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Positive clarkesark
(1 review)
On Aug 24, 2006, clarkesark Marshfield, MA wrote:

I purchased two "miracle fruit" plants and received them yesterday. Plants
were extremely well packed and arrived in great shape. Had several questions before purchase and had very quick response to my e-mails by
Perry. Excellent experience.

Positive bonniepunch
(2 reviews)
On Aug 19, 2006, bonniepunch Montreal, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

I visited Flora Exotica today to buy some Hoya cuttings, and I was very pleased with the size, price and selection of what he had available. I will definitely buy from him again, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend FE to anyone looking for something off the beaten path.

BP

Positive lafko06
(27 reviews)
On Aug 8, 2006, lafko06 Brimfield, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

WARNING!!! Based on the good ratings in here, I placed an order 4 days ago for 36.00 through PayPal and have not received confirmation from this company regarding my order. When I initially emailed the company on how to place an order, I received 2 helpful responses On The Same Day. Once I sent the money (the same day), I can't get back in touch with them. Here is a copy of the e-mail they sent to me on how to pay them:

From: "Perry Nguyen"
[Add to Address Book]
To:
Subject: Paying for Posters and Egyptian onions
Date: Saturday, August 05, 2006 7:55:28 PM [View Source]

Margaret,
Please send the total ($16 + $10 + $10 = $36) to my Email ID via PayPal at this
link: //www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/ema/index-outside
Thanks

They sure are quick to take the money. I'm probably lucky it was only 36.00. And by the way, the $$ was in AMERICAN $$ and they are in Canada. Be very cautious about ordering from this company.


On August 13th, 2006, lafko06 added the following:

In accordance with WatchDog policy, I have made several attemps to contact this company and directly to Perry... Unless there is a serious health issue barring contact with customers, I would seriously recommend Caution using this company. There are other companies offering the same things if use PlantScout and I will be happy to hear you didn't lost out on your money. Good luck finding your plants!!
On August 22nd, 2006, lafko06 added the following:

Since the time of my first posting here and to date, I have still not received a response from Perry or anyone from FloraExotica and needless to say, nothing has shown up in the mail. In the Response section, Perry says he will contact the customer after coming back from a wedding, but he did not call or write and has not responded to any of my messages since the money was sent. This is my first experience with any gardening company where they didn't follow through with anything except taking the money. What a disapointing experience.
On August 24th, 2006, lafko06 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I have changed my rating to positive. I haven't received the package yet, but based on the last posting from Perry, I will take his word on it. I do not have the AOL address any longer, just the comcast address, which explains why I did not get a response. I have been really bummed out over this and I am surprised by Perry's professionalism in handling this under the circumstances. Thank you Perry.
On August 30th, 2006, lafko06 added the following:

My package came yesterday and the posters are really pretty and I put on in the kitchen yesterday. I can't wait to plant the walking onions. Everything worked out great.
On Aug 8, 2006, Flora Exotica responded with:

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On Aug 14, 2006 9:09 AM, Flora Exotica added:

I just got back from a trip to attend my brother's wedding from August 04 to August 13. We had some problem with internet connection there, and could not get into Email as intended. I have sent Email to explain the situation, and will process the order as soon as possible.


On Aug 16, 2006 7:00 PM, Flora Exotica added:

The order was processed today.


On Aug 23, 2006 10:25 PM, Flora Exotica added:

There is definitely some communication problem here as Emails have been sent to the customer to update the progress of this order (see below). First Email sent on Aug 17 with a picture of the content of the package, and second Email sent Aug 21 with proof of shipment. As the customer did not give a contact phone number, Email is our only way to make contact. Will resend the Emails to see if they will get through this time !

Note to Margaret: If you are reading this, please call me at our phone (514) 747-7618 or our cell (514) 268-2323. I will resend the proof of shipment and continue to try to contact you via Email.

FROM: "Perry Nguyen" | Save Address
DATE: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 19:47:09 -0700
TO: "[email protected]"
SUBJECT: Receipt for shipping your Posters and Bulbs

Margaret,

Please find attached a copy of the receipt from the Post Office. This is a proof of shipping for your 2 posters and 20 Egyptian Onion Bulbs.

Please let me know if you have received this Email, as many Emails are sent but never received because of spam filters.

Thanks.

