I ordered 4 items recently and they all came in great shape, well packaged and lush. It is disappointing to hear all the negatives, since my experiences (1 order per year over the last 5 years) have all been good.
I have ordered several times from this company. Most of the time seeds, but a few plants. One time I ordered a plant that took a long time, with no updates on delivery. But when they finally sent the plant, they also sent a bonus plant to make up for the delay. I mostly order seeds, and last order was missing a pack. I notified them and they quickly sent out another pack. This company has a wide selection of tropicals, and is a pleasure to deal with.
Just received my Cordia sebestena tree today (10-11-2012) and it is in perfect health. I ordered the 3 gallon pot size plant and the tree is nearly 5 feet tall which was unexpected. Nice healthy green plant with a sturdy trunk.
The tree arrived in a tall slender box, root ball was sealed in clear plastic and still moist, the tree was supported in the box by a bamboo stake, the upper portion of the tree was wrapped in tube mess to protect the leaves and branches which was really a nice touch, and the box was full of packing peanuts as well. No other company I have ordered from has ever taken this much care when shipping me a plant.
Will definitely order from them again!
On Aug 3, 2012, rqhansen Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I must concur with the other positive reviews. I have placed at least 8 orders to them over a 3 year period and not once was I disappointed! I just received a passiflora and a dwarf brazilian banana. Both were the largest plants I have ever received, in fact, MUCH larger and in perfect shape. A month before, I received 2 mangos, also in perfect shape. To be fair, I have never e-mailed or called for customer service, I found their website to have a lot of good cultural information. I know their prices are more expensive, but the plants are so much larger, at least based on my experience, that they are worth it. Based on my experience, I personally cannot say enough good things about this company.
I've recieved 3 orders from TT this spring and summer. a "3 gallon" brugmansia "super Nova" huge, branched plant with a 2 inch stem. It's blooming twice a week after a month in it's new pot. Thai adenium, perfect caudex, budding out now. Huge Condo Mango, no flowers yet, but next year? All were underpriced specimens, well pruned and grown hard. Perfect shipping, fast delivery to Northern Michigan.
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I have always been happy with the plants I ordered from TT.
They arrive 3 days from the shipping date in good condition with planting instructions, and they are always larger than I expected. Also, their website is great. Green Thumbs Up to Top Tropicals
On March 23rd, 2012, jedoody added the following:
I order during one week and they ship the following week on Monday. They always e-mail when they ship and the plants always arrive here on Wednesday. The plants are always very large and well packed (sometimes too well). I follow their instructions to keep in the same size pot until I see new growth and the plants all do very well. They even sent me an extra desert rose when they felt one of the ones I ordered did not have a large enough caudex. I have ordered a lot of plants from them and have never had a problem. Thanks Top Tropicals. On March 23rd, 2012, jedoody added the following:
I order during one week and they ship the following week on Monday. They always e-mail when they ship and the plants always arrive here on Wednesday. The plants are always very large and well packed (sometimes too well). I follow their instructions to keep in the same size pot until I see new growth and the plants all do very well. They even sent me an extra desert rose when they felt one of the ones I ordered did not have a large enough caudex. I have ordered a lot of plants from them and have never had a problem. Thanks Top Tropicals. On June 6th, 2012, jedoody added the following:
In the past two months I have ordered a Michelia figo, Michelia Alba, Little Gem Magnolia, and an Osmanthus, and all have been in excellent condition, large, and leafy. I have ordered many plants from Top Tropicals and have never had a problem with the plant or the vendor. All have survived and flourished in this desert environment. On June 21st, 2012, jedoody added the following:
I just received an Osmanthus Aurantiacus from Top Tropicals, and, as always, the plant is very healthy. The packaging always keeps the plant very moist upon arrival, and I have never had a problem with customer service. On August 2nd, 2012, jedoody added the following:
Another successful transaction with Top Tropicals. They always notify when the plant is shipped, plant always arrives two days later, and is always very healthy.
