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Positive BeeznBearz
(6 reviews)
On May 20, 2012, BeeznBearz Cottonwood, ID wrote:

Posted on May 9, 2012, updated May 20, 2012
Posted on May 5, 2012, updated May 9, 2012
I have mixed feelings about this store. First, the positives; The plants are very inexpensive and the shipping is quite reasonable. Most of the plants arrived very healthy. They are small, but given the price, that is to be expected. Donovan answered my email within a few hours of my having sent it and was very polite and offered to refund a sickly plant. The negatives are a small infestation of spider mites on one plant, heavy wilt on a Barbados Cherry, and what looks like a misidentified dragonfruit. Donovan assured me that dragon fruit often look different when they are young. The cactus I received has five ribs rather than the three my other dragonfruit plant (Hylocereus undatus) has and looks very much like a columnar cactus (like the 'San Pedro cactus'). All the pictures of dragonfruit seedlings I can find are three lobed. Has anyone else ordered dragonfruit seedlings from Wellspring? Did yours have more than three ribs? Did they turn out to really be dragonfruit? Has anyone seen a dragon fruit start out with, or just have, more than three ribs?

On May 9th, 2012, BeeznBearz changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I really can't help but change this rating to a positive. I still can't find evidence that the cactus is a dragonfruit, but it's just such a healthy little thing. All the plants are so healthy and had such a well developed root systems. The sickly plant perked up after a few days and the mites have been successfully treated. I am thoroughly satisfied. I will probably be buying some carnivorous plants from them shortly.
On May 20th, 2012, BeeznBearz added the following:

I ordered a few more items a week ago. Everything appears to be healthy. They did send the wrong plant. I ordered a sundew and was sent a pitcher plant instead without mention of the change. Still, the plants are lovely. It just seems to be their tendency to mix up one or two plants in the orders. Considering the price and the plant quality, I can contentedly live with that. I'll likely order again.
Positive pollyk
(83 reviews)
On May 4, 2012, pollyk Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on January 26, 2012, updated May 4, 2012
I placed an order today with Wellspring. I had a question about the date of shipping and contacted Wellspring, and had an answer from Donovan within minutes.

They have some fantastic prices and good selections on tropicals, especially the colocasia and alocasia I was interested in. With spring coming, anyone looking for tropicals for pots might be interested in this website.

I will update when I receive the plants, but customer service sure is good!

Polly @ Siberian Iris Gardens.

On May 4th, 2012, pollyk added the following:

Received the plants. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Everything is great. Couldn't be happier.
Positive springlakenj
(3 reviews)
On Apr 28, 2012, springlakenj Spring Lake NJ,
United States wrote:

I was reading the fig forum when someone mentioned Wellspring. I checked them out and their prices were 75% cheaper than other nurseries. For orders over $20, they took $5 off so I addede a clumping bamboo (basically free). They also included a rosemary herb plant for a penny. The plants arrived, smaller-as expected, but all are healthy and growing. Very happy with the plants.

Positive Ruth_MI
(6 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2012, Ruth_MI Northville, MI wrote:

Heathly plants, good prices, communicated well and shipped quickly.

Positive scleghorn
(5 reviews)
On Apr 4, 2012, scleghorn Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Found this company on DG and ordered for the first time. Healthy, well-rooted, well packaged starter plants arrived at my door. I have issues with Paypal so I'm pleased the seller accepts other forms of payment, including checks. Good communication, great variety, I will order from them again.

Positive subtropic
(5 reviews)
On Apr 3, 2012, subtropic Deland, FL wrote:

Posted on March 22, 2012, updated April 3, 2012
I have never waited more than a week for them to ship. Great deals. Healthy plants.

On April 3rd, 2012, subtropic added the following:

Always answered my emails. Gave me a couple of free plants on huge orders I made. One of my very favorite online nurseries.
Positive Fiona5
(6 reviews)
On Mar 20, 2012, Fiona5 San Jose, CA wrote:

Posted on June 13, 2011, updated March 20, 2012
I received well packaged, nice little plants at a good price and quickly too. Will definitely order from them again.

On March 20th, 2012, Fiona5 added the following:

Another quick delivery with great plants.
Positive GreenFin
(3 reviews)
On Mar 1, 2012, GreenFin Saint George, KS wrote:

I ordered 4 banana plants from Wellspring Gardens about a month ago. Delivery was quick (3-4 days). I was expecting them to be small, so it didn't bother me that they were 3" tall. They were very healthy and seemed to be packaged well. I planted them in my greenhouse when they arrived, and they have doubled in size over the last month. I would buy from them again.