--
Perry Nguyen , Flora Exotica
Email: [email protected]
Web site http://www.floraexotica.ca
Phone&Fax (514) 747-7618
Cell (514) 268-2323
--

Margaret Lafko - Post Office Receipt.JPG (Binary attachment)


FROM: "Perry Nguyen" | Save Address
DATE: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 11:48:07 -0700
TO:
SUBJECT: Order for Posters and Onion Bulbs Processed

Margaret,

Your order for 2 posters and 20 Egyptian Onion bulbs has been processed. Postal services usually take one or two weeks to deliver to your address. Please see attached picture.

I sincerely apologize for not being able to communicate with you during our trip.

Thanks.


--
Perry Nguyen , Flora Exotica
Email: [email protected]
Web site http://www.floraexotica.ca
Phone&Fax (514) 747-7618
Cell (514) 268-2323
--

Margaret Lafko.JPG (Binary attachment)
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Positive georgies
(1 review)
On Jul 31, 2006, georgies Chula Vista, CA wrote:

I ordered a 3' Mexican Oleander from Flora Exotica, as none were available in the San Diego area. I was provided a UPS shipping date, a tracking number and an approximate delivery date. My plant traveled almost 3,500 miles, a week long journey, from Canada to Southern California, during a nation-wide (and local) heat wave. It arrived in excellent condition and health. I was really pleased with my Flora Exotica experience, and will order from Perry again. Anyone worried about the transit can expect the plant to arrive as safely as it would if it traveled from a local nursery on SoCal freeways!

Positive blue_cherry
(3 reviews)
On Jun 28, 2006, blue_cherry Vancouver, BC wrote:

During the fall of 2005 I conducted an Internet search for plant vendors who might have, and be willing to sell me a couple of Dwarf Lotus seeds. This inquiry eventually morphed into a decision to purchase an already 'hatched' dwarf lotus plant.

Flora Exotica was one of the plant dealers I contacted, and Perry told me he'd have good-to-go lotus tubers sometime in May, 2006. When the time came to place my order, the specific lotus I wanted wasn't available, but Perry recommended an available alternative which had almost identical characteristics and I was happy to accept that one instead. Additionally, I ordered a fragrant night-blooming cactus.

I asked Perry a lot of questions about both the lotus and the cactus. He was very informative and patient and aside from answering my queries based on his personal experience, he sent me a helpful and concise Internet link about the lotus life cycle and how to care for it during its seasonally determined phases. I also had a drawn-out and irritating experience with PayPal and ultimately elected to send Perry a personal cheque. He showed heroic patience during this process!

Both the tuber and the cactus arrived in fine repair and between the info I got from Perry and my own research, both plants are thriving and I'm quite happy with them. A week or so after these plants arrived I read about and asked Perry if he carried an unusual vine that's related to the Hydrangea shrub. He looked into it and said that if he couldn't acquire the exact plant he could get me its nearest relative--so to speak. I may look into his offer later on.

Last week I ordered a baby Magnolia Coco tree. It arrived in jig time in fine shape. I repotted it in a slightly larger pot--gave it some food and a comfy spot by a northeast window, and I'm looking forward to eventually seeing its first bloom.

My next purchase from Perry will be a Jasmine Sambac 'Grand Duke'. I can't wait!


Neutral AlexK
(1 review)
On Jun 28, 2006, AlexK La Mirada, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Good packaging, the plants arrived intact and healthy. My rating would have been positive but for two things:
1) Of the four plants, only two were labeled. I checked the box and there were no tags or anything floating around in there, so it wasn't a case of them coming off during shipping. The two mystery plants had very similar leaves, so I had to do a lot of peering at online pics of stems to figure out which was which.
2) No planting instructions were included. While they're probably available on request, not having them right to hand was a bit of a nuisance.

Negative stressbaby
(3 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2006, stressbaby Fulton, MO wrote:

After reading the above comments, I had high hopes for this company. I was disappointed.

I ordered seven plants, mostly tropical trees, in mid March. They were not shipped until mid May. The reason given for the delay was that the Dwarf Ylang Ylang was "slow to come out of dormancy."

The plants were shipped loosely in a box packed with, no kidding, four pieces of wadded up newspaper. The plants were not rooted in at all. Most appeared to have been bare-root or in smaller containers, then were placed in the larger container filled with peat just prior to shipping. The 3" Carambola had two withered leaves which soon dropped and it did not recover. The Dwarf Ylang Ylang arrived with 4 leaves but within a day dropped three. I do have one emerging leaf, I am hopeful that it will recover.

