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Green-Pro
01-12-2006, 11:09 AM
Does anybody use these places like Bluestone Perennials to order plants from?

If so what was/is your experience? I have three local nurseries I deal with, but by local that means the closest one is 20 miles away, no not a long distance, but this is not the point of my question.

I call or email my suppliers about plants (checking for availability of a specific plant), not often but sometimes will have difficulty in finding a particular type/species, yes the requested plants are zoned for our area. I am trying to nail down if these mail order retail centers are worth looking into as another viable supplier of plants to add to my list of nurseries.

How about it folks, anyone use them?

Thanks

Geoff

Gatewayuser
01-13-2006, 12:45 PM
I don't use them but I know people that have gotten burnt way to many times.

Green-Pro
01-13-2006, 03:34 PM
I don't use them but I know people that have gotten burnt way to many times.

Thanks GW thats what I'm afraid of, I will likely steer clear of these outfits, they do make it look attractive with the wide variety of plant selection, just not to the point that I would deal with someone long distance.
I've got three very good suppliers with good plant selections, just that sometimes I feel like really looking for that obscure planting, at least as far as my market area is concerned.

MarcSmith
01-13-2006, 03:54 PM
I have purchased material from riverbend on many occasions. and if I don't have enough to warrant a truck delivery, they UPS. Packing has been excellent and plant quality is great. Yeah they trim the perrennials back for UPS shipment, but its not a huge problem.....

http://www.riverbendnursery.com/

Green-Pro
01-13-2006, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the link Marc, will have to check out this weekend. Even if I do not order from an online/mail order supplier still like to check out whats out there.

Gatewayuser
01-13-2006, 05:38 PM
Remember also to try to get plants from your own zone or only one away. When winter time comes you might have some dead plants because of climate differences.

MarcSmith
01-13-2006, 05:41 PM
good point gate....

tiedeman
01-13-2006, 05:59 PM
I would always be scared to order from them

esshaki
01-13-2006, 08:23 PM
this is a very good topic to discuss, i was wondering about mail order plants also. like quality and size , and how they ship plants. Alot of these online places are cheaper then the local nursery. www.michiganbulb.com i get their catalogs all the time have not order anything yet but was considering trying it out this season. if anyone has does this before please share your experience

J&R Landscaping
01-13-2006, 08:34 PM
I have ordered a couple of times from a tree catalog. The first order for some shrubs came in good condition and took to the soil well! The second order for a tree was a big mistake! The nearest nursey to me that had the tree in stock was about 80 miles away but the catalog had them in stock and only about $20. more. I decided to order since I had good luck in the past. It was a big mistake... The plant arrived in half dead condition but did not surrvive long at all. I didnt bother to plant it and returned it to the company. When they got it, they claimed i waited to long to return it and that was the cause of death..?? Won't make that mistake again! I only get plants from nurseries now!

sheshovel
01-13-2006, 08:52 PM
Bulbs are OK to order from catalogs not any problem there and a whole lot more selection and quality that way...sometimes better value too.
But I like to inspect the planting material I buy in person when it comes to anything other than bulbs or rhizomes.

sheshovel
01-13-2006, 09:01 PM
But now i think about it I also I have ordered Ornamental Grasses from mail and on-line because they have been the only way to get that special grass you want to plant.I try to go with guaranteed to grow and survive the 1st growing season or some kind of warranty.
Most grasses are dormant when sent and you need to have some back-up should they arrive dead.Or you can't tell if they are dead or just dormant.
Can be very expensive that way..but like I say some varieties are only sold that way and you cannot get them any other way without driving 100's or 1000's of miles to pick them up.
I have had all those survive without a problem so far.

Green-Pro
01-13-2006, 09:59 PM
I have ordered a couple of times from a tree catalog. The first order for some shrubs came in good condition and took to the soil well! The second order for a tree was a big mistake! The nearest nursey to me that had the tree in stock was about 80 miles away but the catalog had them in stock and only about $20. more. I decided to order since I had good luck in the past. It was a big mistake... The plant arrived in half dead condition but did not surrvive long at all. I didnt bother to plant it and returned it to the company. When they got it, they claimed i waited to long to return it and that was the cause of death..?? Won't make that mistake again! I only get plants from nurseries now!

