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|On Oct 12, 2017, Charby Cedar Falls, IA wrote:
After having a respected Nursery fail me, setting things back ten days as well, I messaged the after hours business email address of Sooner Plant Farms with a request. Manager Colin Mcinnes was kind enough to email back that if I ordered the specimen tree that I desired the next day from them, it in my hands within an estimated 48hours. I was a happy man once again, and pleased indeed when Sooner came through as promised and with the root pouch planting method. I will never again plant a container grown tree because the handles of Sooner's root pouch make the lifting and positioning of the tree into the hole so much easier and the pouch makes for a much more sure planting transition. The obvious higher quality of care that my tree has had growing in their nursery makes them my "Go To" from this day forward. They are competent and confident nurserymen, so say we all, and a special thanks to Colin Mcinnes for his "over the top" effort to make things happen fast!
|On Sep 28, 2017, kanron Topeka, KS wrote:
Terrific plants well packaged and shipped quickly. One of my favorite places for stuff I can't find locally. Today's batch was some Mini-Penny Hydrangea, which were beautiful in the box and are now planted.
|On Aug 26, 2017, Cdl Cottonwood Falls, KS wrote:
Great resource for trees and shrubs! They send detailed instructions on how to plant with little fertilizer packets. I found them to be very helpful along every step of the growing process. If I ran into trouble, I would send a picture and they would make suggestions to get the plant healthy again. Very hands-on and helpful. The way trees and plants are packaged for shipping is foolproof.....even the UPS driver said he wished all companies packaged their plants as well as Sooner's. The quality is good, and they stand behind their product completely. It's a nice resource for someone like me who does not live near a nursery. If they are out of a product, they will call and tell you when it is back in stock. I can't recommend this company enough, because I would have a much more barren landscape without Sooner's! Their service is better than a lot of brick and mortar stores. Don't hesitate to mail-order from them.
|On Jul 30, 2017, robeezee3 Millstone Township, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on July 30, 2017, updated July 30, 2017
On July 30th, 2017, robeezee3 added the following:
PS. The Abulia was supplied in the conventional 1 gallon pot, and the Heuchera were supplied in the "Eco-Gallon containers". On the Eco-gallons, I used a razor blade to cit some slits in the non-woven cloth to ensure that the roots would contact the soil faster. The Eco-containers are very easy to work with.
|On Jul 18, 2017, ncollin Royal Oak, MI wrote:
O ordered a small tree and two months later it died. They did not stand behind their product although their web site says they will one time. Save your money and buy elsewhere
On Jul 18, 2017, Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner) responded with:
"On Jul 18, 2017 12:57 PM, Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner) responded with:
Customer voluntarily chose ship now which was outside out recommended shipping schedule, which our checkout page clearly states if selected, would void all guarantees. We are located in Oklahoma and in April our plants are much greener and softer than in April in Michigan. For that reason we must recommend shipping times that would limit losses for both us and the customer. Unfortunately we are sorry this did not work out well for the customer or us.
|On Jul 3, 2017, kansasgardenguy Goddard, KS wrote:
I have made several purchases through the years from the folks at Sooner. I always quickly receive large, healthy plants! Their packaging is second to none, certainly able to take anything that UPS can do to it - and we all probably know what UPS can do to a package at times.
|On May 22, 2017, beeplo Ithaca, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have ordered from Sooner three times and have always been happy. They take great care in packaging. I've never had a broken twig or leaf amazingly even though the plants travel across the country. They called me once about one order because they were not happy with the quality of a plant and didn't want to ship it and suggested a replacement. I appreciate that care and attention to detail and customer satisfaction.
|On May 20, 2017, bondra76 Castle Pines, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered an Eastern Redbud from Sooner Farm and it just arrived yesterday
|On Apr 22, 2017, DJMacP Fort Washington, MD wrote:
I had a hard time tracking down a source for 42 holly plants to replace my pool privacy hedge. Sooner Plant Farm came through for me. I found the number and size of plants I needed. They arrived yesterday in perfect condition and larger than I expected. All are perfectly labeled (as to male/female) and I'll put them in the ground tomorrow with the booster packages that came with the order. I am a very satisfied customer! Thank you.
