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CrazedHoosier
Jan 19, 2019 6:29 PM CST
Hello! I've been trying to get through this winter with just a few plants, but sort of failed at not buying more. I saw that Proven Winners discontinued the Dolce Cinnamon Curls Heuchera, and I had already made plans to use them in my landscape. I then looked online for where I could still get one, and found them on amazon! I decided to take the risk, and buy it. It came in looking like the best plant I had ever bought... and in the dead of winter! Has anyone else ordered Proven Winners' plants from amazon? How was your experience? Is Proven Winners actually partnered with Amazon? Also, they're still selling supertunias on there... strange.
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Calif_Sue
Jan 19, 2019 8:59 PM CST

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They don't actually come from Amazon, they are nursery vendors that sell through Amazon.
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Frillylily
Jan 19, 2019 9:16 PM CST
I think Proven Winners sells small plants to nurseries who then grow them into large plants/pots and sell through contracts at stores/sites. That is my understanding. It doesn't make sense because the ones you buy are in large pots that say Proven Winners on the side of them. Once they leave PW physical care onto a new careiver, how would PW know if the seller then is offering a plant they would approve of? Seems strange to me. Anyway, it is most likely that specific nurseries are partnering w Amazon to offer plants. Do you have Amazon Prime-I think that gets you 2 day shipping (?) How long did it take for your plant to reach you once it was shipped? It is currently 19F here, so I'm not sure me buying plants right now is a good idea Shrug!
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Bonehead
Jan 19, 2019 9:21 PM CST
I steer away from Amazon whenever possible.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Frillylily
Jan 19, 2019 9:41 PM CST
Bonehead, have you had a bad experience ordering plants from Amazon?
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Calif_Sue
Jan 19, 2019 10:07 PM CST

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The Proven Winner plants on Amazon are listed under Proven Winners, other plants have other vendor names so who knows who actually mails them but they are not directly from an Amazon warehouse. There are hundreds of drop ship vendors listed on Amazon for all their product listing including a new handmade category.
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CrazedHoosier
Jan 19, 2019 10:20 PM CST
Frillylily said:I think Proven Winners sells small plants to nurseries who then grow them into large plants/pots and sell through contracts at stores/sites. That is my understanding. It doesn't make sense because the ones you buy are in large pots that say Proven Winners on the side of them. Once they leave PW physical care onto a new careiver, how would PW know if the seller then is offering a plant they would approve of? Seems strange to me. Anyway, it is most likely that specific nurseries are partnering w Amazon to offer plants. Do you have Amazon Prime-I think that gets you 2 day shipping (?) How long did it take for your plant to reach you once it was shipped? It is currently 19F here, so I'm not sure me buying plants right now is a good idea Shrug!


Yep, we have Prime! I love it and think it works very well. The heuchera took just one day to get to my house once it was shipped. One day being prepared, labeled, boxed, and then one day for the actual shipping. It was around 35 degrees when I ordered it. It was honestly just a test to see how amazon did with it. Since I have Prime, I figured it was worth it. The heuchera really was the healthiest plant I had ever received. The Dolce Cinnamon Curles Heuchera was just taken offline though, so now I have one more I need to get, but cannot get it through amazon.
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CrazedHoosier
Jan 19, 2019 10:23 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:The Proven Winner plants on Amazon are listed under Proven Winners, other plants have other vendor names so who knows who actually mails them but they are not directly from an Amazon warehouse. There are hundreds of drop ship vendors listed on Amazon for all their product listing including a new handmade category.


When I ordered it, a label said "Shipped from and Sold by Amazon". I kinda thought "amazon is taking care of plants now, that could definitely be risky". The plant I ordered came in a Proven Winners box, and even had their certified order label and a little card about other plants to try. I'm so confused about where they come from if not Proven Winners themselves!
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Frillylily
Jan 19, 2019 10:53 PM CST
hmm that IS confusing. I love Amazon, they are fast, they have all kinds of stuff I cannot find at local stores, and the customer service is decent. They once messed up an order of gloves I bought, Sent the wrong size-there was a discrepancy in the ad, and they corrected it right away. I have never paid return shipping. I usually get free shipping, because I order over 25 and I am not even a prime member! Well, I am now, I guess as of yesterday, but haven't used that yet officially. My daughter is in college so she gets a 6 mon free trial, going to see if we actually use those perks.
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Bonehead
Jan 20, 2019 9:44 AM CST
FrillyLily, I've never ordered a plant from Amazon so can't speak to that. I think of Amazon as the on-line WalMart and have chosen not to patronize them.
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Frillylily
Jan 20, 2019 1:40 PM CST
I just tried searching for Monrovia brand plants, and did not have any results.

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