I have made several orders from Sarracenia Northwest and have been mostly greatly impressed. The package and quick shipping are always excellent.
My only concern is a small S Rubra wherryi that I purchased last fall while the plants were dormant. All my other plants seem to be showing some signs of new growth, but that particular plant does not. At least it has not turned black or rotted, so maybe late dormancy is typical of the S Rubra crosses.
trospero Corvallis, OR (16 reviews) October 3, 2012
Posted on April 13, 2012, updated October 3, 2012
Posted on May 31, 2011, updated April 13, 2012
Five stars for service, four and a half for plants.
Sarracenia NW is fast with shipping orders and do an excellent job with packaging to prevent damage to new growth. The plants are well grown and healthy and they settle in to their new environment quickly. The reason I give 4.5 stars for the plants is that some items appear to have been VERY recently divided and potted up and the Sarracenias usually have all of their growth clipped off. This might deter some folks who prefer to buy plants with foliage intact. That said, even the plants with the foliage clipped start quickly and develop nicely in a short time, so its the end result that matters most :-)
Definitely a source I would recommend. On April 13th, 2012, trospero added the following:
Since submitting my first review, I have bought quite a few more plants from SNW, and I have to say, these guys grow excellent plants and they stand by their product 100%. This is a nursery that cares about the customer's experience and they offer superior support through monthly care videos and their DVD series is a must-have for new growers and experts alike. Great plants and outstanding customer service put these guys at the top of the list, in my opinion. On October 3rd, 2012, trospero changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I suppose it is inevitable that a nursery will disappoint you if you patronize them long enough, and this is where I find myself with Sarracenia NW. One very expensive purchase from them this summer turned out to be a problem plant (I don't care to go into detail here; lets just say the plant has turned out to be unsatisfactory for a couple of reasons) and three months after buying, I am out of luck now for seeking a refund. This time limit on refunds is a reasonable policy for any nursery to have in place, but I guess what I didn't like was the less than supportive responses I got from the owner; I felt I was being given manufactured excuses for the plants problems.
The majority of my purchases from SNW have been just fine, but I've decided to refrain from buying from SNW in the future because of this experience.
Jacob has been very helpful. He's very good at communication and answers emails promptly. I have ordered hard goods before and was very pleased. I recently made my first plant purchas from them for nepenthes. The plants were very healthy. They were well packeaged. They arrived quickly. My N. turncata highland is sitting on my windowsill. I have enjoyed the Vol 3 DVD about nepenthes care as well as the pod casts on youtube. I definitely recomment this company.
tikipod (Ang) Bremerton, WA (Zone 8b) (11 reviews) April 5, 2012
Last year my son received two carnivorous plants for Easter to replace the typical Easter basket. This year I wanted to do the same but I wanted to order from Sarracenia Northwest.
I ordered a tropical Drosera scorpiodes and Pinguicula gigantea x moctezumae. They were out of the second one and sent Pinguicula gigantea in it's place.
Both plants were packed very well and looked very healthy. My Dad even commented on how good they looked. They also included pamphlets on their care which is very nice.
I am a new customer of Sarracenia Northwest, making my first purchase December 9, 2011. I was not aware the order has to be placed by 9:00 to go out that day.
I call Monday 12/12/11 inquiring about my order and was very please to talk to a live person and discovered my order was going out that day. I was told it possibly would arrive Wednesday 12/14/11
It arrived before 9:00am Thursday 12/15/11. I bought a (Aphrodite), (Cape Sundew, Red Leaf), and an (Alice Sundew). I was impressed that the plants seem to be packed with great care and arrived without any damage or indication of stress.
The plants look exactly like the pictures on the Sarracenia Northwest web site and the Mexican Butterwort already has a bloom stalk.
The reason I selected Sarracenia Northwest, and ďIím glad-- I didĒ? Jeff Dallas, was the expert from a Carnivorous Plant web-site, that answer questions I had concerning my sick Sundews I purchase from Home Depot. I found him to be helpful, reliable and in my opinion he gave the extra! people donít have time to give.
I will be buying more plants from Sarracenia Northwest, and I recommend them without hesitation. This is my first experiences buying carnivorous plants by mail order and it was a good one.
FoxOfTheRose Lacey's Spring , AL (Zone 7a) (5 reviews) July 6, 2011
I have made four orders with this company, and each time they have exceeded my expectations. Their packaging ensures that the plants arrive undamaged, and their customer service is among the best that I've seen in any business. I will definitely be returning to their site in the future.