|On Apr 18, 2017, GrandMarie Franklin, TN wrote:
What a pleasure to see a company like Sooner Plant Farm . This was my first time ordering from them as a business woman in my 80's,I was apprehensive. Colin, immediately answered questions same day !Each time I had a concern or question, it was answered that day. SOONER PLANT FARM IS AMAZING. Will remain a customer for life. Good old fashion customer care and all of my orders arrived beautiful and healthy. God Bless Sooner Plant Farm and COLIN!!!
|On Nov 10, 2016, Archetas Olney, MD wrote:
This is the first time I've ordered live plants online. Ordering at the end of Sonner's plant guaranteed cutoff period, I ordered 5 azalea's (3 varieties) and a hydrangea. Colin worked with me during the process and verified he could get all the plants prepped and shipped the week of delivery. Tracking the plants was easy, and delivery was prompt and during the time frame expected.
|On Oct 1, 2016, nmarshall Maumelle, AR wrote:
I ordered 3 "Little Honey" hydrangeas. They were shipped at the appropriate time for planting. I was pleased with their size and condition. They are thriving. Compared to a previous shipment from another company, these were much better for similar price.
|On May 28, 2016, skyg1831 Lynbrook, NY wrote:
placed an order and received order quickly and as requested (timeframe). One plant, however, was damaged in shipping because it broke loose from how it was fastened. Many branches broken, but the plant seemed salvageable. Wrote an email to let them know and got a near immediate response!! They were willing to replace the plant, but I thought it could be salvaged and let them know this.
|On May 28, 2016, rosefool Grapevine, TX wrote:
I can't say enough about Sooner Plant Farm! I recently received another order from them and even though I expect quality from this company, I am still amazed every time I open a box of plants. First of all, the plants are invariably larger than expected. Most importantly, they are clearly vigorous and healthy. They use packing techniques that I have never since anywhere else. I have ordered several good-size trees, for example, and they have a system of packing that keeps the tree absolutely stable and upright, and looks like an engineer designed it. I have talked to employees on the phone quite a few times to get info, and they have all been knowledgeable and courteous. I've never had any issues with an order, but feel certain they would do anything to make it right. I have ordered all kinds of things from them, but I especially like their large selection of trees and shrubs, which includes many that are hard to find.
|On May 28, 2016, dlevy Siasconset, MA wrote:
I order a lot of plants.Even larger shrubs.SOONER has never let me down.They have accommodated my need for special shipping.They have sent plants to Nantucket Island and to Savannah,Georgia for me.They plants arrive in great shape,beautiful,well marked with correct planting info..I am crazy about Sooner Plant farm.
|On May 24, 2016, Adrienneny Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
My favorite general plant store online. Top notch plants and plant selection plus prompt, friendly service. Outstanding!
|On May 16, 2016, 1alh1 Sidney, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
A few days ago, I received my order from Sooner Plant Farm: 3 crape myrtles in one-gallon containers. They arrived with every leaf intact and in perfect condition. They were also much larger than I expected, so I'm very pleased with my purchase. I've ordered crape myrtles from other sources in the past, and their longevity has ranged from DOA to less than a year. Since I'm starting with extremely healthy plants, I'm hoping that this time will be different. I love the variety that Sooner Plant Farm offers. Their website provides beautiful photos and good descriptions, but the search engine is somewhat clumsy. In addition, some plants are listed by common name, while others are found only by Latin name, e.g. Lagerstroemia instead of Crape Myrtle. However, I'll take strong and healthy plants any day over minor website glitches.
|On Sep 23, 2015, patsdogs Shawnee, OK wrote:
I have ordered a lot of plants over the years, and Sooner Plant Farm is by far the best company I have ever found. The packing for shipping is very well done so that nothing is ever damaged en route and the plants are habitually larger than any others I have ever received, by a long ways! The quality is exceptional. No spindly little things from Sooner! Yes, the shipping can be a bit pricey, but it's within reason, and it's very true that you get what you pay for. Yes, there are some other good companies out there, but I have never found one that comes even close to comparing to what Sooner offers in size and quality. They quickly became my go-to place to shop!
