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Holt Geraniums

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34465 Hallert Rd
Abbotsford, British Columbia V3G 1R3 (Canada)

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Negative berlue
j9l 1e7,
(1 review)
March 8, 2011
in 2003 i ordered plants at holts geranium for the amount of 70$ i received in march of the same year.The plant were in good condition and bloomed until autumn perfectly well.

The next year i ordered more plants for the same amount, money order and never received anything.
I wrote them, to know what was going on and never received any feedback of any kind.
I understood it was some gimick to get people's trust and then rob them.
I wrote to the first site i saw the add on the net about holts geranium and explained my story.He just removed the add from his site and i am glad to have found you to let other people know about that false publicity and dishonest business they are operating.

No one should be fooled this way.

Negative Silverspade
Seattle, WA
(1 review)
June 24, 2010
These people are flat out dishonest.
I ordered plants on Oct, 2009, and was told they would be shipped promptly. It is now June 23, and after sending numerous e.mails, and asking for a refund, I am ignored.
These people are dishonest. PERIOD.
Neutral bellagarden
Wasilla, AK
(2 reviews)
June 26, 2007
I had not read Garden Watchdog's experiences before I contacted Holt's Geraniums via e-mail to ask some questions. Ms. Holt did answered my initial e-mail, but has not answered my second e-mail with questions regarding shipping (to Alaska) and availability of miniature geraniums. I e-mailed a third time and again, no response. I can now see from previous people's experiences, I probably will not recieve a response.

Because I did not actually order plants, I am leaving this experience as a nuetral.
Negative Flower_Mtl
(1 review)
September 17, 2006
Placed an order in May for a couple of geraniums for a total of $55 CAD. I have not received my order and my request for a refund was ignored.
Negative dixiek
dawson creek, b.c.,
(1 review)
July 17, 2005
After reading about holt geraniums in an issue of Victoria magazine, I was smitten. The flowerd looked amazing, and for once I was pleased that the source was within b.c. and would be easy for me to deal with (no cites or phyto certificates...) I sent my payment in Feb, and by the end of may still had not received any word. I emailed, and ms. Holt assured me my order was to be processed that week. I replied with thanks, saying I was looking forward to receiving it as our growing season in Dawson Creek is so short. I have sent 2 further emails when my shipment did NOt arrive within a timely fashion, and have not had a reply since from Ms. Holt. I have since emailed requesting a full refund ($70) and have neither received a refund nor a response. It is my intent to report this business to the better business bureau, and plan a visit to the nursery when I am down south later this summer. To that end, if anyone could provide an actual address, I would be greatful.
Dixie Kotylak
Negative jillhall
Sacramento, CA
(1 review)
November 22, 2004
On March 1st of 2004, I placed an order for 8 Askham Fringed Aztec Regals. My check was cashed on March 10. In April I asked for a status on the order just to make sure the order was received. Your response was that they would be shipped by the first week in May.

On June 1st I again e-mailed you asking when my order would be shipped. Received a 'generic' e-mail (your term) outlining a horrendous set of circumstances that had caused you delays and promising delivery by the end of June. You also offered a refund. I was so concerned for you I was ready to jump on a plane and come and help. Maybe I should have. Instead I waited some more.

On October 14th I gave up hope and requested an immediate refund. You immediately replied that you could either ship the order on Monday or give me a refund. So why couldn't you have shipped sooner? Since my window boxes were by now full of flourishing plants, I asked again for the refund. You replied the same day that you would not only send me a refund but, to show good faith would send me the plants too. Sounded great.

On November 9 I sent you another e-mail demanding payment. To date I have received neither a response to my e-mail or a check.

I have become convinced that I have somehow become the victim of a scam. No reputable business would treat customers this way and expect to stay in business. I checked out Holt Geraniums pretty thoroughly before placing my order and never expected this.

After eight and one half months, what is it going to take to get you to give me my money back??!!
Negative MPa
(1 review)
November 14, 2004
I placed an order for over $425 and sended a bank check that was cashed on January. After several messages (mail, letters) without getting any answer for months, I finally got the cuttings on Sept. I didnīt got all what I ordered and payed for and not refund has yet arrived to me. Many of the cuttings were unrooted; same of them were minimal. They were bad packaged, several were a brunish mass and few others had black stems when they arrived to me (may they have frozen under the transportation??).
Today there arnīt many of those cuttings alive... (impossible to bring live to the death).
Iīve since then tried to contact Holt. Iīve sended them two mail messeges and two letters but Iīve not yet got any answer. (14 November).

