When you've been growing & shipping plants for over 26 years, people talk...
Tuesday 01 May, 2018
Hi Darrin! You might recall my earlier email detailing my difficulty in growing (or even getting to survive) Begonia versicolor. You kindly gave me a few tips on how you handle the "finicky" beast. Well, I took your advice and the plant I got from you a few months ago is growing like a weed! When I got my plant of B. versicolor, it had two growing points and had small, juvenile leaves. Today I counted four growing points and the plant is covered in ever increasingly larger leaves with wonderful coloration. As a matter-of-fact I'm going to have to transplant it very soon. I currently grow it, along with Begonia ningmingensis var. bella and B. ningmingensis (Vietnam form), in a small (12" x 12" x 12") exo-terra vivarium under two small led light bars designed to go under kitchen cabinets. These are on a timer running for 12 hours a day. The humidity runs around 91%, although I'll open the doors every so often to give the plants some fresh air. The best part is that the temperature is staying between 64 and 71F, thanks to the cool running LEDs. Thank-you for the tips on this plant - it and all of the other Begonias I've ordered from you, are doing great.
Friday 06 April, 2018
The begonias I've been purchasing from you have been far superior and more amazing to than any others I have or ordered from elsewhere! Thank you so much.
Tuesday 20 March, 2018
Thanks (for the response) and may I add that I am so happy to have come across your online shop. I have been looking for a good source to buy unique begonias and placing the order was so easy. Totally appreciate all the information you have included in the item descriptions. Bravo!
Sunday 18 March, 2018
Mountain orchids is the best mail-order nursery I have ever dealt with in over more than 45 years of growing orchids and other rare plants. Their stock is absolutely top quality, properly labeled, and in excellent condition. They ship promptly, and are always ready to take advantage of breaks in our roller-coaster New England weather to get plants to customers safely. Their packing strategy is unique, and approaches genius. Each plant is wrapped with exceptional care, and then strategically spaced in the shipping container, held apart by ingenious deployment of split bamboo stakes. My recent order was mostly begonias, which are extremely fragile. Every single plant came through shipping in topnotch condition, and all have continued growing for me without pause. A couple are already blooming, though they’ve been here less than a month.
Wednesday 21 February, 2018
I am delighted with the shipment. These begonias are spectacular, inexpensive and nobody else has them. Thank you.
Thursday 24 August, 2017
This is the first time of what I expect will be many of ordering from your company. I have ordered from 3-4 others, and by far Mountain Orchids has been the best experience. The plants I received were huge in comparison to others I have received and the prices are very competitive. My plants arrived promptly and were still a bit moist in the box. Well packed and well received. I will be ordering again. Great work.
Thursday 26 July, 2017
My order came today (Begonia listada & Begonia variegata, as well as NZ sphagnum) and I just wanted you to know that the plants were wonderfully robust and arrived in GREAT shape, despite the horrible heat indices we've had here in Tennessee the last few days. These plants are for a very particular client (I'm a horticulturist by trade) so quality really matters to me. You guys rock. I'll be ordering again, and for myself this time!
Friday 16 June, 2017
I wanted to tell you personally how very happy I am with my purchase from you! Delivery was literally two days from order date! That was great, but, even better was your superior packing of my plant for shipment. It arrived in literally perfect condition! It would not have been better if you had personally hand-delivered it to me. I am a customer for life! Thank you so much! Simply amazing!
Wednesday 12 April, 2017
I just got the plants, and they look STUNNING! Only one leaf (on the metachroa) was broken, and it was a minor, older leaf. I may have even done it while removing packaging. Everything was well packed, and everything looks healthy and absolutely gorgeous. I'm a very happy customer! Thank you!
Wednesday 05 April, 2017
Order arrived today in pristine condition. Packing meticulous and plants larger, healthier, and more beautiful than expected. This was my second order with consistent results and you are worthy of high praise.
Saturday 04 March, 2017
Just wanted to let you know that I’m using both the plastic domes I ordered and they are great. Lightweight, the vent works, big tall dome. There's plenty of room for my B. chloroneura and B. sizemoreae. Hope some of my other plants get bigger too so I can re-order!
Friday 03 February, 2017
I received my order for the Begonia melanobullata and I have to let you know that it arrived flawless! It is far more exquisite in person than I could have imagined! Thank you for the great customer service and fast shipping. I will definitely be ordering more plants in the future.
Thursday 17 January, 2017
Just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed the plants I got from you and grew from the rhizomes - the achimenes have just gone dormant and the Achimenantha ' Northwoods Sunburst' has buds! I love the foliage, even without blossoms. Thank you for supplying quality plants/rhizomes, and look forward to ordering again.
Friday 07 October, 2016
Plants arrived about an hour ago in absolutely perfect condition. Exciting to have these 2 species. Now all I have to do is keep them alive! Gorgeous color to B. baik and appears that 2 little plants had sprouted from leaf start of B. melanobullata. Thanks once again for great plants, perfectly packed and totally healthy. Always a pleasure dealing with you.
Friday 26 August, 2016
I received the order of Neolauchea Isabelia pulchella this afternoon and it is huge! I am surprised at the size of this and very happy with my order, as always… Thanks so much for the information and fast reply! ...I have always been very happy with everything I've purchased from you, great plants and they are extremely healthy and, sadly, that hasn't always been the case (with online orders). ...I've made several purchases from you, honestly all of my favorites literally. The hard to find orchids, the odd balls or just cute and different. Each and every purchase has been awesome, never a problem or issue with your plants or your business practices. It is always a pleasure. Thanks for being such an asset to my mini orchid addiction and to online vendors.
Thursday 23 June, 2016
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that the miniature orchid that you shipped to me ...arrived on Monday, as planned, and is perfectly happy after the trip. I am extremely pleased with the plant and if I was an orchid fanatic I am positive I would order more. As it is this is a gift for my aunt I have a feeling she might just order from you when she sees the quality of plants that you ship.
Wednesday 08 June, 2016
I just received the plants I ordered on Sunday. Today is only Wednesday. I'm amazed and very pleased. The plants arrived perfectly packaged and therefore in perfect condition. They are obviously very well grown and healthy and larger than I was expecting. I've been trying to replace a 10 year old Begonia versicolor which was killed by an overzealous plant sitter. I'm so glad I ordered it from you. My only regret is that I didn't order more from my (extensive) wish list. A problem easily rectified! Thank you so much for your wonderful service - and products.
Friday 03 June, 2016
The box of gesneriads and net pots arrived yesterday afternoon. The plants were ordered as an early Father's Day gift for my husband, he was thrilled at the quality and condition of the four plants.
Saturday 15 May, 2016
I am completely flabbergasted by the beauty, health, and size of your plants. Just amazing. Everything arrived in absolutely perfect condition. The packaging was like a zen koan: unraveling the chaos until you find the jewels buried inside...
Wednesday 13 April, 2016
Hi, I wanted to let you know the 4 plants arrived in perfect condition. Gorgeous, healthy plants exquisitely packed. The B. paulensis is absolutely huge! Thanks! I will definitely recommend Mountain Orchids to plant-loving friends and order again myself.
Friday 01 April, 2016
My order arrived in fine shape. The Calopogons are now safely settled in my tiny bog. Thank you again for having neat plants and taking such great care with my shipments. As a consumer I think the packaging for shipment is very important. Luckily plants can take a lot of shipping abuse and still bounce back, but it is nice to know you take steps to reduce the chance of that happening.
Friday 25 March, 2016
I bought from you both of your Impatiens. They got here yesterday in excellent shape. Thank you very much for the effort on packaging them, it was excellent. Thank you
Thursday 11 March, 2016
Very Nice plant and well packed... Thanks for the extra effort in packing also... Well Done.
Thursday 11 March, 2016
My order arrived yesterday in great shape. Thank you for taking such care in packaging them. The plants are absolutely gorgeous and beautifully grown. I've ordered twice and have been very pleased both times.
Thursday 03 March, 2016
Many thanks. My order has arrived in excellent condition. The plants are larger than I expected and I am delighted. Thank you again.
Thursday 04 February, 2016
Package arrived today!!! I am so impressed by the plants and the care you took to send it!!! You've got a happy customer!! I am so excited to have this beautiful begonia!! Ill be checking out your website for some more plants soon!!! THANKS!!
Wednesday 03 February, 2016
Just wanted to let you know that my plants made it here safe and sound. They are gorgeous and show no signs of being in transit for 2 days. Thanks so much for including two in spike!! That was more than I'd hoped for.
Saturday 08 August, 2015
I received my order yesterday and was delighted with them. They were all much larger plants than I had expected. One had two flowers and another has two buds ready to open. I am thrilled with what I received and would wholeheartedly recommend Mountain Orchids as a great source.
Tuesday 07 July, 2015
I received my begonias in great shape, incredibly well packed and prompt. While some may be difficult to grow, Mountain Orchids let's you know ahead of time, so no surprises. Thanks for a great experience.
Thursday 30 April, 2015
I am very pleased with the plants I received for your company. I will only buy my masdevallias here.. great shipping too.
Friday 17 April, 2015
My order came at 10:00 yesterday. Everything, as usual, arrived in great shape. I do have a question. When they came, I went to your web site to check your listed growing hints but Begonia phuthoensis had disappeared. Could you please Email this information. Other than that, I am quite happy with what I received. Thanks!
Sorry about that. The reason the item disappeared from the website was because we sold out of it. Note: The culture sheets we have are always available online here.
Saturday 18 October, 2014
Fast shipping and cute plant, thank you ++++++++++++
Saturday 20 September, 2014
The plants I ordered from you arrived today. I must say that the quality of the plants and the packaging are outstanding. I am most satisfied. I feel that you all gave me excellent value for the money. Thank you. I'm sorry that I may never see your operation, I am certain that it is most impressive.
Wednesday 30 July, 2014
WOW. Quick delivery, Super sized plants, in bloom and bud.
Thursday 17 July, 2014
The plant arrived today intact. Thank you +++++++++++
Thursday 10 July, 2014
Your plants are always so well-grown and arrive in perfect shape! Thanks again.
Monday 30 June, 2014
Mountain Orchids is one of my few go-to sources for plants, particularly unique Dendrobiums and Begonias. The service is excellent, and Darrin is extremely helpful and responsive. The plants are never anything but top-quality.
Friday 02 May, 2014
I wanted to give credit where credit is due. The two Achimenes arrived in excellent condition, and despite their small pot size, have proven to be vigorous growers. They join two of your other Achimenes varieties, which over the past couple of years have expanded (as Achimenes do) into healthy plants that produce a profusion of bloom. Visitors to my garden are always curious about my Achimenes collection. I encourage all gardeners to take an interest in them.
Monday 20 January, 2014
I wanted to let you know that the Express Mail package arrived today intact and on time. The orchids were all packed very well and made the journey perfectly. There was no damage to any of the leaves or spikes whatsoever. The heat pack did the trick and kept them at a good temperature.
All of the plants are extremely healthy, robust, mature and of great size. Almost all of them had flower spikes with numerous buds and several of them had strikingly beautiful flowers open - all which I was very excited about! The pots and medium were very good as well.
Thank you for the (M. Rise 'n Shine 'Mountainside' AM X Angel Tang 'Christopher') - it has by far the BIGGEST Masdevallia flower I've ever seen! It's exquisite!
Sunday 19 January, 2014
The orchids arrived Saturday morning before 10 am and they were in perfect condition. My husband unpacked the box and was really impressed by how well the warm pack had performed. The plants were room temperature and look fantastic. Many thanks for the bonus; I have just the right space for it in the greenhouse.
Thursday 01 August, 2013
I bought 2 Dendrobium Illusion orchids- both were professionally shipped and came in perfect condition. They are growing well (both plants have new leaves) and one has 2 buds- thank you!
Wednesday 10 July, 2013
Any serious pleurothallid grower should take note of Mountain Orchids. Darrin's plants are always impressive from the start, and the shipping/handling is "top-notch." Thank you!
Friday 31 May, 2013
I recieved my Begonia sutherlandii plants that I re-ordered in excellent condition as usual and large plants and shipping arrived in two days. As I said, I would re-order from you again. Thank you.
Wednesday 17 April, 2013
I was recently gifted one of my "bucket list" orchids, and was a little wary about receiving it from an out of state vendor, as my luck with shipped plants has not been so stellar. My Dendrobium cuthbertsonii arrived today, and is absolutely PERFECT. Beautifully grown, shipped very securely, and just astoundingly cute. The bloom remained intact and there are new roots evident all over. I wanted to take a moment to say "thank you", and that I will recommend your products and company to anyone interested.
Friday 05 October, 2012
I have purchased Begonias from this grower on several occasions. I always received beautiful plants in perfect condition; Never any breakage or dehydration. I have never experienced this from other sellers. Communication is great too. Thanks
Wednesday 26 September, 2012
Placed my order on Monday and the plants arrived on Wednesday. All very healthy looking and large. The Lep. cascajalensis is one of the finest looking Lepanthes I have purchased from any vendor. Darrin is always prompt in answering email questions about plant culture and/or availability.
Saturday 15 September, 2012
We received our 3 plants yesterday and have to tell you how pleased we were when we opened the box. There was not the least bit of damage to anything - they look like they were just picked up off the grower's bench. We were impressed at the good size of our plants as well.
We would like to know what soil mix you use (if you share that information), and also what fertilizer and fertilizing regimen?
Again, many thanks. We will buy from you again.
It's no great secret - I use a a commercially prepared potting mix as a base. The latest is ProMix BX - to which I add extra perlite. For some plants, I have also added hand-chopped sphagnum (mainly to add extra coarse-ness while not encouraging it to dry faster). I can't offer am exact proportion for the added perlite as I do not measure it, I just add what looks/feels right. Premier also offers a Pro-Mix HP (high Porosity) version ...but i could not get it the last time I ordered so i used the BX and added the perlite myself. I've also used a similar Fafard mix and the jury is still out on whether either worked better than the other. Honestly, i think it comes more down to watering practices, water quality, and humidity than the mix itself - an opinion based more on having grown Orchids for 30 years than on much else.
As for feeding, i use a product called K-Lite Orchid Fertilizer (because of the Orchids), applied frequently, but at about 50-100 ppm N. Since this tends to be a tad light, I intersperse it with Cal-Mag and also sometimes supplement with Osmocote or other slow-release fert as a minor topdressing in spring as the days get longer here and the growing season really gets in full swing. I use Rain water as the base (when it rains) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) water when it doesn't. All adjusted to PH 6.0, more or less. The RO component is new - only been using it the last 9 months so i'm still experimenting with getting the nutrition and trace mineral balance right when using it.
Saturday 08 September, 2012
I placed an order at about 8am Monday morning, and by 11:30 I got an email saying that my box was on its way! Unbelievable! The plants were beautiful too!
Friday 27 July, 2012
All five species of begonia are outstanding as advertised. I was even given and extra plant of one species. Great service and excellent specimens.
Wednesday 18 July, 2012
I have ordered three orchids, so far, and have received great service. The orchids are packed well and ship 2 Day Priority Mail. When sending email with questions, I received a fast response. They even contacted me with options not listed on the web site. Best service I have ever received from any orchid greenhouse.
Thursday 28 June, 2012
I'd like to let you know I've received both Begonia chlorosticta (red) and Columnea purpureovittata in perfect condition. Thanks you very much for a quick and perfect shipping.
Wow, this B chlorosticta is just breath taking!! The last time I saw this in person was at either the Atlanta Bot Garden or Longwood Garden (don't remember which) but this looks much nicer and healthier than one I saw. Just beautiful. I still love the green form too but this simply is amazing plant.
C. purpureovittata is very very nice, too. The leaves are as great as some of the beautiful Nautilocalyx and I can not wait it to bloom for me.
Thursday 07 June, 2012
Hi Mountain Orchids,
I just received my orchid order and I am thrilled! The orchids are beautiful. With your very careful packing, they shipped extremely well....you made my day!! Thank you so very much.
Wednesday 06 June, 2012
I received my Begonia sutherlandii plants today. I want to say they arrived in excellent condition and I was very pleased with the size of the plants. The best ones that I have ever received.
Thank you for your fast service. I will buy from you again and recommend you to my other gardener friends that are looking for these plants.
Friday 11 May, 2012
Fast delivery and great plants!! Although Begonia luzonensis got damaged and had one leaf left, I hope it will come back soon. Now I'm waiting for Begonia chlorosticta to be available again. :)
Response: Thanks, Maurice, for letting us know there was shipment damage on the one plant - we'll send you another!
Thursday 08 March, 2012
Picked up plants yesterday. All is well. Actually all is beyond excellent. Plants are the best I have ever received. What's interesting is the media and the net pots are the same I grow my plants in. ...plants were fabulous and I look forward to more purchases in the future.
Thursday 22 December, 2011
I just wanted to drop you a note.... we were VERY happy with our eBay order, and look to purchase again from you. Packed by a true prossional of the orchid trade, all blooms intact, all plants made it thru the cold safely!
I left you positive feedback, but figured a personal message from me, is better! :)
Thursday 27 October, 2011
Plants arrived today, beautifully packed, clean, healthy and very generous divisions and specimens.
After buying from you for over 16 years I am still very pleased. Love those Dendrobiums, Draculas and Masdevallias they make my basement growing area bright with color.
Tuesday 18 October, 2011
The service Darrin provided was beyond exceptional. My emails were responded to immediately, my order was received quickly, and the plants are grown beautifully. Everything about my Mountain Orchids experience was pleasant, easy and I would recommend anyone to order from them. Thanks again!
Friday 09 September, 2011
I just received my plants. I am, first of all, impressed with the speed with which my order was processed and shipped. Secondly, the plants were well packed and arrived in perfect condition. However, the icing on the cake was a beautiful bonus plant, an unexpected and most welcome surprise, no such thing as too many orchids! Thank you so much, Mountain Orchids, I promise much repeat business.
Thursday 08 September, 2011
Beautiful plants as always and the most dedicated packers in the business.
Thursday 19 May, 2011
I just received a package of beautiful orchids and begonias. They are large, in extremely good heath and were packed with the utmost care. The size of the Dendrobium divisions were quite generous and I am very pleased.
Thank you for making such rare plants available and for sending me such healthy propagations of them!
Saturday 14 May, 2011
I just received the plants this morning, and all I have to say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You did an excellent job packing, and the plants are just gorgeous. Thank you so much. :)
Wednesday 11 May, 2011
I just wanted to say thank you for my new Masdevallia chaparensis. Since only the bloom was pictured (on eBay), I wasn't sure what the plant itself would look like and was pleasantly surprised and quite pleased. I wasn't expecting such a mature plant with so many new growths and very healthy as well. To have a couple spikes is icing on the cake! I definitely got my moneys worth. Thanks again, look forward to more purchases from you in the future.
Friday 22 April, 2011
These are my first Masdevallia plants. Honestly, I was not expecting so much activity in the pots. In addition to the buds and blooms, all three had very good new growth coming on. Also, there were no blemishes on any of their multiple leaves. They are going to be quite handsome plants even when not in bloom. Again, I want to thank you for the care that you all used in packing them ...very secure yet still easy to unpack.
So, wish me well with them; I want some Draculas this fall!
Thursday 14 April, 2011
Just received four nice healthy plants, well packed and very quick shipping - Thanks
Sunday 20 June, 2010
Thanks for the cutest mounted plant ever!
Wednesday 16 June, 2010
I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous, fabulous plant! I ordered a Masd. Sunset Jaguar, and it arrived today. I am really impressed with the size of the division, and that fact that it was happy, healthy and well established. This is my first Masdevallia, and I really feel like buying from your greenhouse will help me start out on the right foot. I will definitely recommend you to anyone interested in the more spectacular species of orchid!