I received an email notice that the plants were shipped. I replied that the Carambola arrived "virtually leafless" and I got no reply.

The Jaboticaba I received is a nice little tree, it exceeded expectations. But overall the quality of the plants and the packaging/shipping were substandard.


On Jun 17, 2006, Flora Exotica responded with:

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On Jun 19, 2006 12:02 AM, Flora Exotica added:

These are the items in this order:

Dragon fruit plant in 6-inch pot
Carambola (Star Fruit plant) in 4-inch pot
Jaboticaba (Small plant in 4-inch pot)
Sweetsop (Small plant in 4-inch pot)
Aus. Brush Cherry (Small plant in 4-inch pot)
Banana Shrub (Small plants in 4-inch pot)
Dwarf Ylang (Plant in 6-inch pot)

The majority of these order items are small plants in 4-inch pots, as stated on our Web pages. And the fact that they all arrived in one piece with no broken stems speaks for the quality of packaging. As usual, plants are shipped in carton boxes with wadded up newspaper between them to avoid shifting.

These small plants do have less roots compared to those in bigger size (6-inch pot or 8-inch pot), but they are not bare-roots.

Withered leaves and dropping leaves are expected during shipping because there is little ventilation and light in these shipping boxes.

We provide excellent after-sale support to all customers. But in this case. the Email stating that the plants had arrived did not sound like the customer is in need of information or advice. We would have been able to reply and to offer information on reviving the plants if the Email had specifically asked for it."


Positive zarcanat
(7 reviews)
On Jun 17, 2006, zarcanat Montreal, QC (Zone 4b) wrote:

The only place in Montreal were you can find rare exotics and asian vegetables and herbs (seeds and plants). Nice people to deal with.

Positive ijackson
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2006, ijackson Cambridge, MA wrote:

Thanks, Perry: caring service, good advice, beautiful plant! A gift to my wife, the clivia that you sent resides in a place of honor, its splendid symmetry crowning each day.

Positive diane427
(1 review)
On May 29, 2006, diane427 Albany, CA wrote:

I have been trying to purchase African Blood Lily bulbs for three years. Finally, Flora Exotica had them available and was willing to send them to my state. I corresponded several times to ensure I could get the number I needed and timely delivery. This organization is professional, responsive and helpful.

I will use watch for other unusual plants and bulbs from this company. What a wonderful experience!

Thank you.

Positive enigma1121
(1 review)
On May 25, 2006, enigma1121 Ajax,
Canada wrote:

this was a first time purchase,,it will not be the last,,many plants to choose from,,and the quality was A1,,I am very pleased with Perry and his vast selection
Bryan

Positive LOTRfan
(1 review)
On May 25, 2006, LOTRfan Toronto,
Canada wrote:

Just received from Perry two healthy plants. He answered many of my questions before I made the purchase. The plants are much bigger and healthier than I anticipated. I hope to one day visit his store when I have chance to visit Montreal.

Will definitely buy from him again.

Positive nmcconnell
(1 review)
On Nov 26, 2005, nmcconnell Burnaby,
Canada wrote:

I ordered 10 packs of seeds. They arrived less than two weeks later. Germination has been good.

the amazing aspect is the price and the selection - seeds for a dollar! Canadian! Taxes included! I was blown away. that's _way_ less than the price I found for Calamondin seeds anywhere else.

Positive protempsfish
(1 review)
On Nov 12, 2005, protempsfish Mississauga,
Canada wrote:

What a pleasant buying experience! Perry e-mailed wihtin a day to answer my inquiery. He could have sold me items at regular price, but informed me that he was having an autumn sale. My first purchase was a strawberry guava, Australian brush cherry, Montery Cypress and a coffee plant. All arrived in perfect condition. I have since bought other itmes, and Perry is a wealth of knowledge. I WILL BE BACK :)
Christopher
Erin, Ont.

Positive marcus_bc
(1 review)
On Oct 24, 2005, marcus_bc Vancouver,B.C.,
Canada wrote:

I have ordered twice from Perry of Flora Exotica and I must say that I have been quite pleased with both the product and with the service. I highly recommend Flora Exotica to anyone looking for the hard to find exotic species here in Canada.
I shall be most definitely ordering from Perry again and again.
Thank you very much Perry!

Positive alca99
(1 review)
On Oct 14, 2005, alca99 Mississauga,
Canada wrote:

Flora Exotica has a very good service. For sure, I will do buy some more plants from them in the near future. Thanks you!

