I ordered a 3' Mexican Oleander from Flora Exotica, as none were available in the San Diego area. I was provided a UPS shipping date, a tracking number and an approximate delivery date. My plant traveled almost 3,500 miles, a week long journey, from Canada to Southern California, during a nation-wide (and local) heat wave. It arrived in excellent condition and health. I was really pleased with my Flora Exotica experience, and will order from Perry again. Anyone worried about the transit can expect the plant to arrive as safely as it would if it traveled from a local nursery on SoCal freeways!
During the fall of 2005 I conducted an Internet search for plant vendors who might have, and be willing to sell me a couple of Dwarf Lotus seeds. This inquiry eventually morphed into a decision to purchase an already 'hatched' dwarf lotus plant.
Flora Exotica was one of the plant dealers I contacted, and Perry told me he'd have good-to-go lotus tubers sometime in May, 2006. When the time came to place my order, the specific lotus I wanted wasn't available, but Perry recommended an available alternative which had almost identical characteristics and I was happy to accept that one instead. Additionally, I ordered a fragrant night-blooming cactus.
I asked Perry a lot of questions about both the lotus and the cactus. He was very informative and patient and aside from answering my queries based on his personal experience, he sent me a helpful and concise Internet link about the lotus life cycle and how to care for it during its seasonally determined phases. I also had a drawn-out and irritating experience with PayPal and ultimately elected to send Perry a personal cheque. He showed heroic patience during this process!
Both the tuber and the cactus arrived in fine repair and between the info I got from Perry and my own research, both plants are thriving and I'm quite happy with them. A week or so after these plants arrived I read about and asked Perry if he carried an unusual vine that's related to the Hydrangea shrub. He looked into it and said that if he couldn't acquire the exact plant he could get me its nearest relative--so to speak. I may look into his offer later on.
Last week I ordered a baby Magnolia Coco tree. It arrived in jig time in fine shape. I repotted it in a slightly larger pot--gave it some food and a comfy spot by a northeast window, and I'm looking forward to eventually seeing its first bloom.
My next purchase from Perry will be a Jasmine Sambac 'Grand Duke'. I can't wait!
I have been trying to purchase African Blood Lily bulbs for three years. Finally, Flora Exotica had them available and was willing to send them to my state. I corresponded several times to ensure I could get the number I needed and timely delivery. This organization is professional, responsive and helpful.
I will use watch for other unusual plants and bulbs from this company. What a wonderful experience!
Just received from Perry two healthy plants. He answered many of my questions before I made the purchase. The plants are much bigger and healthier than I anticipated. I hope to one day visit his store when I have chance to visit Montreal.
On Nov 12, 2005, protempsfish Mississauga Canada wrote:
What a pleasant buying experience! Perry e-mailed wihtin a day to answer my inquiery. He could have sold me items at regular price, but informed me that he was having an autumn sale. My first purchase was a strawberry guava, Australian brush cherry, Montery Cypress and a coffee plant. All arrived in perfect condition. I have since bought other itmes, and Perry is a wealth of knowledge. I WILL BE BACK :)
On Oct 24, 2005, marcus_bc Vancouver,B.C. Canada wrote:
I have ordered twice from Perry of Flora Exotica and I must say that I have been quite pleased with both the product and with the service. I highly recommend Flora Exotica to anyone looking for the hard to find exotic species here in Canada.
I shall be most definitely ordering from Perry again and again.
Thank you very much Perry!
this company and the people are the best we;ve ever dealt with.beautiful plants,and very nice person to deal with.perry was right his plants are beautiful,i give this company,5big starssssssssssssss,thanks perry phillip sheppard
I ordered starfruit, tamarind, and sweetsop seeds and received them at the end of July. A good percentage germinated and are doing well. The only problem was that 4/10 starfruit seeds were crushed in the mail - not really a problem since the other seeds are doing well and I only needed 2 plants. Owner was very responsive to emails, answering promptly and helpfully. I would definitely buy from this company again.
Ordered a Kaffir lime and 2 Murraya exoticas from Floral Exotica, and am very pleased with the plants, which are hard to find in Canada, especially the orange jasmines. The company was very nice to deal with, and the shipping was fast. The tracking feature was nice, as I was warned when the package was ready to deliver.