Positive tropicalover76
(3 reviews)
On Jan 3, 2012, tropicalover76 Beaufort, NC wrote:

there isnt enough space here to commend wellspring gardens at ebay for their customer service and honest company policies.. i got sick a few years back due to stress of my account getting broken into there at ebay, and they worked with me, didnt get mad*at least not to my face* and they sent me wonderful plants time and time again!! i cannot wait to do business with them again!

Positive venturabananas
(3 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2011, venturabananas Ventura, CA wrote:

I ordered and received several plants nearly a year ago, including some hard to find dwarf papayas, bananas, and a few other things. They were all very small when received and I had my doubts, but all have done very well. Use the great prices as an estimate of the size of plants you'll receive. If you are patient and willing to grow small plants into big ones, you can't beat the prices. The plants shipped and arrived quickly in great shape. I would definitely order from this seller again.

Positive STxJimbo
(4 reviews)
On Dec 9, 2011, STxJimbo Seguin, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Excellent company to deal with. Over my years of gardening I have used mail order fairly often. Usually I am disappointed in ďliveĒ plants. They may grow well but they were just not what I was expecting. The ďliveĒ plants I purchased from Wellspring Gardens were fantastic. Larger than I expected, in great condition and packed extremely well. I would use these folks again in a second and highly recommend them.

Positive gsteinbe
(20 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2011, gsteinbe Trenton, NJ wrote:

My order arrived *very* quickly, and the plants look healthy. They're small, but for the price (which is *very* reasonable), they're fine. At first, I thought that none of the plants had labels, because their pots were put inside little paper bags, and there was nothing on the paper bags. But each pot had a tiny label under the paper bag (though sometimes hidden by the packing material and tape used to keep the soil in the pot).

Positive Octavivs
(4 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2011, Octavivs Mashpee, MA wrote:

I recently made two purchases from this company. Shipping was fast, plants were very well packed and appeared healthy.

Positive sascwatch
(5 reviews)
On Sep 11, 2011, sascwatch wrote:

Posted on August 22, 2011, updated September 11, 2011
Posted on November 8, 2010, updated August 22, 2011
I have now ordered twice from them. Both experiences were awesome. All the plants came very healthy and were packaged with care. Talked a few times on email. Responded fast and answered my questions nicely. Lookin' forward to watching all of these plants grow. Thanks wellspring!

On August 22nd, 2011, sascwatch added the following:

I just ordered again for maybe the 3rd time. Feels like more. ha. I made a pretty big order and now I have a big smile. again. These people are great. I seriously can't recommend them enough. Hard to find plants with hard to find service. I swear superman personally must package and carry the plants to my doorstep. Ha, it's unreal how great this place is. Anyone looking for ordering plants needs look no further. I just can't stay away. ha. I think I'm going to order more yet again real soon.
If I could make the rating positive positive I would!
On September 11th, 2011, sascwatch added the following:

Hey, just wanted to mention another well packaged fast delivery of lots of nice plants. Another great experience all together. Thanks again!
Positive FoxOfTheRose
(5 reviews)
On Jul 14, 2011, FoxOfTheRose Lacey's Spring , AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered quite a few carnivorous plants from this company, and am pleased to say that they arrived happy and healthy. Their packaging was very safe and efficient, and the postage was very fast and well priced. From my own growing experience, I could tell that they've been growing the somewhat fickle pitcher plants in the correct manner- much better than what you see at most non-specialty nurseries. Once I get more room, I will be returning to this site to look at their other plants. Highly recommended!

Positive naturemaiden
(12 reviews)
On May 19, 2011, naturemaiden Cutchogue, NY wrote:

I've placed 2 orders on Ebay from this grower and have been very happy with my purchases. Plants are healthy, and packed very well for shipping.

Positive twelvethumbs
(2 reviews)
On Feb 22, 2011, twelvethumbs Evansville, IN wrote:

I have ordered twice from this company with 100% of the plants still alive. The first order was 5 varities of bananas, they were small when they arrived but within months I've had to repot them twice (currently 4 are in 5 gal. buckets). I am thinking of ordering again as soon as the weather is warm enough I don't have to worry about shipping temperatures. With my next order I may have every fruit and most of the varieties he offers.

Positive meplant
(8 reviews)
On Jun 3, 2010, meplant kelso, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Absolutely beautiful plants...This was my first order and won't be the last...They were packaged with care and only took 2 days to get from FL to WA...Amazing...Thanks so much for a wonderful online purchase experience.

Positive debles
(16 reviews)
On May 4, 2010, debles Tulsa, OK wrote:

I purchased some herb plants from them on Ebay.
The plants arrived well packed and healthy.
They are small, but the prices were too.
Very pleased and will shop with them again.