Positive pshep
(1 review)
On Oct 3, 2005, pshep Cawood, KY wrote:

this company and the people are the best we;ve ever dealt with.beautiful plants,and very nice person to deal with.perry was right his plants are beautiful,i give this company,5big starssssssssssssss,thanks perry phillip sheppard

Positive kh_103
(2 reviews)
On Sep 4, 2005, kh_103 New York, NY wrote:

I ordered starfruit, tamarind, and sweetsop seeds and received them at the end of July. A good percentage germinated and are doing well. The only problem was that 4/10 starfruit seeds were crushed in the mail - not really a problem since the other seeds are doing well and I only needed 2 plants. Owner was very responsive to emails, answering promptly and helpfully. I would definitely buy from this company again.

Positive strachan13
(1 review)
On Sep 1, 2005, strachan13 Winnipeg,
Canada wrote:

Ordered a Kaffir lime and 2 Murraya exoticas from Floral Exotica, and am very pleased with the plants, which are hard to find in Canada, especially the orange jasmines. The company was very nice to deal with, and the shipping was fast. The tracking feature was nice, as I was warned when the package was ready to deliver.

Positive TropicalCA
(3 reviews)
On Jul 22, 2005, TropicalCA Ottawa,
Canada wrote:

If you live in Canada and looking for exotic plants, you don't want to miss Floral Exotica. You simply can't go wrong with this company. They have a very exotic selection of plants you can't easily find anywhere else in Canada.
On July 15th, I went to Perry's garden to pick up my plants, he gave me a private tour of his dream garden, he is so knowledgeable about his plants. I also had a taste of his juicy and sweet raspberry.

The plants I ordered are so healthy, the Michelia Alba is unbelivable big and healty, the Chocolate tree is over 6 feet tall. The hoya is Gorgeous. The price is unbeatable. Although I picked them up myself, he helped me for a professional pack up. Everything arrived at home sound. Now everything is growing so well.

I am really happy with his quality of service. Definitely will buy more in the short future.


Positive sandy130
(3 reviews)
On Jul 18, 2005, sandy130 Abbotsford, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered a 6 inch Hoya compacta and received it in good condition. Perry sent it through Canada Post and I was able to track it so i could be available to receive it when it arrived. He also kept in touch with me via email as to when it would be sent off. I would definately order Hoyas or other plants from him again.

Positive deanCA
(3 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2005, deanCA Hercules, CA wrote:

At first Perry was my last choice of nursery for difficult-to-find plants because he's located in Canada- I thought it would be more difficult and I regularly experience difficulty with the post office,UPS, my ag dept and Fedex. Over a period of time I ordered the same plants from 3 nurseries and here are the results:
The first got here but was 4 times the price of the other two. I couldn't afford to buy the number I wanted from them.
The second didn't follow my instructions carefully, the box got stopped in the ag dept and rotted there because the company wouldn't comply with the ag faxes.
At this point months had passed and I was getting worried that they would be no place that still had any left. So I ordered from Perry.
Perry promply answered my email, reiterated my instructions, got the certificates and a tracking number. The 20 plants arrived in perfect condition because Perry had hand-cut 20 holes in thick cardboard and gotten the right kind of styrofoam to do the job right. This wasn't easy for him because the plants naturally have very weak stems.
So, to summarize, I wouldn't hesitate to order from Canada if Perry's taking care of the order.

Positive phaman
(1 review)
On Jun 24, 2005, phaman Toronto,
Canada wrote:

WOW!!! Truely impressed! Excellent service from beginning to end. Perry my hats off to you sir for a business well managed.

My experience with Flora Exotica has been nothing short of spectacular. I've place orders online before but never did I recieve the level of good service that I got from this company. All plants arrived healthy and undamaged. I could see that extra care was taken to ensure their safe arrival.

Great Service, Great Price, Great Selection....I will be back!!!


Andrew - Toronto, ON


Positive kimberlyann45
(1 review)
On Jun 20, 2005, kimberlyann45 Toronto,
Canada wrote:

Excellent merchant. Fast, friendly service and fantastic plants with good instructions....best of luck...I will be a repeat customer.

Positive forest_garden
(1 review)
On Jun 19, 2005, forest_garden St. John's,
Canada wrote:

A note to say that I was very pleased with my recent order from Flora Excotia. The order was shipped promptly and was extremly well packaged. Please note that part of the order was a five foot tree. The order was shipped over two thousand miles and all arrived safe and sound.

