I ordered three kinds of elephant ears from Florida Hill Nursery.
They arrived tiny, broken and without adequate padding.
I contacted them and was asked to wait two weeks for them to grow.
I waited and they remained of substandard quality.
I sent photos and further inquiries and have gotten zero responses.
My advice would be to avoid this company.
bought a banana plant. The shipping package came in broken and crushed. The plant was severely damaged. I reached out to the company many times for a replacement , but NEVER got a response. I would not buy from them again!!!!
On Mar 14, 2015, el_perron2 WOODLAND HLS, CA wrote:
A couple of days ago I sent them a question through their eBay store asking that I had noticed that some of their plants that were available for purchase on their website were not available on their eBay store and vice versa, so I asked them if there was any way for me to order from both places with a single invoice so that I wouldn't have to pay double shipping on both places, I never got a response from them and now I get an error message whenever I try to purchase anything from their eBay store. According to eBay; I was "Manually" blocked from purchasing from their store, as in they manually typed my username to block me, I guess that's they're way of dealing with questions.
On Nov 18, 2014, Bananazzz Daytona Beach, FL wrote:
We purchased two different varieties (Apple and Ice Cream) of bananas from FL. Hill Nursery on one occasion and then a few more plants of those same varieties a year later. Within a couple of months of the second purchase, we noticed that one of the banana plants looked different (red) than the rest. We took pictures and sent an email, and we were told we had the right banana. Now, another year and a half later, the bananas are mature and producing, and it appears we have at least 3 different types of bananas. A couple of them taste like the Apple banana, but none of them taste or look like the Ice Cream, which is what we wanted the most. I once again sent an email with pictures of all our our banana plants and have never heard back. These plants took a lot of water, nutrients, time to develop and space in our yard to now find out we didn't get one of the bananas we wanted and have some growing that we didn't want, and the company doesn't even have the decency to respond. Very disappointed.
Customer service sucks ! I placed an order 5 days ago and it still hasnt shipped ! I emailed the company 4 or 5 times, I received NO REPLYS. I found a phone number for them, I called it today and the voice mail is FULL They dont check their voice mail messages either !
On May 23, 2014, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On May 23, 2014 10:36 AM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Hello Todd, Your order is scheduled to arrive today. I apologize for the delayed response. "
On Dec 27, 2013, davidrexx Lutherville Timonium, MD wrote:
back on may of 2013 I purchased $233 dollars worth of material.
there were 2 packages if you call long tubular boxes with plants scotch taped to the cardboard!?
post office had stamped both boxes as broken from sender. the tube boxes were bent (decimated) and what material that was identifiable were crushed and mangled .
I called about the situation and they e-mailed me to take pictures of plants and packages.
well I did that and never heard from them again.
after numerous attempts to resolve the issue,I was left with no option but to cancel my charge.
visa said they would contact seller but never got a response.
I am a commercial landscaper and never have I seen such a nightmare as this company.
On Dec 27, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On Dec 27, 2013 6:02 PM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
I'm italian and I bought for the first time from floridahillnursery but not to italy but new york where I could receive an order last summer
In fact I made an order of three bananas from this nursery and payed with credit card immediately but I never have received any package and never a mail like response to many mail which I sent
Hence I contacted floridahillnusersy in ebay since that they didn't answer me to my mail.... and in ebay their response was
Hello, its against ebay policy to discuss sites outside of ebay.
anyone can help me ... it's strange
On Oct 17, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On Oct 18, 2013 8:09 AM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
it appears your purchase was made and refunded through our website and contacting us through ebay was a direct violation of ebay policy. This is a matter of fact and in no way meant to be anything else. If you feel you would like to further discuss this please feel free to email us at
On Jul 30, 2013, JamieLev MacKinleyville, CA wrote:
I purchased online a Mother's Day gift of 1 banana tree, a male and female kiwi, and a blueberry for my Mom in Florida. Only the banana tree was alive when my Mom opened the box. She didn't even know what the plants were, or who it was from, as there was no packing slip. When I found out, I told the company, and they said I was past the 30 day guarantee. I explained that my Mom didn't bring it up to me, as she didn't know who the package was from. I even put that it was to be a gift in the special shipping comments area while ordering. I was told I would have to buy these DOA plants AGAIN. They offered free shipping, but I don't feel I should have to re-purchase plants that arrived dead. Especially since delivery was in the same state as the company! My last email dialog was as follows, after I asked if they would take a mailed check:
Florida Hill Nursery:
"Hello sorry but our payment terms are paypal and credit card only.