On Jul 14, 2011, Gulfstream17 Ormond Beach, FL wrote:
My own experience with TopTropicals extends over about 3 years and probably north of a dozen orders worth many hundreds of dollars. My experience with this company has been uniformly positive. Plants typically arrive within 24 hours of ship-notification given my location in central Florida. They have without exception arrived well-packed and healthy. My only encounter with customer service involved double mailing of their magazine and was easily resolved to my satisfaction when I explained the situation by email. I consistently buy from TT for two reasons. First, although I'm no botanist and I have no authority to judge, the TT website seems to be science-based and to contain a really astonishing amount of information that is convenient to use. Second, TT sells plants that tend to be larger and more mature than those sold by other sellers. Naturally these are more expensive to buy and ship than smaller plants. Logee's for instance sells smaller, younger plants. (I order from Logee's as well as TT and have had nothing but positive transactions with them too, including customer service.) I'm not a shill for Top Tropicals nor do I suggest that critical comments aren't warranted. I'm just relaying my personal experience and it's been very good. Now, lots of my plants don't survive, but that's because of my relatively salty location 600 feet from the Atlantic and because I tend to have a brown thumb. With respect to salt-tolerance, I've concluded that guides and lists only take you so far. You have to try the plant exactly where you live. If it dies, well, one reason is you're too close to salt water. But you'd be surprised what works that's not supposed to. On the second issue, brown thumb, you just have to keep trying.
I ordered "Brunfelsia americana - Lady of the night"...arrived perfectly packaged & undamaged. I would highly recommend this company not only for the extra care taken in the packaging, but the large size/fullness/health of the plant.
Regarding the ordering process…When I ordered Brunfelsia seeds/shipped out the same day/received them in about 3 days. When I ordered plants, it took about a week for the order to be ready to send out…but once it was picked up by UPS, it only took 1 day for the delivery.
I've only ordered seeds, mostly Ipomoeas, from Top Tropicals thus far.They were a little slow in arriving,about two weeks, but they germinated readily and are now vigorous plants.I certainly would do more business with this company. They sell good, viable seeds.
On Nov 8, 2010, RHODRIDGEBACK Lexington, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on October 15, 2010, updated November 8, 2010
I ordered a Jade vine and a Red Jade Vine from top tropicals and I received the plants less than a week later. The plants arrived in decent condition, the leaves were perfect, the roots less so. I'll keep everyone updated on the progress.
On November 8th, 2010, RHODRIDGEBACK added the following:
It has been about 5 weeks since I recieved the plants. At first it was a bit touch and go, but with a little humitity and a little superthrive the Jade vines are doing amazing. Health and green, already climing up a large trellis. What a pretty plant!
Mike gave a complete refund for an order that was not acceptable to our condo board and did so promptly.
I was appaled and abhorred at the decision to disgard and trash the order with out my knowledge or approval.
Mid winter at 34 degrees I was in an angry rage in a huge dumpster searching for the plants. They were in bad shape but all are exquisite now. Order from this company if you need a rare plant or something unusual you can be assured the material is worth it in the end!!! People Mike is a GREAT person professionally and if you give him respect and dignity you will have your plant king and dom.
I've ordered couple of rare flowering plants from them, which i've been looking up in their site for long time. Couple of days since i placed the order, it was shipped and we received very healthy plants in another two days. The packaging was so great and not even one single leaf was damaged. We are very happy with the order. We were so benefitted by the reviews in this site about various online nurseries and felt i should contribute about my experience too. Thanks for all the contributors.
Great company and lovely healthy plants. Only "negative" is all the wonderful plants that I keep finding in the info section but can't find anywhere online. It is very tempting to want just about every thing on the site info only or the merchandise. This year I am going to use the wish list and hope to get lucky. Their plants are always well packed and delivery is prompt.
On Apr 17, 2010, dannygates58 Jefferson, NH wrote:
I found Top Tropicals using a web search for a particular plant. Sure enough they had it plus another I had been looking for. I immediately checked Garden Watchdog ( as I always do! ) and found that though there were a couple negatives mostly they seemed pretty petty so I ordered.