Positive PanamonCreel
(5 reviews)
On Jun 9, 2005, PanamonCreel Celaya,
Mexico (Zone 10a) wrote:

Today received a full, well grown hanging basket of variegated Hoya kerrii purchased for me by another Canadian DG member as a present.

A very beautiful plant that was hand delivered by Perry at my work place, what more can one ask for.
Highly recommend this vendor which goes the extra mile (literally :).

Thanks Perry (and Pam :)

Positive Lilypon
(11 reviews)
On May 14, 2005, Lilypon Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Thank you soooo much Perry!!!

I placed an order with Perry's Flora Exotica on May 10/05 and it arrived 3 days later. The plants are in perfect shape and Flora Exotica did a wonderful job of packing them. I also received an email from Perry with growing instructions for my new lotus and he also sent another one that let me know the package had arrived in Moose Jaw, SK.

Wonderful communication and a 4 Star company to deal with.


On June 10th, 2005, Lilypon added the following:

I was so impressed with the first order I received I had to order from Perry again. This a portion of the letter I sent him....

[quote]Perry
Thank you so very much again. You made two people very happy and we are both very impressed with your service. I'd also like to say that I have never received plants from anyplace that have the healthy, extremely well developed root system that yours have. As a business man you are one in a million (truly a rare breed).
Pam[/quote]

On September 25th, 2009, Lilypon added the following:

I received my latest order from Perry yesterday and I'm tickled pink with the condition of the plants! I don't think any lost leaves and they are so healthy looking!

Perry you are truly a gem for going above and beyond with my order.

Looking forward to dealing with you again next spring. ^_^
On September 25th, 2009, Lilypon added the following:

that was supposed to be a happy face but I see the code doesn't work here. Thank you ever so much again for that above and beyond shipment Perry! :)
Negative brugpuppy
(2 reviews)
On Apr 27, 2005, brugpuppy Keremeos,
Canada wrote:

This spring I ordered loquat, star fruit, blue butterfly and alocasia from this company. The service was outstanding, as the company had excellent correspondence from the time I placed the order to follow through after the plants were delivered. Even a note typed with the order to give information on care of the plants! The plants were large and very healthy, well packed, and mailed with expedited mail so tracking with Canada Post was easy.
I originally ordered the taro, so when the package was ready for mailing, I realized that I ordered the wrong one, but this company offered to exchange the common taro for the more ornamental Alocasia at no extra charge. Thank you for the service and I will surely order from them again.


On June 16th, 2007, brugpuppy changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

************Previously I have been happy with ordering from Perry. However, this spring (2007) I ordered two hardy orchids. After a long delay a several emails, I finally received the package. I was shocked! I kid you not, these two orchids were loose in the box, no soil in the pots, one orchid crushed and bruised the other in stress and dying back from the top. The roots dry. Absolutely no care was taken to package these plants. Just tossed into a box with a little stick. I quickly scraped up soil and tried to repot the two little plants. To no avail. The crushed and broken orchid was dead that same day, the other dead within 3 days. It died back, shrivelled and black.

I photographed these two plants and sent them to Perry. He answered that if I order more plants he will replace one of the orchids. I sent an email informing him that I did not want to order more plants, as I do not want to throw good money after bad. I am out a lot of money, and I do not think it is my responsibility for his non-packaging. Why should I pay shipping twice? If he had taken time out to package these plants properly, they would have arrived safe and intact.. Instead he just threw these plants in a box without any care whatsoever. ''

I received the following from him: "The plants arrived at your post office on May 19, and were not picked up until May 23. This delay is beyond my control. I have no problems with sending you replacement, but shipping cost is not free (we have to pay the Post Office for each shipment). As for packaging, you have received plants from us before, and certainly know the quality of packaging."

May 19th is a Saturday. Post offices are closed. I have no tracking number anyway, as he never sent it to me. I still do not think I should pay for his bad packaging, and I am sure, regardless of the shipping dates and pick-up, these plants would have survived had they not been crushed and the soil shaken out of their pots.

I ship plants out almost every day. I stuff the tops of the pots with styro peanuts and tape them there to stop the soil from shaking loose, and the plant remains firm. The pots are then put in plastic bags or wrapped in cling wrap to retain moisture. The pots are taped to the box so that they are firm and not shaken around in the package. If I can take this extra care to plants I ship, I fully expect the same care to be taken for plants I have ordered.

