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Neutral ayahuasca
(3 reviews)
On Mar 23, 2013, ayahuasca Beverly Hills, CA wrote:

I have only placed one order with petflytrap.com. I ordered a Cephalotus. My position on that order is "eh...". Since that order, I have bought several other cephs and can say that the one I got from PFT was undoubtedly the weakest and slowest growing. I also caught myself wondering if it arrived with some kind of infection. Its color was always a little off and growth never really impressive. That is purely speculation- the point I am trying to make it that the plant seemed significantly weaker than my others.
I can't really say I was unhappy with my order. It did take longer to ship out than most places, not a huge deal. Their selection is great- they are often the only vendor which carries certain species of plants. Unfortunately, for what I got, their price was disappointing. Their prices are really high for other plants as well and I can not stand the sensational phrasing they use on their site ("SUPER RARE", "NEVER OFFERED", etc...) , feels like shopping for plants on ebay. I still consider them a potential resource when looking for plants but they are lower on my list of considerations.

Neutral trospero
(20 reviews)
On Apr 10, 2012, trospero Corvallis, OR wrote:

Posted on December 20, 2011, updated April 10, 2012
Posted on August 19, 2011, updated December 20, 2011
I am a new customer of petflytrap.com, having made my first purchase with them in July 2011. I have bought from them twice at the time of writing this review and have another order planned.

Having read some customer's bad experiences I have to wonder if this is the same nursery I bought from! When emailed with questions, the owner of the nursery responded personally, and very quickly, to answer my questions. He was thorough in his reply and very helpful. Mike went out of his way to make sure I was able to get specific plants I was looking for, which impressed me greatly. My orders were acknowledged quickly and shipped sooner than expected. Five stars for customer service.

The plants I bought (all were Nepenthes) were larger than expected and spectacularly healthy plants. I feel that I received excellent value for the $$. Plants were packed with great care and arrived without any damage or indication of stress. Petflytrap ships by USPS Priority Mail, which takes only 2 days to get to me after leaving their nursery. I will definitely be buying more plants from these guys, and I recommend them without hesitation. Definitely one of the best experiences I have had when buying carnivorous plants by mail order.

No, I am not in any way associated with this nursery, I am a genuine first-time customer of theirs and my comments are honest and truthful. What can I say? I am pleased with what I got!


On December 20th, 2011, trospero changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

Update: I made a couple more purchases from petflytrap.com since my first review and I have to say not all of my purchases have been as satisfactory. One of the more expensive plants I bought recently was a rather sad specimen, looking as though it had grown well at one time, but had put on several new leaves that indicated it was not liking its growing conditions. (small, malformed leaves, no pitcher formation) I expected a better looking plant for nearly a hundred bucks. Petflytrap charges a premium price compared to several other shops offering similar product, so the product should reflect this higher price, IMO.

I'm not suggesting that petflytrap doesn't have some good plants, but my recent experience tells me that I cannot necessarily expect to be shipped top notch specimens in ideal condition. This has made me think twice about buying from this merchant, I'm sorry to say. Customer service has been excellent, I have not changed my mind about that.
On April 10th, 2012, trospero added the following:

The Nepenthes I bought from this company have been without a doubt the slowest plants to settle in to my collection. Some were in good condition when I received them, others we're really iffy. Two specimens are just now starting to make healthy new growth: one is six months from the time I got it, and the other is eight months in my care. I don't know what this company does to their plants but Nepenthes purchased from ALL other nurseries have settled in and resumed growth much sooner than these plants have. (FYI I have a highland/intermediate greenhouse dedicated to Nepenthes, so my growing conditions are engineered specifically for this genus) I think part of the problem is that the plants are planted in long fiber Sphagnum only, which has been packed FAR too tightly in the pot. The hanging baskets they ship plants in also appear unsuitable in that there is insufficient drainage from the bottom: repotting might be advisable, and additional drainage holes should be drilled in the bottom of the hanging baskets!

If you are going to buy from petflytrap, I suggest you purchase only plants recently added to the catalog (ASK!); it seems that new inventory is likely to be in much better shape than plants that have been in the nursery for a long time.
Neutral bernwink
(1 review)
On Aug 13, 2011, bernwink Wilmington, NC wrote:

Posted on August 13, 2011, updated August 13, 2011
I bought 2 small nepeles. They were much smaller than expected. It took several weeks to get my order. One plant is still alive. The other died a couple days after received. Their return/refund policy is very strict so I am SOL. I really would just like a replacement plant for the one that died because i really like these plants and can't get them here.


On August 13th, 2011, bernwink added the following:

Nepenthes not nepeles
Neutral akwildfyre
(3 reviews)
On Sep 23, 2004, akwildfyre Anchorage, AK wrote:

I agree that they have very high quality plants, sometimes it takes a while to receive them, but it's always worth the wait. I personaly wouldn't reccomend their forums to anyone though.


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