Best mail order heirloom tomato plants?

pbl_ge(5/6)February 8, 2014

Hi!

We've been disappointed by what the local nurseries offer in terms of heirloom plants, so we're looking for mail order sources. This cold, cloudy winter day seemed the ideal time to shop. Anyone got suggestions? We only need about 6-8 plants, so the ones that sell them in five packs aren't ideal.

Thanks in advance!

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Selected Plants, link below is one of THE best if not THE best and the owner posts here as Fusion.

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Selected Plants

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 4:47PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree with the above. There are several suppliers online but Selected Plants gets consistently good reviews.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 6:39PM
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gjshawk(6)

I haven't purchased from them, but check out the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tomatofest

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 9:28PM
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pbl_ge(5/6)

Thanks! Will check both of those companies out.

Has anyone every ordered from Laurel's? She seems to get some mixed reviews, but thought I'd ask, as that site comes up first in searches.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 10:56PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Gary Ibsen who owns Tomatofest only sells seeds.

His business partner is Laurel Garza who sells tomato plants at a totally different site, not off theTomatofest site. Laurel tells me I'm the one who convinced her to get into the plant business when we were posting at the same place where I was the lead Moderator at the time, and that was many years ago.

I've had no contact with Laurel in many years but have read comments from folks who have bought plants from her.

Yes, the reviews for Laurel are mixed as you mentioned above.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 11:37PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

We've been disappointed by what the local nurseries offer in terms of heirloom plants,

Disappointed in what specifically? The selection of varieties or the appearance/quality of the plants? If the ones you want are not available locally then ask the local growers if they will grow them for you. Many grow consignment varieties on request and there is still ample time in your zone for them to do it.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 11:57PM
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roper2008 (7b)(7b)

Cross country nurseries ships tomato plants also.

Im sorry you have to order at least 12 plants from
them.

This post was edited by roper2008 on Sun, Feb 9, 14 at 9:20

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 9:18AM
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pbl_ge(5/6)

The 8 plants for $36 from Selected Plants seems pretty perfect! Now we just have to choose varieties. That's a pretty overwhelming list! And he sounds like he's got a pretty amazing operation there, so I'll be happy to order from him.

Gardenweb wisdom for the win!!!!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 11:07AM
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jwr6404(8B Wa)

I have ordered from Laurel's for several years and have always been satisfied with their plants and advice.
Jim

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 5:47PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I ordered from Laurels's Tomatoes once a couple years ago and was very impressed with how well the plants were packed and how healthy they were on arrival. They did very well in my garden. I only stopped because I decided to grow my own plants from seed. Her minimum order is one plant if paying by check and four if paying by credit card.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 7:16PM
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sue_ct(z6 CT)

I can also vouch for Laurel's plants. I was very satisfied with the plants I received from her. I don't order any more only because I now start my own from seed.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 8:57PM
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pbl_ge(5/6)

We took the plunge with Selected Plants! We limited ourselves to the ones that had descriptions, as there was plenty of new stuff there to try. We think we got 9 varieties: Aunt Ruby's German Green, Cherokee Purple, Kellogg's Breakfast,
Kimberly, Eva Purple Ball, Purple Haze, Heidi, Daniels, and Anna Russian.

Cannot WAIT for spring!!!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 9:02PM
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fusion_power

pbl, I'll reply to your request sometime tomorrow.

Thanks,

DarJones

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 3:39AM
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ediej1209(5 N Central OH)

I order from Selected Plants also and can definitely vouch for the quality of Darrel's plants and also how carefully they are shipped.

Edie

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 12:40PM
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dodge59

I bought from Laurel and was very impressed with the packaging and condition of the plants.

All did well last year except NAR.

Selected Plants does not ship to California.

Gary

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 6:17PM
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drcindy(z8 WA)

Wow, exciting links to Selected Plants! Does anyone have the website for Laurel? Any comments on tomato plants from Territorial Seed Company? I love the selection from Selected Plants but I'd like to cut down on shipping costs since I'm in WA. I bought a greenhouse this year and would like to plant in late April but I know my local nurseries won't have a lot out yet at that time. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 11:41PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Below is the link to Laurel's website, I'll let you Google Territorial, ,etc.

If you compare shipping costs I think you'll find that Darrel's shipping costs are amongst the lowest, but that's for you to decide when you compare with other sites where plants are sold.

And I don't think that shipping costs should be perhaps the main criterion in deciding on any site since how the plants are packed/shipped and what the plants look like I think should also be criteria to look at..

Making decisions is also tied up on which specific varieties a place offers that might be on your want list.

SSE also sells nice plants and you can check them out as well.

Hope that helps,

Carolyn

Here is a link that might be useful: Laurel's website

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:19AM
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drcindy(z8 WA)

Thank you Carolyn for the link and other vendors. Shipping costs are definitely not the main concern, but a concern nonetheless. Of course I am more interested in healthy plants and a wide variety of them, which Darrel certainly offers.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:04PM
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CathyCA Zone10(10)

I order from Laurel's. Very healthy, sturdy plants. I pick up as I am local.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 12:24AM
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