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Re: Mail Order Plants

I recently ordered from the following two mail-order plant businesses.

  Meryl is the woman in charge of plant orders. She is very courteous
  and helpful. As far as I understood [Redacted] does not grow any
  plants. They import everything. Their posted price list is
  an "opportunity list." They cannot always get everything, but you
  don't know that until their import order comes in. They order
  bi-weekly so it can be up to two weeks before you get your
  plants. As soon as their order comes in and they know what they have
  they sent an email telling me what I was shipped and what I
  wasn't. They will back-order anything that doesn't come in, but you
  pay for shipping again. 

  I ordered 17 species. I received 11. 6 were in excellent
  condition. Two were in fair condition. And two (H. corymbosa and
  Eustralis stellata) looked like cooked spinach. Those two plants did
  not survive.

Arizona Aquatics at

  These guys are in Tucson, AZ, and grow all their plants. I've talked
  with them on several occasions and they all seem to be good
  guys. Previous experience for APD posters has been that plants and
  service are great during the growing season and not so good during
  the winter. My growing season experience was fantastic. I called my
  order in. They then went out to their gardens to check on
  availability and called me back in about 5 minutes to tell me what
  they did and didn't have.

  They ship every Friday. Tuesday 11am Mountain Standard Time (most of
  AZ does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so AZ is on CA time right
  now) is the order cut-off. You can do these guys a big favor by
  ordering on any day other than Tuesday. On Tuesday's they are
  apparently busier than the proverbial one-legged man at a
  butt-kicking contest. ;-)

  I ordered 7 plants. They had 6 available. All plants were in
  excellent condition. For some reason, I did not receive one plant
  with my first shipment, but they sent it the next Friday. They paid
  the shipping.

In summary, I will definitely order from both these businesses

Hope you have a very nice day, :-)
Tim Ayers                                        tayers at bridge_com
St. Paul, Minnesota
Bridge, Inc.                                        www.bridge.com