If you live in Canada and looking for exotic plants, you don't want to miss Floral Exotica. You simply can't go wrong with this company. They have a very exotic selection of plants you can't easily find anywhere else in Canada.
On July 15th, I went to Perry's garden to pick up my plants, he gave me a private tour of his dream garden, he is so knowledgeable about his plants. I also had a taste of his juicy and sweet raspberry.
The plants I ordered are so healthy, the Michelia Alba is unbelivable big and healty, the Chocolate tree is over 6 feet tall. The hoya is Gorgeous. The price is unbeatable. Although I picked them up myself, he helped me for a professional pack up. Everything arrived at home sound. Now everything is growing so well.
I am really happy with his quality of service. Definitely will buy more in the short future.
On Jul 18, 2005, sandy130 Abbotsford, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered a 6 inch Hoya compacta and received it in good condition. Perry sent it through Canada Post and I was able to track it so i could be available to receive it when it arrived. He also kept in touch with me via email as to when it would be sent off. I would definately order Hoyas or other plants from him again.
At first Perry was my last choice of nursery for difficult-to-find plants because he's located in Canada- I thought it would be more difficult and I regularly experience difficulty with the post office,UPS, my ag dept and Fedex. Over a period of time I ordered the same plants from 3 nurseries and here are the results:
The first got here but was 4 times the price of the other two. I couldn't afford to buy the number I wanted from them.
The second didn't follow my instructions carefully, the box got stopped in the ag dept and rotted there because the company wouldn't comply with the ag faxes.
At this point months had passed and I was getting worried that they would be no place that still had any left. So I ordered from Perry.
Perry promply answered my email, reiterated my instructions, got the certificates and a tracking number. The 20 plants arrived in perfect condition because Perry had hand-cut 20 holes in thick cardboard and gotten the right kind of styrofoam to do the job right. This wasn't easy for him because the plants naturally have very weak stems.
So, to summarize, I wouldn't hesitate to order from Canada if Perry's taking care of the order.
WOW!!! Truely impressed! Excellent service from beginning to end. Perry my hats off to you sir for a business well managed.
My experience with Flora Exotica has been nothing short of spectacular. I've place orders online before but never did I recieve the level of good service that I got from this company. All plants arrived healthy and undamaged. I could see that extra care was taken to ensure their safe arrival.
Great Service, Great Price, Great Selection....I will be back!!!
On Jun 19, 2005, forest_garden St. John's Canada wrote:
A note to say that I was very pleased with my recent order from Flora Excotia. The order was shipped promptly and was extremly well packaged. Please note that part of the order was a five foot tree. The order was shipped over two thousand miles and all arrived safe and sound.
On May 14, 2005, Lilypon Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:
Thank you soooo much Perry!!! Ü
I placed an order with Perry's Flora Exotica on May 10/05 and it arrived 3 days later. The plants are in perfect shape and Flora Exotica did a wonderful job of packing them. I also received an email from Perry with growing instructions for my new lotus and he also sent another one that let me know the package had arrived in Moose Jaw, SK.
Wonderful communication and a 4 Star company to deal with.
On June 10th, 2005, Lilypon added the following:
I was so impressed with the first order I received I had to order from Perry again. This a portion of the letter I sent him....
Thank you so very much again. You made two people very happy and we are both very impressed with your service. I'd also like to say that I have never received plants from anyplace that have the healthy, extremely well developed root system that yours have. As a business man you are one in a million (truly a rare breed).
Pam[/quote] On September 25th, 2009, Lilypon added the following:
I received my latest order from Perry yesterday and I'm tickled pink with the condition of the plants! I don't think any lost leaves and they are so healthy looking!
Perry you are truly a gem for going above and beyond with my order.
Looking forward to dealing with you again next spring. ^_^On September 25th, 2009, Lilypon added the following:
that was supposed to be a happy face but I see the code doesn't work here. Thank you ever so much again for that above and beyond shipment Perry! :)
Last summer, I ordered two dwarf lotus bulbs from Flora Exotica, and received detailed instructions for planting, care and winterising. To my pleasant surprise, they both flowered abundantly in the first season. The owner was quite knowledgeable in oriental varieties of indoor & outdoor plants and flowers, and served customers with an infected smile and enthusiasm. He takes pride in his products and personal services. By the way, the price was unbeatable!
