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11039 Monte Vista Avenue
Montclair, California 91763 (United States)

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Neutral Amoena
Nashville, TN
(15 reviews)
January 10, 2018
I ordered two hobby plants from Norman's in Sept. 2017: a Blc Siamese Doll and B Aristocrat, both listed as, "mature size." I was very unhappy with their packing, as the plants weren't wrapped at all- just dropped in the box with peanuts! Both came potted in a soggy, compressed nugget of sphag, and had to be repotted immediately. B Aristocrat was indeed bloom size, but the Siamese Doll was a small seedling, at least 3 years from bloom size, (I know this because I have a mature specimen of Siamese Doll- it's 12 inches tall.) What I received from Norman's is about 4 inches tall. Clearly, NOT, "mature size." Despite these issues, I can't leave a neg rating, because the plants did arrive healthy, and are now thriving.
Some companies will "WOW" you with the size & quality of their plants, and the care they put into shipping them. Norman's is not such a company! But if they have that special something you MUST have, you will probably get a healthy plant. Just don't expect accuracy in terms of their size descriptions.
Negative PL7711
Newton Center, MA
(1 review)
August 10, 2017
My first purchase from this company was simply breathtaking. I bought three phalaenopsis orchids for my kitchen and they were thriving and a joy to behold. I wound up purchasing several pricey gift orchids for various recipients. I then made a second purchase for myself. The orchids that arrived did not resemble whatsoever the orchids pictured on the site. Firstly, I ordered three of the same. Two were matching the and the third was a different color. These were meant to be displaced all in the same location. Next, the orchids picture had 4 stems and I was sent two with 2 stems and one with one stem - sparse and spindly and not at all like what was pictured. Next, the orchids began to fail almost immediately - after one day. The blooms began to dry up and fall off and the leaves - many of them - started to turn yellow, droop and brown out at the tips. I emailed them, photos included, for six days straight - showing them the horrendous condition of these plants and how they were progressively getting worse each day. I received no response whatsoever. Finally, I called and they claimed they never received my emails. I was only requesting that they replace these three totally unacceptable orchids with three new ones - the same ones I had ordered the first time. They said they would send my request to "claims." Wow. Who was I dealing with - a national concern like Amazon or Walmart? Two days later they contacted me and offered me a $10.00 credit and I would have to repackage and send back the three dying orchids at my own expense. The order was well over $100. They told me the orchids were failing because of "direct sunlight." The orchids were never exposed to direct sunlight. I am only hoping that the several gifts I sent - over $150 each for one orchid - arrived in good condition. I would never know because the recipients would probably not tell me if they didn't. Believe me, you do not want to do business with this company. You could be lucky and receive healthy orchids, but if you don't, tough luck to you. Horrendous customer service. They will not back up their merchandise - even with explicit photos showing the failure of the orchids.
Positive peterorchid
Buffalo, NY
(1 review)
May 14, 2016
Posted on October 10, 2015, updated May 14, 2016
i ordered a c. pumila \'dogishima\'. it was sent in a flimsy plastic pot packed with sphagnum moss like they do for phal\'s from asia. this species does not grow well like this. all the old roots had rotted long ago and not even attached to the plant anymore; which by the way was literally turning around in the pot because the moss had compacted to peat. these plants are very difficult to keep alive if that seasons roots are damaged; which is what the 5 that were left were. The ends were shriveled and browning. I emailed them. Was responded to by there customer service dept. I sent a photo like they asked and was never responded to again. This seems to be one of those businesses where the people shipping the plants know nothing of what the plant should look like; healthy or not. I am wiser now to these companies that basicly are too big for their britches. I am not important to them. I removed what was left of the buds to try to save the plant but it dehydrated from no healthy roots to absorb moisture to finish growing.
On May 14th, 2016, peterorchid changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I was very frustrated with this order so I contacted norman through Facebook and he made all well by replacing my plant on my next order and only charging me shipping charges minus the original. My order was healthy and we'll rooted plants; all 8 of them. Thank you
Positive mgdsvegies
Asheville, NC (Zone 7a)
(3 reviews)
April 20, 2016
I just placed my first order with this company, and I'm happy with their service so far. They were extremely prompt -- I ordered over the weekend, the plants were shipped Monday, and they arrived here in Asheville this morning. I wouldn't ordinarily order orchids in bloom, for fear the spikes would be damaged, but I saw a clone I really wanted at the local orchid show last week. When I realized had it, I couldn't wait to order. Their packing was excellent -- it took quite a while to get the plants separated from the packing material, but you would never guess these three plants in full bloom had been shipped all the way from California. I know I shouldn't comment on other peoples' experience, but I couldn't help but notice some of the problems seem to arise from customers not understanding what they were ordering. It is true as someone pointed out that the plants are in the thin flexible pots with sphagnum moss, and some of the roots are broken. However, in my experience this is pretty much what you see from all the large growers. It's a function of what they have to do to culture massive numbers of plants. The plants all look healthy and strong, and after they bloom, I will repot then in a bark mixture and different pots that are more suited to my growing conditions. Bottom line is, I would definitely order from these folks again.
Negative clyn
New York City, NY
(1 review)
February 4, 2016
If you absolutely must order from Norman's Orchids, use an email address specifically for spam (everyone should have a junk email address) because they WILL spam you and there is no way to unsubscribe unless you close your account. Also, place your order with a credit card because you may need to do a charge back since that is the only way you will ever get your money back when Norman's refuses to refund you for their mistake.