My plants arrived within a week. I have to say the packaging was some of the best I have ever received. The plants themseves were beautiful and healthy.
Living in a very remote area I depend on mail order and Garden Watchdog and I would most certainly order from Top Tropicals again.
On Dec 14, 2009, ptooming Titusville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered a hard to find vine from TT I had actually ordered the same vine from a different source 2 different times and both came delivered dead in 2.5 inch pots. I found that TT had the same vine so I went ahead and tried ordering it hoping for a better outcome ( a living plant that is ) I spoke to Mike who inquired on weather I was able to accomodate this finicky pet so I didn't waste my time or money.
He recommended an alternitive if I couldn't.
I assured him I could and the phone order was placed.
I received a confirmation the next day that it was sent and it arrived the following day, less than 24 hours from being sent.
The plant I received was indeed alive...very alive!!! Well rooted and a good size (far bigger than aloha tropicals dead 2.5 inch pot) plus well packed!!
I live within 100 miles of this nursery and hope to visit and see all he has to offer, his website makes for a great wish list.
I ordered a Jasminum sambac Grand Duke from Top Tropicals. It was my first order from them and I was very impressed.
The plant was on sale, it arrived promptly and was in excellent shape. The root was wrapped and the plant was wrapped in mesh surrounded by popcorn. It was packed to perfection and arrived that way. The plant is huge and has many new starts with buds on them. I am very pleased with Top Tropicals and would not hesitate to order again from them.
I would recommend them to anyone.
I hope someday to be lucky enough to get the Jasminum sambac Grand Duke - Supreme from them.
I've ordered a variety of plants from TopTropicals 4 or 5 times and have always been happy with them. They always come well packaged and in good shape. They have a great selection and are always getting new interesting plants. I really enjoy all the information they provide in their catolog even for plants that are not currently in stock.
On Jun 19, 2008, tarantulandy Bloomington, IN wrote:
I ordered some Miracle Fruit(Synsepalum dulcificum) plants from TopTropicals. Everything went very smooth and Mike was very helpful. Both orders went through timely and I was pleased with the way the plants were packed.
They also have a lot of good information on their website. Their care sheet on the miracle fruit plant was very good compared to others that I've read and I'm sure the care sheets on their other plants are equally as good.
I ordered from Top Tropicals on May 15. I received a shipping notice on May 21st. I emailed Top Tropicals when I realized they had shipped this order before a long holiday weekend, expressing concern that the transit time for the plants could be extended from 2 days to almost a week if the plants did not arrive on a Friday. That's because Monday was Memorial Day. Mike's first response back to me was "plants you had ordered can spend 2 weeks in box without any problems." The package was scheduled to arrive by UPS on Friday and they incorrectly routed the package. The plants did not arrive until the next Tuesday - meaning that they spent 6 days in transit. I emailed Top Tropicals and let them know that when they shipped this order - a total of 100.00 dollars - they could have been more considerate of the long holiday weekend when they picked the shipping date and the fact that I paid for mature plants I expected to arrive with a short transit. I let them know about the UPS screw up and told them I mainly was asking them to work with me in case any of the plants didn't make it. I also expressed my opinion that they could have shown more consideration for the ship date they picked before shipping this expensive order before a long holiday weekend. I never mentioned anything about wanting a refund. I had already repotted the plants and I also told Mike about the condition of each plant. The Ponytail Palm had about 50 percent of its leaves brown and scorched-looking, the Night Blooming Cereus had mainly broken leaves and the few undamaged were fairly brown. I told him the worst looking plant was the Kalanchoe pinnata - which had only 2 leaves at the top of a long stalk - and that was a plant advertised as a 1 gallon, bushy plant - a big bald leafless stalk that I paid 20 dollars for. Mike wrote back "I very sorry that you're disappointed and I apologize for that. We had failed your expectation, UPS had failed, plants had failed... I'm sorry for that. Please pack these plants back to the box and ship them back to us." No, Mike, these plants did not fail me - they just spent a week in the box because they were mailed before a long holiday weekend! I