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Positive FlowerPotTipper
(4 reviews)
On Dec 10, 2014, FlowerPotTipper Richland, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Awesome, awesome place to order succulents from. I really love that you get exactly what's on the pictures on ebay, so there won't be disappointment. I really hate not expecting what size of plant you'll get. I usually get disappointed when I order from other places a 4 inch plant and get what looks like it came straight out of a plug and shoved in a 4 inch pot right before shipment.

Their shipping is very quick after ordering! I always get my plants within three days of ordering, which is great when you have no patience like me lol. And the plant is packed securely in a big box with tons of news paper and the pot wrapped in a baggie to help keep the dirt in...which it usually loses some anyways, but that's fine with me cause I always repot right away into the type if pots I use with my personal fast draining soil. But the box they come in almost seem overkill in size but they're protected very wonderfully so that's good with me.

So far the two plants I ordered are doing great, they are very healthy and grown wonderfully, but I always stress after receiving new plants for the first month, I know sensitive plants can get upset with the shipping and repotting and make a turn for the worse but I don't complain if they do....I think that's a chance you take when ordering new plants online, and unless they come already in bad shape from the growers, then it's just a chance we take from ordering online. But Shoals Creek do a great job in trying to make sure that doesn't happen. You can tell they are a company that cares about their plants!!

Positive alyssa226
(1 review)
On Aug 15, 2014, alyssa226 Palatine, IL wrote:

Love this seller. Visited her nursery in Elgin and she was very accommodating as I wandered around, marveling at everything, before I actually bought anything!

Great plants and an even more impressive personal collection. Very good service.

Positive wormfood
(5 reviews)
On Jul 17, 2013, wormfood Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Ordered 3 plants a month ago, excellent shipping and packing and I haven't killed them yet. Which means they were healthy plants to begin with. Getting another order ready.

Positive Toni05
(61 reviews)
On Oct 5, 2011, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:

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I ordered two different Pachypodiums. I was a bit worried about one since it arrived a semi-wilted..I emailed Shoalcreek asking their advice..They replied the same day, very helpful. I did as he suggested..The following day, after repotting, the semi-wilted Pachy perked up and is doing fine.
Though Pachy's are succulents, the first thing I did was set in a cup of water since roots looked a tad dry.

For those of you who like succulents, now is a great time to order from SCS's..they're having a 20% sale, prices are fanastic..I'm thinking of adding a few more to my collection..Toni

On March 6th, 2009, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered a large shipment, Sunday, March 1, 2009. The packaged arrived today, March 6, 2009.
Talk about fast shipping!

Plants/Succulents are very, very healthy, pest-free, and many, much larger than expected. I'm in heaven.. :)

A good number of Shoalcreeks succulents are deemed rare, prices are more than reasonable.
Since 70% of my plants were purchased online, and via browsing, I keep track of plant costs. So I can honestly say SC's prices are GREAT!

Their new website is incredible. The new owner is very nice, patient, and answers emails promptly.
There are no hidden shipping fees either, which is a rarity these days. 'When one orders a bare-root, 4" succulent, (no soil or mediums) charged 8.99 for shipping, plus the cost of plant, there is something really wrong with this picture.'
Again, Shoal Creek hasn't any hidden shipping fees. They charge the exact shipping cost.
I was notified today, I overpaid shipping. They are going to reimburse this extra fee whichever method I choose..example, Paypal, etc. How many company's would admit and offer to reimburse?

I plan on ordering again in the future. Thanks Shoal Creek, Toni

On September 24th, 2009, Toni05 added the following:

This is my second order with Shoal Creek Succulents.
Plants are very healthy, colorful, and large in size.
Plants are well-rooted.
Shipping was exceptionally fast.

Those of you who enjoy growing succulents, including rarer types, give Shoal Creek a'll be glad you did..Toni

On August 29th, 2010, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered several succulents from SCS. All arrived healthy and pest-free. Prices are more than reasonable, especially considering plants' sizes.

Plants are securely-wrapped, and orders shipped quick.

The new owner has done a tremendous job improving Shoal Creek Succulents.
She has numerous varieties of succulents: I wish I had one of each. lol. Great Job.