I ordered a bright yellow orchid with a red lip based on the description and photos on Well, when it arrived it was a greenish-yellow orchid with a magenta lip and obviously nothing like what was described or pictured. I emailed customer service with a photo and asked if I had been sent the correct plant and their response was that the plant is blooming like one of its parents. This made absolutely no sense to me. The orchid was clearly in bloom so they already knew it wasn't a bright yellow orchid with a red lip. How difficult is it to update your own website with the correct description, if not a new photo? Since their website looks like a Geocities page, I suppose updating the site was just too technically challenging. Interestingly, I noticed they took down the listing a few days later.

I was offered either a full refund if I returned the plant at my expense or a partial credit for keeping the plant. Never once did anyone ever apologize. I had no interest in keeping the orchid since it was very ugly to me and--once again--it looked nothing like what I thought I was ordering and I was not going to pay any amount of money to return their plant.

They're great at fulfilling orders since it involves taking your money and their plants are definitely healthy but if you have a problem, don't expect any satisfaction or even an apology. Their lousy customer service is not worth all the rare and beautiful orchids in the world.
Positive laf351
Tavares, FL
(1 review)
January 2, 2016
I have been ordering from Normans Orchids for 5+ years. I have never had a bad experience. I am very guilty of looking at photo and buying without reading description and have purchased things not appropriate for me, but that is on me. Everything I have received has been in great shape. Just placed another order, can't wait to recieve!!!
Negative gardenerinct
(Zone 6a)
(4 reviews)
December 29, 2015
My review is nearly identical to trospero's review. This was my 2nd order from Norman's. The first order was fine, but this last order was very disappointing. I bought two in bud Cattleya orchids. The blooms lasted 3 day on one orchid and the blooms on the other orchid were dead on arrival. Both orchids also need re-potting. I will not buy from them again.
Negative trospero
Corvallis, OR
(20 reviews)
December 22, 2015
Ordered two "in bud" Cattleyas. Two days after ordering I was told one was no longer available and did I want a substitute, and I said yes. The plant they subbed was 2X the price of the one I ordered and I was not told that at the time. I should have checked to see if it was the same price, yes - but how much effort would it have taken for them to say "by the way, the one you want as a substitute is twice the price - is that okay?"
The other plant arrived in a 5" clear plastic liner pot, in old Sphagnum and had obviously needed repotting two years ago, as its growing lead was two growths over the edge of the pot. One of its leads had been hacked off, (disease, or just careless handling?) and most of the roots outside the container had been chopped to mere nubs. Overall, the plant had the look of one that had been neglected for a long time and had been carelessly prepped for shipping. I contacted the customer service to express my displeasure and was greeted with a response that essentially said to me they didn't care.
Well guess what? Neither do I. Norman's will not get another penny from me. Oh, and the second plant? The buds have not developed and so I paid a premium price for an "in bud" plant for nothing.
Uncaring customer service on top of that? No thank you.
Positive Sariah
Independence, MO
(1 review)
October 30, 2014
I received an orchid from this site as a gift, but the friend who gifted it to me understood that I knew more about orchids, and what I want from them, than he did. So he had me point out the one I wanted, rather than try to surprise me with something that might be unsuitable.