immediately wrote Mike back and told him that I thought these plants would "make it" except maybe for the Kalanchoe pinnata and that I never expected a refund. The Night Blooming Cereus would not be the large healthy plant I paid for - but made the concession that it would probably recover. I asked him more than once if I had paid for 2 day shipping so I could get that amount back from UPS since I did not receive 2 day shipping from them because of their screw up. He never answered that particular question. I told him that I did not want a refund, that I was perfectly willing to try to help these plants survive. I asked him questions about the Kalanchoe pinnata - describing the long stalk with only 2 leaves at the top - and if they would replace it for me if it didn't make it - well that's when I received no further communcation from him on this. As I mentioned, the last email was over 2 days ago. All I wanted to hear back from Top Tropicals is if they would be so kind to replace this one plant that looked so bad. I guess if I wasn't willing just to ship all the plants back, it did not matter to them what happened to the plants. Look at the reviews here. Almost over 40 percent are not good. That is a track record that obviously needs some improvement! And I don't consider it acceptable or good business to not respond to a customer like me that says "I am willing to work with you on this." If Mike does email me back and says he'll replace the 20.00 dollar Kalanchoe Pinnata - the big stalk with no leaves - then I'll come back here and make a record of that. If he refuses to respond to the emails where I have gone out of my way to work with them on this shipping screw up and their lack of consideration to pick a ship date before a long holiday weekend, well I'll come back and record that non-response as well. I had read in some of these other reviews here that if you have a problem with Top Tropicals - well they want to wash their hands of you! Mike did offer me a refund after beating his breasts about everyone failing me but is not willing to let me be generous and keep these plants, only asking him to replace a big stalk bereft of leaves? I would like to tell Mike that I get the sense that he is someone that tries really hard at what he does but is not willing to just meet someone half-way if Top Tropicals could have been just a little more considerate in their handling of particulars - in this instance it was shipping an expensive order of plants before a long holiday weekend.
On May 30th, 2008, catesbybay changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I'm happy to report that I just received an email from Mike at Top Tropicals. He has offered me a refund on either the Kalanchoe Pinnata or maybe for the whole order. I'm not too clear on which right now. But he is obviously doing everything he can to make all this right. I really do feel badly for Mike after all my complaining. UPS screwed this up - I did only pay for ground shipping and it would have gotten here on Friday if UPS had not incorrectly routed the order. My best wishes to Top Tropicals for doing all that they can to correct UPS's mistake.
On May 23, 2008, ahelms Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I just received my order from Top Tropicals of Combretum fruticosum, Jasminum mesnyi, Stictocardia beraviensis and
Tecomanthe dendrophylla and they look great. The leaves on two of them are off color and maybe that's the color they're supposed to be because I've never seen either of them before. I'll definately order from them again.
On Apr 29, 2008, dirtyoldman Birmingham, AL wrote:
I ordered a Caesalpinia from Mike & Tatiana and it arrived in excellent shape in 2 days. The packaging couldn't have been better -- not a bit of loose soil, broken branches, etc. I think what some people fail to realize is when you take a plant that's actively growing in south Florida where Top Tropicals is and ship it 800 miles north where it's cool, there's going to be an adjustment period. In my case, the Caesalpinia quickly and completely defoliated after I unboxed it. Did I assume it was dead and throw it away? No, I put it in a window and waited. Two weeks later, it's leafing out again.
I just received 2 vines - Petraeovitex - from this company. The plants are large and healthy and were packed very well. This was a very pleasant experience. The many pictures of each plant they sell on the website, including in the pot in the nursery, are a big help.
I just received two plants-michelia alba 'golden' and michelia champaca rajaniana. They came in less time than I expected and are bigger that I thought they'd be! They came with detailed planting instructions. So far, so good...can't wait til spring when they can attempt to live up to their fragrant reputations! I would recommend this company for their wide selection of tropical plants.