Positive sandyginCanada
London, Ontario,
(1 review)
October 31, 2004
Just received my Geraniums as promissed. Holt's Website says 6-8 weeks for delivery as the slips are rooted per each request. It has been very hot in BC this summer (40C) delaying some shipments. They have been overwelmed by demand recently and are limiting orders to 300 only. Fantastic selection.
Negative CindyZ4_5
Turner, ME
(9 reviews)
July 23, 2004
I placed an order for $192 with Holt Geraniums, which was mailed April 28. The check cleared my bank on May 20. I have contacted Holt Geraniums by e-mail and Global Priority mail, requesting either a ship date or a refund. There has been no response. I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau for British Columbia: //
On December 13th, 2004, CindyZ4_5 added the following:

I received part of my order on August 6th and part on October 1st, along with a refund check for about $10. There were two errors on the invoice and I contacted Ms. Holt about them. She agreed that she owed me an additional $34.58 and said she would put it in the mail on October 19. I waited till November 18 and, when the check still hadn't arrived, e-mailed her again to express my concern. There was no reply to my e-mail. Fortunately, a check did arrive today - nearly two months after it was promised.

I'm sorry that this transaction has been such a poor experience. Ms. Holt has an unparalleled selection and the plants were, for the most part, of good quality. I also understand that small businesses can run into production issues and I was more than willing to deal with those issues. However, Ms. Holt's unwillingness to answer e-mails or any other form of communication and her lack of sense of responsibility for any problems that arose in 2004 have left me unwilling to do business with her again.
Negative sj2e
(1 review)
July 12, 2004
Same story here. Repeated emails and phone calls with no response at all. I'm out about $100. A company to definately stay away from!
Negative Halle
(1 review)
July 10, 2004
I sent an $85.00 check to Holt Geranium arond the middle of April. My check was cashed on May 6. I've phoned and e-mailed several times. At one point about 3 weeks ago I spoke directly with someone who said she would mail my plants the following week and that it would take 2 days to receive my geraniums. Today is July 10th and I still do not have my order or any response to my e-mails or expensive phone calls. I have requested a refund if my order does not come very soon.
On August 6th, 2004, Halle added the following:

It is August 6th and my order has finally arrived. The plants are in good condition, beautiful actually. I'm concerned about the hot August weather here in their delivery puts us into much different growing conditions as compared to a spring arrival. I am very happy that htey did come.
On August 6th, 2004, Halle added the following:

It is August 6th and my order has finally arrived. The plants are in good condition, beautiful actually. I'm concerned about the hot August weather here in their delivery puts us into much different growing conditions as compared to a spring arrival. I am very happy that htey did come.
Negative loneoak
(1 review)
July 6, 2004
I placed a $105.26 order for plants at the end of March and the check was cashed at the beginning of April but I still haven't received my plants. I have been e-mailing and phoning them, leaving messages on their answering machine, for three weeks now and have gotten no response. Buyer beware!!!
Negative margie10
(1 review)
June 16, 2004
ON Februany 18th 2004 I mailed an order along with a bank money order for 280.00 for geraniums. on March 4 I sent an email asking if my order had been recieved. two days later I recieved answer that it had indeed been recieved and my plants would be sent in about 6 weeks.
The end of may I sent another email asking for my plants or a refund. I have sent several emails since and have not heard anything from them since
Positive Montanaguy
Dillon, MT
(2 reviews)
September 7, 2003
Canada, the plants were unable to be sent until this August. The plants arrived in wonderful condition on the day that was specified. The plants were great. Holt's is a magnificent place to find hard to get and unusual varities. I recommend it highly.
Positive maryla
Blacksburg, VA
(1 review)
August 18, 2003
Holt Geraniums has an outstanding web site. It provides North Americans with an opportunity to buy a large selection of specialty pelargoniums, comparable to the selection in British nurseries (which we can't buy from the U.S.). It was worth the 2 month wait between ordering and receipt to get well-rooted and very healthy plants. These were by far the most healthy and well-packed plants that I have ever received through the mail. They were delivered from western Canada to the U.S. east coast in exactly 2 days. Holt emailed to alert me when they were mailed and it was fun to track their journey's progress via UPS. I was so pleased I immediately placed another order. What a selection of pelagoniums! I've been looking for years for this type of selection. Fantastic!
Positive viridia
(1 review)
May 16, 2003
The plants arrived lush & full of life; I was astonished & impressed that even after spending several days in a box, they looked better than my plants! They were, and are, very robust.

I too was anxious about the large amount of money I'd paid, and not knowing when I'd receive the product; but I had no problem with getting reply to my email on the subject.

(In fact, I've emailed Holt now & then with various questions about pelargoniums, and have always been pleased with the promptness & thoroughness of the reply.)

I will definitely purchase from Holt again.

Negative Yahoots
Boston, MA
(4 reviews)
May 8, 2003
I ordered 14 geraniums plants from Holts in January, paid by credit card, as of 5/7/03 despite repeated emails about my order, I received 1 email asking for my name but no response of what happened to my order as of yet.
Neutral Dawn_BC
(16 reviews)
April 2, 2003
Before ordering from this company, I emailed asking if I could send a post dated cheque. No problem....however, until my cheque was cashed early & I had NSF charges out the ying yang for a few measly dollars in plants.
Nothing was offered for this inconvenience.

BUT....Plants were recieved in 2" pots, were healthy & are still doing very well.
Good place to find harder to get geraniums.

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