After some research, I chose Dtps. Purple Martin 'Champion'. It was very securely packaged when it arrived, and the plant was-and remains-healthy. I have had no contact with any of the site's representatives, so I cannot speak of their conduct, but I am happy with my plant.

Negative dontbuyfromthem
(1 review)
August 1, 2014
I purchased some orchids from this company. It is my second order. Some of the orchids is of different color then on the website. The color is much different then the site. Let say I order white and they gave me an orange color. I contacted them to have this resolve, and to send the correct orchid. The company said I will have to pay for shipping return to them. I disagree. i did not order an orange orchid so i should not have to pay for return to get a full refund. I call the next day to get a resolution. There was no resolution, because they stand by their rule to have me pay for return shipping. When I try to get in their website to check on my orders and log in to my account, I can not get on, because the company block me from their website. The orchid I order is not a seeding orchid. It is a mericlone orchid. The supervisor refused to come to the phone to resolve this matter. Horrible experience I have ever had with an orchid company.
Positive Goyo
Fairview, CA
(1 review)
February 2, 2013
I have bought orchids by mail and in person for over a decade at Norman's Orchids. I have found the personnel to be always attentive and polite. My orders have been sent on time and the plants have been excellent. The showroom always has a large number of plants in bloom. I appreciate the correct labels on the plants. Well grown, correctly labelled orchids are not as cheap as the ones you can buy in the big box stores but are worth it.
Positive eafisher
Houston, TX
(1 review)
September 30, 2012
I ordered plants for our local orchid society raffle table. The plants were nice sized, packed very well (no breakage, missing tags and came when promised) - we got our money's worth.
Positive carol_okc
Choctaw, OK
(6 reviews)
September 29, 2012
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11039 Monte Vista Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 627-9515
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A corner of our show room stocked with wide varieties of orchids.

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Carol D.
Choctaw, OK

5.0 star rating

I've been a long-distance customer of Norman's for more years than I want to count. His plants are consistently well grown, offer a wide diversity of genera for any orchid-aholic's tastes, and provide both known and not-yet-known species and hybrids. I primarily grow phalaenopsis, though have a diverse collection of other genera. Yes, there are phal specialists, and I purchase from several of them. But Norman offers such a wide range of plants - including some really quite rare and appropriately expensive items - that he will always be a prime source of additions to my collection.

The packing is meticulous - I've never received a damaged plant. I've heard that some people had some difficulty with customer service, but in all of these many years I've never experienced any problem and have always been treated courteously and professionally. I have no experience with the gift side of the business, since I'm a confirmed hobby grower with a willingness to grow things for several years before seeing bloom spikes. I'd be very surprised if that side of the business were any less professionally handled.

If all you want is a pretty coffee-table plant and don't care to actually GROW it, you might be happy with the big box store NOID offerings. A real orchid supplier doesn't sell no name short-lived plants that might make a brief impression before heading to the compost pile. A real supplier offers quality, well-grown, interesting, and rewarding plants you want to have in your collection. And Norman is a real supplier.
Positive LDean
Lewiston, ME
(1 review)
September 25, 2012
I've placed multiple orders in the past and have never encountered a problem. If I have questions about plants I call and speak to a courteous young lady that helps me chose the perfect plants. I tell her what I am looking for and I receive exactly what I wanted. I just wish they were much closer so I can go visit their premises. I give them a 5 star rating and they have wonderful service.
Positive genetobia
Magnolia, NJ
(1 review)
September 20, 2012
Posted on September 20, 2012, updated September 20, 2012
fast and easy
On September 20th, 2012, genetobia added the following:

