DaveH San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) (28 reviews) July 10, 2009
I recently placed a small order at First Rays Orchids for the first time. I received my order promptly and in good condition, and the prices were good. Buy what I think is really exceptional is his website, which offers a fabulous wealth of information on orchid growing. Check it out!
I've ordered supplies from Ray several times. Questions regarding products were answered quickly and ordering is no-hassle. Prices are very reasonable, and shipping is quick... unlike some other suppliers, First Rays get their orders out as soon as possible.
This is a great vendor with a ton of helpful information on their website.
I have purchased orchids and supplies from First Rays twice. My experience was satisfactory both times. First Rays is an internet-only marketer, although he does attend orchid shows in the region where he sells plants and supplies. He has an unusual selection of plants, although not an extremely large one; it changes frequently. He also offers plants in a proprietary on-line auction, and sponsors a free forum on the use of Semi-Hydroponics, a trademarked growing technique.
What makes Ray's special is the personalized service and support. You can correspond with him on any subject related to orchid growing and he is very generous with his time and advice.
Ray's site also features great tips, advice, and even free services, such as researching the geneology of a particular orchid cross, and links to Jay Phal's site of orchid species.