I just received the healthiest most well packaged mail-ordered plant that I have ever ordered. I ordered a 4-6" pot Clerodendrum ugandense and it is a lot bigger than I imagined. I can't wait to see this thing bloom. I will be ordering from Top Tropicals again. Maybe even today.
I ordered several tree's from this company last Christmas. I ordered 2 coffee trees and 2 fig trees. They came packed in a box in great condition on time. I planted all 4 but after about a month the coffee tree's looked pretty rough and had dropped some of their leaves. I emailed the company as directed by the enclosed insructions. Within 4 hours i had an email back from them requesting a picture of the leaves, i sent this and he immediately helped me fix the problem and get the plants back into great shape (the problem, for those interested was that the moisture level in a house in Iowa in January is not conducive to coffee tree leaves thriving, so moving a humidifier by it and keeping it away from heating vents helped). Anyway i will absolutely order from this company again, they have a great selection and you can request plants if they do not have it in stock.
On Jul 31, 2007, mantis212 Roslyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have ordered many plants from Mike and Tatiana over the last 4 years and most have been rare and very hard to find exotics like Jasminums, dwarf and vining Ylangs ylangs, Magnolias, and many more. I love their web site it is very informative and sometimes the only info. you can find on some of these gems. It is a small operation, and I have read some of these negative comments and I am shocked at what people with no patience will say. They are real friendly people who love exotic plants, they even organize amazing trips to far places to see and collect the plants in their country of origin.
If you "want it now" go to Home Depot but if you are realistic about how plants get from say Thailand and such to Florida finally to you. Then you would know that those pretty mass produced greenhouse plants are not.(realistic)
I highly recommend them as a mail order source for tropical's and rare exotics.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank them publicly,
Thank you so much for all your hard work Mike and Tatianna!
Most pleased with service/item. First, that I was actually able to obtain this tree. I ordered a 7 gallon Jaboticaba. All other nurseries seemed to offer only up to 5 gallon size..one well known one advertised a 7 gallon but then emailed me they only deliver 3 gallon. The reason 7 gallon is so important is that Jaboticabas take so very long to fruit so the older/bigger the better.
Top Tropicals made good on their delivery. I even specified a less bushy tree and the tree in question is a bit more tree like than most Jaboticabas. It arrived promptly (about 2 weeks) about 5 feet tall although it is a bit "under the weather". Leafs are somewhat dried out..the temp here has been in the 90's. But then again how would anything fare being stuck in a hot box for 2-3 days?
All in all I am quite pleased with my purchase. Oh, and btw, I don't see 7 gallon Jabos offered on their site anymore so I must've gotten their last stock.
On May 26, 2007, mad4roses Georgetown, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered the 3 gallon Grand Duke jasmine as a gift for my mother who loves the smell of jasmine. The plant arrived yesterday, just 2 days after they shipped. I was told the plant was extremely healthy, only two leaves had fallen off in the box and it had several fresh blooms. She said the roots were incredible. The smell of jasmine filled the room when she opened the box.
She did mention how surprised she was at the size of the plant because the box it had come in was not that large or heavy. As mentioned in a prior post here, they remove the pot and some soil for shipping, but the plant itself was quite large and impressive.
Thanks for getting me the reaction I was hoping for! She is very happy with her new jasmine. And that's what it's all about.
On May 2, 2007, wanna_run_fast Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
I purchased a petrea vol. and a michelia c. alba from Michael at the Mounts Plant Sale. Plants are absolutely beauiful and healthly. I think this firm has re-located from Davie, FL to Punta Gorda. I was definitely very happy with my purchase and will definitely be looking for them again at the next Mounts Plant sale.
First time ordering from this company was last week. Yesterday two beautiful avocado trees arrived and I can't be more pleased. I recently ordered from another company that advertises online and got a tree with bad leaves and one that had been topped. Mike's trees were perfect with green leaves and no damaged wood at all. I'll readily buy from Top Tropicals again. I am very pleased.