I've gotten a lot of quality plants from Norman's Orchids. The website is easy to navigate and they ship their products well packed and quick.
Speaking as a serious orchid grower, Norman's Orchids offers so many quality and hard to find orchids. The plants always arrive undamaged and healthy.
I like buying seed grown plants from Norman's, as most of the seedlings I get gives me a variety of quality forms and colors.
To date, I managed to get 2 plants awarded by the American Orchid Society. The first one was Phal. Princess Kaiulani (flava) 'Gene Tobia' JC/AOS. And recently, Phal. violacea 'Gene's Magenta' AM/AOS.
I highly recommend Norman's Orchids as a source of quality orchid plants.
Positive cosmos4577
Social Circle, GA
(1 review)
September 12, 2012
Posted on September 11, 2012, updated September 12, 2012
I ordered (SO# 5130460) a Yu Pin Lady ‘Rev Velvet’ Phal – MC1522. It arrived in 3 days. The plant is not what I ordered. It was in bloom and not the color of the photo on thier web site. The flowers were bruised and within the week of arrival the petals dried crisp and dropped off. I sent an e-amil asking them to check thier record so we could solve the problem. No response. My phone calls have been re-routed until disconnected. I have also sent an e-mail through this site.
I will still try to solve this mis-order but I strongly recommend purchasing from another dealer.
On September 12th, 2012, cosmos4577 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Today I received an e-mail response and called the co. They were very professional and we came to a good solution. I was so pleased with thier willingness to solve the problem that I ordered two more plants and am looking forward to future purchases from them.
Positive crhorchids
Bryn Mawr, PA
(1 review)
July 21, 2012
Plants arrived in tip top condition, in bloom or bud, as described. All leaves and roots in healthy, actively growing condition. Shipping promised and delivered within 2 days. Really appreciate the "hobbyist" listings.
Positive CW5280
Denver, CO
(1 review)
July 20, 2012
Unmistakably the best source for quality orchids for the hobbyist or if you are just shopping for that special gift! Gorgeous, healthy orchids, many crosses quite unique. Fantastic quality, fair prices, careful packing, and fast shipping.
Norman's Orchids has one of the best online store in the business; user-friendly with robust search features and accurate photography and detailed descriptions of their plants. Highly recommended.
Positive Robwestergard
Garner, NC
(1 review)
June 14, 2012
After purchasing my two plants and ordering them. I emailed the company and Norman replied to me quickly with my answers. After receiving the plants, I was totally amazed about the size and even one was in full bloom and it was just awesome.

Shipping was fast and concrete as stated when expected delivery of the plants.

I will buy again from
Thanks Norman!
Positive dotspups
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(1 review)
June 9, 2012
I have bought plants from Norman's Orchids for 2 decades and the plants ALWAYS arrive in perfect shape because they are packed to travel across the country. The plants are of a quality that can not be found at the big box stores and I know from visiting the nursery that plants will not arrive here with hidden weed seeds or insect pests. Norman has a full time employee whose job it is is to pull weeds in pots and under the benches. My orchid benches always hold at least 100 of Norman's very special orchids. Dot- Fort Lauderdale
Positive FrankC80
Oakland, CA
(1 review)
June 4, 2012
It is always the negative reviewers that always bother in even leaving such nasty comments for such an awesome company. I can say I've been ordering from Norman's Orchids for over 5 years now and not once have a had any issues with them. I call speak to customer service and always get the answers I am looking for. Without a doubt they are the best and they know their stuff. People have to realize orchids from this company are live and of course some are not perfect but I can guarantee you they are not "SICK", sick are those of you that come in sites like this and leave your nasty comments. Really though if this company could get all their positive customers to review I can guarantee you it will be much much more positives than negative because they really know what they are doing and they have the best out there.
Negative zia_farrell
Huntington Beach, CA
(1 review)
June 4, 2012
Be aware that they only honor claims for 7 days. They sent a sick orchid to my mom for Mother's day. It died just after the 7 days.
Weaverville, NC
(1 review)
May 24, 2012
My last several purchases from Normans Orchids have been outstanding! Customer service was excellent, on time responses and zero problems with my order from start to finish. Plants arrived as scheduled per shipping policy, foliage and roots on all plants were very strong and healthy. Spikes arrived as mentioned, 1-3 per plant and some plants in bud, another in flower. Norman has really been offering a broader, diverse selection of some of the most recent, cutting edge hybrids. I will continue to watch the website weekly for updates and look forward to future purchases.
Negative WCG
Park Ridge, IL
(1 review)
May 18, 2012
I have to admit that I am shocked by so many negative reviews on this website. I had an unpleasant experience with I am now wishing I had come here first as I would never have ordered through them. I had placed an order through the website and my interpretation was that it was a two day delivery. Right or wrong, I am obviously not the only one who has had trouble interpreting this, please reword your website. The true trouble began when I phoned them to tell them I was unhappy with the delivery date. The man I spoke with would not listen to me, he spoke over me and when I told him I was upset that he would not listen, he hung up on me. I was a bit stunned. I wrote to them and have tried to follow up with phone calls, but they do not answer and their mail boxes are full (of complaints, I am wondering?). In reading all of these reviews and the very unprofessional attacking responses to others' responses, I can see that it is best to take my business elsewhere. I am guessing by so many dissatisfied people that they just don't care. What a shame, my mother-in-law collects orchids and I had hoped I had found a source for gifts. Customer service is very important and they fall quite short.
Positive meljim1327
Cinco Ranch, TX
(1 review)
May 12, 2012
Made order Thurs; delivered Sat; beautiful, clean and healthy plants received in excellent condition. This has always been my experience with They ship quickly. Their website is excellent with good photos and descriptions. We will also be trying their product Mega Thrive as a growing aid.
Positive Phal1
Nacogdoches, TX
(1 review)
March 22, 2012
I received a shipment of Phalaenopsis from yesterday and as always, was very pleased. The condition of the plants was excellent, good root systems, most in spike or in bud. The packing was also excellent. Three plants were shipped in bloom and they looked great on unpacking. I have grown Phalaenopsis for 20 plus years and consider as a premier vendor and grower.
Positive lwbanks
Cleveland, GA
(1 review)
March 14, 2012
My wife and I are 'newbies' in the orchid collecting experience, having only 3 or 4 phals for the past 6 years or so...sometimes they bloom, somtimes they don't. After discovering the diversity of the orchid species (I purchased a Sharry Baby at a local grocery store (!) and immediately realized how much I underappeciated the orchid genus/species), we began to order orchids online, ultimately from four different growers (we now have 19 orchids, comprised of 10 genus).