|On Jul 26, 2015, Yvonneb Rockton, IL wrote:
I too can not say enough about this business. I received my plants within two days of placing order. The packaging was the best thing I have ever had shipped to me. Furniture, etc usually comes damaged so I was wondering how are these plants going to make it by being shipped. Incredible how they were packaged and wrapped, not even a handful of dirt out of place in the two boxes I received. They were courteous and knowledgable. I would use sooner plant farm again as well as tell others about him. Don't hesitate for one moment ordering from them. Quality, quality on every level.
|On Jul 17, 2015, AngEngland Atoka, OK wrote:
I ordered a large Japanese Maple and wanted to make sure I was getting a good option for the unique space I was trying to fit. I had it narrowed down to two or three specific ones and Brian was able to give me more information to make a better informed decision. The tree arrived in excellent condition, WELL packaged to prevent damage in shipping (Seriously - fort knox level packing protecting this bad boy) and the tree has done VERY well for the past year.
|On Jun 8, 2015, Lovehum wrote:
Posted on August 11, 2014, updated June 8, 2015
On June 8th, 2015, Lovehum added the following:
Also received a 3 gallon yellow trumpet vine with several trunks and lots of green growth. Sooner Plant Farm packs their shipments with strong, thick cardboard with plants strapped down to prevent damage. Generally 3 gal plants weigh 25lbs shipped in containers with soil and a thick root system and great top growth. In my experience, their shipping fees are justified.
|On May 27, 2015, saradus Maple Park, IL wrote:
I recently received my first order from Sooner, an Oso Easy Fragrant Spreader and Clethra Crystalina. The plants arrived healthy and were well packaged. Although the shipping may seem high, it's because the plants are shipped (full soil) in their containers. Although the two plants that I purchased were large 1 gallons, there are also larger sizes available for most plants which is awesome, because certainly sometimes I feel ok with a starter plant but other times I like a larger specimen for focal points. Nice to have those options available. In addition to the healthy plants and unique offerings, I'm impressed with the customer service. Brian called me prior to shipment to let me know that they were unable to ship a plant that I had originally ordered (a Lemon Lace Sambucus) and he was so kind and helpful, and especially patient while I mentally tried to remember plants that were on my wishlist that I could add to my order. He suggested the Clethra Crystaltina which is a great addition to my butterfly garden. I will not hesitate to order from them again and I thank them for great plants and service.
|On May 19, 2015, SBounds2 Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
I just placed my first order with Sooner Plant Farm, and it was by far the best experience I've ever had with a mail order nursery. I have been wanting a Gatsby Star oakleaf hydrangea since I first read about it before it was even released on the market. I asked all of my local nurseries if it could be special ordered for me, but none of their suppliers had any. I searched online but could not find anything larger than a 1 gal plant, even directly from the Proven Winners website. I was thrilled to find a 3 gal plant at Sooner Plant Farm. I received my order within less than a week. While preparing to plant it I noticed 1 tag that identified it as a Gatsby Gal and another that identified it as a Gatsby Star. I received it on a Thur., notified them by email that evening and received a response on Sat. The replacement plant was shipped on Mon. and received on Tues. Best customer service ever. Largest, healthiest plant I've ever received from an online source. They are the best!
|On May 15, 2015, Catheysgarden Huntsville, AL wrote:
I recently ordered two Peonies, I live in Alabama. They arrived in a timely manner and the packaging was excellent. Very well boxed with both plants in it, very healthy and green and in pots. Really good instructions on exactly what to do when I unpackage and plant. I followed the instructions and the plants are now safely in the ground. I will be ordering from you again, definitely.
