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By Weedwhacker on Jul 30, 2014 7:52 PM, concerning Totally Tomatoes:

This is one of the companies I order seeds from every year; I start all of my tomato and pepper plants from seed (and grow enough to share with several friends and relatives), and I have always been more than satisfied. They have a LOT of varieties of both tomatoes and peppers, with good descriptions. I've discovered a couple of new favorites from the "gift packets" that they have sent me with orders, including Lido Lamuyo bell pepper and Djena Lee's Golden Girl tomato. They also offer a limited selection of other garden vegetables, so if your emphasis is on tomatoes and peppers and you only want to order from one company, you can do your whole garden here. A company that I will definitely continue to do business with.

By Weedwhacker on Jul 30, 2014 7:27 PM, concerning Pinetree Garden Seeds:

Pinetree is one of my go-to seed companies, I've ordered from them for at least the past 6 years. Their prices reflect the fact that there are fewer seeds per packet than many companies sell, which is ideal for home gardeners who want to try different varieties. Their seeds have always germinated reliably for me, and they offer a wide range of items.

By eclayne on Jul 30, 2014 6:43 PM, concerning Natural Selection Exotics:

NSE Tropicals is a small family operation with a stunning selection of Aroids. I've purchased several plants, some hard to find, from them and have been very impressed. My own purchases were made through eBay, but they do sell via their website. Check out their "Living Wall" for inspiration.

By CatLover on Jul 28, 2014 2:55 PM, concerning Caladium Bulbs 4 Less:

I drove up to the Caladium Festival in Lake Placid this past Saturday (from Davie, FL) just to see what all the fuss was about. WOW, did I ever get a pleasant surprise! I'd recently purchased some bulbs from Bill and he'd invited me up to spend the afternoon and enjoy the festival (even offered to give me a tour of the grower's fields), so how could I resist ?

I not only got wined and dined for lunch, but I also got the "Grand Tour" of the Festival and of the beautiful multi-colored fields as well. Needless to say, Bill rattled off the names of each caladium plant as we drove past row after row of these awesome colored beauties, and I came home with a new appreciation for these incredibly colorful plants ... along with a special list of bulbs that I already know I want for next year!!!

Can't thank Bill enough for all of his help. My black thumb is slowly starting to turn a lighter shade of grey, and one of these days I hope it will eventually have a hint of green.

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By OldGardener on Jul 27, 2014 1:18 PM, concerning Wellspring Gardens:

I was looking for some tropical plants that were proving difficult to find until I came across Wellspring Gardens. Because of the good reviews here, I went ahead and placed an order. When 5 days had passed, I tried to log on to their system to track the progress of my order. When the system could not find my order, (this was on a Saturday evening), I sent Wellspring an email inquiring about it. I expected a reply on Monday or Tuesday so I was surprised to find it early the next morning when I checked my inbox. They assured me all was well and my order was sent out the following morning (Monday) via FedEx. In the interim, I placed a second order and it was sent on Wednesday via USPS.

I received both orders on Friday and the plants looked good. They had placed dampened paper on the top of the soil and then used a masking tape to secure it and to seal the soil in. A tall stick was added to the pot afterwards which I believe prevented crushing/moving about in the box during shipment. The pots were then placed in individual brown bags and layered on their sides in the shipping box. A great way to pack as no soil was lost in transport and the plants arrived fresh and damp. A nice bonus is that they were easily unpacked and unwrapped.

The plants themselves are starter plants which Wellspring makes clear on their website. They are offering $9.99 flat rate shipping currently as well as a free plant with every order, (2) free plants if your order exceeds $29 excluding shipping costs, (3) free if the order is over $49, (4) at $69, etc. The maximum number allowed is (6) free plants. The free plants must be selected from their free plant list and they retain the right to substitute, etc. if need be.

The plants that I ordered came potted in 3" deep plug-type pots (2" x2" at top) and are advertised as being between 3-8" tall which all were. The free plants are in smaller plug pots that measure approximately 1.5" x 1.5" by 2.75" deep. All appear to be very well-rooted and healthy as can be. They even send an information pamphlet that is actually helpful and informative.

So, if you are looking for more mature plants, Wellspring is not for you. If you do not mind starters, Wellspring Gardens is the place to look. They carry a nice selection of less common plants and I have no doubt that the starts they sent me are going to do extremely well. I will definitely order from them again.

A great nursery due to their customer service, accurate description of what you will receive, turn around ship time, tropical plant selection, prices, flat-rate shipping, promos, packaging, and plant health. This nursery scores high on all accounts.

free plant on left, purchased plant on right:

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Soil remains in the pot:

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By dormantsrule on Jul 25, 2014 8:47 AM, concerning Tropical Plants & More:

Hard to believe that I've never owned a houseplant and chose orchids as my learning curve. It's a stretch and a challenge, but I will try to ensure they don't meet their demise.

Package arrived yesterday and my first impression was the thought and care of the packaging itself. Being used to receiving daylilies crammed into flat rate boxes, I was in for a surprise when USPS delivered the long box, which could have held an entire rain forest. Every plant was secure and healthy. One plant is secured on cork and looks like it was plucked straight from nature.

I'm especially appreciative of Ken's advice and hand holding.

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