Reader Mail: Beethoven’s Veranda
Here we go with another item from the “Reader Mail Bag…” (I have tons of letters piling up!)
Hoboken411 reader Ann was a bit upset about the quality of product (and service) at a local plant shop.
Millipedes invade Hoboken Residence!
“This past winter, I bought two houseplants for $150 from Beethoven’s Veranda (108 10th St.)
By February, there were millipedes crawling out of the potted soil and onto the floor. I called Bill, the owner of Beethoven’s Veranda and he reluctantly came and treated the plant with pesticide. But by March the millipedes were back, once again, crawling out of the plant pot. In case you don’t know anything about millipedes, their eggs, often found in soil, can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to hatch. It is obvious that a plant I purchased was riddled with millipede eggs from the start, so I called Bill again today and ask kindly that he replace it. This time, not only did he refuse, he rudely insisted the millipedes are my problem, not his, and hung up on me.
So to anyone shopping at Beethovens Veranda, buyer beware! They sell plants fraught with pests and refuse to consider the customer by providing little to no service. During these tough economic times who can afford to feed uninvited multi-legged visitors when it’s hard enough to feed your own family?”
Hoboken411 Note: While I’ve only used this business once (I bought a 3 foot Xmas tree years back – and it turned brown in a couple days, despite sufficient watering – was told to “replant it.”) But I see the shop flowing with customers all the time. Perhaps these were just anomalies?
What were your experiences at Beethoven’s Verdana? Share your comments below!