Nice plants with good shipping. Lots of good information on growing carnivores.
bleeps Venice, CA (Zone 10a) (1 review) May 10, 2011
I've ordered carnivorous plants from a few different places in the west and Sarracenia Northwest has been THE BEST in terms of quality and customer service. Nepenthes, Sarracenia, Venus Fly Traps, Drosera... all of these plants have arrived healthy and vigorous. If you're a first-time buyer, they will spoil you for other vendors.
In the last year that I've been buying plants from SNW, I've received nothing but beautiful plants, prompt shipping, excellent customer service, and answers to almost all the questions I've ever had. I've spent probably 200 bucks there, I have about 12 of their Sarracenias which I have made divisions from this year and they're alive and well and sending up flower buds already!
I've completed my first growing season of growing CP. Something I have never been able to achieve before when I was a kid experimenting with the things.
Their plants cost a bit more than the opposition, but trust me, they're worth every nickel, dime, and penny you can dig up. I have this huge Nepenthes x Miranda that I bought in a 4" pot that outgrew it's pot in less than a year roots and all! Truly epic stock from a truly epic company.
Also they guarantee their shipping deadlines, so if you've ever been kept waiting, SNW is the answer.
Thank you SNW for being so patient with me and treating me with the utmost care! There aren't enough resources on the internet for me to praise your service!
TamerLee Moreno Valley, CA (4 reviews) November 27, 2009
Posted on November 06, 2009, updated November 26, 2009
Absolutely the best. Perfect packaging and perfect plants every time I have ordered. The best thing is they acclimate their plants to low humidity and odd temperatures so that they acclimate better to your home.On November 27th, 2009, TamerLee added the following:
I'd also like to note that Sarracenia Northwest ships with plastic cups over the top of the plants to protect them.
BEWARE OF OTHER SITES THAT DO NOT DO SO. EXPECT DAMAGED PITCHERS/LEAVES/SEVERED ROOTS IF THEY DON'T SHIP WITH A PROTECTIVE CUP OVER THE TOP OF THE PLANT. I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY.
jfr1012 Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) (2 reviews) November 24, 2009
I love buying carnivorous plants from these guys. Their packaging is incredible, everything is wrapped with care. They also ship their plants potted instead of bare root, which I prefer. Shipping is also really fast. Every plant I have ordered has arrived healthy and remained that way. They also have a reward system in which you earn points that count toward purchases. I decided to order from these guys due to comments on this website, so now I am returning the favor!
bajones86 Marriottsville, MD (1 review) June 9, 2009
This is the best place to buy carnivorous plants online. The way they pack the plants for shipping shows that they care. I will definitely order from them again.
I ordered from these people 2 years ago. The plants are still doing great thanks to their great website and its detailed care descriptions. The plants arrived in terrific shape - beautiful, and they bloomed in the first year. Also, it was the first time in many years and tries that I successfully grew a Venus flytrap! Their instructions and encouragement are the best! If you are going to buy a carnivorous plant, go to their website 1st. If you already own some, check out their website for great pictures and articles.
These guys are the best of the best! I've bought twice from them before and have a 3rd on the way and needless to say I wont buy anywhere else anymore unless they dont have something i'm looking for which has never occurred. These guys are amazing, great customer service and care with ALL packages and VERY knowledgeable! Needless to say I dont buy anywhere else anymore!
Plants were in excellent condition when they arrived. They delayed shipping till they thought the weather was safer, and a few days later sent a calendar to thank me for my patience in waiting for the order. Plants are well packed, actually its quite a chore to unwrap and remove all the clear tape, but it did keep them in perfect condition for their long journey. A great company!
icemansyr Pacifica, CA (2 reviews) January 6, 2009
It took a while to get my plants because of the holidays and the bad weather they were having at the nursery. To make up for it I received a little "gift" a few days before my actual order arrived. When I finally got my plants they all looked pretty good and were well-packed as usual. I'm sure I'll be ordering from these guys again.
I ordered a nepenthes ventricosa from Sarracenia Northwest. It arrived in a week, the plant was packed extremely well and looked great when I pulled it out of the box. I am excited to care for this plant and watch it grow and I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future.