On September 30th, 2010, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered a Bowiea volubilis bulb. I was sent, one extra large bulb or two mid-size.
Bulb was shipped with care, package arrived quickly. Toni
On November 15th, 2010, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered 3 more succulents before winters' arrival..
Graptoveria 'Silver Star' a very compact plant, well-rooted.
Crassula perforata variegata...This plant is huge, over 12" tall. It's adorable.
Monadenium trinerve. Another tall plant. Its leaves have beautitul pink and green colors.

Plants are pest-free, healthy and very very pretty.

Plants were carefully wrapped. No broken stems. Shipped fast.
Emails are promptly answered. Toni
On November 15th, 2010, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered 3 more succulents before winters' arrival..
Graptoveria 'Silver Star' a very compact plant, well-rooted.
Crassula perforata variegata...This plant is huge, over 12" tall. It's adorable.
Monadenium trinerve. Another tall plant. Its leaves have beautitul pink and green colors.

Plants are pest-free, healthy and very very pretty.

Plants were carefully wrapped. No broken stems. Shipped fast.
Emails are promptly answered. Toni
On April 19th, 2011, Toni05 added the following:

Receieved two, 'huge' 'gorgeous, succulents from ShoalCreek..

Brighamia 'insignis,'...Stands 21" not counting roots. Trunks diameter is 8.5".
Sans, 'Moonlight,' Very full, 11 leaves, the largest, a little taller than 1'.

Plants were carefully wrapped, and shipped to my house less than a week after order was placed.

Thanks have the lovliest plants..Toni

On April 19th, 2011, Toni05 added the following:

Receieved two, 'huge' 'gorgeous, succulents from ShoalCreek..

Brighamia 'insignis,'...Stands 21" not counting roots. Trunks diameter is 8.5".
Sans, 'Moonlight,' Very full, 11 leaves, the largest, a little taller than 1'.

Plants were carefully wrapped, and shipped to my house less than a week after order was placed.

Thanks have the lovliest plants..Toni

On October 5th, 2011, Toni05 added the following:

Ordered four plants from ShoalCreek.

T. fluminensis, Callisia navicularis, K lateritia and K eriophylla.

Plants were shipped bare-root..all well-rooted, large sections.

Each plant, individually wrapped.

Emails are always answered promptly.

Lisa knows I adore variegated plants, so she added a small but gorgeous Haworthia as a bonus.

Shipment arrived quick. Thanks, Toni

Positive lakesidecallas
(20 reviews)
On Jun 22, 2011, lakesidecallas (Zone 6a) wrote:

Awesome plants and unbelievable (cheap!) prices. The owner allowed me to stop by pick up my plants, since I was going to be passing by (they normally aren't open to the public). That was really nice of her- she works a "real job" in addition to running the nursery.
I was completely amazed by their greenhouse, completely spotless, plants labeled and in perfect order, no bugs, or flaws whatsoever. I have a good-sized greenhouse with lots of plants, so I know how much work it must take to keep it looking like that, and the plants clean and healthy. I ended up buying even more plants. Bought an Echinopsis that has flowered 4 times in the month I've had it. Bought a huge Echinocereus rigiddissimus, which was the first cactus I ever had.
I wanted to buy one of everything she had- and there is an extensive list of plants, both rare and well-known.
I can't recommend SCS highly enough- this is my second year buying plants from them and I will continue to buy more!

Positive NancySLAZ
(3 reviews)
On Jun 12, 2011, NancySLAZ Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I ordered 5 cacti: Parodia microsperma (P. sanguiniflora),
Gymnocalycium andreae, Gymnocalycium megalothelos,
Parodia concinna (N. amiguetti), Parodia ottonis var. Aigua for $ 6.00 each. The arrived as promised and I was very pleased with the size and health of the plants. They are in beautiful condition and I could not ask for anything more. The company was also very diligent about informing me as to the order and its arrival.

Positive tkrettler
(1 review)
On Feb 24, 2011, tkrettler Hoffman Estates, IL wrote:

only good things to say, and very willing to provide tips to a newbie like me

Positive SDCA
(20 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2010, SDCA San Diego, CA wrote:

I recently ordered some winter growing bulbs from SCS. Other than the fact that I never got an answer to an email I sent I'm pleased with the transaction. The bulbs were well packed with a heat pack and I received everything in a more than reasonable time frame. I won't hesitate to buy again if they have something I want.

Positive davidmk
(7 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2008, davidmk Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just received my order of mostly cactus and a few other succulents. The order was shipped quickly and the plants are beautiful and healthy! They are a good size, too. I am very pleased.