I wanted these orchids so very badly and I am very sad that not only am I out a lot of cash, but these orchids were treated badly and arrived here in such a bad shape, that they could not recover. I suggest that Perry reship these plants in the spring of 2008. And I hope that he takes a little care with the packaging to ensure that they do not lose their soil and get damaged and crushed.







On June 17th, 2007, brugpuppy added the following:

This morning I received a note from Perry.

< Hope you will find plants to make an order so that your replacement plants can be shipped with the new order. As mentioned, we do not provide free shipping.
Will send your replacement plants as soon as the shipping cost ($20) is received, or a new order is received.
Thank you for your understanding.>>

So, what to do? He is asking that I spend another $20, but there is no guarantee that the replacement plants will be packed safely this time. He is also asking that I order MORE plants. So a minimum of another $50 so that I can get my two lady slipper orchids. I cringe at the thought of more plants tossed loose into a box and shipped. This is very unfair. I trusted him with a lot a lot of money
to safely ship plants to me, yet he broke that trust, and then not only demands more money, but that I order more plants as well. Be warned everyone.



On June 22nd, 2007, brugpuppy added the following:

June 19th I sent Perry an email offering to pay the shipping if I receive two healthy slipper orchids in the mail. He has not replied.
I cannot see why I should order more plants just so that I can get the orchids I paid for.


On June 29th, 2007, brugpuppy added the following:


These plants were not packed at all. There was no tape, no crumpled newsprint, no styro peanuts, no plastic bags to hold the soil in, no cling wrap, nothing. Just loose plants that fell out of their pots and were crushed in the shipping. No care had been taken at all.
I will never order from this man again. Nor should you. He cannot stand by his plants. He owes me, and I think I have been very patient. He wants me to order more plants and I will not throw good money after bad.
I will let the entire garden community know that this has happened and warn them to be careful with mail ordering from him, as he does not replace plants he damaged, nor does he refund, when he is to blame for poor shipping.

On Apr 27, 2005, Flora Exotica responded with:

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On Jun 24, 2007 10:59 PM, Flora Exotica added:

I received several Emails from the customer and replied several times that we cannot replace plants nor provide free shipping. We ship healthy plants and pack them carefully. Once the plants leave our hands, we cannot assume the responsibility.

Once in a while, things do go wrong during shipping and we do make exceptions to replace those plants at our discretion. However, we cannot provide free shipping. Most customers do understand and will wait to receive the free replacement plants in their next order. Some cannot wait and will chip in with the shipping cost for their free replacement plants.

We do not 'treat plants badly' , and do not 'toss plants in a box with a stick' . Many customers have shown their satisfaction with our packaging. Almost all customers pick up their plants the day they arrive, as tracking number is automatically sent to the customer as part of Canada Post's online shipping services.

Hope this will clear up any misunderstanding and hope our offer of the free replacement plants are reasonable enough to allow us to continue to serve our much-valued customers."


Positive TTH
(1 review)
On Dec 8, 2004, TTH Montreal,
Canada wrote:

Last summer, I ordered two dwarf lotus bulbs from Flora Exotica, and received detailed instructions for planting, care and winterising. To my pleasant surprise, they both flowered abundantly in the first season. The owner was quite knowledgeable in oriental varieties of indoor & outdoor plants and flowers, and served customers with an infected smile and enthusiasm. He takes pride in his products and personal services. By the way, the price was unbeatable!

Positive thinguyen
(1 review)
On Nov 9, 2004, thinguyen wrote:

I have purchased plants from Flora Exotica and is quite happy with them. The service provided is excellent. The owner is knowledgable and helpful with information on how to maintain & grow exotic plants. They offer variety of products which I strongly recommend a visit.

Positive peterh_ca
(1 review)
On Nov 6, 2004, peterh_ca montreal,
Canada wrote:

I have used the services of this company many times.
The place is filled with exotic plants and flowers. The owner is very friendly and knowledgable. He really likes gardening and takes the time to explain how to care for flowers to me. He even tends a small garden in the back of the place which I find very interesting and is what I would really like to have at my place if I have the time . I really like sweet smelling flower plants, which I found many selections there. There are garden plants , plants for the living room, plants which yield edible fruits. You can even ask the owner to order tropical plants if you cannot find them in this place.