All of the growers provided satisfactory plants and service, but one stood "head and shoulders" above the others: Norman's, ( Their plants were the best "bang for the buck". But more importantly, being the neophyte, I had some concerns that I needed addressed and when I dealt with their customer service rep (thanks Fabby :-) ), I was treated as a valued customer with respect and concern for my complete satisfaction....I can't recommend their organization highly enough.
Positive SkanadianIce
Buffalo, NY
(1 review)
February 9, 2012
I received the two orchids I ordered with today, and I was very pleased. The packing was carefully done and there was no sign of damage on either plant. The in bud/in spike Dendrobium I ordered had about 20 fully formed buds on it, and the mature Paphiopedilum actually came not only in flower, but with new leaf growth as well. It was a pleasant surprise. Both plants look very healthy with no sign of fungus or infestation. I'm not an expert but I have a little experience with orchids and I would say their condition is as good or better than any orchids I have bought in nurseries or plant shops. This was my first time buying orchids online and it was a great experience. Despite the negative reviews, I would recommend and I would order from them again.
Negative tomikm
Alamo, CA
(1 review)
August 31, 2011
I greatly regret giving negative feedback, but after 3 poor quality plants on 3 separate orders, I feel I must comment. One, an intergeneric oncidium was infested with scale. The second was a phalaenopsis with broken roots. The last was a species phalaenopsis that turned out to have mites. In all fairness, I admit I did not contact the company partly because of their difficult reputation and partly because I try to fix plant problems myself. I kept thinking I'd give another chance, that perhaps I was just unlucky. After I realized my last orchid had mites, I decided that, unfortunately, I could no longer buy from them no matter how wonderful their orchids look online. To clarify: I am not and cannot comment on their customer service only upon their plants.
Positive orchid_queen
Portland, OR
(1 review)
July 29, 2011
I love Norman's Orchids and had purchased at least two time from their very organized web site : .
Just received one one their July special with two beautiful blooming and very unusual phalaenopsis which you can only found from this company. I received a instant order confirmation right away and another email of UPS air tracking next day. With limited orchid resource at Pacific Northwest , this is a A+ source for quality and unusual orchids.
Positive starrynaya
Chestnut Hill, MA
(1 review)
June 20, 2011
I recently ordered several orchids in bud/bloom from this company. They arrived super fast and were clearly lovingly packaged with a great deal of care. Two of my plants were in bloom, simply gorgeous, with approximately 10 open flowers each! I was impressed by how healthy the roots were and love their huge online selection. I have only positive things to say; fortunately I was not deterred by all the negative comments posted here otherwise I would not have been able to acquire such beauties. Given how lovely the flowers were I decided to place another order right away!
Positive wenokur
New York, NY
(1 review)
March 16, 2011
I placed an order and right away I received an email stating that the order was going to be delayed due to severe weather which was absolutely fine with me since I didn't want to receive frozen orchids. 2 weeks later Customer support followed up with me and informed me it was safe to ship order but some of the items I choose were sold out and no longer available and gave me other item numbers that were similar to the one I choose. I was happy that they went out of their way to ship out my orchids and make sure they arrive safe. I've purchased orchids from other companies in the past and the experience with them was awful, orchids arrived frozen and very damaged. Their heat packs work great my orchids arrived safe, healthy, and very happy its been over a month since I received my orchids and I'm happy to say its still blooming. This company really knows what they are doing and Customer Support is always very helpful. Its sad to hear other people past experiences and all I have to say is you really have to be a true orchid grower to know what this company is about. They are one of the few standing that have such a big variety in exotic orchids. My joy.
Positive fraying
San Francisco, CA
(2 reviews)
March 6, 2011
I've placed dozens of orders with Norman's over the years and have always been 100% satisfied. Their plants are healthy and happy, and they're shipped with so much attention to detail it's amazing. If it weren't for Norman's Orchids, I might not be the gardener I am today.
Positive Mfacci
Schenectady, NY
(1 review)
February 14, 2011
I ordered an orchid from Norman as a Christmas present at the end of December. I had my heart set on a few and decided to not get a gift orchid and choose one that I really liked (MC246). Not even choosing a 'gift orchid,' an astute worker noticed this plant was bought by (male name -me) and was being shipped to (female-name). Like most 'complaints' I promptly got an email stating my orchid was not in flower and that it was 'not recommended as a gift' and I would need to call to confirm I still wanted it. On Monday, I called and the woman I spoke to was pleasant and reaffirmed that nonflowering plants were recommended as gifts, but after I told her I was really interested in the one I chose and was willing to wait the time for it to flower, she said it would be shipped out soon. The plant was received 2 days later (on a Wednesday). I also followed up with fedex to see when about the drive would be in my area so it would not sit on my front porch for long in the Pittsburgh winter. Upon opening the box, the plant was hearty and full. It was promptly replanted as it was growing out of it's container! I waited to write this review until the plant has done well in my possession. It has been about 2 months and the plant is growing and doing fine.

