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Floribunda Palms & Exotics - Jeff Marcus

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Jeff is the Zen Master when it comes to palms. He is my go to guy for the hard to find palms.

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I have added a considerable number of species to my collection from Floribunda. Orders have always arrived in top shape and well packed. I wish I could say they are all living today, but I have lost some, otherwise I would not be able to walk in my garden.:rolleyes:

Floribunda is the only source I have ordered live plants from. Most of my collection has been from seed, but that takes too long for me now.

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Fantastic nursery !!!

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Fantastic nursery !!!

Did you visit? In person?

Oui?

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Yes, I went there last week, and yesterday too...

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To reiterate - Floribunda is the best!

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SHOUT OUT to Jeff and his staff (especially his wife)!

Just got precisely what I ordered and in great condition. He worked with me over the phone to help me make some decisions and I will make a large order in the spring!

FWIW, I got

Syagrus sancona

Dioon argenteum

Dioon purpusii

Thanks so much, Jeff!

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One more shout out to the entire crew at Floribunda!

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I'm waiting for my new order...

Jeff and Suchin have very nice seedling...

Hope to receive mynnew palms soon :-)

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word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So what's to add to this thread? I think I've read it all and agree to everything said. My experience:

Last summer I got a large and complicated order from Jeff. Lots of species, plant sizes and some special requests. Jeff has been very precize and correct, no mistakes were made where anybody else might have made 10 mistakes.

Jeff's concern goes way beyond getting the package to the postal service and we had contact right untill and after the plants got delivered in Amsterdam. Customs were a drag and slowed delivery down for about a week more and Jeff gave tips on how to increase survival rates for the palms upon arrival.

When the package was in transit, together we prayed to the palmgods for fast arrival.

Some of the 161 palms (17 friends joined in with my order) got a beating from being 2 weeks in a box, but most of them were revived and are now growing happily in their new homes. The plants must have been in some kind of supercondition to survive a trip like that and plant sizes were very good for the moneys worth! Also the plants were packed in an excellent way, no risks taken whatsoever!

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Some 16 palms in that package kai refers to went to me, and 12 are alive till date. The ultra-tropical species struggled a bit after the hold up in customs as expected.

1 thing for sure: The Amsterdam customs delay was a big dent in the live and let live attitude dutch ways.

I would rate them a lot lower then Jeff/Suchins team efforts. Cudos guys!

 

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Recently purchased 13 Pritchardia from Floribunda. They had great communication throughout the transaction, and the palms were shipped and arrived exactly when Jeff said they would. They're in terrific shape and were packaged very well.

I originally wanted 10 1gal plants, but they only had 5 1gals of the species I had wanted, so Jeff called me to let me know he was going to substitute some smaller plants to fulfill the order. He ended up giving me 8 of the smaller plants in addition to the 5 1gals, which fulfilled and exceeded my order's value amount. Awesome! I'll definitely be back for more palms in the future.

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I've ordered an obscene number of palms from Jeff and Suchin and have been happy with all.

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First time buyer from Jeff and thought I would share my experience. Jeff called me after submitting my wish list and he suggested a few others he thought I might like and of course bought them as well. I bought 18 palms from 4 inchers to 1 gallons, and some of the 1 gallons were over 6 ft tall! I was shocked I got the order in 2 days with NO damage to box and all palm packed tight inside. All came in their pots which I liked, although the 3 largest palms in 1 gallon pots were potted up right away since roots were bursting from the pots and they wouldn't stand up by themselves. Pics attached.

Last pic, only large palms on right were part of order, not the one in the tub on the left.

 

 

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36 minutes ago, sashaeffer said:

First time buyer from Jeff and thought I would share my experience. Jeff called me after submitting my wish list and he suggested a few others he thought I might like and of course bought them as well. I bought 18 palms from 4 inchers to 1 gallons, and some of the 1 gallons were over 6 ft tall! I was shocked I got the order in 2 days with NO damage to box and all palm packed tight inside. All came in their pots which I liked, although the 3 largest palms in 1 gallon pots were potted up right away since roots were bursting from the pots and they wouldn't stand up by themselves. Pics attached.

Last pic, only large palms on right were part of order, not the one in the tub on the left.

 

 

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Jeff's stuff is amazing! 

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My second box with 25 or so palms came today. Now I know I'm a addict. Beautiful palms, packaged very well.

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Agree 100%. I just received what must be my fourth order. The packing job they do never ceases to amaze me and the plants are premium. If you're going to spend $100 anyway, might as well buy direct and save! 

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Since my second order was mostly tender Tropicals of smaller size they will stay in wire rack above jacuzzi tub in master bath. Lots of natural but not direct lighting. I keep a couple of inches of water in the tub for added humidity.

all in this pic is from Floribunda except taller Joey palm on right, next to sink. Other palms in this order scattered about the house.

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4 hours ago, Matt in OC said:

Agree 100%. I just received what must be my fourth order. The packing job they do never ceases to amaze me and the plants are premium. If you're going to spend $100 anyway, might as well buy direct and save! 

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I bet the grin on your face when boxes arrived was same as mine :)   I was so excited that after unpacking I emailed Jeff saying I couldn't find the invoice. He told me it's taped to the OUTSIDE of the box, on the lid....for some reason I thought last order it was inside. Honestly I was so excited to open the box I didn't notice it on the outside.

I couldn't hide any palms from this order from the wife, especially since now most reside over the tub.

 

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Okay, Scott, tell us what you got so we can ooo and ahhh

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lol, ok here it is...

Most but not all came in their pots unlike my first order they all came in pots with that amazing volcanic black cinder for soil.

Areca vestiaria(red leaf form) 1/1 gallon/ $10.00

Areca vestiaria 1/ 1 gallon $8.00

Calyptrocalyx leptostachys(salmon leaf) 1/1 gallon/ $8.50

Calyptrocalyx pachystachys “mottled” 2 seedling/ $10.00

Dypsis leptocheilos (teddy bear) 1/1 gallon/ $8.00

Dypsis pembana 1/ 4 inch/ $5.00

Dypsis Saintlucei 1/ 1 gallon/ $8.00

Euterpe oleracea 1/ 4 inch / $5.00

Itaya amicorum 1/ 4 inch / $10.00

Johannesteijsmannia magnifica 1/ 4 inch / $25.00

Licuala aurantiaca(wild collected) 2/ seedling/ $4.00

Licuala orbicularis 1/ 4 inch / $15.00

Licuala peltata var. peltata 1/ 4 inch / $5.00

Licuala thoana 1/ 4 inch / $15.00

Pinanga philippinensis 1/ 4 inch / $5.50

Pinanga crassepes 2/ seedlings / $6.00

Pinanga insignis 2/ seedlings / $3.00

Chambeyonia hookeri 1/ 4 inch / $6.00

 

 

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Nice. I'm waiting breathlessly for Floribunda's Spring catalog

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I'm just panting

 

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1 hour ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Nice. I'm waiting breathlessly for Floribunda's Spring catalog

Me as well. Jeff said it might be a combined Spring/Summer release and not till maybe late May.

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Any word on a summer catalog?  There are few selections I would like in 1 gallon sizes that weren't available during the winter catalog.

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I've been waiting myself. In talking to him in May he was hoping to get one out in June but that never happened either. He did say he was super busy working off the winter list so didn't allow much time to make a summer one.

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Yup, Jeff said he's staying busy off the winter catalogue and he didn't think he really had anything new for SoCal growers. If there was stuff on the winter list in 4" that you want in gallons, I'd give him a call. He probably has it.

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