On Jan 24, 2015, snapple45 Holland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I just received an order of thirty-five canna Blueberry Sparkler for a botanical garden where I'm a designing horticulturist. We had this canna specd in to a major 1680 sq ft front entrance bed. Our regular supplier bailed on our order at the last minute, hence my finding an alternate source. If the quality of the plants was the only judging criteria then this review would be highly positive. I'm an experienced pro so I feel comfortable saying that the cannas were top notch. Healthy, vigorous, except one, and larger than expected. Based on plant quality I wouldn't hesitate to order again. Packing and communication bring this review to neutral. Although I tried to communicate and ask for a winter pack, usually standard in the industry when shipping to cold zones in winter, they were not and frankly I just lucked out that the plants didn't freeze in transit. Several attempts to communicate with this company about paying for overnight shipping and/or a tracking number went unheeded. The plants just arrived with no notice in uninsulated cardboard tubes, one of which was crushed. Three plants were damaged, but not fatally. The Florida Hill folks could be an industry powerhouse if they would bring their level of customer service and communication up to the quality of their plants.
I order from Florida hills nursery on occasion and have always had a fairly good experience. There plants seem to be grown in near sterile environments and sold prematurely, but the carry many different variety's that cant be found else where. I have noticed the plants need a lot of attention for a year or so, but they tend to take off one they start to grow. My advises to any person planing to order from these guys is to nurture the plants in pots through the first winter, use good composed soil in the pots, and don't fertilize or over water them the first year. My first order didn't do very well, but my second order is still growing in my garden today.