Positive Bec_No_Va
(39 reviews)
On Sep 29, 2007, Bec_No_Va Huntsville, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Nice plants - nice size - :-)

Positive rockminer
(2 reviews)
On May 14, 2007, rockminer Scott Bar, CA (Zone 6a) wrote:

After receiving my second order from Shoal Creek I am happy to report that the service is excellent and the plants are large, healthy and well packed. I talked to the owner, Ryan, and found him knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and very personable. Highly recommended.


Positive daveman
(12 reviews)
On Dec 12, 2006, daveman Johnson City, TN wrote:

This company has a great selection of succulents and caudiciforms. I just placed an order and there was an error in shipping calculation that I totally overlooked, but I immediately recieved an email from them and everything's in order. I'll look here first for any caudiciform seeds I'd like to try out.

Positive InnerLightPhoto
(6 reviews)
On May 26, 2006, InnerLightPhoto Brooklyn, NY wrote:

Easy company to deal with and the plants are or good to excellent quality. If you have problems trying to locate the huernia, stapelias, etc., chances are they have them. Emails are answered quickly and they are relatively easy to deal with. 1 of 4 nurserys that I will only deal with sight unseen and via mail order.

Positive BeauClark
(1 review)
On May 4, 2006, BeauClark Littleton, CO wrote:

Over a month ago I order some plants from shoal creek succulents, I have yet to recieve my order though my card was imediately charged. I am not so worried about the fact that I haven't recieved my plants yet, as I can see that this is most likely a very busy time for them. However after sending them repeated emails from different sources to both their "inquire" email adress and "order" email address I am getting concerned. They haven't answered any of my e-mails and though they said it might take longer than their qouted 1-7 days to recieve plants in the spring, they also said that they would notify anyone if they thought that the wait would be signifigantly longer. I am thinking that this is probably just a technical error, or maybe I am just being impatient. I take online classes and buy lots of plant material online and I have never had to wait very long for an email response, so this is a curious situation for me. I am marking my comment as positive simply becuase I don't know the circumstances surrounding the sites reluctance to send return e-mails.

On May 9th, 2006, BeauClark added the following:

Shoal Creek recently e-mailed me to apologize for and say that they where having technical problems with their e-mail which related to their move, and that Ryan was dealing with those problems right now.
Positive pennienh
(1 review)
On Apr 6, 2006, pennienh Milford, NH wrote:

I have dealt with Shoal Creek and they have been very positive. On a scale of 1-10, I would give them 10+. They are quick to respond to email questions also. The plants that I order are as promised. They are a good company to deal with.

Pennie from NH

Positive gc2205
(1 review)
On Jan 4, 2006, gc2205 Seminole, FL wrote:

I've placed several orders with Shoal Creek and each time the plants have been big, healthy, reasonably priced, well packed and promptly delivered. They also charged a lot less for shipping than many others I've done business with.

Positive jll
(32 reviews)
On Dec 1, 2005, jll Pendleton, OR wrote:

Orderd from the sale the pricing was great plants real nice size. looking forward to more orders

Positive Pixydish
(13 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2005, Pixydish Lakewood, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Placed a big order during their 50% off sale. It took awhile for them to process the order, but it was definitely worth the wait. Everything was well developed and well rooted.

Positive vossner
(113 reviews)
On Nov 29, 2005, vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I also took advantage of their moving sale and obtained succulents I don't see locally. Plants were packed well and arrived within 2 weeks after placing order. Will buy from them again.

Positive PlantMomto3
(24 reviews)
On Nov 15, 2005, PlantMomto3 Nevada, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I placed my first mail order with this company during its "moving sale." I knew about this vendor from the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society sale in 2004. They had wonderful plants and I bought many so I already knew they had quality plants. I tried again this year, but they were unfortunately unable to attend the sale.

I placed an order for about 11 plants. They all arrived in about 1 1/2 weeks even though I am sure they were handling many orders. The plants/cuttings were great and they even sent along an extra hoya cutting.

I would definitely recommend this vendor as a great source for unique plants and they will be sorely missed at future society sales. It just wasn't the same without them!

Positive MaryEv
(8 reviews)
On Nov 13, 2005, MaryEv Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I placed an order with Shoal Creek during their sale period prior to their move. I'm very happy with what I got. All the plants were good size. Some were rooted, some not, but all were healthy.

