Plus extension for Firefox. However, I disable it on certain sites like Google search results and Facebook. On Google, I am interested in seeing the Sponsored Listings and on Facebook, I find some of the ads amusing though some seem like obvious scams and pyramid schemes. I have never bought anything from them.
I love blueberries and the thought of “producing up to 4 pints of juicy blueberries each day” was really appealing to me. I watched the very cheesy infomercial on their site and rolled my eyes at the exaggerations made (I have never seen blueberries for $10 a pint!). I knew their buy 2 get 1 plant free deal was just a way to make more money on the “processing and handling” and I knew that this offer wasn’t a limited-time thing as they pushed. It’s all standard marketing 101, and also techniques used by scam sites. I didn’t like the super-funneled website with limited information and a one-step order form on the front page. Despite all this, I ordered 3 of the blueberry plants anyway.
Actually, I did do a bit of research first. I did a search for reviews and blog entries, but didn’t find anything much beyond fake testimonials hiding affiliate links. There was another site that discussed various nurseries and mentioned one as being the company behind Little Giant Blueberries, but the nursery name on my package didn’t match. I also checked with online nurseries and priced out the cost of buying from them versus buying from Little Giant Blueberries, and in the end, it was cheaper to buy from Little Giant.
So I placed my order and waited. Eleven days later, on April 1st, I got a call from my mailbox place that I received a package from “Something” Nursery (I can’t remember!) and because I was still at work, I asked Tim if he could pick it up on his way home. I didn’t tell him what it was because I wanted him to be surprised when he picked up a plant!
Little did I know, I was the one in for a surprise.
I got home and asked Tim where my package was. He said “Over there? What is it?” I looked over there and didn’t see a big box.
“Where?” I asked, my eyes searching the room. “It’s 3 blueberry plants.”
“There’s a plant in there?” Tim said in disbelief.
And then I saw it. On the kitchen island. A small brown box. A tiny brown box. WTF?
It was totally not what I expected at all. I had read the FAQs on their website and knew that the plants were just bare-root cuttings without soil. However, I expecting them to be bigger and more substantial. What I got were more like twigs:
I was surprised and disappointed, but it quickly passed. I wasn’t expecting much to begin with based on the website and I didn’t pay that much for it so the sting was lessened.
I went ahead and got some peat moss and a box of fertilizer for acid-loving plants (I did a lot of research!) and potted the 3 tiny cuttings in a mixture with potting soil.
The pot is on my north-facing balcony. It was pretty hot the day I planted it, but then it rained for a few days and got chilly. I don’t know if any of this is good for the plants! However, in just a few days there are little shoots and leaves coming out of 2 of the cuttings:
I’ll be keeping a close eye on them even though I don’t expect much. Their website says that “they will likely bear a light crop this season” but I don’t really see how these little cuttings will give me any type of fruit-bearing plant this year! I don’t have high expectations for next year either (if it makes it), but I’ll keep updating.
In other news, my Ismene came back! I didn’t do anything you’re suppose to do in terms of digging up the bulb or preparing for winter, etc., and it just started sprouting on its own a few weeks ago. I hope I get more than one bloom this year!