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By Calif_Sue on Apr 25, 2015 3:39 PM, concerning Tropical Plants & More:

I read about the Ficus maclellandii 'Alii' on the Tropical Plants & More website and it looked and sounded so wonderful that I ordered one, along with a White Butterfly Ginger. They were shipped on a Monday and arrived on Wed., well packaged and looking fresh and fabulous! Both plants came with a laminated plant tag and an entire page of detailed info and culture tips, special touches that add to the entire ordering experience. You can tell Ken is a plant lover!

Ficus maclellandii 'Alii' newly potted and having benefited from an overnight rain shower.
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By needrain on Apr 23, 2015 2:45 PM, concerning Daredevil Daylily:

It was a pleasure to order. This is the daylily site of Linda Michaels and she simply has a great sense of humor. She also sells on the LA, but I had so many of her own intros on my wish list I just went directly to her website in order to get it done once. They arrived and looked great, especially considering that she managed to get them dug and shipped between cold spells bringing snow. I appreciate that kind of effort. A third of the order ended up being bonus plants. It was a small order, but the bonus did reduce the old wish list a little :).

By texaskitty111 on Apr 15, 2015 6:25 PM, concerning Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses, Inc.:

Received my 9 African violets today from Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses. They arrived well wrapped in little tubes

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Each of the tubes had an individual plant marker taped to it:

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They were all very healthy looking, and 5 of the 9 had flowers.

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By p1mkw on Apr 13, 2015 12:31 PM, concerning Heirloom Seeds:

I've always had good luck with seeds I've ordered from Heirloom Seeds. They are a very small, family-run business so shipping can be quite slow at times. But for me, the quality of the seeds compensates for the delivery times. Generous seed packets and very reasonably priced.

By TBGDN on Apr 12, 2015 10:05 AM, concerning Dixondale Farms:

I've resisted writing a review of any company over the years. This is my first evaluation. They all (in my opinion) try to maintain a good reputation by supplying reasonable products with satisfactory service and costs. I guess this is called competition in the marketplace, but there is one company out there that excels above the "norm" for good customer service, quality, prices, and dependability. It is, of course, Dixondale Farms. I've ordered from them since about 2008, and I have never encountered a problem of any kind that I can recall.

Their service is excellent without question. Orders are shipped in two-day flat-rate boxes, always arriving in good condition. The quality of their plants is the finest I've seen anywhere, and their prices are very reasonable, if not the best -- including local nursery offerings. Monthly newsletters from Dixondale give tips for growing, fertilizing, and harvesting onions: all from an expert in the business, Bruce "Onionman" Frasier. Here are some pictures of onions I've raised from them.

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By PointDogLady on Apr 11, 2015 8:47 AM, concerning Tropical Plants & More:

When I decided to grow orchids again, after an almost twenty-year hiatus, I was a little worried: My original attempts had been in Houston, Texas, where you can succeed merely by hanging your plants from trees or fences with dappled shade. Need more orchids? There are several commercial growers with wide varieties of species. Want a book or two? Bookstores abound.
Now, however, I am permanently ensconced on a ranch in, as we say, "thuh meedull uv eyus Tayxus." Immediately after moving here, I became aware of several serious obstacles to successful orchid growing (besides understanding whut thuh fowks wur sayun): Humidity? None. Heat? Can you say "112 for 90 consecutive days?" Dappled shade? My section of East Texas has scattered Live Oaks which have total shade, a few pines, and thorn trees with thorns big enough to hang an orchid--if you live through the hanging! "That's the end of my orchid growing," I thought.
And then--well, you know, you can't live without them. Shopping on the Internet seemed the only possibility. I ordered a few plants here, a few plants there with mixed results. Some growers sent what Ken would describe as "babies," some sent okay plants with roots so brown and wizened that they were terminally bound from the start. I got plants packed in wads of cotton, plants packed exclusively in duct tape, plants in peanuts, in wadded newspaper, in nothing. They were identified with little flags on sticks sorta stuck in the medium, with little plastic tabs identifying the plant with smeared pencil, with tags on wires which cut into the plant, with no plant attached. How was one to know? They all looked beautiful in the sales pictures.
And then I found Ken. With Ken, plants are wrapped like babies (you will notice that he refers to them as "he" and "she"). They arrive in layers of packing: moss around the base, followed by carefully-wrapped newspaper, held in place by nice, strong but easy-to-remove masking tape. The plants are then boxed in good sturdy boxes filled with peanuts. No surprise that they are in great shape when they arrive.
Because of my problematic growing conditions, I needed lots of advice, and there was Ken, by phone and by Internet, with advice about whatever I need advice about. My plants prospered, grew and bloomed. I ordered more (no more shopping for growers, of course!). The new plants arrived quickly and healthy, because Ken monitors the weather and ships accordingly.
After a year, one of the multitude bit the dust (literally), a victim of heat, direct sun, and too little water. Obviously my fault, right? Wrong! Next time I talked to Ken, I mentioned it, confessing my sins or omission, and told him it was a plant I had ordered long ago, with my first purchase. He immediately said he'd replace it--just get him the name..
Ken's stock includes other tropicals and I am now waiting for a plumeria to arrive, but primarily Ken's my go-to guy for orchids; he should be yours.

By Ursula on Apr 11, 2015 7:14 AM, concerning Edible Landscaping:

I received my order of Currant and Elderberry bushes yesterday. I was truly impressed. The plants looked sturdy, were of good size and very healthy, and they were perfectly packed for shipping. I give this nursery a big thumbs up!

By vitrsna on Apr 7, 2015 3:16 PM, concerning Chiltern Seeds:

I have been finding wonderful seeds at Chiltern Seeds in the UK for about 7 years and all my orders have been error free. They ship internationally, in my case to Mexico, and every experience, from finding the seeds I want to order at their website to the arrival at my door, has been a smooth ride, correct and timely. I can't recall an order of seeds that didn't germinate successfully. They have a vast selection and a surprisingly good selection of seeds for tropical climates. I rate them in my top 5 favorite seed companies.

By Ecograndma on Apr 5, 2015 7:22 PM, concerning Green Acres:

Finally have a great new garden center in Elk Grove, CA! Love, love, love this place. They sell all our organic supplies, and organic and heirloom plants. We can spend hours just walking around. This place has everything for your gardening needs.

By Ecograndma on Apr 5, 2015 7:12 PM, concerning Pleasants Valley Iris Farm:

Another great business in California to purchase iris. I have not visited the farm, but order iris online. So far, so good. Great selection, good prices, and great shipping. I have purchased about 20 irises in total so far. All irises purchased are thriving and are beautiful. I highly recommend this business.

By Ecograndma on Apr 5, 2015 7:06 PM, concerning Horton Iris Garden:

These gardens are breathtaking. Located about 20 miles north of Sacramento. You can view approximately 1200 varieties of Iris and purchase some during your visit or order during your visit. You can pick up your Irises in August or they ship to you. There are picnic areas and you can spend the entire day just walking around five acres of the most beautiful flowers. Have taken my granddaughters on numerous occasions. I have purchased over 30 Irises and they are all multiplying and healthy. A must-see destination.

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