|On May 14, 2015, Jenifer_B Raven, VA wrote:
I ordered 2 Viburnum Eastern Snowball bushes. WOW. They packaged them GREAT!!! Keeping them safe and unharmed. S&H a little higher than other places I have shopped BUT it was well worth it. Beautiful plants. Big green leaves. Just gorgeous.
|On May 8, 2015, NLMtexan Lubbock, TX wrote:
All the personnel I spoke with each time I called were extremely helpful and patient in answering all my questions. My order arrived right on time, and the packaging was far superior to other companies from which I had ordered plants. I have ordered more than once from Sooner Plant Farm and have always been very satisfied with the quality of plants. If there is ever a problem, I am quite confident they will do all they can to fix it.
|On May 4, 2015, rosepetal2 Danvers, MA wrote:
I operate a small garden services business with several wholesale accounts. However, when I'm looking for a one off or special order item, I purchase retail online. I buy a lot of landscape plants/trees online and frankly wasn't expecting much more than what I typically experience with an online source that grows their own stock. The reviews on Dave's Garden Watch are outstanding for this company so I went ahead an ordered a couple of items. I had questions about shipping and Brian was more than patient to suffer my insistence to ship early...I have an indoor greenhouse. But his patience paid off for me and in the end I respected his explanations and stayed with his scheduled ship date. I was pleasantly surprised at the outstanding quality of the stock, the careful packing and the overall customer service. Sooner Plant Farm is now high on my list of sources. I'll definitely be a returning repeat customer! Thank you Brian, your dedication and commitment to excellence certainly shows. Well done!
|On May 1, 2015, jon4de Bay Shore, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Ordered a couple of Blechnum spicant (deer ferns) and received them within five days of ordering. Not only were they lovely, healthy plants, but the packaging was phenomenal. Everything was in perfect shape, snug and happy with nary a broken frond or any loose soil. While the shipping fees may have seemed a bit steep, the end result was well worth it. They also included detailed planting information and other educational material, as well as fertilizer packets for each of the plants. Definitely look forward to ordering from them again.
|On Mar 19, 2015, HNemerov Bastrop, TX wrote:
I ordered from Sooner Plant Farm because of the positive feedback here at Dave's Garden. They took my order a few weeks ago, but just shipped this week. This is because it's early spring and they have a shipping schedule based on cold hardiness zones. They didn't charge my card until the plants shipped, which is the proper way to do online sales. When the plants arrived, they were excellently packed, and the tops of the pots were sealed so that soil didn't fall out during shipping. Since I ordered 2 gallon-sized plants, their tall shipping box had one upside down, but because of the way they sealed the pots, the soil in the upside down pot lost no soil. Very impressive packaging! The plants arrived 2 days after leaving the nursery, so the plants arrived fresh and just breaking dormancy. The included planting and care instructions were thorough, and they included a packet of fertilizer for each plant, to reduce transplanting shock. Very nice touch! I called them to ask about potting up one of the plants for this year, and they were knowledgeable and helpful in making sure I understood how to ensure the plant would do well in our Texas summer. I would order from Sooner Plant Farm again. My experience is that they are reliable, knowledgeable and honest, all required attributes for being a trustworthy online seller of live plants.
|On Jul 19, 2014, strell Liverpool, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 24, 2014, updated July 19, 2014
On June 14th, 2012, strell added the following:
I received a second order last week and again was thrilled with Sooner. Customer service outlines any other company I've dealt with. You can not beat their selection, plant quality and the shipping quality. No negatives here. A++++++
On March 1st, 2013, strell added the following:
Over this past winter in Upstate NY, I have reevaluated my garden and decided I spend way too much money on annuals, although lovely, are not more than one season and very costly. Sooner Plant Farm and their very professional staff has been instrumental in helping me plan my new hardscape with professional, patient and knowledgeable advice. Many phone calls and email have resulted in what I think will be a lovely garden. I must make mention that I exclusively order from Sooner Plant Farm. Their plants are triple A and packaging is amazing. Never a worry for anything I've ordered and thriving they all are. The size of the plants you receive are amazing and telling the love and care from their home to ours is of utmost importance to The Sooner Staff.
