Recommended by CommonCents - Nov 5, 2015 4:24 PM
Awesome deal and great plants.
I ordered two peppercorn (Piper Nigrum) vines late (after closing) on a Tuesday in late October. The website looked a bit stale and possibly neglected. The price was great, better than most online sources I'd seen. The website said the plants were in 4" pots, and the photo of the plant showed a soda can (for size reference), with a small round (4-inch) pot with a small vine growing and three leaves developed. I was prepared for a small plant, but the price was good for me, and I have time and a green thumb, so I'm pretty confident a live small plant won't take too long to grow bigger.
I did call them directly after lunch on Wednesday. I was slightly concerned by the stale look to the web site and some of the non-positive reviews on some other sites. I wanted to make sure they received the order (and noticed that the order was there), and I also wanted to assure them that there was no frost or dangerous low temperatures in the forecast for my area for the next 5 to 7 days, and to inquire as to when they planned to ship. I was told my order would ship on Thursday by Priority Mail and I should expect it Saturday.
On Friday morning I noticed an email from the USPS showing that Eldon Tropicals had shipped me a package Thursday, and the tracking number was included, and the expected delivery date was Saturday.
My package arrived Saturday, and when I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised to find two excellent pepper corn vines in small 4-inch pots. I wish I had taken pictures of the packaging. The packing was excellent. it looked a lot like the pictures from the other reviewer here, virginiarose.
The plants I received had 3 and 4 vine runners on them, not just one straight start of a vine as shown in the picture on their website, and each runner had 4 to 6 fully developed leaves. On one plant, there was even the bud of a bloom already forming. These plants were much larger than shown on the website, and in excellent condition.
I'm very happy with my plants. One is growing in a nice hanging planter in my kitchen now. Here is a picture of that one in the hanging planter I made for it:
This picture was taken only two days after I received that plant from Eldon Tropicals, after I transplanted it into the larger pot in the hanging planter.
The other plant is in a 3 gallon container in my "tropical room" with two of the longer runners in smaller nursery pots next to the main pot, hopefully setting roots for more vines for me to grow, trade, or sell.
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