I ordered a collection of four sundews and was very pleased with the size and condition of the plants. They also included a small but healthy-looking bonus plant with my order. Also included was some general growing information and a list of additional resources. Shipping was very fast and the plants were packed extremely well. I just hope I can grow them as well as they shipped them! I also like the fact that their website has growing information for beginners like me. My only complaint is they used styrofoam peanuts.
saracenia Carthage, TX (Zone 8b) (2 reviews) November 14, 2006
I have always gotten great plants from Jeff and Jacob. If I have had any questions they have always answered them in a most timely and thourough manner. Every now and then they even throw in a freebie with an order! I will continue to order from them from now on.
I ordered the Carnivorous Plant Secrets on CD-R from them on 7/25/06 and received that and a free Nepenthes ventricosa on 7/27/06. The cd was entertaining and informative and the plant was absolutely beautiful. I didn't expect that the plant would be as large as it was considering that it was included for free. The rosette was 4 1/2 inches across with three well developed pitchers and it arrived in excellent condition. I will definitely do business with them again.
Good plants that were very well packed. I will order again.
philcula Morgan Hill, CA (Zone 10a) (3 reviews) November 12, 2005
Ordered from Sarracenia NW just recently and received the order in only a few days. They also threw in a free package of live sphagnum moss. The packaging was the best I have ever encountered and the plants were pristine and healthy. This is definitely a company you will want to do business with. They're very prompt and of the utmost professional attitude. This is my kind of business!
Ditto to every comment posted before me. I love this place and I love the proprietors.
I'd also like to add that they are actively involved in their community. In addition, they donate carnivorous plants and seed to many schools across the nation.
dave12122 East Haddam, CT (69 reviews) August 23, 2004
I just received my first order from Sarracenia Northwest...My Good Lord! The packaging was so thorough, I spent about a half hour cutting tape off of paper cups....it was kind of like Christmas in August! The plants were healthy and rarin' to go! As for the cultural information on the website, I beg to differ in a few cases. Although it is recommended that the plants not be fertilized, I use Natures Treasures Fish Emulsion half strength every Spring to good effect. I find the plants are responsive to other soil mixtures as well. My own mixture, which produces outstanding growth consists of 25% peatmoss, 25% pumice, 25% grit, and 25% coir. Of course, I am in Connecticut and Sarracenia Northwest is across the country so that may account for the difference. Regarding hardiness, I do not find any species IN A CONTAINER can survive the rigors of my zone 6b eastern winter, so far removed from the wimpy coastal Oregon winters, where a temperature of 20 degrees F would be exceptionally low. The soil in the container freezes too deeply, rotting the roots. I keep my bog garden in the greenhouse from November until April at a temperature range of 45-75 degrees with good results. The plants bloom a little earlier this way (April) but do not appear weakened. Lastly, the rather overdone push toward placing the specimens in a sunny position is not borne out by my experience. In experiments where plants were exposed to 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 hours of sunlight per day, the best growth occured in the 4 hour and 6 hour groups. More sun than this made little difference, caused the plants to discolor, and actually reduced the growth rate. Of course, the Portland Oregon area is essentially cloudy from October to April, so what constitutes "full sun" there needs to be kept in context elsewhere. Anyway, there are many ways of growing these plants depending on where you live, I encourage you to experiment for yourself rather than accept Sarracenia Northwest's experience as "gospel".
I am always nervous about ordering plants mail order but I am impressed with Sarracenia NW. I placed my order friday evening and the plants arrived promptly on the following wednesday. The plants were in great shape,(much larger then one would have thought) and were packed very well. I appreciate their quality and commitment to doing business right and plan on purchasing from them again in the future. ThanksOn January 19th, 2005, blazer_007 added the following:
Ordered seeds from them this time. I placed my order on saturday and recieved my seeds on tuesday. Right on! They also threw in a free packet of pitcher plant seeds! They also list the harvest date for the seeds. I like the way they do business and will definitly order again!
mijako10 Farmington, MN (Zone 4a) (1 review) November 14, 2003
I love Sarracenia Northwest!
Their webpage is attractive and easy to navigate and their plant caresheets are very well done.
I ordered a sarracenia purpurea venosa and as part of a special Thanksgiving offer I recieved a small plant (plants vary but I got a drosera filiformis filiformis) free!
I ordered on a Saturday and got the plants the following wednsday. I was very impressed with the fast arrival. The plants were packed very well and were in great condition.
I will definitely be doing business with them again.