I don't want to order trees or shrubs, as I said my local suppliers do a great job, especially in the tree/shrub/bush area. I also had a bad experience from ordering trees online, for personal use. I had decided I would give the Arbor Day Foundation a shot and I was pretty disappointed to say the least in their trees.
I have been mulling over using an online/mail order place strictly for perennials, looking at zone 5 - zone 6, yep good point GW. I typically have a pretty good selection of perennials to select from with my suppliers, just want to do something outside the box so to speak, rather than the same tired old plantings most homeowners request and landscapers happily oblige. Nothing wrong with that, I do it myself, heck ya gotta make a living. However I have three jobs lined up for spring that I will have pretty much a free hand at. Since its winter thought I'd kill some time and challenge myself to explore some tasteful but obscure plants, if possible.
Anyway it beats the snot out of painting and thats what the missus has had me doing off and on this winter, that and playing Mr. Mom when she substitute teaches. I swear I think I've painted every room in the dang place!!:waving:

tiedeman
01-13-2006, 10:01 PM
this is a very good topic to discuss, i was wondering about mail order plants also. like quality and size , and how they ship plants. Alot of these online places are cheaper then the local nursery. www.michiganbulb.com i get their catalogs all the time have not order anything yet but was considering trying it out this season. if anyone has does this before please share your experience

I get that one all the time

MarcSmith
01-14-2006, 01:38 PM
I order our bulbs from places like langeveld. we order about two pallets (yes 4'x8'x 6' tall) of bulbs every year...we might pick up a few things local, but bulbs are pretty safe to order though the mail...

leadarrows
01-14-2006, 04:04 PM
I have ordered tons of stuff on line and never had the first problem. Here is a list of some of my favorite vendors. I have ordered stuff from each and every one of these companies.

http://www.applewoodseed.com/
http://www.directgardening.com/
https://www.dutchgardens.com/default.asp
http://www.eburgess.com/
http://www.farmerseed.com/index.asp

http://www.honeycreeknurseries.com/
http://www.hpsseed.com/
http://www.jungseed.com/
http://www.kellynurseries.com/
http://www.linersource.com/
http://michiganbulb.com/index.asp?
http://springhillnursery.com/Default.asp?
http://www.seedland.com/
http://www.territorial-seed.com/stores/1/index.cfm
http://brecks.com/Default.asp?

Green-Pro
01-14-2006, 05:29 PM
Wow! Thanks for hooking me up with all the links leadarrows.

leadarrows
01-14-2006, 05:32 PM
Get on there mailing lists and most of them will send you free catalogs and email you when they are having specials.

Green-Pro
01-14-2006, 05:40 PM
Get on there mailing lists and most of them will send you free catalogs and email you when they are having specials.

Yep, plan to request catalog when I visit the sites. I get a box full of catalogs from assorted vendors now a few more won't make a difference, the 55 gallon burn barrel is now the mailbox LOL :waving:

drsogr
01-15-2006, 10:31 AM
I have ordered tons of stuff on line and never had the first problem. Here is a list of some of my favorite vendors. I have ordered stuff from each and every one of these companies.

http://www.applewoodseed.com/
http://www.directgardening.com/
https://www.dutchgardens.com/default.asp
http://www.eburgess.com/
http://www.farmerseed.com/index.asp

http://www.honeycreeknurseries.com/
http://www.hpsseed.com/
http://www.jungseed.com/
http://www.kellynurseries.com/
http://www.linersource.com/
http://michiganbulb.com/index.asp?
http://springhillnursery.com/Default.asp?
http://www.seedland.com/
http://www.territorial-seed.com/stores/1/index.cfm
http://brecks.com/Default.asp?

How was your experience with linersouce. I am also looking to grow a selection of plants that we commonly use alot. I think I may be better just to stay with things that grow from a bulb.

Is it worth all of the trouble...

MarcSmith
01-15-2006, 10:46 AM
Also remember that if you start growing your own plants you will be come in essence a nursery/plant dealer...and there might be certian things that you need to do in KS to stay legal....so to speak...

drsogr
01-15-2006, 11:16 AM
I currently have a live plant dealers license.