Also, they shipped the order very quickly and everything was well packed and labeled.

I will definately buy from them again.

On May 25th, 2006, MaryEv added the following:

True to my word, I ordered from them again. I received my order in less than a week. Everything was packaged very carefully and each was very generous in size. I'm really happy with what I got.
Positive senlarrs
(12 reviews)
On Nov 3, 2005, senlarrs Harrisburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Believe this is the second time that I ordered plants from this company. They are having a sale, excellent prices, plants and shipping. Will buy again from them!

Positive reidster
(1 review)
On Jun 23, 2005, reidster Slidell, LA wrote:

I just made my third purchase from this company and I expect to make others in the future. Bottom line: very good prices, excellent selection, and good shipping time.

Positive ooojen
(10 reviews)
On May 18, 2005, ooojen Lewiston, MN wrote:

I've ordered from Shoal Creek several times over the last couple years, and I've been very pleased every time. Shoal Creek has a nice selection of both common and unusual plants, and there are always new things to see on the website.
The service has been prompt; I've always gotten my orders very quickly. The packaging and shipping have been good, and the plants themselves have been excellent! All were nice and healthy, and many were considerably larger than I'd expected.
On the few occasions when they've been out of a plant I ordered, they more than made it up to me from my possible substitutions list.
I've been happy with every aspect of my transactions with this company!

Positive nanher0
(1 review)
On May 12, 2005, nanher0 Albany, NY wrote:

I have purchased many times from this company and have always been very satisfied. If you have a question on any of the plants they have .They have been more than helpful with their advise. They go the extra mile to sell healthy plants to their customers. They are very reliable company to do business with. I highly recommend them. They also carry a wide variety of plants to choose from. You won`t be disappointed doing business with this company. I would rate them an A+++++++ all the way.

Positive raymondb
(3 reviews)
On Feb 16, 2005, raymondb Pearland, TX wrote:

I received my two orders from last year today and I could not be happier. The plants were of good size and well packaged. Nice plants were substituted for those out of stock. Ryan is an honest person and I am already planning my next order.

Positive paiger77
(1 review)
On Feb 9, 2005, paiger77 Arlington, TX wrote:

Thank you Shoal Creek! This is the first time I have ordered from them and I must say I am very impressed. They have a very diverse inventory and the plants I received were good sized and very healthy. I especially like the fact that when I emailed them with questions, prior to my order, they were quick to respond and were very helpful. I also appreciated that they offer heat packs so my order could be shipped in cooler weather. I will definitely order again.

Positive rcookfish
(1 review)
On Sep 12, 2004, rcookfish Kansas City, KS wrote:

My wife and I ordered some plants from Shoals for the first time this year and were so happy with our plants, within 30 minutes we were at the computer making our next order. Our plants looked exactly like the photos on the website and were excellent plants. Within 30 days of getting our first order we had several plants bloom. We got our second order and was just as pleased as the first order and we will be doing more business with Shoal Creek and highly recommend them.

Positive Nan
(33 reviews)
On Aug 31, 2004, Nan SW, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Questions emailed before ordering were promptly answered.
Received my order of several plants within two weeks after paying by personal check.
Plants were packaged well (one had broken segments but they root easily!) were obviously very healthy and were loaded with good, healthy roots.
Nice sized plants for the price.
Will order again!

On August 1st, 2005, Nan added the following:

Another order, another satisfied (again!) customer!

Ordered 2 hoyas at very reasonable prices.
Received BIG healthy nicely rooted cuttings, packaged well.

Highly recommend!
Positive Philly
(19 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2004, Philly Philadelphia, PA wrote:

This is my second time ordering from Shoal Creek. I really like the great selection of plants they offer and their prices are great. My first order was about a year ago and they are all doing great. This second order just arrived and I am very happy with it. Shipping was quick and all plants were healthy. There are some funky things to be discovered at this place and I will be back to order once I get this shipment established.

Positive gardengalca
(7 reviews)
On Jan 18, 2004, gardengalca wrote:

This is a newer company, only a few years old, but I've been very impressed with them so far. I ordered from them three times last year and was pleased with the quality every time. The service is great and email replies are usually given the same day. This is the best place to buy stapeliads on the internet. The prices are a little high sometimes, but the vibrant condition of the plants makes it worth it. They also have, I think, the largest selection of Ceropegias in the US (if you're into those viney things, I'm not).

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