I have nothing but good things to say about the folks at Norman's. This is my first review, but I ordered my orchids from them in spite of some of the ridiculous claims left by others and wanted to share my exceptionally positive experience. They were courteous and looked after my best interest in regard to plant selection and gift ideas. The shipping was prompt and my plant arrived unscathed. I enjoy the letters from Normans telling me what flowers are available and will be making more purchases from them in the future. If anyone reading this has questions - feel free to email me - [email protected]
Negative jz123
San Gabriel, CA
(1 review)
February 4, 2011
I ordered an orchid from, but received a wrong plant. I told that I would like to return the plant sent by mistake and receive a replacement without extra charge. Although admitted that they sent the plant by mistake, they told me that they could send me a replacement, ONLY IF I pay the shipping and handling. They also told me that they could refund me for the price of the plant, but not the shipping and handling in connection with my order. When I asked why I had to pay extra fees because of their mistake, the customer support of this company told me that: "It is our policy."
Negative rrupe
Albuquerque, NM
(1 review)
January 18, 2011
I rarely complain. But I spent much time and thought into selecting a gift, only to receive an email that would inform me that my gift would not be shipped because it didn't have flowers on it. THEN I was told that if I wanted to ship something without flowers it would take up to seven days.

That said, while trying to understand more about how the website and ordering worked, the first gentle men that I talked to was so unbelievably rude to me that I couldn't even finish a sentence... not sure why I waited on the phone while he transferred me to someone else, only to find that the second person wasn't very kind or had much interest in listening either.

Is this what people in the Oakland area are like normally? Wow.