I orderded a pomegrante tree from top tropicals in December. The tree arrived a little wlted but it was a good size tree. I followed the instructions given (thank you thank you thank you) and all of the leaves fell off. I was horrified thinking I had just spent so much money. However, with great relief the leaves all popped back out and the tree has put on 4 inches of new growth. I am very pleased with this purchase and the companies policy for sending great directions! I will definately order from them in the future!
I have ordered from TT SEVERAL times over several years and they have always been wonderful about resolving the two small issues that I had regarding two plants. Cost was credited toward future orders in both cases -- my choice - and I got to keep the "difficult" arrivals in case they revived. one of these came in cooler weather AT MY REQUEST - I did not want to wait for mike's recommended shipping date. They have even remembered that I asked about a certain fern months earlier and when they came in, they let me know. I agree with everyone who thinks these are wonderful people - They should charge for the valuable information and photos in their extensive on-line catalogue - I have learned so much. A lost e-mail among hunderds does not warrant a negative rating. Give a busy business a break. They have been nothing but good to me and I recommend them constantly and friends have ordered and never been disappointed.
On Nov 14, 2006, phoenixtropical Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered 3 plants from them. A cherry of the rio grande, a joboticaba, and an atemoya. They all arrived in pretty good shape, and they were much larger than I expected. I like that they ship via. USPS priority, so the plants come nice and fast. An important thing for me is that they ship to Arizona, whereas some of their competitors will not.
On April 11th, 2009, phoenixtropical added the following:
I have ordered many plants from Top Tropicals and they arrive in great shape and are nice and big. Its seems like they overhead irrigate their plants so they typically have water spots on the leaves, which I do nothing about, and which seem to have no affect on the plants whatsoever.
On Nov 5, 2006, Zuzu Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I'm puzzled by the recent rash of negative ratings for Top Tropicals because my own experience with them was ideal.
I ordered several sale items, which were supposed to be 1-gallon plants. When they arrived, I was amazed by their superb quality and by their size. These were not 1-gallon plants. In fact, they were too large for 2-gallon containers, so I ultimately had to plant them in 3-gallon containers. They are thriving and I couldn't be more pleased.
As for the shipping charges, I initially thought the charges were quite steep, even though the plants had to be shipped from Florida to California, but I understood the reason when the plants arrived. They were packaged perfectly, sent by the best possible method, and the shipping labels revealed that Top Tropicals actually had been charged more for the shipping than I had paid.
On Jul 25, 2006, Fallbrookguy Fallbrook, CA wrote:
I bought maybe 10 different trees from Top Tropicals (TT) in three different orders over a period of perhaps a month and a half (June and July 2006). I was very pleased with my purchases and will definitely be ordering from them in the future. Each plant was as large or in some (if not many) cases much larger than expected. From my experience they were very good at keeping me informed as to when they were going to ship so I would know when to expect delivery.
My only complaint was regarding a Markhamia that I had ordered. It arrived somewhat chlorotic (but other than that very healthy) but more importantly with an "S" shaped trunk. I had requested in each of my three orders that they send only trees with straight leaders and requested that they call me if they had any questions. I promptly called them when the tree arrived and saw that it didn't have a straight trunk.They told me that if I was dissatisfied for any reason I could return the plant. They were very gracious about it and didn't give me a hard time at all. In the end I decided to keep the plant and now two weeks after delivery and some iron it's throwing out new green leaves. All of the other nine plants I ordered were well shaped, very healthy, lush and green.
I think TT offers an incredible selection of (in many cases) hard to find plants at good value for the dollar. I highly recommend them.
On Jul 11, 2006, Joseph07 Moreno Valley, CA wrote:
I had a pretty good experience buying from Top Trop. I bought a Mango tree, which came when they said it would, and looked really good. I just wish they would of sent it in a pot, but I guess nobody does that, right?.I think they did a good job.
On May 24, 2006, celt33040 Key West, FL (Zone 11) wrote:
I have purchased many tropicals from this company and have been very happy with the attention they gave me and the quality of the plants. Website is not only for purchase but makes a great information tool, will also respond to questions through e-mail. Next to DG they are my favorite garden site.