I have purchased plants from Flora Exotica and is quite happy with them. The service provided is excellent. The owner is knowledgable and helpful with information on how to maintain & grow exotic plants. They offer variety of products which I strongly recommend a visit.
I have used the services of this company many times.
The place is filled with exotic plants and flowers. The owner is very friendly and knowledgable. He really likes gardening and takes the time to explain how to care for flowers to me. He even tends a small garden in the back of the place which I find very interesting and is what I would really like to have at my place if I have the time . I really like sweet smelling flower plants, which I found many selections there. There are garden plants , plants for the living room, plants which yield edible fruits. You can even ask the owner to order tropical plants if you cannot find them in this place.
I have had nothing but great experiances with this company going back three years now. I purchased several plants, including a few beautifully cut bonsei shrubs and have had the joy and pleasure of enjoying them to this day. Buy with trust and confidance, Flora Exotica has a personal touch you just can't find in today's big business atmosphere.
I bought Desert Rose, Camellia, Kumquat, Mickey Mouse plant, Bodhi tree. All the plants are in very good health. Super friendly staff and excellent service. I would recommend it to my friends. Kinh Phe - Montreal - Canada
On Oct 30, 2004, mekongdendro Montreal Canada wrote:
If one is looking for good species of all those plants well-versed in Sino-Viet culture, one cannot go wrong at Flora Exotica. From absolutely-must for a classic Oriental garden such as flowering quinces (both the japonica - red - specie and the Vietnam-native - yellow - specie), bamboos, gingko biloba and Japanese maples, to the many different exotic fruit trees: guava that can stand Quebec winter, milk apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) and to something called Java apple (Syzygium samarangense) that brings me back to my childhood of hanging on the branch of such tree and enjoying its refreshingly juicy fruits - for hours on end. That's how many fruits that a happy Syzygium can bear. For a more spiritual mind, there always are many bonsai-ready ficuses, particularly the Banyan ficus, one well-known specie of which is commonly known as the Bohdee tree under which the Buddha sat. Banyans, as we know, can grow into gigantic tree in nature - I know since we had one in the garden of my grandparents in Saigon of the '50s. Equally majestic are the poincianas, or flame tree (Delonix regia) whose flaming canopies adorned the many boulevards around my childhood school during the long summer months. Guess what, one can find it at Flora Exotica as well. And let's not forget the heady aroma of frangipani (Plumeria obtusa) whose beautiful blooms have adorned the necks of many brown-skinned island beauties on the silverscreen. Just imagine a healthy specie growing right outside your bedroom's window is currently in full bloom. Don't climb it though, its branches are notoriously brittle.
And there are more at Flora Exotica - miniature lotuses anyone. Let me stop here before I start on another tangential - such as the reasonable price for example.
I bought black bamboo , guava tree , blue butterfly flower plant and many others tropical flower plants that I love to have for the souvenirs of Vietnam . All the plants I bought are in very good health and grow beautifuly because of good advices and instructions given to me by the sellor . I seems to me that the sellor doesn't care much about how much he can get from selling but he enjoy to transmit his knowledges , explain things and give satisfaction to custumers . I admire his knowledges about planting and appreciate very much his helps and the way he handles his business , very friendly and sincerely . I recommand to everyone to visit his place to discover and enjoy a nature either inside or ouside door .
I am impressed with the big selection of exotic/tropical plants from Flora Extica. I specially like the website, which has good pictures and brief information of the plants, some I only know by their nick names. I would recommend to check out the website. HD
On Oct 18, 2004, pete1111111 lorraine Canada wrote:
I heard about Flora Exotica at Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal's fair and I was pleased to see some exotic products at a very fair price when I visited them....The service is courteous and the knowledge of the owner about his products is very adequate...I had to contact the seller for some advice on the care of the purchases I made and the reply was always fast, precise and very friendly...so I acknowledge that I am very pleased with Flora Exotica and recommend it to my friends and those who like to find some little treasures...