Florida Hill Nursery"
"Not taking a check by mail is WAY too much to ask, and the last straw with my business. I will report this at garden watchdog. I don't want others to have to deal with your horrible customer service.
My Mom's male and female kiwi's and the blueberry were DEAD ON ARRIVAL. There was no packing slip, nor did she know what the plants were because of the bad sharpie labeling on the packing tape. She didn't even know the order was from me!!!
I emailed your company as soon as I heard about the plants being DEAD ON ARRIVAL. All I got was an email back saying I was past the 30 days from purchase date - and I was offered free shipping if I BOUGHT THEM AGAIN! Now, why would I want to re-purchase plants that showed up dead at my Mom's house in Florida the first time?
Your karma will catch up with you someday. Maybe when I write my negative review at garden watchdog?"
On Jul 30, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
On Jun 10, 2013, hardytropicals Chesapeake, VA wrote:
We ordered Four different type Elephant ear plant's they arrived in good time the shipping box was broken in half,but that did not damage anything.Three of our plant's even tho they were quite small were green,the Malasian Monster had three yellow leaves wilted over.We took them out as soon as they arrived and planted them.I communicated by email and was told to send a picture,we did and were told it looks wilty.I told them it arrived that way and they said they don't send sick plant's.Then they said let's keep an eye on it.Today all the leaves fell off.They said if I send it back they may give me a refund.It is ashame that they would expect me to jump thru hoop's as a first time customer,And tell me they don't ship sick plant's when they saw the picture.Unless they decide to make this good and send us a healthy plant we will not ever deal with them again.
On Jun 10, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On Jun 10, 2013 7:31 PM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Posted on September 27, 2012, updated May 30, 2013
This comment is for the establishment of Florida Hill Nursery. I purchased lemongrass plants. Supposedly plants. I thought I was getting plants as that was the picture and write up for 6.99 a piece. They were only plugs and came in a box from the postal service. A long box that had the plugs in them. They were dry and brown and I was not pleased. I emailed the company right away and their reply "They should be okay". Didn't seem very interested at all in my complaint. I told them I would never order from them again. Never heard back. Two of my plants have died.
On May 30th, 2013, sanbee1 added the following:
I am responding to Florida Hill Nursery's comment on my negative comment. NO ONE EVER took care of me personally and as far as responding how to care for--That is the point you said take care of plants--they weren't plants. They were plugs and it is kind of hard to take care of something that is already dying sent to you in a postal box!!!
All anyone did after my post is ask if I wanted a refund. My comment was up to you as my comment was to warn other people planning on buying from you.
And interestingly enough I guess you deemed it not necessary to give a refund. So I paid over 30 dollars for 4 plugs and two died.On May 30, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Posted on May 29, 2013, updated May 29, 2013
Never got any update that plants had shipped even when checking status on their website until I emailed and asked.
Plants arrived very well packaged and healthy but the box was smashed. Totally not FHN's fault and I already brought it up with USPS.
Now we get to the weird part..
They blacklisted me for some reason? Sometime in between the last time I spoke to them asking about delivery, May 28, and today, May 29, when I tried to join their forum and it said my ip was blacklisted. I was never rude or anything to them and have all emails to prove it.
What a strange way to treat a paying customer for no apparent reason. Emailed them inquiring why they did that and they haven't responded. I'm a 27 year old guy trying to get into this because I enjoy it but I hope everyone isn't like this.
On May 29th, 2013, mwaterman07 added the following:
If you read my review I wasn't happy
No shipping notification, which would help considering I live in AZ and it's 100 out. If you care about the condition of your plants then the customer should probably be more aware of when somethings ships. I realize you all already do this but for whatever reason it didn't happen this time.
Also I've never done anything fraudulent to you or anyone else and I find it very offensive that you would accuse someone of that. I would have been a big customer for you with my new edible landscaping business, but why do you treat people like this? I just don't get it.
