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Calwest Orchid Supply

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by Jon, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    A+. Fast shipping, good products. While the quality of the sphag it provides has declined, it's still the best I've found for sale.

    http://calwesttropical.com/
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Whadja buy me?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I buy quite a bit from them, and I agree that the last 2 bales of moss I got were not as good as before. But I would still buy it from them again. They are a pleasure to work with.
     
  4. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Ditto what both Jon and Marni said!
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Where's This_guy_Bri when ya need him?
     
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    bend over and i'll show you....
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    :cool:
     
  8. abaxter

    abaxter New Member

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    For those of us on the east coast, Jim's Orchid

    Supplies is excellent. I ordered from them for the first time on Ein's
    recommendation a couple of years ago. They do the fast shipping, no
    slip-ups very well and I love their cork bark...nice, big hunky slabs.
     
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  9. dr_dmd

    dr_dmd The dr's out... in the greenhouse!

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    Definately A+ on CalWest!
     
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    Doc Elly Member

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    Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who thinks the quality of the sphag has declined.
     
  11. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    I order most all my pots and baskets from them
     
  12. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Jon, et al - I have recently gotten in some cultivated sphagnum from Peru, touted as being NZ species. It is pretty nice - not 5-star stuff by any means, but better than the best of the Chilean stuff I have seen, and at least equal to the NZ stuff I picked up retail.
     
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    Dale New Member

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    Ray, please let me know if you find shredded tree fern. CalWest stopped carrying it. And they no longer carry 3" tf pots :bang:
     
  14. gnathaniel

    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Dale, Tropical Plant Products in FL still carries a lot of treefern supplies. I've never mail ordered but I've seen them at Florida shows and their quality and prices always seemed good.

    --Nat
     
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    Dale New Member

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    Thanks, gnathaniel. Being in business since 1973, not having a contact phone # on their website, and not taking credit cards causes me some anxiety. I'd like to hear from anyone that's had business dealings with them.
     
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    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Hmm... that is odd that their website is so devoid of contact info. I bought a few things from them at one show (I remember b/c they're the only vendor I've ever seen carrying treefern chunks, which when hollowed out make great pots for micro-minis), but that was pretty cursory. They were nice people (I think it was a couple and their teenage children at that show) and I wished I had bought more at the time because their stuff was so cheap.

    Here's what I found from the Superpages website:

    Tropical Plant Products
    1715 Silver Star Rd
    Orlando, FL 32804
    (407) 293-2451

    Anyone else have experience with this vendor?

    --Nat
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Dale, I don't "do" tree fern. I might be willing to make small EcoWeb pots for you. here's a 3.25" one - looks something like a little bird nest:
    3.25_EcoWeb_Pot.jpg
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I looked at the Tropical Plant Products site and didn't see TF fiber. That is what CalWest no longer carries that both Dale and I are looking for.
     
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    Dale New Member

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    Thanks, Ray. I sincerely appreciate the offer but, as Marni indicates above, my true quest is the shredded tree fern fiber. A clay pot and shredded tree fern is almost as good as a tree fern pot. Right now I'm waiting to see how Tropical Plant Products customer service is. *looks at watch*
     
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    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    Dale what do you use the shredded tf for? could brake up tf placks or poles?