|Volume 17, Issue 2||
It is very frustrating to invest time and money in an item only to have it not become the plant I had envisioned. Two years ago a company sent Canna lily roots which took all summer to produce the first flowers that were obviously the wrong variety. I contacted them and was asked to take a photo of the flowers and email it to them. The bulbs were replaced and again took all the next summer to bloom with, sadly, the same result—the wrong color! It was very frustrating to water and fertilize for months only to be disappointed again!
Some plants arrived in a plastic envelope that allowed some of the soil from the tiny two-inch pots they were planted in to spill out. Some had shriveled or damaged leaves but still managed to grow after I planted them. Some were the wrong color flowers. The best two companies charged the most for shipping but sent beautiful, healthy, robust plants in four-inch pots placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. These were in perfect condition and have grown very well, to three or four times their original size. I will definitely order from them again.
My first preference is to buy from local nurseries where I can see and touch the plants, get advice about growing them, and get a replacement if the plant doesn’t thrive. This keeps money circulating in our community and supports our state economy.
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