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Neutral plant_collector
(34 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2017, plant_collector Oak Ridge, TN wrote:

Posted on October 16, 2006, updated April 13, 2017
I have purchased plants from CFN for many years both in person and ordering by mail. Their plants are always of reasonable size and moderate cost and have generally done well in my zone 7 garden. This coming weekend (Oct. 20-22) they will have an open house and I would encourage anyone interested in Camellias and other less common woody plants to pay them a visit.

On April 13th, 2017, plant_collector changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:


I have been purchasing plants from CFN for about 30 years and always had pretty good service as I indicated in my previous review. On my last order, I was told it would ship first part of the week of 4/10/17. When I received no tracking number by mid week I emailed them and asked if it had ship and, if not, I would like to cancel this order. They did cancel my order and told me not to order again. Is it unreasonable to expect that they would ship when they said they would or at least let me know shipping was delayed?? They did provide a prompt refund.
Neutral gowron
(38 reviews)
On Mar 9, 2005, gowron Athens, GA wrote:

I placed an order with Camellia Forest for the first time last week and just received it. Shipping was very fast and the quality of the plants (two rare conifers) excellent. Highly reccommended.

On October 5th, 2005, gowron added the following:

End of summer update: the plants that I received and planted last spring did very well. I just received another order, filled with rare plants of superb quality. They have my highest reccommendation.
On May 1st, 2009, gowron changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

After a couple of years, I must regrettably downgrade my rating to "Neutral". I have only bought conifers from them, so these comments do not necessarily apply to camelias and other of their plants - I just have no experience with them. But, as for conifers, some of the plants that I received (Taxus chinensis, Taiwania cryptomeroides) where of good size for the price and have grown very well. Most others were VERY SMALL for the price and I have done my best to nurture them. Some are barely hanging on, others have died. Let me add that I am experienced in growing rare conifers (and hardy palm trees) , so I know a problem plant when I see one. I suppose that buying on site would be fine, but I am unlikely to mail order again from them.
Neutral miss_amy
(20 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2003, miss_amy Stamford, CT wrote:

I tried to buy a $50 order through this company but was told only 1 of my 4 plants were available. I gave more substituions but none of those were available either. I was refunded my money but I was left very disappointed that they did not seem to have any plants available for my zone.