Company representative comment on January 18, 2011:
On Jan 18, 2011 3:44 PM, (Norman's Orchids) responded with:

The courtesy email below is what RRupe received. The reason that we send these emails is because we get many complaints from gift recipients if they receive a gift that does not have flowers or decorative container. Basically, they will get a plant with no flowers and just leaves. The item that was ordered for gifts going to 2 different recipients was MC69 Mature Size. It states on the website that a Mature Size is capable to bloom within one year and "usually ships 1-7 days." The items in the General Catalog where she ordered from takes that long to fulfill because we have acres of greenhouses to go through to fulfill orders. As the email stated, only the items in the Gift Basket & Arrangement Section ships out the same day if ordered before 1pm PST. We can do this because we only offer about 8 pages of these items rather than the hundreds of pages that our General Catalog has to offer. We feel that we have done everything we can to provide the best customer service and its unfortunate that she was not satisfied.

"Hello Name of Buyer,

The item you chose is not recommended as a gift since it will not come with flowers. The only items that we can guarantee to have flowers are the items from the Gift Baskets and Arrangements section. These items are also the only ones that ship the same day if ordered by 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, and in accordance with FedEx/UPS service rules. Please advise, WE WILL NOT SHIP YOUR ORDER UNLESS YOU CALL US AT 888-467-2443. Mon - Sat 9-5 PM PST. DO NOT E-MAIL, during high volume period, we are inundated with e-mails and can not respond to them in a timely manner.
This is a link that will be blinking for the Gift Baskets and Arrangement Sections in the middle of our home page at if you would like to change your order.

Yours truly,
Sales Department
Norman's Orchids/

Positive docknitter
Brookline, MA
(1 review)
January 14, 2011
I ordered 5 orchids online. After placing my order I read the reviews of the company listed on this site and am greatly relieved that I didn't read them before I ordered, lest they influenced me to order elsewhere.

My experience with this company was flawless. All 5 orchids arrived carefully and lovingly packed. I ordered in midwinter and had them mailed to me in the Boston area without any freezing issues. I unpacked my orchids and allowed them to acclimate overnight and then repotted them all. All have been thriving. In fact, I was expecting them all to be young and without spikes and was pleasantly surprised to be mailed one in bloom.

I think it is important to know that this is a site best utilized by orchid enthusiasts who know how to treat these sometimes tricky plants properly. Orchids are living organisms and if they are mistreated, they can begin to show signs of suffering within two days in your home- and it may have nothing to do with the company of origin.

Also, this is a plant supplier...not just a florist. Each plant is labeled online to indicate whether it is to be shipped in bloom. Do not be detracted by critics who wanted to mail a pretty orchid in full bloom and tried to buy the less expensive option, without realizing that it would be mailed as a less mature plant.

I am very impressed with the large number of orchid varieties offered by this retailer...many are extremely rare. I was also pleased that they indicated whether each orchid would be better grown in a home or greenhouse.

With all due respect to those people who had negative experiences with this company in the past, I can safely recommend this company (based on my limited experience) very highly.
Negative TC13
Reston, VA
(1 review)
November 20, 2010
Posted on November 17, 2010, updated November 20, 2010
I never leave feedback, but my experience with them was so atrocious that I feel compelled to do so. I ordered an orchid for my mother's birthday, and it must have frozen during shipment; leaves began to spot and fall off within two days of arrival. She called them twice, and each time the representative was rude, insisted she take a digital picture of the plant and send it to them (she is elderly and does not even own a digital camera), and they refused to send a prepaid shipping label for return. They disputed that the plant could possibly be damaged, and one of the reps, actually hung up on her. I spoke with another rep, a woman, who insisted on talking over me while I tried to explain what had happened, and who also refused to send a shipping label for return. She eventually hung up on me as well! I truly don't understand how this company remains in business with such terrible customer service. A gracious, "I'm sorry you had that issue, we'll send a return label right out" would have earned my return business despite the problem with the plant. Instead, I am disputing the charge with my credit card company and telling everyone who will listen, including my local orchid club, how awful this company is to do business with. STAY AWAY!
On November 20th, 2010, TC13 added the following:

One only needs to read this company's so-called "rebuttals" to know never to do business with them. It certainly proves their terrible attitude and deplorable customer service, and perhaps also that they hire people with serious psychological disorders. And calling out their customers by their full names on a public site? A possible violation of privacy laws, which I intend to fully pursue.
Company representative comment on November 21, 2010:
On Nov 18, 2010 9:31 AM, (Norman's Orchids) responded with:

It's unfortunate that happy, satisfied & REASONABLE customers never leave feedback either. If they did, I can guarantee that we have plenty of those.