Look no further for a large variety, wonderful plants, and in these days one on one service on the telephone which is a plus in our electronic world. Thank you to Sooner Plant Farm for being the best for on line Nursery ever. Always attentive to any needs.
On May 6th, 2013, strell added the following:
Five stars!!!! All the way for Sooner. I await my large order for my summer gardening in Upstate NY. This is not my first experience nor will it be my last. I have just about eliminated going to garden centers and fighting the crowds due to Brian and Staff. Those of you who have posted know the quality and professional way they handle your plants in their packing and shipping. I have added, subtracted and been all over their site during our long Upstate NY winters to plan my garden. Brian has been so kind and helped in any way he can during one of the busiest times in the Nursery business. All my plants from the last years are thriving and are just as described.
If you plan or are thinking of ordering from an on line Nursery, look no further. They are TOPS. Can't say enough.
Thank you Brian for just about everything I can thank you for.
On May 17th, 2013, strell added the following:
I keep posting about my experience with Sooner Plant Farm because I have completed, as of yesterday, another big shipment from them, and again it is a wonderful experience. One minor problem was a couple of small plants of the same variety had some broken stems, but after talking with the owner, he was kind, asked the right questions, and made me feel like he will handle this. In an order of this size, no complaints from me. The packaging was fabulous, the plants huge and flowering....why would I go local???? The prices are equal, if not cheaper than using gas for me to run around. Best of all, the variety at Sooner is better than anywhere else, and I like the unusual. Thank you Sooner for being an exceptional Company with the finest of Service. My gardens are beautiful because of you.
On July 31st, 2013, strell added the following:
It is now August 1st and my shrubs from Sooner Plant Farm are glorious. The Knockout Roses are huge and in full bloom for second time. Butterfly Bush Holly joins the roses in full bloom with hummingbirds visiting all day. The Pink Lantana are like shrubs. They are spectacular and will always have them as an annual in the garden. I can't say enough about this Company. I keep leaving feedback because of their consistency with TOP customer service and advice. None better or nicer.
Please consider them for all garden desires. I was concerned and had some bad experiences with online nurseries. I found Sooner Plant Farm and worries no more.
I've now placed a Fall order and am anticipating the same quality plants packed to the max with "seat belts" as I call them on each plant to hold them in place while in travel. Amazing. Thank you Brian and Colin for having THE best nursery stock and so many choices.
On May 24th, 2014, strell added the following:
Another year, another ten plus for Sooner and their awesome plants and shipping quality...number one in the industry in all aspects. I have had many orders from them now and the plant size and quality never cease to amaze me. The shipping quality is the best I've seen. One very minor issue led me to interact with Colin, and within minutes the matter was closed. Colin and Brian are super and customer service is what they are all about.
I will always return to Sooner for my needs....why not, they have it all.
Thank you for being a super company to deal with. My plants from the last years are thriving and beautiful. Boomerang Lilac is in full bloom, thank you Brian for suggesting this plant. It lives up to its name.
On July 19th, 2014, strell added the following:
This year along with my own personal order, I have been ordering plants from Sooner Plant Farm for gardening friends who have a special occasion and gifts are needed. It has worked out very well. Their customer service in sending the plant or plants I've chosen to these people is wonderful. The plants have arrived in fantastic shape and are beautiful from the recipients comments. Thank you Sooner Plant Farm for helping me in my own garden and now helping friends with theirs. I love to be able to do this. Unique.
And plants for my own use are just as wonderful as always. Sooner gets five plus stars all the way around.
|On Jul 16, 2014, mrs_colla Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on July 15, 2014, updated July 16, 2014
On April 12th, 2007, mrs_colla added the following:
They sent me a plant I didn't order, it had 2 labels! It is a beautiful plant, and they let me keep it and are sending me the plant I ordered for free!
Now I will have 2 beautiful plants for the price of one!
Brian answered the phone, and realised someone had pulled the wrong plant. He is such a nice person; friendly and helpful.
