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Not everybody lives near a carnivorous plant nursery and most specialist nurseries are generally not open to the public unless by appointment or by attending an open day. This makes buying Sarracenia online and having them delivered to your home a great option.
If you're planning to buy your plants online, there are a few things you should know to ensure your success. In this blog post, we'll share three tips for buying Sarracenia online.
The first and most important tip for buying Sarracenia online is to choose a reputable seller. There are many online sellers offering Sarracenia plants, but not all of them are created equal. To ensure that you're getting high-quality plants, look for a seller with a good reputation in the carnivorous plant community.
One way to find a reputable seller is to ask for recommendations from other carnivorous plant enthusiasts. Check online forums, social media groups, or reach out to a local carnivorous plant society for advice. You can also check reviews on the seller's website or on third-party review sites Trustpilot.
When researching potential sellers, pay attention to their shipping policies and guarantees. Look for a seller who offers a guarantee that their plants will arrive healthy and in good condition.
Although Sarracenia (if packaged well) can survive for a long time during transit it's important that your plants spend as little time as possible in the courier network. It minimises any risks from courier-related issues such as rough handling or unsuitable storage (i.e. too hot).
Order your Sarracenia online either at the start of the week. Most delivery couriers still only deliver Monday to Friday (unless you pay extra for a weekend service). So, to avoid your plants sitting in a courier's depot over a weekend aim to have your plants dispatched and delivered before the weekend.
If you have a choice of couriers, choose the fastest even if it costs a couple of pounds more.
Unpack your newly delivered Sarracenia as soon as possible. Inspect the outer box first and check for any courier damage. Continue unpacking your plants checking for problems the whole time and taking any photographs as necessary. As long as the Sarracenia looks fit and healthy, don't worry about any small imperfections as these can happen in transit and usually cause the plant no problems.
Water your new Sarracenia thoroughly, especially if your plants have arrived bare-rooted (no pot or soil). Avoid putting your Sarracenia straight into fun sun and allow it a day to fully re-hydrate.
In the unlikely event of any issues, politely contact the seller providing photographic evidence. All good sellers will work with you to resolve the issue!