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omo Linthicum Heights, MD (1 review) March 3, 2011
I received my order today, 2 figs (excel & verte) and 2 pomegranates (eversweet & parfianka). Each plant advertised as 1 gallon size arrived VERY well packaged and protected from shipping mishap. Each plant a good size sturdy specimen.
I found Durio's website when looking for these somewhat hard to find varieties (they are worth a good look). The site has no facility to purchase online. An email address is supplied and my question was answered later the same day.
I placed my order over the phone finding a friendly and helpful voice at the other end.
No order confirmation email was sent and after a couple of weeks I was beginning to wonder if my order had been filled, until the plants arrived in good condition described above.
Two massive plants just arrived. The packing was the best I have seen in all my years of gardening- barely a leaf was lost from each 5 gallon potted plant.
The plants arrived in the nursery pot with superb lattice to support the vines. The Rangoon Creeper exited the box blooming and the scent is beginning to fill my place. Each of the plants is between 4'-5' tall and completely filled out.
I must note that their website is being upgraded so it is extremely difficult to find things and impossible to order from the website (as of June 2005). Do not give-up. WRITE THEM as I did.
Earl replied with the complete price, including shipping.
Once their website is back up and running properly, I am confident that ordering will be easy, shipping confirmed, and catalog brousing simplified. In the meantime, just ask.
This is not a commercial for them but it is a super hearty endorsement! Way to go, Earl, and thanks.On June 24th, 2005, Ramnyc added the following:
In my excitement I erroneously referred to "Earl" instead of "Dalton" at Durio. My mistake for which I apologize. (No, not everyone in Louisianna is named Earl. I was just speaking to someone by that name and accidentlly referred to Dalton by the wrong name.) :-)
cowgardener Southport, ME (30 reviews) February 11, 2003
We ordered a couple of yellow clivias from this place and found the plants to be small for the very high price we paid (even with Fall discounts). The prices will send you into cardiac arrest. We received larger & faster flowering yellow clivias from Wayside. They do have some rare stuff however.
I contacted this nursery in early June of this year looking for Crape Myrtle trees, both Lagerstroemia Indica and Fauriei. They were kind enough to fax me a list of what was available. I made my selections and phoned in my order requesting shipment on the following Monday. They contacted me that Monday and advised me that my trees would be shippedthat afternoon. The trees arrived on Thursday and were in great condition. In the less than two months that I have had them, they have grown an average of 15 inches. Needless to say, I am very pleased and would recommend this nursery.
This nursery has a very interesting set of catalogs, which constitute a useful reference, particularly in certain specialized areas (daylilies, iris, magnolias). The listed holdings in their specialties are vast. And the family that owns and runs it is famous for their breeding of daylilies and iris. However, I'd think twice about ordering from them.I contacted this nursery initially some five years ago. They informed me that they had no price list, and couldn't give out information on the phone regarding what they had for sale. But for a price of about $7.50 each, I could order their catalogs. (Their holdings are divided among some six or seven catalogs, so to find out their total listings you'd need to send them a lot of money.) I bit. I sent them something over twenty dollars for some three catalogs. Two years and many increasingly irate phone calls later, I got my catalogs. The prices are very high, even for plants that are widely available. But they do list some things that are very hard to find. However, many items were listed without prices.Then I tried to place an order.I was informed that their entire stock had been damaged when they'd placed it under plastic when a cold snap threatened. No, they couldn't tell me what they had for sale or when it might be available. They suggested I call back in about six months.Six months later, I tried again. No, they couldn't tell me any particulars about when the plants I was interested in might be available, or what the prices might be. Six months later, it was the same story. On the phone, these people are rude and unprofessional. The attitude each time was: if you don't like it, take your business elsewhere. I still don't have the plants that were the initial reason for my contacting these people.