The buyer's mother called on Nov 10. She claimed that the plant was dying. It is a Company Policy that we ask for photographs as proof of damage. The reason is because we deal with live orchid plants. They all grow differently. There has been many instances when customers thought that they received the wrong product or they thought that they didn't get what they purchased. By recipients sending a photograph, we are able to determine if there is indeed a damage or if there is a real problem or not. By the way, the item that was chosen for the recipient was a plant an In bud/spike item from our Hobby Section. It clearly says on the top of the website that "

If we sent a plant that was dying, obviously she would notice it the same day she received it. It was actually left at her front porch on Nov. 5 at 3:11 pm. Who knows how long it sat outside before the recipient brought it in? We asked the

On Nov 18, 2010 10:10 AM, (Norman's Orchids) added:


It's unfortunate that happy, satisfied, & REASONABLE customers never leave feedback either. If they did, I can guarantee that we have plenty of those.

The buyer's mother called on Nov. 10. She claimed that the plant was dying. It is a Company Policy that we ask for photographs as proof of damage. The reason is because we deal with live orchid plants. They all grow differently. There has been many instances when customers thought that they received the wrong product or a damaged product. By recipients sending a photograph, we are able to determine if indeed there is damage or if there is a real problem or not. If we determine that there is a real problem, we always send replacements or we refund the buyer. By the way, the item that was chosen was an In bud/spike plant from our Hobby Section. It clearly says on the very top of the website, " NOT RECOMMENDED FOR GIFTS." The reason we say this is that recipients who do know the many different species of orchids will have a hard time taking care of them, getting them to bloom, and keeping them alive.

What she failed to disclose and maybe her mother failed to tell her is that she was asked to take a photo. When she said she couldn't take a photo the representative did not insist. When the mother asked for her to be refunded, she was clearly told that she would have to send the plant back, that is another Company Policy. At the end the representative asked the mother to give it a week and if it does not get better then we will send another one.

Nov. 13, three days later, not a week like we asked, the mother called again demanding that she be refunded, she did not want another one and she refused to send a photograph. Why is it okay for anybody to just demand a refund for no reason? As an example, can anyone just go to a market without the product in hand and say the item I purchased was not good. Give me a refund?! Is that REASONABLE?

Nov. 17, when she called, I who answered the call tried to explain to her that we do have a Company Policy that we ask for photos of damaged products. If we are sent a photo, recipients are not asked to return anything. If something is damaged then we replace it because they sent a photo. If a person cannot send a photo and they want a refund, it needs to be returned and it is a Company Policy that we do not pay for returns. At this point, the buyer started yelling that she is very upset and we need to make things right and do something for her. Then it comes out that she has already disputed the charge with her credit card company. I then told her that there was definitely nothing we can do for her if she has already disputed the charge since she is refusing that we get paid. She started yelling more that we had to do something for her and her mom. At that point, I did say that there was nothing else that we could do for and that we will just have to wait to deal with her credit card company and I did say that I was going to hang up. What is the purpose of me staying on the phone, with her yelling at the top of her lungs, when clearly she is being UNREASONABLE.

The bottom line is she sent a gift that was not recommended. Her mother who I do not know if she is familiar with orchids claims its dead. We do not know if that is the case because she refused to send a picture for proof and she refuses to send it back as another proof. Now she will not pay for her purchase because she already disputed the charged with her credit card company. Yet, she wants us to send another item for free?

Unfortunately, we have to deal with unreasonable customers all the time. We try to do the best we can. Sometimes, customers no matter how hard we try to bend the rules and make them happy are never satisfied!

Positive hunky1234
Pleasant Hill, CA
(3 reviews)
November 19, 2010
Negative kshante
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(1 review)
November 18, 2010
Horrid Company and putrid attitude. They work with a constant chip on their shoulder not to mention rubbish service.

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