Positive zenchild
(1 review)
On Nov 3, 2004, zenchild Montreal,
Canada wrote:

I have had nothing but great experiances with this company going back three years now. I purchased several plants, including a few beautifully cut bonsei shrubs and have had the joy and pleasure of enjoying them to this day. Buy with trust and confidance, Flora Exotica has a personal touch you just can't find in today's big business atmosphere.
AAA+++ company!
Erika
Montreal, Canada

Positive KinhPhe
(1 review)
On Oct 31, 2004, KinhPhe Montreal,
Canada wrote:

I bought Desert Rose, Camellia, Kumquat, Mickey Mouse plant, Bodhi tree. All the plants are in very good health. Super friendly staff and excellent service. I would recommend it to my friends. Kinh Phe - Montreal - Canada

Positive mekongdendro
(1 review)
On Oct 30, 2004, mekongdendro Montreal,
Canada wrote:

If one is looking for good species of all those plants well-versed in Sino-Viet culture, one cannot go wrong at Flora Exotica. From absolutely-must for a classic Oriental garden such as flowering quinces (both the japonica - red - specie and the Vietnam-native - yellow - specie), bamboos, gingko biloba and Japanese maples, to the many different exotic fruit trees: guava that can stand Quebec winter, milk apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) and to something called Java apple (Syzygium samarangense) that brings me back to my childhood of hanging on the branch of such tree and enjoying its refreshingly juicy fruits - for hours on end. That's how many fruits that a happy Syzygium can bear. For a more spiritual mind, there always are many bonsai-ready ficuses, particularly the Banyan ficus, one well-known specie of which is commonly known as the Bohdee tree under which the Buddha sat. Banyans, as we know, can grow into gigantic tree in nature - I know since we had one in the garden of my grandparents in Saigon of the '50s. Equally majestic are the poincianas, or flame tree (Delonix regia) whose flaming canopies adorned the many boulevards around my childhood school during the long summer months. Guess what, one can find it at Flora Exotica as well. And let's not forget the heady aroma of frangipani (Plumeria obtusa) whose beautiful blooms have adorned the necks of many brown-skinned island beauties on the silverscreen. Just imagine a healthy specie growing right outside your bedroom's window is currently in full bloom. Don't climb it though, its branches are notoriously brittle.

And there are more at Flora Exotica - miniature lotuses anyone. Let me stop here before I start on another tangential - such as the reasonable price for example.

Mekong Bluesman
(Montreal/Vancouver/New York)

Positive tranlong
(1 review)
On Oct 29, 2004, tranlong wrote:

I bought black bamboo , guava tree , blue butterfly flower plant and many others tropical flower plants that I love to have for the souvenirs of Vietnam . All the plants I bought are in very good health and grow beautifuly because of good advices and instructions given to me by the sellor . I seems to me that the sellor doesn't care much about how much he can get from selling but he enjoy to transmit his knowledges , explain things and give satisfaction to custumers . I admire his knowledges about planting and appreciate very much his helps and the way he handles his business , very friendly and sincerely . I recommand to everyone to visit his place to discover and enjoy a nature either inside or ouside door .

Positive sitandang
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2004, sitandang Montreal,
Canada wrote:

Good products and Excellent service. They do what they say. Also, Its products are cheap comparing with other companies for the same products. I strongly recommend my friends to buy its products.

Tansi Dang, Montreal, Canada

Positive pikachule1
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2004, pikachule1 Edmonton,
Canada wrote:

Impressive choice of exotic stuff! Super friendly staff, and excellent service. I would not hesitate coming back to this shop again for my needs.

Hoat Le, Edmonton, Canada

Positive HD
(1 review)
On Oct 28, 2004, HD montreal,
Canada wrote:

I am impressed with the big selection of exotic/tropical plants from Flora Extica. I specially like the website, which has good pictures and brief information of the plants, some I only know by their nick names. I would recommend to check out the website. HD

Positive pete1111111
(1 review)
On Oct 18, 2004, pete1111111 lorraine,
Canada wrote:

I heard about Flora Exotica at Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal's fair and I was pleased to see some exotic products at a very fair price when I visited them....The service is courteous and the knowledge of the owner about his products is very adequate...I had to contact the seller for some advice on the care of the purchases I made and the reply was always fast, precise and very friendly...so I acknowledge that I am very pleased with Flora Exotica and recommend it to my friends and those who like to find some little treasures...
Pierre Bannon

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