Positive jmdotson
(1 review)
On Dec 21, 2009, jmdotson New Orleans, LA wrote:

I have ordered several plants from these guys and they never fail to impress me. Donovan even went above and beyond helping me germinate some seeds that I harvested from the plants I purchased from them. If I am buying a plant online I always look to see if they sell it before considering any other source.

Positive Brennus
(3 reviews)
On Jul 25, 2009, Brennus Plano, TX wrote:

We received some natal plums from Wellspring during the hottest part of the year. The plants arrived in great condition & are doing great. We're very satisfied.

Positive coleridgedane
(2 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2009, coleridgedane Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I bought 6 different plants from here. Except for one, they all arrived very healthy, very quickly and are growing well. The one exception, a night blooming jasmine arrived with leaf loss. He refunded my cost immediately.

Positive VA_Wild_Rose
(7 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2009, VA_Wild_Rose Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered several types of elephant ears from Wellspring this spring. The prices were reasonable, as was the shipping. They communicated very well. I placed an order on Saturday, and had my plants by Wednesday. The packaging of the plants was amazing! They couldn't have moved in that box if you had dropped it! I would recommend and I will order from them in the future!

Positive flowerfantasy
(10 reviews)
On Nov 15, 2008, flowerfantasy Washington, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very good to deal with. Recieved my order in a timely manner but just wish they would have sent email that it was on the way, as I was wondering when it would come.

Positive utahjoe
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2008, utahjoe Palm Bay, FL wrote:

Nice web site BUT the site has no way to send them email nor is a phone number listed. I ordered Two plants sent a mail order check on 6-17-08 it's now July 1st and no plants and no way to contact them! I wonder why they would not list a email address or phone number?????? and if you are reading this comment and you are the owners of Wellspring Gardens please send me a email @ [email protected]

On July 2nd, 2008, utahjoe changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Ok so I must be getting old or canít comprehend what Iím reading or canít see the little print but in any case I owe Wellspring Gardenís a BIG apology they do in fact have a email address and phone number listed on the web site!!!!! And they sent me a email and gave me instructions as to where it could be found she also told me that my plants would be shipped out this week. So I again humbly request forgiveness from the good folks at Wellspring Gardens and to any that read the then negative and now positive comment. [email protected]
Positive WinterStinks
(13 reviews)
On May 21, 2008, WinterStinks Peabody, MA wrote:

I bought 6 Crazy Pink Echinaceas off Ebay and I have to say these were some of the best looking plants, I have received on-line. They were packed superbly and shipped promptly. They were excellent starter plants already blooming and extremely healthy. These plants were also hard to come by as my order for them was cancelled from 3 other nurseries. If there is anything you like at Wellspring buy with confidence

Positive mwitthoft
(4 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2008, mwitthoft Austin, TX wrote:

I got four Alo/Colocasias from them on eBay. The "starter" plants looked very healthy and vigorous to me. This impression has been confirmed by their rocketlike growth.

Positive mcollum83
(6 reviews)
On Mar 29, 2008, mcollum83 Hay Springs, NE wrote:

My first order, I went all in, I figured I would take a chance, and the whole community wanted I fronted the money and hoped for the best. The best is what I got. 40 bananas in great shape (all dwarf cavendish). Each had a slightly damaged leaf, because of a dowel in the pot to keep box from coming down on the plant. But I realize that the dowel saved them from getting smushed by the "nice" post office! But each one came in great (and two days from florida to nebraska as well), no shipping shock of any kind, well packaged, all trying to put on new leaves, and all of the size stated! They are fantastic. I placed another order for four different bananas, and one did come in damaged (snapped in half, looks like the PO was playing football with my plants), and Donovan immediately offered a replacement (but I just cut it down, because I knew it would come back!) So now, I have gone back, and ordered almost 20 more bananas, and some bird of paradise, and some pampas grass....all kinds of stuff (because he's got all kinds of great stuff), and I know they will come in great. The seller is very good at communication, always kept me up to date when we were waiting for a good shipping date (as I am in zone 4 and decided in January that I wanted a banana!)! Donovan is very fast to get out the invoice when there are several orders! And the shipping! It can't be beat, how he discounts for extra plants. He's awesome! If you need exotic tropical plants, you must visit this online store, or check it out on ebay. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH BEAUTIFUL PLANTS!

Positive gallopingayle
(2 reviews)
On Mar 14, 2008, gallopingayle Calera, OK wrote:

I ordered 10 "Black Magic", Elephant Ears from this company through E-Bay. I was Shocked to say the least, when my package arrived. I have never seen So Much Care put into packaging, as these were. They were starter plants and growing well, with gorgeous leaves. They also communicated great concerning my shipment. From my learning experiences with mail order companies (mostly bad), I don't think you can go wrong ordering from Wellsprings. I will definitely order from them again and again.

