Southwest Gardening forum: Beautiful plants in Annie's Annuals catalog

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Name: Nancy Mumpton
Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9b)
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nmumpton
Jul 24, 2010 2:05 PM CST
A couple of weeks ago I ordered and received 2 plants from Annie's. Unfortunately with the high heat here night and day, they did not make it. It was NOT Annie's fault. They came looking beautiful and packed wonderfully and they even included 2 other different variety of plants I didn't order free (those 2 are still alive).
Anyway I wondered if anyone living in the Phoenix Area has ordered from Annie's (at any time of the year) and if the plants have done well here. Where Annie's California nursery is located is a whole different climate than the Arizona desert. I wondered though if some of the plants do well here in Phoenix.

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Name: Anne King
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bachngolf
Jul 24, 2010 8:24 PM CST
Hi Nancy: Every year I order 6-12 gorgeous plants from Annie's. None has ever survived our desert heat.
As you say, not Annie's fault - love how they look when they arrive: all in 4 inch pots, all wonderfully healthy. I keep ordering because I have a vision of what they will look like when (if) any ever survive. I'm 100 miles north of Las Vegas and the heat and wind have been ferocious this year.

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Name: lovetropics
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fragflowers
Jul 24, 2010 11:53 PM CST
Hi Nancy,
I tend to order in summer when all the nurseries have their end of season sales. I would say that they all have 50% success rate. Matches their sales..does it not!! Smiling
I take the risk knowing that some of them don't make it---I keep them in pots on my north facing patio with a drip system going twice a day. If they make it, then they can go into the ground in Sept..ish time. Thumbs up
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Name: Nancy Mumpton
Sun Lakes, AZ (Zone 9b)
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nmumpton
Jul 28, 2010 12:36 AM CST
Thanks for the responses ladies. Well, I don't know if I will order again from Annie's. I say it regretfully. I'd love to have some of those beautiful plants but I think CA is the place to grow them.
I just get so aggravated when the plants don't make it with all my best efforts ... and aggravated I just don't need to be!

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Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Jul 29, 2010 9:58 AM CST
Just order in the fall and winter Nancy . you will have a much better success rate. i grow lots of Annie's plants.
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