Even when things turn out "wrong", he makes it right, more than right!
Thank you Brian!!
On July 15th, 2014, mrs_colla changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
I made an order a few weeks ago, but never received a confirmation. I have looked through my emails and spam, even on their website on my account, there is not trace of my order.
I have emailed them twice about it, with around a week in between, and I cannot get a response.
No plants, no response, I am very disappointed.
On July 16th, 2014, mrs_colla changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I have not received email responses to my questions I sent you through your 'contact us' form on your website. I did get the notification that my plant has shipped, I wanted answers to my specific questions. Your form system must not work, that is my point.
On Jul 16, 2014, Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner) responded with:
"On Jul 16, 2014 7:47 AM, Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner) responded with:
Hello Mrs, Colla,
On Jul 16, 2014 2:24 PM, Sooner Plant Farm (Shop Smarter Shop Sooner) added:
Thanks Mrs,. Colla,
|On Jul 1, 2014, Treaseek Okmulgee, OK wrote:
Great plants, great customer service. Eager to share knowledge. Ordered Japanese maples. All are healthy, good looking plants. Looking forward to doing more business in the future. Thanks, Brian. My husband and I enjoyed working with you.
|On May 30, 2014, Clary Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Bought one tree and one shrub in Spring of 2014. Both were healthy and properly shaped; both have transplanted beautifully. Good communication and packing. Recommended.
|On May 19, 2014, JetGal Sugar Grove, IL wrote:
Posted on June 23, 2011, updated May 19, 2014
On May 19th, 2014, JetGal added the following:
I always try to order early from the "SPF" folks to ensure I'll get the plants that I want, so I placed my order at the end of February. Colin called me on 5/14/14 to let me know that they just realized a Japanese Maple I ordered was not available & truly apologized for the mishap. I was like, no problem ... that happens & I asked him what's the chance I can substitute some other plants in place of the maple, which he did without a problem & apologized again and said my order would be shipped that day & I should receive on 5/16/14.
I received my order on 5/16/14 just as Colin said I should. Once again, I couldn't be happier with the plants they once again sent me (including the substitutions). The care these folks take in packing the plants is so very much appreciated & worth every penny!
Brian & Colin have always been so friendly & accommodating when I've spoken to them on the phone, plus the plants I've received from them over the past few years have never been short of just awesome.
Thanks again Sooner Plant Farm for making another on-line experience superior from start to finish!!!
|On May 19, 2014, BlackDogKurt Seymour, CT wrote:
Posted on April 17, 2013, updated May 19, 2014
On April 17th, 2013, BlackDogKurt added the following:
I ordered several more trees and perennials last year and this year, and as always, everything I ordered from Sooner Plant Farm arrived in good condition and just as expected.
On May 19th, 2014, BlackDogKurt added the following:
I continue to be a very satisfied customer of Sooner Plant Farm. I order from them regularly and have yet to have any problem at all with them. They have a wonderfully great variety of plants (flowers, trees, shrubs and more) to choose from, everything is shipped either promptly or when I request shipment, and everything I have bought has arrived in excellent condition and has thrived in our gardens.
|On May 14, 2014, VanGarden Thibodaux, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Posted on March 13, 2014, updated May 14, 2014
On May 14th, 2014, VanGarden added the following:
I ordered 2 more times from sooner.
The Stokes asters were so big and lush.
Fastest mail order company.
Very please with their plants and service.
|On Apr 29, 2014, deweyduo Haslet, TX wrote:
I had a very excellent experience with this company. I placed a small order of strawberries, but they arrived FAST, in great condition, and have already started to sprout with new growth less than a week later. I would most definitely order from this company again. Their prices were very reasonable, too!
|On Apr 21, 2014, 67red1 Porterville, CA wrote:
Ordered 8 plants and received one that I did not order, but was
|On Nov 13, 2013, nosopradio Syosset, NY wrote:
In October of this year, I ordered 2 Abelia Kaleidoscope shrubs. I received 2 beautiful, extremely well-packaged shrubs that were in excellent condition.