Positive Toni05
(61 reviews)
On Feb 23, 2008, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:

I ordered three plants (two seperate orders) and two bags of fertilizer via Ebay..
A Tiger Fern which is most interesting..fronds are green and yellow. I also got a Basjoo Banana which was nice size and very reasonable in cost..
The owner kept an eye on the Weather Channel until our temps exceeded 25-30F.
Plants and fertilizers were well-packaged...Wellsprings kept me updated about shipping so I wouldn't think my package was somewhere in Timbuktu ....Toni

On April 21st, 2008, Toni05 added the following:

Received 4 nice-sized plants today. Acacia, Alocasia Hilo Beauty, Bottle Brush and Tea Olive. The Tea Olive is exceptionally large. All are healthy, pest-free plants.
They were well-packaged, and shipping prompt. Toni
Neutral jessmerritt
(35 reviews)
On Sep 9, 2007, jessmerritt (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased several plants through their ebay auctions throughout the summer. This would be a positive review if it weren't for one thing. The auctions advertised small starter plants in 3 in pots, and I recieved plugs. The plug size plants were either hit or miss. The bananas were healthy and with established root systems, but one or two varieties of plants were so small and young that they barely had a root system. That is fine by me for the low price, I was just not expecting to have to coddle a few plants. Other than the small underdeveloped plugs, everything else, communication, packing and shipping time, was great. So, I will be ordering from them again, but only if it's something that I can't find somewhere else and that I don't mind spending the extra time on if it arrives small.

Positive cartersquared
(1 review)
On Apr 6, 2007, cartersquared Millbrook, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered four banana plants from Wellspring through E-bay. They arrived today in great condition, nicely packaged, and green.

Positive JenniferLuther
(9 reviews)
On Dec 29, 2006, JenniferLuther Grove City, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Orderd from them on EBAY, excellent plants, packaged well, service was excellent. Thank You.

Positive tobee43
(37 reviews)
On Aug 13, 2006, tobee43 groveland, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i have been buying from wellspring for approx 3 years now. ever plants has been absolutely perfect. communication is excellent. even though i'm in a zone 4 we have many of donovan's plants from our first orders that have continued to thrive during our harse winters in doors. i always place my orders early and am never disapointed. shipping is prompt, dependable and reasonable. can't ask for more.

i highly recommend wellspring you will NOT be disappointed...ever. i will continue to order yearly from them.

Positive mikevan
(3 reviews)
On Aug 11, 2006, mikevan Comanche, TX wrote:

Just got an order of 7 nanner plants in today after a short 2-week wait and they arrived in wonderful condition. They're clean TC plants potted up and ready to go - no rooting of bare-root pups required and I'm sitting here watching a new leaf on one slowly opening up. The owner was very patient with my 1001 questions and I'll definitely put in another order here shortly!

Positive mylevy
(2 reviews)
On Apr 10, 2006, mylevy Perry Hall, MD wrote:

i bought a bunch of plants on eBay from this merchant. at first, when the plants arrived, i was very dissapointed with the small plants. but when i repotted them, i noticed a great root system. plants look healthy. the plants were well packaged, and arrived quick. the seller also mentioned in the auction, that these are small plants, so there was no misrepresentation.
we'll see how these grow, i think they will do great. i got some bananas, pomegranite, barbados cherry, bay tree, birds of paradise, and figs. one of the little fig trees came with a little fig on it already.
so far, so good...

Positive chunx
(35 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2006, chunx San Diego, CA wrote:

I ordered 5 different Colocasias from Wellspring. They were packed well, labeled properly, and arrived very healthy without as much as a bent leaf. The shipping is also inexpensive compared to other nurseries. I would recommend them for small plants at inexpensive prices.

On July 7th, 2006, chunx added the following:

I'd like to do a follow-up and let everyone know that my small plants are not small any longer, by far. They are now huge and in 18 to 22" pots. Every plant survived and is flourishing. I will order from them again, that's a certainty.
Positive vossner
(113 reviews)
On Feb 18, 2006, vossner Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought 3 bananas from this vendor via ebay and was extremely pleased with the items I received. Prices are great and plants were properly packed and promptly shipped. I agree w/ others that his website is very informative. Highly recommend.

Positive critterologist
(13 reviews)
On Feb 18, 2006, critterologist Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

They promptly and patiently answered my questions, which I really appreciated.

I ordered 3 kinds of bananas (2 of each) and a galangal (ginger) from their eBay Dutch auctions. Shipping was delayed on one of the varieties, but they assurred me that if there was cold damage etc they would replace or refund, and the plants arrived in great shape -- along with a pair of 'Truly Tiny' banana plants as a bonus!

I'd order from them again without hesitation.

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