In response to their accusations I ran an ip blacklist check on two different sites and spamhaus separately. None of them had my ip address blacklisted, just FHN's own forum.On May 29, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On May 29, 2013 4:11 PM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Hello, if you were blocked there was likely a good reason. you probably triggered a fraudulant flag. But if you were happy with the transaction why are you leaving negative feedback. This seems to be a misuse of daves Garden feedback system. Either way send us an email and Angela or I will check into it."
On May 10, 2013, LondonMcKnight Charlottesville, VA wrote:
Posted on May 11, 2013, updated May 11, 2013
The elephant ear plants I ordered arrived with only one in good shape, the others were damaged and/or badly wilted and one was clearly dead. I planted them all and was just going to consider the one lost plant a misfortune. However, only ONE of the damaged/wilted plants survived, (though still not looking well). I tried repeatedly to contact FH but the contact link on the site just kept pulling an error page. I returned to Watchdog and saw a contact email. I sent a nice email explaining the situation, with pictures and asked that the plants be replaced. The response I received was that the damaged/wilted plants were just dry and told if I planted and watered them that they should recover. I responded explaining that I done just that weeks earlier. The next response made absolutely no sense to me. It accused me of calling them names. I sent a response, explaining to them that I use readnotify.com on my emails and that every email was recorded and logged. No response. I sent several follow-up emails to the same email and have received NO response. With the good prices and excellent selection I would have been a huge repeat customer...=( Sadly, London
On May 10th, 2013, LondonMcKnight added the following:
I have asked and hope that FH sends me the healthy plants that I purchased. ...=/ ~LondonOn May 10, 2013, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On May 11, 2013 6:11 AM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Hello Sandy, not sure why the email link in our website isnt allowing you to send us an email but I will check into that. Send us an email at email@example.com post it to Angela or Shawn and one of us will take care of you personally. : )
On May 17, 2013 7:52 AM, Florida Hill Nursery added:
Hello, we have refunded the transaction. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you."
Posted on May 24, 2012, updated May 25, 2012
I ordered 3 elephant ear tubers from Florida Hill. They arrived quickly, but the box was caved in. Each tuber had 2 leaves. One was vigorous, one was wilted, and the box broke the leaves off the third. I planted the three, following instructions, hoping that they would survive anyway. The one that was vigorous is doing fine. The one that was wilted never perked up and the leaves died, and the one with the broken off leaves didn't throw up a new shoot. I emailed them and told them what the situation was, asking if the ones that haven't produced new shoots would ever send up new shoots and, since the strong one isn't growing well but is still alive, would it benefit from being moved into another location. I did expect them to answer my question and at least offer to replace the one killed in transit, and, in the interest of good customer relations, also offer to replace the one that came with wilted leaves and lost them, but the answer I got was "Hello, its likely an issue with the amount of heat they are recieving. They prefer heat and humidity which is common in the summer time." First, this didn't answer any questions I asked. Second, if these are not suitable for our climate here, that should have been mentioned in the listing so I wouldn't have had to waste money ordering them. Third, there was no offer to fix the problem. I've just sent them another email asking my question again and this time have specifically asked them if they would replace the one that was totally destroyed in shipping. I don't think I should have had to ask, but I guess I did. Can't wait to see the one line reply on this one. I'm not happy.
On May 25th, 2012, Lotus954 added the following:
I am so sorry I offended Florida Hill by posting a totally accurate report of my experience. So now, instead of trying to fix things, they are choosing to not answer anything, including my first, politely worded question. I didn't ask what the problem was, I asked if the damaged tubers would throw new shoots. I did also ask if I should move the viable one to a sunnier place so it would grow faster. They did respond to my email, one line again, "you can return any unwanted plants for a full refund". They don't get that I'm trying NOT to return plants, but am STILL asking if there is the possibility that new shoots might come from the tubers injured in shipping. The answer to that ONE question seems to be impossible to get from these people. I would suggest that you all think twice before ordering here because they are NOT interested in resolving customer problems. If I ran my business like this I'd go bankrupt. On May 25, 2012, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
"On May 25, 2012 9:54 AM, Florida Hill Nursery responded with:
Hello Lotus, You asked what the problem was with your plant and we gave advise. You asked and we answered. Since your post is so strongly worded I dont believewe will be giving you any more advise. Thank you for your feedback.
On May 11, 2013 6:17 AM, Florida Hill Nursery added: