Dear Mr. Sage,
I love Salvias and just discovered your online catalog. You have a lot more varieties than my local garden center. But I've never ordered garden plants online, and I'm worried about what my Salvias will be like after spending time in a shipping box. How are they packed? What will they look like when I unpack them? Should I plant them right away?
Dear FBTS Newbie,
Not to worry! We understand your concerns. A lot of our first-time customers are also new to shopping for live plants online and ask similar questions.
We can't speak for all mail order plant nurseries, because packing and shipping procedures vary, but Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery is exceedingly careful to make sure your plants arrive in healthy condition.
It's important to know that Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery only ships well-developed sages that are ready for garden planting after you harden them off in partial shade for a few days.
Before packing plants, we water them well. Then we double wrap each plant in plain newsprint (it provides breathability), carefully arranging them in their box in layers like jigsaw puzzle pieces separated and cushioned by Styrofoam packing peanuts. (UPS and other package mailing services are glad to receive and reuse the peanuts.)
Our shipping procedures require customers to select a delivery method that will ensure arrival of their plants within three days of shipping. On rare occasion, shipping delays may cause deliveries to arrive four days after shipping, but the plants should be fine. UPS provides reliable package tracking that includes an email alert the week of delivery.
Here are two articles we published on the topics or ordering plants on line and unpacking shipments:
However, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some step-by-step photos illustrating the unpacking process and results. A satisfied customer in the Mountain West Region sent them to us to share with readers. Three-day ground shipping works well in most of the Rocky Mountain states.
Finally, if you want to read customer opinions about specific plants and concerning purchases from FBTS, check our product reviews. We never pay or offer credit for reviews, because that wouldn't help us or you.
Please call or email us if you have more questions about FBTS ordering and shipping or our plants. Also, contact us immediately if you ever experience shipping problems.
Thanks for your question,